Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 1: Rhinos Rugged Wireless Headphones and Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds

It’s pretty great that there is a company that makes a lot of terrific electronics for the outdoors with an appropriate name like Outdoor Electronics. I’m going to be reviewing six of their products in the next few days, and I am going to start with two audio products with the Rhinos Wireless Headphones and the Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds.

Outdoor Technology Rhinos Rugged Waterproof Wireless Headphones

I suppose that the company named these Rugged Waterproof Wireless Headphones the Rhino because that particular animal is just so tough. I suppose that if a Rhino was a pair of headphones, it would have 40 mm drivers, right? I definitely associate this animal with being IPX6 Waterproof and shockproof, which means they can be dunked in water, and they will even float. Now I didn’t want to give them that particular test, but I am told that you just have to shake off the excess the water.

Since this is wireless I should probably get the stat of the playtime out of the way. It has 8 hours worth of playtime, and there is an ODT Audio application for iOS and Android that works with it.

I’m sure that I don’t have to say this, but there is a built-in microphone with controls for adjusting the volume, changing tracks, play/pause, and answering calls. Something that I did see that was different is that there is a walkie-talkie function, a button that allows to communicate in a private group of up to 99 people.

In short, I’m going to recommend the Rhinos for the holiday season, and you can find them on the Outdoor Technology site for about $129.95.

Outdoor Technologies Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds

Okay, let’s talk about some audio that is a little smaller with the Tags 2.0. Unlike the Rhino, I am not certain why it is called the Tags. I’m guessing that is the second version, hence the 2.0 label.

Anyway, these guys are good for 5 hours on a single charge, and it has some good sound too with a built-in microphone. It also has some inline controls similar to the Rhino like the volume and play/pause, on the wire and not the earcup.

What is interesting is that the cord is made thick so it will not tangle up. Also, the Tags 2.0 have a feature where you can snap them together when not in use. Then you just wear them like a necklace, and I should probably let you know that they are sweat and splash resistant.

You should be able to purchase the Tags 2.0 on the Outdoor Technology website for about $39.95.

The Jabra Elite 25e Review

Well, I sure am glad that I can review another Jabra product! Seems like only yesterday that I was reviewing the New Jabra Elite Sport, but it was actually last month. Yeah, Jabra is one of big leaders in the Bluetooth department, so I’m not about to say anything bad about them, nor about the Elite 25e.

You can see that the Jabra Elite 25e has quite a unique shape. The closest that I have reviewed recently was the Flex Force from iFrogz, where you can wear them around your neck and still put them in your ears.

That being said, let us discuss the numerous features such as the battery life, good for about 18 hours (22 days of standby). There is also a voice button the can connect you the user to Siri or Google Now, and thanks to its ability to resist the elements, the Elite 25e can be used in all types of weather.

So how is the sound? Well, if you like 10mm speakers, then you should like how the Elite 25e can handle your music, or even your phone calls.

You should be able to purchase the Jabra Elite 25e on the Jabra site for about $79.99, and it is a good deal.

SleepPhones Wireless from Acoustic Sheep

Normally, when I do a review of a product, I often say that it has been a while since I have reviewed an Acoustic Sheep product, but that just isn’t true, as I just reviewed the SleepPhones a few weeks ago. I’ve been reviewing a lot of stuff, and the SleepPhones are a decent product, but I didn’t mention the cord factor. This cord is a little bit troubling when you are trying to sleep, but tossing and turning is creating a very thin snake for your head.

However, having a cord on your headphones was a necessary evil before the invention of Bluetooth. Combine that with Acoustic Sheep’s “headphones in a headband”, and you have a recipe for some great sleep. I didn’t report about this the last time, but I have been informed that the SleepPhones were designed by a family doctor.

I also should have mentioned that the SleepCloud Breeze fabric, which is a trademarked thing, has a fleece fabric that is good for those who live in warmer climates. In all honesty, I haven’t given that much thought, as it is colder where I am at. I cannot really testify if these SleepPhones will be good in the summertime.

So let’s get the final stats out of the way. The SleepPhones are good for 13 hours of playtime, so you will need to recharge them every what, like two days? Maybe you will need to develop a habit where you just charge it daily, just to be safe.

All and all, the SleepPhones Wireless are the ones made for sleep, and they more than fulfill their promise. It is available for purchase on the SleepPhones site for $99.99.

Our Review of the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones

Man, it is good to review another Skullcandy (just one word) product again! It has been five years, and I am glad to be back at it again. I am very pleased to review the Crusher Wireless Headphone, and I realize that the company name refers to the candy on the skull.

I am assuming that the name of Crusher Wireless refers the way that they crush the brain (in a good way) with their stereo haptics and directional bass. I suppose that I could just talk about it, but I’m going to let a YouTube video at the end just show it to you. Rest assured, I have been reviewing products from this company for almost ten years now, and they do not disappoint. By the way, there is a bass slider on the side of the earcup made for more immersive bass, something that you will want for its noise isolating fit.

So that is the sound, but does it crush it on the battery level? Oh yes. We are looking about 40 hours of wireless sound. Oh, there is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack in case you want to do some wired listening, for whatever reason.

In addition to all these features, the construction is terrific and practical with a foldable design along with an included travel bag. This is quite a deal for the holidays, and if you want it, get it on the Skullcandy site for $199.99 in black and gray/tan.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio Headphones

At this time, I have reviewed several Beyerdynamic products, and I have lost count. They certainly are the makers of some quality headphones, and if you don’t believe me, just do a search on this site for “Beyerdynamic” and you will see. In the case of the Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Studio, it definitely has proven that the company has a reputation of astounding sound, particularly with their over-the-ear headphone models.

Before I get into this review, I want to say that I am told that the only difference between the DT 770 Studio and the classic DT 770 is the name. I can’t say that I can verify that successfully, so I am not going to swear by that.

It does, however, have cutting-edge drivers, and they have some of the best materials such as neodymium magnets, a steel headband, anodized aluminum forks, as well as composite housing and some really terrific earpads.

I will have to say that these will block out whatever sound that you happen to have around you. It does have a lot of ultra-precise and analytical sound, and it also has a great cable as well.

Now, here’s the thing: I can’t find this product on the Beyerdynamic website. Now, that is the DT 770, but I have been informed that the DT 770 Studio exclusively for the Guitar Center and can be purchased in most Guitar Center stores, now available for about $179.99 from the Guitar Center website here.

Beyerdynamic Custom Game Review

I always like reviewing Beyerdynamic products, and I was lucky enough to try out one of their newest pair of headphones with the Custom Game. I don’t think these are related to the Custom Street that I reviewed a while ago, but they have some similar features.

First of all, it has these custom design covers that can change the basic side-look of the headphones, and they are made for the game with stuff like “work hard/play hard”. You can also switch out with different optional rings, as well as ear and headband pads.

Another thing that is adjustable is the sound with this very interesting slotted control on the side for easy access. One of the settings is the loud ambient noise suppression, and then another is to provide something of serious balanced sound. The balance is with the bass to make certain that your gaming audio is optimal.

By the way, there is another manual control that you should know about. There is an integrated cable remote control, which allows you to mute the mic in order to adjust the volume. It’s perfect for taking calls if you want to, and there is a Y-extension cable for setting up whatever device that you want to connect to it. By the way, this Y-extension is for the PC, and it also has that big plug-in.

The Custom Game also has a professional and adjustable microphone that can be plugged in when needed. This gooseneck mic is made for suppressing ambient and background noise, which is good for any time you are playing with friends. Yeah, you’ll enjoy this one.

Best of all, the Beyerdynamic Custom Game headphones are built strong but they also have your ear’s comfort in mind. You can purchase them on the Beyerdynamic on the company website for $209.00.

Our Review of the Soft-Tones Pillow Speaker

It seems like many of us have a habit of using our earbuds on our smartphone so we can listen to music or even watch videos before we go to sleep. While there are contraptions like the SleepPhones designed for that, you can always go with something else, and I would recommend the Soft-Tones Pillow Speaker.

It works like you see in the picture. It comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack that you plug into your smartphone or tablet, and then you can hear the sound as you lay down on your pillow. Granted, you have to be laying down on the pillow face-up, but it works. Best of all, it works without batteries.

Yes, there are some stereo speakers embedded in the ergonomically shaped memory foam, and you won’t hear the sound unless you are laying on the pillow. Well, you can kind of hear the noise if you happen to be sleeping with the person using the Soft-Tones.

You should be able to purchase the Soft-Tones on the Resperate site for about $49.95. For those that want to sleep with earbuds, this is the way to go.

ZAGG Holidays, 2017, Part 3: iFrogz Toxix Headphones, Resound Headphones, Impulse Duo Earbuds, Free Rein Earbuds, Resound Earbuds, and Flex Force Earbuds

This is hopefully not the final part of our ZAGG series, as there are still so many ZAGG products that I want to cover for this holiday season. I’m going to discuss not one, not two, but six pairs of headphones and earbuds, all of them are wireless.

iFrogz Toxix Wireless Headphones

I’ll start with these Toxix Wireless headphones, which seem to be an odd name. Honestly, I usually avoid things that sound “toxic”.

These pair of over-the-head phones have AeroFoam Comfort padding with 30 mm drivers, so they will definitely give your ears an earful of quality sound that one can expect from iFrogz with its “rich, multi-layered sound”. The Toxix have these terrific on-ear controls for volume and track switching, and there is also a ten hour battery life.

All of that, but it comes with a sweat resistant iPX-2 standards with an adjustable headband. It is available on the iFrogz website in black or blue for a price of $24.99.

iFrogz Resound Wireless Headphones

Similar to the Toxix Wireless is the Resound Wireless as the design is nearly the same. They have that AutoFoam comfort padding as well, and they are IPX-2 Water Resistant.

The on-ear controls are slightly different as it is has only three buttons instead of four. Also different is the 20 hours of battery life, which is twice as much as the Toxix. The sound is an improvement as it has 40 mm drivers, and I should mention that this and the Toxix have an incorporated microphone.

You should be able to purchase the resound wireless headphones for about $34.99 on the iFrogz site here.

iFrogz Impulse Duo Wireless

Next up is the first set of earbuds that I will be reviewing with the Impulse Duo Wireless Dual Driver Wireless Earbuds. The dual drivers are so named because of the 6mm Dual Neodymium drivers per earbud for richer and fuller sound.

Of course, it has the full controls with volume as well as play/pause. What is handy is the magnetic clip that it has for attaching to any clothing and helpful for storing the earbuds as well.

The battery life is good for about 10 hours, and it is also meets the IPX-2 standard. It is available on the iFrogz site for $44.99.

iFrogz Free Rein Active Wireless Earbuds

The Free Rein earbuds are made for those who exercise, and they are low budget alternative for those who want to workout with their wireless earbuds. They are very lightweight and they have a Secure Fit so they won’t be leaving the ear anytime soon.

Granted, the drivers shrink up from previously mentioned models as they are 10 mm. The battery life is also somewhat low as it has 5 hours, which means that your exercise routine should be short in order to use them.

Oh, the Free Rein Wireless meet iPX-2 standards, so they are ready for sweat. I should also mention the controls, and I fully enjoy the flat wire.

You should be able to purchase the Free Rein Wireless on the iFrogz site for $19.99.

iFrogz Resound Wireless Earbuds

The iFrogz Resound is made for a comfortable and secure fit with four sizes of earbud tips. The drivers are 5.5 mm, and, as you might of guessed, they are IPX-2 water resistant.

The controls of the iFrogz Resound are similar to other iFrogz earbuds, and they also have that magnetic clip as well. There is also a microphone Qualcom cVc noise cancellation technology in order to amplify your voice and block outside noise.

You should be able to purchase the Resound Wireless on the iFrogz site for $29.99 in rose gold and gray.

iFrogz Flex Force

And now, for the final pair of headphones/earbuds with the Flex Force. What really makes these unique is how there is this neck holder thing that also holds the volume and play/pause button.

There is also this feature that allows the earbuds to magnetically lock together. The earbuds have 8mm drivers, and they are sweat resistant, meeting IPX-2 standards. The battery life is pretty decent at 8 hours per charge.

You can purchase the Flex Force on the iFrogz site for about $29.99 in black or white.

Our Review of the Logitech G433, a 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Logitech product, and the last time was a pair of gaming headphones known as the G231 Prodigy. I have no idea if Logitech’s G433 is some kind of deliberate follow-up to the G231 Prodigy, but they are one great set of gaming headphones.

The G433 is made for simply whatever gaming that you are into, which includes the PC, Mobile phone, Sony PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. Yes, it can do all that, and it has 7.1 Surround Sound Potential Audio with 360 degrees of positional audio.

I have to admit that I find the G433 to be very light, which is great considering that the drivers inside them are incredibly grand with clear highs, precise treble, and great bass. This is good for hearing not just your game, but anyone in your multiplayer team. Not only that, you can customize the sound for just about anything.

The G433 not only has a removable boom microphone, but all the cables can be quickly removed as well. Now, just so you know, there is an adapter required for some particular units that you work with it.

It is a pair of gaming headphones that I will recommend, and it is available on the Logitech site for $99.99 with free shipping in black, red, blue, and a limited edition of blue camo.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 1: iHome FIT (iB71) Bluetooth Earbuds

So, it seems that with the holiday season coming up, this means that I will be reviewing a lot of products, and I have already started. Still, I have been reviewing products from iHome for years, and I am pleased to do so once again. I’m going to do five this week, and I am going to start with the iHome FIT, a water-resistant pair of wireless sport earbuds.

I have reviewed products like this in the past before, and they are very similar to the iB73 that I reviewed last year. As you can see, these are made for those who are into physical fitness, and the earbuds have a shape made to contort to the inner ear.

For those who want to have earbuds that are resistant to sweat, you should definitely look into this pair as it is IPX5-rated. Let’s talk about other specs like Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless capability, good for 30-feet away (typical Bluetooth range), and 4 hours of music or talking. Yes, it has that microphone so you can play/pause/answer calls at the touch of a button.

One feature that you might be interested in is the Melody Music Assistant that is good for using your voice in order to access music while on the road. So you can just say things like “play hits on iHeartRadio” or “play on Spotify”, and it will happen.

It is quite a decent pair of earbuds, made for those who like to be active. The only thing left to talk about is the price. You can get it on the iHome site for $39.99.