Our Review of the Audio-Technica Solid Bass Wireless Headphones ATH-WS990BT

Yes, it is time to review another Audio-Tehcnica product! This time, it is an awesome audio product with the ATH-WS990BT Solid Bass Bluetooth headphones!

So, what does this have? Let’s not bury the lead as it has 53 mm drivers, and not just any drivers, but Deep Motion Drivers. They have large, high-flux magnetic circuitry, made for low and high frequencies.

So yes, the sound is good. However, if you are worried about having too much sound and drowning out the world, you don’t have to. Yes, it has noise-cancelling as well as hear-through functionality, which means you can chose the level of blocking out reality. I have to admit, this was the first time I have seen this option on headphones, and it is worth bragging about.

As far as the rest of the features are concerned, let’s talk about the controls and microphone located conveniently on the left earcup. Other features are the 30 hours of continuous wireless use, which is good for 1,000 hours of standby.

It is available on the Audio-Technica website in any color, provided it’s black. Yeah, I think it was Henry Ford who said that about his automobile, but check this one out for about $249.00 if you want some very decent sound for your money.

Wireless Earbuds: BackBeat FIT 300 by Plantronics

Here’s another set of wireless and sweatproof earbuds that will get you through your workout without being connected to your device. The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 300 are one of the Plantronics products we’ve received to review recently. We have reviewed some other Plantronics items in the past, including another BackBeat wireless earbuds set, but here goes our first review of these earbuds.

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What you get with BackBeat FIT300

The earbuds are the expected item in the box, of course. There is a small box on the right side with battery and relief buttons that adjust volume, manage tracks, and houses the mic and battery. Also included is the micro USB charging cable, and various eartips to help you get the right fit for your ear. If you get the 305s, it comes with a mesh carrying bag. I’m not sure exactly what the difference is. They are the same price.

FIT300 Features

The silicone tips on these earbuds are oval shaped, which is different from what one might see on most earbuds these days. The shape fits snugly in the ear to provide noise isolation. The threaded cord helps to prevent the cord from tangling up in itself. There is a promised battery life of up to 6 hours, and although we’ve seen better, it’s still a decent amount of battery life for a workout. There is a deep sleep mode that will save the battery life for up to six months, so you won’t have to worry about recharging again if you haven’t used it for a while.

The loops on the tips hold the earbuds snugly into your ears, so you can sweat and shake around, and they won’t budge. They are also lightweight at 14 grams, although the inline mic/controller might be a little bulky. It’s probably similar to other wireless earbuds like these.

The sound on these earbuds are pretty great, and worth the $80 price tag.

BackBeat FIT300 buying options

We received the lime green color ones to review, but these earbuds also come in dark blue, black and coral color options. They all cost the same, and as mentioned before, the 305 ones come in the same color, but with a bag. I’m not sure of the difference in quality. You can buy a pair on the Plantronics website, or shop around on-line.

Disclaimer- Plantronics sent us this model for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. No other compensation has been provided.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Once again, we get to review a nice pair of headphones from the German company of Beyerdynamic. The headphones we’re about to review are the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. In the past, we’ve reviewed the 1990 Pro, among others. The 990 ones are similar, but we’ll tell you more about these ones that don’t cost as much.

 

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DT 990 Pro Features

Similar to the 1990, you have the soft, velour earcups. These feel so soft and comfortable- maybe the best feature of the headphones. They’re very lightweight, although the 9.8 ft coiled cord (which comes with a 1/4″ adapter) can be a bit cumbersome unless you are sitting still. These headphones are designed more for professionals who do mixing and are in studio settings, so I don’t suppose they will be using them to listen to music on their phones.

The cord is not removable like on the 1990 cans. The headband is made of a metal material, but covered by a soft, padded material that can snap off when if it needs to be replaced.  A cloth carrying bag is included, as well.

DT 990 Pro Sound

There are different ohm impedance models, and the ones that we are reviewing have a 250 ohm impedance. You’ll want to make sure to get the right ones for the device you plan on using them on, as that can affect sound quality. The sound is what you would expect at this price level- without an emphasis on any certain sound levels. They are open back headphones, so you won’t be blocking out sound from around you, and they aren’t something you want to use in the library. Of course, these headphones are really made for studio listening, so that probably won’t be an issue for buyers.

DT 990 Pro Price

While the 1990 Pro headphones are an upgrade in many ways from the 990 Pro, there is also a significant price difference. With these, you will only be spending about $179 as opposed to the $599 price tag of the 1990s.

That concludes our review. What headphones do you like the best? Let us know in the comments below.

This review was a hands-on review thanks to Beyerdynamic lending us a pair to review. No compensation has been given in exchange for our fair and unbiased review.

Creative Labs’ Outlier Sports and Aurvana Trio Earbuds Review

Recently, Creative Labs has sent us some great products to review including a bluetooth speaker, a gaming mouse, and a gaming keyboard. Today we will have another chance to review some CL products. Two different kinds of earphones/earbuds- some wireless ones for the gym, Outlier Sports, and some high end in-ears called Aurvana Trio.

Outlier Sports

 

photo credit:Creative

The Outlier Sports are a nice pair of lightweight, wireless earphones- perfect for workouts. They come in three colors- Fiery Orange, Midnight Blue and Neon Green. With a IPX4, they are sweatproof, but you can’t really take a shower with them, or submerge them in water.

 They have an in-line mic with controls that are easy to find because of their relief texture. The port for the USB to micro USB cable to charge the earbuds is right there on the side. The mic is great for picking up the user’s voice on phone calls.

Speaking of charging, once charged, the Outlier Sports last on a battery of 11 hours, which could give you several good workouts between charges. And connectivity? The Bluetooth reaches about 20 feet before cutting out.

What’s included?

You get a couple of different sizes of wingtips to make for a good hold in the ear. Three different sizes of silicone tips will give you the option to customize to your liking. Once in the ears, these silicone tips are great at blocking out everything around you. There’s a nice carrying case (also water resistant) to carry everything conveniently. You also will find a small charging cord that will need to be plugged into a USB port to charge. It does not come with a wall adapter.  A convenient clip to hold the earbuds to your clothing is also included.

They’re not high-end in sound, but good enough quality for this price range. These sports earbuds are sold for $69.99, a decent price for the quality that you receive.

Aurvana Trio

Moving from wireless to wired, the Aurvana Trio is so named because of the triple driver included in these in-ear pieces.  There is a balanced armature super tweeter, a balanced armature mid-range, and a bio-cellulose woofer. I suppose “Aurvana” is a play on Nirvana for the aural crowd.

The Aurvana Trio also comes with a carrying case, and some interchangeable tips to customize the best fit. The MMCX cable is detachable in case the cable frays and needs replacing.

 

A very basic in-line remote allows you to pick up calls as well. All you can do with this remote is answer, pick-up, and play or pause your music. Not as detailed as I would expect on the higher end in-ears, but it gets the job done. The listening experience is what makes the $149 price tag worth it.

Thanks to Creative Labs for sending us these quality in-ear headphones for us to review free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased analysis.

1More Spearhead VR Gaming Headset Review

Well, I always like reviewing 1More products, and I got to review 1More. Okay, that is not a good way to start this, and I’m too lazy to review my previous articles to see if I told that bad joke before. I’ll restart this review of the 1More Spearhead VR and say that it received a CES 2018 Innovation Award.

This was where I first had a chance to try out the 1More Spearhead VR Gaming Headset. I am assuming that it has the VR suffix because it has made for a “3-dimensional gaming and entertainment experience” with its 7.1 Channel Surround Sound. I will tell you that this has a bass to melt your face, and I don’t know if I ever made that comment on any pair of headphones before.

I believe that the deep sound is because of a 50mm Maglev Graphene Driver, but what is really surprising is how light they feel on the head. This lightweight construction also has some ENC Dual Microphone technology, and it is quite something because the mic can filter out the background noise. Oh, and you can see the lightsaber-like light on it, which is fully customizable with millions of color options for syncing with your game, because yeah, these are some great gaming headphones, yo.

Seriously, these are some great gaming headphones, and they have some superb on the ear controls. I should say that you can connect via USB and 3.5 mm Audio cable.

So, I would recommend the Spearhead VR if you are into some serious gaming. You can pick it up on the 1More site for $149.99.

Review of the Aventho Wireless from Beyerdynamic

In addition to the Beyerdynamic DT 240, we had a good time reviewing the Aventho Wireless. These Aventho Wireless are about the same weight as the one that I most recently reviewed, and besides the Bluetooth capability, there are some differences.

So, you will notice the design, and I suppose that I could describe it as minimalist, but in a very classy way. The earcups barely cover the ears, assuming that I have regular sized ears.

Beyerdynamic says that the sound adapts acoustically to the user’s hearing, but I am not certain how adaptable it is. Apparently, the sound quality is thanks to Tesla, but I am not certain how that applies either. It does use Mimi technology, which is apparently used by one million people. Yeah, I don’t feel right not knowing what that is.

One thing that I find most interesting is Beyerdynamic has offered a MIY application which is able to create a sound profile, track daily listening habits, not to mention adjust the sensitivity of the touchpad.

What touchpad? Oh, I probably should mention that the volume control of these headphones is on the right side, which you can discover pretty accidentally. All it requires is a slide of a touch. Oh, it comes with a microphone, so that’s good for taking some phone calls while you are listening to music.

You should be able to purchase the Aventho Wireless on the Beyerdynamic site for about $449.00.

Our Review of the Sennheiser HD 660 S

Well, it appears to be headphones week as we get to review another great pair of high-quality headphones with our old pal Sennheiser. The last time was the PC 373D, but this time it is the HD 660 S, the successor to the HD 650.

I’ll start by saying that the HD 660 S is made for serious audiophiles, which means that I might not be well-equipped to review it. I had an interesting thing happen when I tried to plug it in, as I could only get sound from one side. I really had to jam the cables in, which made things extremely tight, but it is working. Now, you can see from the picture that this guy appears to have speakers on the outside as well as the inside, but if that is the case, I couldn’t figure out how to blast the sound from outside like the inside.

But hey, all that matters is the sound that the user can hear. In fact, I’m watching The Cloverfield Paradox with it on now, and the crisp bass and mid-frequency response is quite something, all right.

When I first put on these guys, I was very pleased to feel the comfort of the earcups. I was able to adjust the size of the headband, but I’m not certain how comfortable the 660 S will be after a few hours of use.

So yes, for those that really want some serious sound, then your search may be over. I say may because you might be put off by the price, which is $499.99 on the Sennheiser site.

The Beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO Review

It looks like we have another chance to review another fine Beyerdynamic product with the DT 240 PRO. By now, I have lost track of how many of these headphones or earbuds that I have reviewed, honestly.

So, where should I start? I mean, I know that these headphones are surely made for professionals, but hey, they are made so anyone can use them. It has the over-ear design, and these earcups are made for comfort.

But hey, all that really matters about any pair of headphones or earbuds is the sound, right? Well, this has studio-grade reproduction, so you know that it is good. We are looking at clean, deep bass, plus a vivid midrange and precise treble as well.

Not only is the sound great, but there is also some great isolation to keep out background noise for minimal sound leakage. It feels like it has been made for podcasters, so I suppose that is the intended audience for the DT 240 PRO. I mean, it has PRO in the title so it must be made for professionals.

What I am not seeing on this is a gooseneck microphone, and I am quite surprised. I know that it isn’t wireless and all, but hey, the Beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO is something. It is available for purchase on the Beyerdynamic site for $99.99, which is a fair price for what you are getting, in headphones terms.

Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition Review

We’ve reviewed many a gaming headphone in the past, but this will be the first time reviewing Sound Blaster X H7 Tournament Edition by Creative. This is apparently an improvement on the usual Sound Blaster X H7, but since we haven’t reviewed those ones, we won’t do a comparison.

We can tell you that these headphones have nearly the same sleek look as their predecessor. This newest edition has red connecting wire that runs through the headset, and brushed aluminum finish on the sides of the earcups. Their red X logo on the side glows when plugged in, which provides a nice touch.

Most important to many gamers is the comfort and sound produced by the headphones. The sound is fantastic with 7.1 virtual surround sound, and the ability to customize sound for various games via the app for the PC called BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro. This includes Scout Mode which allows you to hear beyond what you can see.

There is an inline volume control toggle, which you can also connect your phone to and be able to answer calls. The mic is removable, and it has improved noise cancellation and design over the original model. Did we mention comfort? The headphones are lightweight at 272 g, and the padding on the headband is cushioned.

These headphones are compatible with PlayStation® 4, Xbox® One, XBox360 and the PC. You can even hook them up to your smart devices like tablets and phones. The  Xbox One  does require a stereo headset adapter that is not included with the headphones.

So wrapping it all up, I would say that these headphones are a good buy for their price range, which is $99. You can buy them off the Creative website, or other places, but it seems to be the best buy right now off the Creative website.

Disclaimer- Thanks to Creative for sending us these headphones to review in exchange for a fair and honest review.

iHome Bluetooth Headphones (iB90) and Color Changing Speaker (iBT76) Review

We’ve done many reviews of iHome products in the past. They’ve sent us a couple more more products for us to review, so we’ll do that today. We’re going to review the iB90 Bluetooth headphones and the iBT76 color changing speakers.

These lightweight wireless headphones with a long last battery (up to 43 hours of music and talk time) might not be of the same high quality as Beats or other more costly brands, but for what they do, they are well worth the money you pay.

Once you open them up, they are quick to hook up to any Bluetooth enabled device like iPhone or Samsung. From there, you can download an app called Melody which can be found in the App Store or Google Play.

Melody is a music assistant that will help you listen to songs without having to scroll through your phone. Melody works with Spotify, iHeart Radio and also NPR.

Here is a video on the Melody app:

As you can see, you can use this app with other iHome products, and with the headphones, you can simply tap the headphone to tell Melody what to play.

These headphones are also nice for answering calls, and you can use voice control to access Siri and Google Now. The have 40 mm drivers and enhanced bass response to provide a nice sound. Of course, the true audiophiles will probably disagree, but they are spending way more than $49.99 (on iHome’s site, or less on Amazon and other places).

Another product that works with Melody, and is very cool is the iHome Color Changing Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker. This item plays your music like the headphones do, but this lets you share your music with all around you, AND… it changes colors!

Yes, my favorite part about the speaker is that the lights pulse to the music, you can make them fade slowly, change quickly, or keep it on your favorite color.

The speaker has an option to use as a speakerphone with echo noise cancellation. And if you have iOS 10, you can know when to answer a call, as it will announce the name of your incoming calls.

It’s really portable, and comes with an attachable strap, so great to take to parties or picnics. You CAN hook it up to a stereo with a 3.5 mm in-aux jack, but that is not included.

It has up to 16 hours of playback on a rechargeable battery. If this works for you, you can buy it for $49.99 on the iHome website, or at stores like Wal-Mart.

Thanks to iHome for sending us these products to review. As usual, we are not compensated for these reviews, but we were sent these review items for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.