The Master and Dynamic ME01 Earphones Review

master and dynamicOkay, I have to admit that I am not familiar with every electronic device, but I am familiar with a lot of companies that make headphones and earbuds. I have never heard of Master and Dynamic, but that sounds like the Russell Crowe film Master and Commander (which I found to be quite boring). However, the ME01 from Master and Dynamic is not boring at all.

In fact, I’m going to say that these are a hidden gem in the littered world of earbuds. So, what does the ME01 have? We’ll start with the 8mm titanium high performance drivers, with a machine aluminum body. So yes, the sound is great.

Then there is the tangle resistant rubber cables, and it has a remote and mic controls for volume and such. There is also an omni-directional microphone as well, and an in-ear monitor.

All this, and it comes with a leather case as well as four sizes of silicone ear tips. It can be purchased on the Master and Dynamic site for $129 in Black Metal/Black Rubber as well as Gunmetal/Gunmetal Rubber.

Beyerdynamic Byron BT Wireless, Premium Wireless Earphones

Beyerdynamic Byron BTIt’s time for me to review another terrific Beyerdynamic product, and this one is the Byron BT wireless. Now, just to let you know, this is not one of those wireless earbuds that are like earplugs, but I’m hoping to review one of those type from Beyerdynamic later this year.

No, this is one of those earbuds that have some wires, but they connect to each other so they can go behind the neck. Speaking of connection, they connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, which is not new in any way. However, this uses Qualcomm aptX codecs with acoustic transducers. By the way, it has a three-button remote that allows for a hands-free microphone for taking calls.

So, yes, I have reviewed wireless earbuds like this before, like those from Jabra and others, so let’s talk about the specs. If you are concerned about the playtime, it is good for about 7.5 hours. I am assuming that is a long time, but it takes time to charge it (about two hours).

I suppose that I can recommend these, but with so many companies making these type of wireless earbuds, I’m not certain that I can recommend one brand over the other. Of course, I am always going to recommend anything from Beyerdynamic, and you can purchase these on the Beyerdynamic website for $99.00.

Our Review of the Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headphones

SennheiserYes, it is another day, and it is another pair of gaming headphones. The PC 373D is from Sennheiser, and I am not certain if I have reviewed a product from them before.

The PC 373D has 7.1 Surround Sound, which is welcome for any gaming system, but it is made for the PC. Yes, this is not going to be good for other video game systems, but the PC gives it an interesting take on the computer with PC software so the gamer can program his or her experience.

Sennheiser seems really excited about this product, and they are very excited about the transducer. I’m not certain what that is, but apparently there is some high-end open acoustic gaming sound in each earcup. It has an equalizer offering four settings that enables the user to customize the sound.

The earcup are velevet lined, and so is the headband. This means that you are going to have a lot of comfort and good sound, all at the same time.

Now let’s talk about the microphone, as it is very noise-cancelling. It is made to filter out that pesky background noise, and if you want to mute it, just left it up. Also, it is very flexible as well.

While I am talking about flexibility, I want to talk about how flexible the whole thing is. Well, it might not be too flexible, but they are durable.

You should be able to purchase the PC 373D on the Sennheiser site for $249.95.

The Review of the LucidSound LS20

Lucid Sound LS20It’s time to review another great gaming headset, and this one is from Lucid Sound, and it is known as the LS20. What is interesting is how this one is created for practically every platform including the PlayStation, Xbox One, Mobile, and PC.

One of the best features of this particular LS20 Powered Gaming Headset is that the controls are on the earcups. On the Left ear, there is a volume control wheel and a button for audio mute. Then on the right ear, there is a microphone mute button. As I mentioned before, the LS20 is made for mobile, so there are controls for music and calls. Speaking of control, you can take control of it with a mobile phone.

So, how is the sound? It quite good, of course! You wouldn’t think it would be out if the sound sucked, do you? It has about 40 mm speakers with neodymium magnets, and it has a serious bass boost. It also has active and passive modes as well.

Other features include a rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of charge, as well as being available in black and white. You should be able to purchase it on the Lucid Sound site for $99.99.

Sol Republic Relays Sport Wireless and Amps Air

sol-republic-2I don’t know why this is the first time that I am reviewing something by Sol Republic, but I can tell you that I hope it isn’t the last time. From what I can tell, they make a lot of great Bluetooth audio products like Jabra.

I’ll start with my review of the Relays Sport Wireless. This is one of those wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are made for those that love to exercise. These particular guys are “sweat resistant”.

You know how most of these physical fitness wireless Bluetooth headsets have these funny banana shapes on them to keep them in your ear? Well, you might notice that the Relays Sport Wireless don’t have those. Instead, there is this circular thing there that is designed to keep them in your ear, and I would imagine that it is patented technology. It also keeps your ears from hurting from having these earbuds in for too long.

In addition to the wireless and stick-it-in-your ear quality, there is the added bonus of having great sound. It has the “high energy deep bass and clear vocals”. There is another bonus of being able to activate Siri, control volume, and pause/resume/skip thanks to the one-button controls.

You should be able to purchase the Relays Sport Wireless for $79.99 in black, teal, and yellow on the Sol Republic site.

sol-republic-1Now it is time to talk about another pair of wireless earbuds called the Amps Air. This is one of those wireless in-ear headphones that is simply two little things that you put in your ear. I have said several times before that these types of Amps Air earbuds will replace the Relays Sport Wireless type of earbuds.

It is pretty obvious why. Why have the wire going in between your earbuds when you can just put one in one ear and one in the other. Like the aforementioned relays, these are resistant to both rain and sweat, and presumably earwax.

Granted, you will have less of a charge with them, as they are only good for 3 hours on a single charge. That might not sound like a lot, but it includes a USB-rechargeable charging case that can provide up to 15 full charges.

If this sounds good to you, then you can get this as a Best Buy exclusive. It is available on the Best Buy site for $179.99, but you can find out more information on it on the Sol Republic site.

Just to let you know, I’ve been seeing a lot of models from other companies like the Relays Sport Wireless and the Amps Air. I recently got off the phone with the guy who sent me these to review, and most users of both these products for music and not fitness. However, it looks like these products are designed with fitness in mind, so you should check these out if you are into exercise.

The Mod Mic 5 from Antlion Audio

mod-mic-1Yes, this is the ModMic 5, and I have actually heard that there are four of them before this. I haven’t really heard of them, but is it really possible to hear about every tech product in existence? I’m trying to keep up with them on this blog alone.

Needless to say, the ModMic 5 has an interesting function. It is made to add a high performance microphone to any pair of headphones. In fact, it has dual microphones for maximum flexibility. I suppose that people who don’t have a microphone on their headphones really need this product. It can attach to a pair of headphones with magnetic clasps, and it has a cable clasp for protecting wires.

It also comes with a Y-adapter and a powered USB adapter to allow for current generations of whatever devices that you could bring up. I should probably tell you about some of the features, it has a noise canceling uni-directional cardioid capsule for loud environments or a sensitive omni-directional capsule for high quality voice recordings. It has a modular mute switch and a flexible design.

So, if you want to get into the ModMic 5, head on over to the AntLion Audio site and lay down $69.99 for it.

Yule Logitech, Part 1: G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset

logitech-g213-prodigy-gaming-headsetWell, I had a terrific time reviewing some products from Logitech, and I like making Christmas puns, so this is Yule Logitech! Get it? I’m going to start with the Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset.

It seems like I have been reviewing a lot of gaming headsets lately, and the ones that I like are the lightest ones. The G231 Prodigy is one that I picked up and it was like feathers.

But enough about weight, we’ll go ahead and talk about the sound. Since it has 40 mm neodymium drivers, it has high-quality stereo sound for full immersion in your games. The are good for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the PC. I am not certain if the mesh cloth ear cups have anything to do with it, but it certainly sounds just fine.

The G231 has a folding unidirectional microphone, which will allow you to adjust so you can be heard. Speaking of folding, the earpieces is able to lay flat on the floor, as the earcups can swivel 90 degrees. Oh, and referencing the last sentence about speaking of being heard, there are some on-cable controls to keep the sound close at hand.

If that sounds like something that you might like, you can pick it up on the Logitech site for $69.99.

We Three Kingston Part 3: HyperX Cloud Revolver

kingston-cloud-revolverBy the way, if you haven’t caught the pun I’m trying to make in these titles, think “We Three Kings”. I figured since I was reviewing Kingston products, it kind of works. Anyway, this is the last of the Kingston products that we will be reviewing this year with the HyperX Cloud Revolver.

I might as well get to the comparison of the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I will say that the HyperX Cloud Revolver is much heavier than the latter video headphones. The reason for the higher weight is due to the durable steel frame, but what is interesting is that it has some memory foam on the earcups.

Now they do have next generation 50 mm drivers for some much better sound (well, 50 mm is higher than 30 mm). However, it has a studio-grade sound stage, but I am not certain what that means. If it is that the sound is good, who cares what you call it?

It means great sound for gaming, and like the Cloud Stinger, it works for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and Mobile. Yep, it’s pretty versatile, just like the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I suppose it would be easy to just say that the Cloud Revolver is a Stinger upgrade, but that might be too much an over-simplification.

Right now, you can find them on the Kingston site for $119.99, and I think that that could be a holiday markdown.

We Three Kingston Part 2: HyperX Cloud Stinger

kingston-cloud-stingerNow that we are on our second Kingston product, this is where I would like to discuss the first of Kingston’s gaming headset with the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

Now, this is billed as “an ideal headset for gamers looking for lightweight comfort”, and I am going to agree with that. Seriously, it is very light compared to some of the gaming headsets that I have reviewed in the past.

It is also very versatile. It says that it is good for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and Mobile. I can’t remember the last time I saw something with that much compatibility on the box.

You are also going to get a better fit because this has ear cups that can rotate at a 90-degree angle for a great fit. It has some HyperX signature memory foam, with a volume control on the headset ear cup. Speaking of volume, the sound is also good since it has 50 mm directional drivers that can position sound directly into the ear for gaming-grade sound and audio precision.

Oh, it also has a swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone. You should be able to get the HyperX Cloud Stinger on the Kingston site, and it will cost about $49.99.

Monster Christmas, Part 2: iSport Victory Bluetooth Athlete’s Headphone

monster-2I once reported last year for Monster that they want to “get rid of the crappy earbud” with the Clarity earbuds. It looks like Monster is keeping their promise of not making crappy earbuds and have made some Bluetooth ones for athletes.

The Monster iSport Victory Bluetooth is made for those who want to keep their tunes with them as they are working out. If you are the type of person who exercises about 8 hours a day, the iSport Victory should do it.

I believe what makes it a sports or athletic earbud is the fact that it comes in two sound profiles, warm-up and sports, along with Turbo Mode. It is also quite durable and sweatproof, and the cable is reflective for night running.

By the way, they are not only Bluetooth wireless, but they have some very light weight going on them. They have some secure fit ear-hooks, so they will stay in the ear, unlike a plain set of earbuds.

If this is something that you want or need, head on over to the Monster site and lay down $99.95. They are available in Black, Green, or Blue.