All you Need: Creative Labs Outlier One Plus with Built-in Media Player

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It hasn’t been long since we reviewed a pair of Outlier in-ear headphones from Creative Labs. We do have another chance to review a pair today, and this review is of the Creative Labs Outlier One Plus.

These in-ear headphones are an upgrade from the Outlier One. We’ve not reviewed the Outlier One, but we know that these have an improved Bluetooth connection- 4.2 as opposed to 4.1. They also have the special feature of a built-in Media Player with 4GB of internal memory.

What’s in the Outlier One Plus Box?

  • The Outlier One Plus
  • Three sizes of ear-tips and and two types of secure-tips
  • USB Cable (0.25 m)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Carry pouch

Outlier One Plus Battery

The battery life depends on how you use the in-ear headphones. If you pair it with Bluetooth to your devices, you’ll get up to 7 hours. Using the MP3 alone will give you longer- up to 10 hours.

Outlier One Plus Comfort and Build

The flat line cord is made to prevent twisting and tangling, and to lay nicely across your neck. They have an IPX rating of 4, so you can wear them in the rain or while sweating, and not worry about damage. The in-line mic is built with easy-to-navigate controls. The earbuds give you a choice of fit, and can block out surrounding noise well. They also have the wingtips to provide a secure fit.

Outlier One Plus Overall Value

For $49.99, I think these are an excellent value, and worth checking out more.

Thanks to Creative Labs for sending these to us to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis.

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX P5

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Creative Labs has sent us another product to review specifically for gamers. Gamers are the target audience for Creative Labs products like the Sound BlasterX H7 headphones we reviewed in the past. We don’t usually see a product like this when it comes to audio for video games. The Sound BlasterX P5 is an in-ear gaming headset.

If you don’t like the weight of gaming headsets, these light, 12 gram earbuds might be what you are looking for instead. They are great for noise isolation. You won’t hear much of the outside world with these in your ears. The little tube things on the buds are not just for looks. These tubes are made to optimize bass.

These earpieces house 7mm Neodymium magnets to give you great clarity and high sensitivity 114dB audio. The in-line microphone is also well-built. It is a high clarity mic- allowing you to communicate in-game with ease. You can answer phone calls and play/pause your music with one button, and another toggle switch to mute the microphone.

In the Sound BlasterX P5 Box you get

    • The unit itself
    • Small, medium and large rubber ear tips
    • A 3.5mm AUX female to dual 3.5mm AUX Male splitter
    • Carry case
    • Warranty information

Just like the headphones we reviewed, these work with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite Software you can download for free. This optimizes the sound quality you can get out of your games on computers(specifically Microsoft).

For the reasonable price of $69.99, you can buy these high-quality earphones.

Thanks to Creative Labs for sending us this product to review for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis.

BONX Grip Allows you to Communicate with the Group: Our Review

We review many earbuds and in-ear devices that people use to listen to music on the go, and take phone calls. Today, though, I’m reviewing a unique product that I think might be exciting to outdoor enthusiasts and people on the go. The BONX Grip provides some innovative group talk technology.

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What is the BONX Grip?

The BONX Grip is an in-ear piece that is water resistant and shock resistant. It connects to an app that allows you to connect with up to 10 other people who have the device in walkie-talkie fashion.  It’s not a walkie-talkie, though, as you need to have cell service in order not to drop your conversation. The great part about this device is that it responds only to your voices and blocks out all other background noises. It has a multi-layered wind noise reduction system so you can communicate with others in the harshest of conditions. It also saves on battery life and data by only using data when the user is speaking. You can also listen to music on the earpiece.

What’s in the BONX Box?

For $139, you have your choice of a black, white, green or pink earpiece. There are 3 different sized earloops, and two earpieces to help you find your customized fit. A small USB charger will give it a charge up to 7 hours. The app can be found in the app store for Apple devices iPhone 5 and later. Android users can get the app in Google Play for Android systems 4.3 or later.

I think this device is great, and would find it useful when biking, hiking, and rockclimbing- as long as there is 3G, 4G or wi-fi connection. It also assumes that other friends in your group would have their own. You could still use it to answer phone calls and listen to music.

In closing, here’s a cool video of how this product has helped a blind mountain biker.

Blind Mountain Biker Bobby McMullen Shreds with BONX from BONX Inc. on Vimeo.

Disclaimer:Our opinions at the GeekChurch are our own, and not influenced by the companies we review for. We did receive a set of BONX products free of charge to use for our review.

Blackloud’s Soundot AF1 Earphones Allow Access to FM Radio Without Wi-Fi

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What is Blackloud Soundot AF1?

These excellent earbuds, made specifically for iPhones, provides something that other earphones don’t. When these babies are plugged into your iPhone, you can access FM radio signal without WiFi access.

The Soundot app, available in the iTunes store, is user friendly. It allows for easy control of the FM tuner and adjusts Equalizer and Sound Effect settings.  You don’t need the app to enjoy music on these earphones, though. They have the ability to save EQ and sound effect settings into the headset. This way you can listen to quality music on other music apps and iOS devices.

As with other earphones, there is a microphone that allows you to take calls, or control Siri. The multi-function controller on the mic has controls to adjust volume and select between songs as well.

The bass is quality with its dual dynamic driver design.  The build overall is impressive, and you can experience the premium sound quality advertised on the box for yourself.

Soundot Specs

Driver size: 15mm and 7mm
Codec: 21-bit audio Codec with 24-bit DSP
Microphone: Omni-directional
Material: Metallic Case
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 11dB/mW at 1kHz

Looks Great! How do I buy the Soundot?

The Soundot is priced at $79.89 on the Blackloud website. Great Christmas present if you know someone who wants quality sound, and would like to listen to FM radio without needing WiFi!

Thanks to Blackloud for sending us this product to review free of charge in exchange for our honest and unbiased analysis. No other compensation has been given.

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

 

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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.