Headphones Stories February 1, 2019

The Moshi Mythro C USB-C headphones are great headphones, but they are most definitely not the solution to the loss of the headphone port. That said, they are probably the best USB-C earbuds available right now.

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Headphones Stories January 9, 2018

Qualcomm has said that its latest Bluetooth chip will allow future wireless in-ear headphones to become smaller, more reliable and smarter.

Reduced power consumption could allow headphones to give almost three times the battery-life of existing models – or, as seems more likely, allow manufacturers to maintain current playback times while shrinking the size of devices …

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Headphones Stories December 19, 2017

If you’re anything like me, you have noticed that the holidays are now upon us and you haven’t bought gifts for everyone just yet. Thankfully, there is still time to pick up or order some last minute gifts. Here are a couple of items that are still in stock and can be at your door in time for the big day…

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Headphones Stories November 28, 2017

As the year comes to a close, most people are looking for gifts for family and friends. I’ve had the pleasure of using many of the best smartphones, laptops, headphones, accessories, and more through the year, so here are some of my recommendations.

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Headphones Stories November 2, 2017

Google’s new phones drop the headphone jack — that’s just a fact we’re forced to live with if we want the latest and greatest. While Bluetooth is a great option in many ways, having effortless headphones you never have to charge, pair, or use with a dongle is something many will miss. Thankfully, there are solutions, like the Libratone Q Adapt USB-C earbuds.

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Headphones Stories October 27, 2017

Wireless headphones are available everywhere, and a lot of them are pretty great. However, Google has introduced a new auto pair feature with its latest Pixel phones that sets some wireless headphones apart from the crowd, and one of the first to support it is the Q Adapt On-Ear from Libratone.

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Headphones Stories June 9, 2016

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The new Moto Z is officially the world’s thinnest smartphone at just 5.2mm, but to achieve that they’ve had to make some sacrifices. The battery is quite a bit smaller than most phones at just 2,600 mAh, and another issue with the razor thin design is that you won’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Headphones Stories April 7, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 3 months of free Reddit Gold w/ app download, Mpow Streambot Mini $14, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Reddit’s official Android app now launched w/ three months of free Reddit Gold

Add Bluetooth to nearly any speaker w/ the Mpow Streambot Mini for $14 Prime shipped

Google Nexus 5X 16GB now just $230 shipped (Reg. $349)

Green Deals: Philips hue LED Starter Bundle w/ HomeKit Bridge $170 (Reg. $200), more

Beats Solo2 Wired On-Ear Headphones (multiple colors) $90 shipped (Orig. $200), more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Audio-Technica’s best selling ATH-M50x studio headphones + FiiO A3 amp $130 shipped ($180+ value)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Smartphone Accessories: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III $249 shipped (Reg. $300), Aduro 2-Outlet USB Surge Protector $10, more

Buy a refurbished Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router w/ 1-yr warranty for $49 shipped (Orig. $99)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Ryobi’s new Ultra Quiet Garage Door Opener has a Bluetooth speaker and more

Headphones Stories December 8, 2015

PSA: The Google Store is now selling Bose headphones

Google’s US and Canadian online retail store is now selling several models of Bose headphones. Items sold on the Google Store are usually more directly related accessories like cases, chargers, and cables, but this launch marks one of the more broad expansions of the store.

There are currently four sets of headphones on sale. The cheapest are the SoundSport In-Ear for $129.95. Followed by the SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II at $179.95. The more premium SoundLink Wireless Headphones II cost $279 and Bose’s top of the line QuietComfort 25 cost $299.

These prices are comparable to the prices you would find at other retailers, like Amazon and others. They come with free shipping and all products bought from the Google Store come with an extended return window for the holidays. All purchases made from November 27 to December 25 can be returned through January 22 of next year.

Headphones Stories November 26, 2015

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V-MODA makes some of the best earphones available. While sports stars and celebrities are normally seen wearing Beats, you’re more likely to find a pair of V-MODA cans wrapped around the necks of DJs. And if I’m going to trust someone’s judgement on an audio product, I’ll choose a music professional over a sports-person any day.

In the past, I’ve owned the Crossfade M100 and now, the award-winning earphones are back with an added feature: Wireless connectivity. I’ve been using the Crossfade Wireless for the past week or so, and they’re rather fantastic…

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Headphones Stories November 4, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sony Xperia M4 (unlocked) $200, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones $119, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 16GB GSM/LTE unlocked black: $200 shipped (Reg. $250) | Amazon

Audio-Technica’s best selling ATH-M50x headphones in black: $119 shipped (Orig. $170), more

Acer 13-inch Chromebook 2.1GHz/2GB/16GB SSD: $209 shipped (Reg. $249)

USB-C 4-port hubs for Chromebooks by Aukey: $20 Prime shipped (Orig. $30)

Review: How Amazon Echo changed my life + $130 special price ($50 off) for Amazon card holders

Pebble Time Smartwatch for iOS and Android (multiple colors): $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

Sling TV is giving away a 2nd generation Chromecast when you pre-pay for three months ($35 value)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unlocked: $300 shipped (Reg. $400+) | eBay

LG G Pad V410 AT&T GSM Unlocked 7-Inch 4G LTE 16GB Tablet: $80 shipped (Reg. $150+) | eBay

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: Vizio 43″ 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV + $100 Dell GC $300, LYTRO Light Field Camera $400, more

Sam’s Club One-Day Sale: iPhone 6s/Plus $100 off, iPad Air 2 64GB/128GB $150 off, PlayStation 4 $300more

eBay calls on Black Friday shoppers to decide which products will get discounted this year

Amazon’s Black Friday Deals store is now open for business

Everything we know so far about this year’s best Black Friday deals and promotions

More deals still alive:

This 802.11n pocket wireless router from TP-LINK is a must-have for avid travelers: $10 shipped (Orig. $40)

Buy a pair of PowerBeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, get a $50 Target gift card: $144 shipped (Orig. $200)

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (multiple colors) $120 shipped (Orig. $200)

New products & more:

Mellow Boards makes any skateboard electric and looks good doing it

 

Headphones Stories October 9, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sony Bluetooth headphones $135, USB-C accessories for your new Nexus phone, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Over-Ear Headphones: Sony Bluetooth/NFC $135 (Reg. $199), Beyerdynamic from $170 (Reg. up to $270), more

USB-C roundup: Aukey 3-Port USB Hub w/ Gigabit Ethernet $17, Aukey USB Adapter $7more

Moto E & 1-Yr FreedomPop unlimited talk-and-text: $50 shipped (Reg. $70 + plan) | FreedomPop

HTC One (M8) w/ 32 GB flash storage, 4G LTE, GSM (unlocked): $165 shipped (Reg. $300+) | eBay

Amazon Student Days: free $5 credit w/ Gift Card purchase, Kindle Paperwhite $100, Halloween costumes extra 25% off, more

Refurb LG G3 32 GB for Verizon 32 GB: $160 shipped (Reg. $300+) | eBay

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB: $300 shipped (Orig. $650)

Giveaway: Trinity Delta aluminum earbuds feature a unique design and top-notch sound ($135 value), 20% discount

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Bloodborne from $25, Kirby Rainbow Curse $32, Shades Puzzle Game free, more iOS freebies

More deals still alive:

Sony announces official PlayStation 4 price drop, bundles now start at just $349

New products & more:

DJI’s new Osmo 4K camera is one expensive selfie stick

The latest littleBits DIY electronics kit turns any kid into an inventor

Headphones Stories October 7, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Unlocked 32 GB Nexus 6 $300, Bose around-ear headphones $100, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB: $300 shipped (Orig. $650)

Over-Ear Headphones: Bose SoundTrue $100 (Reg. $120), Sennheiser HD202 $15 (Reg. $25), more

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Sweat Proof Headphones $90 shipped (Reg. $130), more

HP AirPrint Wireless All-in-One Printers: InkJet $35 (Reg. $60), LaserJet $304 (Reg. $400+)

Amazon Student Days: Fire TV (4K model) $60, free $5 credit w/ Gift Card purchase, SanDisk 64GB Wi-Fi Flash Drive $45more

Giveaway: Trinity Delta aluminum earbuds feature a unique design and top-notch sound ($135 value), 20% discount

More new gear from today:

Amazon Gold Box – 50% or more off Halloween Costumes: Darth Vader $17, Thor $30, Supergirl $12more

More deals still alive:

USB Power Deals: KMASHI 15,000mAh USB $14 (Reg. $20), Aukey 2A Wall Charger $8 (Reg. $16), more

New products & more:

Logitech’s new Harmony Home Hub Extender lets the pizza man in with your remote

Roku’s new streaming media player supports 4K and finds your remote control for you

Headphones Stories September 10, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Refurb Samsung Gear Fit $54, Beats Studio Wireless $264, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Refurbished Samsung Gear Fit Watch: $54 shipped w/ code NEXTIME5 (Reg. $100) | A4C

Bluetooth Headphones: Beats Studio Over-Ear $264 (Reg. $300+), Sport In-Ear $16 (Reg. $24), more

Brand new FitBit Flex: $60 shipped (Reg. $100)

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone w/ 2.7K Video Camera: $699 shipped (Reg. $799)

More new gear from today:

Lumsing 8000mAh Power Bank $11 (Reg. $15), Dual-port wall charger and MFi Lightning cable $9 Prime shipped

Games/Apps: Madden NFL 16 (all platforms) $40, Star Walk HD $1, iOS freebies, more

More deals still alive:

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB in Cloud White/Midnight Blue: $350 shipped (Orig. $650)

New products & more:

Jawbone reformulates its UP2 fitness tracker with a new fashion-forward design

Review: JBL’s new Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker slims down for an ultra-portable form factor

Headphones Stories August 17, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nikon D3200 $299, Amazon Fire HD 6″ 8GB $70, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

 

Acer 13-inch Chromebook Laptop (refurb): $208 shipped (Orig: $380)

Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens: $294 + $5 shipping (Orig: $447)

 

Brother Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer w/ AirPrint: $129.99 + $2.99 shipping using coupon code EMCAWKV25 at checkout (Orig: $250)

MORE DEALS FROM TODAY:

Nike 20% off clearance: Free 4.0 Flyknit Running Shoes $76 (Reg. $120), Dri-Fit Shirts/Shorts, Shoes, more

 

Nike is currently knocking off an additional 20% on already reduced clearance items when promo code BACK2SPORT is applied at checkout. Gear up for back to school or grab some new workout clothes for the fall. Free shipping is available for Nike+ members (sign-up here for free) or on orders or $150+.

Shop a wide selection of shoes, athletic gear, and accessories in the men’s department. Nike’s Free 4.0 Flyknit running shoes can be had for $75.98 when the aforementioned coupon code is applied. Five colors are available with different sole combinations to ensure a killer look for your new shoes.

DEALS STILL ALIVE:

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

iHome SoundFlask Bluetooth speaker: $40 with coupon code 9to5mac at checkout (Orig: $50)

Two limited edition Star Wars: The Force Awakens PS4 bundles

Samsung Level On Wireless Pro headphones, available soon in black and gold

Cover Girl Star Wars-themed makeup kit

 

Headphones Stories August 11, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Xiaomi 16000mAh power bank $18, Android deals on eBay up to 50% off, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Xiaomi 16000mAh Portable External Battery: $18 shipped (Reg. $28) | eBay

 

Up to 50% off Android on eBay: LG G Pad V410 $90, Samsung Note Pro P905 32GB $400, more

Headphones: Powerbeats2: $110 (Reg. $200), JBL J56BT Bluetooth on-ears $42 (Reg. $60)more

Giveaway: Olio Model One Black Collection Connected Timepiece for iOS and Android ($795 value)

More new gear from today:

The best-selling Brother Monochrome Laser Printer is on sale for $43 shipped (Orig. $120), more

More deals still alive:

 

NomadPlus converts your iPhone USB wall charger into a 1800mAh power bank: $20 shipped (Orig. $40)

New products & more:

Solenica’s solar-powered Lucy lamp shines light into the dark spaces in your home

Thermos’ latest water bottle will nag you with iOS notifications to make sure you stay hydrated

 

Headphones Stories August 7, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones $90, Samsung Galaxy S6 (unlocked) $480, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones in black or white: $90 shipped (Reg. $120)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $480 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

Verizon Wireless Prepaid LG Optimus Exceed 2: $20 shipped (Reg. $70)

Refurb HTC One M9 32GB flash 4G LTE (unlocked): $380 shipped (Reg. $500+) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB (unlocked): $370 shipped (Reg. $700) | eBay

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from $14, Hunger Games goes free, Korg iOS sale, more

More deals still alive:

Canon’s refurbished T5 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit is on sale for $252 shipped (Orig. $549)

 

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

New products & more:

The CydeKick uses renewable energy to charge your iPhone while you ride

 

Headphones Stories July 28, 2015

Motorola announces Bluetooth headphones: on-ear, and sports-oriented in-ear

As part of a launch event for its new Android smartphones, Motorola has announced two new Bluetooth headphones compatible with most Android devices.

The $59.99 Moto pulse are stylish-looking on-ear headphones with beefy 40mm drivers, fold-flat ear cups for portability and a claimed 18-hour battery life. The $69.99 Moto surround earbuds are aimed at sports and fitness use, being both waterproof and sweatproof and equipped with a collar band designed to be light yet remain in place during exercise.

A companion Android app provides easy pairing, battery notifications and a location function to reunite you with either pair of headphones if you lose them.

Headphones Stories June 2, 2015

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If you’re one of the lucky few who have received their invite to Project Fi, you’re probably also the kind of person that already owns a Nexus 6. If you don’t already have a Nexus 6 and you sign up for Fi though, Google makes you buy one—as it’s the only phone currently compatible with the service. According to a couple reports on Reddit, Google is giving these buyers some goodies… expand full story

Headphones Stories April 21, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 11.6-inch Acer & Dell Chromebooks from $140, HooToo travel router $15, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Refurbished 11.6-inch Chromebook (model CB3-111-C670): $140 shipped (Reg. $200)

Dell (CRM3120-1667BLK) 11.6-Inch Chromebook: $190 shipped (Reg. $250)

HooToo TripMate Wireless N Travel Router w/ USB port $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)

Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drives: Toshiba 1TB $50 (Orig. $75), 3-Pack Seagate 1.5TB $150 ($210 value), more

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $120 shipped (Orig. $250)

Battery-saving Bluetooth 4.0 earbuds starting at $14 shipped for your Android Wear device!

Review: Moleskine’s new myCloud Smallpack offers plentiful storage in a tidy design, $150 giveaway

More new gear from today:

XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer $350 shipped (Orig. $500)

More deals still alive:

Headphones: Audio-Technica QuietPoint over-ears $100 (Reg. $150+), Sennheiser HD 202 on-ears $15 (Reg. $24), more

Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR (refurb) w/ 18-55mm Lens Kit $336 shipped (Orig. $599), more

New products & more:

Sony’s new 43-75″ 4K UHDTVs bring an incredibly thin design, pre-orders start today

Headphones Stories February 22, 2015

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These days, it seems like there is an endless variety of headphones to choose from. With new models popping up on a weekly basis, it’s hard to sort through the crowd to find the ones that fit you best. When it comes to active noise cancellation this elite selection thins out a bit, but there are only a handful that fall into the same category as A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones.

From a functionality perspective, these headphones give you everything but the kitchen sink. They can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with active noise cancellation, in passive (wired) mode, and even feature dual sound profiles. Along with that, they include a wide variety of accessories that offer more than enough for any situation…

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Headphones Stories January 10, 2015

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Along our CES 2015 journey we stopped over at The House of Marley to take a look at some of the new gear they have launching this year. If you’re not familiar with the company, they create a wide range of audio accessories which are crafted from natural and recycled materials. In the video below, we took a closer look at the Legend ANC headphones and Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker…

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Headphones Stories July 16, 2014

Samsung announces ‘Level’ brand of premium headphones and speakers

Samsung announced on Wednesday that its premium lineup of Level headphones and speakers will soon be available in the United States. The collection consists of three premium headphones and one Bluetooth speaker system, ranging between $149.99 and $349.99 in price.

The headphones and speakers can be synced with Samsung’s streaming music service Milk Music on select Galaxy devices, while the Level Over headphones in particular can be paired with Samsung’s new Level app for an enhanced audio experience.

I cannot help but assume that this move was at least slightly inspired by Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics a few months ago.

Samsung Level products will be available exclusively on designer brand website Gilt beginning tomorrow.

Headphones Stories January 6, 2014

Audio specialist Blue promises true hi-fi quality wireless audio by the spring

I take the view that wires are evil: anything that can be wireless should be wireless. My iOS devices sync via wifi, my keyboard and trackpad are Bluetooth, I have Wemo-controlled lighting, Tado-controlled heating and love cloud services.

But there’s one thing in my living-room that still relies on a wire: the connection between Mac and hifi system. I tried a Bluetooth link, and the quality just wasn’t there. I quickly reverted to the 3.5mm cable that runs around the skirting board.

Enter microphone specialist Blue. The company is teasing a true hifi-quality wireless connection between digital devices and headphones (and presumably hifi systems) under the name Mo-Fi.

Where digital music technology has advanced, headphones have lagged behind. We’ve seen dramatic advances in the quality and convenience of digital music, yet headphones –designed specifically to bring us closer to sound— have failed to bridge the gap from hi-fi to mobile. Headphones are the last barrier between us and the audio trapped in our digital devices. What if we liberated our music from overhyped lo-fi to true mobile hi-fi? We can. Blue is offering the first sneak peek at CES 2014.

We’ll bring you more details when we have them.

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