If you’re a gamer looking for a not-so-subtle way to celebrate the Lunar New Year, or if you happen to like the color red and dragons, you’ll want to take a look at the new $199.99 Dragon Arctis Nova 7 Wireless – a special edition headset from SteelSeries. Crafted by a team with Chinese and Taiwanese heritage, this headset pays homage to their roots, embracing the essence of family gatherings, festivals, and the onset of the 2024 Lunar New Year.
I’m a huge fan of Shokz products. I use their OpenComm 2 bone conduction headphones for calls and video chats at the office and some of the brand’s other bone conduction headphones at home. The company just announced a new Shokz OpenSwim Pro, and I can’t wait to try them when we open our pool in the spring.
JBL is synonymous with sound quality, and they’ve just released a boatload of new devices to keep your music pumping in 2024! Whether it’s true wireless earbuds, over-the-ear headphones, portable speakers, party speakers, or even microphones for podcasting — they’ve got it all!
Beyerdynamic’s second-generation Blue BYRD in-ear headset is a bit of an odd bird these days (if you forgive the pun). Their styling is a bit retro, yet they offer several advanced features. The neckband design is the first thing you notice about the Beyerdynamic Blue BYRD ANC headset. Although not nearly as common today as in-ear earbuds, the Blue BYRD’s band offers a few advantages. For example, moving the battery to the band allows for the use of 10mm dynamic drivers.
Beyerdynamic, a favored audio brand among professional gamers worldwide, has introduced the beyerdynamic MMX 200 wireless gaming headset. Drawing from nearly a century of experience in pro-audio equipment, the brand’s first-ever wireless headset now joins beyerdynamic’s popular MMX lineup.
My first high-end headphones were from Beyerdynamic and Ioved them. I was amazed by the nuances in my favorite tunes that I missed when using headphones of lesser quality. That’s why I was excited to learn about their new Beyerdynamic Blue BYRD ANC wireless headphones. They’re the company’s second-generation in-ear head ones, and they look impressive.
TL;DR: Don’t pay hundreds for Airpods, as these Colorful True Wireless earbuds are only $24.97 through July 14, and you get two pairs for the price of one!
I’ve long been a fan of Shokz Bone Conduction Headphones. I tried their product years ago with mixed reactions, but they’ve advanced the technology significantly, and I’ve grown to love their products. Now the company has released the Shokz OpenFit True Wireless Earphones. I’ve been using a pair for a few weeks and am already a fan.
TL;DR: If you want to listen to music without blocking out your spatial awareness, try a pair of Open Ear Induction Wireless Headphones. These, in particular, are comfortable, wireless, and waterproof; they are also only $33.99 (regularly $79).
I love when my pool is open, and I can swim laps; it’s a great form of low-impact exercise. But, let’s face it, doing fifty or a hundred laps is boring. Listening to music while you swim is a great way to pass the time, and the H2OAudio SONAR PRO seems like an innovative way to add headphones to your swimming goggles.
There are many excellent earbuds on the market today, and at $269, the Evolve 2 earbuds from Danish manufacturer Jabra have strong competition. What makes these stand out from the crowd is their specialization. The Jabra Evolve2 True Wireless Earbuds are a sleek and stylish set of wireless earbuds that are specifically designed for use in professional settings such as the office or during remote meetings. I’ve had the chance to test these earbuds out, and I’m really impressed with their overall performance and features.
I’m a fan of in-ear monitors and have two pairs of custom in-ear monitors (IEMs) I’ve reviewed and continue to enjoy using. Both sadly lack a microphone and, as a result, are only good for listening to audio. The new Antlion Audio Kimura Duo changes all that with excellent IEMs and an integrated microphone for calls and video, and it’s available at a shockingly low price.
When the first images of the Dyson Zone appeared in late March last year, the internet had an absolute field day. Headphones with a detachable mask that served as a personal air purifier? April Fools’ Day had come early! Everyone who saw the photos or read about them had a strong opinion, and it’s understandable why. The Dyson Zone has a very unique and possibly polarizing design, but underneath its futuristic and slightly dystopian style is an impressive melding of audio and health tech that works.
JBL makes amazing home sound systems, but they also know how to shrink that experience down to a portable one in both speaker and headphone forms. They have a new and exciting slate of devices coming out in 2023, so let’s dive in!
If you’re in the market for a good pair of wireless earbuds, Jabra’s Elite 5 should be at the top of your list. These earbuds offer great sound quality, comfort, and active noise cancellation; they are also very affordable, making them a great value. Let’s take a closer look at what these earbuds have to offer!
As fall approaches, more and more people are returning to in-person work. But the pandemic has changed life forever, and Zoom calls are here to stay. A light, comfortable and effective headset like the Jabra Engage 75 is key to working efficiently.
The new Master & Dynamic MW75 over-the-ear wireless headphones with active noise cancellation were recently introduced. The follow-up to the company’s impressive MW65, this latest offering builds on their years of experience and reflects Master & Dynamic’s growth since their first headphones launched in 2014. The MW75 are impressive, but are they worth the $599 price tag?
Yamaha continues to impress with their Bluetooth headset lineup with the YH-E700A Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones. Yamaha fits a ton of tech in these large headphones, including Yamaha True Sound, Advanced Active Noise-Cancelling, Listening Optimizer, Ambient Sound, Listening Care, Bluetooth 5 with aptX Adaptive, and more. Retailing at $349.95, the Yamaha YH-E700A are over-the-ear wireless headphones for serious audiophiles.
Some time ago, I told Judie that I’d hit a period where falling asleep was difficult. She told me about the Kokoon over-the-ear sleep headphones she had backed on Kickstarter, and she’d be happy to send them to me. She did, and the Kokoon headphones were a huge help, and now the new Kokoon Nightbuds have just been released for those who prefer in-ear buds to over-the-ear headphones for sleep.
True Wireless Earbuds are becoming so common that it’s no longer a question of whether you can find a great pair of TWE that will work for you; it’s what one particular pair does to set itself apart from all other brands and how much they cost that matters now. AXS Audio Professional Earbuds won’t win any awards for original style, but at $149, they offer quite a few features that punch well above their price.
Yamaha has always been known for quality audio-visual equipment, and these new wireless earbuds don’t break from that mold. The Yamaha TW-E5B True Wireless Earbuds offer great sound detail, crystal-clear calls, IPX5 water (and sweat) resistance, and 30 hours of total battery life. Retailing at $149.95, they’re a great option if you’re in the market.