Headphones

Focal Elear Open-Back Headphones Prove You Get What You Pay For

“These cost how much?” Raina asked. “Just listen to them,” I urged. Raina put on the headphones and played some of her favorite tunes.“ It didn’t take long for her to become a fan of Focal’s Elear Open-Back Headphones. But at $1000 a pair, she’s not sure they would be a wise purchase.


BuddyPhones are Impressive Volume Limiting Headphones for Kids

When you’re traveling and your kids want to watch a movie or TV show, you’d do well to have a good set of children’s headphones with you. BuddyPhones fit the bill because they are volume limiting, durable, and comfortable. They also come with fun stickers so your kids can personalize them to their liking. BuddyPhones retail for $24.99.


V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless Headphones Cut the Cord and Let You Run

As I’ve written previously, I love V-MODA products and have anxiously been waiting for the V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless to arrive. They cut the word without compromising on sound or battery life thanks to their “Neckband Headphone” design that wrap the battery and controls around the neck as the earbuds extend from thin wires to reach your ears.


New Update to Skybuds Include “Find My Skybuds’ & ‘Audio Transparency’

Travis recently reviewed Skybuds, and since then we’ve noticed people online asking about a feature that Apple’s very own AirPods have that Skybuds owners have hoped for — notifications when you’ve lost one of your wireless earbuds. Well, the company has listened, Alpha Audiotronics, makers of the Skybuds have recently announced their ‘Find My Skybuds’ functionality.


Master & Dynamic Announces a New Color for Their MW60 Wireless Headphones

Master & Dynamic is a favorite over here at gear Diary, and the New York City-based audio company announced a brand new colorway of their MW60 Wireless Over-Ear headphones that are worth checking out.   On January 1st of this year, the Second Avenue Subway station opened, featuring 12 large scale portrait, with 10 mosaics and two tile works by Chuck…


V-MODA Launches the Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

V-MODA headphones are, consistently, my favorite line of headphones. And my favorite V-MODA offering? The V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones. The headphones offer the best of both worlds. They are amazing wired headphones and, fantastic wireless headphones too. Now the company is launched the next generation of their wireless headphones. The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear headphones look amazing!


Plantronics Backbeat 500 Series Wireless Headphones Are Inexpensive but Not Cheap

It was already happening but Apple removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 advanced the case for wireless headphones significantly. Plantronics set out to make a pair of affordable wireless? headphones that didn’t make you compromise. The result? The Plantronics Backbeat 500 Series Wireless Headphones. At under $80 they are affordable. But are they any good?


Marshall Announces Their Monitor Bluetooth Headphones

Today Marshall announced their latest Bluetooth product that is sure to be on any audiophile’s list of things to buy in 2017. Considered Marshall’s ultimate Bluetooth headphones are the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones, a premium pair of headphones that will feature Hi-Fi, Bluetooth APTX compatibilities, on top of 30+ hours of studio quality playtime on a single charge.



SmartOmi Boots Mini: A Truly Wireless pair of Headphones for Under $100

If you’ve been looking for a pair of truly wireless headphones, chances are you’ve seen some of the brands that are available out there but were scared away by the outrageous prices. But there’s hope as a company by the name of SmartOmi wants to take down the competition with their SmartOmi Boots Mini earbuds.


Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones Are a Treat for Your Ears!

Tiny, barely there Bluetooth earbuds have been all the rage so far this year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for big, powerful, immersive headphones. Skullcandy asked us to take a look at their new Crusher Wireless headphones, which eschew the skinny in favor of bold, powerful sound. Do they live up their promises?



Skybuds Cut the Cord for Good

After owning an iPhone 7 plus, no longer having the 3.5 mm headphone jack has really changed my listening habits. I do not want to use dongles, so my search is for everything wireless. I recently got a chance to try out Skybuds truly wireless earbuds ($219.99) and they are a good entry into the world without wires. 


MyManu Announces the First In-Ear Translating Earphones at MWC 2017

If you a frequent traveler, or just want to break the language barrier wherever you are, you should check out MyManu’s CLIK — the World’s first language recognition and live translation in-ear earphones. Being the first to do something isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, and Mymanu knows this, as they took Barcelona by storm this week by announcing that…


Pioneer Rayz Are Lightning Smart

Pioneer describes their new Rayz earphones as “Lightning smart” and “The iPhone’s perfect accessory.” After using them since Judie brought me a pair from CES, I would agree with that and add they are “brilliant at noise cancellation” and “among the best deals around.” Priced at just $99.99 and $149.99, they are worth every penny.



Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE Headphones: The Best Pair for the Money

I recently reviewed the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 headphones; now I’ve got their slightly more upscale brother, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE, in hand. Everything I enjoyed about the BackBeat PRO 2 is present (do check out their review if you haven’t already), but with the PRO 2 SE headphones, there is even more to love.



The Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds Are Awesome, No Strings Attached

Jabra is an audio company that is known for their high-performance premium headphones. And a lot is the same with their Jabra Elite Sport earbuds, a competitor in the completely wireless headphone market looking to take down Apple’s Airpods. We had an opportunity to check them out, so let’s see if they can compete with the Dash and Airpods.


Plantronics BackBeat FIT Second Look: Still Impressive

At CES 2016, Judie and I had a chance to check out the Plantronics BackBeat FIT. We were impressed and said so in our review last February. (Read the review.) Fast forward a year, and the BackBeat FIT is still going strong. A few things have changed, so we thought we would take a second look.


Marshall Mid Headphones Bring Big Sound with Style

As a guitar player, I’ve been aware of the quality of Marshall products for most of my life. The fact that they are not just a guitar amp company, but they also make speakers and headphones is great. I recently received the $199 Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones to review. The styling is cool as heck, but what about the sound?