Audio

Powerbeats 2 Wireless

I know that Beats products have long had the reputation of being about “brand” and not performance. I’d being lying if I said I wasn’t impressed by the recent Lebron James commercial about the Powerbeats 2, though. I’ve recently picked running back up as a hobby, so I wanted to get some bluetooth headphones to run with. I debated between the Powerbeats 2 and the JayBird BlueBuds X headphones. After much research, I decided to purchase the Powersbeats 2.

Bose OE2i On-Ear Headphones

The Bose OE2i on-ear headphones aren’t the sort of thing that would please a hardcore audiophile, but they sound quite good for how portable they are, especially if you enjoy a little bass. They’re comfortable too, with their slim headband and memory foam ear cushions. The in-line mic and remote are the cherry on top. They were $150 on Amazon just a…

House of Marley ‘Redemption Song’ Earbuds

Earbuds should obviously make your music sound good, but there’s no reason they can’t also look great doing it. These House of Marley in-ear buds are quite stylish and sound excellent to boot. They’re a bit on the bass-heavy side, but I’m okay with that. The buds are fashioned from earth-friendly materials such as recyclable aluminum and polished FSC-certified sapele and maple…

Miccus Mini-Jack RX: Bluetooth Music Receiver For AUX Port

One of the major annoyances with my new car it is that it supports Bluetooth, but not Bluetooth audio. Thankfully, the car at least has an AUX port. I could use a 3.5mm cord, but I wanted to ditch cords altogether. The Miccus Mini-jack RX solves this problem. It plugs into the AUX port, then connects to your phone via Bluetooth. It’s battery powered,…

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones

The JayBird BlueBuds X — recently recommended by our editor Shawn Blanc — are an awesome set of Bluetooth earbuds to run with. They sound great (especially if you replace the default rubber tips with these Comply memory foam earbud tips) and aren’t likely to fall out during your workout, especially since there’s no cable between the buds and your iPhone to…

SpeakerSlide

The SpeakerSlide is a Kickstarter project that reminds me of the SoundBender from a while back, but modernized for today’s iOS devices. It plugs into your Lightning port, placing a curved space directly over the device’s speaker so that its audio redirects to you rather than going sideways out into the air. No more cupping your hand over the speaker like an…

Jabra REVO Wireless Headphones

I don’t know why, but our household is apparently cursed when it comes to headphones. In the last couple months, my Apple EarPods and two (!) pairs of on-ear headphones have lost audio on one side due to issues within their cables. Honestly though, I get sick of dealing with headphone cables anyway—especially on walks or when I’m cleaning around the house…

Overcast for iPhone

Marco Arment’s long-awaited podcast app for iPhone, Overcast, is now available on the iOS App Store. While it won’t be luring me away from my precious Pocket Casts anytime soon, it does have some very cool features, namely Smart Speed (which dynamically shortens silences in podcast episodes) and Voice Boost (which normalizes the audio for all shows). The app itself is free,…

Sol Republic Relays — In-Ear Headphones

I love my Apple EarPods in most cases, but they’re not ideal for jogging. When they’re not falling out altogether, I’m still having to constantly readjust them for comfort. I would prefer to focus on the run itself, thank you very much. The Sol Republic Relays look like a great alternative. According to The Wirecutter‘s recent review, they’re not the best-sounding headphones…

AcousticSheep SleepPhones

If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping at night, listening to relaxing music, nature sounds, or spoken-word materials can be a real sleep aid. The thing is, using headphones and earbuds while lying down gets uncomfortable quickly, especially if you prefer sleeping on your side. This is where AcousticSheep’s SleepPhones come in. They’re basically a soft fleece headband with two embedded…

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