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Sony SBH70 water resistant stereo Bluetooth headset flash review

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The Sony SBH70 is an IP57-certified Bluetooth headset that uses a tried behind-the-neck form factor with in-ear headphones with vented acoustical design (think the Apple EarPods). It is super light (50g) and extremely flexible and overall, a joy to carry and use.

The headset is compatible with Android and iOS and I went through this review using it connected to an Apple iPhone 6. As far as I know there are no features exclusive to Sony smartphones to speak of.
That doesn’t mean to say the Sony SBH70 is lacking in features, just on the contrary. Join me as I explore it in detail. Read more »

OPPO announces PM-3 Classic closed-back planar magnetic headphones

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Contrary to what some might know, Oppo doesn’t just make smartphones and in fact the company is known more for its AV products and has been in that business longer than it has been making smartphones.

The company has now announced a new pair of closed-back planar magnetic headphones, called the PM-3 Classic. At 10 oz (283.5g), the PM-3 Classic are the world’s lightest pair of closed-back planar magnetic headphones, which are usually known to be big and bit bulky. Read more »

Samsung announces Level On Wireless and Level Link Bluetooth headphones

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Samsung has launched two new products in its Level series of audio accessories. The first is the Level On Wireless, which is a wireless variant of the Level On headphones.

The Level On Wireless connects to your phone via Bluetooth and has a touchpad on the side to control playback of music, calls, and features like S Voice. It also has six built-in microphones that are used for the active noise cancellation feature. Unlike the Level Over headphones, the Level On have a supra-aural design, which means they sit on your ears instead of around them. Read more »

Meizu teams up with Beyerdynamic to deliver a high-quality pair of headphones

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Meizu has enriched its product portfolio today with its first high-end stereo headset. It comes courtesy of German audio company Beyerdynamic and should deliver superb audio quality, worthy of the Meizu MX4 Pro.

The flagship smartphone in question boats impressive HIFI audio and a dedicated audio processor but the Chinese manufacturer didn’t really have the proper earphones to deliver the said quality in a complete package. Read more »

Meizu, AKG team to launch limited edition headphones on April 15

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Smartphone makers partnering with headphones making companies is no new trend and as you might remember recently Meizu joined it – shaking hands with AKG Acoustics teams.

Meizu’s official Weibo account has put up several teaser images for new headphones launch on April 15. Read more »

Apple adds iPhone-matching colors to its Beats Solo2 wireless headphones

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You can now order Beats Solo2 wireless headphones in an iPhone and Macbook-matching colors. Apple added silver, gold, and space gray color schemes to its lineup of on-ear headphones.

Announced in November last year, the Beats Solo2 wireless headphones were initially available in black, white, blue, and red. Read more »

Xiaomi outs upgraded Piston in-ear headphones

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Xiaomi took the wraps off the third generation of its popular Piston in-ear headphones. The new headset features updated design, build quality, and sound signature.

The looks of the new Piston in-ear headphones have earned them a Reddot design award. Read more »

Hoop by Coloud is an active headset for your Microsoft Lumia smartphone

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Microsoft teamed up with the Swedish manufacturer of audio accessories Coloud to create an active headset for Lumia smartphones. Hoop by Coloud is already available in Europe for €29.

The headphones are available in three colors that are typical for Microsoft Lumia smartphones – green, orange, and black. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 earbuds made the rounds online

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The downpour of leaks and rumors on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 has been intensifying with the nearing of its official launch. One detail that has remained left out though has been the flagship’s headset.

That omission has been addressed and live images of the earbuds that will likely accompany the Galaxy S6 and its Edge sibling have been spotted online. Read more »

House of Marley Liberate XLBT wireless over-ear headphones review

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The Liberate XLBT are House of Marley’s first wireless headphones. The headset is the bigger brother of the Liberate on-ear model I reviewed recently.

Wireless headphones are becoming increasingly popular, so it is hardly a surprise that House of Marley wants a piece of the action. Hit past the break to find out if the Liberate XLBT headphones are worth your attention and money! Read more »

Xiaomi announces Mi Box Mini and Mi Headphones

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Along with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, Xiaomi also announced two new peripherals at its keynote today. The Mi Box Mini is a smaller version of its Mi Box set-top box, which is essentially an Apple TV-esque device meant for streaming content from your smartphone.

The Mi Box Mini is extremely small and can just plug in straight into a power point. Read more »

Philips announces Fidelio NC1L noise-canceling headphones with Lightning connector

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Last year, Philips announced the Fidelio M2L headphones designed to work with Apple’s Lightning connector. At CES this year, Philips announced a new model, the Fidelio NC1L that also includes built-in noise cancellation.

Just like the M2L, the NC1L includes its own integrated DAC and amplifier for converting the pure digital signal from the Lightning port into audio signal for the drivers. It also includes four microphone array for the noise canceling feature to work. Read more »

Sennheiser updates Momentum headphones, launches two new wireless noise-canceling variants

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Sennheiser has updated its premium Momentum series of headphones. The current Momentum and Momentum On-Ear now feature improved design for better comfort as well as the ability to fold them for easier transportation.

Along with that, the company also announced two new wireless versions of the Momentum headphones. They feature the design improvements of the second generation models, but cut the cord and go for Bluetooth (aptX) to transfer the data. The headphones feature built-in controls to control your audio playback and calls, as well as NFC for pairing easily with your smartphone or tablet. On top of that, they also feature active noise-cancelation, which is not present in the wired models. Read more »

Phiaton BT 220 NC wireless in-ear headphones review

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Phiaton BT 220 NC is the Korean manufacturer’s latest wireless in-ear offering. The noise-canceling Bluetooth 4.0 headset replaces the already stellar Phiaton PS 210 BTNC on top of the company’s in-ear lineup.

In past encounters, I found Phiaton headphones to offer a good balance between design, build quality, sound, and value. Read on to find out if the BT 220 NC matches the standards set by its predecessor! Read more »

LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) stereo Bluetooth headset flash review

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The LG Tone Infinim HBS-900 is the top-of-the-line model in LG’s Bluetooth headset lineup. Its highlight are the retractable earbuds, with the cables hiding inside the body of the neck band.

The harmon/kardon insignia is not present here by accident either. This stereo Bluteooth headset has some serious audio credentials to match its premium price tag.

Another selling point in favor of the headset are the LG G3-specific features. LG has made sure that the two devices are a great match. In fact, at the time of writing this review there is a great Christmas deal going on in certain markets (Germany for one) where you get the Tone Infinim for free with each purchase of the LG G3.

Coming from the lower LG Tone Ultra HBS-800 model and using a phone that’s different from the G3, I was curious to see not only how good the HBS-900 is but also whether it actually deserves the 50% price markup over the LG HBS-800. On its own, the Tone Infinim currently sells for about $150/€150 depending on the region.

Join me as I take a brief look at this stereo Bluetooth headset in our latest flash review. Read more »