Logitech is pleased to present their Ultimate Ears 700 to everyone. Already used by professionals, hook them up to your iPod, MP3 player or computer and enjoy a custom tuned dual armature layout and a frequency response of 10 Hz to 16.5 kHz in two channels per ear. The earphones come with case and an assortment of soft-silicone ear cushions with Comply foam comfort. Logitech promises passive noise isolation of up to 26 dB. Look for them this month with a MSRP of $229.99.
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There is still time to get that last minute gift for your favorite valentine. Let everyone know the object of your affection when he/she uses their iPod, MP3 player, PDA, laptop or portable gaming system with these Heart Ear Buds with 3.5mm socket. For those who want to show their affection in an alternative way, there are also Duck and Fly Ear Buds available. Each set runs $11.99.
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You liked the Koss CC_01 earbuds but figured they were two pricey. Here is an inexpensive alternative. Acoustibuds are soft hypoallergenic silicone fittings that will fit an iPhone, iPod and most other MP3 player earphones. A CES award winner, the company claims the “flexible fins” provide enriched acoustics and better sound isolation. They also say neither extreme physical movement nor perspiration will interfere with the Acoustibuds’ ability to stay in and provide comfort. At a price of only $12.99 for 2 pairs (in 2 different sizes,) this is a heck of a deal, especially if you have sweaty ears.
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If money is no object, think Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10vi earphones. They manage to cram in three individual speakers and an integrated crossover circuit that has low, mid and high-range frequencies. There is a mic for hands-free phoning home and an in-line multi-function button. With a year warranty, the earbuds come with changeable tips for decreasing passive noise and increasing sound isolation. The Triple.Fi carries a price of $419.99.
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So, by now you know we are big fans of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, as we’ve talked about them quite extensively. The over-the-ear cans are just very good, and we also appreciate the look. Up next for the line, though, are the Beats Tour edition. The difference? While the Beats Studio headphones went over the ear, the Beats Tour headphones are actually earbuds, meant to go in your ear (obviously.) We’ve got a pair of the new Beats Tour headphones here, and we are putting them to the test. We’ll hit you with a review in a bit, but for now, we’ve snapped a bunch of photos to show them off. Check them out in our Beats Tour unboxing gallery.
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Want beauty, practicality and the opportunity to get a free pair of chicBuds? Then read on, because we’ve got something you’ll want to hear…
On the beautiful side, chicBuds are detailed with Swarovski Crystals, and come in five delicious colors. On the practical side, they have a cool little clip that allows you to attach them to your bag (so they donʼt get lost,) or to your clothes when you’re at the gym (to keep them from flying around.) The cord also has five stopping points so you don’t have to deal with a cord that’s too long or too short and they are completely retractable so they don’t get tangled. They also come in a candy-like designer tin that will allow you to store both your iPod and the earbuds.
The best part, though, is where the whole “free” thing comes in. Purchase a pair of chicBuds from Dillard’s (online or in-store) or Fred Meyer (store only) before midnight PST on November 28th, and email your copy of your receipt along with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 people to send in their information will get a free pair of chicBuds sent to them - how’s that for a giveaway? Be sure to check which stores carry them in your area - or just order them online and email in your receipt. The giveaway is only available to US residents only, you know how that goes.
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The Altec Lansing UHS306 earbuds are, in our opinion, the best pair of wired earbuds that you can get for the iPhone in the under-$100 price range. You’ll find cloth wires that will greatly reduce instances of tangling (which is almost like two gifts in one!) The UHS306 also incorporates both an in-line microphone and in-line volume controls, which means you can use these to listen to your music and for taking phone calls. A switch hook, lapel clip, and mute controls round out these $89.95 earbuds. Even better? We’ve found them for $56.99.
Be sure to check out more suggestions in our Holiday Gift Guide!
JVC has a new pair of Neodymium in-ear canal headphones with a frequency response of 8Hz to 22,000Hz, a 104 dB/mW at 1 kHz sensitivity, a maximum power input of 200mW, and a 10ohm driver diameter. Similar to the company’s HA-SX500, the brass ring on the HP-SX505 supposedly reduces vibration and energy loss. Look for the dynamic earbuds with their 0.8m cable to make their debut in August with a price of €80 (~$125.00.)
We wish that GreenHouse had photographed these earbuds with a head so we could have seen just how ludicrous they look when in actual use. The Buta Earphones go in one ear and out the other and were designed to cut out extraneous noise. They have an impedance of 16 ohms, a playback frequency of 20Hz-20KHz, weigh only 17 grams, and have a 0.9m cable. Available in small, medium, and large, and in colors of pink, white, and black, you can pick up a pair for $35.99.
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Previously, we’ve raved about the iPhone Vibe Duo headset/earbuds and the 2nd generation Duos with the answer/hangup button. Unfortunately at this time I’m are dismayed to report that I can no longer so highly recommend the Vibe Duos or any other product manufactured by V-Moda.
In the 9 months I’ve owned a set of the Vibe Duos, they have required repair once, and failed outright 3 times. While the Duos sound incredible and are super comfortable, it’s hard to continue to recommend a product with such an astonishingly high failure rate. It’s actually surprising that the Duos have such a high failure rate given their cloth cables and metal construction - initially we would have guessed them to be among the most sturdy earbuds available.
To top things off, V-Moda’s customer service sucks. Returns take weeks on end, and the most recent attempt to get a replacement pair of earbuds has ended in stony silence from V-Moda and a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. Hit the link below for the full gory details over on my personal blog, and a copy of the BBB complaint.
Update: V-Moda has officially responded - check out the V-Moda responds post for details.
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