Are Lightning headphones better than the tried and true 3.5mm jack headphone style? In this challenge, I put Lightning Headphones vs the 3.5mm headphone port to see which one sounds better. The challenge took place at YouTube Space LA as part of the YouTube NextUp event that I got to be a part of. What you see in the background is the haunted hotel stage. YouTube NextUp was an amazing experience, and I'll have a video showcasing it shortly. Back to the headphones though, Audeze currently makes the best Lightning headphones that I have found for the iPhone, but you can be sure that more will be coming from a bunch of different manufacturers.
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones are impressive. They come in at a relatively inexpensive price when compared to other headphones in this category, and sound fantastic. The new models are foldable, with nice stainless steel accents, and a closed-back over-ear design that does a great job at noise isolation. When ordering, be sure to select between the Android and iOS versions so you get the right ones. I think that these are the best $200 headphones you can buy right now - I explain why in my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphone review. Great job Sennheiser!
My testing playlist:
You can pick up the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 now.
With the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, Lightning headphones are gonna be big. The Audeze EL-8 Titanium Lightning headphones are an early contender. They are planar magnetic headphones, and include the ability to easily swap between the 3.5mm headphone jack (which the iPhone 7 lacks,) and Lightning. You plug the Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones into the Lightning port on an iOS device, and you get amazing sound thanks to the built in 24-bit DAC and Amp. You can even save two sound profiles directly to the headphones themselves, so that when you switch devices, you get the same sound that you expect.
They do cost $799 though, and that's gonna be pricey for a lot of people, but if you're an audiophile, then the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Lightning headphones may be exactly what you're looking for!
You can pick up the Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones now.
iSounds Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds are perfect for when you're on the go, and don't want cords to get in the way - whether you are traveling, or working out. They're sweatproof headphones that connect to your smartphone or music player over Bluetooth. Once you put them on, you realize how comfortable they are despite the interesting appearance. The iSounds headphones are made of a soft-touch plastic, with hooks that go around your ears to ensure that these headphones won't fall out. The iSounds headphones can connect to two devices at once, allowing you to use them with two smartphones at the same time, or with a computer and smartphone, etc. For example, you could be listening to music on your notebook computer, and then have it pause when your smartphone rings, and seamlessly take the call.
The best part though might be the cost. These compare favorably to the Powerbeats headphones, but cost just a fraction of the price - the iSounds Bluetooth Earbuds are just $35!
You can pick up the iSounds Bluetooth earbuds now.
With the rumors that Apple will be removing the headphone jack with the introduction of the iPhone 7, many are hoping that wireless Bluetooth headphones and earbuds will be available in a big way come this fall. I ran into Kanoa at CES, makers of an amazing pair of truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
With Kanoa, there's no wire connecting the earbuds to your device or to each other. In addition, no wires are needed for charging either, as the earbuds are charges in a wireless case. Kanoa earbuds also allow you to hear the ambient noise around you if you choose - so, when you are out bike-riding and listening to music, you can also hear important cues around you.
You can pick up the KANOA Wireless Earbuds now.
As many folks know, we're big fans of headphones here at Gear Live. We live in a portable world, with portable entertainment available at our fingertips, and we wanna make sure we have great sound when we are on the go. At CES 2016, Panasonic's Technics brand showcased a pair of headphones that may have been the best I've ever heard - the Technics EAH-T700.
Monster is back with another sick collaboration, this time teaming up with world-renowned soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo on the Monster Roc Sport headphone line. We bring you a look at the ROC Sport Black Platinum Over-Ear headphones in this episode.
The ROC Sport Black Platinum over-ears feature a swiveling ear cup design that allow you to easily move an earpiece away from your ear while still listening to the music. You also get an in-line ControlTalk Universal remove for phone calls, Siri, and Google Voice Search.
The sound profile is hand-tuned Pure Monster Sound, and the finish features a sleek black platinum and gold look accents. You get a carrying case and tangle-free cord as well.
You can order the Monster ROX C Sport Black Platinum now.
We bring you a look at the unique, gold Monster 24K headphones in this episode. If you want to garner attention everywhere you go, the Monster 24K is the fashion sound accessory for you. It features:
- Pure Monster Sound in 24k
- Professional DJ-Style Swiveling Earcups
- Iconic Design
- Super Plush Cushions
You can pick up the Monster 24K headphones now.
As part of its big Prime Day sale, Amazon is selling the fantastic Astro Gaming A50 headset for the Xbox One at a 20% discount for the next few hours. The headset allows you to communicate with other players, like any other headset, but also offers the added bonus of being able to play the audio from your game as well. So, you get all the sound of your gaming session directed into one of the best gaming headsets around. Grab it now for $239--it typically sells for $299.
Amazon VJ Andru Edwards interviews UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. Pettis is a Monster ambassador, and talks about the Monster Octagon headphone line, which is built specifically for athletes. He also gives his thoughts on his next fight, and what he thinks about former WWE Superstar CM Punk joining UFC.