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2008 Holiday Gift Guide: Monster Beats by Dr. Dre studio headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre StudioWe’ve been big fans of the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones since we first got our hands on them. They’ve got a nice style, with a hip-hop vibe, and a fantastic noise-canceling feature. The earcups are surprisingly comfortable, and fold away on the inner side of the glossy black headband, which can then be stored in the included case. The Beats by Dr. Dre studio headphones do requier two AAA batteries for the noise cancellation feature, and you’ll get about 50 hours of listening time on a pair of those. They also include two audio cables, both of which even fit into the original headset jack, and one of which also includes a mic, so you can take calls. The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre stereo headphones can be found on Amazon for $349.

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Sears Black Friday for Gamers

Wii Music

We took a peek at Sears’ Black Friday list and found oodles of inexpensive gifts if you want to fight the crowds. Most are less than $50.00.

  • Buy Any Xbox 360 System Get One Xbox 360 Wireless Controller FREE
  • Nintendo DS - Guitar Hero Decades Bundle Game $49.99
  • Nintendo DS - Traveler Case $9.99
  • PlayStation 3 - Little Big Planet $59.99
  • PlayStation 3 - Blu-ray/DVD Remote $24.99
  • Sony Wireless Stereo Headphones with Transmitter $29.99
  • Wii - Music $49.99


Happy shopping!

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Hijack Keyring Double Headphone Sharer

Headphone SharerHave you ever heard a tune so great that you just had to share? The Hijack Keyring Double Headphone Sharer does just that. Of course you each have to have 2 sets of headphones, but the device will work with an iPod, MP3 player or any device with a standard headphone socket. Share the music with someone on a bus, train or subway for the mere sum of £6.95 (~$11.00.) and you might make a new friend.

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Onkyo MHP-UW2 Acoustic Earbuds

Onkyo MHP-UW2Onkyo has released a new set of MHP-UW2 wireless headphones. The acoustic earbuds operate on a 2.4GHz frequency. Plug the 46 x 90 x 17mm transmitter into your iPod and you are good to go. With lithium-ion batteries, expect about 8 hours of use before needing a recharge. The headphones come with a USB cable and AC adapter. Look for a November release for ¥20,000 (~$20.00.)

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Nokia Music Almighty Competition

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Music

Music Almighty EntrantThink you can design a cool set of headphones? Nokia is sponsoring the Music Almighty Contest. Download a “Style Palette” or “Freestyle” template and come up with your creation. You can alter the color, add graphics, and drag and drop components. Five winners get to go to the UK to see their designs become realities. The deadline is Dec. 31. If you want to see some of your competition, head over to their gallery.

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Aiaiai Y-Com Earbuds

Y-Com EarbudsAiaiai’s new Y-Com is not only less metallic and ugly than most earbuds, it is compatible with iPhones. With a choice of 3 different color combinations, it one ups its non-iPhone design with thicker cords for less tangling, and has an inline mic button to control incoming and outgoing calls. Three sets of buds come with the headphones, and the Danish company claims great sound-isolation and full spectrum sound from C4 Studios. Available from Aiaiai for a price of €55 (~$110.00.)

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Jawbone Offers Lawbreakers Discounts

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If you live in one of those states that has a Hands Free Law and have already been busted, Jawbone is offering a $20.00 discount. What a clever promotion! Their theory is that “having a conversation shouldn’t be a crime.” You simply put in the state that caught you and the ticket number and your price is lowered. Available in black or gold, the Jawbone, with NoiseAssassin technology, separates speech from ambient noise. It comes with a wall charger, USB cable, 3 earbuds, and 4 earloops for $109.00 after the discount.

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JVC HP-SX505 Neodymium Earphones

HP-SX505JVC 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.)

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Beats by Dr. Dre unboxing gallery

Beats by Dr. Dre headphones removing plastic

We’ve been following the headphones ever since we first got some hands-on (and ears-on) time with them back at . The Gear Live group that got to try them out included a few serious audiophiles, and we were thoroughly impressed by the sound that they were putting out, and this is when they were still in the development phase.

We just got a pair of the final production model, and early indications are that they are full of a bit more awesome than they were back then. We will hit you with a proper review soon, but for now, we wanted to get you a nice Beats unboxing gallery, chock full of unboxing shots. We’ve got over 30 images for you to chew on while you wait for these bad boys to launch on July 25th. If you want them, you will find them exclusively in Apple Stores and Best Buy, as well as over at BeatsByDre.com. They will run you $349.95, $50 less than they were announced for back at CES.

Also, in case you missed it, check out our Beats by Dr. Dre unboxing video.

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Unboxing Live 039: Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones

The Beats by Dre headphones were originally announced at CES 2008, where we were able to get our first experience at listening to the headset. As we noted in our video back then, we were thoroughly impressed. The sound was killer, with fantastic bass. The headphones were well thought out, shipping with audio cables that fit into the original iPhone, and even including a cable that has a microphone on it so that you can take phone calls.

The Beats by Dr. Dre were conceived by Dr. Dre himself, and are mutually designed with Monster Cable. The headphones feature both a unique and futuristic style, as well as newly developed sonic technologies, which result in outstanding performance.

In this episode, we unbox the Beats by Dr. Dre. Included in the box are the headphones themselves, a red audio cable (which fits into the original ), a customized iSoniTalk cable (which also fits into the iPhone, and has a microphone so that you can use the Beats to talk on the phone), cleaning cloth, a studio jack, and protective carrying case.

You can find them soon for $349.95, which is $50 less than they were originally announced for.


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