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The History of the Headphone

The History of the Headphone

Listening to music privately using your wireless headphones can be extremely relaxing and fun. Is there one particular moment where you questioned yourself about how did your generation end up having such an amazing device?

Like any other inventions, current wireless headphones also have a long history.

Thanks to Nathaniel Baldwin for creating the first headphones. Now, you can enjoy music exclusively just for your ears.

To know more about your favorite wireless headphones, let’s do a little time travel.

1910: First Headphones by Nathaniel Baldwin

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First Headphones by Nathaniel Baldwin

The inventor – Nathaniel Baldwin – was a fundamentalist. He studied at Brigham Young Academy (BYA) and finished his electrical engineering degree at Stanford University. He returned to BYA to pursue a teaching career. However, the university fired him for favoring polygamy.

The introduction of the first headphones began when Baldwin gave Lt. Commander A.J. Hepburn of the US Navy a prototype of a telephone. That telephone was designed like a headset. When Hepburn tested the telephone, he found out that it worked and was able to transmit sounds effectively.

From that time, the navy started to demand more headphones from Nathaniel Baldwin.

1958: Stereophones by John C. Koss

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Stereophones by John C. Koss

At this time, headphones weren’t just limited to radio communication.

John Koss’ SP3 Stereophones started when patients from Milwaukee hospitals rented his portable phonograph. The revolutionary Koss SP3 Stereophones was proven to have good sound quality and were excellent for listening to music.

Today, the established company of John Koss, located in Milwaukee, is still operating and producing headphones.

1979: Walkman by Sony

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1979 Walkman by Sony

Both Baldwin’s and Koss’ inventions were ‘bulky’ and considered inconvenient. This drawback opened new opportunities in developing newer types of headphones.

Sony, which is still a well-known company today, developed the ‘Walkman.’ The MDR-3L2 headphone was included with their cassette players. So no need to worry about the audio source!

These headphones were the supra-aural type that made the earpads press against the ears. This helped block outside noises and assured the user a quality time listening to their favorite artists.

1989: First Noise-Reducing Headset by Dr. Amar Bose

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1989 First Noise-Reducing Headset by Dr. Amar Bose

During a flight from Zurich, Dr. Amar Bose tried an electronic set of headphones. These headphones were used onboard for entertainment purposes of the passengers.

Dr. Amar went home disappointed and determined to develop a set of headphones with his own company – the Bose Corporation. In 1989, the company successfully developed the first noise-reduction headset. This pair of headphones is designed for and still used in the aviation industry.

2008: Beats by Dr. Dre

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2008 Beats by Dr. Dre

From 2008 and beyond, headphones aren’t just designed for listening to music but also for fashion purposes.

Popular hip-hop artist and music producer – Dr. Dre – worked with Jimmy Lovine, who’s the Chairman of Interscope. With the right team, they were able to launch Beats Headphones.

What Wireless Headphones Do NBA Players Wear?

All about running and dribbling balls. These pros also express their stylish lifestyles, especially with music.

So, what wireless headphones do NBA players wear?

It seems that Beats by Dre have been the leading wearable audio technology used by most NBA players. You can see these ballers wearing Beats by Dr. Dre headphones as they get off their buses or hang out in their locker rooms.

We’ve seen celebrities rocking their Beats, and basketball stars are also into the groove. Recently, Apple released a new TV commercial which promotes these two wireless headphones from the famous audio brand.

The “Be Heard” commercial features NBA all-stars LeBron James, James Harden, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant. Watch them rocking those Beats headphones while listening to a song by The White Stripes.

LeBron James has been a Beats user and endorser. He may also be the most generous NBA player as he gave each of his team members a Monster Beats’ by Dre wireless headphones back in 2008. James also put the Studio brand on the map. The Beats Studio headphones went global when James and his team received a customized gold version of the Studio headphones, after winning the gold medal in the London Olympics.

You can also expect James rocking the metallic-looking Executive headphones which have launched worldwide. The Beats Executive headphones are ultra-lightweight and can fold flat for any storage case. These Beats headphones are known for their superb sound quality and bass response. The headphones also have an active noise cancellation feature that’ll put you in an incredible audio experience.

It isn’t only James who has been rocking the Beats Executive headphones. Other NBA players who have worn these bad boys are James Wade, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Chris Bosh.

Well, other audio brands are also trying to get into the game and compete with Beats Audio. The Harman International brand, JBL, has also found their favored NBA star to endorse their audio products.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers point guard, has become the recent endorser for JBL audio products. You can see Lillard wearing many JBL headphones including the JBL Everest Elite 700 wireless headphones.

How Does Noise Cancelling Technology Work?

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The history of noise cancellation technology dates back to 1930s when a German inventor registered a theoretical patent for canceling noise by using interference and creating ‘zone of quiet.’

Today, the theory serves its purpose right. Whether in the field of military and civil aviation or merely in the arena of music listening, noise cancellation technology has been a great deal for many.

How does noise cancellation technology work?

The family of noise canceling technology comes with twins. And just like identical twins, they may look the same, but they aren’t. These noise-canceling headphones come in two types.

Passive Noise Cancellation

Passive noise cancellation technology relies on the physical design of the earcups. The fit and the shape of the earcups determine the extent of the headphone’s power to block ambient noise.

Circumaural headphones are the best type of passive noise canceling headphones. It’s the most widely used in the market. They’re large and fit entirely to the ears. They seal the ears from unwanted outside noise. Neither earbud headphones or supra-aural headphones offer the work that circumaural headphones do.

Active Noise Cancellation

Compared to the prior, active noise canceling headphones rely upon its electronic circuitry to provide noise cancellation. ANC is about generating ‘anti-noise’ that mirrors and cancels the ambient noise.

In an illustration below, notice that the waves that come from the headphones and the external noise have the same amplitude and frequency. But their crests (compressions) and troughs (rarefactions) are designed that the crests of one wave complement with the trough of the other wave. Think of adding 2 to -2. This phenomenon is known as destructive interference.

For a successful noise cancellation, various components are valuable.

1. Microphone
Located inside the earcup, the microphone ‘listens’ to external sounds that can’t be blocked passively.

2. Noise-canceling circuitry
The electronics in the ear cup help sense the input from the microphone.

These electronics generate ‘fingerprints’ of the noise. This mechanism allows the device to note the frequency and amplitude of incoming waves. Once they’ve created a ‘fingerprint’ of the ambient noise waves, they create a new wave that’s 180° out of phase with the waves associated with the noise.

3. Speaker
The headphone’s speakers receive the ‘anti-sound’ feed created by the noise-canceling circuitry along with the standard audio. As the anti-sound erases the noise, it doesn’t affect the sound waves in the regular audio.

4. Battery
This component is the powerhouse of the entire noise canceling scheme. It gives essence to the word ‘active’ in ANC since it supports the system to produce a noise-canceling effect.

With the help of these components, the noise-canceling headphones may reduce the noise for up to 20 decibels. At this rate, noise-canceling headphones may be ideal for flights and train travel since they may block 70% of the ambient noise. They’re also suitable for open office environments or any other places with high level of ambient noise.

In an ideal world, noise canceling headphones allow you to have a noise-free music experience. But in reality, that world doesn’t exist. There are trade-offs. But no matter how noise canceling tend to disappoint those who expect too much from its technology, the users can’t get enough of the promise that these headphones bring.

15 Athletes Who Love to Wear Beats by Dre Headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre are most famous for celebrities, DJ’s and singers. These headphones became a strong household name for celebrities and commoners alike. However, Beats aren’t just for stars, singers, DJ’s and commoners but athletes are joining the bandwagon too. Curious? Here are 15 athletes who love to wear Beats by Dre headphones.

15. Neymar. Yeah. The soccer player. Neymar is a constant feature on numerous Beats commercials. He’s also very loyal to his brand endorsement and defying the FIFA World as a proof of that loyalty. How? He wore it during the World Cup when it was so clear that they banned wearing Beats because they had a deal with Sony. Talking about a real bad-ass.

Neymar

14. Lebron James. Lebron isn’t just the King of the NBA, but he’s also Beats very first athlete endorser.

Helping the company rise from startup to a trendsetter by wearing the brand’s headphones in nearly every public appearance he’s in over the last few years.

Lebron James

13. Richard Sherman. After his famous heroics during the 2014 NFL Playoffs, he became one of the many endorsers of Beats. Sherman, the good guy that he is, also gave a pair to every person in the Seattle Seahawks roster.

Richard Sherman

12. Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba has been wearing Beats headphones for many years now, and even owns a personalized pair of the headphones.

Kobe Bryant

11. Michael Phelps. The famous Olympic athlete leads a parade of athletes wearing Beats headphones all throughout the 2012 Summer Olympics. Creating an exposure that helped the brand explode in fame.

Michael Phelps

10. Chris Paul. CP3 has always been spotted wearing both Beats’ earplugs and studio headphones on and off the court.

Chris Paul

9. Thierry Henry. He became Beats endorser way before the 2014 World Cup. Henry is also spotted wearing the headphones in public showing that it’s not just all for the show.

Thierry Henry

8. Kevin Garnett. One of the first few athletes to have gained a full-fledged TV commercial of the brand. He and the Brooklyn Nets never get off the bus without wearing a pair of Beats.

Kevin Garnett

7. Wayne Rooney. The face of Manchester United is frequently spotted in Red Beats which coincidentally, or not, resembles the team’s color.

Wayne Rooney

6. Serena Williams. The world’s famous female tennis player is featured in a star-studded Beats commercial that came out before the 2014 FIFA World Cup and automatically becomes the face of the headphones brand amongst tennis players.

Serena Williams

5. Andrew McCutchen. The first MLB player is the first ever to receive custom-made Beats in 2013 June and has not stopped wearing the brand ever since.

Andrew McCutchen

4. Matt Kemp. Joined the Beats bandwagon since 2012 where he starred in a Beats commercial. The Los Angeles Dodgers MLB star has not stopped. He even bought a pair of the headphones for each of his 24 teammates in 2013.

Matt Kemp

3. Colin Kaepernick. After being featured in a personalized Beats commercial last December 2013, which made Seattle Seahawks fans hate the brand for a while, his loyalty to the brand stayed just the same.

Colin Kaepernick

2. Sydney Leroux. The USWNT soccer player is seen to be wearing Beats headphones on a constant basis. Proving her loyalty by appearing in the commercial that came out before the 2014 World Cup.

Sydney Leroux

1. Mesut Ozil. If there’s one person who has proven its loyalty to Beats, it’s this guy. Ozil has been wearing Beats headphones since his days playing for Werder Bremen. This means that his devotion to the team has passed through three club teams and two different FIFA World Cup appearances. Whoa. Talking about real loyalty.

Mesut Ozil

So those were the list of 15 athletes who love to wear Beats by Dre headphones. Who says Beats headphones aren’t fit for athletes?

How To Fix Beats Wireless Headphones Not Working On One Side

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Have you ever experienced discomfort while listening to your Beats wireless headphones?

There can be various reasons for this issue. One cause of the damage is probably when you put your Beats wireless headphone in your bag carelessly. This usually happens when you’re in a hurry. It could also be a manufacturing defect. Regardless of these reasons, you might want to try your luck fixing your own wireless headphone.

So, how do you fix your Beats wireless headphone when one side of the headphone isn’t working? Read on to know how you to do it.

Identifying the Problem

To avoid things from getting worse, you should try to identify the problem. Doing this step can help direct you to the main issue easily.

One of the common problems of Beats wireless headphones is the loss of audio on one side. If you’re experiencing snapping or popping sounds while listening to a song, you may want to confirm the distorted sound of your device.

Fixing the Problem

One way to verify this issue is to check the sound with the help of a 3.5mm audio jack and an audio source. This accessory is already included when you buy a Beats wireless headphones.

The 3.5mm audio jack must be correctly plugged into your headphone and audio device.

How do you do it?

The L-shaped input of the audio jack should be connected to an audio device. You can plug it in preferably into a computer or laptop so you can check the configuration settings. An audio source is necessary so that you can identify whether both sides are working or not.

The straight input of the audio jack should be plugged into your headset.

Everything is set, and you already checked the configuration settings, but the problem persists. To double check that everything’s working accordingly, you can try different audio sources or audio jacks. If this doesn’t fix the issue at all, you may want to consider your wireless headphones to be checked by a skilled Beats technician.

There might be a hardware issue. The side where the sound doesn’t come out probably had internal parts broken. When this happens, contact the Beats technical support. They may help you solve the issue.

In fixing this problem, the technician may need some tools and the right materials. This may involve disassembling your wireless headphone. But it’s best to contact the Beats technical support, so you get proper guidance on fixing your wireless headphone issue.

The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones in the World

Wireless headphones are a thing nowadays. They come in all shapes and sizes. Wireless headphones have become a necessity for some people and a luxury to others. However, to those people who aren’t afraid to spend for a pair of headphones, this article is for you. We’re going to feature the five most expensive wireless headphones in the market.

1. Abyss – AB-1266

Abyss – AB-1266

The looks may not tell you anything but never judge a book by its cover. In the case of the Abyss AB-1266, this adage applies just the same. These headphones boast superb specifications. Though it has a rectangular shape, you can be sure that there’s a natural, precise adjustability feature. So when those soft lambskin pads land to your ears, expect the absence of pressure or discomfort.

The Abyss AB-126 underwent a rigorous 5-year development to ensure that the planar magnetic drivers are in proper positions. These features reduce reflections and create an open sound from the headphone’s thin, low-mass diaphragm. This results in a broad bandwidth and widescreen spectrum making way for surround sound quality. The sound reproduced will make you feel as if nothing’s going on between you and your music.

2. Final Sonorous X

Final Sonorous X

The Final Sonorous X has not made its debut in the market yet but is already making noise. This gold-plated wireless headphones also have a durable aluminum and stainless steel body. These headphones house 50mm dynamic drivers and titanium diaphragms that guarantee minimal presence to most unwanted noise and distortion.

The headphones are quite bulky at 630g, but they’re intended that way to ensure that once the headphones are clasped on your ears securely, it’ll reduce a lot of ambient sounds. This will then mean better listening experience.

Warning: The following wireless headphones are expensive. Read at your own discretion.

3. V-Moda Crossfade Wireless

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless

V-Moda initially made a name for itself in the DJ arena. Now, it’s going its way to the high lifestyle box. The Crossfade has a dual diaphragm, and robust steel-frame, optimized for smartwatches. These wireless headphones are all for you to enjoy. What makes this wireless headphone expensive is because that it’s customizable and is filled with precious metals. The more you want to customize the more expensive it gets.

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4. Sennheiser Orpheus

Sennheiser Orpheus

Take time to let that sink in. The Orpheus is an electrostatic wireless headphone that comes in the guise of a space machine. The power amp base of the Orpheus is crafted out of pure Italian marble. These headphones also have quartz glass vacuum valves rising from it that glow on ignition.

It flaunts a four parallel digital-to-analog DAC channels per ear, ensuring super-low audio distortion at levels that are physically inaudible. Its 8Hz to 100kHz frequency response range is beyond the capacity of the human’s ability to hear.

5. Lil Wayne’s Diamond-Encrusted Beats

Lil Wayne’s Diamond-Encrusted Beats

Well, no one is as bold as Lil Wayne, but maybe there are some who would want to indulge in some well, luxury. Lil Wayne’s Diamond-Encrusted Beats may come off as just an ordinary Beats by Dr. Dre headphones only that it’s encrusted with diamonds and all. Well, yeah. That’s just about it. Only the diamonds made it super expensive.

What do you think of our list of the 5 most expensive wireless headphones in the world? You think we missed a spot?

Your Guide To The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones In The World

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#1Abyss – AB-1266Abyss – AB-12668.8
#2Final Sonorous XFinal Sonorous X8.6
#3V-Moda Crossfade WirelessV-Moda Crossfade Wireless8.7

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#4Sennheiser OrpheusSennheiser Orpheus8.8
#5Lil Wayne’s Diamond-Encrusted BeatsLil Wayne’s Diamond-Encrusted Beats8.6

What are Wireless Earbuds?

When it comes to maximum portability, wireless earbuds have the best reputation. If you’ve had enough of wires and headphones’ bulkiness, mellow out! You might need a pair of earbuds.

But what are earbuds? How are they different from their family of headphones?

Earbuds and its aesthetics

Earbuds usually don’t have cushions. Some models may have. They’re made to situate by the concha ridge at the center of your outer ear. Compared to in-ear headphones, they don’t sit inside the ear canal.

They often come in a singular size. Users may find this uncomfortable depending on the fit. Some people may have a secure fit while others may fall out frequently. If you’re lucky enough, a pair of earbuds would feel like it’s made for your ears.
If you need them for exercise and sports, you may need those that comes with wings or loops. It helps keep your earbuds in place.

Sound quality

Losing cables don’t mean losing the earphone’s sound quality. But if you want a bass-boosting technology, you need to find a high-quality product. This may cost you a little more than the usual, but if you value superb sound quality, you better opt for the high-end earbuds.

Typically, earbuds allow ambient noise. You may hear what’s going around you. That may be an advantage if you’re using your earbuds in public places. It helps if you’re not too sealed off from your environment. It provides a fair amount of safety when you’re jogging or walking around the block.

Earbuds may not have the same performance as high-end headphones. It’s a tradeoff with it maximum portability.

Compatibility

Earbuds don’t just work with MP3 players and phones. With the advent of advanced technology, earbuds can marry with most of your devices. Today, you can find earbuds that work with computers and TVs.
Bluetooth compatible TVs make it easier for you to enjoy your favorite without bothering anyone in your home. If you need podcasts, you may also have the freedom to pair your earbuds with your TV or computer.

Price

In finding a good pair of earbuds, you may need to shell out a right amount of luck. Earbuds may be as minute as they look, but some earphones may come with a high price. In choosing the right pair of earbuds, make sure that you reconciled the specs with your needs.

The marketplace stretches to make way for models with higher end technology. Wireless earbuds become more popular as more users think portability is king.

What are IR Wireless Headphones?

If you’ve been a backseat passenger, you may have been familiar how a good pair of headphones can turn around a boring car ride into an enjoyable one. It has to be no other headphones than IR wireless headphones.

But what are IR Wireless headphones and how are they more suitable for your specific needs?

Infrared Wireless headphones use infrared technology to transmit audio signals. From the source component to the headphones, the IR is responsible for securing a secure sound quality.

Compared to the other types of headphones, infrared wireless headphones need a clear and unobstructed line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver. The infrared light signal is sensitive that it needs to flow unhindered.

You may think that IR headphones are the least sturdy headphones compared to other wireless wearable audio devices. When it comes to distal audio experience, IR headphones render a poor performance against all wireless headphones. But if it’s given its way, you may have the best audio experience compared to Bluetooth and RF headphones.

Why?

Since Bluetooth headphones rely on Bluetooth technology for portability, the toll is taken on its sound quality. It sounds fair enough since Bluetooth headphones have the advantage of distal audio experience.

With a high-quality of IR wireless headphones, your surround sound experience is at hand while you’re in the backseat.

What are the advantages of Infrared wireless headphones?

Infrared transmission’s high-quality sound production is an ace for IR headphones. Combined with the advantages of wireless headphones, you may have the best backseat experience with this type of headphones.

Low interference
Compared to RF headphones, IR headphones have a lower risk of interference. This quality means that you may have better sound experience as far as the sound transmission distance isn’t compromised.

Battery life
IR wireless headphones with rechargeable batteries may have long-lasting power to keep the headphones working. They often last for about 20 hours. Extended hours of playtime is possible by using alkaline batteries. But these rechargeable batteries should be replaced afterward.

What are the potential disadvantages of IR wireless headphones?

Obstruction
Since IR wireless headphones depend on infrared light for connectivity, listeners may experience intermittent connection depending on their location and distance. Infrared light can’t pass through a solid material. Given this, you may not enjoy the superb sound quality of IR wireless headphones in another room.

Size
Let’s face it. Most IR wireless headphones are bulkier than their wired counterparts.

Recharging
Typically, expensive IR wireless headphones come with rechargeable batteries. The rest comes with alkaline batteries.

Fragility
Almost everything that’s dropped gets broken. Same goes with IR wireless headphones. This may be crucial since this type of headphone contain electronic circuitry. Once it’s dropped, it may be damaged.

If you’re planning to buy IR wireless headphones, it’s important to consider how much you’re willing to shell out. The high-end ones come with some advantages like rechargeable batteries. Before buying, think how you do like your wireless headphones. If you need them close, this might be your top choice.

The 5 Best Wireless Headphones for the Office

Office work may mean long hours of phone calls and music listening. This could be taxing when your set of headphones don’t function the way you need them to.

If you’re looking for the best headphones for the office, our list may help you narrow down your choices.

Office headphones considerations

Wireless connectivity: freedom of movement is of utmost importance.

All-day battery life: headsets with at least eight hours battery life make it to the cut.

All-day comfort: this may mean padded earcups and a headband that doesn’t pinch too tightly. You don’t want to have headaches after your long hours of duty

Incoming and outgoing audio quality: communication shouldn’t be compromised.

Computer and mobile phone connectivity: This factor is significant to users than the feature to connect online.

Music playback capability: headsets that cater high-quality stereo playback.

Best Wireless Headphones for the Office

Among all considerations, the wireless connectivity, comfort, and high-quality audio are among the dealbreakers in choosing the best headphones for office. And among all choices, these 5 made it to the cut.

1. Plantronics Voyager Focus UC

Plantronics Voyager Focus UC

Plantronics Voyager Focus UC has it all. It can connect to your mobile phone and computer for calls and music experience.

In the call center set-up, these headphones spell comfort.

It allows you to seamlessly move from device to device while voice alerts announce caller ID and connection status, as well as talk time level.

It also has built-in smart sensors. This feature means that the headset knows when you take it off. Once you do, it automatically pauses your music and mutes your call.

Also, the Voyager Focus’ boom may be worn on either side of your head. It features active noise cancellation technology.

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2. Jabra Evolve 65

Jabra Evolve 65

If our top choice isn’t available, you may opt for the Jabra Evolve 65.

It looks flashier due to its red accents, but it’s assured that it sounds good as it seems.

Also, its battery life is plausibly reliable for long hours of use. No worries when the battery dies. You can still have the liberty to use it as a wired headset. Just connect the USB cable and voila! Additional audio experience!

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3. Plantronics Voyager 5200

Plantronics Voyager 5200

If your budget won’t allow you for the first two choices, the Plantronics Voyager 5200 is for you.

This model was tested and certified by the manufacturer or by a third-party refurbisher to look & work like new.

The repairing process includes functionality testing, reconditioning, inspection, and repackaging.

This wireless headset comes with a 90-day warranty, and it’s packed with all relevant accessories.

It’s a single-ear model. This factor is why you lose stereo audio when listening to music. But it goes with an adjustable boom mic like our top headphone stereo picks.

It boasts its ability to give an all-day comfort to its users.

This wireless headphone also supports seamless connectivity and come with a USB adapter. You connect your headset to your computer or your phone.

With wideband audio that goes three noise-canceling microphones, the Plantronics Voyager 5200 allows you to be heard crystal clear without the background distractions.

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4. Plantronics Savi W720

Plantronics Savi W720

It manages all connections through a base. This base needs to be plugged into a wall outlet. It may sound tedious, but this model supports excellent outgoing voice quality.

Also, this wireless headset’s earcups are well-padded, and it’s headband’s mild clamping allows you to have a comfortable time for long hours of use.

Among the choices in this list, the Plantronics Savi W720 is the only model that connects to a landline.

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5. Sennheiser MB Pro 2

Sennheiser MB Pro 2

Like the other choice, the Sennheiser MB Pro 2 also manages its connection through a base. It may also connect to a landline and your computer.

Unlike the other choices, it cannot connect a mobile phone.

The outgoing audio was good enough in a quiet office, but this model’s active noise cancellation feature didn’t perform well.

Amidst all its drawbacks, this model boasts its excellent battery life and comfort feels since it’s just 3 ounces in weight.

Looking for great headsets for an office set-up can be tricky. It’s important to know the considerations before leaning towards a prospect choice. Whether your priority is its comfort, audio quality, or budget-friendliness, you may choose among our top-rated picks. Tell us about your experience with these wireless headphones for the office!

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Your Guide To The Best Wireless Headphones for the Office

RankImageHeadphonesPriceRatingsFind Lowest Price
#1Plantronics Voyager Focus UC
Plantronics Voyager Focus UC$$$8.5

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#2Jabra Evolve 65
Jabra Evolve 65$$$8.4

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#3Plantronics Voyager 5200
Plantronics Voyager 5200$$$8.3

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#4Plantronics Savi W720
Plantronics Savi W720$$$8.4

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#5Sennheiser MB Pro 2
Sennheiser MB Pro 2$$$9.4

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How to Connect Wireless Headphone to TV

At most part, you likely want to relax at night time after a stressful day. You may be streaming videos, listening to your favorite artists or even go through your much-awaited episodes on Netflix. If you’re not living alone, you may disturb other house members.

Worry no more because you can definitely connect your televisions to wireless headphones.

Pairing these two devices isn’t difficult as you might think. In this article, we provide you with options on how to make your ‘netflix and chill’ possible even if it’s past twelve.

Here are some options that you might consider when connecting your wireless headphone to your TV:

  • Dedicated wireless headphones
  • Bluetooth transmitters
  • Media streamers

Dedicated Wireless Headphones

Most TVs don’t have built-in Bluetooth. If you have the same issue and thinking that it’s not possible, you’re wrong.

Dedicated wireless headphones are the easiest way to solve your problem. You can purchase these headphones online or any electronic retailers near you.

When you buy dedicated wireless headphones, it comes with a base station. This usually serves as a ‘modem’ which allows you to connect your TV and wireless headphones. Unlike Bluetooth, this type of wireless headphones has a wider operating range at approximately 300 feet. Amazing isn’t it? This is because dedicated wireless headphones use radio frequencies.

Bluetooth Transmitters

If you already have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, there’s no need for you to buy dedicated wireless headphones. But you still need to purchase Bluetooth transmitters if your TV isn’t Bluetooth-enabled. The device will serve as a ‘link’ between your wireless headphone and TV. Pairing is possible using Bluetooth connectivity. You can usually plug a transmitter into your TV’s USB port. A little downside for Bluetooth transmitters is that they have a shorter operating range of approximately 30 feet.

Media Streamers

Media streaming is an option considered as the most hassle-free ways to connect your wireless phones to your TVs.

Some of these media streamers are the following:

  • Android TV – if your Android TV supports Bluetooth headphones, just set the wireless headphones into a pairing mode. On your TV, go to Settings > Bluetooth and look for your headphone device.
  • Apple TV – fortunately, Apple TVs always support Bluetooth headphones. Just set up the wireless headphones into pairing mode and proceed to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
  • Amazon Fire TV – to connect, directly go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices. Your wireless headphone will appear under Discovered devices.

Facebook to make VR Mainstream with their Oculus Wireless Headset

Facebook will soon have an impressive upgrade for their one billion subscribers. CEO Mark Zuckerberg dreams of bringing virtual reality to Facebook.

Zuckerberg recently debuts the new Oculus Rift headset, the Oculus Go. He said that it’s Facebook’s first all-in-one, wireless VR headset which will be available in the market soon for only $199.

The wireless headphone exudes quality and portability at a reasonable price. This headset’s price falls between two of Facebook’s earlier devices which are the Samsung Gear VR ($129), and the Oculus Rift ($399).

“It’s an all-new standalone headset that doesn’t require you to snap in a phone or attach a cable,” Zuckerberg said at the annual Oculus’ ‘Connect’ developer conference held in San Jose, California.

The Oculus Go features an incredible 2560×1440 QuadHD screen and a new set of lenses. It’s equipped with a built-in spatial audio which can be used even without headphones. The wireless headphone also has a control device which is similar to that of Samsung’s Gear VR.

Zuckerberg describes virtual reality as the next dominant computing platform after smartphones.

Their latest addition to their VR product line should extend Facebook’s availability to other gadgets apart from being dependent on smartphone manufacturers.

The idea that technology is ‘isolating and anti-social,’ will one day be disproved. Zuckerberg stressed his view that virtual reality will eventually make everyone’s lives better.

“Saying that VR is isolating because it’s immersive is really narrow,” Zuckerberg said. “Opening up experiences to all of us — that’s not isolating, that’s freeing.”

The Facebook CEO explained how virtual reality could improve the quality of education for the future generations. With VR, every student from any field of study can freely expose themselves to more detailed information. Instructors can also accommodate their students without being physically present.

When it comes to entertainment, VR is much enjoyed by gamers these days, but soon people can go beyond limits. Zuckerberg describes how an elderly woman in the UK uses the Oculus to visit various places virtually because she couldn’t physically travel.

With the CEO’s futuristic goal, Zuckerberg noted that Facebook would also need to be careful to create a ‘safe’ environment in VR.

Facebook plans to offer its Oculus Go developer kit this coming November. The company also plans to release the Oculus Go next year.

The Most Expensive Beats Wireless Headphones by Dr. Dre

The Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones are quite common for the rich and famous. These wireless headphones are one expensive brand for entertainment purposes, but to audio professionals, these headphones are one of the best audio devices in the market.

We all know what the Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones are capable of doing. The question now is, will these headphones get more expensive?

Yes, they can, and these wire-free audio devices come with hefty price tags. Here are some of the most expensive Beats headphones by Dr. Dre. Let’s start from the least to the most expensive.

1. ColorWare Collection Illusion Beats by Dr. Dre

ColorWare Collection Illusion

Beats and customization specialist Illusion, worked together to make these headphones produce not only high-quality sound but also a chameleon-like iridescent exterior. The wireless headphones are carefully customized to deliver a color-shifting effect to your headphones. Depending on the color you choose, the ColorWare Collection Illusion Beats by Dr. Dre can shift bedazzling hues of blue to red, purple to copper, red to gold, and gold to silver. These colors change depending on which angle of the headphone you’re looking at.

2. Dr. Dre Pro Detox

Dr. Dre Pro Detox

To those who are looking for the best gift that symbolizes forever, then this is the one for you. The Beats by Dr. Dre and Crystal Rocked have teamed up to make the most Swarovski-filled headphones. Only 20 of these limited edition wireless headphones available at Crystal Rocked. This headphone isn’t only filled with beautiful rocks, but the Dr. Dre Pro Detox is designed with high-quality features. These high-end, wire-free audio devices give off high precision and definition sound experience free from distortions.

3. Dr. Dre Beats Pro 24ct Gold Plated

Dr. Dre Beats Pro 24ct Gold Plated

This Beats headphone is another Crystal Rocked masterpiece, one that you can add to the ‘Collector Series.’ The Dr. Dre Beats Pro 24ct Gold Plated wireless headphone isn’t only for audio professionals who prefer decent sound quality, but also for those who want to make their mark with style. These wireless headphones are built from durable, lightweight aluminum material for rugged and on-the-go use.

The flip-ear cups allows the listener to monitor the room without taking the Dr. Dre Beats Pro 24ct Gold Plated wireless headphones off their heads. It also has a dual input/output cable ports that enable you to share music and playlists by daisy-chaining headphones.

4. Beats by Dr. Dre Gold Studio Headphones

Dr. Dre Gold Studio Headphones

This headphone is another item on the Collectors Series. To those who want to have a blend of luxury and high quality, this is the headphone for you.

Each Beats by Dr. Dre Gold Studio Headphone took up to six months to create one.

The headphones come with a custom-made walnut box with a serial number engraved on it. Its serial number proves the authenticity of every single Dr. Beats Gold Studio headphone, and the company disallows a repeat on each item.

The Dr. Beats Gold Studio headphone has a high-definition sound quality isolation powered headphone. It is also limited to 50 headphones only.

5. Graff Diamonds x Beats by Dre $1 Million-Dollar Headphones

Graff Diamonds x Beats

In collaboration with Graff Diamonds, Beats by Dr. Dre created this 114 karat of diamonds. It’s the most expensive wireless headphone as to date. This high-powered isolation headphone allows you to feel the music instead of the headphone. The Graff Diamonds x Beats by Dre Million-Dollar Headphones have plush cushion covers that have ultra-soft breathable materials to keep you cool under all listening conditions even for extended hours.

So, those were the top most expensive Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Would you buy them or not?

Your Guide To The Most Expensive Beats Headphones By Dr. Dre

RankImageHeadphonesPriceRatingsFind Lowest Price
#1ColorWare Collection Illusion
ColorWare Collection Illusion$$$8.6
#2Dr. Dre Pro Detox
Dr. Dre Pro Detox$$$8.8
#3Dr. Dre Beats Pro 24ct Gold Plated
Dr. Dre Beats Pro 24ct Gold Plated$$$8.7
#4Dr. Dre Gold Studio Headphones
Dr. Dre Gold Studio$$$8.8
#5Graff Diamonds x Beats
Graff Diamonds x Beats$$$7.9

How to Prevent Damage To Ears When Using Wireless Headphones

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In this millennium, most of us are too fond with our headphones. Considering that headphones give privacy and entertainment, it’s probably one of the essential devices that we bring when going out from our houses.

Unsafe usage of wireless headphones and other audio devices has been considered as one of the causes of hearing loss among headphone users.

A better way to gain knowledge on how to prevent damage to ears is to understand how ears and headphones work together. Also, know how to limit the use of wireless headphones.

How our Ears Work

Our ears are divided into three main parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. The sounds and voices that we hear produce vibrations that are audible to the human ear.

Sound travels towards the ear canal and hit the middle ear. This causes the tiny bones inside the ear (the incus, malleus, and stapes) to vibrate and touch the outer layer of the cochlea. It triggers the fluid inside to move and enable the nerve receptors to receive information.

This is the main reason we’re able to hear the music coming from our headphones. Misusing wireless headphones can lead to a gradual hearing loss.

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How to Prevent Damage To Ears When Using Wireless Headphones

Causes and Effects of Unsafe Usage of Wireless Headphones

The damage of the ears may be directly proportional to the loudness and duration of a sound. When a person is exposed to loud noises for an extended period, the ear’s sensory cells get exhausted. This causes the person to have temporary hearing loss or tinnitus. On the other hand, when deafening sounds are prolonged, this will cause permanent damage to the ears’ sensory cells.

Below is a list of situations with its corresponding volume of sound measured in decibels (dB):

  • Talking to another person – 50 decibels
  • Moviehouse speakers – 100 decibels
  • Construction site – 150+ decibels

Tips to Prevent Damage to Ears when using Wireless Headphones

Turn down the volume. Don’t try to compete with the background noise. This will only motivate you to go for a deafening sound. Avoid blasting music and use wireless headphones that don’t put much pressure in your ears.

Using the 60:60 is recommended for you. You just have to listen with 60% maximum volume for less than just 60 minutes per day. This will minimize the risks of hearing loss.

Avoid noisy environments or places where there’s too much noise. You might also limit exposing yourself to people who play music out loud.

The most important tip is to give your ears a rest. This will let the ear’s sensory nerves to recover from the exposure to loud sounds. Allowing your ears a rest for 16 hours after going to a noisy club will prevent permanent deafness.

Ears are one the most important organs of your body. Be mindful enough about the risks of using your favorite wireless headphones. It’s still wiser to be cautious than to lose your sense of hearing.

Wireless Headphones with Google Assistant Compatibility

Welcome to 2017. Now, you may speak to your headphones.

Google Assistant bathed in praises when it debuted at its developer’s conference in May 2016. It powered Google’s messaging app, Allo. Google Assistant was also the brain behind its voice-activated speaker, the Google Home. Now, Google Assistant is also available on phones and various third-party speakers.

But Google thought that you might need your Assistant to be more personal. You need responses only you could hear. Good thing Google Assistant may now speak answers right to your ears. Say hello to wireless headphones with Google Assistant compatibility!

1. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Bose is known for its quality headphones. Now, it’s taking a step higher towards producing smart headphones.

Lend your ears to Bose QuietComfort 35 II. It’s one of the first headphones optimized with Google Assistant.

Pair the QuietComfort 35 II with your Android phone or iPhone and you can keep your messages and music up to date with just voice commands.

Getting started with QC 35 II headphones

You’re just a few clicks away to your first Google Assistant headphone experience.

  • Connect your QC 35 II to your phone through Bluetooth.
  • Open your Google Assistant app.
  • Follow the instructions.

Once you’re done with the steps, PUSH and HOLD the Action Button on your headphones and dun dun dun… You can enjoy your Assistant’s smart work which includes the following;

Cool connection to what matters to you

If you’re listening to your jam while you’re busy holding groceries in the train, there’s no need to free a hand to scan your messages. Your Assistant will automatically read your incoming messages or calendar events. No need to lift a finger.

Easy access to music, news and more

You don’t need to scan the daily papers to read the current news. Let your Assistant read them to you. So while you’re walking your way to work or waiting for a cab, you can command your Assistant to choose from a variety of news sources including CNN, NPR, CNBC and more. Just say ‘Play the news’ and poof! You have your daily dose of a virtual newspaper.

Also, music experience continues to improve with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Now, accessing a playlist is easier. Skipping a track or going to a new song is also a piece of cake.

Hands-free calling

Say ‘Call dad, ‘ and you’re calling your dad. Just. Like. That.

Yes. You can take calls from your headphones with no dialing, just talking.

Google has personally worked with Bose to bring you a whole new experience with headphone use.

The QuietComfort 35 II’s noise cancellation capability allows your to defeat unwanted background sounds. With this, you can listen to your favorite music or your Assistant’s prompt responses.

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2. Bassbeat Total Wireless Headphones

Bassbeat Total Wireless Headphones

If wires make you feel bored, no need to feel the itch of untangling the cord. Meet the Bassbeat Total Wireless headphones. It has precise earbud design that takes music listening experience to the level.

It has reliable Bluetooth connectivity that enables you to stream music flawlessly.

With this headphone’s advanced Li-ion cells and excellent power management systems, soak in eargasm for up to 5 hours.

The Bass beat can also be your fitness buddy. It has a waterproof design. You can exercise through running, jogging, trekking and more with no worries because the Bass beat can stand the sweat.

Above all its qualities, let’s not forget why this headphone made it to this list.

The Bass beat Total Wireless Headphones supports Smart Voice-Control Assistants. Not just one but three brands including Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana.

You can start accessing your news, weather, traffic, and other real-time information by a double tap on the main button to activate your selected Assistant.

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3. Sardonyx SX-918 Bluetooth Headphones

Sardonyx SX-918 Bluetooth Headphones

Talk about comfort and secure fit design and the Sardonyx SX-918 has it for you.

These headphones are tailored with a flexible over-ear hook to ensure that the earbuds sit well on your ears. Whether you’re in place, running or doing any active workout, the Sardonyx SX-918 can still do its job well.

Also, the Sardonyx SX-918 goes with an IPX7 waterproof rating that lets it withstand water submersion of 3 feet for 30 minutes.

With its high-end lithium polymer batteries, the Sardonyx SX-918 can let you enjoy about 8 hours of playback. It’s incredible how it also allows 240 hours of standby time when only need 1.5 hours of charging time.

This wireless headphone also allows remarkable crisp treble with deep bass sound. It has passive noise canceling technology that limits ambient noise. This quality lets you enjoy your favorite playlist more.

The Sardonyx SX-918 also boasts on its aptX and latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology. It does seamless pairing and connectivity with all Bluetooth-enabled devices up to 33 feet away.

It’s compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, HTC, Samsung Galaxy LG and other Android smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Notably, the Sardonyx SX-918 is compatible with Siri and Google Assistant.

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4. Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

In the world of smart speakers and artificial intelligence, Apple and Google might compete against each other along with other developers.

But in the zone of headphones, an Android developer managed to create an app that lets AirPods make use of Google Assistant.

The app AirPodForGA allows you to summon Google Assistant instead of Siri. With the familiar double tap gesture of AirPod, you can schedule a reminder or ask for the nearest restaurant without using your phone.

Unfortunately, the marriage of AirPods and Google Assistant is like any other relationship we know. It’s not perfect yet.

If the screen is unlocked, Google Assistant might not work due to other running applications when you use your phone. But the developers say that when you lock your phone back, you can enjoy Google Assistant again.

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5. Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds

If other brands of headphones can use Google Assistant, so can Google itself.

Meet the Google Pixel Buds. Google’s very own headphones that highlight three user-friendly qualities.

Maximized Minimalist Design

The Pixel buds got a unique fabric loop that allows comfortable and secured use. Its earpieces don’t swap. Also, all the audio controls are into a touchpad on the right earbud.

You just have to swipe forward or backward to control volume and tap to play or pause your music.

Charging and storing is easy. Just put the buds inside the pocket-sized charging case, and you’re all set.

In pairing, they still work with iPhones, but it’s nothing compared to Andriod. If your smartphone runs with Android 7.0 Nougat or higher with the Assistant, your phone will automatically detect the Pixel buds and asks if you want to connect to them.

Touch to ask Google Assistant

Information is delivered straight to your ear with just one touch. You can ask your Assistant to make a phone call, give you directions, or play music.

Multi-lingual Assistance

Powered with Google translate, you can translate languages in real time. It’s your portable personal translator. This function is as of now possible only with Google Pixel smartphones.

Say you’re in Little Italy, and you want to order pizza like a pro. You just have to hold down on the right earbud and say, ‘Help me speak Italian.’ As you speak, your Pixel phone speaker says out loud your ideas in Italian.

If you’re a traveler, there’s no need to worry. You can use up to 40 languages.

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Your Guide To The Wireless Headphones With Google Assistant Compatibility

ImageHeadphonesPriceRatingsFind Lowest Price
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose QuietComfort 35 II$$$8.3

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Bassbeat Total Wireless Headphones
Bassbeat Total Wireless Headphones$$$8.4

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Sardonyx SX-918 Bluetooth Headphones
Sardonyx SX-918 Bluetooth Headphones$$$8.3

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Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods$$$8.4

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Google Pixel Buds
Google Pixel Buds$$$9.4

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Google Shows off Wireless Headphones that can Translate Different Languages

Raise your hands y’all! Google has done it again. Last week, Google just released a ton of new gadgets for us to play and enjoy. Recently, they released the Google Pixel, their latest smartphone. And here’s an awesome accessory that goes well with it.

What accessory? Well, say hello to Google’s Pixel Buds.

The Pixel Buds is a pair of wireless earbuds that bring Google’s Assistant and features a real-time translation right into your ears.

So what’s cool about this earbuds aside from being a real-time translator? Here’s a peek on Google’s newest wireless headphones.

First, the Pixel Buds is a wireless headphone that has a cloth cord that connects to the left and right earpieces. The Pixel Buds won’t muffle you away from your surroundings because the earbuds don’t give a tight fit into your ear canal at all. This is totally cool because it doesn’t damage your inner ear directly. The earbuds nestle into the outer ear and stay in place by a small loop formed by the cord.

Second, The Pixel Buds also comes with a cloth-covered case that can recharge the headphones when they’re low. Its fabric case can charge the earbuds for up to four times. Google said they’d last about five hours on a charge. The cute fabric case just doesn’t only charge your headphones. It also pairs your headphones directly to your Pixel phone when you open the case. Cool, right?

Third, One of the purposes of the Pixel Buds is for easy and fast access of the Google Assistant for Android users. To gain access with the Google Assistant, all you have to do is hold your finger down on the right earbud then start talking. The Pixel Buds will then send your voice command to the phone, without making you wait for a beep or confirmation. Then, the moment you lift your finger, the Assistant prompts a subtle audio cue as its response to your command. You can also skip or go back to your music by swiping left or right on the right earbud.

Fourth, translation in real-time. Not unless you have a crappy internet, the Google Translator will do its magic for you.

Let’s say, you went on a trip overseas and didn’t know how to speak the language. Just grab your phone and make sure that your Pixel Buds are intact. Hold your finger down on your right earbud and say, “Help me speak Italian,” then start speaking a phrase.

The moment you lift your finger, the Google Translate app speaks and displays your translation. Then, the person you’re talking with presses a button down on your phone and responds. You’ll hear his or her translated responses directly to your ear.

Google is tearing down boundaries and barriers with their advanced technology. They’re absolutely making the world a more beautiful place to live in.

What do you think about the newest innovation of Google? Let us know in the comments below.

FitBit’s First Wireless Headphone About to Hit the Market

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FitBit is a company known for their wearable wireless activity trackers. These wireless activity trackers enable their wearers to measure their daily routines and exercises. Monitoring data includes the heart rate, the number of steps walked or climbed, the quality of sleep, and other parameters that involve health and fitness.

Now, they’re taking another step higher to make fitness more accurate and fun at the same time. From an ordinary wristband, the company announced that they’d release their exclusive pair of wireless headphones.

Introducing the Fitbit Flyer.

The Flyer is Fitbit’s first ever pair of wireless earphones.These wireless headphones are custom-designed to be your partner in health and life.

Here are some exclusive features of the Flyer to know why this headphone is the next big thing.

Innovative Design

One of the biggest key factors in choosing a product is design and aesthetics. Aside from being a good-looking headset, the Flyer is small, lightweight and has an ergonomic in-ear fit to add comfort. What’s even greater is that you can customize the fit with their interchangeable ear tips, wings, and fins that come with different sizes. These customized accessories are included in the package.

Built for Fitness and Work

One of the key factors of a great headphone is the built. Some wireless headphones are made for one purpose, but the Fitbit Flyer is an exemption to that rule. The Fitbit Flyer is ergonomically designed for both play and work. This wireless headphone is durable and sweatproof which is a good thing for fitness monsters on their tough workouts.

Sound and Audio Quality

What’s a headphone for if the sound quality sucks? Quite ironic, right? The Flyer has premium wireless sound built to have a crisp and clear audio, mixed with powerful bass and a dynamic sound range. Fitbit’s Flyer also has two (2) sound settings: the Power boost and Flyer’s signature sound setting. It also has passive noise isolation which reduces the distraction of outside noises for better listening.

Multi-device Connectivity

Most wireless headphones can connect to one device, but with the Fitbit Flyer, you can connect seamlessly to multiple devices at the same time. This feature is made possible with its recent Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. You can connect the headphone to your Fitbit Ionic and your phone simultaneously.

Battery Life

The Fitbit Flyer has a long battery life. You can use up to 6 hours of playtime and has a 15-minute quick charge to extend another hour.

Music and Call Controls

You can easily manage and adjust your sound, control your playlist and answer or end calls with its three-button control box. The wireless headphone is also equipped with a dual microphone. This feature suppresses external noise for better and high-quality hands-free calls.

So, what can you say about Fitbit’s newest addition to its lineup? Tell us more in the comments section below.

Focal and Unisoft Team up to Create the Most Expensive Wireless Headphone

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If you think that Dr. Dre’s Beats or Bose headphones are too expensive, think for the nth time. You’d be disappointed that Focal and Ubisoft has surpassed yet another record. You read that right the first time. Focal, a high-end and hi-fi headphone manufacturer teamed up with Ubisoft to create another experience for Assassin’s Creed players.

Introducing, the Listen Wireless Headphones, the pair of wireless headphones suited for a King.

So what’s up with these expensive wireless headphones?

Well, aside from the fact that it starts at $56,000. Here are some interesting facts about the Listen Wireless Headphone.

Build

When talking about aesthetics, Listen wireless headphones can truly say that it can hold on its own. Focal and Ubisoft has partnered with French jeweler Tournaire and coated the headphones with real gold. What’s even more interesting is that they used 3D modeling to craft each piece.

Listen is made to be resilient. You get a sturdy feel of the headphone the moment you take it out of its box. Turn and twist the headband without the fear of breaking the headphone. Its brushed chrome ear cups are durable and sturdy. This headphone is designed for on-the-go use and has an added 1.5m audio cable if ever you want a wired audio listening while on the road.

Sound

This headphone’s sound quality speaks for itself. The Listen wireless headphones have a clear voice capture feature. You can hear a crystal clear and detailed sound transmission. Music enthusiasts and gamers can create an emotional benefit on the headphone’s audio performance.

If you’re a fan of loud music, you don’t need to turn your headphone’s volume up because Listen is a sensitive machine. It’ll adjust on its own. You don’t have to worry about shorter play time. Even at low-end frequency range, the bass has an undeniably rich quality.

On the plus side, you can enjoy quality sound for 20 hours of play time. Now, that’s something for hardcore gamers out there!

It’s Limited

The Listen wireless headphone is a collector’s item. Focal and Ubisoft is to release only 22,222 pieces worldwide. So, if you have the bucks and the desire to own one, then it’s high time to get one.

Final Verdict

Money wise, Listen isn’t the headphones for many but only for a few. Nevertheless, it’s a headphone designed for kings, pharaohs, and well, to those who can afford it.

Aesthetically and technically wise, these headphones are truly one for the books. It can actually hold on its own.

Great job Focal and Ubisoft! This headphone is a tough competitor among other expensive wireless headphones.

Plantronics Introduces New Sport Wireless Headphones Line

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Plantronics unleashes its sporty and wireless side this week as it introduced its new collection of active/sporty oriented earbuds and headphones.

Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the 300 Series, the Boost Edition, and the Training Edition.

BackBeat FIT 500 Series

The BackBeat FIT 500 Series is the on-ear model of this bunch. They come as sweat resistant with Nano-Coating Technology.

These headphones are geared Bluetooth pairing slider and a power switch, both in one button.

Also, connected calls are available for this model through a wideband-enabled microphone.

It also has a smartphone VPA and call-control access button. This button can let the user ignore/answer calls, access Siri, Cortana, and Google Now.

The BackBeat FIT 500 Series can do it wireless or wired. It has micro-USB cord and can connect with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

These wireless headphones are equipped with Bluetooth v4.1 connectivity which is compatible with HSP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, HFP 1.6, and A2DP v1.2 profiles.

Plantronics ranked the BackBeat FIT 500 Series with up to 18 hours of listening time. Its speaker has 40mm drivers which come with a bass tube design. Also, its frequency response rates between 50Hz to 20,000Hz and its sensitivity is at 92dBPL.

The BackBeat FIT 500 Series is available in Black/Teal and Black/Grey.

BackBeat FIT 300 Series

The BackBeat FIT 300 Series are pairs of earbuds in the new Plantronics line up. These headphones opt to be discreet and are specially designed to block out ambient noise. Also, it’s made for doing casual leisures and running errands. Plantronics also suggests that these wireless headphones are best for light running, workouts, and ‘casual active’ activities like dog walking.

These wireless headphones last up to 6 hours on a single charge. Also, these earbuds are equipped with Bluetooth v4.1 connectivity which is compatible with HSP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, HFP 1.6, and A2DP v1.2 profiles.

These earbuds have a single mic input and function goes with the frequency response range of 20Hz and 20,000Hz.

BackBeat FIT Boost / Training Edition

The BackBeat FIT Boost Edition is powered by Bluetooth 3.0, AVRCP v1.4, A2DP v1.2, HFP 1.7, and HSP 1.1.

Also, this series comes with their charging pouch. Plantronics said this series could last up to 18 hours of listening time per charge. It has a frequency response range of 50Hz and 20,000Hz, and it’s packed with 13 dynamic drivers.

The PEAR, Personal Coach App, can work with both the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition and the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, in Android and iOS.

The only difference between the Boost and the Training editions is the charging pouch. Both series work with 12 PEAR Personal Coaching App workouts. They also come with a six-month access to PEAR+ membership.

Pricing and Availability

The BackBeat FIT 300 Series is available at Amazon.com since September 20, 2017. It’s available for $$ in four colors, such as grey/lime green, black/grey, grey/coral, and dark blue/blue.

In early October, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series BackBeat FIT Training Edition will be released in the market. The BackBeat FIT 500 Series wireless earbuds will be available at $$ in Black/Teal and Black/Grey.

The BackBeat FIT Training Edition will also be available in early October, at a reasonable price of $$$. Various colors such as Power Blue, Sport Grey, Core Black, Fit Fuchsia, and Stealth Green will be available in the market.

The BackBeat FIT Boost Edition comes in Sport Grey, Black Core, and Power Blue designs, each for $$$.

What are the Different Types of Headphones?

There’s no doubt that wireless headphones have set the bar higher in the world of audio technology. The wireless headphone is the new ‘guy-next-door’ with a perfect family background. They’ve untangled your problem with wires.

Wireless headphones don’t just boast on their wireless efficiency. They’re also known for their high-tech qualities.

While ‘wireless headphones’ is the collective term, it pays to know that they come in 3 different types.

1. Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones are the newest addition to the family of wireless headphones. Most of them usually provide a good balance between cost and quality. These are your best option if you’re savvy with mobile devices which have Bluetooth capability.

If you’re planning to buy a pair of Bluetooth earphones, you might want to consider choosing one of the 3 types of Bluetooth earphones.

In-ear headphones

In-ear headphones might come in similar looks. They’re compact and packed with advanced technology. The difference among each pair lies between the price and the optimal advantage they can offer.

If you’re dying to have a pair of in-ear Bluetooth headphones but have a limited budget, worry no more! For only $50 below, you can now enjoy your ultimate Bluetooth headphone experience.

One example is the Anker SoundBuds which is available in Amazon.com. For only $29.99, you can enjoy better sound transmission with Bluetooth 4.1 technology plus high-fidelity apt-X.

Designed for an active lifestyle, the Anker Soundbuds are sweatproof and delivers a robust performance in practically any environment.

Another budget-friendly Bluetooth in-ear headphones are the Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth. For only $40.53, you can enjoy its feather-light feature. Surprisingly weighs 24 grams, it’s packed with high-end technology.

It has an 8-hour battery life. Now, you can go on listening to your favorite jam then proceed to make calls without the hassle constant charging.

On-ear headphones

On-ear headphones or known as ‘supra-aural’ headphones are attractive to people who prefer portable earphones but aren’t comfortable with in-ear headphones. They’re also a portable alternative to the bulkier over-ear headphones.

If you’re on the hunt for a good pair of on-ear headphones that costs $25 below, Amazon.com has it for you.

Available at $23.49, Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones offer you its 40mm large-aperture driver units and CSR chip. This model provides faster sound transmission speed, lower latency, and better audio input.

Weighing only 6.65oz, this light-weight on-ear headphone reduces the pressure on your head and ears.

With a built-in mic and hands-free call, you can attend to your calls when you’re away from your phone. It allows Bluetooth connection with the distance up to 33 feet.

Also, it can be folded down to a compact travel size. No need to worry about its portability, right?

Other budget-friendly on-ear headphones are the Crabot C2 V4.1. For only $19.98, you can enjoy superior stereo sound with its CSR8635 built-in chip. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.1, it provides faster pairing with your device.

The Crabot C2 V4.1 boasts its advanced multi-point connection. Not only it allows faster pairing with other Bluetooth devices, but it also lets your smartphones to connect with this headphone at the same. It means you can listen to your favorite playlist without any wires.

Over-ear headphones

Over-ear headphones or ‘circumaural headphones’ are a favorite for their comfortable fit. Some models have advanced features like noise cancellation and hi-fidelity sound.

While over-ear headphones aren’t highly-portable, they’re known for doing an excellent job at providing isolation of your favorite music over other noise.

Most over-ear Bluetooth earphones provide long hours of playing time and hi-fidelity stereo at a very affordable price.

Wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphone is available at Amazon.com for only $19.99. Featuring its latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology, this model provides incredible sound quality and crystal clear treble. With 20 hours of playing time, you can enjoy listening to your favorite music all you want!

2. Infrared Headphones

Infrared technology serves various purposes in different forms. From the advent of telescopes to much-needed spa treatments, infrared technology does its job well.

The science of infrared technology lies in the Light Emitting Diodes or best know as LEDs. LED makes use of pulsating and invisible ray of light. In the case of wireless headphones, the light is transmitted from the transmitter to the earphones.

The use of infrared headphones can be tricky. They require a clear line of sight from the headphones to the transmitter. Basically, you can’t enjoy your wireless headphone experience if the transmitter is on the other side of the wall. Some of the infrared headphones only work within a 10-meter range.

Today, infrared headphones are less used since it has an intense competition with Bluetooth earphones. But infrared headphones that are still in use are manufactured by companies such as Sennheiser.

One example is the Sennheiser InfraRed IS410. For only $199.99, you can enjoy watching your favorite series without interrupting your housemates. Its maximum sound pressure level when active is up to 125 dB.

Equipped with a balance control on the headphones, Sennheiser InfraRed IS410 allows separately setting the volume level for the left and right ear.

3. UHF Headphones

UHF (Ultra High Frequency) headphones allow you to access a larger range of sound than Infrared headphones and can be used to listen to music without issue. UHF is a great option to use with older tech that doesn’t come with Bluetooth or other wireless options. They come in cost-friendly models.

The Jelly Comb 2.4GHz UHF/RF is a good example of cost-friendly UHF headphones.

The 2.4ghz RF technology allows incredible crisp, crystal clear wireless sound with deep bass up to 150′ away from the transmitter. Even through walls, this model allows uninterrupted audio experience.

Also, this breakthrough technology is compatible with almost anything. It can be paired up with computers, tablets, ipads, cell phones, laptops, radios, CD and MP3 players, and TV sets.

It’s known for its efficient low power consumption. This headphone automatically sleeps if there’s no sound in the headphone for 3 minutes. It automatically wakes up once it detects sound.

Wireless headphones may seem intimidating at first. Considering that we’ve grown accustomed to the hassle that wires may bring, wireless headphones appear to be more handy and cost-efficient. Whatever type of wireless headphones you may choose, it’s necessary to consider your lifestyle before spending your hard-earned dollars.

Pioneer is The First Major Earphone Brand to Adopt Apple’s MFi Lightning Audio Module

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Apple’s been making a big leap in technology since the beginning. This time, they removed the headphone jack in the latest products they produce. It was a bold move, but it seems to catch the attention of many people.

Apple has claimed that its primary purpose of removing the headphone jack is to make the iPhone 7 water resistant. But one possible reason is Apple’s desire for their AirPod wireless earphones to sell. It wasn’t much of a sellable product since nobody wants to buy and lose such an expensive pair of earphones.

But the real disadvantage of removing the headphone jack? It’s the incapability for you to use your wired headphones in the Lightning Port while charging. You have to do these things at a different time. It doesn’t allow you to multitask. This is a real bummer especially if you’re traveling for long hours and have to top up your battery.

But hey! No need to worry! As Pioneer becomes the first major earphone brand to adapt to Apple’s MFi Lightning Audio Module (LAM2). This is Lightning’s second generation technology. It’s built around a LightX standard and developed by Avnera Corporation. This technology has less power consumption and a smaller size for smart Lightning headsets.

Introducing the Pioneer Rayz Plus earphones, it’ll solve your problem of choosing between listening to music or charging your phone.

This earphone is far best the perfect accessory you can have for your iPhone. Rayz is the only earphone in the market with talk and charge capability.

Lightning Port

The most remarkable feature of the Pioneer Rayz Plus earphones is its Lightning charging port. This is what makes you multitask your listening sessions with charging. You don’t need to fret about running low on power.

Noise Cancelling

The Pioneer Rayz Plus earphones feature a smart noise canceling function. This feature is pretty handy for those who want to focus on the things they want. Meanwhile, you can also activate the HearThru Mode that allows you to hear the ambient noise especially when you’re on the streets.

Autopause

Another smart feature of this earphone is its in-ear detection that activates the AutoPause. When you take the earphones off, the music automatically pauses and resumes when you put it back on.

Smart Button

With one touch of this earphone’s programmable smart button, you can start up your needed app or mute/unmute calls.

“HEY SIRI”. The Pioneer Rayz Plus earphones are also the first of its kind to recognize ‘Hey Siri’ commands. Make a call, send a message, and open an app and so much more the easier way!

Smart Mute

Got a phone call? This earphone automatically goes on mute when you’re listening to the caller. It automatically unmutes when you start talking.

Sound Quality

The sound quality is over the top with a bass response that’s incredibly flattering. There’s plenty of detail in the treble and a mid-range that complements the audio performance. At maximum volume level, the sound quality is just impressive.

You can customize its audio performance according to your preference using the Rayz app.

The Pioneer Rayz Plus earphone is up for grabs in black and rose gold colors. You can exclusively buy this pair of earphones at Apple stores for $$$.

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