A Cheap Pair of Headphones Can Accurately Measure Your Heart Rate

There's a plethora of devices out there that let athletes, amateur doctors, and even hypochondriacs constantly monitor their heart rates. But thanks to researchers at the Kaiteki Institute in Japan, soon all you may need to keep tabs on your ticker is a cheap pair of in-ear headphones. » 10/25/13 9:23am 10/25/13 9:23am

Sprng EarPod Clip Review: One of Apple's Biggest Design Flaws, Fixed

The constant curse of Apple's earbuds—along with the lackluster sound they produce—is that you can rarely go more than 10 seconds before one side or the other pops out. Sprng—clips for Apple's updated-in-2012 EarPods—wants to remedy that. And you know what? They do. » 9/09/13 2:20pm 9/09/13 2:20pm

Earbuds Under $50 That Actually Have a Hope of Sounding Good

Apple EarPods—or whatever crap headphones came with your phone—aren't the best way to listen to music, but nice gear is expensive. You can't blame people for not wanting to spend a lot of money on something they're just going to lose or destroy. Well here's a $40 alternative to garbage that's almost certain to sound… » 4/23/13 6:00pm 4/23/13 6:00pm

Ha, These Earbuds Will Make It Look Like a Pencil Is Sticking Through…

When someone puts on earbuds, they're pretty much telling the rest of the world to not bother them. It's the universal symbol for shut the hell up. But if someone put on this Magic Pencil earbuds? That's a conversation starter. I mean, these earbuds make it look like a pencil has been stabbed in one ear and out the… » 3/13/13 11:30pm 3/13/13 11:30pm

Yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition Review: More Buck, Less Bang

The Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro finished third in our Best Headphones for Running Battlemodo. We loved the fit, but the sound wasn't particularly impressive, which is why we were excited to get the Inspire Limited edition—with redesigned drivers—in our ears. The results were... puzzling. » 2/13/13 6:40pm 2/13/13 6:40pm

MartinLogan Mikros 70 Review: Fancy Speaker Sound Shrunken Down to a…

MartinLogan is famous for some of the most absurdly expensive sound gear that normal humans would never ever consider buying. Like a lot of legacy audio companies, ML is now trying its hand at personal sound, starting with these lovely little buds. They're impressive, but they're designed disposable. » 1/22/13 2:00pm 1/22/13 2:00pm

Polk Ultrafit 3000 Sports Headphone Review: Sweet Sound, Great Fit

A pair of exercise earbuds has to do more than just muffle the sound of your labored breathing. They need to be durable and sweat-proof, they need to stay in place when jostled, and they need to sound great. Of all the pairs we've taken out running, the Polk Audio Ultrafit 3000 might be the best buds yet. » 9/26/12 3:40pm 9/26/12 3:40pm

Why Aren't There Any Good Headphones With Retractable Cables?

Headphone cable tangle is annoying. And despite the small armada of accessories which try and combat this problem, none have proven themselves as our savior from cable tangle. What we really want are a pair of headphones with a retractable cord—a retractable cord that's well-designed and not attached to a crap pair of… » 9/11/12 5:20pm 9/11/12 5:20pm

These $150 Earbuds Are Probably the Only MartinLogan Speakers You Can…

MartinLogan makes expensive speakers. They're the kinds only the most anal-retentive audiophile would consider buying. The company's Motion Vision Soundbar costs $1500, and forget about the top-end CLX speakers. Twenty-five grand? No, thank you. At $150, the new Mikros 70 in-ear monitors aren't a bargain, either—but if … » 7/16/12 3:20pm 7/16/12 3:20pm