Last-Minute Apple Leaks: Lightning Connectors, Earpod Headphones and 2…

9to5mac is reporting some last-minute leaks ahead of the Apple event later today. Chief amongst them are that the iPod's new connection will be named "Lightning"—presumably to complement Thunderbolt—and a reaffirmation that the company will launch a new set of headphones to be known as "Earpods". » 9/12/12 3:46am 9/12/12 3:46am

The Little Asshole Is My Least Favorite Monster

I can stand the Grumblenug stealing my dreams, the Murmalow eating some cats or the Shreekler biting my toes. But that Little Asshole and his knotting of headphone cords is the worse. » 6/27/12 11:20am 6/27/12 11:20am

Beats By Dr. Dre Audio Coming to HTC Handsets This Fall (Updated)

HTC may announce Thursday it's going to spend $500M to acquire a 51% stake in Beats Electronics, the company behind Beats By Dr. Dre. Beats will operate independently and its audio technology will land in HTC's handsets. [CNET and AllThingsD] » 8/10/11 9:36pm 8/10/11 9:36pm

Do We Turn the Volume Up to Hear Louder Music, Or to Feel the…

One of the James Dyson Award entrants, Stefan Zwegers, thinks it's the latter, which is why his Sensible Music invention turns bass into vibrations when listening to music through headphones. » 7/22/11 5:40am 7/22/11 5:40am

Klipsch's Headphones Keep On Noise-Cancelling For 45 Long Hours

That's "hella-long," our editor Joe has assured me, and just in case you're willing to test that one out yourself, they can be used as normal stereo headphones should the battery run out of juice. » 7/12/11 11:03am 7/12/11 11:03am

HeadPhone Gets Your Plugged-In Zombie Coworkers' Attention

The fact that HeadPhone exists is both sad and brilliant. Sad, because it's actually a problem that it can be really hard to get someone's attention at work because of perma-headphones. Brilliant, because Headphone pretty much fixes this problem. » 5/23/11 2:13pm 5/23/11 2:13pm

Is Apple Using a New Headphone Jack for iPad 2?

Kevin Fox, lead designer at Mozilla Labs, thinks the iPad 2 is using pogo pins instead of the more traditional switch contacts. They've actually filed patents for the pogo pin style headphone jack (which is smaller) before and have been interested in re-making the headphone jack entirely. The difference is super… » 3/12/11 4:00pm 3/12/11 4:00pm

Omega Headphone Stands: For Alpha Audiophiles Only

When your headphones cost more than your monthly rent, there's pressure to keep them pristine—but also to show them off. The Omega Headphone Stand does both with a single, oval-shaped piece of wood. » 12/28/10 9:40am 12/28/10 9:40am

The '80s Headphones Lucky-Dip

Urban Ears' '80s headphones are pretty much the antithesis to the Aiaiai ones I've been rocking recently, but I suppose they're just as hipster as each other. The TANTO cans come in random colors for ultimate joy or never-ending disappointment. » 11/19/10 12:40pm 11/19/10 12:40pm

Calm Down! Apple Didn't Buy The Company Famous For Making iMuffs

Prior rumors may have sounded reasonably convincing, but apparently Apple did not acquire Wi-Gear, a company famous for making the iMuffs Bluetooth headphones. » 11/10/10 4:47pm 11/10/10 4:47pm

Apple May Have Bought Out The Designers Of iMuffs

Rumor is that Apple bought out a small Bluetooth wireless headphone designer about two months ago. The company went by the name Wi-Gear, made a product called iMuffs, and is now mysteriously out of business. » 11/08/10 11:32pm 11/08/10 11:32pm

Apple Wants to Remake the Audio Jack

Simply put, Apple wants fewer holes in its devices. Headphone jack—that's a hole. Microphone—that's a hole. According to a recent patent filing, Apple is looking to consolidate by combining the functionality of the two into one unified jack. » 8/27/10 8:22am 8/27/10 8:22am

These Minimal TMA-1 Headphones from Aiaiai Have Me All Hot Under the…

I'm constantly searching for The Pair of over-ear headphones, so I'm pretty chuffed that after months of stunning teaser photos the TMA-1 'phones by Aiaiai have finally gone on sale—for $170*. » 8/10/10 4:47am 8/10/10 4:47am

Monster and Vivienne Tam Create Butterfly Headphones For Da Ladeeez

I can see Monster scratching their (many) heads in the board room, wondering how to appeal to women after too many Dr Dre headphones. "I know!" (shouted Noel Lee), "butterflies! They all like butterflies!" I must have a penis then. » 2/18/10 11:49am 2/18/10 11:49am

SendStation PocketDock Lets iPods Embrace MiniUSB

The proprietary dock connector on the iPod line is nice for a wide line of accessories, but it forces you to carry a uni-purpose iPod cable. The PocketDock lets you sync and charge with miniUSB, the accepted standard, instead. » 8/26/09 12:20am 8/26/09 12:20am

Michael Jackson Thriller Headphones Have Dual Meanings Now

These Michael Jackson Thriller headphones are pretty fantastic cause, well, they're Thriller headphones, but the graveyard imagery might be a little bit too soon. Still, awesome. » 7/01/09 4:00pm 7/01/09 4:00pm

This is Why the Limited Edition White Dr. Dre Monster Beats Cost 2x As…

Gear Live, through a hands-on, has finally figured out why the white version of the Monster Beats cost twice as much as the standard black version. It's coated by Colorware. » 12/09/08 10:10pm 12/09/08 10:10pm

Handset Adapter Lets You Use Your Own Headphones

Most cell phones now come with media playback features, but designers still seem to think that a wide range of proprietary headphone connections makes more sense than using a standard 3.5mm jack. This colorful invention gets around this problem, converting various manufacturers' connections to a standard headphone… » 8/31/07 5:52am 8/31/07 5:52am

Lightning Round: Belkin iPhone Headphone Adapter

The Gadget: Belkin's iPhone headphone adapter, which lets you use any set of headphones that don't normally fit into the iPhone's recessed headphone jack. » 8/03/07 3:00pm 8/03/07 3:00pm

Arriva iPod Shuffle Headphones Make us Laugh, Cry a Little

Could these possibly be the worst headphones ever made for the iPod shuffle? Yes, yes they could. Instead of making them something a normal person would wear, Arriva's gone and made them "wireless," in the sense that they have a built-in iPod shuffle dock and hangs the player off the back of your head. Sure, it's… » 7/20/07 6:10pm 7/20/07 6:10pm