How Sennheiser Designs Serious Headphones For a Smartphone Generation

For decades, German audio company Sennheiser has made some of the best headphones you can buy, regardless of whether you're trying to keep it thrifty or splurge. In recent years, though, the legacy brand has had to adapt its technology to an era when how consumers listen to music has radically changed. » 1/15/14 3:20pm 1/15/14 3:20pm

Sol Republic's New Sweat-Proof Earbuds Might Be the Most Versatile Yet

Running headphones are for the most part a hideous, utilitarian lot. They stay put when you're running and don't short out when you work up a sweat. They probably live in your gym bag. Sol Republic's new Relays are headphones designed with the simple goal of making a single bud that works for everything and only costs… » 1/06/14 11:30am 1/06/14 11:30am

Shure's New Cheap Earbuds Will Sound Way Better Than Your Crap EarPods

Shure is one of the oldest players in the earbud game—the company accidentally helped invent the category in the 90s whilst designing in-ear stage monitors for musicians. The company's stuff sounds fantastic, and now with it's new SE112, they'll cost just a couple bucks more than the unfortunate buds that ship with… » 1/03/14 11:54am 1/03/14 11:54am

Family Opens Beats Headphones on Christmas, Finds Tuna Instead

It's Christmas Day. You've carefully wrapped the Beats headphones your daughter's been dreaming of, and she's just about to see that dream become reality. Looking on with glee, you watch as she tears the paper from her brand new set of cans only to find that these were cans of a markedly different sort. Tuna,… » 12/27/13 2:30pm 12/27/13 2:30pm

​Grado Labs Made Gorgeous Cans Out of Irish Whiskey Barrels

Unlike many revered audio brands, old school Brooklyn outfit Grado Labs hasn't yet stooped to deploying rappers, athletes, or style icons to market its awesome headphones and phono cartridges. But before you dismiss its first foray into the world of branded products out of hand, you should know two things. The partner… » 12/04/13 12:24pm 12/04/13 12:24pm

iRiver On Review: When Bad Apps Ruin Great Fitness Gadgets

Getting detailed data about your workouts is great and all, except there's so much cumbersome gear involved. A chest strap for your heart rate, your phone to track distance and play music, some headphones so you can listen to music in the first place and hear your training app's voice prompts. » 11/20/13 4:00pm 11/20/13 4:00pm

A Tiny Matchbook-Sized USB DAC Will Make Your Headphones Sound Sublime

If you've dropped a small fortune on a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones but are just connecting them to your laptop's built-in headphone jack, you're probably not hearing everything you paid for. For a better sonic experience, a dedicated DAC—or digital to analog converter—is the route you want to go. And Cambridge … » 10/30/13 8:47am 10/30/13 8:47am

Sol Republic Tracks Air: Sweet Bluetooth Headphones at a Nice Price

A good pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones is surprisingly more expensive than you want it to be. Tack $100-$150 onto the price you'd ordinarily pay for a certain level of quality, and that's the price you're going to pay for Bluetooth. And yet Sol Republic's excellent, budget-friendly Tracks headphones, liberated from … » 10/29/13 11:30am 10/29/13 11:30am

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

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones: Over-Ear Excellence, Over-the-Top Price

Bowers and Wilkins has been making excellent on-ear headphones for a while now, but with the P7s it's offering up its first-ever over-ear cans—for a price. » 9/17/13 4:35am 9/17/13 4:35am

Sony's New Walkman: MP3 Player, Headphones, and Speakers in One

In its quest to keep the legendary Walkman brand relevant in the post-iPod world, Sony has taken to creating some odd and neat, if niche gadgets, like the one-piece waterproof Walkman. Now, here's another stab at the same concept retooled for the hip commuter crowd. » 9/12/13 1:08pm 9/12/13 1:08pm