Jason has had a passion for electronics for as long as he can remember. Ever since his dad bought him a do-it-yourself electronic starter kit when he was a kid, it's been love ever since. From his adolescent years as a musician to his employment selling home theater equipment, Jason has always been surrounded and submerged in audio. Working at Sonic Electronix, Jason quickly became a car audio connoisseur and true audiophile. In his spare time you'll find Jason snowboarding and playing guitar.
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Amplifier Quiz #1

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Amplifiers are an essential part of your sound system. Take our quiz to see how knowledgeable you are in the area of amplifiers! Look for a special deal inside!

 

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Bluetooth Vs NFC Technology

 

Ah yes, we all know and love Bluetooth.  It has helped us cut the cord with our electronic devices and has come along way since it’s creation in 1997. It has been implemented into everything from cars to headphones and has become a staple in wireless communication between devices.  However, there’s a new alternative that has gained some steam over the past couple of years. It’s call NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and while it’s similar to Bluetooth, there are some major difference that could have you jumping through hoops.

The Parrot Zik Headphones have Bluetooth and NFC technology

First and foremost, they are both forms of wireless communication between devices over short distances.  NFC is limited to a distance of approximately four centimeters while Bluetooth can reach over thirty feet. While it may seem that Bluetooth is superior in this regard, both Bluetooth and NFC technology have their advantages and disadvantages compared to one another and can work together to meet users’ needs. NFC can prove useful with it’s shorter range for the reason that there will be almost no chance of interference with 3rd party devices. Additionally, NFC will automatically connect to your devices whereas with Bluetooth you have to manually connect the device which can take up to several minutes. Power consumption is another difference seeing as Bluetooth takes more energy to keep your device connected.

However, they can team up as a dynamic duo and automate and speed up the pairing process while still maintaining the effective range of Bluetooth technology. An example of this is the Parrot Zik headphones which have both technologies built in. In the next few years, expect these technologies to be more prominent and your life much more wireless.

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Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones

Sennheiser is one of the most prestigious headphone manufacturers on the planet and has been since the mid 40’s. Sennheiser Momentum headphones are one of the staples of the line up by Sennheiser and now they are releasing a smaller, on-ear version.

This compact design allows for maximum portability so you can take it anywhere from the studio to the park. They are available in Pink, Blue, Ivory, and green with the Radiant Red, Smart Black, and Classic Brown coming out later this year.  The comfort of the Momentum is second to none and is made with soft Alcantara material in the headband and ear cushions for a comfortable yet durable lifespan. The single-sided detachable cable has an in-line remote and microphone that is compatible with apple idevices with a low profile angled plug. Additionally, they include a hard carrying case which makes these headphones extremely easy to take on the go.

The sound quality of the on-ear momentum is what you would expect from sennheiser: A very analytic, complete sound stage with a wide frequency response. Once you pick up your momentum, you won’t want to put them down.

Check out the complete selection of on-ear Momentum headphones:

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Sony XB Series Extra Bass Headphones

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Sony MDR-XB800

Sony MDR-XB800

What’s that? You like bass? Sorry,  I can’t hear you with these awesome Sony XB headphones on my ears. Drop those anemic, bass-empty headphones and get introduced to the Sony XB Extra Bass Headphones.  Sony is known for making some excellent products and their XB series of headphones are no exception.  They come in four different models including the XB200, XB400, XB600, and XB800 which are all optimized to produce the most bass output possible.  If you’re into R&B, Hip-Hop, Trap, Dubstep or any other type of bass heavy genre, your ears will thank you for the intense, bass-driven sensation. All Four of these headphones fit extremely well on the ear and allow for extended periods of listening.

The XB series is great for portable use seeing as it has a foldable/collapsible design. They are extremely lightweight which makes it feel like a happy cloud has been gently placed over your head.  The XB800 is the flagship model which boasts 50 millimeter drivers allowing it to produce an insane amount of bass.  Especially, when you use a headphones amplifier paired with these headphones.  When I used these headphones paired with my FiiO E10 headphone amplifier , the amount of bass pulsing though my head was enough to kill a small horse.  Here are some basic features of each:

XB200: 

XB400: 

XB600:

XB800:

  • 50mm Drivers
  • Available in: Black
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