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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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:
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- 50mm Drivers
- Available in: Black
Don't be this guy
So, there you are trying to snipe some 10 year old noob in Black ops 2 who told you that he invited your mother to play with his legos (language toned down, of course). Little do you that he’s sneaking up behind you and knifing you in the back. Now, this could have been a completely avoidable situation if you had a good pair of gaming headsets that could pick up on the sounds of the footsteps coming up on you. Gamers can sometimes forget that without detailed sound, even the most captivating visuals can seem anemic. If you want to take your gaming to the next level, then you’re going to need headphones that have certain qualifications.
There are several important features to consider before you jump the gun on buying a gaming headset. The first thing that should be a major concern is surround sound capabilities. Lots of gaming headphones like the Tritton 720+ have multiple drivers that produce sound equivalent to that of high end home stereo surround sound system. This is also extremely helpful in first person shooter games when someone is trying to sneak up behind you. The surround sound capabilities will be able to pick up on the footstep audio that would otherwise go unheard by your conventional gaming headset.
Having wireless capabilities is another feature many might consider important. If you like to move around a lot while you slay your adversaries, then it’s good to have no wires in the way that might cause your precious ear-hugging beauties to be thrown from your head. The microphone should be detachable and have an in-line controller to maintain chat and volume controls depending on your gaming situation. Also, you should make sure they are equipped with comfortable earpads so that you can game through a long night.
Remember that if you don’t have good gaming headphones you could be missing out on a fully satisfying gaming experience!
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It’s the age old question, do I get a headrest monitor or a flip down monitor? How do you decide on how to invest your money? Which system is going to be more practical or more awesome?
Well one of the first questions you should be asking yourself is, who’s going to be using the screen and what kind of car is it going into? Do you have a sedan and drive around with people in your back seat who argue and can’t agree on the exact color the sky is let alone what movie to watch? Well then you might want to check out dual DVD player head rest monitors. Give them some headphones and enjoy the peace and quiet while they each watch their own separate movie or even listen to separate music than what you have going in your car.
Ok so maybe you have an Escalade or a Denali or a Suburban or any other vehicle with three rows of seats. Well swapping out all of those headrests can be costly and impractical so you might want to go with an overhead monitor. This way you can get a nice big screen and more people can watch without you having to replace four headrests. And hey, while you’re at it, go have yourself a tailgate party or a beach trip and pop open the back and keep everyone entertained. You’re sure to impress and be the life of the party. And if you’re impressing and entertaining, that means you don’t have to bring the drinks and food.
Since a 21” flip down screen might not be the best idea if you have a smaller car, you’re free to try of course but good luck, a headrest monitor would probably be the way to go.
So you’re the person who wants a perfect color match in your ride and everything has to perfect in your car, and who could blame you, if you’re willing to spend the extra cash on a higher end headrest monitors like the ones from CarShow or Vizualogic, you can get custom matched colors that are designed specifically for your year, make and model. This way you know you won’t have to worry about the headrest being a charcoal black when your interior is a slightly darker charcoal black.
If you’re like yours truly and want to have an awesome tricked out car, with a factory match look, but you haven’t quite gotten famous yet so you can’t spend too much money, you’ll want to go with an overhead monitor. If the flip down monitor doesn’t quite match your interior exactly, it’s not quite as noticeable. Or if you have a cloth interior, the overhead might be a better fit since a vinyl or leather headrest might look kinda awkward with cloth seats.
When it comes down to it either a flip down or headrests are going to be pretty sweet and are going to serve their purpose of providing some rear seat entertainment. If you have a smaller vehicle, want more viewing options and want to have a look as close to factory as possible you’ll probably want to go with headrest monitors. If you have a bigger vehicle with more seat rows, have cloth seats, and want the biggest screen you can get to entertain everyone then you’ll probably want to go with an overhead monitor. And hey, if you really want to want to turn your ride into a media entertainment hub and have the dough to spend on it, you can always go with both. Nothing will turn heads quite like a vehicle with a pair of headrest screens and a 17″ flip down screen. Do it…
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If you’re going to be seen with headphones on your ears then you want to make sure they don’t leave you looking like a homeless person, right? Monster has recently released their line of highly expressive DNA Series headphones which are available in both on-ear and in-ear fitments. Whether you’re trying to relax or trying to establish a new world order, these headphones will be able to fill the void of audio and fashion in your life.
Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones
The DNA on-ear version is sure to have anyone turning their head with its sleek deign and multitude of color choices. The In-line ControlTalk allows you to seamlessly connect to most Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPads. They will allow you the functionality of play/pause/skip for music playback and to easily answer and end phone calls at the touch of a button. The unique shape of the earpads provides optimum comfort for long listening sessions and the large drivers give you a bold and dynamic sound which will have your ears doing happy back flips. Additionally, they offer very excellent noise isolation so you can phase out all the poor, audio-deprived souls.
Monster DNA In-Ear Headphones
The DNA in-ear headphones are very lightweight and portable which allows them to be used in endless applications. Just like the on-ear version, the in-ears have the ControlTalk Controller to give them music playback and phone call functions. They are ideal for work out sessions where mobility is a must and the tangle free cables support this claim. They include several different sized ear tips so even if you have deformed ears like me you can find a way to make them work. Also, they included a nifty carrying case which makes these headphones truly portable.
Remember that your DNA is what makes you unique. Don’t ruin your uniqueness with standard, run-of-the-mill headphones!
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