Tag: headphones

Jaybird Bluetooth Headphones

It’s hard to get your swoll on at the gym when all you hear is seventeen different remixes of a Justin Bieber song.  In order to save your ears from the horrors of modern day music you should consider getting some sort of sports headphones. However, there are lots that suck to put it frankly.  If you’re looking for ones that wont give you buyer’s remorse, then consider any in-ear headphones by Jaybird.  They have recently released several models of Bluetooth headphones that are sure to put you in the zone while you work out those things you call muscles.

Freedom Sprint

Jaybird

JayBird JF4MBL Freedom Sprint

The Freedom Sprint is an upgraded and more compact version of the original Freedom Bluetooth headphones.  I’ve tried these out personally at the gym and was very satisfied when I phased out all of the juice heads and dude-bros. I’m just like, “Do they even lift?” All of the controls are easily configured on the right earpiece for functions such as play, pause, answer/end phone calls, and skip tracks which means you never have to touch your phone during your work out. They are extremely comfortable in your ear and won’t come out of your ear even if you decide to do twelve backflips in a row. They come with a plethora of different ear tips so even if you have elf ears you’ll be able to find a pair that works for you. Did I mention that they sound really good too?

BlueBuds

JayBird BlueBuds X

JayBird BlueBuds X

The Jaybird BlueBuds are the newest addition to the Bluetooth family. These little guys are even more compact than the Freedom Sprints.  Unlike the Sprints, the BlueBuds have an in-line controller for all music and phone call functionality and have management clips for the cord to contour to the shape of your head.  If you’re lazy about charging, then you’ll be happy to know that they have 8 hours of play time for extended workout use. Both the Sprints and the BlueBuds are sweat-proof which means you can excrete as much sweat as you want on these headphones and they will be unscathed. The Bluebuds are definitely at the fore-front of Blueooth in-ear headphones.

Whether you’re running a marathon or punching slabs of meat, you and your ears will be happy.

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Top 3 Components for an Audiophile Headphone Setup

Your Sound Isn’t Good Enough

A fair amount of people are usually content with the standard white earbuds that come with their iPods.  However, there are those who have a higher calling for their ears.   There are those who will not be oppressed by the tyranny of sub-par sound. Ladies and gentleman, I am talking about the audiophile, of course.  I speak from experience when I say it is both a gift and a curse being an audiophile.  My friends will tell me to listen to a sweet song only to be disappointed when my ears start to bleed from utterly disappointing sound. So, if you’re looking to break the audiophile sound barrier and become one of the audio elite, then you better take the advice that i’m about to give you!

There are a few things you’re going to need to complete your audiophile transformation:

  • Good Headphones
  • Headphone Amplifier
  • High Quality Source
Custom One Pro

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Obviously, you’re going to need some good headphones to start.  Based on your preference you might choose to go with ether in-ear headphones or over/on ear headphones.   If you’re looking to go the in-ear route, then I would suggest something like the Westone UM series which is top-notch when it comes to in-ear monitors.  If you want some over-ear headphones, then I would suggest something like the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.   There are many factors to consider with headphones and many aspects of them are heavily opinion based. Audiophiles will generally steer toward an open-back design as it offers more detailed analytic sound, and a wider soundstage.  Furthermore, they usually prefer a headphone with an even, flat response to give the best representation of the sound without adding unwanted color.  There is a headphone for everyone and my main advice is to listen to as many as possible in order to see what you’re into.

fiio-e17

FiiO E17

Headphone amplifiers are a commonly overlooked aspect of an audiophile set up. If you have some good headphones, then you’re going to need some good power to compliment that.  Not only does a headphones amplifier drastically increase the sound quality of your headphones, but some of them have equalization settings so you can fine tune your sound.  FiiO makes some awesome amplifiers that won’t break the bank.

Having a good audio source is the final piece to the puzzle.  For example,  even if you have awesome headphones and an amplifier, you will not get the full potential if you have crappy audio files.  Most people are going to be listening to MP3 or internet radio from their iPhone or iPod.  However, the key is to find files with low compression such as a FLAC or other lossless-type files.  Even high quality MP3 files will suffice in most cases.

Remember that there is no perfect formula these are just some basic guidelines. To give you guys an example, I’ve been using the Beyerdaynamic Custom One Pros with a FiiO E17 amplifier and it has been by far my favorite set-up.  Some of you not might agree but that’s the beauty of headphones! There is something for everyone!  Remember:  Life is too short to listen to crappy sound!

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Tis The Season To Be Shopping

Sony MDR-ZX100

Sony MDR-ZX100

Gift shopping can always be a very difficult thing to do, especially when you have no clue what to get for your loved ones and friends. Waiting in long lines at stores, rushing from place to place to get different brands of gifts, and not to forget how heavy some of things get once carrying them around. Well at Sonic Electronix we say, why not just sit somewhere in the comfort of your home, get yourself some snacks and some to quench your thirst, and shop online with our awesome Black Friday Deals and Specials. This year Sonic Electronix has sales on hundreds of your favorite brands from amplifiers and speakers to guitars and headphones.

JVC HAFX1X

JVC HAFX1X

When shopping from all of those Pro Audio lovers you can definitely get the job done super easily right here on our website. For stocking stuffers or nice and inexpensive gifts, Sonic has some great deals on Sony MDR-ZX100/WHI On-Ear Headphones and JVC HAFX1X In-Ear Headphones. The Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones are lightweight and have a comfortable design that allows users to use them for an extended period of time with minimal fatigue. They also have thickly padded ear cups that isolate noise and deliver quality focused sounds. The JVC HAFX1X headphones feature a 10mm diaphragm with neodymium magnet and extreme deep bass ports the deliver great sound. Their superior sound isolation is achieved by including three different size silicone ear pieces to provide a comfortable fit for all users.

Marathon DCM-2000MKII

Marathon DCM-2000MKII

Looking for the ultimate gift that will put the biggest smile possible on any Pro Audio users face? Well you should definitely check out the Marathon DCM-2000MKII and the Beat Kangz Beat Thang. The Marathon DCM-2000MKII dual CD player and mixer with pre-amp is an all-in-one convenient, compact and rugged unit. Easy to read and well laid out controls; make this CD/mixer combination the perfect choice for the seasoned professional and novice alike. The Beat Kangz Beat Thang fuses sequencing, sampling, and a massive sound bank with a very user-friendly interface. It’s all packed in a rugged yet portable all-metal chassis, making it one of the most versatile music production instruments on the earth.

Beat Kangz Beat Thang

Beat Kangz Beat Thang

Make sure you check out all of the other awesome Black Friday deals and specials here at Sonic Electronix, and shop from the comfort at your home. There are tons of sales available on car audio, car security, DJ pro audio, musical instruments, headphones, and so much more. If you have an questions regarding our sales and products feel free to call our customer service line, and we will make sure to help you out on your purchases or any questions you may have on any products we have available.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500

Turtle Power! Well not exactly a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product, but these Turtle Beach headphones could be defined in one word that the Ninja Turtles may agree on…COWABUNGA! For all the gamers out there, these programmable wireless surround sound headphones are what may be some of the best one’s out there. The Ear Force XP500 is a special version of the PX5 that’s designed specifically for the XBOX 360 and includes an XBA Bluetooth adapter for wireless XBOX Live chat.

Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500

Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500

Just like the PX5, the XP500 distributes the vital gaming audio capability with a programmable digital signal processor, Dolby Surround Sound, Bluetooth technology, and XBOX LIVE wireless chat, making it the most technologically innovative headset designed for the XBOX 360. Bluetooth technology allows users to chat wirelessly on XBOX LIVE and PSN, answer phone calls and stream music, while gaming in immersive 360 degree surround sound. The DSP allows gamers to boost and personalize the complete gaming audio experience with entirely customizable game, chat and mic signals. Custom presets stored in the Turtle Beach XP500 headset can be designated during particular parts of the game to highlight sounds like footsteps or reloads that may otherwise be tough to hear. It can even be programmed to mask your voice or to enrich the voices of online players, so you can hear them more clearly throughout extreme parts of the game.

Although augmented for Xbox 360 gaming, the Turtle Beach XP500 is also great for watching movies and listening to music, with its immaculate audio performance, large, deep, fabric cushions, soft headband, and twist cup designed for resting the headset on your shoulders. The Turtle Beach XP500 carry on the development of a new class of wireless gaming headset that assists as the critical “secret weapon” in the arsenal of serious gamers looking for supreme audio quality, sonic control and a competitive lead.

Make sure to check out this headset and all the other awesome gaming headsets and accessories we have available here at Sonic Electronix.

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NuForce Cube Review: Ultra-Portable Media Center

Take it Just about Anywhere

They finally arrived. After careful negotiations and a few flattering words, we got our hands on a box full of NuForce goodies.  While we certainly are grateful for all the quality stuff we got and expect to create equally impressive videos for a number of the products we got such as the NuForce Air DAC iWireless system, one of the most impressive and visually striking items we received is NuForce Cube. The elegant lines, a clear box resembling the minimalism of Apple packaging, and rich solid colors stood in stark contrast to the dry brown of the cardboard shipping box. But what is most impressive, apart from the aesthetics of the Cube, is the range of technologies NuForce has integrated into this diminutive 2″ box.

How Many Features Can Be Packed Into a 2″ Cube?

Don't Let Size Fool You: the Cube is Loud, Detailed, and Packs a DAC and Headphone Amp

In an effort to beef-up your mobile rig, NuForce has equipped the Cube with a headphone amplifier, a 16-bit/48kHz Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), and an 3.5mm (1/8″) AUX. In theory, the goal of fitting so many functions in one place is to offer users a central sound entertainment hub. To that end, the Cube definitely delivers the key terms that will ignite the interest of virtually any audiophile. Adding to the portability of the Cube, it has a built-in battery that can deliver roughly eight continuous hours of playback and can be recharged through USB connection.

While packing so many features seems like it may become unwieldy, switching between the USB DAC function of the Cube in speaker mode to headphone mode was as easy plugging the phones in. To test the claims power of the headphone amplifier, I linked it to headphones rated at 100 Ohms. By no means the highest ohm load available, but one where issues start to become apparent if the cans are being under-powered (beside, the Cube is intended as a portable system. If you consider headphones over 100 ohms “portable” maybe you should reconsider).

As a headphone amplifier and DAC, the Cube performed remarkably well and delivered the sound quality expected of NuForce: clean, true to the signal, and minimally colored. But, to prevent skirting the most important question of the speaker’s performance too long, I move on.

Pandora’s Box?

Unlike Hephaestus who according to ancient Greek myth unleashed evil on the world upon opening Pandora’s box against Zeus’ command, unlocking the power of the NuForce Cube will not be as chaotic nor as reprehensible.

Instead, your first impression  is likely to be pure awe at volume this 2″ box can achieve. The first notes flooded through the speaker with utmost authority sounding loud and shockingly clear. For the fact that the speaker is no larger than a Kennedy Half-Dollar, the speaker retained a respectable amount of detail in the high frequencies and just enough bass to round out the reproduction and give the music a sense of depth.

While the Cube performed impressively in at mid-volume levels, it began to loose its brilliance once we pushed it up to its limits. Of course, no one expects to blow down the house or set off alarms with this little thing, but distortion is never a good thing and there was a perceivable level of distortion once we reached the highest volume thresholds.

For what it is and what it is designed to do, the NuForce Cube performs at a high level. It is hard to imagine a speaker with so many features, let alone one that can match the quality of the Cube. Although its somewhat high price-tag may deter some buyers, those who know what they are looking for and understand the quality of NuForce products will not hesitate to rejoice over the NuForce Cube.

The Full Array of Cube Colors in Their Package

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