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Best Sport Earbuds: In-Ear Headphones for Athletes

Anyone at the gym can tell you the difference that music makes in their ability to push through their personal strength thresholds. Working out to the beat of uptempo music has been scientifically proven to increase performance in athletes helping them to push their limits beyond their ordinary levels. Yet, not all headphones are designed to withstand the particular demands of the working human body at athletic levels. Many in-ear headphones sacrifice sound quality for comfort or vice-versa. In this review, I will introduce our best in-ear headphones that offer a balance of comfort and sound quality. The models highlighted include the Monster iSport Immersion, the AKG 326, and the Sony MDR-AS40EX.

iSport Immersion SportClips

Most impressive in our line-up is the iSport Immersion Seriesby Monster. These headphones are specifically designed with an athlete’s unique needs. Each feature of the iSport series is engineered to provide superb comfort to users as well as precise and accurate music reproduction. The iSport Immersion have so many great features for athletes that it is difficult to chose a place to begin. Nonetheless, one of the most distinguishing features of the iSport Immersion is the patented SportClip design. The exclusive SportClip design comfortably fits the inter curvature of the ear to provide stability to the earbud and limit the

earbud’s movement within the ear canal. Unlike most earbuds, even those intended for athletic use, the iSport Immersion are extremely unlike to fall out of a wearer’s ear during exercise activities. But comfort is not the only concern for athletes. The interaction between a sweaty body and headphones does always result in a pleasant experience, particularly for those concerned about cleanliness.

To solve the problem of gross and sweaty earbuds, Monster designed the iSport to be completely washable. The iSport can be washed–with water–without being damaged either by the moisture of sweat or a stream of water. Moreover, for individuals who wish to listento music while practicing a water sport, the iSport can be used in swimming pools, while surfing, jet skiing and other relatively “surface” water sports. It is this water submersion feature that really distinguishes the Monster iSport Immersion from other in-ear headphones. But if water submersion ability isn’t enough, the iSport Immersion even features an in-line microphone and volume controls for complete power over the tracks and phone compatibility.

Sony MDR-AS40EX

MDR-AS40EX

Not far behind the iSport Immersion in features, the Sony MDR-AS40EX offers lightweight comfort and exceptional sound quality. Generally priced at about a quarter of the price of the iSport Immersion, the Sony MDR-AS40EX is a great low-budget alternative. While lacking the in-line control and microphone for phone compatibility, the MDR-ASS40EX is moisture resistant and will not be damaged by the moisture produced when working out. Although the Sony MDR-AS40EX are probably not the very best choice if you are into intense water sports, they can reliably be used for intense workouts because they allow moisture to pass through the chamber without the threat of destroying the electrical components.

Like more conventional in-ear headphones, the Sony MDR-AS40EX are better suited for land use. They include pleasantly comfortable and stable ear hangers in three sizes. The hangers are removable, in case you prefer the earbud to sit in the ear without support. When used with the hangers, the MDR-AS40EX are securely held in place and are not jostled when jogging or running. Overall, the sound quality is respectable and they limit ambient noise for a focused and clear reproduction.

AKG 326

Finally, the AKG 326 boasts superior sound quality and functionally. As usual, the AKG brand provokes a sense of admiration among those familiar with the name. And, satisfying those expectations, the AKG 326 delivers stunningly accurate sound for headphones in our athletic category. If sound quality is your main priority from your workout audio gear, the AKG 326 are a great choice without caveat. Although far more of a traditional design approach, the AKG 326 do feature an in-line volume control and microphone for integration with a phone.

The construction of the AKG 326 is simple yet sturdy and reliable. When jogging the

AKG 326, Sound Quality for Athletes

comfortable earhooks hold the driver unit fast within the ear and do not allow the driver to be jostled by a users movement. The comfort and stability of the AKG 326 is further enhanced by the rubberized ear pads which also function to limit interference from ambient noise.

Overall, the AKG 326 are a straight forward answer for to-the-point athletes who demand quality sound reproduction.

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S/PDIF Combos Coming Soon To Sonic Electronix!

What the heck is “S/PDIF?”

No, it’s not a typo. S/PDIF stands for “Sony/Phillips Digital Interconnect Format,” or “Sony/Phillips Digital Interface,” and is a means through which users may transmit audio signals digitally, which makes for higher fidelity: digital in, digital out. Right now, there are two consumer-level digital transmission interfaces: HDMI and S/PDIF. Most people reading this probably know that HDMI transmits both video and audio, however, what you might not know is that S/PDIF only transmits audio.

So you might ask, “Why bother with S/PDIF then?” Well, not all equipment has an HDMI input or output, which should be pretty obvious when dealing with things like audio interfaces and reference monitors that don’t handle video signals. In some situations, like separate sound and video outputs from computers, you might even need to hook up both HDMI and S/PDIF cables.

Blow 4D

The Blow 4D reference monitors' DAC module which has both S/PDIF coaxial and 3-pin AES/EBU connections


S/PDIF has two different types of connectors: coaxial (RCA) and optical (TOSLINK). The coaxial cables are usually found colored orange in order to differentiate between other colored RCA connectors such as yellow for video, and red and white for analog audio. The optical cables are far more delicate and are made of fiber optics.

The upcoming combos…

We at Sonic Electronix value high-fidelity audio above all else, and that’s why we’re currently putting together combos that link pieces of gear based on S/PDIF. The picture above is taken from the Infrasonic Blow 4D reference monitors, about which I also recently wrote a blog. We’ll be pairing up these fantastic speakers with just about any piece of gear in our inventory that has S/PDIF output, and as always, we’ll be offering them to you at the special discounted prices you love and have come to expect from Sonic Electronix!

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Professional Headphones 15 % Off Sale at Sonic Electronix

Professional Headphones Promotion

If you are looking for an upgrade in the field of home, DJ, or studio Professional Headphones now is the time to act. For a special limited time only Sonic Electronix will be offering a 15% discount on all of our Professional Headphones. As the holiday season comes around the corner now is the perfect time to purchase those high quality headphones you have always wanted. With manufacturers like Audio Technica, Grado, Sennheiser, Kicker and many more you are sure to find exactly what you want and need.

Professional Home Headphones

The want for high-quality sound reproduction is what sets the true audio listener apart from your average every day listener. Headphones like the SR60i and SR80i from Grado offer a fuller sound reproduction that is almost never seen in your standard pair of headphones. Here you will get cleaner, crisper and more accurate highs, mids, and lows. Kicker’s HP541 headphones also provide that higher-quality that makes listening to music a whole new experience.

Professional DJ Headphones

With professional DJ style headphones not only is sound quality important but aside from that they must feature some sort of swivel of the ear-cups and extreme flexibility. Pioneer’s HDJ-500K, and HDJ-1000 offer unique folding housing and joint movement that allow for flexibility during performance which allow for easier use when mixing. The same goes for the Shure SRH750DJ and SRH550DJ headphones. These headphones excel in low and mid frequency reproduction which is essential to a good DJ. A DJ is only as good as his equipment, and these DJ style headphones will allow for true artistic presentation.

Professional Studio Headphones

Studio monitoring headphones are a complete different ballgame in the professional headphone category. These headphones will pick up a very wide range of frequencies which is needed for proper monitoring and mixing. Audio Technica’s ATH-M50, Sony’s MDR-V600, and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones all offer a very dynamic sound reproduction and are able to reproduce frequencies that are not always heard but play a significant role in the overall sound quality and production. Studio monitoring and mixing professional have a great sense of hearing but even they need a reliable pair of professional studio headphones to get the job done as accurate as possible.

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Top 3 Marine Stereo Deals at Sonic Electronix


Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD

Gearing up that boat for yet another fun filled summer? Tired of your marine audio system not measuring up to music you’re used to hearing? Start your summer off right with an aftermarket Marine Stereo Receiver. These stereo receivers are different from the standard CD receiver you see in most automotives. They’ve been marine certified, meaning their much more protected from the elements than their land dwelling counterparts. The Top 5 Stereo Deals you can find on Sonic Electronix were put together in an easy to view list below. Check them out!

The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD is a great receiver to get your marine adventures off on the right foot. This receiver features an easy-to-read display along with marinized knobs and buttons for the ultimate water seal. Packaged along with Rockford Fosgate’s reputation for power output, you’ll get an immediate boost in sound quality and volume to all of your connected speakers.

Next up is the Sony CDX-M10 Marine Stereo CD Receiver. This features an EQ3 3-band parametric equalizer to help tune your audio. A 24-Bit digital-to-analog converter is also featured with best tuning memory to allow for the best possible sound quality from your audio device.

Finally is the Dual MXCP25 Marine Combo that features a Head Unit as well as 6-1/2″ DMP66 marine speakers. The head unit has blue button lighting and conformal coated circuit boards and plenty of playback and audio features to keep you occupied with. It also features 1 Set of 2V preamp outputs to allow for the addition of an amplifier. Speakers are also included which can be powered directly off of the radio. This combination is a perfect value package when it comes to quickly upgrading the audio that you listen to on your marine vessel.
Any of the above packages are a great deal and popular sellers are Sonic Electronix, it just depends on the application and what you’re looking for

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Sony Introduces In-Dash Navigation Units

Sony Navigation System

In-Dash receivers have plenty of features available for today’s vehicles. Integrating Bluetooth, satellite radio, and iPods into our cars has never been easier. Sony notoriously staked its place in the In-Dash receiver game quite some time ago and has been sticking with they’re comfortable with – great sound and easy to use features, along with great quality from an exceptional name-brand. In-Dash GPS Navigation has been a popular feature for those who seek to integrate their lives into their car stereo, and Sony has rolled out new models featuring TomTom based GPS Navigation.

Sony’s new models, the XNV-660BT and XNV-770BT integrate this TomTom based navigation seamlessly into their navigation source of the radio, allowing users to enjoy the clean, familiar interface of TomTom, and the amazing clarity of a Sony display. Sony’s established reputation as a leader in the TV industry has allowed them to achieve greater strides on their in-dash displays and each of these navigation models. Along with this high-resolution display is Sony’s popular SensMe feature, found on many of their A/V in-dash receivers and some newer CD receivers. This SensMe feature allows you to have playlists made based on your musicals musical progression. If the music features a lot of fast paced tones that are characterized as happy, this may be considered a happy song by Sony’s SensMe feature and allows you to categorize music based on mood!

iPod connectivity is an important feature found on today’s car stereos. With the high-resolution crystal clear display you can easily see all of your music with minimal interference. After easily navigating to your favorite song found in your iPod, the 24-bit Digital-to-Analog converter will process your music for a higher quality listening experience. Also, the center speaker optimizer shapes your sound to create a virtual center speaker. Integrated experiences means less clutter and more user-friendly features all in one convenient area! Simplify your vehicle with integrated GPS, Bluetooth, and exceptional playback options all in one simple in-dash stereo receiver.

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