Thanks to the massive success of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, a whole crop of celebrity-branded cans have popped up. But are they any good? Our audio-obsessive friends over at Sound+Vision have lent their finely-tuned ears to the task, reviewing en masse headphones from Bob Marley, Ludacris, Miles Davis, Justin Bieber, and the originals, the Beats by Dr. Dre. How did they stack up? Check out the review to see if they'd be a worthy accompaniment to your soon-to-be new iPhone. [Sound+Vision]
Our sister publication, Sound + Vision, has an in-depth look at an earbud even more peculiar than the silicone-filled Sonomax Eers. This balloon-like creation notes the natural muscle-tensing reflex of the ear and is designed not to trigger it, meaning you need less volume for the same effect--ultimately much safer on the hearing-holes.
Ears vary wildly from person to person, with all kinds of weird and/or oogy topographical variation--ridges, valleys, craters, mesas, archipelagos. (Probably not archipelagos.) And the ear is particularly sensitive to the earbuds with which you thoughtlessly penetrate it on a daily basis: Off-the-shelf earbuds' imperfect fit can cause diminished sound quality as well as ear-canal discomfort. Earbud connoisseurs get theirs professionally custom-molded to the contours of each individual ear, but custom earbuds often cost about as much as a lightly-used Vespa.
Each month we look beyond the shelves of your local big-box store to dig up the best new ideas in gear. This is the stuff that is better, faster, stronger, and does more than pretty much anything we've seen before it.