By Max Fischer, Corinne Iozzio, and Susannah F. LockePosted 04.16.2012 at 9:50 am 0 Comments
This month's roundup of The Goods includes hiking boots with sliding plates in the heels, a lightbulb with a speaker in it (or a speaker with a lightbulb in it? We're still not sure), a blast-chilling fridge that cools a beer in five minutes, and much more.
Despite the landslide of smart devices in recent years, headphones have remained decidedly dumb, lacking the multitude of sensors found in everything from phones to watches. The ZIK Parrot--which was one of our favorite gadgets at this year's CES--is the first pair of headphones with the intelligence of a smartphone.
Our friends over at Sound + Vision rounded up six of the best-sounding over-the-ear headphones out there. Put away your packaged Apple "White Plastic Circles of Pain" earbuds--these will fill your earholes with some of the finest-quality audio on the market. The headphones include some of the best offerings from Sony, Grado, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica--definitely worth a look if you're serious about your music.
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.
Spend hundreds on hi-fi earphones, and they had better last. But even pricey pairs get tossed around like keys. Sleek Audio already started a durability trend with detachable cords that can be replaced if broken. Now its SA7 model is the most hard-wearing overall design we’ve seen.
By Rik FairliePosted 03.16.2010 at 5:23 pm 0 Comments
Gaming rigs are the Ferraris of computers: They're speedy and powerful enough to smoke any everyday PC. They have to be, to keep up with the graphics and 3-D effects you see in titles like the new BioShock 2, one of the most visually intense shooters yet. This setup has the processing power and precise control you need to ensure that you never miss a shot.
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Last night, the Consumer Electronics Association kicked off the digital holiday season with the CES Preview in Manhattan. At first glance, it appeared to be one of the most depressing product shows I've ever been to.