Does Price Matter When Buying Headphones?

April 10, 2019

You’ve made up your mind that it’s time to upgrade from the free earbuds that came with your smartphone. You want something nicer. Something more durable. Something that sounds better. But how much, exactly, should you expect to pay for a reasonable upgrade?  Unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t...

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What are Sound Waves and How Do They Affect Your Music?

April 10, 2019

In our post on active noise cancellation, we made many references to the fact that sound exists in the form of waves, but what does that actually mean? What is it that’s waving when sound travels from a speaker or headphone to your ears? After all, it’s not as if...

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Why Headphone Design Matters: How to Pick Between Headphone, Earphone, and Neckband Designs

March 20, 2019

Have you ever asked yourself, which is better: earphones or headphones? Whether you’re looking for something to spice up your next workout, a sound solution for that next conference call, or a personal sound device to drown out the drone of the engines on your next transcontinental flight, a good...

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February 19, 2019

Music is a powerful tool. It can pump us up during our workouts and sports, it can help us when we’re feeling blue, and it can even help us get a better night’s sleep. Studies have shown that music can help you to de-stress, improve your quality of rest, increase...

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Noise cancellation & Sound quality: 3 Common Misconceptions

January 24, 2019

There’s no denying that active noise cancellation (ANC) is great, especially if you’re trying to enjoy your tunes, games, podcasts, or movies on a long flight, noisy commute, or right next to a droning air conditioner. But as we explained in a recent blog post on what makes headphones noise cancelling, NC technology...

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Headphones Not Working with Your Smartphone? Three Tips to Find a Fix

November 07, 2018

You’ve toggled Bluetooth off and on already. You’ve power cycled your headphones and checked to make sure they’re not already paired with two active devices. You’re definitely sure that your iPhone and headphones are within three feet of one another. But for some reason, your favorite wireless headphones just won’t work...

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Dynamic Drivers vs. Balanced Armature Drivers

October 11, 2018

 As we discussed in our blog post on noise cancellation technology, all of the sounds that reach your ear—from your favorite tunes to the UPS truck driving down your street and the incessant barking that follows—exist as waves. Waves of what, though? For the most part, the sounds that reach your...

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How Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Work: A Simple Explanation of the Physics of Sound

July 14, 2018

Chances are good that if you strap on a pair of headphones, you’re hoping to block out the sound of the outside world. But that’s not always true, especially if you’re exercising in public—in which case you need to hear the approaching sound of anything that might do you bodily...

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Can You Use Bluetooth Headphones on a Plane?

June 13, 2018

Flying is a magical thing. Nearly 100 years after the advent of commercial aviation, it’s still mind-blowing that you can buy a ticket and soar from one side of the world to the other in a matter of hours.  As miraculous as it is, though, flying can also be stressful...

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IPX4 vs. IPX5: Do We Need IPX5?

June 12, 2018

Stop and think about how many things can cut a pair of headphones’ life short, from random drops to broken cables, or even just the normal wear and tear of being thrown into your purse or backpack on a daily basis. But the biggest danger to your earphones or headphones?...

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