TTPOD T1-E Professional In-ear Earphones

These in-canal earphones feature dual 6.2mm drivers in each side for higher sensitivity and an extended frequency response. A larger coil diameter with four sets of windings and N50 high flux magnets provide extended powerful bass. The bio-polymer nano-diaphragm has strength and low weight for detailed mids and highs. TIPOD has mounted the drivers in a high-quality synthetic material enclosure that is lightweight, strong and durable.

The earphones are matched to less than 1dB difference between the channels. The 1.3m headphone cord features 18 core 0.05mm OFC silver plated cable and is terminated in a 3.5mm gold-plated plug. Comes with 9 sets of eartips and a carry bag. Available in black, white, red, blue and clear.

Specs: freq. range: 8Hz-26KHz; sensitivity: 104db at 1KHz/mW; impedance: 12 ohms

Price: $50 US.

Geek Out 1000 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

The Geek Out 1000 is the “first and only” 32-bit/384kHz + DSD 128 portable USB Digital-to-Analog Converter. It’s based on an ESS SABRE32 Reference 9018M mobile audio DAC chip with 32-bit volume control. Like LH Labs Da Vinci Dual DAC, it features a three layer buffer and DSD 2 decoding engines.

The high-end DAC feeds a pure Class A headphone amplifier (1,000mW max power output). There are two outputs: low impedance (0.47 ohms) and high impedance (47 ohms) ) to drive any headphone. The 47-ohm output also serves as a line output. Both outputs are 1/8 inch jacks. Red LEDs indicate the current sampling rate.

The device includes a sonic enhancer called a “3D AWESOMIFIER”. Headphone sound images in front of the listener’s head, not inside. The Geek Out 1000 provides USB 2.0 connectivity, compatible with Windows and Mac computers. The USB interface complies with USB 2.0′s Audio Spec and is fully asynchronous.

DAC Specs: Supported bit depths: 1, 16, 24, 32. Supported sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz, 384 kHz, 2.822 MHz, 3.072 MHz, 5.644 MHz, 6.144 MHz.

Price: $300 US.

PowerBeats2 Wireless Earphones

The Powerbeats2 wireless earphones have been redesigned for use during exercise, to enhance the workout experience. The basic formfactor is an earhook attached to small enclosures housing the transducers and circuitry. The earphones have excellent ambient noise reduction due to eartips that seal off the ear canal. All parts of the PowerBeats2 meet the IPX4 standard for sweat and water resistance, including the no-slip over-molding on the RemoteTalkT for a no-slip grip when changing volume, switching tracks, and making hands-free calls.

LIke the original PowerBeats, the new model employs a co-axial transducer consisting of a high frequency driver (7mm) mounted over the bass driver (15mm) with each transducer reproducing an optimal frequency range for the most accurate and low distortion playback. Plus, the Powerbeats2 have been tuned for energetic bass response and the signature sound of Beats headphones.

For wireless connectivity, Beats has put Bluetooth circuitry into the earphones. The PowerOn button on the left earphone functions as a Connect/Pairing button. The earphones are tethered by a short flat wrap-around cable that’s worn behind the head. An inline RemoteTalk control has buttons for volume, music navigation and call answering, and a microphone for voice communications. The internal battery runs the earphones for up to 6 hours per 1.5 hour charge.

Comes with hard shell carrying case, micro USB cable, cable management clip, four sets of eartips. Available in 5 colors: black, white, red, purple and pink.

MSRP: $200 US.

Bose Quietcomfort 25 Noise Cancellation Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 25, which appear to be the successor to their model 15, have been updated for better sound, comfort and portability. better, be more comfortable and easier to take with you. Like the model 15, the 25 is a noise cancellation headphone. It features Active EQ and TriPort technologies that complement the noise reduction circuitry and deliver clear full-range sound with deep bass and crisp treble. All of the active circuitry is powered by a single AAA battery.

The circumaural ear cushions are covered in a protein (artificial) leather. The lightweight headband is hinged so that the headphone folds into a very compact shape. Bose inserted an inline remote the 4.7 foot cord and terminated it in a gold-plated 3.5mm plug. Available in black and white, or customize th headphones with a variety of color options using the ColorWare design tool.

Comes with a carry case.

Specs: weight: 6.9 ounces;

MSRP: $300 US.

Zumreed ZHP-015 X2 Hybrid Speaker Headphones

Zumreed’s ZHP-015 has been discontinued, but they are still being sold (at discounted prices) and one HeadWize reader has asked me to say a few words about them. The main innovation in this model is that it is both a stereo headphone and a portable stereo speaker system. The headphones are spec’ed as closed-back, and the speakers are mounted on the back of the earcups. To use as speakers, the ear cushion side lays either flat against the body or flat on a surface. An inline switch on the cord routes the audio between the speaker and headphone drivers.

The headphone drivers and speakers are 40mm in diameter. Big thick supra-aural cushions give a good comfortable seal on the ears to attenuation outside noise. In powered speaker mode, the internal amp can pump up to 500mW per channel. A 1-hour charge of the internal battery can run the amp for up to 4 hours. The cord is 12 meters long and terminates in a 3.5m plug.

Comes with 6.3m audio adapter. Available in 3 colors: black, white and red.

Specs: Freq Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz; headphone impedance 32 ohms; headphone sensitivity: 104dB; speaker impedance: 4 ohms; internal amplifier: 500mW.

MSRP: $200 US.

Symphonized Magnum Headphones

Thase headphones were designed on the belief that the unique acoustic properties of wood reproduce music the most naturally and musically. Symphonized Magnum headphones have drivers constructed with high intensity neodymium magnets for deep bass, high power volume, high fidelity acoustics, like a live performance. Symphonized engineered the natural wood enclosures for rich, dynamic sound and deep bass. The durable construction and noise isolation of the closed back design provide a distortion free backdrop for listening enjoyment. They are matched for smartphones and music players. Comes with a cable terminated with a gold-plated 3.5 mm and 6.8mm adapter.

MSRP: $99 US.

Bluedio R+ Legend Bluetooth Headphones

The Bluedio R+ Legend is a wireless stereo headphone with a total of 8 drivers, 4 per side (1 50mm woofer surrounded by 3 smaller 3D speakers). The earcups have been shaped to enhance bass response for the impact of live concerts and accurate highs. Bluedio’s professional audio suppression solution creates HD audio and a wide frequency response from 5 to 25kHz inside Bluedio’s multi-driver setup, with ultra low energy consumption. The PPS8 (Physical position surround sound) applies psychoacoustic principles to create revolutionary “PPS” immersive sound.

For wireless options, the R+ Legend features both NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless solutions. The R+ Legend is also a music player. Insert a micro-SD memory card with music files in MP3/FLAC/WAV/AAC/SBC/APE music format and play. The micro-SD reader supports up to 32G. Four buttons on the right enclosure control phone, volume and music navigation when the headphones are paired with a smartphone or music player. The microphone is built-in for voice communications.

The body material is PC+ABS plastic which has been given a piano-finish to protect the color and increase durability. The circumaural earpads are composed of a tough artificial protein leather and can be rotated 360 degrees to best to fit the ears. The padded headband folds into a compact shape. On a single charge, the R+ Legend offers up to 25 hours of music playback and 28 hours of talk time. Recharge time is 3 to 5 hours.

Comes with USB charging cable, 1.5m (3.5mm Plug) audio cable, carry pouch and user manual. Available in space sliver, steel blue, metal tarnish.

Specs: Frequency Response: 5-25kHz; Bluetooth Version: V4.0; RF Freq. Range: 2402 ~ 2480MHz(ISM BAND); RF Sensitivity: < -85dBm (PER 1 %); Operating Distance: Up to 10m.p

MSEP: $300 US

Panasonic RP-BTD10 Wireless Headphones

The RP-BTD10 houses 40-mm drivers that deliver rich, satisfying sound, deep, realistic bass and clear, natural mid-to-high-frequency sounds. Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC provide wireless connectivity and the AptX codec reproduces music with the highest sound quality. The headphones have buttons on the right earcup for music navigation, volume control and call answering, and a built-in microphone in the left earcup for voice communications. The earcups swivel up to 90 degrees for flat storage. The BP-BTD10 plays for up to 30 hours per charge of the internal lithium ion battery.

Comes with a 4.9 foot audio cord terminating in a 3.5mm plug and a USB charging cord.

Specs: Freq. Response: 18Hz – 20 kHz (Wireless), 9Hz-24kHz(Wired); impedance: 32 ohms; max. power handling: 50mW.

MSRP: $199

NAD Electronics VISO HP50 Headphones

NAD’s VISO headphones feature RoomFeel™ technology, which brings the warm, open sound of live performance directly to headphones. RoomFeel adds back to the recording an open, 3-dimensional soundstage and the feel of the beat. NAD fine-tuned the sound inside an acoustic quiet room to optimize the enclosures.

The HP50 puts 40mm transducers inside closed-back enclosures that block out ambient noise to hear the music clearly with astounding accuracy and detailed imaging. The transducers were designed for high sensitivity to attain high volume from personal electronics. NAD mounted the enclosures on swiveling extensions to the tubular padded headband.

Weighing in at 8 oz, the VISO combines lightweight materials into a high quality finish, like smooth brushed metals and leather covered cushions and headband. The headphone cord detaches, and NAD has included two 1.3-meter cables, one terminated with a standard 3.5mm plug and other with an inline remote control for smartphones. Comes with a carry case, a 6.2mm plug adapter and airport plug adapter.

Available in 3 colors: black, white and red.

Specs: freq. response: 20-20k Hz, impedance: 32 ohms, powser handling: 30mW max., THD: < 0.25%.

MSRP: $300 US.

Headfoams Headphones

Headfoamies are constructed of a light, durable polyester foam (EVA). They can be twisted, pulled, thrown and stepped on without breaking them. The soft foam earpads are covered with eco-leather, a recycled leather product containing 20% recycled leather. Because Headfoams are often sold as headphones for children, Marware has inserted an 85 dB volume limiter into the headphone circuit to reduce the likelihood of hearing damage.

Comes with extension pad for small heads. Available in 5 colors: blue, royal blue, pink, red, orange.

Specs: 3.5mm stereo plug.

MSRP: $30 US.