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Helix. How to Keep One Ear Open When Using Headphones. Audio-Technica ATH-M30 -Technica ATH-M30 - Best headphones for under $50 (pictures) The Monoprice 8320s Are the Best Earbuds You'll Find Under $10. For anyone curious, these are the aftermarket tips I used for my 8320s: The stock ones were much too big and made the headphones sound like crap. After switching to a size small tip, the headphones sounded incredible. It's crazy how much difference a good seal makes. Most aftermarket tips should work fine, since the 8320s have standard attachments. and if you have another pair of earbuds lying around, those might work too!

The ones linked above were super cheap and now I have extras for my very tiny ears, which is great. Anyone using another pair of cheap earbuds that they love, or has anyone tried these out? ZIK design by Starck - The headset for the smartphone generation. Heavy-Duty Accessories. Quirky Wired Headphones. Listening to music when you’re not near your surround sound system should be easy.

Quirky Wired Headphones

Your phone holds thousands of songs locally, has access to millions through your subscription service and can even beam music digitally to far off lands. It should be easy to get it from the device into your ears, but it’s not. You can use Bluetooth and skip the cord, but there goes your battery life. You can get wired headphones and try to save some battery life, but then you’ll inevitably spend precious minutes a day untangling those headphones from your bag, keys, pockets and everything within their reach.

Light Pick. Unless you’re Dave Grohl or some other mega-famous guitar player (we’ll assume you aren’t, our apologies to Dave who is no doubt reading this) you may not want to be chucking these bad boys into the crowd after your next gig.

Light Pick

The Light Pick (available in a slew of different colors) will add a totally new and colorful dynamic to the next theater show you’re playing or that coffee shop on the corner. They light up with the touch of your fingers and power off when left for 16 seconds. If you want to take it to another level, upgrade from the Light Show Series and pick up (pun very much intended) a slightly more pricey Pro Series Pick—it acts as a metronome as well displaying tempo as you strum. The three people at The Morning Joe Coffee Shop won’t know what hit ‘em! The History of Headphones. Surprisingly, not everyone wants to hear our music.

The History of Headphones

When we were pumping our LCD Soundsystem mixtape, others in the office said they couldn’t “concentrate” and they “wished we were fired.” For this, and for many other reasons, headphones are an absolute necessity in our daily lives. It was long before Steve Jobs produced white earbuds and Dr. Dre jumped in the game, however, that people began getting tunes pumped into their ear canal. Here’s basically how it all went down. This post is in partnership with smartwater. smartwater, good taste travels well. 1881 – Way before MP3s, dubstep and premium Spotify accounts, headphones had little to do with music at all. 1895 – Thanks to the Electrophone system, in 1895 folks could start rocking out to the sick beats of the local opera house from the comfort of their own home. 1910 – Nathaniel Baldwin began manufacturing the first modern headphones. 1937 – The DT-48’s from Beyerdynamic became the first dynamic headphones to hit the market.

Koostik Mini Koo iPhone Amplifier & Dock. Miniaturization goes hand in hand with most technological marvels.

Koostik Mini Koo iPhone Amplifier & Dock

The screens all get bigger, but the device itself (whether it’s a cell phone or a TV) gets thinner and lighter thanks to tinier components. There’s no denying that the iPhone does a lot of things essential to your daily routine, but outputting audio at an reasonable (read: loud) decibel is impossible without some assistance. But taking the party up to 11 doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your battery life – if you get a Koostik Mini Koo. A solid block of either walnut or cherry is specially carved to create a trumpet horn style speaker that will amplify the iPhone’s native volume to levels we thought weren’t possible.

Unleash Your Headphones' Full Potential with a USB DAC and Amplifier. For many people, using the right headphones will make a bigger difference.

Unleash Your Headphones' Full Potential with a USB DAC and Amplifier

I'm still using a pair of inexpensive (for the time — $100) 20-25-year-old Sony MDR V7's (I think it's the V7 as opposed to the V6 — it's at work, and I'm currently at home). This is a closed, over-the-ear headphone. The low-end-bass, crispness, and dynamic range are amazing (yes, I know that the frequency response isn't flat, but I like the colored sound of the Sony). With the right sound source, I can hear faint whispery echoes and (at other times) clean pounding bass. I've tried the Sennheiser HD 280 pro that a lot of people really like, and I really hate it.