News & Reviews

My impressions of the Bose QC-30 in-ears

I am surprised at how little info can be found on these, apart from some obviously sponsored reviews.I already have over-ear headphones (B&W P7W), and I used Sennheiser Momentums wireless before. I was looking for something a bit more comfortable/portable, preferably with ANC.After some research I decided to get the QC-30.Let's start with the positives:1) I can return them, hurray!2) they are somewhat comfortable3) battery life seems to be better than advertised, but you can't use them...

I tried earplugs designed specifically for motorsports at one of the loudest races in the world -- here's the verdict

For the past few years, I’ve been rather frequently attending car races, and I’ve discovered that an indispensable piece of equipment is a set of earplugs.As a member of the media, I usually have some sort of access to the pit stops, where the race cars pull in to get tire changes and to be refueled. The noise they make, up close, it literally eardrum-obliterating.But even if you don’t get down close to the action, the type of intense racket that race cars generate can be very bad for your...

You might think me mad, but take a read anyway. (Etymotics)

I’ve had some queries regarding what I meant by a recent post about the Etymotics. In my latest quest to knock over the Holy Grails of Head-Fi I thought I’d put my initial conclusions out there for the interested, and because I am also interested if any of you hear this too. I can’t prove this because I don’t have the test equipment to do so, but it is something that’s been bothering me for quite a while. I’ve been listening to the Etys on and off for the last year, and after the first...

Shure’s SE535 earphones are a little bit perfect

Asking me to tell you what the best headphones are is like asking WeRateDogs to pick its favorite canine. In both cases, there’s far too much variety, diversity, and idiosyncratic charm to crown just one specimen as the very finest. That being said, I do have a favorite pair (of headphones, not dogs) that I can’t put down right now and that is Shure’s $449 SE535s.One thing that might give away the greatness of these in-ear headphones is that they’ve been around since 2010 and their price has...