When I first saw the "KBEAR" branding, I pictured a bear wearing earphones. But it's not an animal—KB Ear (as it's actually styled) is a Chinese earphone maker who has launched a number of entry-level and mid-fi choices to the in-ear market in recent months. The KS2 in particular is one of the most entry-level IEMs that KBEar offers at just $25, so being able to stack it up against other flavor-of-the-month IEMs (See BLON BL-03 and KZ ZS10) is...
When it comes to portable noise-cancelling headphones, your options are far and wide. Now, lifestyle brand V-Moda is tapping into the market with an amped-up version of its M-200 Bluetooth headphones. (more…)
When it comes to premium boutique headphones, no other brand stands out quite as much as MrSpeakers. Well, what was MrSpeakers. The company is now known as Dan Clark Audio (named after its founder) and is a bespoke headphone maker from California. Everything the firm makes is focused solely on being upscale; premium planar magnetic and electrostatic headphones are its bread and butter. (more…)
One of the biggest names in premium audio has announced its plans to close all of its 119 retail stores in North America, Australia, Europe, and Japan. Bose announced the closure on Wednesday citing "the dramatic shift to online shopping" behind its decision. (more…)
Next week signals the start of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course, this means that many makers in the premium hifi space, including Klipsch, are kicking it off with a bang. Today, Klipsch announced that a flurry of new products in a collaboration with performance automaker McLaren. (more…)
The Fiio FH7 is the cream of the crop IEM for a 12-year-old Chinese electronics manufacturer that needs no introduction. Still, we'll give them one. Since springing to life in 2007, Fiio has long-since made a name for itself in the HiFi community by creating fantastic product offerings since its infancy. I'd even go as far as saying that it helped to make the hobby affordable for many who would have otherwise written it off as "just expensive headphone stuff". ...
The introduction to the world of audio comes in very different forms. For many, their introduction was simply the Apple AirPods, an easy-to-use solution for their existing iOS devices. According to a recent report by CNBC, this was a goldmine for Apple over the past year and will easily continue that trend into 2020. (more…)
Over the past year, Sony has easily become one of the most recognizable names in wireless noise cancelling headphones. Now, a new iteration of its flagship ANC-equipped offering, the Sony WH-1000XM4, may be on the way. (more…)
Meet the JBL Reflect Eternal, a bluetooth wireless over-ear headphone which maker JBL claims will exterminate the anxiety of dead batteries. A new crowdfunding effort on IndieGoGo shows that JBL wants to ditch the power cord. Instead of plugging in, an array of solar panels is embedded into the headband which charge the battery as you listen. (more…)
As 2019 comes to a close, we at Headphonist have decided to do a little tour of IEMs. One of Linsoul's newest hyped-up earphones, the ZS10 Pro, has been in our hands for several weeks and we're ready to share our impressions. (more…)