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Earbuds Radiate the Blues Away With Light Beams to the Brain

Share In the midst of a particularly frigid and brutal winter, fighting the debilitating effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) grows increasingly difficult. A group of scientists believe a new device could eradicate that darkness-induced depression, though, by blasting the brain with a warm and comforting glow. Created by scientists from Finland's University of Oulu, the Valkee reportedly ...

Sonomax Makes Custom-Fit Earphones for the Common Man

Custom-fit earbuds are nothing new, but usually such audio gear costs in excess of $400, requires a trip to the audiologist and takes weeks to arrive on your doorstep. Sonomax wants to bring the luxury of custom headphones to a broader audience. The core of that effort is the SonoFit system, which creates custom ear-wear in four minutes, without the need for a trip to a professional. The folks at...

The Week in Design: Cornstarch Earbuds and 3-D Printed Shoes

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. As you unwrap t...

Gift Guide: Encourage Audiophilia With Aiaiai's TMA-1 Headphones

It's tough to stand out in the headphone crowd (especially without looking like you're trying too hard), but Aiaiai's TMA-1 phones do so with the utmost subtlety. These minimal, utilitarian cans are coated in a matte rubber, which makes them remarkably drop-, bend- and crush-resistant. They're sturdy without being heavy (less than seven ounces, in fact), meaning they won't cause ear soreness or f...

The Best Earbuds That Won't Break the Bank

Share A reader asks: The original Apple iPod ear buds I've been using for years have finally crapped out, and I'm looking for a replacement and hopefully an upgrade. My budget is $100 max, and I want the best possible combination of good sound and comfort. I'm not a huge fan of the types you shove in your ear canal. Since you can't try out earphones at any stores I've visited, I have no ide...

Diddy Launches His Own Headphones With Dr. Dre and Monster

If a mid-sized company with a semi-niche product is looking for a celebrity endorsement, take a page from Monster's book: go big or don't even bother. The audio company collaborated with Dr. Dre for Beats by Dre, gunning for those high-end hip-hop types that want some substance with their style, and then with Lady Gaga for her girlie, technophile Heartbeats. But yesterday, in the penthouse of the...

Koss Boss Admits to Blowing Laundered Money on Big-Money Laundry

In the age of Bernie Madoff and smoke-and-mirrors balance sheets, the last thing anyone wants to hear about is another potential fraud scandal from a big shot exec. But that seems to be exactly the case with one high-roller at Koss Corporation, one of the market's top headphone makers. According to DailyTech, Sujata Sachdeva, vice president of finance at Koss, has been arrested and charged wit...

Gift Guide: Grado iGi Earphones

Grado iGi Earphones (Media Hound, Under $100) To the audio obsessives who consider the quality of their sound gear a way of life, the mere mention of the name Grado elicits the kind of response usually reserved for Santa or, well, Steve Jobs . Since most Grado headphones are priced in the relative stratosphere, its new iGi model ($89) is a welcome entry-level sampler for the iPod generation....

Solid Alliance's 'Crazy Earphones' Are Just That

A new line of earbuds from Solid Alliance has drawn attention for its, shall we say, less than palatable designs, and as a public service to our readers, we would like to agree with all the haters. Beauty may reside in the eye of the beholder, but so does ugly. The increasingly derided and aptly named Crazy Earphones line consists of four truly dumbfounding designs: sushi roll, banana, cat paw...

Monster Unveils 'Miles Davis Tribute' Earbuds

Start saving your money, all you hep cats, daddios, and beboppers. Monster Cable has unveiled limited edition headphones specifically for jazz lovers. The new Miles Davis Tribute in-ear headphones have been engineered with the "unique acoustic tones of jazz in mind," and the individually numbered pieces come with a slew of special extras. The earbuds, which boast Monster's outside, noise-blo...

Student Designs 'Tangle-Free,' Zip-Loc-Style Earbuds

We've all, far too often, reached into our backpacks, briefcases or man purses to retrieve our earbuds, only to find their wires intertwined in some sinister perversion of the Gordian Knot. As one of those ubiquitous irritations of modern daily life, earbud entanglement has become a Gordian Knot in and of itself, leading any number of bright-eyed industrial designers to try and decisively untie ...

Best Earbuds Under $100?

A reader asks: I travel and commute a lot, and I need a set of headphones for my iPod and laptop. Those white earbuds just don't cut it on a plane or subway – especially for blocking out noise. I like to watch action movies, so they need to have good bass for those Hollywood explosions. But I'm also a jazz fan. Hey Reader: We're not crazy about stock earbuds, either, and we've tried ju...

iPod Earbuds: We Will Shock You

Turns out those lovable little earbuds may deliver more than pleasant sound waves. According to a support bulletin issued by Apple, the cans are a possible conduit for static electricity. The company has issued some tips to keep the voltage down--which essentially tell you to stop using the player. Among the dangerous conditions are dry or windy environments (sorry U.S. Southwest, Midwest, and ...

Earbuds Blooming in 2009 -- We Like These

As we made our way through this year's CES, we noticed that, in one way or another, the economic crisis seemed to be rearing its head in every booth. Between inflation and unemployment, it does seem silly to cover more extravagant items. In-ear headphones, or earbuds, were in large demand, though, which we attribute to folks wanting to buy inexpensive advancements that enable them to get more out ...

Earbuds Blooming in 2009 -- We Like These 7

Koss CC_01 These adjusting earbuds from Koss purport to solve one of the common complaints about in-ear headphones -- the fit. Most are either too big or too small, resulting in poor audio quality at best and pain at worst. Koss's model has a soft memory foam cushion that adjusts with the twist of a 'Neural Knob' dial, expanding in the ear to create a snug fit and limiting outside noise. T...