The 20 Highest Rated Earbuds & Headphones For 2012

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In this post, I've compiled an updated list of the best rated earphones and headphones for 2012. This list has evolved over a couple of years -- I've tried to include the most vetted headphones and earphones available, as well as a couple of new headphones that are getting great reviews. I've tried to cover all the basic types of headphones available today: earbuds, wireless earphones, sport earphones, noise-cancelling headphones, full-sized headphones and wireless headphones. LG Tone … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Waterproof Headphones

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Today, water lovers can bring their tunes with them and still get quality sound. Not just for swimmers, waterproof headphones are beneficial for all sports enthusiasts since they are also sweatproof and can be rinsed off after use. By reading reviews across the web (iLounge and CrunchGear are good sources), we've come up with a list of the top rated waterproof headphones. H2O Audio Surge 2G Waterproof Headphones H2o Audio, an innovator in developing underwater accessories, has recently … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Earbuds Of 2012

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Here are the top rated earphones of 2012:   MEElectronics M6 Earbuds Average Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (from 329+ reviewers)   These M6 Earbuds by MEElectronics are more durable and provide better sound that comparable earphones in their price range. CNET rated them 3.5 out of 4 stars saying "A great value for bass addicts". These earphones incorporate a "memory wire" and an angled ear tip, making them good earphones wear while  engaged in sports. You can get … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Wireless Portable Headphones For 2012

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LG Tone HBS-700 Wireless Earbud Headphone ($45) Despite selling for under $50, the LG Tone HBS-700 is one of the top rated bluetooth headphones. It received an 8 out of 10 rating from CNET, which makes it their Editor's Choice for a bluetooth headphone. CNET says it was one of the most comfortable headphones they've tried, and that the audio reproduction was impressive. Amazon buyers also liked this headphone -- it received an average of 4.5 of out 5 stars, from a total of 264 reviewers. PC … [Read more...]

Vers iPod Dock: Handcrafted In The U.S.

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Vers is a company in Maine that makes handcrafted iPod docks from Walnut and Bamboo. Their latest dock for iPods and iPhones incorporates an AM/FM radio and an alarm clock. I've owned a Vers dock for about three years, I'm pleased with the sound of the speakers. The reproduction is clear, and the sound certainly fills a room. Vers says the thick wooden enclosure allows to the dock produce a richer sound than a dock constructed with plastic. Vers also aims to be an environmentally … [Read more...]

The Best iPhone Chargers Of 2012

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Today, we use smartphones and tablet computers wherever we go. However, batteries life tends to be a constant issue. That's why carrying a spare USB charger in your daypack or purse makes a lot of sense. In most cases, you just need a bit of power to make a call or access the internet. USB chargers all contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a USB socket that outputs 5 volts. The difference is the power capacity of the batteries inside the chargers, and this capacity is measured in … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Outdoor Speakers

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We’ve surveyed reviews on TestFreaks, Gear Patrol, Home Entertainment Magazine, Amazon, TigerDirect.com and Newegg.com to find the top rated wireless outdoor speakers: Soundcast OutCast ($849) Top Review Sources: TestFreaks: 9/10 “The OutCast is just simply an amazing product that you’ve got to see and hear to believe” Gear Patrol: “The Outcast was the best outdoor wireless speaker solution we’ve ever encountered” Home Entertainment Magazine: “Its price tag accurately reflects its … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Bluetooth Speakers Of 2011

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Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly connect your digital music player, mobile phone, laptop, or tablet to external speakers, giving a big boost to the sound quality and volume of your device. Bluetooth speakers will also work with desktop computers and some home A/V equipment, but they are primarily designed with portability in mind. Some will fit in your pocket and have batteries that last all day. Once you complete a simple pairing process, any of our recommended Bluetooth … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable iPod Speakers Of 2011

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Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker for iPod and iPhone The Logitech S715i is a portable speaker system that incorporates a rechargeable lithium-ion battery into its design. It's approved by Apple, and will run for about eight hours on a charge. CNET rates the Logitech S715i as "Excellent" and awards this product their Editor's Choice, saying "The Logitech S715i portable speaker for iPhone and iPod uses eight drivers to deliver audio performance that is far beyond its price range." … [Read more...]

A Wireless Speaker For Bikes: The Cy.Fi

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Wearing headphones while cycling can be annoying, or even downright dangerous if you can’t hear what’s going on around you. I recently tested the cy.fi Wireless Sports Speaker, a streamlined little gadget that lets you enjoy your music while staying aware of your surroundings, or even sharing your tunes with your friends. The cy.fi speaker weighs 3.7 ounces, and it’s slightly bigger than a deck of cards. Buttons on the face of the speaker unit control volume and track selection, so you can … [Read more...]