Headphones and Earbuds That Rock

13 September, 2012 Play No comments
Headphones and Earbuds That Rock

Listening to music is good. Sharing music with friends is even better. However, subjecting an entire bus, plane, or train to your choice in music is uncool. A private listening experience is ideal when you’re in the wild, and a good set of headphones can seriously enhance your enjoyment of your personal concert. But which headphones and earbuds are the best? 

There are a ton of different makes and models to choose from, to say nothing of quality and price range. Some folks prefer to go cheap because they reason headphones never seem to last. Others want to pay for the richest experience possible. 

You need to find what’s right for you, but let’s face it, going for a ten dollar pair of cheapies never works out well. Here’s a selection of the best headphones, earphones and earbuds available (taking price and quality into account): 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones – This handsome set of headphones typically retails for $200 USD, though you can certainly find a cheaper price if you’re willing to shop around. Its sound quality is ideal for monitoring and mixing, though (of course) it works perfectly as a headset for music and/or gaming. The padded ear cups make the headset a comfortable wear for hours at a time. 

Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones – When you’re listening to music on a bus, you can count on three major enemies: Loud talkers, loud cellphone users, and a loud engine. Noise-cancelling headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 3 aren’t cheap (this particular model costs around $350 USD), but they’re absolutely worth it for the frequent commuter. 

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones – If you’re into plugging your music directly into your ear, consider a pair of C5 In-Ear Headphones. A pair is capable of dulling most background noise, though the C5 is not officially noise-cancelling headphones. It is, however, a very easy and comfortable in-ear fit. If you enjoy the portability of bud headphones but aren’t crazy about their tendency to slip or pop out, here’s a secure option. 

Shure SE215-K Live Sound Monitor – Another pair of in-ear headphones, though with a more traditional “bud” design than the Bowers & Wilkins C5. The Live Sound Monitor includes differently-sized “sleeves” that mold into your ear, sealing off outside noise and keeping the good stuff (your music) inside your canal, where it belongs. 

MEElectronics HT-21 Travel Lightweight Headphones – Being on a budget shouldn’t mean sacrificing good music quality during your commute to work. The HT-21 set can be found for under $40.00 USD. It offers enhanced bass, and its closed, padded ear pieces seal off outside noise and keep you from distracting your fellow bus-riders. 

For more awesome headphone picks, visit: 

Best Budget Headphones at CNET

Best Headphones at DigitalTrends

Best Headphones at PCMag

Top iPhone and iPad Accessories

10 September, 2012 Play No comments
Top iPhone and iPad Accessories

The iPhone and iPad: They’re not just for making phone calls anymore! Then again, they never were. As long as iOS devices have been on the market, there has been a healthy demand for accessories to beautify iPhones and iPads. Moreover, creative engineers have discovered ways to draw these life-altering devices even further into our daily needs and routines through some of the best iPhone/iPad accessories ever devised. 

Did you know you can use your iPhone or iPad to take enhanced pictures, control your home temperature remotely, or even prod you into healthier living? Here are five of the best and most useful iPhone and iPad accessories currently on the market. 

HEX Code Wallet – Are your pocket seams groaning from the weight of your iPhone, wallet, and business cards? Simplify. The Code Wallet is a nifty invention that simultaneously acts as a folding screen protector for your iPhone while leaving space for credit cards and more. A strap secures everything in place, and your headphone jack, lock button, and dock port remain naked and ready to use without having to open the wallet. 

Olloclip – The iPhone camera isn’t a photographer’s dream, but an accessory or two can drastically improve its shooting performance. The Olloclip snaps onto your iPhone 4/4S and lets you shoot pictures with a wide-angle, fisheye, or macro lens. 

Freedom i-Connex 2 Mini Keyboard – You can actually get an impressive amount of writing done with your iPhone or iPad, but some people that were reared on the dependable clickety-clack of a real keyboard cannot get the hang of the average iDevice’s virtual keyboard. The i-Connex Mini Keyboard is a highly portable input device that is compatible with iOS devices as well as Android phones and tablets. Type away!   

Nest Thermostat – Imagine waking up on a bitter winter morning. The temperature has dropped overnight, and the house is freezing. Time to “tough it out,” throw off the covers, and run—or you can warm up your house remotely with your iOS device and the Nest Thermostat. Plus, the Nest Thermostat app helps you monitor your household’s energy use, which should help you initiate a conservation push. 

Jawbone Up – Sounds like the kind of message you’d receive after leveling up your stats in a role-playing game, doesn’t it? However, the Up accessory from Jawbone is all about helping you live an active, healthier life. It’s a bracelet that works in tandem with an app that tracks your exercise, meals, and sleeping patterns. When it’s time to get moving, the bracelet vibrates as a reminder. 

For more great iPhone/iPad accessory suggestions, visit: 

Best iPhone 4S Accessories at CNET

Best iPhone Apps, Accessories and Tips at Engadget

Best iPhone Accessories at Geeky Gadgets

How To Stream Video From PC to TV

How To Stream Video From PC to TV

If you’ve ever wanted to share a funny cat video with friends or family, then you already know what a hassle it can be to gather everyone around a single tiny PC monitor. You think to yourself, “There has got to be an easier way to share hilarious internet cat antics with my kin.” As it turns out, you’re absolutely right. There are many ways to stream content from your PC or Mac computer to your TV set. 

Note that the methods mentioned below require, at the very least, an HDTV or 3D TV, a PC (which usually needs to be running Windows 7 or XP), and, in most cases, a broadband connection. If you can muster that much, here’s how to stream video from your desktop or laptop to your television. 

Use Windows Media Player – The Windows Media Player application, bundled with Windows 7, lets you stream videos, pictures, music, and more from your PC to your HDTV. If you’re interested in learning how to set up Windows Media Player for your television, visit Microsoft’s website for specific instructions. 

Consider using Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other paid streaming services – Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus are simple to use, and are a great way to keep up with television shows, movies, and more. You typically need to pay a monthly fee to use them, but their ease of use and picture quality are unsurpassed as far as streaming technology goes. 

Plug your computer into your HDTV – Most HDTVs have connectors specifically for a computer. Of course, it’s much easier to plug in a laptop, if you have one! Once your computer is hooked up, watching PC-based videos on your TV is a breeze. This YouTube video has easy-to-follow instructions for hooking up your PC directly to your TV. 

Wi-Fi connections are an option – If you’re not big into the idea of wires criss-crossing your living room, keep in mind that there are ways to stream the contents of your PC to your television wirelessly. This can be a little tricky, though, so PC World has a write-up explaining how to engineer a wireless connection for your video streams. 

Use your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 – Your Xbox 360 is more than a game console: it’s a veritable media hub. You can use the system to play content from your PC on your television. Microsoft’s Xbox website has detailed setup instructions if you need them. Note that Sony’s PlayStation 3 offers similar solutions as well.

Looking for more advice on how to stream content from your PC onto your TV? Visit: 

How to Stream Digital Media From Your Windows 7 PC at PCWorld

What Is UPnP and How Do I Use it to Stream Media to My TV? at LifeHacker

From PC to TV at Microsoft 

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