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Whether in-ear 'phones cost £10 or £1000, nearly all come with the same three sizes of rubbery buds you use to wedge them in your trophy handles. UK company Snugs, however, offers a more personalised approach, measuring the unique curves of your ear canals to tailor bespoke buds that p...

July 2nd 2015 at 8:40am 0 Comments
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Audio snobs may already be boasting their high-end audio equipment, be it portable headphone amps or a special chip inside their smartphones, but these are no good if your ears have slight hearing loss. Even if you deem your ears to be pitch perfect, chances are your left and right ears have diffe...

June 9th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Bluetooth earbuds like Dre's new Powerbeats aren't actually "cordless." They still have a cable running from one bud to the other, which puts a limit on just how tidy and inconspicuous they can be. A group of former Sony Ericsson and Nokia engineers reckon they can go a step further: losing the co...

June 16th 2014 at 6:50am 0 Comments
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Does the choice of metal inside a headphone cable have much discernible impact on sound quality? It's a debate we'd struggle to contribute to, with ears as bruised as ours, but Onkyo clearly believes that such things matter. Its latest over-ears (the ES-CTI300) and in-ears (IE-CTI300) come with th...

November 6th 2013 at 11:47am 0 Comments
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So you stood outside all night to be the first person in line at your local Apple Store just to get your hands on a gold iPhone 5s. Or maybe you dropped upwards of a thousand dollars on eBay because you couldn't track down a gilded Apple smartphone yourself. Either way, these 18-carat gold earbuds...

September 24th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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A few weeks ago, RHA announced its new MA750i headphones (US$129.95). Last week I received a sample unit and have been testing them since. Having previously been really impressed with the MA150 and MA450i earphones and the SA950i on-ear headphones, I had high expectations for the Glasgow-based com...

September 20th 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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RHA, the Glasgow-based makers of high-quality earphones and over-ear headphones, has added two new, premium earphone models to their in-ear line-up, the MA600i and MA750i (pictured above). TUAW's reviewed RHA's MA150 and MA450 earphones and the SA950i on-ear headphones in the past, and the result...

August 9th 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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It's been almost a month since KEF announced its first headphone series, and yesterday we finally got the chance to try out its M500 cans and M200 in-ears at the company's Hong Kong launch event. In fact, it's worth noting that while KEF originated from the UK 52 years ago, it's been part of Hong...

May 16th 2013 at 2:35pm 0 Comments