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Sennheiser IE60 In Ear Headphones (Earbuds)

Sennheiser IE60 In Ear Headphones

Sennheiser is a very well known name in the headphone game. My first good headphones, and the center of my first high end audio system, were the Sennheiser HD580s I had in college. The company has always been known for high quality over the ear headphone, but they also make In Ear Headphones, a.k.a., Earbuds, and that is what we review here, namely the Sennheiser's IE60.

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HiFiMAN HE-6 Planar Headphones and EF-6 Headphone Amplifier

HiFiMAN HE-6 Planar Headphone and EF-6 Headphone Amp

After reviewing a true bargain in the planar magnetic headphone market, the excellent sounding and easily driven HiFiMAN HE-400, I moved onto their top of the line HiFiMAN HE-6, and also included the EF-6 Pure Class A headphone amplifier to drive the headphones.

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D-Wings Cable Management

D-WingsAll of us have had to deal with cable management in our audio and home theater systems. What we usually end up with is a tangle of wires that look like a mess. There are a number of cable management systems out there, but they most often involve tubes through which you pass the cables. D-Wings, marketed by UT-Wire, represent a completely different, and much easier to use, cable management product.

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Audeo PFE 232 Earphones

Audeo PFE 232 Earphones

Audeo was founded in 2008 as a subsidiary to the Swiss corporation, Phonak, which is the largest maker of hearing aid systems in the world. Audeo was formed with the simple goal of becoming the worldwide leader for high end in-ear monitors (IEM's) by 2016. Here is a review of their model PFE 232, which are classified as earbuds.

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Synergistic Research Tesla Series AC Power Conditioner and AC Power Cables

Synergistic Research Tesla Series

Moving can really suck. On top of everything else, it seems like I always lose stuff, at least temporarily. Eventually, that lost pair of shoes will turn up in a box labeled "towels," but it had been a few months since the move and I was still looking for some of the magic of my system.

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Focal Spirit One Over-the-Ear Headphones

Focal Spirit One HeadphoneMany people now listen to their music through headphones. On their commute to work, at their desk, in the gym, or anywhere else, you're very likely to find people using headphones. As part of our headphone roundup, this review covers the Focal Spirit One Headphones, which are of the design that, generically, are called "Over the Ear", which means they completely cover the ear in a chamber, which may be sealed on the outside or open to the surroundings. The Focal Spirit One's are sealed.

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Wireless HDMI Round Up

Wireless HDMI Round Up Now that our TVs are thin enough we often want to hang them on a wall, and manufacturers keep pushing the limits of thickness year after year. CES this year saw the advent of OLED TVs that are just millimeters thick as they no longer need backlighting systems, and serve double duty as a cheese slicer with their razor-thin profiles.

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Headphone and Earphone Round-up

Headphone and Earphone Round-up

Check out the Headphone and Earphone Round-up, a summary of all the new Headphone and Earphone reviews...more to come through the end of August!

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Accell UltraCat HD HDMI Extender

Accell UltraCat HD HDMI ExtenderDuring CEDIA 2011, one technology that caught my attention was HDBaseT. It provided a solution to the all too familiar cable clutter problem. Below is a picture that I took at their booth which shows a set of cables whose signals could all be transmitted over a single Cat5e/6 cable at distances up to 100m.

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HiFiMAN HE-400 Planar Headphone and HM-601 Slim Portable Player

HiFiMAN HE-400 Planar Headphone and HM-601 Slim Portable Player

HiFiMAN was founded in 2007 by Dr. Fang Bian, a man with a passion for portable audio. His love for music and sound quality is immediately present in his HiFiMAN products. HiFiMAN has been known for producing some very well regarded planar magnetic headphones, like the HE-6, but up until now, those reference headphones required a lot of power.

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Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)

Velodyne vPulse In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)With the prevalence of portable music players to the point that you must be from Mars if you don't own one, there is a huge aftermarket for high quality earphones (headphones is the category, with over-the-ear headphones, on-ear-headphones, in-ear headphones, in-ear-earphones, and in-ear earbuds being the specific type of headphone one is referring to). Velodyne, renown manufacturer of subwoofers, not to be left out of this trend, has released a set of in-ear headphones called the vPulse....and best of all, they sound like Velodyne all the way . . . a.k.a. very, very good.

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