We've reviewed a bunch of headphones over the years, and what they all had in common were traditional, commonly used voice coil dynamic drivers as a means of producing sound. But very few headphones use a driver technology that's called "planar magnetic drivers", which are large thin diaphragms sandwiched between magnetic grids that use all of their surface to produce sound, don't have two moving parts like dynamic drivers, and have an ultra-fast transient response. You'll only see these being used on high-end, expensive headphones from companies like Audeze and HiFiMan. Another brand that prides itself in using planar magnetic drivers is Oppo, a company you may not immediately recognize or associate with audio at all. Oppo's PM-3 are the company's entry-level over-ear headphones which use planar magnetic drivers to produce high quality sound that's more accurate and has less distortion than other similarly priced headphones with typical dynamic drivers. So how does a $400 pair of planar magnetic headphones sound like? You can check out our full review down below to find out!Read More
The iPad Pro is one of the best content creation and content consumption devices on the market, for both creatives and novice users alike. And now that Apple introduced such a huge, and some might even say unwieldy tablet, it's even more important that you have some kind of stand feature for a comfortable hands-free user experience when you need it. And of course you probably want to add some protection to your $800+ slab of metal and glass. But Apple's decision to sell separate front and back protective accessories for the iPad Pro instead of an all-encompassing Smart Case option will undoubtedly leave users upset and left looking for third party alternatives.
In case you haven't noticed yet, even Apple's Smart Keyboard accessory for the iPad Pro is really a Smart Cover that doesn't offer any back or side protection. One way to avoid paying so much for a mere Smart Cover and still get the same hands-free functionality is to get a protective case with a built-in stand feature. Which is exactly the reason we've put together a an easy way for you to pick out a great case for your iPad Pro whether it's full on protection you're looking for, a standalone stand, a tempered glass screen protector, or a keyboard case that will actually offer folio-like 360-degree protection. Be sure to catch the full roundup of some of the best iPad Pro accessories you can get right now down below!Read More
Jays is back with what can be described as its greatest achievement yet. The new 2nd generation q-Jays are the world’s smallest reference-class in-ear headphones to feature exchangeable cables and have one of the most awe-inspiring build qualities. But that’s not all they boast. They also pack dual balanced armature drivers that consist of a standalone woofer driver and a midrange/tweeter driver said to produce well balanced, neutral sound with pristine clarity and detail reproduction – as well as a controlled deep bass response. But before you read any further, prepare your wallet for some serious fat burning. Our full review is waiting for you after the break!Read More
The Xtreme is a great and powerful speaker, but not everyone can afford a $300 Bluetooth speaker. Fortunately, JBL's new Flip 3 is one wireless speaker that's affordable and very portable too. The Flip 3 improves upon its predecessor using two 40mm drivers flanked by dual external passive bass radiators for much better sounding bass, has double the battery life and features a rubberized water-resistant fabric design for greater outdoor durability. And like JBL's Xtreme and Pulse 2 speakers, the Flip 3 can also be used in a multi-speaker setup by wirelessly connecting to multiple JBL Connect-enabled speakers for an amplified audio experience much like UE's Double Up mode. In short, the Flip 3 is JBL's greatest Flip speaker the company has ever made. Could this be the the best new super portable speaker to get for under $100? You'll have to read our full review – complete with a UE Roll and UE Boom 2 speaker comparison – to find out!Read More
If you're in the market for a supremely stylish portable Bluetooth speaker, chances are that you're seriously considering the new Beats Pill+ right now. The Pill+ is the first portable speaker to come out of Beats since Apple purchased the brand a few years ago, and unlike the original and hugely popular Pill 2.0 speaker, the Pill+ has Apple's DNA written all over it. But as popular as the original Pill was, we never thought it sounded good enough to recommended. So how will the new Pill+ stand against some of the best portables you can buy right now? Let's find out!Read More
Twelve South now offers two different types of accessories for the Apple Watch, because two is better than one. After successfully launching its HiRise stand and dock for the Apple Watch, Twelve South's latest addition to its Apple Watch accessory lineup includes the Forte - an elegantly designed charging stand with a polished high-end look and feel that may even remind you of Apple's original iPhone. Blending chromed metal with genuine leather, Twelve South's Forte will work with all Apple Watch models and watch bands in either portrait or Nightstand mode orientations – making it one of the more multifaceted charging stands out right now. But does it live up to expectations? Let's find out!Read More
Force Touch is slowly making its way onto more and more of Apple's products, and now everyone can get a taste of this wizardly technology without having to purchase an iPhone 6s, a MacBook or an Apple Watch. That's because Apple's new Magic Trackpad 2 is actually an entirely redesigned external Force Touch trackpad for Macs. It replaces its predecessor with an even bigger seamless glass multi-touch surface that's clickable in any area and a long-lasting, built-in rechargeable battery. With the new trackpad also comes a newly designed wireless Bluetooth keyboard that Apple calls the Magic Keyboard, which also has a rechargeable battery and features improved scissor-style keys said to offer an improved typing experience. We took both for a spin and here's what we think about Apple's new "magical" input devices!Read More