Category Archives: Headphone

Dali iO-6 Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review – new headphones from high end audio company Dali

The Dali iO is luxurious wireless headphones – designed and developed in Denmark. With class-leading battery time, audio comfort and sound performance.

DALI, Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries, grew out of Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain in 1983. Dalie strive to create loudspeakers with outstanding performance and “natural sound” at competitive prices.

In 2019, DALI offers an exciting range of speakers to suit every taste from the cost-conscious SPEKTOR series to the high-performance speaker EPICON 8. Dali has over one million satisfied customers in more than 70 countries.

A key contributing factor to DALI’s superiority is exclusive DALI driver units designed and developed from scratch by their Danish engineers and produced in their own controlled facilities. With their unique driver technologies they are able to design and build speaker systems that makes it possible for listeners to hear their favourite music exactly as the artists intended.

So the Dali iO continues its tradition with a wireless headphone that is built for extended listening with a comfortable, durable design and a natural transparent sound that never tires.

Dali have released the i04 and i06. The i06 have active noise cancellation and retail for around 399 euros. I have already reviewed the Dali iO-4 headphones. Clickhere.

What is really interesting about the new headphones, is that Dali didn’t go and re badge a Chinese headphone, they designed, built and manufactured everything from scratch. The headphones are in essence a Dali loudspeaker, miniaturised on the ear. What they did do, was buy Sony’s noise cancellation tech for the i06. So you actually have the best of both worlds with this version.

So what is my verdict on these new headphones? Go take a look now!

More info on Dali products on Amazon!

Advertisements

Belkin RockStar iPhone Headphones with Lightning Connector Review – also in USB C

Welcome to my review of the Belkin RockStar iPhone Headphones with Lightning Connector. These are also available with a USB C termination. The Belkin Rockstar retail for around £40 and are available in white and black finishes.

The Key Features and Specifications

– Listen to music and take calls from your iPhone without an adapter
– Designed for Apple LIGHTNING devices without audio port, including iPhone XS, XS max, XR, x, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus/ iPad Pro 10. 5-Inch, 9. 7-Inch and more
– Mfi-certified for compatibility with iOS devices
– Tangle-free, flat, lightweight cable keep headphones from bunching up
– Sweat and Splash-Resistant

Review

Conclusion

An upgrade to the in the box earphones. A pleasant sound with a slight V shape. Recommended.

Useful Links

More info and the latest pricing on Amazon – Belkin Rockstar Earphones.

Jabra Elite 85h Over Ear Wireless Headphones with ANC Review & Comparison

Welcome to my review of the Jabra Elite 85h Over Ear Headphones with automatic noise cancellation and SmartSound Technology. The headphones retail for around £279.

The Key Features and Specification

– SmartSound: Audio that automatically adapts to your surroundings
– Block unwanted background noise with Smart Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
– 36 hours battery life with ANC on
– On-ear detection; Elite 85h will recognise when you remove them from your ears, auto-playing when you put them on and auto-pausing when you take them off
– Access your voice assistant with one touch for instant, Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant
– Rain-resistant with a 2 years water and dust warranty
– Personalise the headphones with the Jabra Sound+ app-access SmartSound features, customise music profiles, choose your voice assistant, track battery usage, firmware and more
– Enhanced 8-microphone technology for a superior call experience

Review

Conclusion

The Jabra Elite 85h are a comfortable pair of headphones with superb mics for calls and more. The noise cancellation is flexible, enabling you to listen to music while conducting a conversation with someone in the office! Highly recommended.

Useful Links

More info and latest pricing on Amazon – Jabra Elite 85h

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancellation Earphones Long Term Review & Comparison

Welcome to my long term review of the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones with noise cancellation. The earphones retail for around £219.

The Key Features and Specifications

– Digital Noise Cancelling with HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e and Dual Noise Sensor Technology
– AAC and SBC codecs
– Up to 24 hours battery life
– USB C for the case
– DSEE HX
– Firmware upgradeable with Sony Headphone app
– Bluetooth 5, NFC

Review

Conclusion

Overall an unbelievable set of wireless earphones. If you travel and need noise cancelling, these are the earphones to get. Highly recommended.

Useful Links

More info and latest pricing on Amazon – Sony WF-1000XM3.

Dali i04 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review – An Unbelievable 60 hours Playback Time!

The Dali iO is luxurious wireless headphones – designed and developed in Denmark. With class-leading battery time, audio comfort and sound performance.

DALI, Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries, grew out of Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain in 1983. Dalie strive to create loudspeakers with outstanding performance and “natural sound” at competitive prices.

In 2019, DALI offers an exciting range of speakers to suit every taste from the cost-conscious SPEKTOR series to the high-performance speaker EPICON 8. Dali has over one million satisfied customers in more than 70 countries.

A key contributing factor to DALI’s superiority is exclusive DALI driver units designed and developed from scratch by their Danish engineers and produced in their own controlled facilities. With their unique driver technologies they are able to design and build speaker systems that makes it possible for listeners to hear their favourite music exactly as the artists intended.

So the Dali iO continues its tradition with a wireless headphone that is built for extended listening with a comfortable, durable design and a natural transparent sound that never tires.

Dali have released at IFA 2019 to headphones, the i04 and i06. Both are the same in every regard, except the i06 have active noise cancellation. When these go on sale, they will cost 299 and 399 euros respectively.

What is really interesting about the new headphones, is that Dali didn’t go and re badge a Chinese headphone, they designed, built and manufactured everything from scratch. The headphones are in essence a Dali loudspeaker, miniaturised on the ear. What they did do, was buy Sony’s noise cancellation tech for the i06. So you actually have the best of both worlds with this version.

So what is my verdict on these new headphones? Go take a look now!

More info on Dali products on Amazon!

Sony unveils WF-1000XM3 its truly wireless flagship noise-cancelling earbuds – Full Details incl video

Sony’s flagship noise-cancelling headphones, the WH-1000XM3 are the best noise cancelling/hi res wireless headphones on the market. Now Sony is adding another member to the family in the form of true wireless earphones.

Sony took the naming convention from the WH-1000XM3 and called its new flagship earphone the similarly Sony WF-1000XM3. Sony is promising the same quality as its WH-1000XM3.

So how do these new true wireless earphones work. Well a pair of external microphones are located on each bud and feed external noise to the dedicated QN1e noise-cancelling chip. This chip is an upgrade on the WH-1000XM3’s QN1 chip, where it intelligently blocks out background noise and ambience.

This chip is responsible for 24-bit digital-to-audio conversion.Sony has also adopted Apple’s AirPod connection arrangement, whereby both buds connect directly to the device, instead of one bud connecting to the device, and then the other buds connects to that bud. This should provide a stable connection.

6 hours battery life, 3 more full charges from the case, providing 24 hours in total. A 10 min quick charge provides 90 mins usage.

Price. Expensive. Around $230.

Image credits – Sony

Powerbeats Pro vs AirPods vs Samsung Galaxy Buds

Welcome to my review and comparison of the Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones. These are then compared to the AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds.

Airpods

– physical size – smallest, weight 4 grams each airpod case is 40 grams, one size fits all, may not fit you , only in white.
– no need to tap, just say Hey Siri , use Siri to raise volume etc.
– charging, qi wireless an option, 5 hours or 3 hours of calls, case holds total 24 hours battery life, can get a version with a qi wireless case, lightning cable otherwise.
– quick charge – 15 minutes in the case equals up to 3 hours of listening time4 or up to 2 hours of talk time.
– connection Apple H1 headphone chip, AirPods use optical sensors and motion accelerometers to detect when they’re in your ears. Whether you’re using both AirPods or just one, the H1 chip automatically routes the audio and engages the microphone. And when you’re on a call or talking to Siri, an additional speech-detecting accelerometer works with beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice.
– ease of use – easy pairing on Apple gear, than synced over icloud to all other Apple gear, quick switching, pairs to android, easily too with button, can use individually
– noise cancellation – none.
– audio quality – clear and crisp, good for audio books, voice calls excellent, very low latency.
– Cost £170 without qi case , £200 with the case.

Powerbeats Pro

– physical size – largest of bunch, huge case, Ear tips with four size options, in black and other colours soon, comfy due to design, wont fall out.

– press and hold Beats button on either side for voice assistant
– no need to tap , hey siri built in, other voice assistant like those on android, just press the Beats button.
– Charging – no wireless charging – 9 hours time , 5 mins quick charge gives 1.5 hours battery, Lightning to USB-A charging cable
– connection again Apple H1 headphone chip enhanced phone call performance and call handling from either earbud, easy pairing on apple gear, syncs across icloud
– ease of use – adjustable, secure-fit earhooks for lightweight comfort and stability
– reinforced design for sweat and water resistance during tough workouts, each side has exact same controls
– passive noise cacellations
– voice clarity on calls is excellent, the best of 3
– audio quality the best of all 3. balanced sound with a slight bass , very low latency
– Cost £220

Galaxy Buds

– physiscal size – middle of the road, ear tips in box, and wing tips, dont need them as comfy to wear and stay in.

– press and hold touch button for voice assistnat
– charging – either using cradle with usb a, or qi charging , 15 mins gets 1.5 hours
– connection – 6 hours , then another 7 hours with case
– connection – excellent, occassionally drop , easy pairing with samsung app, app does fimwares, had two, equaliser options, dynamic is best, and ambient sound option as well.
– ease of use – touch controls, can be configured, splash resistant
– passive noise cancellation
– poor voice call clarity outside
– good audio, some latency, more on some phones than others.
– cost £130 although deals are even lower

Video Review

Conclusion

The Powerbeats Pro are the best wireless earphones that cover all the basics and provide a good audio quality. Recommended.

Useful Links

Powerbeats Pro Latest info & pricing on Amazon UK

AirPods latest info & pricing on Amazon UK

Samsung Galaxy Buds latest info & pricing

Sennheiser debuts its first wireless gaming headset, the GSP 670 – Full Details

The low-latency technology, developed by Sennheiser, ensures that you experience a stable, uninterrupted near-zero delay connection that you can always rely on for PC and PlayStation® 4. Thanks to additional Bluetooth® connectivity, the headset can be paired simultaneously to compatible devices such as smartphones or tablets. Pick up calls at the touch of a button and get seamlessly switched back to the low-latency connection and your game when you hang up.

The speaker system of the GSP 670 combines over 70 years of audio know-how, while fulfilling the needs of a modern gaming headset. The result is a warm deep bass without compromising the mid-range and high frequencies. This allows you to hear every detail and react even faster. Customize the sound to your liking with the Sennheiser Gaming Suite and turn on 7.1 Surround Sound for the ultimate audio experience.

With over 20 hours run time over Bluetooth® 5, and 16 hours using the low-latency connection, the battery life of the GSP 670 will last for even the longest gaming session. In case the GSP 670 runs out of battery, you can simultaneously game and charge for uninterrupted game play. The USB quick charge allows for two hours of wireless usage after only seven minutes of charging.

The GSP 670 features the best in class microphone. Developed in house the advanced noise-cancelling microphone minimizes background noise. The flexible boomarm can be adjusted to any head shape for optimal pick up, ensuring that you will be transmitting in broadcast quality. To mute, simply lift the boomarm and you’re off the air.

Sennheiser Headphones on Amazon UK.

Fiio BTR3 Review – Bluetooth Headphone Amp for converting wired into wireless headphones!

Welcome to my review of the Fiio BTR3 Bluetooth Headphone Amp adapter and USB DAC. The Fiio BTR3 retails for £61.99.

The Key Features

– integrated clip

– small size

– upgradeable firmware

– all available Bluetooth codecs supported

– good sound

– mic for calls

– voice assistant support

Video Review

Latest pricing on Amazon UK and more info click HERE.

iFi Audio micro iDSD Black Label DAC Review – A Power Beast

Welcome to my review of the iFi Audio micro iDSD Black Label DAC. The iFi Audio micro iDSD BL labels retails for £599.

Key Features

– Burr Brown chipset plays high resolution music files natively, including Octa-DSD512, PCM768, and Double DXD
– Up to 10V, 4000mW of power
– Built-in iEMatch for sensitive in-ear monitors and Bit Perfect sound
– Portable with up to 12 hours of playback
– 1.5A SmartPower USB to charge your smart device
– 3D+ and XBass+
– AMR Global Master Timing femto-precision clock system upgraded for ‘super low’ phase-noise and jitter
– MQA support

Video Review

Conclusion

The iFi Audio micro iDSD BL is one hell of a DAC and amp that is able to drive any headphone to decent levels. As a desktop device it works extremely well, yet it can be used as a portable device that lasts 12 hours on battery. Highly recommended.

For more info and the latest pricing on Amazon UK, click HERE.