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The Apple Store is currently down. 

Apple has some exciting new gear coming soon. New iPads. Upgraded iPhone SE. How about black AirPods? New Beats headphones perhaps? 

Luckily the wait won’t be too long! 

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Which headphone should you buy? Reviews on In Ear, Bluetooth, Noise Cancelling, Full Size and More

Below are all the reviews I have written covering headphones, amps and DACs. Reviews due soon include the new Audioquest Dragonfly Red Headphone/DAC, LG Tone Platinum (the first bluetooth headphones with APT-X High Definition/Hi-Res) and the LG HiFi Plus B&O Headphone/DAC designed for the LG G5 but also works with anything else in its standalone mode.

Digital Audio Players

iBasso DX80 review including using it with a Chord Mojo

Pioneer XDP-100R review

Headphone Amps/DACS

Cayin C5 Portable Headphone amplifier review
Chord Mojo – First Impressions
Fiio E12 – master review
Fiio Q1 – DAC and Amp review
HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review
iBasso D-Zero MK2 Headphone Amp DAC review
Little Dot MKIV Tube Headphone Amplifier review
Oppo HA-1 Headphone DAC review
Oppo HA -2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review

In-Ear Headphones

August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
Dunu Titan 5 In Ear headphones review
Lindy IEM-50X Hi-Fi In Ear Headphone review
Sony XBA-1 In Ear Headphones review
Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review

Bluetooth and or Noise Cancelling Headphones

AKG K845 Bluetooth Headphone review
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP636 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP650 Bluetooth Headphones – review
Lindy Cromo NCX-100 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones review
Lindy BNX-60 Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones – review
Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphone review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headphones review
Samsung Level One Pro – Hi-Res (UHQ) Bluetooth Headphones review
Sony MDR-1RNC – Noise Cancelling Headphone review
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review

On Ear and Over Ear Headphones

Audio Technica M50x headphone review
Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review
Logitech UE Headphones – 3 part Master review
Oppo PM-3 Headphone review
Oppo PM-2 Headphones – First Impressions after 100 hours
Oppo PM-2 Headphone review 
Sennheiser HD518 Headphone review
Sennheiser HD598se Headphone review
Ted Baker Rockall Headphone review
V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphone review

Headphone Cable

Atlas Cables – Zeno cable review
Fiio RC-HD1 Headphone cable review

Bluetooth Speaker Systems, MIDI systems and Soundbars

August SE20 Portable Bluetooth Mini System – review
Evolve Audio Soundbar SB-2501 review
Tascam Trackpad US-2×2 Review

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Feast your eyes on Bluetooth Headphones, Amps, DACs and other great audio gear reviews

Below are all the reviews I have written covering headphones, amps and DACs. I have owned many more headphones not reviewed including Sony MDR-1R, JVC HA-FXZ200, Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, Bose AE2i, Sennheiser HD558, Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohm, Denon AH-C751s, Sony MDR-EX91, Sennheiser HD415, Fischer Audio FA-011, REO, Sennheiser HD600, Fischer Audio FA-003, Sennheiser PX-200 IIi , Brainwavz B2 and Sennheiser HD202ii, so if you would like to know more about these please ask in the comments.

Previous Amps owned and not reviewed include Sony PHA-1, Fiio E7/E9/E17/E12, Fiio E5, Fiio E11 and Musical Fidelity V-DAC/V-PSU so again if you would like to know more about these please ask a question using the comments section below. Again I have owned many many more audio devices, so please ask if you have any questions.

Digital Audio Players

iBasso DX80 review including using it with a Chord Mojo

Headphone Amps/DACS

Chord Mojo – First Impressions
Oppo HA-1 Headphone DAC review
Oppo HA -2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review
Cayin C5 Portable Headphone amplifier review
Fiio E12 – master review
HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review
Little Dot MKIV Tube Headphone Amplifier review

In-Ear Headphones

Lindy IEM-50X Hi-Fi In Ear Headphone review
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review

Bluetooth and or Noise Cancelling Headphones

Lindy Cromo NCX-100 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones review
August EP650 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP636 Bluetooth Headphones – review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headphones review
Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphone review
AKG K845 Bluetooth Headphone review
Sony MDR-1RNC – Noise Cancelling Headphone review
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review

On Ear and Over Ear Headphones

Oppo PM-3 Headphone review
Oppo PM-2 Headphones – First Impressions after 100 hours
Oppo PM-2 Headphone review
V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphone review
Sennheiser HD518 Headphone review
Logitech UE Headphones – 3 part Master review
Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review

Headphone Cable

Fiio RC-HD1 Headphone cable review

Bluetooth Speaker Systems and Soundbars

Evolve Audio Soundbar SB-2501 review
August SE20 Portable Bluetooth Mini System – review

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Technics makes a comeback at IFA 2015

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Technics was making a big comeback at IFA 2015 with lots of fancy gear.

In fact they were so serious about their audio, no expense was spared, and that included having sound insulated areas to hear and admire all of their new audio equipment.
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With the increasing popularity of vinyl, Technics are now remanufacturing their legendary direct drive turntable.

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Also not to miss out on the headphone boom, Technics had on display their new premium headphones. I had a listen to these. Technics used a Chord Hugo connected to a Macbook Pro. No expense spared as I said before.

The whole Technics section was really impressive and had some fantastic gear.

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth Headphone Review

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First lets check out the specifications. It is worth reading these in detail as these headphones are smart –

– Wireless Range – Up to 100 meters/330 feet from phone or tablet with Class 1 Bluetooth
– Multi-Point – Simultaneously connect two Bluetooth devices (2H2S)
– In the box – BackBeat PRO headphones, 3.5mm audio cable (Apple), USB charge cable, travel sleeve
– Bluetooth Profiles – Bluetooth v4.0 + EDR – A2DP for audio streaming, AVRCP for music controls, Hands-free v1.6 for wideband, and Headset v1.2
– Battery Power – Up to 24 hours of listening time from rechargeable battery | Up to 21 days standby time | Up to 180 days in DeepSleep mode
– Battery Type- Rechargeable, non-replaceable lithium-ion
– Charge Time -Up to 3 hours
– Weight – 340 grams
– Noise-cancellation Controllable Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) plus Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and dual microphones
– Voice Alerts – Spoken alerts in 14 language options, which vary by region (US and UK English, Cantonese, Danish, EU-French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Russian, EU-Spanish and Swedish)
– OpenMic™ feature lets you hear your surroundings
– Automatic music play/pause when headphones are put on/removed

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These are my reference bluetooth headphones for a number of reasons. First they sound freaking awesome with APT-X support too. These are bass monsters, deep sub level bass but surprisingly they don’t ruin the mid or trebles too much. . They are great fun to use and listen too and make most music entertaining to listen too. BUT they are not for audio purists. I believe it’s always good to have a fun pair of headphones. Despite their exaggerated bass, the still command speed, attack and an overall decent presentation.

They are very comfortable to wear and if you can manage 24 hours of non stop music then these are just the ticket. Since owning these I have updated the firmware and changed the language from US to UK English. When connected to your PC you also have the options to turn off some of the voice actions. When you place these over your ears, the female voice confirms when phone 1 and phone 2 is connected and the level of the battery. Plantronics have an app you can download that amongst some of its features also confirms how many hours are left in the headphones battery. Remember, 24 hours playback with only 3 hours to recharge. Switching between connected devices works effortlessly.

Then there is the auto off and on feature. Take the headphones off your head. The music is paused. Place them back on your head, and the music starts again.

From the headphones itself, you can take calls etc, play/pause music, skip forward or backwards and adjust the volume. The headphones also feature noise reduction to eliminate outside noise. This can be turned on or off. There is also a mic button on the headphones. If somebody starts talking to you, you will not be able to hear them. But pressing the mic button, pushes the sound to the rear and you can now hear properly and conduct a conversation. The headphones comes with a black soft cushion sleeve and a wired cable for times when the batteries run dry. But with 24 hours playback that’s unlikely to happen! Plus 3 hours to recharge them only.

Seriously Plantronics have thought of everything with these bluetooth headphones. So long as you don’t mind the extra bass then these are recommended. As I mentioned at the start, these are my reference bluetooth headphones. Cutting the chord has never been so much fun.

Link to Plantronics BackBeat Pro at Amazon

My reviews on the latest wearables, accessories and headphones

Below are reviews on a range of accessories. If you want to read some smartphone reviews click here.

Camera Lenses

Sony QX10/QX100 lens review

Olloclip 3 in 1 Lens review for iPhone 5

Glif+ for iPhone 5 review

Wearables

Samsung Gear Neo Impressions

Samsung Gear Fit review

Samsung Galaxy Gear review

Pebble Smartwatch review

App Enabled Accessories

Netatmo Urban Weather Station Review

Moga Ace Power iOS 7 Game Controller review

Sphero Ball review

Brando Shopping Gala NFC Ring review

Headphones, Speakers and Amps/DACS

Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review

Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review

Logitech UE 6000 Noise Cancellation Headphones review

Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review

Fiio E12 Headphone Amplifier

Cellz Bluetooth Portable Speaker review

Cellz In Ear High Performance Flat Headphones review

Cellz Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-503 review

Cables, Power and Connectors

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

Brando Shopping Momax Universal Power Plus Battery Charging Kit review

Brando Shopping Portable Power Supply review

Brando Shopping OTG Desktop Connection Kit for Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 2 and Note 3 review

Brando Shopping Short Lightning Cable review

Bluetooth iPad Mini case review

Cellz Ultra Thin Slide Out Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone 5/5S review

Cellz Power Battery case iPhone 5/5S review

Screen Protection

Brando Shopping Screen Protection review

Cellz Tempered Glass for iPhone 5/5S

Cases

Brando Shopping iPhone Armband case review

Brando Shopping iPhone 5/5S Leather Back Case review

Brando Shopping iPhone 5 / 5S Aluminism Bumper review

Brando Shopping Momax Smart Coat Case for Note 3 review

Trident iPhone 5 case review

Cellz Leather Flip case review

Cellz Premium Metal Bumper for iPhone 5/5S review

Misc

Cellz Non Slip Mat review

USB Fridge Review

USB Rollup Drum Kit