New Content Post: repurposing Wallet boxes as Earphone and DAP cases

We have a new blog-post on the content side of this blog, a new fun “repurposing” post, re-purposing empty wallet boxes as earphone and DAP cases. It works better than it sounds even, especially with the fancier wallet boxes 🙂

I have many and more repurposing ideas, but transferring them from notes to pictures and blog-posts takes time 🙂 Also part of this series of “Tips and Learnings” we previously posted these:

+ USING BACK TO SCHOOL DOORBUSTERS AS CHEAP CASES

+ UNCONVENTIONAL HEADPHONE HACKS

+ WHY NFC IN BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES?

New Unboxing: Sony WH-CN700N BT/ANC Over-Ears

Until I finalize how I want to approach posting headphone reviews (I really don’t want to write “syrupy treble” and “lush” and use effusively flowery descriptions), we have another text-and-pictures unboxing, the most objective part of an audio review 🙂 This time the subject/victim is the Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT over-ears with 3.5mm input as well.

For more of our unboxings, these are the headphone unboxings (over-ear, on-ear, earphones, earbuds, etc) and these are the unboxings of Everything Else (DAPs, DAC/amps, earpads, accessories, etc).

Blog Update: Expired Deals Marked, Content Updates

One of the benefits of waking up early early early is that you can get more things done. I have now marked as Expired (by adding the [DEAD] in the post name and striking through or pushing behind the “jump” the text) lots of deals, including the craziness that was the eBay flash sale coupon along with various deals of the day and other assorted coupons. To make this easier to read and quickly scan for things of interest, when something expires, I push it at the end of the previous day time-wise. The benefit of this is that it creates a cluster of expired deals, followed by live/active/surviving deals, with the pattern repeating. It’s much easier to read this way than having DEAD and LIVE deals interleaved throughout the home page timeline.

On the content front, we have another text-and-pictures unboxing post, it is the Brainwavz memory foam earpads. If you are wondering why on earth post an earpad-unboxing post? Because some people want to see what’s actually included in the package before they buy. Or want to see the product with “real world” pictures instead of studio/marketing beauty shots. Or if someone is buying used or from forums or Craiglist, they can compare what the seller is offering versus what’s included. Also, silly as it sounds, the unboxing is the most objective part of an audio review 🙂

Meanwhile our “dueling banjos” smartphone lists continue to be updated. The recent twists in the smartphone market necessitated the creation of two lists:

+ Smartphones WITH a Headphone Jack with the brand new Oppo R15 flagship embracing the headphone jack

+ Smartphones WITHOUT the headphone jack (aka the Great Satans of the Audiophile World) 🙂

New Unboxing post: the Koss KSC-75 (a B&M “rescue”)

We have a new unboxing post of a rescue, a headphone rescue, I found the good old KOSS KSC-75 clip-on earphones in a clearance bin at a brick and mortar store and had to “rescue” them. This is their text and pictures unboxing with a total of nine pictures (the headphones are so gray, it looks like they are black and white pictures, but they are not!)…

Reference pages updated: the Headphone Jack Wars

I have updated both of the “Headphone Jack Wars” reference pages. They track the major/influential phones with or without a headphone jack. There are way too many smartphones to list individually, that’s why I’m focusing on the top tier and other influential and/or audio-friendly models. If there are any left that you believe should be included, please leave a comment and convince me!

+ list of smartphones WITH a headphone jack led by Samsung and LG

+ list of smartphones WITHOUT a headphone jack led by Apple and HTC

Find This Useful? Tell Your Friends!

If you find this website useful, you can help us spread the world! The more the merrier! The more people, the more time and resources I can devote to this! Tell your friends online and offline, in the social media and the forums and the VR lounges too!

And don’t forget, we also have a free full-text RSS feed as well!

Did You Know? We have a FREE Full-Text RSS Feed!

If you like to use RSS feeds to keep up with things, did you know that we have a FREE Full-Text RSS feed for this blog? And it is created using Feedburner, so it should be compatible with most RSS readers and apps. And being hosted by Feedburner, it means if there’s any temporarily technical issues with the website, the Feedburner RSS feed will continue to work – so you can also use it as a backup in case of website technical difficulties.

New Blog Series: Headphones to …AVOID!

I am doing this blog for you, the audio fans, not the audio manufacturers! With this brand new blog series, I will guarantee that I will never be invited to cocktail parties by the audio manufacturers 🙂 It’s a brand new series, “Headphones to Avoid”. In this series, I am spotlighting headphones that have deal killer problems that make them a pain and a bad buy for consumers. The first subject/victim of this series is the Sony RF-995 RK, an otherwise well-made RF-wireless system (base and headset; not unlike the Sennheiser RS-series) which fails at its number one priority, wireless audio, with audible clicking with the slightest of body/head movements.

We have a text-and-pictures unboxing of this headphone, click on the picture below to get to our previous unboxing post…

New Blog: Unboxing the Tennmak PRO In-Ears

The unboxing that was promised is here! I was supposed to be do this during the weekend but it fell behind! It is our customary Text and Pictures Unboxing of a chi-fi darling, the Tennmak PRO in-ears, in the black color scheme, without a mic. It was an impulse/review buy when they were on a lightning deal last week. A total of 18 useful pictures are included!

FAQ: Why Aren’t the Pictures Pretty/Professional?

One thing I keep forgetting to mention [I need to create an FAQ for the website] is this: “Why aren’t the pictures pretty/professional” like you see in magazines and hifi websites? The answer may surprise you!

1. I am not doing product marketing or advertising for the manufacturers or sponsor worship. The purpose of the pictures is to show the product and what’s included, not to make the product look like a beautiful work of art 🙂

2. professional pictures take time, and the more time I spend on pictures, the less time I can spend on audio-related things

3. I currently have a ghetto photography setup. It’s a basic lightbox thing, and I use either a simple digital camera or a smartphone (and occasionally a tablet if that’s the only thing that’s charged) to take pictures. I crop most of the published pictures but rarely do any post-processing/Photoshopping 🙂

Headphone Tracker updated with CES 2018 models

Yes, progress! I have updated the Headphone Tracker with some of the most interesting new headphones that were revealed at CES 2018. A small number of them are available for pre-order, a couple are already shipping, but the vast majority of them are not yet listed at online retailers for ordering. I will be updating the tracker during the next few weeks until most of them are shipping everywhere.

If I left any new headphones out that you believe should be included there, please leave a comment here or there!

You can find a long summary of the new headphones introduced at CES 2018 at our CES 2018 Tracker.

Feedback and suggestions and corrections too are always welcome 🙂

Help Support this // Spread the Word!

As you may have noticed by their absence, we have very minimal advertising here compared to most of the websites out there. If you like this and find this website useful, then please help fund us by making your holiday season purchase using the various affiliate links to the various online retailers in the posts here and in the blog sidebar.

Everything you buy helps. You don’t have to purchase the item mentioned or linked-to. You can buy something else or something from a competing manufacturer, or something totally different or random. It all helps! Thanks 🙂

You can also help a lot without purchasing: tell your online friends in the Facebooks and the Twitters and the Forums and the Snapchats and the Myspaces 🙂 Bring them over! The more the merrier!

You can also sign up for our FREE full-text RSS feed.

Search Box added to Website’s Header

The built-in WordPress search-engine has improved a whole lot since the last time I tested it. So much so that I added to the header of the website, towards the right hand side. I also added a tagline to make it visually balanced. If there are any issues with it, please leave a comment or contact us.

Help Support this // Spread the Word!

As you may have noticed by their absence, we have very minimal advertising here compared to most of the websites out there. If you like this and find this website useful, then please help fund us by making your holiday season purchase using the various affiliate links to the various online retailers in the posts here and the blog sidebar and the Black Friday Deal round-up mega-post.

Everything you buy helps. You don’t have to purchase the item mentioned or linked-to. You can buy something from a competing manufacturer, or something totally different or random. It all helps! Thanks 🙂

You can also help a lot without purchasing: tell your online friends in the Facebooks and the Twitters and the Forums and the Snapchats and the Myspaces 🙂 Bring them over! The more the merrier! For example, tell them about our mega BF headphone deals round-up.

You can also sign up for our full-text RSS feed (FREE).

Bookmark This: our brand new on-going Black Friday 2017 Deals MEGA POST!

I just finished this, our brand new and on-going Black Friday 2017 Deals MEGA round-up. This will be updated throughout the Black Friday and Cyber Monday festivities. We will continue to post deals here as well, one by one as they come up. You can also follow the madness using our FREE full-text RSS feed.

If you have any feedback on how you want to see it organized, or what type of headphones and assorted gear you want to see included, please leave a comment or use the online contact form.

Tracker Updated: Black Friday Circular Ads of 2017

I just updated the Black Friday 2017 Ads Tracker that lists various headphone and earphone and headset offers at various retailers. I am grouping these by product type, not by retailer, making it easier for people to look for the product categories they like. Among the latest additions was Gamestop with a handful of different gaming headsets…

Here is a partial screenshot sample of the tracking page:

New Unboxing Post: the B&O Play Form 2i On-Ears

When I posted the B&O Play deal yesterday, I remembered that I had taken “unboxing pictures” of the B&O Play Form 2i Lightweight (3 oz) On-Ear headphones! So today I went through all the pictures, and posted our customary Text and Pictures Unboxing of this headphone. No audio, no video, but there are 22 pictures there 🙂

I am still trying to settle down on review formats for posting headphone reviews here, because, as many of you are well aware, a headphone review is never-ending since there are infinite things one can test and re-test 🙂

New Reference post: the New Headphones of IFA 2017

IFA 2017 is upon us, and to celebrate this, we have began our customary mega round-up post, the New Headphones at IFA 2017. As with previous iterations of CES and IFA reference posts, they will be updated multiple times in the next few days as more and more items are revealed and added to the posts.

Coming early in the day on 8/31/17 will be the official reveal of the LG V30 with its magical audio features 🙂 You can even watch the event live from Berlin (YouTube embedded below):

New Weekly “Headphoolia” Round-Up is Here!

We have a new Weekly round-up, a Plain Jane e-Zine of the week that was in the world of headphones, covering up to today July 16 (2017). So while you are anxiously waiting for Game Of Thrones Season 7, escape to the new This Week in Headphoolia. Among other things, a new blind test audio experiment has been launched (MQA vs HiRes Audio), Innerfidelity has a new set of monthly measurements, and more audio show reports.

If you missed any of the previous installments, or if you want to revisit them, there are exactly 20 previous versions in the Headphoolia archives.

This was a two for one special week, as we posted in mid-week the Headphoolia installment that covered the previous week.

New “This Week in Headphoolia” is POSTED!

This was supposed to come out last Sunday. But the pre-Prime-Day madness got in the way. Thankfully I had already earmarked all the interesting posts, so today I finally got around to assembling them into the e-zine format that is this week’s This Week in Headphoolia.

Trigger warning for bad puns and horrible segues: because I’m writing this early in the day, my brain is more active, which means every other sentence is either a bad pun or segue 🙂 You have been warned!

We reached a mini milestone for these! Twenty editions are in the book, almost half a year worth of these. You can find them all in the Headphoolia Archives. Or if you prefer to read these type of things through an RSS Reader or services that rely on RSS (eg Feedly), you can sign up for the FREE Full-Text RSS Feed of our parallel content blog which has been picking up momentum (in terms of actual posting things there) the few weeks 🙂

Tell Your Friends, Bring Them Over!

If you like our coverage of the Prime Day headphone madness 2017, then please tell your friends and bring them over! The more the people, the better! This is one of the best ways to help this website, spread the word! We also have a full text RSS feed so you can also follow with your favorite RSS reader. The feed is hosted at Feedburner, so it also serves as a backup in case of website technical issues.

New Reference page: List of Smartphones Without a 3.5mm Headphone Jack

We have a new reference page up now, a List of Smartphones without a 3.5mm Headphone jack. Since the vast majority of smartphones have one, it is easier to list the exceptions 🙂 This will be updated throughout space and time, and a “Latest Update” date is included, so you’ll know how fresh it is.

PS: please feel free to leave comments for corrections, additions, suggestions, feedback, etc!

New Weekly Round-UP is UP!

It’s here with another week with lots of new reviews, a new weekly round-up that is This Week in Headphoolia, covering up to Sunday June 11 in 2017. If you missed any previous editions, or want to revisit them, you can find them in the Headphoolia archives

New Weekly Round-Up is UP!

Yes, another week is gone, and we have another new Weekly Round-Up with a variety of reviews and opinions and such from the week that was. Among other things, this week brought us a new $2700 metal and maple Grado flagship!

You can find links to this in the sidebar of this blog, and also you can see all previous (and future) editions Headphoolia archives.

FREE Full-Text RSS Feeds now available for both sites through Feedburner

If you like to keep up with all our latest posts using RSS or any other services that use RSS as their source/base, we now have Feedburner feeds for both this website (the deals) and the main website (the content). The benefit of using Feedburner for the feeds is that is is separately hosted by Feedburner, so even if the website goes down for technical difficulties or maintenance, the RSS feed will stay up because it’s hosted/cached by Feedburner.

This is the FREE Full-Text RSS Feed for this site, that has all the headphone deals.

And this is the FREE Full-Text RSS Feed for the main website which has reviews, unboxings, opinions, Headaphoolia Weekly round-ups and many more to come.

There are many and more RSS feed readers available on all platforms, using web browsers, browser plug-ins/extensions, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone/Mobile/Metro, etc; even Firefox OS has an RSS reader 🙂 You can also add RSS feeds to other services like Flipboard. Most of these services/apps are free, but if you want more advanced features, there are some for pay services as well. Feedly is one of premium for pay services (but you can also use it for free without all the features/benefits), being the spiritual successor of good old Google Reader.

Both of our feeds are full-text, meaning the whole text of the blog-post is also in the RSS feed, not just the first sentence. We believe in giving you the choice of how to consume the content 🙂 The only things that don’t work as well in RSS feeds are Javascript and Embeds but RSS readers are getting better at dealing with those too.

New jam-packed “This Week in Headphoolia”

A day late, but this is a jam-packed new edition of This Week in Headphoolia, with the Bose SpyGate being the headline story, but there are plenty of headphone reviews and comparisons dominating this edition, along with show reports.

You can find all previous and future editions in the Archives. There are nine installments so far 🙂

New “This Week in Headphoolia” round-up

A new This Week in Headphoolia round-up just went up on the parallel content website, with more reviews (including a 7-way closed top-of-the-line comparison), more CanJam action, and a detailed Bluetooth 5 explainer in text and video!

For previous editions (or future one if you are reading this in the future) check the Phoolia archives 🙂

If you have any feedback or suggestions or recommendations, please leave a comment in any of the relevant posts!

New “This Week in Headphoolia” round-up is up!

A new installment of our kinda-weekly round-up of some of the things happening in the world of headphones. This new installment covers the time period up to April 11 with the 2017 Southern California CAN JAM event being the headliner as it brought a number of inverse-Monks-priced headphones with it 🙂

PS: you can find all previous versions of these round-ups in the Headphoolia category. If you have any feedback or like other sources/websites to be included, please leave a comment (including your own impressions/reviews/opinions/etc)!

New Weekly Round-Up is Ready!

Another week flew by, and another weekly round-up is cooked and ready to go. Just posted is the 6th edition of This Week in Headphoolia rounding up related and semi-related topics 🙂 You can also check all previous editions using the Category archives and please feel free to opine on what else you want to see covered (or not covered) there.

New “This Week in Headphoolia” is out!

Pardon the interruption, but after a 1.5 week delay [all apologies for the delay!], our “weekly” round-up of things happening in the world of headphones is back with a new edition. Did the new V-Moda Wireless II reveal how much Qualcomm charges for their apt-X technology? A new Stereophile Components Guide is out, reviews and opinions aplenty, and more!

PS: you can find all past, present and future editions in the This Week In Headphoolia archive. Future editions are only available in the future 🙂

New “This Week in Headphoolia” round-up

Sunday is here, and we have a new “the week that was” round-up of some of the action with our latest This Week in Headphoolia round-up. This is the fourth one. You can find all previous editions in the Headphoolia archives. You can also find links to these in the blog’s sidebar (the sidebar goes to the bottom of the page if you are reading on a mobile device).

If you have any suggestions, or feedback or recommendations or corrections ~ or if you post your own reviews or commentary on headphone-related matters, please feel free to leave a blog-comment or use the private contact form or the public Twitter.

New Weekly Round-Up post is UP!

If you like to read a weekly round-up of things happening in the world of headphones, I just posted the third edition of This Week in Headphoolia, with a special segment on the Monoprice M1060 hype train. Other segments include review round-ups, news-related summaries (another mega merger), more streaming options, and more!

Please feel free to give us feedback on this in the comments here or there! I’m making this for you all, so your feedback can help shape them 🙂 Also, if you posted any reviews, first impressions, mods/hacks, or opinions on related matters, please let me know so I can include them in future updates!

You can find all previous editions (three total so far) in the This Week in Headphoolia Archives.

New Weekly Round-Up “This Week in Headphoolia” is up!

Hooray! We have a new installment of our new weekly feature “This Week in Headphoolia”, a lighthearted round-up of some of the headphone-related action of the last week. You can also check the First Edition. The format and style will be evolving as the weeks go back. What do you think about it? What topics would you want covered? Let us know in the comments here or there or on Twitter.

New Blog Series: “This Week in Headphoolia” (weekly round-up)

A brand new website feature has just gone live! A weekly round-up of potentially interesting things happening in the world of headphones, with an underlying (attempt of a) humor layer where relevant. It is “This Week in Headphoolia”. The segments are: News, Influential Reviews, fun Forum Threads, and YouTube videos. The format and segments will be tweaked in future editions.

What do you think about it? What topics would you want covered? Let us know in the comments here or there or on Twitter.

Headphone Tracker Updated with CES 2017 models

This version, Version I of the Headphone Tracker has been retired. But fear not, Version II has now been launched at our main website, which holds all the reference and longer posts. Version II launched in October 2017!

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Twitter account for this blog is now LIVE!

My Christmas gift to you, dear readers, a twitter account as was promised. Well, it’s a couple of weeks late, but better late than never 🙂 Here it is, the twitter name matching the website name to make things simpler: @headphonesnao. The twitter will be even sillier in tone than the blog, so you have been warned 🙂

Meanwhile, the list of new headphones at CES 2017 continues to be updated. They are coming out faster than I can keep up with them at the moment, so I added a built-in “to-do list” 🙂