It's been a minute since our last headphone / earbud / earphone list. I think we laid down the last Top Ten Heaphones in… 2009?! darn time flies! Anywho, it's a new day, there's way more companies vying for that "best" title. We won't just straight up number them, but there are few really good ones out there that we have to highlight. Check out the summaries and product reviews of headphones below:
Soul by Ludacris SL100, $179.99
Soul by Ludacris. I can't lie, I had little expectations for the Souls… I figured Beats were the best because they seemed to be everywhere- on celebrities, in videos, movies, etc. Well, I was very pleasantly proven wrong… Souls are the best headphones on the market right now (atleast in the "Beats vs Souls" battle anyway), and anyone that tells you otherwise is just caught up in the hype.
I've been an "over the ear" headphone person for a long time now. I haven't used an "on the ear" headphone/earphone set since I was in 7th grade listening to my bright yellow sony sports cd player on the school bus. So when I got the on-the-ear Souls (SL100), I was ready to send them back… I knew I wasn't going to like them. But then I nonchalantly put them on while listening to my ipod on shuffle, and I was blown away. So freaking clear, ridiculously clear. I could hear every instrument used to create the beats and melodies… and the sound was perfect. Several comfortable hours later, I could straight up say I experienced music in a new way. That's some cliche' ass sh*t to say, lol, but it's true. Beats by Dre give you bass, but if you want to hear your music, like feel as if you're apart of the track you're listening too, then Soul by Ludacris is the only way to go. The name is so appropriate. Get a pair of Souls, here.
Urbanears Plattan, $59.99
Urbanears. I've been admiring Urbanears for years now. The simple monochramtic, modern yet vintage style speaks to me. These probably have to be some of the most stylish headphones on the mass market, if not the most stylish. They're just so classic, I can't see these not being hot.
I don't know if people usually own more than one pair of headphones, but the Urbanears Plattan would make as the perfect "second" pair if you have an expensive first pair. I could imagine leaving these at the office or around the house, or they could even be reserved just for travel if you don't want to risk loosing your $300 pair. You can buy a pair, here.
NuForce-NE700X. Battle of the Buds is what I like to call it, lol. Earbuds come with pretty much all electronics these days, namely phones and mp3 players. So we all know how uncomfortable they can be. Most pairs are sufficient and can do their job, but I've been searching for a pair that are notches above the rest in comfort and sound. I haven't tried them all, but NuForce makes a nice pair. Check them out, here.
V-Moda Vibrato. We've always been fans of V-Moda, especially since they decided early on in the process to not only make their headphones forward thinking in technology, but also in design and style. So with all that good stuff said, the V-moda Vibratos are just as sleek and stylish as the crossfades. Get a pair, here.
Custom pair of Fanny Wang 3000, $349.95
Fanny Wang. Funny name, but these are in line to compete with Souls, Beats, and the other heavy hitters. The Fanny Wang 3000s are their top of the line pair, featuring a switch to go from regular mode, to ANC (Active Noise Canceling), to Bass Boost (which gives you bass that is stronger than Beats by Dre, depending on who you talk to). Besides the awesome ability to change how you hear the music, another main difference, or bonus rather, with Fanny Wangs is the customizability of them. They have a solid collection of colors that you can use to customize just about every part of your headphone– inside/outside band, ear muffs, center disc, sound chamber, even the cord. You can order your first custom pair, here.
I'm not a hardcore audiophile (a person with a strong interest in high-quality sound (usually music) reproduction), but I do love to hear my music the best way possible. These five (2 on the ear, 1 over the ear, and 2 earbuds) definitely are some of the best on the market. Feel free to comment on your favorite headphone/earbuds below.
*song plays* “Reunited and it feels so goooood…”.
Lol, okay, so my last post was an intro to the new GS. Now after spending quite a weekend in viva Las Vegas I'm ready to get down to the nitty gritty. Overall, the Lexus GS is a nice automobile. The time I spent driving it and testing out the features, made me re-remember what I love about the car. The new Lexus GS is what I'd call– "safe, comfortable luxury," that's the best way I can put it.
In the Las Vegas Desert: A fleet of Lexus… Lexues… Lexi… what is the best plural of Lexus. I guess I'll just say Lexus vehicles.
We went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where we became amateur racers of sort– racing around the track, going through courses, really seeing how the GS could handle. And not only was the ride smooth, while going unmentionable miles per hour, I felt really safe the entire time. This was especially true when the seatbelts automatically started tightening during some of the less than polished moments of driving/racing around the course.
Another high point of the new GS is their Enform system. This reminds me of the iDrive system in BMW's that I'm used to, except for they seem to have way more stuff…. Voice-enabled apps let you perform local searches with Bing, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, and get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com. You also have the ability to check in on Facebook and search for business, shopping, restaurant and entertainment reviews on Yelp. Then finally there's Internet radio with Pandora® and iHeartRadio.
Besides that it provides the usual GPS, emergency road assistance, DVD audio and video compatibility, etc that most cars provide these days.
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Lexus oh Lexus, the memories…. I used to feel so cool driving my older brothers Lexuses to school. Between the ivory metallic SC430 and black-on-black frogged-eyed GS– I was stuntin' at 16, lol. One of them later on traded up into a big body LS (white with peanut butter interior, and red painted calibers). So, I grew up very familiar with their brand, and from a young age I was able to experience the famous Lexus mix of reliability and luxury.
That said… can I be just a wee bit honest here? I hate to say it, but over the past few years I did start to feel like Lexus had sorta kinda lost its, well…. swag. Not in all areas of course, their trucks and sports cars always go super hard (you can park a shiny new LX570 in my driveway any day of the week (hint hint)), but I was beginning to sleep on the sedans. That's why I was super excited to learn that they were launching their new 2013 GS this year. And even more excited when they invited The Urban Gentleman out to experience it in person… it's about time we were reunited.
Once the weekend commences I'll have more details and real life experience specs on the GS. In the meantime, check out Lexus's first ever Super Bowl Commercial:
You likee? Keep your eye out for it on Sunday.
In the meantime we'd like to do a little bit of Lexus Trivia. Answer the question below for a chance to win:
– A one-year Pandora One premium subscription
– 2 movie tickets a month for a year from MovieTickets.com
– A $100 OpenTable dining card (All courtesy of Lexus).
What year did the Lexus GS go on sale?
Answer correctly and you can be the lucky winner! The winner will be announced Superbowl Sunday of course. So get to tweeting and facebooking @LexusGS @TheUrbanGent #Superbowl #GS #Winning
It's always fun to receive new gadgets from companies, one of our latest is the Samsung Focus from Microsoft.
I must admit– I subconsciously doubt almost every touchscreen phone. It's a bad habit, I know, but I just automatically assume they won't work as quick and effectively as, well, yanno… that other phone with the fruit symbol. But once again my doubts are proven to be unfounded– the Samsung Focus not only has a touchscreen that work darn-near flawlessly, the start up is quick (this means the world to us BB users), and the display screen is bright, clear, and quite gorgeous.
The main differentiating feature that makes the Samsung Focus unique is its navigation. The "windows" or "tile" menu makes navigating easier and faster, allowing you to be updated on everything (messages, Facebook, calls, etc) without having to open and close multiple applications, ergo, you can focus on what matter to you the most. That sounds kinda cliche', but it's true. Other notable features: its light-weight and slim size, Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and "audience noise reduction" feature for crystal clear calls.
For more Tech specs and to purchase, go here.
Last month The Urban Gent was invited to California along with various other design/art/fashion publications to check out the new Scion iQ, the world's smallest four seater. It was Toyota's first time inviting "the creatives" out to review one of their new cars instead of just the usual auto media. I knew I was in for a great time because c'mon, several days at a luxury hotel in sunny California?! I mean, it was gonna be a good time no matter what. But I'll admit that before learning about the inner details of what makes a Scion a Scion, I would have barely entertained the idea of owning one. Sure, it's a nice car, a few friends and I rented and explored Puerto Rico in one a few years ago, but to buy one? Idk….
Well, I'm happy to say my uncertainty and one-sided "luxury or old school American car only" type mindset was challenged, my mind was opened and now? I get it. After experiencing the Scion iQ firsthand I totally get the appeal, want, and need to own this obviously-made-for-easy-city-living vehicle.
The Scion iQ press event not only revealed the detailed specifications and innovations of the iQ, but the event also allowed us to have intimate talks with Scion's top executives and engineers. We learned more about their marketing/advertising features and plans, watched a graphic-filled and entertaining Scion iQ 3D film, and checked out a "live" version of the Scion iQ Museum Project. The kicker of course is when we cruised to Venice Beach in the iQ of our choice during the test-drive. While the 10-feet long car is incontestably tiny, it is surprisingly comfortable and handles quite well. Not to mention we were able to squeeze into a motorcycle reserved space at one point when pulling over to turn around <— that means parking will never be a major issue in this car.
There's a ton of information I want to give you, but I think it's best if I simplify and straightforwardly write the 4 major takeaways I personally got after being educated and immersed in all-things-Scion.