Speakerboxx Speakerboxx: List of the Best Earphones, Headphones, Earbuds… (whatever you want to call them)

Though we all love ipods… we’re tired of the itty bitty earbuds. At first, they were cool because they were sleek- easily hideable and all that jazz buuuuuuut now,–they just kinda hurt after wearing them too long… and they make sharing seem a bit unsanitary- if you know what I mean.

So I checked some reviews, checked websites, tried on a few in store, and asked around. Some of these are technically the best, while others may be stylishly the best, or the best value… but this is the best list you’ll find on the web.

Top Ten Earphones
(in no particular order)

WeSC – Alp Horn Headphones

(Chocolate Brown or Marshmellow), $168 (or less)
These are known as THE “premium streetwear head gear”… WeSC offers a variety of styles and colors, that will easily make you the freshest.
Sennheiser HD 202 Headphones

$29.95 (or less)

Senhesiser seems to have some of the best headphones as noted from the “real people” reviews I found.. great sound, great quality, two year warranty, and great price.

Sony Studio Monitor Series Headphones MDRV150

$13.88

These were a pleasant surprise to my friends and I. They sound amazing and make for a reliable pair of main or “back-up” headphones when you get tired of the earbuds.
Beats by Dr. Dre


$349.95 (or less)

You’ve seen the commercials… Dr.Dre’s Beats are showing up everywhere these days including on Charles Hamilton in “Brooklyn Girl” aaaand on the great LeBron James- both guys have exclusive limited edition pairs created just for them (for Charles- only 3 in the world and LeBron- only 20 made.) And the list of celebrities who wear them don’t stop with those two- Michael Phelps, Paris Hilton, Diddy, Souljah Boy, Will.i.am, Pharrell Williams, New Kids on the Block, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Owen Wilson, Eminem, and the entire USA Olympic basketball team- just to name a few.

Coby CVE92 Isolation Earphones

$14.99 (or less)

I refer to these at the better ipod earbuds, they have a similar look, but are much more comfortable and are always rated much higher than apple’s earphones.
Eskuche – Premium Headphones

(Chrome), $60

Anything with a stainless steel look always seems sleek. For only 3 jacksons- I think these are the best “style-conscious” value headphones… I like the vintage look.
Ultrasone
These bad boys are often times called “an instrument” because they create a sound that can’t just be classified as noise. Ultrasone offers a variety of styles, but the most coveted would have to be the Edition 8 S-Logic Plus Natural Surround Sound, coming in at $1499.
Panasonic RP- HTX7-RS Ryan Sheckler Signature

$60 (or less)

Worn by skater Ryan Sheckler (remember his show on MTV, “Life of Ryan” ) these are yet another “all around” headphone choice- great style, great sound, and comfortable.
Sony MDR-V6 Monitor Series Headphones

$100 (or less)
Referred to as “the classic” you can find these perfect headphones in studios all across the world.

Skullcandy


$19.95-$79.95

Besides WeSC, Skullcandy offers the most comprehensive stylish variety of headphones, you can literally buy a pair in every color (almost anyway).

Other Notables:
Shure SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones, $399 or less
Etymotic ER-4P Portable In-Ear Earphones, $300 (or less)
Sennheiser PX-100 Collapsible Headphones (great gym headphones), $40 (or less)
Klipsch Image S4 Earphones, $79.99 (or less)

I think its best to have a solid pair of both.. the bigger more comfortable ones for almost every day use and the earbuds for the working out or when you’re in the mood for a smaller pocket-friendly pair.

You can get many (all but one) of the headphones above here at superb prices. Or at your local electronic store.

So, what are your favorite headphones?

Challenge Me: 2009 Dodge Challenger

I am American, but I was taught to almost exclusively love foreign cars. “They’re more reliable, and just all around better…” are just a few of the things my dad would say to my siblings I growing up. But nevertheless, I’m American, and I am a sucker for an old-school American Car– always was, always will be.

(My loves: old Mustangs, Camaros, and Firebirds… but mainly old Mustangs)

Last Weekend (not this past one, but the one before) after attending the Georgia Tech Auto Show I went out to eat with family and friends.

Upon entering the restaurant I found myself staring at this really clean old-school American car and I couldn’t figure out what car it was… I feel that I’m a pretty knowledgeable car person, I can name the make, model, and year of almost any car (though I may have a tad bit more knowledge of foreign luxury cars), but this car just left me drawing a blank. My brother quickly told me it was the Dodge Challenger… I’m thinking “Niiiiice, what a tight car, but how did I miss it especially if its been out for a little over a year now”. I really don’t know how I missed this, but I think the car is cool. I’m really loving all the retro cars American automakers have decided to re-make : Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, and maybe the Firebird.

2009 Dodge Challenger.



1972 Dodge Challenger.




a tricked out Challenger…

photos via: carconnection.com, musclecarsociety.com

Boy Toys

Have a little fun: become a mini dj, play with your “action figure”, or feel like a kid again as you jam to your favorite tunes.

Turntable Speaker Mixer, $40
Tiny turntable-style speaker allows you to not only amplify your music, but let’s you scratch as well. (It adds pre-programmed sound effects to your jams)

Obama Figure, $16

Building Block iPod Speaker, $25

via urbanoutfitters

He’s Got A Woodie: The Splinter

I was taking my monthly stroll through a few auto blogs and saw something that was really cool… a wooden car.


Here’s a blurb from autoblog.com:

The world’s greenest supercar project is progressing nicely. The last time we checked in with Joe Harmon and his team of woodsmen craftsmen from North Carolina State University, the all-wooden car’s hand-laid bodywork had been mated with the chassis, which was awaiting installation of the twin-supercharged, 32-valve Cadillac-sourced V8 engine and six-speed rear-mounted transaxle from a modern Chevrolet Corvette. Those 600 ponies will be funneled to the rear wheels, which have center hubs made from pressed and laminated wood, naturally. Even the transverse leaf springs are made from orange osage wood.

Work on the project has slowed so Harmon and his colleagues can finish school, but the Splinter continues to garner attention having appeared in a flattering piece published by Automobile Magazine. While we wait for Team Splinter to graduate and finish the car once and for all, take a look at these new high-res renderings of the arts and crafts supercar.

The Splinter is one of those rare projects that’s truly inspiring, and Harmon seeks to prove that wood is anything but an outdated material with no place – outside the dashes of expensive luxury cars, of course – in modern automobiles. Point taken.

Urban Gent Techie Corner: Blackberry Storm

I know this may seem a bit off topic, but I had to post this. Did y’all know there’s a new Blackberry coming out that mimics the iPhone? Hmmm… I didn’t know and I’m actually pretty happy. I have a Blackberry and I was going to get a iPhone for my next upgrade, but now that there’s a Blackberry that’s just as hot… I think I may just keep it in the family.

I was an ardent Treo user all my life up until about 1 year ago and I must say– no one, I mean no one tops the email capabilities of the Blackberry… and that email capability combined with the iPhone swagger is enough for me to keep it home. The sexiness of this phone is ridiculous, check it out here.

There’s no way I’m gonna cheat on my Blackberry
with the iPhone now… lol.
It comes out November 16th.

But just out of curiosity has anyone gone from a Blackberry to an iPhone, if so, which is better to you and why? And let’s keep it real please:-)

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