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.
You know how we love to have the "fun giveaways" on Fridays… So today, we have cellphones. I know you're probably like, "where does this stop… you guys have EVERYTHING, this is amaaaazing!" Lol, well, thank you, you're amazing too, and it does not stop for now. And today, yes, we're actually giving away phones courtesy of Pantech and AT&T.
Urban Gent Review: The Pantech Laser is one of AT&T's newest additions to their lineup — and a quite nice one I may add. The Pantech Laser is indeed touch screen, has the thinnest sliding keyboard on the market (less than 1 inch), and has a display that it quite simply gorgeous — the screen is crystal clear, so everything looks great and is easy to read. The phone's interface is swift and offers alot of customizations/personalization options (I like the classic animated clock). And of course the new Pantech Laser has a music player, camera, video camera, and turn by turn GPS. If you're on the market for a new phone, this just might be the one for you. Watch a demo here and read more details about the key features below:
- Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
- GPS navigation capabilities via optional AT&T Navigator service includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options.
- Quick Access to social networking sites including AT&T Social Net, Facebook and more
- 3.1-inch touchscreen AMOLED display (480 x 800 pixels, 262K color depth)
- Customizable Menu screens and widgets with three screen menu tabs for contacts, messaging, and favorites.
- Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard
- 3-megapixel camera/camcorder with up to 8x digital zoom
- Multi-format music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+ formats
- Bluetooth connectivity includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- 150 MB internal memory storage
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video, Mobile E-Mail, and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, and Google Talk)
- Web browser
- Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, and more
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.
Originally $399.99, but now down to $149.99 or $99.99 (w/ contract).
You can purchase the Pantech Laser here, for $99.99 (w/ contract).
We'll be giving away two today (and one next week). Matter of fact, this is probably a good time to tell you that next week we're going to have a mega huge Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway, where there will be one grand prize winner that will receive a combination of just about all the other giveaways. We'll go into more details later, but go ahead and tell everyone you know so y'all can prepare to go ham on our Facebook, Twitter, and blog next week.
2 readers will be chosen today. To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook, and/or re-tweet on Twitter. Link to us on your Facebook/Twitter pages, tell all your friends and associates, and tweet/facebook like crazy… These are $400 phones, that you can have for the freeskie, so ready-set-getterdone!
Twinluxe is a line of fine grooming products for the modern man. TwinLuxe's 'Shaving Skincare' line consists of multi-functional formulations with a 'TwinLuxe Blend' core of soothing Asian botanicals, such as Hydrolyzed Rice Protein and Centella Asiatica Extract, scientifically-proven to help strengthen skin tone, improve skin smoothness, and promote anti-aging properties.
Renewing Face Wash & Scrub: The unique formula combines two professional treatments in one "every day product". Gentle microbeads in the softening formula exfoliate the skin, smoothing away roughness and prevent ingrown hair. Unclogged, exfoliated skin is the key to a close shave. The integrated nourishing cleanser unclogs pores, removes dirt and excess oil to promote glowing, fresh skin. The Renewing Face Wash & Scrub is a 2 in 1 essential for everyday use and for pre-shave preparation. For all skin types.
Urban Gent Review: It has a soothing eucalyptus mint smell and exfoliating beads.The Renewing Face Wash & Scrub is able to take off dead layer of my skin without irritation. I've used several exfoliaters in the past and many irritate my skin, this one does not.
Booster Serum: Customize shaving results – this intensive power serum revolutionizes any shaving experience. Pre-shave, apply to create an additional protective barrier between your skin and your blade. Post-shave, soothe any problem spots on your skin to help boost skin's ability to renew and fight irritation. Anytime, apply to problem spots on skin to help revive your complexion.
For all skin types.
Urban Gent Review: Using it pre and/or post shave, the Booster Serum has helped reduce my razor bumps.
Soothing Face Balm: This intensive, non-oily balm infuses just-shaved skin with a soothing botanical blend to hydrate and nourish without clogging pores. This long-lasting and gentle moisturizer is a refreshing boost to battle the look of fine lines and inflammation, while restoring healthy, glowing skin. After spritzing Instant Energy Mist onto skin, apply a pea-sized amount for entire face and neck. Repeat if needed. For all skin types – even the most sensitive.
Urban Gent Review: I mainly like the Soothing Face Balm because it's not greasy or oily, and it goes right into the skin. This is hands down one of the best moisturizers I've used because you can use a little and it goes a long way. My only complaint is the mild plastic smell, it's unappealing, but it doesn't linger so I suppose it's okay. But besides that the product works great.
Daily Detox Face Wash & Mask: This miracle 2 in 1 daily deep pore cleansing treatment can be used as a bacteria-fighting facial wash, or as a detoxifying, pore cleansing mask to balance skin before shaving. To use as a mask, use a generous amount and leave on face for a few minutes before washing off. This one step multi-tasking formula provides the benefits of a professional deep cleansing treatment, while nourishing and soothing the skin as an essential daily face wash or prior day night time pre-shave preparation.
For all skin types.
Urban Gent Review: The Daily Detox Face Wash & Mask is light (not thick) and has a nice eucalyptus mint smell. It does a good job cleaning my skin without overdrying it. After I finish using it my face definitely feels rejuvenated.
Others to try: Instant Energy Mist, Smooth Shave Creme, Instant Rescue Gel
Learn more about the complete line of TwinLuxe, here.
Purchase Twinluxe products, here.