unfa, to headphones
@unfa@mastodon.social avatar
alexkidman, to headphones
@alexkidman@aus.social avatar

New review time -- as I get to running (and training for the May 50k) with the Shokz OpenMove headphones (video and text review, take your pick):

https://alexreviewstech.com/shokz-openmove-headphones-review-lower-cost-leads-to-compromises/

alexkidman, to headphones
@alexkidman@aus.social avatar

New review time! Today I'm sweating for the art, literally, as I test out the Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones. Text and video review, take your pick. May contain traces of me running. You have been warned.

#Shokz #OpenRunPro #Headphones #Review #Australia

https://alexreviewstech.com/shokz-openrun-pro-headphones-review-lightweight-and-long-lasting/

Richard, to headphones
@Richard@geekdom.social avatar

Have a large bill past due. Next paycheck I will be all caught up. Previous expenses threw me off for a couple of pay periods. Luckily this bill past due doesn't report to credit score until 30 days past due, so I still have sufficient time. Almost considered selling my #Sennheiser HD 800 S. Not doing it though. I only have 2 headphones left. My other #headphones: #Focal Clear MG. Sold all my other headphones already. Sold 3/4ths of my #FountainPens. Not allowing myself to sell anything else.

DJDarren, to headphones
@DJDarren@mendeddrum.org avatar

I’m really, really interested in the new Sony Pulse Elite headphones. Planars for just £130 is, quite frankly, mad.

https://direct.playstation.com/en-gb/buy-accessories/pulse-elite-wireless-headset-ps5?smcid=pdc:gb-en:web-pdc-accessories-pulse-elite-wireless-headset:buttonblock-buy-now

milan, to headphones

Fred, protector of headphones.
Another testphoto. Fringing going strong here (even tho original was much less bright as this edit).
X-T30 & XF35MMF1.4 R
RAF, edited
1/180, ISO800, f/1,4
#headphones #bose #fuji #xt30 #35mm #apsc

unedited screenshot

WagesOf, to headphones
@WagesOf@gamepad.club avatar

Wow, the momentum 4 true wireless buds are amazing.

The fidelity of Sony xm5 with the Bluetooth codecs needed to get low latency and lossless out of modern phones and my rog ally.

I guess I can hang up my wired moondrop blessing 3s.

Judeau, to Dragonlance
@Judeau@mas.to avatar

Question:

At what version of did wireless headphones first arrive?

I can't find a definitive answer but looking at the different Bluetooth versions I'm assuming it was version 3.0 that was released in 2009.

Does this sound right or were there actually some mass produced Bluetooth v.1 or v.2 headphones?

SomeGadgetGuy, (edited ) to tech
@SomeGadgetGuy@techhub.social avatar

Facing a huge rise of hearing loss in young adults and teens, it's up to us grownups to not only teach kids better listening habits, but also give them better audio tools.
https://somegadgetguy.com/2024/02/16/puroquiet-plus-review-anc-headphones-for-kids/
Using something like the PuroQuiet Plus, I don't feel like I'm nagging my daughter to turn the sound down, and I know she's appreciating higher fidelity sound.

stfn, to Blog
@stfn@fosstodon.org avatar

New blog post, and this time something completely different than my usual content (if such exists at all), a short review of the new earbuds that I bought

https://stfn.pl/blog/25-edifier-x3s-earbuds-review/

SomeGadgetGuy, (edited ) to tech
@SomeGadgetGuy@techhub.social avatar

Are these going to be your BEST BUDS FOREVER?!?!?

https://somegadgetguy.com/2024/02/06/oneplus-buds-3-review-beating-other-100-earbuds/

OnePlus is bringing some price disrupting tech to their earbuds, and the Buds 3 might be a better fit for you than the more expensive Buds 2 Pro released last year!

#tech #technology #audio #music #headphones #audiophile #earbuds #oneplus #bbtg

davemark, to headphones
@davemark@mastodon.social avatar

Your Mac can detect high-impedance headphones plugged into your 3.5mm headphone jack.

(So you can plug in 150 to 1k ohms headphones, Mac will automatically detect, deliver 3 volts RMS, so you shouldn't need a separate headphone amp).

Details here...

https://support.apple.com/en-afri/108351

RareBird_15, to headphones
@RareBird_15@tweesecake.social avatar

To , does anyone have any suggestions for a pair of noise canceling purchasable on that can connect to my computer running , preferrably wirelessly or through Bluetooth. It's even better if they can somehow also connect to a second device and let me hear when my mom calls my . This would be something I could use with my computer on days when our dogs are barking a lot so I don't get such bad . Of course, they need to also either not have software for the computer, or that software needs to be somewhat . My budget right now is about $80, but I may have up to $120 or so if I wait a day or two.
@mastoblind

louis, to headphones
@louis@emacs.ch avatar

Any good recommendations for decent wired over ear headphones?

Requirements:

  • 1/8 inch TRS (3.5mm)
  • not an Apple brand
  • can be put on for several hours without discomfort for glasses wearers
  • very good bass
  • Budget <=> ~$250

Advice much appreciated!

david_senate, to music
EdwardPhilips, to HipHop
@EdwardPhilips@toot.community avatar

All right? For all your Hippo-related T-Shirt needs, look no further. New today - Hip Hop Hippo! xx

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SomeGadgetGuy, to tech
@SomeGadgetGuy@techhub.social avatar

Whew! Little USB DACs are getting CRAZY good! Audiophile gear has never been more affordable or accessible!
https://somegadgetguy.com/2024/01/18/shanling-ua4-usb-dac-big-sound-in-a-small-shell/

Shanling UA4, tiny OLED, on device controls, 3.5mm and 4.4mm ports, AND a NEW ESS chip! It's so smooth...

#tech #music #audio #audiophile #headphones #DAC #technology #BBTG #review #geek #gadgets #video #youtube

constancies, to headphones
@constancies@metalhead.club avatar

I'm interested in getting some inexpensive but nice sounding wired earbuds as my AirPods have been irritating me to no end lately. Any suggestions?

#headphones #advice

seb_tmg, to headphones
@seb_tmg@mastodon.cosmicnation.co avatar

New guided meditations coming soon!

It has been more than a year since I last released a guided meditation. In 2024 this will change and I will release more professional recorded guided meditations. These meditations will of course, be available for all paying Patreon members at no extra... - https://vero.co/seb_tmg/ZmPk-XDRN59T3PMCcH77ZXQM

@meditation @consciousliving

Cliff, to Futurology

Today I’m going to be reviewing the LTC Sound Slave 502 headset. This headset can be used as both 2.4GHz or Bluetooth modes and is the successor to LTC’s 501 wired/wireless headset that was released a couple of years ago.

LTC claims that the Sound Slave 502’s are an upgrade to the previous model with regards to having a 2.4GHz Bluetooth connection, Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and more comfortable ear cups.

What’s In The Box


As with most every product, you have a user manual. First, there is a detachable microphone, a short USB-C extension cable, a USB-C to USB-A charging cable and the headphones themselves. Also included is a USB-C wireless dongle. This dongle is used to plug into the computer to allow you to achieve the 2.4GHz wireless connection.

Detachable Microphone2.4GHz DongleType-C Extension CableType-C Charging CableUser Manual

Design And Comfort


When pulling these out of the box, my first impression is how nice they look and how durable they feel. They have a bit of weight to them, but in a good way. They aren’t super heavy, but you can tell they aren’t just cheap, plastic headphones. The band that goes across the top is plastic, not it’s a thicker, more well-made plastic. There is of course soft-padded leather that rests on your head when you put them on. Again, a very sturdy feel to all of this.

The band can be adjusted to fit to size by sliding the sides up and down like most headphones today. You shouldn’t have any issues getting them to fit exactly how you are wanting them to fit.

The ear cups have a hard plastic shell and they even twist and rotate which is a feature I absolutely love when it comes to headphones. This allows you to lay them flat on your desk or wherever and not take up near as much space as a set that doesn’t fold. The ear cups are marked with an L and an R so you know which way they are to be worn. There is also an L and an R on the inside of the ear cups too.

https://www.seerofsouls.com/wp-content/themes/groovy/assets/images/transparent.gifOn the right ear cup is where all the controls are located. You will find the button to enable/disable ANC, a volume up and next button, a play/pause button, volume down and previous button, the USB-C charging port and the on/off switch. All of these buttons are nicely placed on the ear cup and are fairly easy to push and use without much hassle.

The padding on the ear cups is really good. They are super soft, allowing me to wear them for about 5 hours at one point without any issues, which is something I normally can’t do with over the ear headphones.

The band when it sits on top of your head is comfortable as well due to the soft leather. This is extremely important to me since I am bald, and a lot of headphones don’t have enough padding to be completely comfortable in this specific area.

Controls


On the right side is the power switch. It’s a simple slider that allows you to turn the power on and off to the headphones. When you turn them on, the LED indicator will either be orange for the 2.4GHz mode or blue for Bluetooth mode. Two switch modes, you simply hold down the Play/Pause button for about 3 seconds.

On the underside is the NAC switch as well as the volume up and down buttons. As mentioned above, the volume up and down buttons also act as the next and previous buttons. Located down here is also the play/pause button. Next to all of those is where the USB-C charging port is located.

https://www.seerofsouls.com/wp-content/themes/groovy/assets/images/transparent.gifAs mentioned above, these headphones do 2.4GHz wireless mode. If you don’t have Bluetooth available or simply don’t want to use Bluetooth, you can take the included dongle, plug it into a USB-C port on your PC, laptop, Switch or whatever and use them that way. The good thing about this dongle is, LTC includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box, so having an actual USB-C port isn’t necessary.

To pair the headphones in 2.4GHz wireless mode, simply hold the plus and minus buttons for about 3 seconds to put them into pairing mode. They should connect very quickly and easily at this point.

Regardless if you’re using the LTC 502’s in wireless or Bluetooth mode, you will have a range of 33 feet (10 meters) from your PC or device to the headphones themselves.

Sound Quality


The number one question that everyone has is, what was the sound quality like? Out of the box they sound really good. The LTC 502’s use 40-millimeter large aperture drivers that deliver a higher sound and decently good bass.

During gameplay they sound quite punchy and crystal clear, especially when using them in a game that does voice chat, such as Fortnite or something similar. To me, they weren’t too loud which a lot of headphones can be and due to this, I could hear background effects and exposures in a nice, immersive way.

Now, let’s talk about Active Noise Cancellation, or ANC. This is where I feel the LTC 502’s really failed. I don’t believe this is something unique to my specific pair that I was sent as I know a couple of others who had this same problem. But when ANC is enabled, there is a distinctive humming sound in the background that is actually quite annoying, at least to me personally. The overall sound also seemed to be a bit hollower, or shallow in a way.

To me, I’m not sure the LTC 502’s require ANC in any way. When ANC is off, the sound is really good, and any outside noise doesn’t really come through the headphones.

I couldn’t get past the humming sound with ANC enabled, so for the rest of my testing and review period I used these headphones with ANC disabled as there was just a better overall experience without it.

The LTC Sound Slave 502’s have two omnidirectional microphones. One is built-in and located just above the 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also the detachable, flexible microphone that gets you a little better sound during intense gaming and chatting.

I used these headphones while playing Fortnite with a couple of friends of mine and neither of them complained about sound quality coming through the detachable mic as that was what I used at all times. I did do some quick testing over Discord with the built-in mic and was told everything sounded good. Nothing great or outstanding, but nothing bad either.

https://www.seerofsouls.com/wp-content/themes/groovy/assets/images/transparent.gifBattery Life


LTC claims that the Sound Slave 502 headphones will get about 16 hours of battery life if used in Bluetooth mode and 14 hours if used in 2.4GHz mode. Those times drop if you use ANC, so with the 2.4GHz mode and ANC enabled, you drop to about 11 hours and in Bluetooth mode with ANC enabled you’ll get around 12 hours of battery life.

My tests showed this to be pretty accurate at least without ANC enabled. As mentioned above, ANC on these headphones wasn’t a pleasant experience at all and something I chose not to use.

Discount Code


Thanks to the awesome folks over at Redragon for allowing me to review this product and others that they have sent over in the past. They have also provided me with a special URL that anyone can use to save a total of 10% off of your entire purchase across their site. So if you’re interested in purchasing the Redragon x LTC Sound Slave 502 Headphones, or any of their products, you can click this link: Save 10% On Your Entire Order. I believe if you don’t click the link, you can always manually input DECRYPTED as the code during check out.

Final Thoughts


The burning question here is, would I recommend the LTC Sound Slave 502 headphones? Yes and no. If ANC is an important feature, then the answer is quickly a no as far as my testing went. If you aren’t concerned with or in need of ANC, then hands down yes. These headphones are solidly built and very comfortable even after a few hours of continued usage.

They retail for about $59.99 and at that price you really can’t go wrong, even if you get them and don’t plan on using the ANC side of things.

These should be available by the end of this month, February, for $39.99 via this link: Redragon x LTC Sound Slave 502 Headphones.

As with most any product, there is always room for a bit of improvement but overall, these are a solid buy if you’re not looking to spend hundreds of dollars.

As of the writing of this review, the LTC Sound Slave 502’s are out of stock on Amazon but again, should be available by the end of this month, February.

https://www.seerofsouls.com/review-ltc-sound-slave-502-dual-wireless-gaming-headset/

amadeus, to headphones
@amadeus@mstdn.social avatar

Have any of you tried and can comment on the ? I like the idea that they are ultra open (because the ear canals are actually untouched).

AmbularD, to headphones
@AmbularD@fanglitch.space avatar

Greetings, tech types of the Fediverse! I'm hoping one of you lovely folks can tell me whether the audio device I've been looking for even exists:

  • A set of reasonably sturdy canister headphones with decent sound including bass (by which I mean not necessarily, "It would blow a true audiophile out of their chair," but "Significantly better than a $25 Logitech cheapie headset and I can clearly hear Geoff Castellucci when he hits an F1 subharmonic");
  • That has a boom mic adequate for taking customer service calls;
  • And has a wired analog connection for both input and output. No USB, no bluetooth or wifi, no dongles, no batteries. Just a cord or cords, ideally braided, with a pair of 3.5 mm plugs on the end.
  • Bonus points if the cord(s) could be plugged in on either side of the headphones, but I suspect I'm already asking for the moon here, so that's nbd.

Does anybody know, is there such an animal? If so, does it cost more than the house I can't afford? Right now I'm remedying my frustration by clipping a lapel mic onto the boom mic on my current headset that I can't use unless I run both input and output through a USB doohickey, which I don't want to do. (These are for use with a desktop, if that matters.)

Thanks in advance. Hope everyone's enjoying a lovely and peaceful holiday, or a pleasant week, as the case may be.

#Headphones #AudioEquipment #Tech

chillicampari, to random
@chillicampari@layer8.space avatar

I moved my headphones to a hanging board as my stand was too small and was originally planning on covering the bare wood with some gray contact paper (pictured, placed on top in the roll), but the unfinished wood look is starting to grow on me. Though I worry a bit about getting splinters in the headband or earcups...

#headphones

SirTapTap, to headphones
@SirTapTap@mastodon.social avatar

Will you be my latest tech disappointment? I hope not but

#pixelbuds #headphones #tech

codinghorror, to random

Fuck the headphone jack. Like the floppy drive before it, nothing has ever been more deserving of death. ☠️ It's called "the future", maybe look into it?

DanielMReck,
@DanielMReck@mas.to avatar

@codinghorror Well, I use wired all the time and plug into sound equipment a few times a week. It's really nice to be able to do that and charge the phone at the same time, all without any extra adapters or stubbornly combative connections.

Maybe I'd be okay losing the if there were multiple USB-C ports on the phone and I could buy comfortable headphones for the same price as the nice analog ones I already have.

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