iHome iB75 Earpiece

Whilst many of our readers will be keen on some of our own content pieces, here is one i discovered while surfing around blogger its much better written than I might ever expect to achieve. Maybe in the future Ill get to this rank, you never know.

It seems silly to hold exercise-focused earphones to a different set of standards than regular earphonesafter all, if the pair sounds good, it could be your all-the-time pair, not just the one you take to the gym. That said, the iHome iB75, a $99.99 (direct) Bluetooth in-ear option, seems particularly suited for the gym, not only because of its water-resistant design, but because its sound signature seems to be purposefully sculpted to bring out the bass and the beats of your exercise playlist. The iB75 could use more treble to balance out the mix, but it offers a secure fit and plenty of controls to manage your mobile device wirelessly during your workout.

The iB75’s design is intended for exercise, and is thus ruggedized to a certain extent, while remaining lightweight. The black earpieces house multiple controls, and if there’s any complaint, it would be that the controls are very tiny, and not the easiest to memorizebut the upside is, of course, the flexibility to control music and take calls with ease, and wirelessly. A red cable runs behind the head, connecting the earpieces to each other, and silicon eartips and fin combinations ensure an extremely secure fit while you’re moving around.

All of the controls are situated on the right earpiece. It has dedicated Volume up/down and Track forward/backward buttons, as well as a Bluetooth pairing button that’s also the Play/Pause and Call answer/end control. The volume controls on the iB75 work independently of the controls on your sound source. It’s unfortunately pretty easy to accidentally press one control when you meant to press anotherskip a track when attempting to adjust the volume, for instance. This is both because you’re blindly navigating the controls, as with any in-ear Bluetooth pair, but also because there are controls on both the top and bottom of the right earpiece. You might accidentally press a control on the bottom panel when placing your thumb and forefinger on the earpieces to make a selection. So, it takes a bit of getting used to, but the inclusion of more controls is always a plusit’s just too bad that some of them couldn’t have been placed on the left earpiece.iHome iB75 inline

The microphone and the micro-USB connection (which has a rubber cover) are also located on the right earpiece. The iB75 ships with a USB charging cable, three pairs of silicon eartips, three pairs of ear fins for a stabilized fit, and a drawstring carrying pouch. iHome estimates a battery life of about 8 hours talk time, 7 hours for music playback, and 100 hours for standby power, but your results will vary depending on how loudly you listen to your tunes.

The pairing process with an iPhone 5s was straightforward and easy. Like most Bluetooth earphones, the annoyance of a flashing blue light will be invisible to you, but in full view for anyone near you whenever you’re paired.

Performance
On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the iB75 doesn’t distort, even at top (and unsafe) listening levels on both the earphones and the sound source. Lovers of massive, booming bass might be thrilled by the sound signature hereit’s quite powerfulbut if you like some crispness with your booming lows, or you’re seeking a more flat-response pair, you’ll want to look elsewhere. This is clearly an earphone pair meant to accentuate the lows in songs to motivate your workout, not a pair intended for critical listening.

This is immediately apparent when listening to Bill Callahan’s “Drover.” His baritone vocals on this track are given plenty of extra low-end presence, but they lack any real high-mid edge, and the track sounds muddy as a result. The drums on this track also receive a heavy extra helping of bass, and the result is a very unnatural sounding mix. As I said, however, this isn’t a pair designed for analyzing the finer points of the Callahan catalogueit’s designed to bring out the thumping bass lines and beats in music you’re likely to listen to when working out. So if you happen to listen to classical music or folk while you exercise, you’re going to want to find a different pair.

On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop gets a huge dollop of added bass, and the sub-bass synth hits that accentuate the beat are also quite intense through the iB75. Even bass lovers might wish the beat had a bit more high-mid, treble-focused presence to it, howeverthe track sounds powerful, for sure, but a bit muffled.

If you’re seeking a brighter or more balanced mix for your Bluetooth workout experience, consider the Sennheiser MM 100$118.05 at Amazonit’s on-ear rather than in-ear, but ideal for the gym. If you need to stick with an in-ear option, the JayBird BlueBuds X$149.60 at Amazon is a more balanced in-ear option. If you’re primary concern is the exercise-friendly aspect of the design, and you don’t need Bluetooth, the Sennheiser CX 685 SPORTS$54.18 at Amazon is a great option in this price range. And finally, if you’re just looking for a cheap Bluetooth set, the Outdoor Technology DJ Slims is another on-ear pair (in-ears tend to be pricier), but it delivers laudable audio for its low price. For $100, the iHome iB75 delivers thunderous lows without distorting, and allows for full playback control and track navigation. There’s nothing it gets wrong, really, except that it could use more treble in its mix, but certain bass lovers will find exactly what they’re looking for in this water-resistant option.

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Review: Life Blue Tube Air Radiation-Free Stereo Headset

Can not get over how inexpensive the radio accessory is, a tremendous deal for any top-end product!

Over the past several years, cell phones have grown to the point where they have become a very important part of our society. According to International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, CTIA, the percentage of population within the United States which were subscribed to a wireless connection as of June 2010 was a staggering 93%. And if you think about, this does make sense. There are cellular devices available within all price ranges and on a variety of networks which offer various plans depending on the usage required for each person. As a result, it is easy for any person to find the perfect device for them. The largest reason as to why cellular phones have been able to become so important for our society has to be due to how effective a way they are for us to keep in touch with the world surrounding us. It is pretty much essential to have a cell phone in the case of any emergency and it is probably the easiest way, for most people, to reach any family member, friend, co-worker or acquaintance at any time in which they need to. And the capabilities of cell phones has also been growing over the past few years. It is almost getting to the point where having a cell phone is like having a tiny computer in your pocket. There are many cell phones today which are able to connect to the internet wherever network coverage is existent and there are many cell phones which have advanced capabilities such as surfing the web, sending/receiving e-mails/instant messages, GPS navigation, editing documents, viewing attachments, playing games along with the ability to send and receive phone calls and text/picture messages. There are even many phones which include cameras to give you the chance to capture any moment whether it be through picture or video. Many people can agree that cell phones are able to help make our world seem smaller.

While a high majority of people require the use of cellular devices, there are many are not aware of potential long term health risks that can arise from them. Over the past several years, networks have been transmitting signals over high radio frequencies. As a consequence, our heads are closely exposed to radiation. And while there is a proven link between radiation and cancer, the link between cancer and cellular phones has yet to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This is mainly due to the fact that few years in which cellular devices have been transmitting these signals over high radio frequencies is not a large enough period to determine how existent and how serious the risk is. For example, people who start smoking cigarettes and smoke on a regular basis, if they get cancer, usually do not get it until 20-40 years down the line.

These health risks should be enough concern for anybody to look into smarter ways to communicate through mobile devices. There are many experts who recommend using a headset yet they do neglect the fact that for most headsets, the radiation is transmitted through the wire and a percentage of it is transmitted directly inside of the ear, very close to the brain. And Bluetooth headsets do not solve this issue as they too transmit signal through high radio frequencies. This should be troubling since there are so many people within our society who use a cellular device (with our without a headset) including young children.

Up until now, we have yet to see a viable solution which completely eliminates the risk of cancer from the radiation transmitted through cellular phones. Life Blue has created a highly innovative product which can save you and your family from this hazard which can be posed by this vital technology. And as a result, can allow you to continue utilizing cellular phones without having to worry about this major threat. It is a headset which features a design that utilizes a hollow tube similar to a stethoscope to eliminate the possibility of radiation reaching your head. This tube also acts as a special sound pressure chamber to enhance the sound and deliver crystal clear sound quality.

I was recently able to get my hands on one of these amazing headsets to test it out. I came away with a very positive impression by the overall quality of this headset. The first thing which really surprised me, in a good way, was the quality of the sound. Given that it sends sound through a tube and is different from the design of any other headset on the market, I did not know what to expect in terms of sound quality. And, I must say that it sounded similar to the expensive Bluetooth headset that I use on a daily basis. While, I rarely ever use corded headsets, this particular one stuck me as very practical. It features a tangle free expansion cord that can be adjusted to the perfect length so that there is no messy wire hanging out from me. This particular headset is also a stereo headset meaning that it can be placed into both ears. I have found it to be perfect for use with both cellular phones as well as MP3 players. Also, this headset includes two jacks, one 2.5mm and one 3.5mm. And can therefore work with most mobile phones and MP3 players including devices by Apple, RIM, HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and more. It is made up of a durable plastic and in terms of build quality, seems like it can rival many more expensive headsets. While I had never given much thought to these health risks of mobile phones up until recently, the research I have done has helped me see that the smartest thing I can possibly do is to protect myself in whichever I can. After being able to test this headset. I have little doubt that the most intelligent thing I can possibly do would be to carry one wherever I go and use it whenever I possibly can. So I had to purchase one for myself and highly recommend that you check it out as well.