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Review: I-MEGO MAZE Studio Headphones

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I-MEGO MAZE headphones

Last year, we reviewed the I-MEGO Throne headphones, a rather blingy on-ear headphone that resembled an old-fashioned microphone. While the looks were a little polarizing, the sound quality and comfort were definitely there, and that’s what’s most important in our book.

Still, I have a feeling that I-MEGO took some heat for the Throne’s “out there” design, so they dialed it back considerably with their latest offering, the I-MEGO MAZE Studio headphones. These headphones stick with the music theme, with a semi-transparent vinyl record-like deco plate on the earpieces that are inspired by a phonograph cylinder. We really liked the sleek look of the MAZE, and the styling cues are subtle enough that they won’t drive anyone away, appealing to a broader market this time around.

The MAZE’s slender on-ear construction features a soft memory foam cushion, an integrated metal slider, and utilizes a patent-pending design that serves to enhance acoustics and provide larger-than-life sound.

I-MEGO MAZE

The MAZE headphones feature the brand’s characteristic stellar sound provided by two high performance neodymium 40mm drivers, designed 30% thinner than a normal speaker, maximizing the air cabinet volume and resulting in better low end response. Constructed with a titanium diagram, the balanced drivers deliver an extraordinarily natural, lifelike sound with extremely low distortion.

The lightweight, collapsible headphones are made up of a premium blend of aluminum, leather and plastic providing maximum comfort for long listening sessions. For added convenience, the headphones include a soft carrying pouch, completely detachable volume and microphone control, and adapters to accommodate any audio resource.

MAZE Technical Specifications

  • Driver Diameter: 2 x 40mm
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 102 ± 3dB
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Cable Length: 120cm
  • Connector: 3.5mm stereo gold plug
  • Controller: Detachable music volume and microphone control

I-MEGO MAZE

There’s a lot to like about the I-MEGO MAZE Studio headphones, but with a retail price of $139.99, they’re competing in a crowded market. There are a lot of choices at this price point, and it really comes down to what looks, sounds and feels best to you. We found the MAZE headphones to be rather comfortable during extended periods of time, and the sound is clean and crisp, giving you that live concert sound they advertise.

So if you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones, you’ll definitely want to check these out! Click here to learn more about the I-MEGO MAZE headphones.

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Libratone’s TRACK+ Wireless Headphones Keep The Chaos Out And The Music In

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Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

When the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones were unveiled at CES earlier this year, I was intrigued by their Smart Noise Cancellation technology, which lets you control how much of the world you want to let in or out.

Now, active noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, and they’ve long been a must-have for frequent travelers like myself who want to “get away from it all” and just enjoy their tunes.

But Libratone has taken it a step further, with the TRACK+ offering 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation so you can control how much you hear of the world around you. You can even let Smart Mode do it for you automatically, adjusting based on your environment and activity.

Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

When the TRACK+ detects movement like running or a workout, it will automatically allow in slightly more ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings. Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is to get hit by a car or bike because you couldn’t hear them coming!

Similarly, when you’re sitting still in a loud place (like an airplane or train), the earphones will cancel the maximum amount of outside noise so you can focus on the music and nothing else. And in that respect, they work incredibly well.. assuming you read the directions.

You see, during my first testing session, I wasn’t all that impressed with the TRACK+, as there was too much ambient noise coming through, even on the highest noise cancellation (-20dB) setting. The problem? The eartips weren’t forming a perfect seal with my ear. Once I switched to a larger eartip (four different sizes are provided), the difference was night and day, with the outside world completely disappearing.

Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

Since then, I’ve taken the TRACK+ on a few flights, on a train ride to New York, and even into a crowded Starbucks. And in every case, they performed amazing well, allowing me to focus on my music, movies, podcasts, and such without being distracted by the outside noise.

Those planning on hitting the gym will be pleased to know that they have a splash-proof IPX4 rating, that the earbuds are sweat-proof, and the included sport fins allow you to run on the treadmill without concerns about them falling out. And thanks to the ANC, you can drown out those grunting meatheads and focus on what you’re there to do.

Overall, there is a lot to like about the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking to drown out some of the outside chaos. At $199, they’re not to cheapest option out there, but they’re well worth it. These wireless eadbuds offer high quality sound, 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, long battery life (8 hours), and a sleek, minimalist design. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Visit www.libratone.com to learn more about the TRACK+ earphones.

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Alpine Unveils 9-Inch Aftermarket Head Unit With Floating Design At CES

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Alpine HALO9 iLX-F309 in-dash system

Many of today’s newer cars come with huge infotainment screens (like the Lexus LC 500 with it’s 10.3″ dash-mounted screen). But if you’ve got an older car and want that big screen experience, you’re pretty much out of luck, as most single DIN and double DIN radios only give you so much space to work with.

Alpine Electronics came up with a unique solution to this common problem with their new 9-inch iLX-F309 in-dash system, which they debuted at CES this week. This AM/FM/audio/video receiver uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation, with a 9-inch touch screen “hovering” in front of the vehicle’s dash, allowing the oversized screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.

Installation of the Alpine iLX-F309 sounds like a breeze, as described here:

The 9-inch screen is attached to an adjustable mount connected to a 1-DIN chassis. Once installed, the screen and mount are fixed to the chassis for a sturdy installation. The screen hovers over or in front of the dash while its rear housing tapers off cleanly at the edges for a thin, modern silhouette. At its default position, the screen’s sliding mount is pushed out, sitting at a 90-degree angle and the bottom of the screen is centered with the 1-DIN chassis.

At this point, the screen can be angled at select positions to assist during installation, help with visibility, or move it away from other items on the dashboard. The screen can be positioned 20 mm back from its default position, to move it closer to the dashboard. It can be moved up or down 30mm from its default position and can be tilted up/down at a maximum of 45-degrees, depending on the position of the up/down location.

The iLX-F309 has a suite of entertainment features sure to please the most discerning of techies, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Alpine TuneIt App integration, AUX, HDMI, and rear camera inputs, and more. The system doesn’t include a CD or DVD slot.

If you’re interested in getting the Alpine iLX-F309 for your vehicle, you won’t have long to wait, as the system will be available at authorized retailers in February, with a suggested retail price of $1,100.

What do you think of the Alpine iLX-F309 with it’s 9-inch floating screen?

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This Is The Gravity-Defying Death Star Speaker You’ve Been Looking For!

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Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker

Unbound from the laws of gravity, Plox is bringing the might of the Empire to your home with the Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Speaker. Amaze your friends and yourself as your Death Star speaker delivers 360 degrees of uncompromising sound for up to five hours on a single charge.

The gravity-defying orb combines 360° Bluetooth sound projection with an out-of-this-world levitation system using Plox’s force technology. This exclusive Star Wars collectible is the Death Star you’ve been waiting for.

This is a great sounding speaker that any Star Wars fan would want. Sadly, this model does not come with the planet-destroying super laser. Hopefully, they can add this to their later models. For now, you can only ‘blast’ some cool tunes.

The Empire’s ultimate weapon can now be yours. May the force be with you!

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