The Best Wearable Listening Tech of 2013
Enough about the latest in iPhones and iPods. Now, whether you’re an athlete, gamer or average Joe, it’s the technology delivering the sound from these devices that’s headline-worthy.
For active types who don’t want to worry about their earphones falling out, there are the Yurbuds Limited Edition sports earphones. Described as comfortably ergonomic, the Focus models in the collection also come in a wraparound design utilizing the entire outer portion of the ear to hold them in place, rather than just wedging into the ear canal. [See also: Best Workout Headphones: Sennheiser/Adidas CX 680i]
Besides featuring what’s dubbed their “triple magnetic technology,” that the company says provides superior sound clarity, depth and detail, YurBuds also tout their noise isolating and ambient-aware option. It’s a safety feature useful for runners who want to hear everything around them while simultaneously conversing with their running partner. It’s also beneficial for the casual listener at home or someone on a plane wanting to block out noise. The Focus and Inspire earphones sell for $100 each.
For avid gamers, Monster and EA Sports have partnered together on new gaming headphones. Made out of carbon fiber and featuring high definition audio, the MVP Carbon On-Ear headphones provide a more immersive experience for players. They also include a built-in microphone that allows players to talk to fellow gamers. They sell for $250 from Monster.
Panasonic offers a new solution for everyday wireless use with its new headphones that feature bone conduction technology. This technology transmits vibrations right through the bone, bypassing the eardrum. Because it utilizes the vibration of sound, these headphones may be suitable for some with hearing impairments who can’t wear the standard headphones with earbuds. The RP-BTGS10 Bone Conduction Headphones will go on sale in Autumn 2013; the price has not yet been set.