IPX8 Waterproof Rating Explained

IPX8 Waterproof Rating Explained

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Whenever looking for waterproof or water-resistant equipment, whether it's audio equipment (headphones, speakers) or any kind of electrical/electronic equipment, the most important thing to look for and the thing that can actually tell you the level of water resistance is the IPX rating. In our previous articles, we dealt with IPX ratings in general as well as IPX4 (splash-proof) and IPX7 (waterproof). Today we’re going to discuss the meaning and importance of an IPX8 waterproof rating.  IP/IPX Ratings – The Basics IP stands for Ingress Protection (also referred to as International Protection). It is an internationally standardized rating that describes the level of protection against the ingress of solid particles, dust, and water. An IP rating has a general form that you can see
Sound Signatures – The Beginner’s Guide

Sound Signatures – The Beginner’s Guide

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What are Sound Signatures? Whenever buying an audio device, we are not only hoping that it will last long but also that it will sound just the way we like it. No matter if we are buying headphones or speakers, if they are expensive or cheap, our hopes remain the same. We are constantly buying new devices different from the previous ones trying to find the one that will suit our needs and taste perfectly. Unfortunately, there’s one “small” problem – we don’t always know what we are searching for and this makes our search even more difficult. The perfect sound that we are trying to find is actually a specific sound signature and every pair of headphones and every speaker have their own. Whether we are going to like it or not depends on our subjective feeling. The headphones and speakers
Bluetooth Multipoint Pairing Explained

Bluetooth Multipoint Pairing Explained

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Bluetooth technology has been present for so many years and it has become an integral part of our lives. We are constantly using it without even thinking about the way it works or how much it makes our lives easier. The youngest generations were born after the introduction of Bluetooth and this is the reason why they think of it as of something completely natural. Bluetooth is a very interesting technology and it hasn’t stopped developing during all these years and decades, so let’s say a few words about its working principle. Bluetooth technology can be described as one of the technologies enabling wireless communication within a relatively short range, as the connection remains stable within the 30-40 feet range on average. Bluetooth technology development enabled us to establish wire
Understanding Headphone Driver Units

Understanding Headphone Driver Units

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Headphone driver units are the integral parts of every headphone advertisement, presentation or purchase. Drivers are mentioned every single time someone wants to point out the advantages of a certain headphone/earbud model. This leads us to the conclusion that driver units must be very important elements of every pair of headphones, regardless of their type or purpose.  However, if you ask a random person in the street about driver units, they won’t be able to give you the exact explanation because most people don’t really understand how these devices work. This is why we want to ask you a simple question. Have you ever wondered how your headphones work and how they produce the sound you love so much? If you have and you are looking for the right answer, you’ve come to the right pl
What is True Wireless Stereo Technology (TWS)?

What is True Wireless Stereo Technology (TWS)?

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When you look at the audio department of any store, you can’t help yourself but think that there is nothing else to invent, that we have seen it all. However, the real fans of audio equipment are looking forward to the full development of the newest wireless technology that takes the entire listening experience to the next level. We say “the entire listening experience” because it’s not only about the performance and sound quality of your headphones and wireless speakers but also about the entire experience including the comfort at all levels. The technology is called “true wireless technology” (or TWS) and, in this article, we are going to try to introduce it to you and show you the world of untangled and uncluttered satisfaction filled with nothing but pure music. This technology hasn
IPX Ratings Explained

IPX Ratings Explained

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If you are looking to buy an outdoor speaker or sports headphones/earbuds and you did your research, you have probably seen some IPX rating in the specification list or on the box of the device you want to buy. Most of today’s outdoor speakers and sports headphones/earbuds have at least IPX4 rating and some even have IPX7 or IP67 ratings. In case you are not sure what those ratings actually mean, this short article will help you understand the purpose and meaning of each IP/IPX rating. What is IPX Rating and Why is it important? IP stands for International Protection or, in some cases, Ingress Protection. IP (or IPX) rating is the marking that describes the level of protection (provided by the enclosure of the device) against dust, water, and ingress of other particles or fluids. You
Understanding Speaker Frequency Response

Understanding Speaker Frequency Response

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How do you decide which speaker is the right one? What are the key factors that make you choose some speaker or a speaker system? We have made a small research and concluded that many users base their decision on the specifications printed on the speaker box. After all, this is the easiest and the most convenient way, especially when you don’t know much about speakers and their performance. One of the characteristics that users find reliable is the frequency response. The problem is - the frequency response range itself doesn’t define the speaker’s audio quality. Also, most of the buyers don’t really understand the true meaning of frequency response. This is the reason and the opportunity to create this article and try to explain the term “frequency response” and help you realize what t
The History of Headphones

The History of Headphones

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What is, besides a wallet, phone, and keys, a "must-have" object in your bag or pocket? The answer is, in fact, quite simple – headphones. Even though the original headphone use wasn't related to listening to music at all, they’ve been present in our lives for almost 140 years and they have significantly evolved since the day they first appeared. Regardless of their purpose and way of use, headphones have been an extremely important part of our lives and our love for them has been growing for decades. It seems that no human can go outside without a pair of headphones. No matter if they are full-size headphones or earbuds, they are a mandatory accessory of every modern person. When they were first produced, there was only one model of headphones, while today, there is something for every
Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) Explained

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) Explained

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Noise is an omnipresent occupational hazard. So many workers, especially industry and construction workers all over the US, are exposed to excessive noise levels. Long-term exposure to these noise levels can cause hearing loss but can also affect human health in other ways. That’s why it’s so important to limit the exposure to excessive noise or, if that’s not possible, to use a hearing protection device (HPD). The market is flooded with all kinds of hearing protection earmuffs and earplugs, but which one should you choose?  The most important characteristic you should be looking for when choosing a hearing protection device is the device’s noise reduction rating (NRR). In layman’s terms, noise reduction rating describes the ability of a certain HPD to attenuate noise. However, there’s
6 Best Onkyo CD Players In 2020

6 Best Onkyo CD Players In 2020

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Looking for a great CD player? Welcome to our page! This is the right place for you because today we are reviewing 6 best Onkyo CD players in 2020. Onkyo is a Japanese company that isn't so popular on our market but it really deserves more attention than it currently gets. They make some great audio equipment and today we’ll be talking about their CD players. So, why do we need CD players in the era of the Internet, gadgets, and other modern devices that save space, time, and money? The answer is quite simple, actually – because of the audio quality. No matter how forgotten CD players and CDs generally are, we mustn’t forget that they are still the only relatively affordable devices that can offer us some Hi-Res music. All the gadgets you use every day, no matter how expensive
Lumin X1 Network Music Player Review

Lumin X1 Network Music Player Review

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Lumin is a Hong Kong-based audio manufacturer. It was founded only 8 years ago but it’s already one of the fastest-growing high-end audio companies and it has already gained such an impressive reputation. In 2012, Lumin released the world’s first DSD-compatible music streamer and it was a huge success. Since then, Lumin expanded its product range, but its main area of expertise are still network music players and, according to numerous positive reviews written by fellow audiophiles, Lumin is one of the best in the industry when it comes to music streamers. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Lumin’s X1 flagship network music player. Priced slightly under $14,000, X1 is supposed to be one of the most capable and best-performing streamers on the market. Let’s see what’s so special about it.
8 Loudest Bluetooth Speakers In 2020

8 Loudest Bluetooth Speakers In 2020

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Certain events, like parties and other group gatherings (both indoor and outdoor), require and depend heavily on the speaker quality and loudness. You can’t throw a large party without a big and powerful speaker (or speakers). That is simply unacceptable. Today, we are here to help you get a better understanding of all the specs related to speaker loudness and to present to you our selection of the biggest, most powerful, and loudest Bluetooth speakers in 2020. We may also give you a few tips on what to look for and what to pay attention to when looking for a loud Bluetooth speaker. Ready? Let’s go. Fun Facts About the Human Perception of Sound Fact 1: The human ear is a very complex and very sensitive organ. The smallest change in loudness (aka SPL or Sound Pressure Level) an
Top 6 Loudest Wireless Earbuds In 2020

Top 6 Loudest Wireless Earbuds In 2020

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If you are the kind of person who loves to turn the volume all the way up, you’ve come to the right place. Our article about the top 6 loudest wireless earbuds in 2020 is here to present to you 6 great pairs of earbuds that don’t only deliver loud and clear sound output but also are wireless. Why Do We Need Loud Wireless Music? Even though wireless music doesn't offer the same quality as wired music, we are all witnesses of how wireless devices have become a true necessity over the years. People are rushing into the cordless future and we really can't blame them for that. The world is getting busier and so are we, so why would we lose so much time on untangling long cables or getting through a busy day with no music at all? We need wireless music to get us through our daily acti
What MP3 Players are Compatible with Audible?

What MP3 Players are Compatible with Audible?

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Looking for an mp3 player that can play your Audible audiobooks? Our article is here to help you understand what Audible is, how it works, and what mp3 players are compatible with Audible. We will also discuss ways to play Audible books on non-compatible mp3 players. Our list of compatible players is divided into 4 parts. If you want something fully compatible with Audible, don’t read the whole article – just the first two sections. If you are interested in all the possible options, you should check out the rest of our suggestions.  What is Audible? Audible was founded back in 1995. In 1998, Audible released its first product. It was a portable device called Audible Mobile Player and it had only 4MB of internal storage, which allowed the users to store up to 2h of audio conten
6 Best Low-Profile Center Channel Speakers – Slim & Compact

6 Best Low-Profile Center Channel Speakers – Slim & Compact

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If you’re trying to find a slim, compact, and great-performing center channel speaker, you’ve come to the right place. Our article on 6 best low-profile center channel speakers in 2020 is here to answer all the questions you may have about center channels, their role in home theater and surround sound systems, and characteristics that make a good center channel speaker. We have also made a nice selection of the best slim and compact center channels, so you don’t have to look elsewhere for suggestions. Everything you need to know is right here – you just have to lay back and read.  In a 5.1 system speaker system, the number five describes the number of speakers around you and the number one describes the number of subwoofers. The subwoofer is responsible for all the low frequenc
Manger P1 Loudspeaker Review

Manger P1 Loudspeaker Review

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Manger Audio is a German high-end speaker manufacturer founded more than 50 years ago. During the 1960s, the founder of Manger Audio, Josef W Manger developed a special type of transducer named Manger Sound Transducer and, since then, this unique kind of driver has been the key element of all the Manger’s speaker designs. Manger’s current speaker line consists of three floorstanding speakers (active S1 and passive P1 and P2), two bookshelf speakers (active C1 and passive Z1), one wall-mounted speaker (W1), and one in-wall speaker (I1). Today, we are taking a closer look at one of the latest flagship models from this company called Manger P1. For starters, here’s a short overview. Manger P1 is a 2-way passive floorstanding loudspeaker. It houses two drivers – one powerful Manger tran
5 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers With USB Ports In 2020

5 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers With USB Ports In 2020

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If you need a speaker that has more options for music playback and not just Bluetooth connection or if you need a device that can charge your phone or tablet in case of emergency, you’ve come to the right place. Our list of 5 best portable Bluetooth speakers with USB ports in 2020 gathers 5 models that offer much more than a simple Bluetooth experience. Why Do We Need Bluetooth Speakers with USB Ports? We are aware of the fact that we’re living in the wireless era and that Bluetooth is an integral part of our lives. We use it to stream music from our phones, tablets, computers, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices all the time. We also use Bluetooth speakers to stream podcasts or even answer important calls hands-free. Handy, isn't it? It saves space, sets you free from cable clutter, and
What MP3 Players are Compatible with iTunes?

What MP3 Players are Compatible with iTunes?

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Have you noticed that you’re not getting the same user experience when your iPod is connected to your Mac and when your non-Apple mp3 player is connected to it? Numerous people all over the world have experienced this issue. The reason why this happens is actually quite simple – your mp3 player is not compatible with iTunes. When your iPod (or iPhone or iPad) is connected to your Mac (or Windows PC with iTunes installed), it is automatically recognized and synced with iTunes. However, when you connect a generic mp3 player or a player made by a manufacturer other than Apple, you may encounter a series of compatibility problems. iTunes may not even recognize your mp3 player. The truth is – there are no mp3 players, tablets, or smartphones (other than those made by Apple), that are fully comp
What Are Planar Magnetic Headphones & How Do They Work?

What Are Planar Magnetic Headphones & How Do They Work?

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If you have a pair of full-size headphones, the chances are quite big that they have standard dynamic drivers as this is the traditional and very popular technology that has been used for ages now. One of the reasons these headphones are so popular is that they are easy and inexpensive to make. Inside their cups, you can find a voice coil with a cone-shaped diaphragm and a magnet behind them. We can’t say these aren’t great but their main problem is inconsistent sound production across different frequencies, which makes the sound they deliver not completely accurate. Also, being cheaply made, the parts inside the cups are glued together and the glue wears off over time and the headphones begin to fall apart. Along with the hardware, the sound also gets worse. On the bright side,