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A bad set of headphones or portable speakers can ruin your digital audio experience. Need some help finding the best one? Let our product reviews, buying guides and hand-picked links guide you to making the right choice.
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Review Roundup: Headphones, Gaming Headsets and Speakers
From bass-thumping cans and wireless speakers to headsets that add immersion to your gaming experience, portable audio devices can help your world sound much better. Here’s a roundup of headphones, gaming headsets and portable speakers tested by About.com's Portable Electronic and Gadgets site.

Sticky Waters: BlueAnt Pump HD Review
BlueAnt’s Pump HD headphones feature an offbeat yet sticky design as well as waterproof capabilities.

Bridging the Gap: Kinivo BTE40 Bluetooth Headphone, Receiver Review
Headphone fit is a bit finicky but Kinivo BTE40 receiver a nice audio option.

Review: SuperTooth HD Voice In-Car Bluetooth Speakerphone
Answering calls on your smartphone while driving is a bit like playing Russian roulette. Does the Supertooth HD Voice Bluetooth speakerphone make phone conversations safer for road warriors?

Hear, Hear: The Gaming Headset Roundup
Does having a gaming headset sound good to you? From Turtle Beach and Astro to ROCCAT and PDP, here are options for consoles and PC at any budget.

Review: Outdoor Tech Buckshot Bluetooth Speaker
Rugged, compact Buckshot speaker from Outdoor Tech targets cyclists and outdoor lovers.

Review: Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Headset
Ultimately, this headset’s biggest strength is being an all-around player.

That Was Cheap, Dude: The Budget Gaming Headset Roundup
Affordable doesn't have to mean terrible. A look at some budget gaming headset alternatives that still serve up pretty nice sound.

Gifts for Guys, Dads and Dudes
A look at several gadget gift recommendations for guys.

Girls Gadget Gift Guide for Guys
Gadget-related suggestions for guys looking for gift ideas for girls.

Review: ROCCAT Kave XTD PC Headset
ROCCAT Kave XTD headset entices PC gamers with built-in soundcard and a wide range of features.

Review: Supertooth Disco Twin Bluetooth Speakers
Supertooths Disco Twin Bluetooth speaker set doesnt have the oomph of bigger systems but compares well with Jambox-style speakers.

Review: Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
With its Ear Force i30, Turtle Beach attempts to leverage its gaming headset know-how to create a solid wireless headphone for daily use.

Review: Tego Audio CERA Wireless Speaker
Tego Audio’s CERA speaker combines wireless portability with solid design for a price.

Review: RHA MA600i Noise-Isolating Headphones
RHA ups the ante on its bud-based earphone lineup with its premium-looking MA600i headphones.

Review: ECOXGEAR ECOROX Waterproof Speaker
ECOXGEAR’s rugged ECOROX portable speaker is dunkable in water and can be clipped on bike handlebars.

Review: Braven BRV-1 Wireless Rugged Speaker
Water-resistant speaker fits plenty of extras in a small package, such as Bluetooth and the ability to charge portable devices.

Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB Digital-to-Analog Converter
Cambridge Audio’s digital-to-analog converter improves audio quality of music from your laptop or computer.

Review: PDP Afterglow Prismatic Wireless Gaming Headset
PDP’s Prismatic headset updates its original Afterglow design while maintaining solid audio quality, but setup for an HDMI connection remains tricky.

Review: Soul Combat+ Headphones
Soul Combat+ features a lightweight frame and interchangeable ear pads for exercisers.

Review: RHA SA950i Headphone
RHA’s SA950i headphone features solid performance at a budget price.

Review: iLoud Portable Studio Monitor Speaker
IK Multimedia creates portable studio monitor solution for musicians on the go with iLoud speaker.

Review: Divoom Bluetune Bean Portable Speaker
Portable speaker lacks power but features Bluetooth, a mic and affordable price.

Gadget Gift Guide: 2013-2014 Edition - Part II
Part 2 of our 2013-2014 Gadget Gift Guide features several headphone recommendations.

Gadget Gift Guide: 2013-2014 Edition
Portable electronics and gadget recommendations for gift givers.

Review: Braven 850 Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker
The Braven 850 speaker sports several features such as Bluetooth capability, 20-hour battery life and the ability to juice up tablets, smartphones and other devices that charge via USB.

Review: SMS Street by 50 with Active Noise Cancelling
50 Cent’s latest SMS Street boutique cans feature active noise cancelling, balanced sound.

Review: Cambridge Minx 100 Wireless AirPlay & Bluetooth Speaker
Minx 100 comes with AirPlay, Bluetooth and excellent sound compared to rivals but at a price.

Review: Bem Boom Box Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker
Bem Boom Box tries to differentiate itself from competitors with 10-hour rechargeable battery, lower price.

Review: V-Moda Crossfade M-100
A strong low-end profile makes the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 geared toward bassheads.

Review: Turtle Beach PX22
Turtle Beach releases the successor to its PX21 headset for gamers on a budget.

Review: Soul SL300JAM Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Ludacris joins forces with Usain Bolt for “Signature Series” version of Soul Electronics; SL300 headphones.

Review: Jabra Vox Earphones
A review of the Jabra Vox earphones.

Review: RHA MA450i Earphones
A review of the RHA MA450i noise-cancelling earphones.

Review: I-MEGO ZTONE Earphones
I-MEGO’s ZTONE earphones marry great sound with molded earpiece for improved fit.

Review: Wicked Audio Evac Headphones
Wicked Audio’s Evac crams tons of bass in old-school design.

The Portable Speaker Review Roundup
A roundup of portable speakers reviewed by About.com’s portable electronic site.

Review: Skullcandy PLYR 2 Wireless Gaming Headset
Skullcandy serves up a wireless gaming headset on a budget with PLYR 2.

Review: Coloud Brings ‘The Boom’ With Latest Headphone
A review of Coloud’s “The Boom” headphones with speakerphone and remote functionality for iOS devices and Android.

Review: CordCruncher Earphones
Uniquely designed CordCruncher serves up tangle-free earphones on a budget. Read on for our review of the former Kickstarter project.

Review: MEElectronics M6 Earphones
MEElectronics M6 memory wire earphones try to meld price with performance.

Here Comes the Boom: The iNuke Boom Junior Review
The iNuke Boom Junior speaker dock literally provides plenty of boom for your buck.

Top Gaming Headsets with Mics
Looking for a good pair of headsets to accompany your gaming fix? Then check out our list of gaming headsets with mics to help you with your decision.

Review: CUBEDGE EDGE.sound Bluetooth Speaker
A review of the CUBEDGE EDGE.sound Bluetooth speaker.

Review: Edifier Prisma E3350 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker
A Review of Edifier’s E3350 Prisma speaker.

Review: Skullcandy SLYR
Skullcandy SLYR delivers solid gaming headset on a budget if you dont mind wires.

Review: Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro Headphones
A review of the Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro headphones.

Review: Afterglow Universal Wireless Headset
A review of Performance Designed Products’ Afterglow Universal Wireless Headset.

Device Doubles as a Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Charger
Scosche’s boomSTREAM doubles as both a portable Bluetooth speaker and charger.

Review: Turtle Beach Ear Force XP400
Review of the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP400 gaming headset for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Review: Astro A30 Crossgaming Headset With MixAmp 5.8
Review of the Astro A30 crossgaming headset with MixAmp 5.8.

E3 2012 Portable Electronics Roundup
Notable portable electronics happenings from E3.

Nyko PlayStation Vita Speaker Stand Review
A review of the Nyko PlayStation Vita Speaker Stand.

Review: iHome iD50 Speaker Dock and Alarm for iPod, iPhone and iPad
Review of the iHome iD50 iPod, iPhone and iPad dock.

Review: Spider E500 Pocket Speaker
A review of the Spider E500 Pocket Speaker with expanding resonator.

Review: Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Multi-Room Music System
Review of the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Multi-Room Music System

Review: Coloud Retro C22 Themed Headphones
A review of the Coloud C22 Marvel-themed retro headphones.

Review: iLuv Tatz THP-901 Full-Size Headphones
Review of the iLuv Tatz THP-901 full-size Broken Heartz headphones.

Review: The Rock-It Portable Vibration Speaker by OrigAudio
A review of OrigAudio's Rock-It portable vibration speaker.

Review: Speakal iBoo Charging Dock and Speakers for iPod
A review of the iBoo iPod and iPhone speaker from Speakal.

Review: V-Moda Remix Remote with Microphone
A review of the V-Moda Remix Remote with with built-in microphone

Yurbuds a Great Fit For In-ear Earphones
A review of the Yurbuds earphone cover and earbud adapters.

Review: Arctic Sound E361 Headphones
A Review of Arctic Cooling's Arctic Sound E361 headphones.

Top Earphones (In-Ear Headphones)
In-ear headphones, also known as earphones, are very popular for on the go use. They are smaller in size than regular headphones and usually cost less. They also rest inside your ear, which is nice for when you want to shut out the world all that much more. Sound quality is generally as good as regular headphones. For some great earphones ideas, check out our top picks.

Top Headphones
What do you look for in a headphone? In ear design? High quality sound drivers? Noise cancellation? All of these? Some of the top headphones feature some, or all, of these features. Check out About.com's Top Headphones feature to help narrow the choices for that perfect listening experience.

Review: Wren V5AP AirPlay Speaker
Wren’s V5AP definitely has style, but does it have substance?

Headphones and Portable Speakers at CES 2005
At CES 2005 this year, a large number of companies rolled out new headphones and portable speakers which promise to bring better sounding audio to your ears. Check out some of the companies listed in this article to see what new quality sound gear they are bringing your way.

About Headphones Buying Guide
Looking for a quality set of headphones to replace the plastic ones which came with your new MP3 player? Check out our buying guide as we give you features to consider for the ideal headphones before you hit the stores.

Review: V-MODA Crossfade LP Headphones
Review of the V-MODA Crossfade LP Headphones

Review: Divoom Bluetune Solo Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker
A review of the Divoom Bluetune Solo rechargeable speaker with Bluetooth 2.1.

Review: Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones
Jabra Revo melds wireless capability with plenty of features.

Review: RHA MA150 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphones
A review of the RHA MA150 in-ear headphones

Review: iHome iBT4 Rechargeable Bluetooth Boombox
Review of the iHome iBT4 rechargeable Bluetooth boombox.

Review: Divoom IFIT-1 Rechargeable Speaker
A review of the Divoom IFIT-1 rechargeable speaker.

Review: Id America Metropolitan Aluminum In-Ear Headphone
Id America’s Metropolitan memory foam earphone aims for cost, performance balance.

Review: Yurbuds Ironman Talk Earphones
Good grip makes Yurbuds Ironman Talk ideal for exercisers who listen to music on their smartphones.

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