Author Archives: David Wertheimer

Review: Sennheiser’s IE8 noise-isolating headphones

I spent much of the summer staring at the Sennheiser IE8s in anticipation. They’re the second-most expensive headphones in my possession, at $449, and as the owner of two other pairs of Sennheisers, I wanted to savor the moment. I … Continue reading

Review: Shure’s SE530 headphones and faith restored

Let me start this review with the conclusion: Shure’s SE530s are solid high-end performers that will satisfy anyone who likes clear acoustics and strong highs and lows. Whew! I feel better. I’ve been riddled with guilt since posting my disappointment … Continue reading

Review: a week with the Etymotic ER-4 microPro

We’ve reached the point where I can dwell on positives: the last three headphones in the queue–from Shure, Sennheiser and Etymotic–represent the best headphone technology in the industry. These are the flagship products of their companies, and it shows. Pick … Continue reading

Review: Audio Technica ATH-CK7 headphones

This is the second BBG review of Audio Technica headphones, following the active noise canceling ATH-ANC3s (which I loved). In contrast, the ATH-CK7 are a noise-isolating set. They proved to be a very good product, and an instructional one.

Review: JVC’s HA-NC250 noise-canceling headphones

Most of my headphone reviews for BBG this summer have been robust explorations. I’m learning all about the different ways headphone manufacturers approach audio, and the pros and cons of their methodologies. Now, JVC I know all about. I’ve watched … Continue reading

Review: two tough weeks with the Shure SE310s

First, an admission of bias: I love Shure. I had a pair of Shure’s E3c noise-isolating headphones for two years, and boy did I adore them. Great loud or soft, comfortable, able to make a transcontinental jet flight whisper-quiet while … Continue reading

Review: Klipsch’s Image X5s headphones

Klipsch’s Image X5s came to me almost by accident: at the tail end of my research, I happened across a mention of the Image S4 model in Entertainment Weekly, of all places. After talking to the company, it sent the … Continue reading

Review: three weeks with Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC3 noise-canceling headphones

Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC3 headphones, the third in our review series (after the Etymotic hf2 and Ultimate Ears super.fi5), were the first I encountered with active noise canceling. Active noise canceling (ANC) headphones produce an inverted sound wave based on exterior sounds. … Continue reading

Review: Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 in-ear monitors

Ultimate Ears, the audio arm of Logitech, makes in-ear monitors for a wide range of musicians, from Metallica to Sheryl Crow. The super.fi line is Ultimate Ears’ consumer angle, and the super.fi 5 is one of eight noise-isolating models currently … Continue reading

Review: A week with the Etymotic hf2

David Wertheimer’s a longtime blogger and electronics fan whose gadgets include a 1982 Walkman, a 300/1200 baud modem and a first-generation iPod, all of which are still in working order. He’s going to be reviewing headphones for Boing Boing Gadgets … Continue reading