Motorola VerveLoop+ Wireless Earbuds – Review

Motorola VerveLoop Plus“Take your music anywhere with the Motorola Verve Loop+. These wireless stereo earbuds are super light, perfect for high impact activities, and are IP57 water and sweat proof to hold strong during your most intense workouts – indoors our outside. The integrated mic lets you take calls with ease without having to reach for your phone, while the extended 150 feet of range gives you mobility at the gym or the office. Go ahead, listen to music for up to 9.5 hours without interruption using your phone, tablet, or computer. Verve Loop+ Super Light, Waterproof, Wireless Stereo Earbuds. Cut loose.”

Features:

  • Sweat & waterproof (IP57 protection)
  • Super light with HD Sound
  • Up to 9.5h Playtime*
  • Up to 150ft of range
  • Siri & Google Now compatible
  • Integrated mic for calls

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Review – Motorola SF600 Wireless Sports Headphones

Link to Amazon – Motorola SF600 Wireless Sports Headphones

I received these headphones to test its capabilities as a replacement to my wired headset.   My favorite wired inner-ear headsets are the Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10, followed closely by the Ultimate Ears 600vi set.

I opened the retail packaging to find a quick-start guide sitting on top.  Underneath was the SF600 wireless sports headphone, a bag with 5 sizes of ear cushions, a wall charger, and a convenient black travel pouch.  The package Motorola SF600 has ear cushions in five sizes to ensure a secure, comfortable fit no matter what your pace is.

The selling-point of this headset is the breakthrough HD sound with wireless technology that the manufacturers referred to as headphones that “deliver crystal clear, pulse-pumping sound quality to keep you focused and motivated through every step of every workout.”  What does that mean?  Well, the Motorola SF600 features advanced HD audio capabilities that include APT-X codec technology that Motorola boasts to match or even the outperform wired headset performance.  Overall, the sound is one of the best I’ve heard from a bluetooth headset.  However, there are areas that need work.

I tested this with an iPhone 4S, iPad2, Blackberry Curve, and a MacBook Pro.

How did the SF600 fare?

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Headphone Burn-In

Have you ever purchased a new set of headphones that everyone raves about, only to be disappointed by its lackluster performance?  Too tinny?  Not enough bass?  Before you return it, try to burn in the headphones first.

What is burn-in?

Burn-in is like “stretching out” for new audio equipment before the big workout, and is the term used to describe the settling of the headphone diaphragms into their intended and most efficient state.  What this means is that it has to settle in to a proper “fit” or “sound.”

Burn-in is an electronic process wherein components are kept on for extended periods of time to detect potential flaws, and it is also a physical process where the diaphragms loosen up through use and eventually reach a point that could be considered final.  This has somewhat been used synonymously to “breaking-in” a new set of headphones.

The theory behind the process of burn-in postulates that using the headphones will loosen the diaphragms of dynamic headphones, thus allowing them to become more flexible and vibrate more freely.  This is analogous to breaking in baseball gloves or a pair of shoes.  With use over time, the headphones achieve their tone with gradually fewer sonic faults, thus drawing closer to the designer’s intentions.  Meier Audio has different words for the same process: break-in “improves the mechanical properties of the suspension of the drivers and also tightens” the windings of the coil.  The result varies among users:  Some cannot discern the difference, yet for others the difference is black and white.  Most, however, identify the difference as being more subtle.

How do I do it?

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Logitech Ultimate Ears 600vi

This is a review of the Logitech Ultimate Ears 600vi Noise-Isolating Headset – Dark Silver. I tried this inner ear headset on various devices: Blackberry, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad2, iPod Touch, iPod Mini, ThinkPad Lenovo, MacBook Pro, and Dell Precision 690.  It works well as a headset, and the mic and controller features work on my blackberry and iPhone/iPad/iPod.  Bottom line is that it is a very good inner-ear headset (IEH), but there is certainly room for improvement.

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