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Updated: Nov 23, 2014 09:32
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#1
alaScore 100

Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR)

The Pebble Steel is a beautiful waterproof Pebble. It isn’t very intelligent yet, but it’s the best smartwatch out right now.

30 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Sennheiser URBANITE

Sennheiser’s Urbanite are a real party for your ears. And not just some sloppy frat house kegger kind of party (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but one of those ripping end-of-summer blowouts you have poolside at some classy joint up in the...

3 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Sennheiser G4ME ZERO

Today DaveChaos reviews the Sennheiser G4ME Zero Headset.

12 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

SteelSeries H

If you don't mind a high price for a device best-suited to a single task, the SteelSeries H Wireless Headset is one of the better wireless gaming headsets you can buy.

16 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Jabra ROX

You can find the Jabra Rox Wireless retailing a little lower than its MRP of Rs 6,999. It’s a bit expensive when compared to the competition but we feel they are worth it if you have the budget. The Jabra Rox Wireless offers very good audio quality as...

11 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Sennheiser G4ME ONE

Audiophiles and gamers are two wildly different audiences. You can certainly be both, but it's hard to be both at the same time. Audiophiles want excellent sound quality that reproduces the audio source purely, without any sorts of tricks or tweaks to...

14 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Plantronics RIG

Since this is a Plantronics product, you may expect some kind of Bluetooth support, so I should point out that Bluetooth is not supported in this version. It’s not hard to imagine that other versions could be built with fancier options at some point,...

28 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

The Sigma is not as a headphone for music enthusiasts. In fact, they sound way different than the other Creative earphones. For gamers however, it makes better sense. The audio module doesn’t do a lot for the headphone. Quality is decent, maybe a tiny...

124 expert reviews | 2776 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

B&W P7

In the vast jungle of fancy headphones, some trees stand taller than others. The Bowers & Wilkins P7 , a gorgeous $400 pair of over-the-ear headphones, is one such specimen. I use “fancy” in the way one would speak of a Bentley or a Morgan. It gets you...

10 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Plantronics BackBeat

Plantronics BackBeat FIT offers a good feature set in a lovely looking package. For outdoor runners, cyclists and gym freaks, the BackBeat FIT could be a great companion due to the wireless component. Thanks to its light weight, you will not feel any...

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

Bose AE2W

Despite a few question marks and a high price, the AE2w headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

16 expert reviews | 1268 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Jabra REVO

Often, the headphone brands that try to reproduce deep bass frequencies faithfully (say, Grado or Sennheiser) are overshadowed by those that tend to boost them a bit too much (say, Beats). And then you have the Jabra Revo ($199 list). I'm not sure I've...

40 expert reviews | 623 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Razer Kraken 7.1

Powerful bass with customisable 7.1 virtual surround sound.

10 expert reviews | 263 user reviews

#14
alaScore 95

Marshall Monitor

Rawk-themed headphones have been popping up more and more lately—we recently had the Motörheadphones Motörizer storm into our labs, and now we have the Marshall Monitor. At $200, the Monitor is a classy homage to the legendary guitar amps. But it's...

7 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

Asus Cerberus

21 Flares 21 Flares × While ASUS might be more well known for motherboards than peripherals, that doesn't mean their headsets aren't worthy of consideration and today we look at one of their latest models. It's called the ASUS Cerberus, and with...

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Focal Spirit Professional

Detailed, dynamically good, and compact cans that require a touch more ‘oomph’ for a full star set

7 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Samsung EO-AG900

The new flagship Samsung Level Over headphones, quite literally, do what they say on the tin. They are an over-ear closed back design that includes Bluetooth and noise cancelling features. They come in a choice of black or white and the design is...

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Soul Transform

The box says ‘Sporty, lightweight and comfortable on-ear design’ yes I think that is another good way of describing them.

2 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 95

Turtle Beach EAR Force XLC

If you’re a serious gamer with a mix of media passions - and a bit of a control fetish - it’s hard to go wrong with the XP Seven.

30 expert reviews | 961 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Roccat KAVE XTD 5.1 Gaming Headset

ROCCAT is a familiar name to gamers who seek quality products, you've probably seen my review of the Kone XTD Gaming Mouse and Ryoks MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard of which are of superb quality.

11 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Sol Republic RELAYS

The marketing behind the SOL Republic Relays claims that they're "crossover" earphones, combining the superb fit of exercise-focused pairs with the excellent sound that exercise earphones supposedly lack. This is a pretty bizarre notion—the Sennheiser...

4 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Although expensive, we rate the Sony MDR-HW700DS wireless surround headphones as a compelling alternative to a physical multichannel speaker setup, and they're a great practical solution when it's just not possible to crank things up.

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset

The Plantronics Voyager Legend CS is priced at Rs 12,000, plus an additional 10 percent as taxes. This is too expensive considering the Voyager Legend, minus the charging dock, can be found for a lot less online. The CS version is designed for...

3 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#24
alaScore 94

Klipsch STATUS

Klipsch’s Status offer superb style, roughneck durability, and a smooth, well-balanced sound signature that we’d be happy to take with us on our next journey abroad, or just down the street.

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#25
alaScore 94

JBL Synchros S700

The perplexing JBL Synchros S700 uses its battery to apply digital signal processing called "LiveStage DSP." According to the JBL description, LiveStage "enhances headphone audio to recreate the experience of listening to a live performance." The...

11 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Headsets

    Whether it is for a standard telephone, cordless phone, cellphone, or computer, a headset is becoming the most popular way to listen in to an electronic device. Headsets offer optimum mobility, outstanding reception and sound quality, and eliminate the fatigue that can come from holding a handset to your ear for an extended period of time. Many people do not know what they have been missing until they experience firsthand the comfort and convenience of using a headset.



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    Types of Headsets

    First you will need to select a headset that is appropriate for the device you will be using it with. There is some overlap of types, but check for compatibility before buying:

    Standard Telephone Headsets – These are extremely useful, indeed required, for professionals who have heavy phone duties. Hands-free use of the phone allows you to simultaneously use a computer and perform other duties while maintaining contact with a customer or co-worker.

    Cellphone Headsets – Hands-free cellphone use is an increasingly popular option, and may be required in some circumstances. Many jurisdictions now require the use of a headset or hands-free device if you want to make or receive a cellphone call while driving.

    Computer Headsets – These are primarily used by dedicated gamers, and add to the immersive experience of gaming. Headsets may deliver improved sound quality performance over standard computer speakers. They are also useful for people who use their computers for telephone applications.

    What to Look for in a Headset

    Over-the-Head vs. Over-the-Ear: Over-the-Head models are more secure and require less fuss. Over-the-Ear models are less visibly intrusive: they won't mess up your hair or interfere with glasses or a hat. Recent developments include several models that can convert between either style.

    Binaural Receivers: This simply means that the headset has two receivers, one for each ear. This provides improved sound quality and some noise reduction.

    Noise Canceling Technology: This is a requirement for busy office environments, and provides for clear reception and hearing despite abundant background commotion.

    Microphone Configuration: For many consumers , this is as important as the sound quality of the earpiece. A microphone mounted on a longer boom will make your voice sound clearer and stronger, and reduce background noise, the perfect solution to a busy environment.

    Connectivity: Most corded and cordless phones will require a small adapter to accommodate a headset. Most cellphones offer plug-in compatibility. Wireless connectivity is quickly becoming the most preferred method, with Bluetooth technology leading the way in ease and convenience.

    Popular Headset Brands

    Nokia, Sony, and Motorola are all known for quality products across a wide range of performance specifications and price points. Plantronics is a lesser-known name, but has enthusiastic fans based upon its well-reviewed headsets. BlueAnt specializes in headsets that utilize the latest in Bluetooth technology. Sennheiser offers a number of high-end models for consumers who value quality over affordability. Creative has carved out a niche for itself as a provider of high-quality headsets best suited for computers and gaming purposes.

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