Audio


Reviews
Noir Headphones
Degauss Labs

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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For the record, this review was written after the site closed. However, due to some shipping shenanigans, I didn’t receive it until the second last day – definitely not enough time to review it. So I am back-dating this post because I am anal retentive and I promised I would review this piece of tech. – ed.

‎Degauss Labs has been on the mark with their Android-friendly headphones. The last pair that I reviewed, the Dual Driver, was impressive – especially at the price point it occupied. Degauss’ latest product, the Noir, demonstrates their continuing commitment to quality and great sound. These headphones are a little bit more expensive than their Dual Driver cousin – but they are worth every cent of that small jump in price.

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Reviews
Vomo XL
Wireless Headset

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 11th, 2015

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It’s always cool to find really great products made in your own backyard. A little while ago, I reviewed Western Leaf’s Frenzy 8Z tablet; and while it may not be unseating iPads or Galaxy Tablets anytime soon, it is a viable alternative for those who may be looking to outfit their kids with a cost-conscious alternative. Alongside with the Frenzy 8Z, Western Leaf also sent us the Vomo XL, a pair of wireless headphones of their own design. After playing with the Frenzy, I figured that the Vomo XL would be a product designed in a similar vein: practicality and decent quality. I certainly wasn’t ready for what these things could do and how great they sounded.

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Odd Prods
Phantom

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 10th, 2015

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At Toronto Thumbs, we love audio – so when we heard about a product from a company called Devialet (France) we were very intrigued. Whispers on the wind (most likely sent across the ocean thanks to the Phantom, the product in question) indicate that the Phantom is one of the most incredible audio products to hit the market. The normal model has 750W of amplification power while the Silver model (pictured above) outputs at a whopping 3000W. They each carry hefty price tags (1,690 Euros for the Phantom, and 1,990 Euros for the Silver Phantom), but they boast unbelievable sound quality (extremely little distortion, even at high volumes) and chest-vibrating bass. Couple that with the ability to synchronize up to 24 of these units (app-controlled) and you have yourself a veritable home symphony in every room.

You can check out their page here.


Reviews
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 3rd, 2015

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Recently, I reviewed the ‎SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism headset, and found them to be a decent pair of headphones. While they sounded good, they didn’t blow me away, and the lack of in-line control caused me to scratch my head in puzzlement. SteelSeries also sent along another pair for review: the V3’s big sister, the Siberia Elite Prism. Let me tell you, even after spending a small amount of time with it, my experience with that headset was a lot different. Comfortable, easy to use, and great-sounding, there is a reason why these headphones are named “Elite”.

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Reviews
Master & Dynamic
ME03 Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 29th, 2015

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There are really two choices when considering the purchase of headphones: go big or go home. This may not sound like the most sage advice, seeing as most of us are not fabulously wealthy; but it does carry some merit. Skimping usually results in headphones that break too easily, usually due to cheap build quality‎ – it also tends to mean robbing yourself of a better audio experience. Now, if you are super-careful and you don’t really care about audio quality, then there probably is no lower limit to your headphone budget. However, if you are someone who doesn’t mind spending more to get more, then you might want to consider a pair of ME03 in-ear headphones. Once again, New York’s Master & Dynamic (makers of the MH40) have merged form and function to create something truly special.

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Reviews
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 27th, 2015

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The folks at SteelSeries are no strangers ‎to the creation of great audio products. I have reviewed a few of them before, as has Shaun Hatton when he wrote about a pair of Siberias. While I have never experienced the Siberia line in the past, I have heard lots of great things about them. A few weeks ago, SteelSeries sent Toronto Thumbs a Siberia V3 Prism to review. The V3s are not marketed as the highest tier in the line (that honour falls to the V3 Prism Elite), but they perform well and give PC gamers a nice enough option if they don’t already have a pair of good headphones, though they have a few shortcomings for the price.

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Reviews
Parrot Zik 2.0 Wireless Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 6th, 2015

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Back at the end of 2013, I reviewed a set of Parrot Zik headphones and was duly blown away by their audio awesomeness. Since then, more than a few different listening devices (both wired and wireless) have come through our doors, with very few being able to top the Ziks in terms of audio quality and functionality. So how much better is the Zik 2.0? What does it bring to the table? Well, Parrot sent us a set to try out so we could answer those questions. In short, I found them to be amazing – most likely better than Parrot’s previous outing into this space. However, there are some caveats that need to be mentioned…

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