Is that a headphone?

Payton H. Wilmott, Youthlink Writer

I'm starting to think that this pile of devices on my desk is here as punishment from the great beyond. I must have hacked, rooted, jailbreak or modified an electronic device in my past life that I'm paying the price for now. This week I dug out of the pile two devices I thought were headphones, for the most part, but one proved to be a neckphone. Well, at least that is the only name I could find to give this thing that can be worn around the neck. Let's cut to the chase and find out what these gizmos can do.

JVC Extreme Explosive Headphones

The first device I dug out was the JVC Extreme Explosive Headphones. At least I am sure that this item is a headphone, so let's see what it's made of.

Design: 8 out of 10

The JVC headphones are built to withstand the abuse that mobile devices naturally experience in everyday use. The 3.5mm plug is reinforced with tough plastic and rubber for extra impact protection. These headphones have been constructed mostly out of plastic but they don't feel cheap and they don't make creaking noises either. The one downside to these headphones is that they aren't able to be folded for easy transport, but we can hope the newer version will correct this oversight.

Performance 8 out of 10

These headphones come packed with dual 50mm neodymium magnets which power the unit inside and give an additional bass boost with JVC's proprietary Ring Port structure. The small rubber ring is part of a larger unit that controls the sound pressure to add bass and prevent outside noises from entering. One downside to these bass-heavy headphones is that the rest of the instruments in a song tend to get drowned out.

Final Thoughts

These headphones don't include extras like an in-line remote or a fold-up design, but they are cost-effective and built to last. I wouldn't recommend using them in a silent surrounding since other people would easily be able to hear your music. Listeners who love and appreciate bass-heavy music will certainly love these headphones.

MiiBeast by MiiKey

The MiiBeast is an awesome but I still can't figure out if it's a headphone or Bluetooth speaker. The longer I spent with this device, though, is the more I fell in love with the MiiBeast.

Design 7 out of 10

The Miibeast neckphones are well built, to say the least, and they can be folded for compact portability. The one downside is that this Bluetooth speaker has no volume controller to operate connected devices. This lack of controls makes it hard to consider this device as a fully portable Bluetooth speaker. The good thing is that these speakers come with an AUX port so you can connect external audio devices that don't have Bluetooth.

Performance 9 out of 10

The MiiBeast is amazing in the sound quality category. It's a delight to hear the MiiBeast play at full volume. These Bluetooth speakers are loud and pack a lot of bass for their size. One disadvantage is that the speaker baffles a bit at the highest volume, but that is negligible.

Final Thoughts

MiiKey has a real winner on their hands with the MiiBeast and its amazing sound quality. This device would be a valuable gadget for tablet users to provide better sound.

The products mentioned in this article were provided courtesy of Royale Computers and Accessories, telephone 906-1067, 906-1068 and 754-5048.