Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Musicality

For lovers of music, gifts that span genres and activities

Whether listening at home or while talking a stroll, singing in the shower or composing your own tunes, music is a way of life for many. It inspires, thrills, soothes and moves us—and possesses the power to unite and heal. From making personal playlists to sharing new songs, searching for records, playing instruments and reading about a particular scene or style, there’s no limit to …

Ultimate Ears’ Custom-Fitted CSX Earphones

Using the brand's at-home FitKit, wearers can fully customize these earbuds

We’ve been fans of Ultimate Ears‘ custom-fitted earphones since we first reviewed them back in 2005 and have reported on improvements unveiled since. Now the CSX earphone family supports Bluetooth and UE’s Fitkit program allows customers to make their own ear impressions at home with a smartphone (you can still visit an audiologist to create your ear impressions) and once you send over the impressions, …

Headphones For High-Quality Listening Experiences

Five over-the-ear options for brilliant sound while on the move

With more and more listeners adopting over-ear headphones for a more critical listening experience that earbuds generally don’t provide, the industry keeps innovating and evolving their already countless options. For many, wireless headphones are still viewed with suspicion, as being plugged in means there are fewer instances that might compromise performance. But many headphones provide both options. Also relevant is whether closed or open-back iterations …