The End of the 3.5mm Headphone Jack? – The Science and Future of Audio Connectivity

The End of the 3.5mm Headphone Jack? – The Science and Future of Audio Connectivity

Despite the moans and groans of music and podcast enthusiasts worldwide, we may very well be in an era that marks the end of the 3.5mm headphone jack. With announcements from the latest generation of smartphones, from the Essential to Google’s Pixel and even the iPhone, that are no longer going to ship with a 3.5mm audio input, consumers are now faced with a choice. They can either stay with older technology or take what feels like a significant leap out of their comfort zone and transition to using headphones…

Which Gaming Headphones are Right for You? Stacking up the Audio Competition

Which Gaming Headphones are Right for You? Stacking up the Audio Competition

You’re walking on a beach, closing in on your designated target. It’s dark. Suddenly, you hear a *SNAP* in the forest behind you. Someone is on your six. You’re able to swing around just in time to stop an ambush from the opposing team, winning the game for the good guys. But, what if you weren’t able to hear that sound of a broken twig? What if you had no audible warning that the enemy was close? The importance of fantastic, high-quality headphones for gaming cannot be overstated. Win/loss ratios…

IPX Waterproofing and What It Means for Your Wireless Speakers

IPX Waterproofing and What It Means for Your Wireless Speakers

It’s a beautiful long weekend and you’ve decided to join your friends up at a cottage, nestled in the back country, on the edge of a gleaming lake. Immediately upon arriving, you all decide to test out the waters, a cold shock to the system before a long night of camp fires, drinks, and merriment. Before jumping in, someone sets up a Bluetooth, water resistant speaker connected to their cellphone and favorite streaming service. And splash! With a less than graceful cannonball, water spills onto all the electronics left on…

Why Your Headphones Need to Have cVc Technology!

Why Your Headphones Need to Have cVc Technology!

One of the most exciting by-products of our technological age are advancements to the transportation industry. No longer do we have to load up our steamer trunks and set sail on a coal powered boat across the Atlantic Ocean for nearly a week before arriving on the other side. Instead, we purchase an airplane ticket online, download it to our phone, and settle in for a trip that will take hours, not days. Normally flying is a pretty smooth affair, save for the noise. The bane of a traveller’s existence…

Keeping Your Speakers Happy and Healthy – A Few Tips for Testing and Improving Audio Quality

Keeping Your Speakers Happy and Healthy – A Few Tips for Testing and Improving Audio Quality

  When you’re buying a new speaker set, ensuring audio quality is important. We’ve talked in previous posts how speaker build and materials can greatly impact the sound that will ultimately fill a room, but there are a number of other pro tips you can follow to both test and improve audio quality. Let’s dive right in.   Testing: Connectivity   Starting with the basics – you want to be sure connectivity between speakers and player is strong and uninterrupted. This is especially true for wireless and Bluetooth systems. There…

Had Enough of Just Listening to Music? Here are Six Other Ways You Can Use Your Wireless Speakers

Had Enough of Just Listening to Music? Here are Six Other Ways You Can Use Your Wireless Speakers

When we think of “wireless speakers,” it drums up ideas of listening to your favorite music, podcasts, radio station, or audio book in places unreachable by their wired cousins. They bring the freedom to roam, like we do now with a cellphone, a streaming service, and a pair of great headphones. But wireless speakers have a host of other exciting and interesting uses beyond just static audio listening. And don’t worry, we’ve got your back – presented below are six unexpected opportunities to leverage the power of your wireless speakers…

Does Higher Cost Mean Better Sound? Exploring the Expensive Speaker Debate

Does Higher Cost Mean Better Sound? Exploring the Expensive Speaker Debate

Speakers, when considering the breadth of humanity’s history of technological innovation, are a relatively recent phenomenon. The first electric speaker was invented by Johann Philipp Reis in 1861 for use on early telephones, but sound quality was poor and muffled. By 1924, Chester Rice and Edward W. Kellogg would patent the “moving coil”, the basis of modern speaker technology. Since this era, speakers haven’t actually changed all that much, despite the advent of new efficiencies and features. Is it worth, then, buying expensive speakers? Today, we explore the never-ending debate…

Wired Versus Wireless Headphones – The Benefits and Drawbacks of These Competing Technologies

Wired Versus Wireless Headphones – The Benefits and Drawbacks of These Competing Technologies

Way back in 1910, Nathaniel Baldwin, a Mormon and engineer from small town Utah invented the world’s first pair of audio headphones, which were bought by the U.S. Navy and put to use during World War I. Before Baldwin, telephone operators in the 1880s were using a type of headphone at work, one that had a single earpiece, rested on your shoulder, and weighed almost 10 pounds! Today, headphones are a quintessential component of your everyday carry, letting you jam out to tunes or listen to podcasts on the go….

Top 10 Science-Backed Reasons Why Listening to Music is Great for Your Health

Top 10 Science-Backed Reasons Why Listening to Music is Great for Your Health

Music is core to the definition of human history – every culture, from every epoch, has had some form of significant system of rhythmic sounds that form the basis of song. Some scientists have even claimed that music, like mathematics, is actually a universal language, claiming that we humans may even have a natural musical sense embedded in our DNA. Thanks to modern advances in technology, including VAVA audio equipment and headphones, we can now easily tap into that part of ourselves anywhere, at any time.   But why should…

VAVA Red Dot Award Celebration Recap

VAVA Red Dot Award Celebration Recap

If winning two Red Dot awards in a row doesn’t require some proper celebration what does? In order to commemorate the attribution of the Red Dot design award for 2017 to both the VAVA Dash Cam and VOOM 22 Bluetooth Speaker, the VAVA team had a night of celebration in San Francisco with the design team that’s behind the two award winning devices – Y Studios. The Red Dot is an internationally renowned product design prize awarded to those products that have distinguished themselves for their innovative, original design construction….