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AIAIAI and Modeselektor team up for special edition TMA-2 headphones

November 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  Trendy headphones company AIAIAI has paired with German dance duo Modeselektor for a pair of new headphones that bear the act’s distinctive monkey logo.   There’s no mincing of words when it comes to their sound – these headphones are “Recommended for bass lovers who like it loud.”   The sets use S73 speakers that incorporate a neodymium magnet, Japanese voice coil and an ultra-lightweight diaphragm.”   If you want your bass booming and loud, you can pick these up for 250 euros (US$265).   Via mixmag

Audio Technica updates their gaming headsets with two new models

November 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  Gamers now have more options when it comes to choosing a gaming headset, but will Audio Technica’s new improved offerings be enough to win over Turtle Beach and Razer fans?     The two new models are the ADG1x and AG1x headphones, which are both based on existing models from 2013.   The headphones both use large, newly-designed 53mm drivers, reinforced with stronger padding to make using them in a long gaming session more comfortable.   These are wired models, and use a 1.2m cable with a remote for volume.   They’ll be out in time for Christmas, launching December 3 and costing AUD399 (US$290).   Via ubergizmo

PUGZ, the world’s smallest wireless earphones, fail to launch, enraging backers

November 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  October’s big Kickstarter drive was for the PUGZ earphones, which were going to be the world’s smallest wireless headphones.   After $1.5m was raised, backers are furious with a message telling them they’ll not be arriving, with the blame placed on Apple.     The PUGZ were supposed to use Apple’s MFI (Made For iPhone) system that charges on the go. As Apple won’t grant PUGZ permission to use this tech so they’re going back to the drawing board.   10,000 backers are now in the lurch, awaiting further updates.   Read the full report, and information on the perils of crowd-funding gone wrong, at Observer.

KITH and Beats by Dre team up for shiny limited edition headphones

November 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  New York fashion house Kith has joined up with Beats by Dre to create a new limited edition wireless Beats Studio headphones for their upcoming City Never Sleeps collection.     The navy and chrome headphones actually look pretty cool compared to some other special edition Beats headphones.   The headphones' Bluetooth range is 30m and they use dual-mode Adaptive Noise Cancelling and offer 12 hours charge.   They will be out this Friday, available in stores and online for US$400.   [gallery link="file"] Via highsnobriety

Skullcandy announces Uproar TM Bluetooth Wireless headphones in India

November 23, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  The Skullcandy Uproar TM Wireless headphones are set to launch in India, and feature a less flashy design that we’ve come to expect from the lords of patterned headphones.   The new wireless model offers 10 hours of playback from a single charge and are billed as lightweight and comfortable with synthetic leather ear pads and a padded headband.   The Bluetooth headphones also feature the On BoardTM built-in mic and controls on the ear-cup for playback and answering calls.   If the black model isn’t quite traditionally Skullcandy enough for you, they are also available in pink, blue and orange options – all costing 5,999 rupees (US$90).   Via indianexpress

Klipsch flagship X-Series headphones get three new models

November 23, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

  Klipsh have been busy updating their product range, and the latest is three new stylish X-Series earphones, including the premium-priced X20i model.   The X20i are Klipsch’s $549 big hope, and they call them “the most revealing headphones” they’ve ever made.   They feature a two-way dual armature design and for “broad bandwidth and a transparent sound” a super tweeter.   They’re hardy, too, thanks to the injection-moulded, surgical grade stainless steel casing.     The X12i earphones (US$349) use an “audiophile balanced” ported and vented armature driver that professes to replicate a “classic tube amplifier sound and deep bass”.   If that’s the case, these small, light earphones will be a

Roland teams up with V-Moda for new AIRA M-100 headphones

November 21, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  The partnership between Roland and V-Moda has born another set of AIRA headphones, the AIRA M-100.   Created with DJs and musicians in mind, they are billed as  the "ultimate personal monitoring system", according to FACT.   The headphones use memory foam for the earpads, allowing comfortable, consistent use in the studio, and have a 3.5mm jack that lets another pair daisy-chain the playback.   The M-100s have a frequency range of 5-30,000 Hz, price and release date are TBA.   Via mixmag

Going for (Rose) Gold: Beats Headphones revive the colour of 2015 for Christmas

November 20, 2015 by Tom in Apple, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

  Who knew how important the colour ‘Rose Gold’ would be?   2015 has been the year of Rose Gold and Beats are having a final push with the Solo2 wireless and urBeats headphones getting the rosy makeover.   Their basic line of urBeats earphones will cost $99 in the new colour and the Solo2 wireless headphones are sitting at $299.   Via soundguys

Klipsch announces first of many new Groove Bluetooth portable speakers

November 20, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

    With their latest announcement, Klipsch has unveiled a new “ultra portable” Groove Bluetooth speaker.   Starting small, they will roll out a number of Grooves in 2016.   This first model is a 10 watt speaker that has a 3-inch full-range driver backed up with two 2-inch passive bass radiators aiming music out the sides.   The speaker measures 5 x 4 x 2-inches, living up to its portable name, and is IPX4 certified so it can handle the elements. Battery life is an acceptable 8 hours.   The unit has regular pushbutton controls along the top for playback and selection, and costs $149.   Via soundguys

Put a smile on your head with Bluetooth Zebronics Happy Head Headphones

November 19, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

  New out in India is the Bluetooth headphones from Zebronics, the Happy Head Headphones.   The jolly-titled set feature a folding design along with cushioned ear pads and an adjustable padded headband.   Battery life from the built-in unit is six hours’ playback, so not too high, and sound is run through 40mm drivers (complete with a wired 3.5mm input option for when the battery dies).   There’s a built-in mic and it’s available in four colours – white, black, brown and grey – for 1,499 rupees (US$22).   Via indianexpress

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