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Huawei TalkBand N1 earphones track fitness and transform into a necklace

March 2, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Huawei's step into fitness-tracking wearables is the TalkBand N1 Bluetooth earphones, a set of IEMs that talk to the Talkband iOS and Android app in order to deliver back your fitness stats. One nice feature is that for music they have their own onboard storage (a generous 4GB) so a work-out session no longer needs your phone banging around in your pocket. This data then syncs up with the app. When not in use as a music player, the TalkBand snaps together to form a necklace, which keeps tracking your motion. The TalkBand N1 is IPS-4 rated waterproof, so splash resistant for sweaty heads. It comes in gold, metallic grey and pink options, and packs in a 67mAh battery. Price and availability tba. Via gizmodo

Flappy hands: JBL Reflect Response Bluetooth earbuds with gesture control

March 2, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

This summer JBL will release what they claim to be the "world's first gesture control smart headphones", the brightly-coloured JBL Reflect Response wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The earphones are equipped with motion sensing technology that recognises hand gestures, which can be used to swap tracks or answer calls completely hands-free. So long as you're not running through the Australian outback and swatting away flies, the technology should work fine, especially as they're launching at £129 (US $199). The battery life is said to be eight hours on a single charge and they are designed with fitness and sports in mind: they have a snug fit and the "Reflect" part of their title is from their high-visibility, reflective cable for safety. They'll be out in the summer in a choice o

Panasonic announced new headphones: two in-ear models and a wireless over-ear set

February 24, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Panasonic has announced a two new earphones and a new set of wireless headphones. The RP-HJX20 earphones (above) claim to be the first IEMs with "dual axial drive" technology, which packs in a second coil and magnet for improved accuracy. The  RP-HJX5 earphones don't feature the drive but comes with a bass boost function. The RP-BTD5 wireless headphones offer connection over Bluetooth with NFC. They have built-in mic and remote, as well as 40 hours playback on a full charge. Via whathifi

UMi previews new earphones in Facebook first look

February 17, 2015 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Smartphone manufacturer UMi has taken to Facebook to reveal its upcoming set of earphones. As UMi expands its regional reach into the likes of India, it is also expanding its product range with these new high quality IEMs. While the full details are as yet unknown, it is expected the earphones will have a kevlar wire coasting and high-quality audio connections, and will launch after Chinese New Year. Via gizchina

Bluetooth headphones on a budget – Mpow Swift earphones

January 30, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Wireless earbuds are touted as the only thing fitness fanatics and runners can use. If you're feeling left out, the Mpow Swift budget wireless Bluetooth headphones  could be a good way into the world of wireless exercise. The Mpow Swifts are a sweatproof set of earbuds that offer 5 hours playback and cost just $35. Playback controls are onboard and they have an inbuilt mic for calls. According to the windowscentral review they're comfortable and deliver good sound, albeit bass-heavy. They come in either green/black, green/white or orange/white options. Via windowscentral

Do the twist: Turn up the bass with IUNI earphones

January 20, 2015 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The new earphones from IUNI go from regular to bass-heavy with the user-controlled twist of an earbud. From switching between N (normal) and B (bass) settings, the boom can be adjusted easily without digital EQ controls. The earphones come in either black or silver alloy and feature in-line controls. They have  a93dB sensitivity and the frequency range runs between 20Hz-20KHz. Via gizchina

Aurisonics Rockets earphones made to stay

January 19, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

From Nashville Tennessee, new Aurisonics Rockets earphones are made to last, as they come with an impressive five-year warranty. The American-made earphones feature 5.1mm drivers within titanium earbuds. They are also waterproof to IP65) and can be worn in drop down or over-ear styles with the accompanying accessories. Reviews are great so far and they're available in two models: regular Rockets ($249) or a mic version ($299). Via aurisonics and cnet

Z:ero earphones with built-in DAC and amp

January 19, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Z:ero earphones are trying to slim down the bulk of external headphones amps by putting the DAC and amp on the in-line controls. Rather than using the standard 3.5mm jack port, the Z:ero earphones use an Android devices mini-USB port. The sound is driven through neodymium magnets for high sensitivity pressure levels at 110-120db range. This is touted as offering quicker response time and more vibrant audio. This is a (funded) Indiegogo project and while the retail cost is unknown, early backers can still pick them up for $25. Via trustedreviews

JVC adds to the XTREME XPLOSIVES headphones series

January 15, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

JVC Kenwood has announced the latest models of its chunky and rugged XTREME XPLOSIVES headphones range. Joining the current crop will be the around-ear HA-MR60X headphones, the on-ear HA-SR50X headphones and HA-FR202/HA-FX102 earphones. Both headphones models feature the Dual Extreme Bass ports and pump bass through large drivers: the HA-SR60X model has 50mm drivers, while the HA-SR50X has 40mm drivers. Both feature in-line remote controls and mics compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices. The in-ear options also feature Extreme Bass Ports and pack in 11mm drivers with neodymium magnets. They also feature in-line remotes and mics and come in blue, black, red, pink and violet. Via fareastgizmos

Monster iSPORT headphones go for light and bright workout sounds

January 12, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Monster has pitched its flag in 2015 sports headphones with the updated iSPORTS headphones range, which they claim are the thinnest, lightest and most versatile headphones for athletes and fitness. Unveiled at CES 2015, the range is as brightly-coloured as most sportswear and comes in three types: iSPORT Bluetooth Wireless Super Slim ($149.95), iSPORT Bluetooth Wireless ($129.95) and the updated iSPORT Intensity in-ear models: iSPORT Strive and iSPORT Victory. These are all about the washable material, promise no compromise on sound quality and have a 50-foot wireless range. Via monster

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