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Tonino Lamborghini Quantum earphones announced

April 18, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The luxury phone-making spin-off of Lamborghini cars, Tonino Lamborghini, has announced its move into audio with the angular Quantum range of earphones that aren't priced too highly. The top-range HL-01 IEMs cost £124 and come with a clothes clip to keep the Apple-friendly controls out the way during walking or sport. Mid-range set Quantum ML-01 (£82) uses Thin Film Acoustic Technology (TAFT) that promises high detail and punchy bass. Below that is the Quantum EL-01 budget set (£58) that has 10mm drivers, TAFT tech and an Android-friendly remote. The Quantum series will be released in June. Via pocket-lint

Sony MRD-HW700DS are world’s first 9.1 channel surround headphones

April 2, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM, Sony with No Comments.

Sony claims its new MDR-HW700DS wireless headphones are the world's first 9.1 channel surround set. They use Sony's Virtualphones Technology with the multi-channel speakers to replicate real room acoustic space. 5.1 channel headphones are common place - the MRD-HW700DS set, however, add on top two virtual surround-back and front-high speakers. WiFi connectivity is dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz and the maximum audio quality is 192kHz/24-bit uncompressed audio. They're powered by 50mm drivers and carry 12 hours of charge. Via pocket-lint

More Monster headphones action: This time with added Adidas

April 2, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Working their way through brand partnerships, Monster's latest boardroom match-up features three distinctive white stripes, made in collaboration with Adidas Originals. While the specs aren't too exciting, it does have a second port for sharing music and padded cushioning offers passive noise-cancellation. They are available in blue, white and black, and cost £220 (US$365). Via gizmodo

audio-technica debuts Dual Phase Push-Pull Drivers earphones

April 2, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Headphones maker audio-technica is releasing two models of IEMs that will debut their new "Dual Phase Push-Pull Drivers." The ATH-CKR9 and ATH-CKR10 models, released April 25, feature two 13mm dynamic driver units facing each other (hence the push-pull). This apparently offers improved sound reproduction and banishes distortion. Both models have 12? impedance, a 5?40,000Hz frequency band and weigh 16g. The difference comes in the housing: the ATH-CKR10s use high rigidity titanium and the ATH-CKR9s use an aluminium alloy. The ATH-CKR10s will cost ¥43,200 (US$417) and the ATH-CKR9s are priced at ¥32,400 (US$313). Via akihabaranews

Pioneer party on with Superior Club Sound range of headphones

March 28, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Another day, another set of headphones that promise to take you out of the day and land you ‘in the club’. Pioneer has grabbed this particular bull by the horns the four-model-range Superior Club Sound Series, due out in April. Since Doctor Dre MD fiddled with the public’s ears, there’s a large portion of people who put stock in booming bass over clarity and balance. Tailored to this bunch, the SE-MX9 and SM-MX7 over-ear headphones. The SE-MX9s are the daddies of the bunch, with 50mm drivers, 1,200mW input capability and three colours: bright copper (bling - pictured), bright silver or indigo. These weigh in at £249.99. The SE-MX7s have four drivers – two 40mm units for mid-range and bass each side. They also have Advanced Bass Level Control system for bringing the b

V-Moda slim down headphones for spring

March 26, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Getting trim for spring, V-Moda has announced their new XS slimline model of headphones. At $212, they're $100 lighter than the bulky M-100s too. The XS gimmick is "CliqFold" hinges that offer fold points to let it collapse to a pocket- or bag-friendly size. They've got plenty of metal going on, including the SteelFlex Headband and the headphones themselves follow V-Moda's "ABC+P" (Anything But Circles + Plastic) design. They also offer laser engraving, if that's your thing. Via V-Moda  

Share-wear: Quicksilver QS-1 HD headphones let a friend plug in

March 13, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

"Duuuude, you gotta hear this." Surf-wear company Quicksilver has debuted its first set of headphones - the QS-1 HD, which features a "sharing plug" that allows another person to plug in and enjoy the same music or podcast. The headphones also come with interchangeable cushions that let wearers switch from on-ear to over-ear use and they pack in low distortion 40mm drivers. Plugging into their surf roots, the headband is made from TR-90 nylon and the detachable coil cable with aluminum plugs and 24K gold contacts is modeled on a surfboard rip cord. Two versions have been released: the iOS-compatible QS-1 HD costs £125 (US$207) and the lower-spec, non-iOS basic model that omits the interchangeable ear cushions and swanky cable costs £95 (US$157). Is a double output set of he

Denon Music Maniac adds AH-C120 & AH-C50 earphones and app

March 7, 2014 by Tom in App News, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Denon's Music Maniac series of headphones has added two new IEMs and an app to its range. The AH-C120 and AH-C50 earphones expand the IEM quota, which was previously just the AH-C250 model holding its own against a bunch of over-ear headphones. The AH-C120s feature 11.5mm drivers tuned to a flat EQ (more on that in a minute...), while the AH-C50s pack 9mm drivers tuned to a flat EQ. Both sport a tangle-free cable with integrated mic, an adapter for Sony smartphones and multiple tips. Launched alongside the earphones is the Denon Audio app for iOS and Android. One for the audiophiles, it allows the creation and sharing of custom EQ curves with an integrated 1000-band equaliser and a range of EQ presets. So that's where the flat EQ comes in. The app is available now and the IEMs wi

Pioneer attempt DJ revolution with new IEMs

March 5, 2014 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

DJing has changed in recent times. What was once about the manual beat-matching of 12"s from your big box of vinyl has become selecting MP3s on a Macbook running virtual DJ. What hasn't changed, however, is the look: big cans hung around the neck, with the occasional shoulder-up, head tilt to hear the beat in one ear. Pioneer's latest DJ-targeting IEMs, the DJE-2000 and DJE-1500, are looking to change that too. Both sets use large 9.4mm drivers and the DJE-2000 model has a hybrid 2-way driver that Pioneer claims provides clear and precise audio through the frequency spectrum. The back driver pushes the bass while the front driver takes care of mid and high frequencies. The IEMs come with multiple tips made from Comply foam and the speaker diaphragm is made from a ceramic powder to

AlexL’s Brainwavz M4 Review

October 28, 2011 by Alex in Audio, Brainwavz, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

This review will focus purely on the M4s sound as opposed to an unboxing with specs. First of all, for all of you new Brainwavz M4 owners – BURN IN your M4s – it vastly improves the sound! Straight off the bat you can hear that the M4s have bass, and decent bass at that. The sound of the bass can be compared to the M2’s bass: dense and strong with an obvious punch behind it. However, in terms of the level of bass, the M2s still reign supreme with much more of an ‘oomph’ behind the bass that’s very noticeable when swapping between the two. Some may find the M2’s bass to be a bit overpowering and heavy – this is where the M4s strike another pro point: the bass may be solid, however it by no means overpowers the other sounds. Read on after the break. Moving on to th

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