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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

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

Urbanears announce new Sumpan earphones, built for comfort

November 13, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

  Designed to sit in the ear rather than the ear canal, the Urbanears Sunpan earphones will provide a pleasant alternative for those who don’t like to get anything too far in.   The earphones come in a range of ten colours – including bonfire orange, flint blue, and sea grey – and include an in-line mic and remote.   For portability they provide the option to hook them together behind your neck when they’re not in use and they incorporate CableLoop – their system that theoretically means you’ll not have to unravel them each time.   They’re out at the reasonable price of $35 and are Urbanears’ first earphones since 2013’s Kransen model.   Via soundguys

Sony announces new PlayStation in-ear headset for PS4

November 7, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Sony with No Comments.

  Thanks to a gamepad that accommodates headphones, earphones are now an option for console gaming and Sony has announced its first set for the PS4.   The In-ear Stereo Headset for PS4 fulfils the social aspect of online gaming with its built-in mic and tries to allow extra concentration with its noise-reducing AudioShield technology.   The battery life is 15 hours and it charges via USB, so can charge from the console.   They feature 13mm drivers and are made from a lightweight material with a blue woven fabric cable.   The headset launches in the UK and Ireland on December 4, costing £77.99/€89.99, and will roll out across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and Africa from December 9.   Via playstation &n

OnePlus blind-tests new OnePlus Icons earphones and gets two thumbs up

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

  The new budget OnePlus Icons earphones have been put to a blind test and come out holding their own. Check out the video here.   The stripped-back earphones have a metallic finish and pack in 11mm drivers that apparently surpassed the sound quality of more expensive models.   They will be available in two colour options – silver and gold – and will apparently be low-cost, but the final price is still to be announced, though they are expected to be around the $50 mark.   As the OnePlus X smartphone is going to be out on 5 November, these are likely to follow close behind.   Via pocket-lint      

Sol Republic announce ultra-lightweight Relays Sports Wireless earphones with “amazing sound”

October 21, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

  Sol Republic follow up their Relays Sports headphones from this summer with the announcement of a new Bluetooth set, the Sol Republic Relays Sports Wireless.   Again designed with sports in mind, the headphones have gone wireless but retain the lightweight nature and durability associated with the best of the active earphones.     After a years’ research, Sol Republic state that users want comfort, a secure fit, sweat- and water-resistance, and a long battery life from their workout music providers.   As such they’ve set out to tick all of these boxes and pack in a battery that gives eight hours playback.   They will be available in black and mint colour options and available this time only through indiegogo, starting

Noble Audio debuts its first aluminium in-ear monitor, the 10-driver Kaiser 10U

October 8, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

A new set of high-end IEMs comes from Noble Audio who branch out into working with aluminium with the new Kaiser 10U flagship unit. The Kaiser 10U earphones boasts a whopping 10 drivers. The ten-armature low impedance four-way design delivers, according to Noble, “"highly coherent presentation across a wide frequency range and delivers the best-ever performance from a portable IEM product". The drivers’ duties are split between dedicated units for bass, mids, mid/high range, high and super-high frequencies.   They ship with a detachable two-pin cable and a Pelican 1010 crush-proof case, as well as a velvet pouch and 12 ear tips.   With the multitude of drivers, the sound’s going to be great – but as always that comes at a price, which in this insta

1MORE earphones – Champagne and gold style Chinese headphones at a low price

October 5, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Standing out a little in a sea of earphones are these Champagne and gold coloured new earphones from China's 1MORE. The reportedly well-built earphones have moving coil drivers and in-line controls compatible with iOS. Coming in a neat gift-box, complete with carry case, the main body unit is made of aluminium, while the cable is Kevlar-wrapped. For something a bit different, these might be worth a try as they're just 199 yuan (US$30). [gallery link="file"] Via imp3

Brainwavz S3 noise isolating earphones launch with Clearwavz remote and mic go on pre-order

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

  The new Brainwavz S3 “Silver Bullet” earphones with the top-spec Apple iOS-specific Clearwavz remote and mic will launch 29 September and are available now to pre-order with a  $10 discount. Designed for Apple iOS products, the S3’s remote is a plug-and-play addition to the earphones that feature a smooth audio signature and a wide soundstage created for top-quality separation.   Sound is pumped through 8mm dynamic drivers and they are currently on offer at $69.50 (regular price $76.50).   Full specs: Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 8mm Rated Impedance: 16ohms Closed Dynamic Sensitivity: 96dB at 1mW Frequency range: 16Hz ~ 22 KHz Rated input power: 10mW Plug: 3.5 mm gold plated Cable length: 1.3 meters Flat Cable 24

Potential for tiny touch controls or smart sound adjustment with new Apple EarPod headphones patent

September 18, 2015 by Tom in Apple, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Apple has filed a patent for "pressure sensing earbuds and systems and methods for the use thereof", which could mean we'll get touch controls on the buds or - more likely - earbuds with smart sensors that sense in-ear ear pressure and measure how tight the seal is before adjusting their output accordingly. This uses Quantum Tunnelling Composites, the elastomeric tech that changes its electrical resistance relative to the force applied, working in conjunction with an onboard processor. Similar technology is turning up in various kickstarter projects so while Apple might not develop it, their claim could stop this particular method working for somebody else. Via gizmodo

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