Archive for the Earphones IEM Category

All gone! OnePlus Silver Bullet earbuds sell out in a day

October 8, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Audio, Earphones IEM, Other with No Comments.

The hotly anticipated OnePlus Silver Bullet earbuds went on sale in China this week and swiftly sold out. The $15 earbuds are the second pair of reasonably priced, launching alongside the Xiaomi Pistons. In addition to getting the earphone market excited, OnePlus is also working on a new phone, due out next year. Via gizchina

Sony offers interchangable cable to upgrade XBA earphones to Bluetooth compliance

September 29, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Sony with No Comments.

Sony is offering an interchangeable cable unit that upgrades its XBA earphones series to offer Bluetooth compliance. The MUC-M1BT1 cable is compatible with XBA-Z5, A3, A2, H3 and H2 models and the switch is made simply and easily. With the new cable on your old earphones, there's the new options of Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC support, A2DP/AVRCP/HFP/HSP communication, and SBC/AAC/aptX codec support. The cable will be released November 13 and will cost 19,000 yen (US $170). Via akihabaranews

Game Boy earphones are neat, cheap novelty IEMs

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

Cool retro tie-in alert! These earphones that feature a tiny Game Boy are too neat to ignore. They cost around $19, so probably won't be anyone's main set for quality listening, but as a gift or a super-cool spare set you could do much worse. Available from AmazonJapan Via gizmodo

JVC Kenwood earphones fight against loss and tangles with suckers

September 23, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

In a novel strike in the war against tangles and losses, JVC Kenwood is to release a set of earphones that stick to devices via suction pads, meaning they'll always be neat and near. The JVC Kenwood HA-FX19 earphones carry 9mm neodymium drivers and come with three sizes of earbuds. The colour options are black, white, red, blue, orange, lime green, pink, light green, light blue and mint blue, and they'll be out in October at 1,840 yen (US $16). [gallery link="file"] Via akihabaranews

Squidgy Yurbuds sports earphones strive for comfort and a snug fit

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The Yurbuds powered by JBL earphones promise to never fall out of a user's ears. Three models will be out in October: the Inspire in-ear models, the Focus (behind the ear) 300 and 400 IEMs, as well as wireless versions. The 300s have inline track controls and mic; the 400s add on iDevice support and volume controls. The Yurbuds Leap Wireless models offer six-hours of playback and will cost £79.99 (US $130), while the regular models will range from £35-40. [gallery link="file"] Via techradar

Vertu teams up with Bang & Olufsen for new headphones and wireless speaker – guess the baby animal skins used

September 4, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Swanky smartphone maker Vertu has teamed up with Bang & Olufsen to create the HP-1V headphones and SP-1V wireless speaker - both of which feature the skin of baby animals. Find out which ones below! The headphones are made from a single piece of lightweight aircraft-grade aluminium, have passive noise-cancellation and feature memory foam ear-pads clad in hand-stitched lamb leather. The speaker, which also features a built-in microphone, connects to devices via Bluetooth and features one-tap connection through NFC. This too is made from aluminium and features Kevlar speakers. For the buttons, they've stuck with the baby animal skin theme and gone for calf leather buttons. The headphones are out at £490 and the speaker is £400. Via pocket-lint

Winter is coming… Archos has made a Bluetooth musical hat in preparation

September 3, 2014 by Tom in Archos, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The Archos Music Beanie is a Bluetooth-enabled woolie hat that packs wireless earphones to discreetly provide a soundtrack to your hot head. Using Bluetooth 2.0, the Archos Music Beanie picks up music from smartphones and tablets for up to 8 hours (60 hours standby). Novelty headgear doesn't usually carry a reputation for quality, but apparently Archos paid special attention to the sound quality when they were putting this together. Whether that's true, given the £30 price tag, is to be seen. But even if they're bog-standard, see it as £15 for a hat, £15 for a set of earphones, to soften the blow. Via pocket-lint

Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earphones go pro with medical grade sensor and O2 monitor

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

The latest wireless earphones from Jabra aren't sold on sound - they're totally 2014, so being sold on their fitness tracking capabilities. Upping the ante, the Jabra Sport Pulse earphones have a medical grade super-accurate heart rate monitor, as well as an oxygen capacity checker. The data is then fed back into the user's smartphone. The Jabra Sport Pulse can take a bit of wet - they're sweat and storm proof but not waterproof, so no pool parties - just fitness. The accompanying Sport Life App offers 'audio coaching' to keep your pace and heart rate in check. They also have a pedometer. How do they sound? That aspect seems less and less important, sadly. They're out now for £199. Via pocket-lint

Zipbuds Slide earbuds fight the good fight against tangled cables

August 24, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

So, now we know why cables tangle, it doesn't make it any less irritating. Zipbuds are launching their assault on the phenomenon with Slide - their set of earbuds that have a sliding piece of plastic that give them the ziplock bag feel. When slid up, the cables seal together and form one flat cable. Now, that flat cable is going to tangle itself up, there's no getting away from that. But unravelling one cable is easier than three. Inside the earbuds is ZBX High Performance Drivers and they sport an integrated mic and remote. They're currently being touted on Kickstarter, where pairs can be bought with a $29 pledge, versus the expected $49 retail. Via slashgear

JVC Kenwood launch waterproof sports earphones

August 23, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Two new sports earphone models will be released early September. The HA-ETR40 IEMs come with a cable-mounted remote control for smartphone interaction, while the HA-ETX30s are standard control-free earphones. The HA-ETR40s will come in black and red and have a frequency range of 10Hz~22,000Hz, weigh 6.6g and come with an extension cord and s/m/l/ sound insulating earbuds. The HA-ETX30s come in blue, black, pink and white, have the same frequency range but just standard earbuds. Via akihabaranews

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