Archive for the Earphones IEM Category

Xiaomi updates the popular Piston earphones

March 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The Xiaomi Pistons (...sounds a bit like a Chinese baseball team) earphones have been upgraded. Sticking with the 99 yuan (US $15) price tag, the third incarnation of metal alloy Pistons. The updates feature copper wiring, a gold-plated 3.5mm plug and a 20-20,000hz frequency range. Launching alongside the regular Piston 3s is a Crystal Edition with Swarovski bits and pieces. Via gizchina

Microsoft and Coloud make Hoop headphones for Lumia Smartphones

March 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Microsoft has released a set of cheap and cheerful headphones, produced in collaboration with Swedish company Coloud for the Lumia smartphone. The headphones come in three colour options: black, green and orange, and cost 29 euros (US $31). These headphones are aimed at the active, which was hammered home at the launch event at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff, Wales. Famous athletes darted about with them in to highlight the sport-friendliness of the headphones. They weigh 20.5g, have a 120cm reflective cord, sport in-line controls and are dust, sweat and splash resistant. The Hoops are out now. Via softpedia

Sol Republic launches Shadow Wireless earphones

March 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Sol Republic has launched its Shadow Wireless headphones, an in-ear set designed to be lightweight for workouts. The battery life is touted to be eight hours and they are water- and sweat-resistant. Three-button playback and volume controls are set into the collar section and they also feature a built-in mic for hands-free calling. They use Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX for high resolution audio streaming and can pair with two devices at once up to a range of 30m. The Shadow Wireless headphones have launched as a Best Buy exclusive at $99 and come in either black or grey with rose gold options. Via soundguys

Creative Labs expands Aurvana earphones range with two new IEMs

March 20, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Creative, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Creative Labs has announced the latest earphones in the Aurvana audio range, the Aurvana in-Ear2 Plus and in-Ear3 Plus. The In-Ear2 Plus (pictured above) updates the previous In-ear2 model with an in-line mic and volume controls. The Plus model retains most of the existing In-Ear2 features such as the balanced armature drivers with a 15Hz – 16kHz frequency range with a tilt towards bass. They also keep the same shape, with the idea being these earphones blocks out 95% of outside noise. They ship with three sizes of tips, a cleaning tool, a flight adapter and a travel pouch for the retail price of $129. The Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus are the next step up and feature balanced armature drivers complimented by a woofer and passive crossover. The frequency range is 10Hz - 17kHz and 98

Sennheiser RS 195 headphones for sufferers of hearing loss

March 14, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Sennheiser has designed a set of headphones especially for hearing loss sufferers. The Sennheiser RS 195 headphones and control dock is a wireless system that has a 100 metre range and 18 hours of battery life. The RS 195 headphones include controls for situation-specific compensation of sound adjustments, and this level of fine tuning will be a great relief for those who invested in wireless headphones but are at the mercy of the model's sound colouring. With the fine tuning adjustments available, they'll be ideal for the kind of adjustments previously only dreamed of, such as boosting dialogue in TV and film, as well as EQ adjustments. The Sennheiser RS 195 headphones are out now and cost $449.95 on the Sennheiser store. Via technologytell

Sony Bluetooth SBH70 headphones full details announced

March 14, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Sony with No Comments.

Sony has announced full details of the SBH70 Bluetooth stereo headset we previewed last week. The IP57 water resistant Bluetooth earphones will be released at around $80, which makes them contenders as an affordable first step into this year's hot trend of wireless earphones. They are designed to be ergonomic and lightweight and also accept voice commands through the built-in mic. There's also noise cancellation, which includes a wind cut, to make things easier on the ear. The Bluetooth is NFC and it has a 125mAh battery for six hours of audio playback. They'll be out soon and come in black, red, yellow, white, pink and blue.   Via androidauthority  

Never forget (your headphones): TurtleCell launches iPhone case with retractable earphones

March 11, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

In an attempt to combat the annoyance of forgotten headphones, startup TurtleCell has produced an iPhone case that packs a retractable set that ensures you'll always be wired for sound (when was the last time you forgot your phone?). The cable extends 42-inches from the case and retracts at the push of a button. The case weighs 1.83oz, so TurtleCell has kept the extra bulk down to a minimum. The major worry is TurtleCell has picked your headphones for you, but they say that's ok as they "work with a top-quality manufacturer who produces headphones for Beats and V-Moda," says brand director Jeremy Lindlebauer. That's ok then. The next, and biggest, concern is the extra strain on the cables. We've all fallen foul to the all too common deterioration of connections, but at $39.95

Xiaomi to open official European webstore for headphones and accessories

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The much sought after Chinese brand Xiaomi is making it easier to buy its items in Europe through the impending but tba launch of a new branch of mi.com. Xiaomi's product line will be stripped back to the likes of power banks, the Mi Band and headphones with this step into the European market, which is similar to their US store steps. For the desirable tablets and smartphones, however, Xiaomi has no plans to dent the west with them but if the trial stores go well it'll no doubt spur on a push with the next generation of products. Via gizchina

Sony announces water-resistant SBH70 Bluetooth earphones

March 4, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Sony with 1 Comment.

Sony has announced its latest slick-looking stereo Bluetooth earphones, the SBH70. The water-resistant headset is made from durable silicon and promises fine-tuned sound quality. The SBH70 will launch in a choice of five colours and is designed to sit around a user's neck and shoulders, with onboard controls at easy reach. Release date and price all tba. Via fareastgizmos

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

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