By Lisa Johnston
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Shure unveiled the SE115m+ sound-isolating headset with remote and microphone last week. Designed for use with portable music players and smartphones, the SE115m+ reportedly blends the audio performance and sound isolation of the SE115 earphones with an integrated remote control and microphone.
The SE115m+ is fully compatible with the iPhone 3GS and current Apple iPod models, Shure said.
“Since the iPhone was introduced two years ago, Shure has been committed to building accessories that enhance the smartphone experience. Our Music Phone Adapter (MPA) has been wildly successful, so we're excited about introducing a fully integrated headset specifically built for the next generation of Apple phones,” said Scott Sullivan, Shure's global product management senior director. “The SE115m+ blends functionality, performance and convenience with Shure's standard for professional audio quality and durability.”
The SE115m+ has a three-button remote control located on the right earpiece cable, enabling users to adjust volume, control music and video playback, record voice memos, and answer or end calls without having to remove their earphones.
Other features include Dynamic MicroSpeaker II, which are second-generation Dynamic driver; interchangeable earphone sleeves; and a two-year limited warranty.
Suggested retail is $119. Shure said they will be available exclusively at Apple stores and Apple.com through the end of the year, and more widely available beginning in 2010 at select Shure retailers.
In a separate announcement, Shure said it was now shipping the PG27USB and PG42USB side-address condenser microphones.
The PG27USB and PG42USB microphones are engineered to connect Shure microphones to any USB computer port with “plug and play” performance. The cardioid condenser microphones feature built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency and monitor mix control, enabling users to instantly hear what they're recording and make adjustments on-the-go, Shure said.
The key difference between the PG27USB and PG42USB microphones is the application for which they were designed. The PG27USB features a flat, neutral frequency response for reproduction of a variety of instrument and vocal sounds. The PG42USB was engineered to reproduce the subtle nuances of lead vocals; its large diaphragm, low-cut filter and external shock-mount are all optimized for the higher sensitivity required for vocal performances, the company said.
The PG27USB has a $238 suggested retail, while the PG42USB retails for a suggested $298.
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