Headphones Manufacturers Greet September With New SKUs

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 13 2010 - 4:01am




NEW YORK — There was an explosion of headphones into the market this month, with introductions from some of the leading players in the category. Here are just some of the highlights.

Harman Debuts Quincy Jones Headphones
NORTHRIDGE, CALIF. — Harman International took the wraps off a line of Quincy Jones-inspired headphones, the result of a partnership with Jones. Three models make up the line: the Q701 referenceclass premium over-ears, the Q460 high-performance portable on-ear mini headphones and the Q350 inear headphones. Pricing ranges from $149 to $479.

Pioneer Adds DJ Headphones
ONG BEACH, CALIF
. — Pioneer Electronics introduced the HDJ-500 series, designed specifically for the DJ market. They are constructed of magnesium allow for durability and a light weight, and come with 40mm drivers, urethane pads, and a rotating arm structure that lets users rotate the right earpiece forward and back by 60 degrees.

Ultimate Ears Teams With EMI For Monitors
IRVINE, CALIF
. — Ultimate Ears announced it is joining forces with EMI Music’s Capitol Studios to develop new custom in-ear monitors.

The Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors are designed for professional producers, audio engineers and audiophiles, the company said. They reportedly provide up to 32 dB of noise isolation and feature three individually turned, balanced armature speakers in each monitor. Frequencies can be reproduced with an extended wide band response from 5Hz to 18 kHz.

Ultimate Ears also introduced a line of earphones that features “genre-inspired designs.” They come in five designs for $19.99.

JVC Adds Marshmallows, Over-Ear Models
WAYNE, N.J.
— JVC added to its Marshmallow line and introduced a new pair of over-ear headphones. The HA-FR50 Marshmallow in-ear headphones come with a remote that can control functions and volume on Apple devices and feature Made for iPod, iPad and iPhone certification. They’re offered in four colors with earpieces in two different sizes.

The HA-S600 is designed as a lightweight, foldable around-the-ear headphone that offers superior bass reproduction. Features include memory foam ear pads, 40mm neodymium drivers, a bass-boosting port, 3.94-foot cord with gold-plated iPhone-compatible slim plug, and a carbon compound diaphragm.

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