By Lisa Johnston
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Delray Beach, Fla. — SMS Audio made its third product announcement of the month, this time unveiling on-ear versions of its Sync by 50 wireless headphones.
The on-ear version uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology, rather than Kleer like the over-ear version. When asked why the company decided to go with Bluetooth this time, a spokeswoman told TWICE, “Bluetooth technology was developed for telecommunication needs, and when early Bluetooth formats were adapted for music use, they were notorious for degrading sound quality. With advancements in the technology, Bluetooth products are now able to transmit high-quality hi-fi sound without the need for an external transmitter, which is why our product, Sync by 50 on-ear wireless headphones, incorporates Bluetooth 4.0 AptX technology.”
The on-ear version will continue to use Kleer technology, she said.
Other features include 40mm drivers with onboard controls, foldable design, included cable with in-line mic and controls, and memory-foam ear cushions. Frequency response is listed at 20Hz to 20kHz, with impedance at 32 ohms and max input power of 125mW.
Play time is said to be 12 hours; they charge via MicroUSB port. Two colors will be offered — Cool Silver and Shadow Black — for a $229 suggested retail.
A hard carry case and cleaning cloth are included.
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