Headphones As Hot As Ever This Summer
By Lisa Johnston On Jul 2 2012 - 3:01am
NEW YORK —
There are no lazy days for
headphones manufacturers, not even in the
Multiple manufacturers used this year’s
Consumer Electronics Association Line Shows
event to promote their new models, while others
needed no such excuse to take the wraps off
their latest products.Phiaton
unveiled the Moderna earphones
and Bridge headphones at the Line Shows, a
multi-day event held here this week.
Its Moderna earphones feature 14.3mm drivers
and a genuine carbon graphite fiber body
that is engineered to be lightweight and durable.
They have a multi-tune acoustic design
with a dual-chamber and five tuning points that
are meant to optimize airflow, Phiaton said, as
well as a double-shelled body that helps contain
sound and minimize reverberation. Availability
is scheduled for August; suggested
retail is $150.
Other features include the company’s
signature half in-ear design, a tangle-free
oval-shaped cable with built-in mic, and a
black and red leather carrying case. Frequency
range is listed at 10Hz to 27kHz,
with an impedance of 32 ohms and sensitivity
of 100 dB at 1kHz.
The Bridge headphones, meanwhile,
have 40mm drivers with a foldable design;
tangle-free, cloth-wrapped cables with inline
mic; and dual-chamber structure and
multi-tune acoustic design. Frequency
range is listed at 15Hz to 22kHz, with an
impedance of 32 ohms and sensitivity of
100 dB at 1 kHz.
Pricing isn’t set yet; they will ship in November.
added to its Jammerz line with the introduction of
the Jammerz Gamers, models CV470 and CV480.
Both feature 40mm neodymium drivers, swiveling ear
cups, and adjustable boom microphone with in-line volume
The CV470 ($14.99) has a 3.5mm stereo
plug and microphone jack, while the CV480
($19.99) has a vibration motion sensor and
USB connector. Both have a frequency
range listed at 20Hz to 20kHz with a impedance
of 32 ohms and sensitivity of 108dB.
They will be available this month.
, a new manufacturer in the market,
introduced its first headphones, the Dark Matter
The in-ear headphones feature a non-traditional
design with some having snake-eye-inspired
aesthetics. Seven models are available:
Yellow Viper Head, Green Viper Head, Snake
Eyes, Cat Eyes, Chameleon Eyes, Purple
Gemstone and Rusted Bolt.
They have 13.5mm drivers with aluminum
voice coils and neodymium magnets. As a result,
Quarkie said, they have low distortion,
wide bandwidth and enhanced transient response.
Other features include in-line mic
and controls, cloth-covered cables, and four
sets of foam ear buds. Suggested retail is
$99.99; they ship this month.
Finally, Fanny Wang
, came by the TWICE
offices for a sneak peek of its first ear bud
model, the Wang Buds.
Tim Hickman, Fanny Wang CEO, said that
although many manufacturers were focusing
on in-ear models, the company wanted to reinvent
the ear bud since many consumers do
not like having something inserted into their
ear canal. Wang Buds feature two separate
drivers, one 10mm and one 14.mm. They will
come in three colors at first — red, black and
white — for a $79.99 suggested retail. They
will ship in August.
The company is exploring the option of offering special
reduced prices and/or colors for the Wang Buds on Kickstarter.com