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3/07/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

Thinksound Adds
‘Green’ Headphones

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Thinksound recently introduced
its TS02 in-ear headphones, which feature
wood housings and aluminum baffles.

The company said its goal is “to create incrediblesounding
headphones with the smallest eco-footprint
possible.” Models are said to be made out of real
wood, and packaging reportedly comes from recycled
materials, with “minimal plastic components.” PVCfree
cables are used.

The TS02 headphones have 8mm drivers and come
in two colors: Black Chocolate and Silver Cherry. Four
different sizes of silicon tips are included, as is a carrying
pouch. Frequency response is listed at 20Hz to
20kHz.

Suggested retail is $79.99. They’re currently
available.

Aerial7, Kangol Team For Hats

NEW YORK — Fashion headware supplier Kangol
and headphone company Aerial7 have teamed up for
a line of hats with built-in headphone speakers in the
earflaps.

Aerial7 said it has developed “an ultra-slim superior
quality Sound Disk” that is inserted into specially constructed
Kangol jacquard earflaps, also incorporating
a microphone which is compatible with mobile devices
such as the iPhone and Blackberry.

The Kangol x Aerial7 collection is expected to be
launched nationally in “fall/winter 2011.” The hats will
retail for approximately $100.

iHome Intros Latest
New Balance Models

RAHWAY, N.J. — In another audio/athletic partnership,
iHome announced it has expanded its line of New
Balance headphones.

The NB639 ear buds are designed to monitor
such things as heart rate and caloric burn using
an in-line heart-rate monitor and a pedometer. It
charges and syncs via USB, so no batteries are
required.

The ear buds have removable rubber ear hooks
and a detachable cord system. Other features include
a calorie-burning counter, BMI calculator,
real-time voice-over feedback, chronograph, rechargeable
battery and stats tracker. Statistical
data can be exported to a computer for record and
evaluation. They will be available this summer for a
$99.99 suggested retail.

V-Moda Offers Custom Crossfades

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. — V-Moda will offer customized
versions of its flagship metal Crossfade LP headphones
to consumers in honor of its fifth anniversary.

The Crossfade Customs personalization option,
previously only available to select celebrities, the company
said, offers customers six plate color options and
four engraved designs with custom text on a choice of
four base frames.

Initial designs include a numbered jersey, crown,
skull snake and vinyl immortal angel logo. Colors available
for the metal Crossfade LP plates are gold, black,
gunmetal, pink, purple and red.

For a limited time, the Crossfade Custom Program
will be included with every new Crossfade LP
($199.99 retail price) when purchased directly from
V-Moda’s website.

Urbanears Intros 1st In-Ears

NEW YORK — Urbanears introduced its first in-ear
headphones, the Bagis.

The Bagis models feature 9mm drivers, a rubber
housing and TPE cord, and each earpiece snaps
together, allowing users to carry them around their
necks when not in use. An in-line mic and remote are
included.

Frequency response is listed at 20Hz to 20kHz, with
impendence at 16 ohms. Eight colors are offered for $30.

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