By Lisa Johnston
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San Diego — JLab will begin shipping its Epic ear buds on Nov. 12.
The ear buds feature 13mm drivers, in-line mic and controls, a tangle-free flat cable and four sizes of the company’s rotating Cush Fins, meant to stay in place regardless of the user’s ear shape and size. Six gel tips are also included, as is a travel case.
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Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche expanded its headphones offering with the addition of the LobeDope model, available in six colors.
The on-ear headphones have 40mm drivers and a polymer construction with a flexible headband. They’re priced at $34.99 with an in-line remote and mic, or $29.99 without.
The design is meant to invoke Scosche’s hometown Southern California culture. Colors include Surf, Bubble Gum, Sundown, Envy, Brush Fire, gray and black. They’re currently available.
San Francisco — SOL Republic furthered its partnership with Motorola on Tuesday with the launch of SOL’s first wireless headphones.
As with other SOL headphones, the drivers for the Tracks Air can be detached from the headband, enabling users to swap headbands in different colors. The Tracks Air will feature specially designed headbands and won’t be operable with SOL’s non-Air headbands.
Morgan Hill, Calif. — Om Audio launched its brand and its first product this week, the Inearpeace in-ear monitor.
The Inearpeace features the company’s two-way driver technology, which has a balanced-armature driver and a 10mm coiled bass driver. The pressure-relief design of the monitors is meant to reduce wearing “fatigue.” Frequency response is listed at 20Hz to 20kHz, with impedance of 118dB and sensitivity of 101dB at 1kHz.
Denver — Auralic will turn up Friday at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest to launch the first-of-their-kind Gemini 1000 and 2000 headphone docks.
The docks combine Class A headphone amp, multi-format USB DAC, music-file decoding and solid-state music storage in a compact tabletop form that also stores a person’s headphones.
They will be available at retail in November at a suggested $995 and $1,995, respectively.
Delray Beach, Fla. — KidzSafe, a brand distributed by rapper 50 Cent’s SMS Audio company, debuted a new line of headphones designed to protect children from damaging sound.
The MyDesign Do It Yourself (DIY) line features over-ear and ear bud models, both of which have decibel-limiting technology. The sound will not reach more than 85dB, according to the company, said to be a safe level of noise for children.
New York — HTC is selling its Beats Electronics shares back to the company, a deal expected to close in the fourth quarter.
HTC purchased a 51 percent equity stake in Beats Electronics in August 2011. As of yesterday, its remaining stake was 24.84 percent, which it is selling for $265 million.
HTC noted in the statement that it would also receive the repayment of a $150 million promissory note plus accrued interests.
Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche Industries announced it will have a limited-edition digital camouflage version of its RH656M on-ear headphones.
The headphones feature 40mm drivers in vented enclosures. Other design details include memory-foam ear cushions, a machined-aluminum construction, angled 3.5mm connector, in-line remote and mic, and a $129 price tag and have begun shipping.
Stamford, Conn. — Harman International expanded its JBL brand of headphones with the formal debut of the Synchros line on Wednesday.
All five Synchros models make use of JBL’s new LiveStage signal processing technology, said to recreate a warm, natural feeling, as well as the company’s PureBass technology.
Newark, N.J. — Panasonic expanded its headphones offering with the addition of six models, including two in-ear models.
The RP-HT480C Street Band Monitor headphones feature 50mm drivers, padded ear cups and headband, and a fold-flat design. Three colors are offered: glossy black, glossy white and matte dark silver. Frequency response is listed at 8Hz to 30kHz with sensitivity of 100 dB/mW and impedance of 24 ohms. Suggested retail is $149; they are currently available.