San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Brisbane, Calif. — Monster announced it has teamed with Grammy Award-winner Emilio Estefan for its latest headphones line.
Two models make up the Sound Machine line: an on-ear ($149) and an over-ear ($249). The former has 30mm drivers while the latter has 40mm drivers and DJ-inspired swivel hinges.
Wayne, N.J. — JVC has begun shipping the three newest additions to its Xtreme Xplosives series of headphones.
All of the headphones were first shown during International CES in January.
The on-ear headphones, model HA-S44X, have 40mm drivers and an oxygen-free copper cable. Suggested retail is $39.95. A version with an in-line mic and one-button remote is available (model HA-SR44X, $49.95). The controls are said to be compatible with most smartphones.
New York -- Sony today began taking preorders for the latest addition to its flagship X headphones line.
The X05 on-ear model features 40mm drivers and neodymium magnets to produce a frequency response of 4 to 24 kHz.
Pressure-relieving urethane foam earpads and a tightly sealed acoustic design offe passive noise cancellation and improved extended bass, the company said.
Nashua, N.H. — Jabra continued its February debut of new products with the addition of the Play and Tag Bluetooth headsets, the latter of which features a built-in FM radio.
Both models are designed for users who want a single device for taking calls and listening to music.
Nashua, N.H. — Jabra took the wraps of its next Bluetooth headset, the Motion, mean for use in unified communication (UC) environments.
The device features motion sensors that let users answer calls by picking up the headset, adjust the volume while walking using intelligent noise control, and turn it off by placing it down. It has a foldable boom, behind-the-ear design and nearfield communications (NFC) pairing. The speaker can be rotated for left- or right-ear wearing, and three sizes of ear gels are included.
Dover, N.H. — VXi has begun shipping the newest Bluetooth headset in its BlueParrott line: the Xpressway II.
The $119 headset, which was first introduced at International CES in January, offers a variety of wearing configurations: over the ear using an ear hook, over the head, and behind the neck. It uses the company’s Xtreme Noise Suppression technology to reduce ambient noise by 94 percent, according to the company, and features A2DP support.
Los Angeles – Beats Electronics filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that three Yamaha Pro series headphones infringe on the company’s trade dress and two patents.
Beats said it had notified Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA) that the Pro headphones violated its patents and trade dress but said Yamaha continued to manufacture and sell the infringing models.
Indianapolis — Klipsch announced it is teaming with Ride Snowboards for a series of marketing efforts for its headphones.
The partnership is designed to raise Klipsch’s awareness within the snowboard consumer market, Klipsch said, specifically for its Image S4i Rugged and Image A5i Sport headphones.
The brand will be featured within select Ride Snowboards marketing channels and social-media networks, and the pair will also run co-branded contests, sweepstakes and giveaways.
Santa Cruz, Calif. — Plantronics took the wraps off a Bluetooth headset with in-vehicle charging that’s meant for commercial drivers.
The Blacktop 500 is an in-vehicle version of the company’s Blackwire 710 headset. Its in-vehicle charging system is designed for unlimited talk time.
The headset also has road- and engine-noise cancellation, an adjustable headband and multi-device connectivity.
A full charge delivers up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time. iOS devices can make use of a headset battery meter.
LAS VEGAS — Soul Electronics, the headphones manufacturer helmed by rapper Ludacris, used International CES to launch its Tim Tebow line and had Tebow himself unveil the line at a press conference on Thursday at the Venetian.
Tebow skillfully side-stepped questions about his current NFL status — one of the models is named the Jet, which, as Tebow pointed out, really refers to its designated audience, the business traveler.