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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.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
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.
Berlin, Germany – Headphone maker SOL Republic has launched its priciest earphones yet, the Master Tracks XC, here at IFA yesterday afternoon.
Company co-founder Seth Combs, one of the masterminds behind Monster Beats headphones, also demonstrated the advanced attributes of the Deck Bluetooth 3.0 wireless speakers designed to be color-matched with the new Moto X, but don't need to be used with the new smartphone from Motorola.
Redmond, Wash. — Kinivo announced an entry-level Bluetooth headset on Wednesday.
The BTM440, which carries a $24.99 suggested retail, features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 4.5 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby. It charges via MicroUSB.
The headset can automatically pause music for incoming calls, and the on-device controls are engineered for easy use, the company said. It can make calls using voice dialing.
The BTM440 is currently available through the company’s website and Amazon.com.
Indianapolis — Klipsch unveiled additions to its flagship X series of headphones.
The three models — X11i, X7i and X4i — are stepped in a good, better, best placement, all featuring balanced armature drivers. All three also have the company’s signature oval ear tips that are designed for longer comfort and greater noise isolation.