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Audio-Technica introduced last week its latest noise-canceling on-ear headphones, model ATH-ANC1.
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The headphones category started 2010 off with a bang, with several companies beginning the new year with new introductions.
Vizio used International CES, held in Las Vegas earlier this month, to announce it was entering the headphones category with the introduction of two products: a pair of wireless headphones and a pair of headphones that feature Bluetooth connectivity.
JBL and Roxy recently introduced a line of co-created portable audio products, this time targeted toward the youth market.
Roxy is a brand of Quicksilver.
The companies said the products are designed for the “surf and mountain casual lifestyle.” There headphones models are part of the line: the Reference 230 ear buds, Reference 430 on-ear DJ-style headphones, and Reference 250 in-ear headphones with microphone for use with mobile phones.
Monster updated its in-ear headphones last week with the introduction of the Turbine Pro.
Billed as high-performance headphones that deliver reference-quality sound, the Turbine Pros feature the company's SuperTip ear tips for noise isolation.
The SuperTips come in two sizes (small and large) with the headphones, along with Monster's traditional ear tips in three sizes and two sets of triple-layered ear tips.
Audio-Technica introduced its ATH-ANC7b noise-canceling headphones this month.
The over-the-ear headphones feature Quiet Point active noise-canceling technology, which detects environmental noise via miniature microphones in each earpiece, and applies a corresponding sound-cancelling signal to block 90 percent of outside noise, according to the company.
Skullcandy said it would be teaming up with the National Basketball Association for a line of player-branded headphones.
Six NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and LeBron James — will be highlighted on the headphones, which all feature official team and NBA logos, integrated jersey mesh, and embroidered player names and numbers.
Sennheiser introduced a variety of new headphones this month in both the wired and wireless categories.
The first models in a series of wireless headphones — models RS 160, RS 170 and RS 180 — are all said to feature audio via uncompressed wireless transmission from Kleer.