By Lisa Johnston
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Genius announced noise-canceling headphones at a $49.99 price point last week.
The GHP-04NC headphones, currently available, are based on the “superposition principle,” the company said. They feature an inverted version of the noise signal to cancel outside noise when two identical sound waves combine. “This result is destructive interference, the most effective way to cancel noise from low-frequency sources,” said Genius.
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.
Panasonic introduced several new headphones at International CES, held earlier this month, including what its calling the world's first high-fidelity in-ear headphones made of Zirconia.
The RP-HJE900 are engineered with Zirconia, making them increasingly durable, Martha Whiteley, a Panasonic spokeswoman, told TWICE, and providing less resonance than materials like plastic or aluminum. They are meant for long-term use and come with detachable wires to allow for this.
New features — such as upgraded listening clarity — are driving the headphones category, while, at the same time, fashion elements — such as style and color — continue to make inroads into consumer buying decisions.
Technological advancements, such as noise cancellation, remain at the forefront in determining headphones purchasing decisions, but shape and shade also have taken on significant roles in helping consumers determine which products move out the door.
German headset manufacturer Beyerdynamic is rolling out several headphones this month at International CES, held here Jan. 8-11. It is the first time the company is introducing products at CES in more than 20 years, it told TWICE.
The MMX 2 is billed by the company as a robust and light gaming tool that operates via USB port. It includes volume controls for the headphones on the mini inline serial USB converter box and a mute button for the built-in microphone.
A robust feature set at a very sharp price point proved a winning combination for Sony, whose MDR NC6 headphones topped unit sales of active noise-canceling headphones for the 12 months ending in May.
Starting out at a suggested price of $59.99 when it debuted in late 2004, and now widely available at a street price less than $45, it is the least-expensive model on the list except for the Philips HN060 ear buds.
Pioneer has introduced HDJ-1000, high-end headphones with a futuristic look that offer lightweight design and exceptional sound quality.
Appealing to serious music lovers, the unit offers a 50-millimeter dome that fully encompasses the ear, giving users the best possible clarity. Maximum input is 3,500 mW.
Sennheiser has begun shipping new in-ear headphone models that are said to block ambient noise and improve bass reproduction.
The CX 400, CX 500, CX 55 Street, and CX 95 Style earphones include easily exchangeable adapter rings to ensure a perfect fit for the ear canal, the company said, as well as newly developed cords that are resistant to handling noise.
Some include cable winders and cases to keep tangled wires at bay.
Speaker supplier Klipsch expanded its presence in the audio field at International CES by introducing its first branded headphones lineup, comprised of the single-SKU Image and the three-SKU Custom line.
At the top of the line is the Image, which Klipsch has dubbed "the world's smallest and lightest full-range in-ear headphone design."