Auralic Reveals Combination DAC, Headphone Amp

Auralic Reveals Combination DAC, Headphone Amp

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 10 2013 - 4:51pm

Auralic’s Gemini 1000 and 2000 headphone docks retail for a suggested $995 and $
Auralic’s Gemini 1000 and 2000 headphone docks retail for a suggested $995 and $1,995, respectively.


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.

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50 Cent’s SMS Audio Expands KidzSafe Line

50 Cent’s SMS Audio Expands KidzSafe Line

By Lisa Johnston On Oct 10 2013 - 11:16am

The MyDesign DIY headphones feature 40mm drivers with sound-limiting technology.
The MyDesign DIY headphones feature 40mm drivers with sound-limiting technology.


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.  

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HTC Sells Stake Back To Beats

HTC Sells Stake Back To Beats

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 27 2013 - 10:03am




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.

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Scosche Debuts Limited-Edition Camo Headphones

Scosche Debuts Limited-Edition Camo Headphones

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 20 2013 - 10:02am

The RH656M have a $129 suggested retail.
The RH656M have a $129 suggested retail.


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.

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Harman Debuts JBL Synchros Headphones Line

Harman Debuts JBL Synchros Headphones Line

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 18 2013 - 8:39am

The JBL Synchros S700 headphones are the flagship of the line.
The JBL Synchros S700 headphones are the flagship of the line.


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.  

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Panasonic Expands Headphones

Panasonic Expands Headphones

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 12 2013 - 3:55pm

The RP-HT480C retail for a suggested $149.
The RP-HT480C retail for a suggested $149.


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.  

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SOL Republic Bows Higher-End Master Tracks XC Headphones

SOL Republic Bows Higher-End Master Tracks XC Headphones

By Stewart Wolpin On Sep 5 2013 - 4:05pm


Sol's Seth Combs


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.

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Skullcandy Names O’Neill To Board Of Directors

Skullcandy Names O’Neill To Board Of Directors

By TWICE Staff On Aug 26 2013 - 4:24pm

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Park City, Utah — Skullcandy has appointed Heidi O'Neill to its board of directors.

O’Neill is VP and general manager of women’s training and fitness at Nike.

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Kinivo Bows Bluetooth Headset

Kinivo Bows Bluetooth Headset

By Lisa Johnston On Aug 14 2013 - 3:31pm

The BTM440 carries a $24.99 suggested retail.
The BTM440 carries a $24.99 suggested retail.


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.

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SMS Adds On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

SMS Adds On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

By Lisa Johnston On Aug 14 2013 - 11:10am

The Sync by 50 on-ear headphones have a $229 suggested retail.
The Sync by 50 on-ear headphones have a $229 suggested retail.


Delray Beach, Fla. — SMS Audio made its third product announcement of the month, this time unveiling on-ear versions of its Sync by 50 wireless headphones.

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