San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Mahwah, N.J. — Denon added six models to its budding headphones brand this week.
The new additions, all currently shipping, are designed as lower-priced options for the lifestyle brand, the company said. The additions include two Music Maniac models and four Urban Ravers.
The Music Maniac models include the on-ear AH-D340 ($299 suggested retail) and in-ear AH-C250 ($249). The new Urban Ravers will come in a choice of two new color designs for the on-ear versions ($199), and two new in-ear color designs ($99.99).
New York — 50 Cent’s SMS Audio headphones company announced Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley has joined as an investment partner and a member of the board of directors.
Timbaland, a rapper and music producer, will have “substantial involvement in the design and audio engineering process for new SMS Audio products,” the company said.
Old Lyme, Conn. — Sennheiser today promoted two key executives within its U.S. organization.
Keith Kranepool has been named sales and product marketing VP, consumer, replacing Bill Whearty who held the position since 2006. Whearty has been tapped to lead Sennheiser's fastest growing channel — telecommunications — and has been named sales and marketing VP, telecommunications.
Baltimore — Polk Audio is expanding its headphone selection to 10 models with the brand’s first three headphones designed for use with Android smartphones and with a new noise-canceling headphone that adds hands-free microphone and in-line Apple controls.
Each model is available in multiple colors.
Port Washington, N.Y. — iLuv Creative Technology introduced new over-ear headphones as part of its Fashionology collection.
The ReF model, which features 40mm drivers, has a canvas-covered exterior and leather ear cups. It comes in red, navy, black or white for a $129 suggested retail.
Two versions are offered — one for Apple (iHP635), one for other smartphones (iHP636) — and both have in-line mics on the fabric-covered cables. The Apple version also adds track and volume controls.
New York — Monster is teaming up with Spike TV for a camouflage version of its DNA headphone.
The model will be sold exclusively through Best Buy beginning on Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), and is part of Spike TV’s “Hire A Vet” campaign, which encourages companies to hire veterans and provides resources to help to do so.
Lawrence, Kan. — MartinLogan added to its line of headphones with the introduction of the Mikros 90, its first on-ear model.
The Mikros 90 ($299 suggested retail) has 35mm drivers, a leather and aluminum construction, and ear pads that are said to isolate up to 92.05 percent of ambient noise. Features include a sound-dampening rubberized cord, folding design and in-line mic and controls. Frequency response is listed at 6Hz to 22kHz, with impedance of 26 ohms, sensitivity of 98dB and max power of 300mW.
Los Angeles – V-Moda today formally introduced a new flagship to its top-of-line Crossfade series headphones after months of online input from consumers and audiophiles.
San Francisco — SOL Republic has begun shipping its Collegiate line of Track on-ear headphones.
The interchangeable, modular headphones can be purchased with 24 different university styles, with more scheduled to come, and feature in-line mic and controls.
New York – Monster announced the expansion of several headphones lines yesterday at a showcase for the press, here.
Monster added a white, on-ear version of its Diesel Noise Division Vektr headphones. The white Vektr, co-developed by Monster and Diesel, is a tri-folding headphone that joins the current black model, and features proprietary titanium-coated driver technology that delivers Pure Monster Sound with a minimum of distortion, according to the company. The cable features a distinct triangular section that prevents tangling.