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Miami Beach, Fla. — Muzik said it is readying a pair of headphones that will enables users to share music directly from the headphones.
The company also said it plans to unveil a full line of smart audio products, but further details weren’t available. The headphones and audio products are said to be part of the company’s “Social Smartware” intentions, which it described as “the seamless connection of consumer electronic devices, content and social media platforms to make music instantly discoverable and shareable in an effortless way.”
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Old Lyme, Conn. — Sennheiser introduced a mobile headset designed for unified communications (UC) use.
The Presence Mobile series headset comes with a USB dongle and is optimized for use with Microsoft Lync for workers needing UC capabilities.
Features include three digital microphones; the company’s SpeakFocus technology, said to filter out background noise for improved call clarity; and WindSafe technology for wind-noise reduction.
Baltimore — Polk unveiled a pair of fashion-themed in-ear headphones on Thursday.
The Nue Era headphones, which carry a $99.99 suggested retail, come in tortoise and gold, or black and silver designs. The 13.5mm drivers have polymer resin housings, which Polk said has “excellent audio damping properties.” Frequency response is listed at 10Hz to 14kHz, with impedance of 16 ohms and sensitivity of 101.2dB.
Other features include iOS-compatible in-line mic and controls, 90-degree connector, and three different choices of ear tips.
Old Lyme, Conn. — Sennheiser expanded its Momentum headphones line with the unveiling of an on-ear model.
The stainless-steel headphones have ear pads made of Alcantara, a plush fabric often used in vehicles, and feature a detachable cable with an in-line remote and mic.
According to Sennheiser’s website, frequency response will be 16Hz to 22kHz, with impedance of 18 ohms and sound pressure level of 112dB.
Four colors will be offered: ivory, pink, blue and green. They will be available at the end of this month for $229.
Wedemark, Germany - Sennheiser is expanding its corporate and manufacturing headquarters to accomodate the company's growth.
Construction on the company’s new Innovation Campus will begin next month. The building complex will grow Sennheiser's meeting and office space and add a new childcare building, an expanded conference facility and a 199-seat theater, all slated to open in 2014.
Indianapolis — Klipsch said it’s now shipping its latest in-ear headphones, the S3m.
The S3m feature 5.3mm dynamic drivers, Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips, and a universal in-line mic and remote. Five colors are available: black, white, blue, red or jade.
Frequency response is listed at 12Hz to 18kHz, with sensitivity of 106dB and impedance of 18 ohms at 1kHz.
Suggested retail is $49.99. A carry case, clothing clip and three sizes of ear tips are included.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Acoustic Research announced a line of ear buds sold exclusively through Amazon.
The Performance series, which consists of three models, will never be sold through another retailer, a spokesman told TWICE. They were designed with all consumers in mind and not for any one specific demographic.
All three have 10mm drivers with metal housings. The HP1000 has a gold-plated connector and ships with a zip-up carrying case and three sets of ear buds. Suggested retail is $39.99.
New York — Bose came to noisy Grand Central Terminal, here, to expand its noise-canceling headphone lineup with its first in-ear noise-canceling model, said to be the first in the industry with a selectable Aware mode that lets users hear car horns or conversations while listening to music.
Colorado Springs, Colo. — Westone has begun shipping its first earphones with dynamic drivers, marking the company’s deepening expansion into the consumer headphone market.
John Lowrey, audio division VP at Westone, told TWICE that the company plans to use its more than 50 years of experience making the ear molds used in monitors for musicians and in hearing protection as its approach for perfect-fitting consumer headphones.
New York — Outdoor Tech expanded its line of headphones to add a Bluetooth model that comes with a battery-level indicator.
The Tuis headphones feature 40mm drivers, onboard controls, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP streaming and a built-in mic. Playtime is listed at 16 hours with 200 hours of standby time. When the headphones are paired with an iPhone, a battery-status indicator will appear next to the phone’s battery status, a spokeswoman told TWICE.