By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
Indianapolis — Klipsch unveiled additions to its flagship X series of headphones.
The three models — X11i, X7i and X4i — are stepped in a good, better, best placement, all featuring balanced armature drivers. All three also have the company’s signature oval ear tips that are designed for longer comfort and greater noise isolation.
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.”
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.