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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.
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.
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.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Turtle Beach announced it is teaming with Microsoft to create headsets designed specifically for the Xbox One.
Products details weren’t available, but Turtle Beach said it “will be among the first to market with Microsoft-licensed gaming headsets for the Xbox One. A spokeswoman told TWICE details will be announced during E3 in June.
Solon, Ohio –– CAD Audio is rolling out new custom color options for its flagship Sessions MH510 headphones.
The company said the new line is in response to "numerous requests from artists, producers and users."
The new Sessions MH510GD headphones in gold/white are now available, and will be followed to market by chrome/white, high-tech gray/white and pink/white color options.
Sessions headphones are currently available in black, white/red, black chrome and black/orange designs.
Santa Monica, Calif. — Beats by Dr. Dre has expanded its Beats Mixr line to include new colors.
The five new neon colors will be available exclusively through Target and the company’s website until June 2 and will roll out to other retailers thereafter, a Beats spokeswoman told TWICE. They became available on Target.com today and will be sold in Target’s brick-and-mortar stores starting May 19.
Los Angeles – Audyssey has developed audio technologies that headphone suppliers can use to optimize the sound output of specific headphone models connected to smartphones and tablets.
The technologies also maintain perceived bass response that would normally be lost at lower listening levels.