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Nashua, N.H. — Jabra continued its February debut of new products with the addition of the Play and Tag Bluetooth headsets, the latter of which features a built-in FM radio.
Both models are designed for users who want a single device for taking calls and listening to music.
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Nashua, N.H. — Jabra took the wraps of its next Bluetooth headset, the Motion, mean for use in unified communication (UC) environments.
The device features motion sensors that let users answer calls by picking up the headset, adjust the volume while walking using intelligent noise control, and turn it off by placing it down. It has a foldable boom, behind-the-ear design and nearfield communications (NFC) pairing. The speaker can be rotated for left- or right-ear wearing, and three sizes of ear gels are included.
Dover, N.H. — VXi has begun shipping the newest Bluetooth headset in its BlueParrott line: the Xpressway II.
The $119 headset, which was first introduced at International CES in January, offers a variety of wearing configurations: over the ear using an ear hook, over the head, and behind the neck. It uses the company’s Xtreme Noise Suppression technology to reduce ambient noise by 94 percent, according to the company, and features A2DP support.
Los Angeles – Beats Electronics filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that three Yamaha Pro series headphones infringe on the company’s trade dress and two patents.
Beats said it had notified Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA) that the Pro headphones violated its patents and trade dress but said Yamaha continued to manufacture and sell the infringing models.
Indianapolis — Klipsch announced it is teaming with Ride Snowboards for a series of marketing efforts for its headphones.
The partnership is designed to raise Klipsch’s awareness within the snowboard consumer market, Klipsch said, specifically for its Image S4i Rugged and Image A5i Sport headphones.
The brand will be featured within select Ride Snowboards marketing channels and social-media networks, and the pair will also run co-branded contests, sweepstakes and giveaways.
Santa Cruz, Calif. — Plantronics took the wraps off a Bluetooth headset with in-vehicle charging that’s meant for commercial drivers.
The Blacktop 500 is an in-vehicle version of the company’s Blackwire 710 headset. Its in-vehicle charging system is designed for unlimited talk time.
The headset also has road- and engine-noise cancellation, an adjustable headband and multi-device connectivity.
A full charge delivers up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time. iOS devices can make use of a headset battery meter.
LAS VEGAS — Soul Electronics, the headphones manufacturer helmed by rapper Ludacris, used International CES to launch its Tim Tebow line and had Tebow himself unveil the line at a press conference on Thursday at the Venetian.
Tebow skillfully side-stepped questions about his current NFL status — one of the models is named the Jet, which, as Tebow pointed out, really refers to its designated audience, the business traveler.
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.