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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.
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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.
New York — SMS Audio, the manufacturer founded by rapper 50 Cent, added to its Street by 50 headphones line with an on-ear model.
The company also added new colors for the over-ear and in-ear versions.
The on-ear Street by 50 headphones feature 40mm drivers, memory-foam ear cushions, a removable cord with in-line mic and controls, and a hard carry case. This model will come in Shadow Black and Ghost White, and will be available Oct. 7 for a $179 suggested retail.
Wayne, N.J. — JVC introduced three new headphones this week, all of which will be available in October.
The HA-FR6 Gumy Plus in-ear headphones feature in-line mic and controls, 11mm neodymium drivers, and a choice of eight colors. Suggested retail is $14.95.
The HA-S400 on-ear headphones have a foldable design, 30mm drivers, cushioned ear pads and a soft headband. The drivers have carbon nanotubes inside, which, according to JVC, provide “a balance of strength and flexibility that cannot be matched by diaphragms made from metals or plastics.”