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Harman Debuts JBL Synchros

STAMFORD, CONN. — Harman International expanded its JBL brand of headphones with the debut of the Synchros line. All five models make use of JBL’s new LiveStage signal processing technology, said to recreate a warm, natural feeling, as well as the company’s PureBass technology.

The flagship of the line, the S700 over-ear headphones, feature 50mm drivers; detachable cable with in-line remote and mic; and a die-cast aluminum construction with woven fabric accents, steel headband and leather ear cushions. These are powered headphones that operate via a rechargeable lithium-ion battery; battery life is said to be 28 hours. Two colors will be offered: Onyx and Glacier. Suggested retail is $349.

Another over-ear model, the Synchros S500 ($299), has similar specs as the S700 but is powered by two AAA batteries. Battery life is listed at 20 hours. These will also come in Onyx and Glacier.

In on-ear headphones, the Synchros S300 ($199) have 40mm drivers, a steel headband and leather ear cushions. The S300 will fold for storage and come in six colors.

For in-ear models, Harman debuted the S200 ($129) and the S100 ($99.95). The former has 10mm drivers, while the latter has 9mm drivers. Both have aluminum ear pieces and angled ear tips, and both come with a pair of Comply foam tips in addition to three sizes of silicone ear tips. They will be offered in Onyx and Glacier, with or without in-line controls. All are currently available.

Klipsch Shows Status

INDIANAPOLIS — Klipsch launched the Status over-ear headphones earlier this month, billed as being made of “virtually indestructible materials.” According to the company, the Status headphones are designed with the same durable material used in high-end eyewear: Grilamid TR. They come in black or white.

Other details include 40mm drivers, memory-foam ear cups, detachable cloth cables with in-line controls and a $249 price tag. They will be available this month.

Phiaton Intros Carbon Graphite Model

NEW YORK — Phiaton took the wraps off two new models last week: the Fusion MS 430 and the Chord MS 530. The MS 430, with 40mm drivers, are constructed of a carbon graphite material, intended to make them extremely lightweight and durable. They are encased in a high polymer enclosure that delivers improved resonance, the company said. Two oxygen-free cables are included. Suggested retail is $179; they ship Oct. 1.

The Chord MS 530 headphones employ Bluetooth 4.0 and active noise canceling. Features include 40mm drivers, dual mics, AptX, and a battery life of 30 hours of music time. They will ship Oct. 8 for $349.

Bell’O Digital Adds New Colors

MORGANVILLE, N.J. — Bell’O Digital added three colors to its BDH821 over-the-ear line.

The new color combinations include: brown, tan with dark chrome; black, blue with dark chrome; and black, graphite with chrome. A total of five designs are now available to choose from, and the updated colors were chosen to complement the new colors of the season, the company said. They’re currently available for a $49.99 suggested retail.

Polk Adds Buckle, Hinge

BALTIMORE — Polk unveiled the Buckle and Hinge headphones last week, part of the company’s Heritage Collection.

With contrasting stitching and metal detailing, the headphones are meant to have a classic retro design. Both feature 40mm drivers and Apple-compatible in-line mic and controls. The Buckle ($249) is an over-ear model while the Hinge ($149) rests on the wearer’s ears.

Two colors will be offered: black/silver and brown/gold. They’re currently available.

Polk is a Sound United brand.


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