Headphones Manufacturers Storm Into The New Year With Product Introductions

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Headphones started off the new year strongly with a slew of product introductions and upgrades at a vast range of price points.

TWICE has rounded up some of the newest products being announced, some of which are being shown at International CES, being held in Las Vegas this week.

Able Planet will be introducing its new Signature series of headphones with their sponsored pro athletes. Athletes include Ashley Fiolek, pro motocross racer; Chris “Birdman” Andersen of the NBA; Jesse Heilman, a pro surfer.

The noise-canceling headphones will feature the company’s Linx audio technology as well as in-line volume control. Frequency response is listed at 20Hz to 20,000Hz. The headphones come with a carrying pouch. Pricing and availability wasn’t given at press time.

Able Planet

will also be launching a line of camothemed headphones meant for gamers, but more details weren’t available at press time.


is showing at CES its in-ear ATHANC23 QuietPoint active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones. Suggested retail is $99.95. They are offered in a range of colors, including black, white and red, and come with Comply ear tips and in-line microphone.

They will be available in February.


is launching two new earphones. The iEP525 earphones come with a remote and microphone. They come with a built-in high-performance driver for high note precision and vibrating woofer driver for strong bass, the company said.

The second model, the iEP526, is designed for smartphones and comes with an included audio and mic splitter cable that enables use for VoIP calls. They come with large, medium and small ear tips.


is launching several headphones in its XX series, including the HA-MX5, an around-the-ear headphone with 50mm neodymium drivers and bass ports. Features consist of rubber protector for durability, memory-foam ear pads, 3mm-thick 1.2m OFC cable (Y-type), and goldplated 3.5mm stereo straight plug. They will be available for $49.95.

The HA-S4X on-the-ear headband headphones have 4 0 m m neodymium drivers and bass ports and similar features as the HA-MX5. Suggested retail is $39.95.

The HA-FX1X are in-ear headphones with 10mm drivers and bass ports. They have an angled design and three sizes of silicone ear pieces. A carrying pouch is included. They will retail for $29.95.

All will be available in March.


will be showing its Monster Buds ear bud line at CES. Currently available, the line retails for a suggested $9.99 and is available in five colors. Each headset’s monster character is able to slide up and down and serves as the set’s cord-management system. Monster Buds come with two extra ear cushions, a carry pouch and a clip.


said it would be adding to its line of Miles Davis in-ear headphones with the addition of the Miles Davis Trumpet version. Few details were available at press time other than that they would contain what the company called “the world’s smallest driver.” Pricing and availability weren’t given.

Wicked Audio

said it has upgraded three lines of its headphones to now include a built-in microphone. The Tour, Jaw Breakers and Metallics will retail for respective suggested retails of $24.99, $14.99 and $19.99.


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