Koss Unveils Wi-Fi Headphone System


Milwaukee - Koss launched a headphone system that uses Wi-Fi to stream music directly from personalized Internet channels.


Known as Striva, the system consists of three parts: the Striva Core, the MyKoss online server and the Striva CAP.

The Striva Core is billed as a miniature battery-powered computer. It's designed to act as a web server and Wi-Fi receiver, and is built into the two Striva headphones.

To operate, the MyKoss online server links wirelessly with Striva products and connects them to remote Internet broadcasting sites, Koss said. It features proprietary software that scans the Internet for free streams and radio stations, and then links the Striva headphones to the proper stream based on music channels that the user has customized. This done using available wireless access points.

The Striva CAP (Content Access Point) is a matchbook-sized wireless access point that plugs into a headphone jack and converts music from a smartphone, music player or computer into a digital TCP/IP stack and transmits it via Wi-Fi directly to the Striva headphones and monitors, Koss said.

The CAP can be used with a wireless router or to create a direct local wireless connection if a router or hot spot isn't available. It has a battery life of three hours and a Wi-Fi range of 300 feet. 

Two different Striva models will be available: the Tap in-ear monitors ($500) and the Pro full-sized headphones ($450). The Tap monitors measure 1.5 inches long and feature microprocessors in each earpiece that reportedly sync the music, so no wires are necessary. They also feature capacitive touch controls that let users adjust volume, change channels or streams, and turn the device on and off.

The Tap monitors have a battery life of two hours, dropping down to 1.2 hours when used with the CAP.

The over-ear model, the Striva Pro, features gesture-based controls on the ear cup for the same functions. Its battery life is listed at 15 hours, dropping down to eight hours when used with the CAP.

Both models have frequency ranges of 10Hz to 20kHz and sensitivities of 95dB.

When asked about any possible sound quality degradation when the music is transmitted via Wi-Fi, a Koss spokesman told TWICE: "The quality was developed to reflect Koss' other products. The Wi-Fi technology allows for better sound and more range. In testing, it showed stronger sound quality than any Bluetooth device or other similar wireless offering, and provides three times more room to tune in -- up to 300 square feet."

The music channels set up via the MyKoss server can be filtered via genre, artist or decade, and users can thumbs-up or thumbs-down songs to adjust their preferences.

Both models will be sold exclusively through Koss.com.


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