Philips Intros Headphones, Control Accessories

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NEW YORK — Philips this month announced several new additions to its accessories lines.

Included in the company-wide product launch, Philips announced a line of new headphones that are geared toward the younger consumer and feature construction inspired by designer O’Neill.

The top of the O’Neill line, at $99.99, are the over-ear Stretch headphones. Featuring a “flexible and tough” cushioned headband, the pair have a design that keep in line with O’Neill’s wetsuits. Other elements include 40mm drivers, neoprene padding, a tangle-free cable and noise-isolating ear cushions.

The over-ear, “street art and digital media”-inspired Snugs headphones also have 400mm drivers, but they will retail for $59.99. Features include tanglefree cable, reinforced connectors and noise-isolating ear cushions.

The Covert in-ear headphones ($49.99) have 13mm drivers, in-line control and microphone, and noise-isolating soft caps, while the Specked headphones ($29.99) have 9mm drivers, tangle-free cable and colored silicon sleeves.

All of the headphones will be available in September.

Meantime, Philips Pronto, the division headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, introduced a line of accessories designed by Polar Bear Solutions, intended to enhance the performance of the company’s Pronto control products.

The new line consists of two wall docking stations, a power sensor relay and a video sensor.

The wall docks (models PBS9600W and PBS9800W) are flush-mount in-wall docks that allow the Pronto TSU9600 and TSU9800 control panels to be stored in wall, extending the possible uses of the panels and allowing the product to compete with other more expensive solutions, the company said.

The PBS9600W a llows for the removal of the TSU9600 from the wall. A set of four buttons located at the base of the dock can be used for critical services regardless of whether TSU9600 is charging in the dock or has been left elsewhere in the room. These buttons allow for integration into an existing lighting control solution, such as Lutron or iLight systems. They can also be used to control a projector screen or automate other home systems.

The PBS9800W flush-wall-mount kit comes in two parts: the wall box and the main caddy and frame. The bezel can be removed to gain access to the USB connector and power switch without removing the entire unit from the wall.

The power sensor relay PBS1001S is a small device that sits in line with the main supply to a component such as a DVD player, flat-screen television or set-top box, and monitors the current energy usage of the device. The unit provides physical feedback via an output contact to indicate if the unit is on or in standby mode. When used with Pronto’s RFX9600 extenders sensor inputs, this information can be used within a control system to manage the power status of devices or to be used to determine the appropriate IR codes for control.

All three accessories are now available through authorized U.S. Philips Pronto distributors.


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