LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Kenwood has officially entered the headphones market.
Three models mark the company’s category debut, which Dave Hoag, sales VP, called “part of a significant shift in our product philosophy.”
The in-ear KH-CR500 headphones have an $80 suggested retail and come with three sets of memory-foam ear cushions and three sets of silicone.
The waterproof KH-SR800 sport headphones ($120) are designed to be worn without interfering with glasses, the cord and clip snaking behind the neck. They come with both silicone and open-type ear pieces, the latter enabling ambient noise to seep in for runners and bikers. Both in-ear models have 10mm drivers.
The third model, KH-KR900, has an over-ear, fold-flat design with 40mm drivers and a $200 price tag. The housings feature four ports that are each tuned for specific frequencies, which Kenwood called its “Quad Duct Engine.” A detachable, 4-foot flat cord is included.
The headphones will be sold through specialty retailers, Kenwood said.