A-Audio Legacy Series headphones win CE Week 2014 Best in Show

If you haven’t heard of A-Audio Headphones, it’s time to start paying attention. Today, the company announced their Legacy Series headphones have been awarded a “CE Week 2014 Best in Show” award. A-Audio will use the event to debut their EliteHD audio enhanced line of wired and wireless ANC Legacy over-the-ear headphones, Lyric wired on-the-ear headphones, and EliteHD earphones.

iSkelter launching Beats Station to corral your over-ear headphones

iSkelter’s continuing their mission of covering your desk with organic-modern bamboo design. Their latest product, the Beats Station, gives you a place to hang your Beats by Dre (or other over-ear headphones) and hold your iPhone or iPod, helping you to keep your desk organized and showcasing your headphones.

Kickstarter Find: Headbones bone conducting headphones

Traditional headphones utilize tiny speakers to pump sound straight into your ear canal, but UK-based Damson audio is going a slightly different route with their Headbones. Just launched on Kickstarter, the Headbones let you use your noggin (or, more specifically, your skull bone) to deliver sound without jamming speakers directly in your ear.

Apple introduces MFi specifications for Lightning headphones

Made for iPhone (MFi) specifications have reportedly been released by Apple which cover headphones that utilize an iDevice’s lightning cable port instead of its 3.5mm headphones jack. There are two different types of headphones Apple will support within these specifications: standard and advanced.

Review: Microlab FC60 BT Nearfield speakers

Microlab has announced a new 2.1 channel speaker system: the FC60 BT Desktop Nearfield Speaker. This is a speaker system designed to handle multiple audio inputs, including Bluetooth streaming. Just listen, Microlab said, and that’s exactly what we did.

It’s official; Apple buys Beats for $3 billion

Just as earlier reports and rumors stated, Apple today has made it official by acquiring Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. The purchase price of the two companies was approximately $2.6 billion, with approximately $400 million that will be vested over time. According to the official press release from Apple, the acquisition includes Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining the Apple team.

Apple’s Beats acquisition to be finalized sometime next week

Apple is stepping out of its comfort zone in quite a few ways right now, but one of the most glaring examples of its new business plan is the $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats. Talks between Apple and Beats have all but ended, according to recent reports, though sources speaking with re/code say the deal may not actually be finalized until next week.

Braven 710 Bluetooth speaker now available in iPhone-matching gold

Braven’s Bluetooth speakers incorporate unique features and some stunning industrial design, and their 710-model speaker can now be had in a limited edition gold designed to match your iPhone. Clad in an aluminum shell and boasting an abundance of tech, the Braven 710 is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed to stand out.

UE BOOM Crystal Edition is an Apple Store exclusive

Your summer just got a little more colorful, both visually and aurally. Ultimate Ears has announced they’re selling a new UE BOOM design exclusive for Apple and the UE BOOM Crystal Edition. Why at the Apple Store? Well, take a look at the image. Throw a little purple in there, and you’ve got the old Apple logo.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM Campaign features Imogean Heap, you

If you haven’t seen it yet, Sennheiser recently launched their MOMENTUM campaign, which highlights a hundred unique sound stories about people who push the world forward with their creative passions. “Digital diva” Imogen Heap is the latest in this series, but there’s room for you to add your own voice, and to win some choice prizes.

Veho announces wireless 360° M6 Mode speaker

Veho bills their wireless 360° M6 Mode Bluetooth speaker as being “retro,” but retro is so popular these days that it’s kind of become modern again, right? Retro design or not, the 360° M6 Mode speaker features superior sound quality and allows you to stream your music directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with 6 watts of high fidelity sound.

The 10 most insane Bluetooth speaker designs at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair

I’ve come across some absolutely marvelous Bluetooth speaker systems this week, both in design and functionality. Passing by the booths and sampling the audio, I’ve heard so much Asian pop music that old-school Avril Lavigne was actually a nice respite at one point. But I kept at it, because I never knew when another speaker set designed to look like a crimson aquatic mammal balancing a beach ball on its head was waiting at the end of the aisle.