Jabra announced the availability of its Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, claiming them to be the first stereo earbuds with a built-in biometric heart rate monitor and related app.
Plantronics today announced new wireless active noise-cancelling headphones with enhanced battery power. The over-the-ear BackBeat PRO Bluetooth headphones are available for $249.99 and promise 24 hours of listening time on a single charge.
There’s a new headphone brand in town, and this one comes from a company with a rich history in studio microphone technology and design. Not surprisingly, its focus is on audio quality, but with a refreshing, healthy nod to design as well. That company, Blue, today introduced Mo-Fi, which it claims features the world’s first built-in “audiophile” amplifier in a pair of headphones.
Cambridge Audio is really good at one thing, and that’s speakers (and the accessories that go with). The way they go about crafting audio products, one might think it’s equal parts engineering and magic. You’ll always hear more coming out of Cambridge Audio speakers than what they look like they’re capable of. And the sound is nothing shy of impressive.
Although there’s been some backlash lately against music streaming services, that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down. Just last month, I finally made the leap to Spotify Premium and I’d be lying if I said my life isn’t monumentally better as a result. Finally, I can listen to “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn even when I’m underground. So, it’s no surprise that YouTube has decided to try its hand at a streaming music subscription service. Although it’s not yet official, new screen leaks suggest that YouTube will be realeasing YouTube Music Key to compete in the streaming game.
I’ve had my eye on V-Moda for a while. Not only have they received some recent awards, but the trend of melding fashion with wearable tech puts a bullseye right on the company. The thing is, V-Moda hasn’t been doing anything different since their humble beginnings. People have finally caught on to the notion that tech should look as good as it performs.
Klipsch has launched its Reference R6m in-ear monitor, a universal headphone for any device. The product joins Klipsch’s other Reference Series headphones: the R6 and R6i.
Although technological advances have been marching us toward environments of wireless-everything, cables are still a reality. Even if you don’t mind how they coil about and criss-cross everywhere, wires still require management. Unless you really, truly don’t care. But the rest of us prefer to have a little organization and tidiness.
If you’ve ever tried running or working out with a set of cabled headphones, you likely know the feeling of inconvenience they present. If the cords aren’t getting in the way somehow, they’re banging around and generating line noise. When you’re done, they need to get wrapped up without tangling. Depending on the workout intensity, you might need to wipe sweat and/or grime off too.
A downside to using hoodies is that you cannot actually use the hood while still wearing regular headphones. Betabrand says that it has an answer to this problem with a new hoodie that lets sound pass through but not dust or water. The Betabrand hoodie costs just $158, and the company says that it is using an “acoustically transparent” fabric to improve sound quality through the hood.
The market for Bluetooth speakers is pretty packed, so it can clever engineering, marketing, or both to stand out and attract attention. While speakers still come in a variety of shapes and sizes, “rectangular” or “cylindrical” still appear to dominate. Yawn. Boring.
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, it’s not an easy thing to stand apart from the rest. As you should know by now, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes by all sorts of different manufacturers. But while I was roaming around at CES 2014 earlier this year, one in particular caught my eye at the iLuv booth.