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NuForce Primo 8 in-ear headphones announced


NuForce, a name that would be familiar with those who are interested in professional and consumer audio gear, has recently announced the introduction of the NuForce Primo 8, which so happens to be its flagship audiophile-quality in-ear headphones. The NuForce Primo 8 will see the unification of coherence and seamlessness of one-driver earphones alongside the detail and transient speed of balanced armature drivers, resulting in an extraordinarily natural, lifelike sound. This translates to the Primo 8 excelling in its ability to reproduce vocals unlike any other in-ear headphone on the market at this point in time.

NuForce has ensured that every individual Primo 8 earpiece will come with a quartet of proprietary balanced armature speakers in order to form a unique 3-way design. The four balanced-armature drivers that are located in each earphone are capable of delivering smooth, extended response, explosive dynamic realism and fatigue-free sound. Out of that, two of them would operate as one for bass frequencies, where one speaker will cater for the midrange while the other is for treble.

When there are two speakers that work in tandem in order to reproduce the lowest frequency ranges, the listener will be able to experience the purest, most natural bass possible. The Primo 8’s fast, rock-solid bass serves as the foundation for dynamic sound reproduction that was previously available only in the most costly over-ear dynamic and electrostatic designs.

Apart from that, the Primo 8’s proprietary crossover design would also see the earphone’s four speakers singing together in unity as one. Such technology would be clearly audible, where listening to plucked strings would make you feel as though you are attending a “live” event, while percussion explodes in a truly three-dimensional sound stage. The NuForce Primo 8 would retail for a whopping $499, but that is the price one has to pay for quality.

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Skullcandy introduces Women’s headphones and earbuds collection


When it comes to headphones and earphones, this particular industry seems to settle comfortably into a unisex mindset, ranging from its fit to acoustics and design. Well, Skullcandy, ever the innovator, intends to turn things on its head by introducing a range of products that will feature reimagined acoustics, engineering, and industrial design. We are talking about the extremely functional yet relentlessly forward Skullcandy Women’s collection that was specially developed via careful thought and extensive research, having drawn inspiration from within Skullcandy’s very own team of Olympic and Athlete Ambassadors, where among them include the talented pro-snowboarder Kimmy Fasani and pro-surfer Leila Hurst. This particular collection would be a representation of youth, passion, strength, and singularity of the female consumer market.

Michelle Whitehead, Skullcandy’s Director of Brand and Sports Marketing shared, “The truth is there are real anatomical, acoustical, and behavioral differences in how male and female consumers experience our product. Our goal was to understand these differences well enough to design products, from the ground up, that would legitimately improve the audio experience for our female consumer. We are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

All three products, the Knockout, Bombshell, and Dime, did include acoustics, comfort, materialization, fit, and even hygiene during the development process. Apart from that, the collection’s audio drivers have also been custom-tuned to reflect field research that supports the fact that both women and men hear differently (no doubt about that!), as Skullcandy engineers worked round the clock in order to come up with what they deem is the perfect headband fit for the ladies, in addition to earbud size and shape.

Fine tuned and specially engineered for women, this range will be further complimented by premium fabrics and materialization. There are floral prints, rose gold finishes, and subtle stud embellishments which happen to be bold fashion-forward aesthetics that will add a dash of feminine edge to the predominantly unisex category, functioning as a mirror to what female consumers and their unique styles and perspectives carry. Expect Skullcandy Women’s to have launched in the U.S. already, where it will cost anywhere from $29.99 to $99.99, depending on the model that you choose.
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V-MODA announces XS cans that deliver fashion and performance in a single package


It is a pity if hardware manufacturers were to introduce their devices to the masses by concentrating solely on function instead of paying an equal amount of attention to form. Thankfully, the folks over at V-MODA do not think along these lines, and their latest XS headphones are touted to deliver both fashion and performance in a single package. This reflects V-MODA’s commitment to fashion-forward wearable technology, where it merges professional-grade quality and a personalized style.

One must say that the angles and sleek headband design found on the XS “mind the gap” as it minimizes the unsightly space that normally appears between the headband and your head. The end result? We are looking at not only a superior fit, but also added comfort, grander sound and a compact profile. It has taken more than 5 years of R&D to arrive at this particular design which should see it pass through any wind-tunnel tests with flying colors, too.

With the XS headphones from V-MODA, you are able to enjoy long listening sessions in comfort, thanks to supple memory foam cushions which will naturally adapt to your ears for faster “burn-in” and better noise isolation. The XS model happens to be one of the smallest in its category, and this is also due to its patent-pending CliqFold Hinge which will precisely fold the headphones into an impossibly small exoskeleton case. The headphones and case are so tiny that many users in focus groups after giving it a go, decided to ditch their usual in-ear headphones.

Features include patent pending 40mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers without the need for any batteries or artificial sound processing, Dual Inputs and SharePlay with V-CORK seals (patent-pending), a Kevlar-reinforced universal SpeakEasy microphone cable for Apple iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices, as well as a 2-year premier warranty, lifetime 50% immortal life program and V-MODA Six Star Service. You can choose from Matte Black Metal or White Silver colors at $212 a pop.

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SOUL Electronics reveal new Combat series of headphones

soulelectronicsSOUL Electronics intends to deliver a new range of headphones to the masses, and have received the help of two sporting celebrities, Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, and also Tim Tebow. The new Combat range from SOUL Electronics have been touted to be the first-ever true over-ear and on-ear headphone range that was specially developed for athletic performance, hence their ambassadors. The Combat series has been designed to deliver premium-performance comfort as well as audio, where it will include the Combat+ Over-Ear Headphones, Transform On-Ear Headphones and Flex Sport Earphones, so that even those of you who happen to lead an extremely active lifestyle are able to tune in to your favorite songs while sweating it out.

The new Combat range was inspired and rigorously tested by SOUL ambassadors Tim Tebow and Usain Bolt, so you can purchase a pair, rest assured that their performance features and styling have been designed specifically for active people. Some of the features include a wide breathable headband for secure fit, a Comply body heat activated memory foam for comfort and better seal from external noise distraction, sweat-resistant sound drivers, and bacterial resistant surfaces. All of these individual elements were inspired directly from features which Tim Tebow and Usain Bolt require to sustain the intensity of their sports training and active lifestyles.

The Combat Series range would also make sure that the headphones are ideal for most outdoor activities, regardless of whether you are practicing for the big crunch game, or if you are walking the dog around the neighborhood. The Combat+ Over-Ear Headphones will feature Comply body heat activated, breathable memory foam ear pads so that your ears enjoy a perfect fit and comfort, in addition to an extra pair of breathable, washable mesh ear pads.

Not only that, the water/sweat proof earphones also adhere to IPX5 waterproof standards, and accompanied by a bacterial resistant ear hook surface, you have nothing much to worry about.

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JBL WR2.4 headphones introduced

When it comes to the world of headphones, making a particular purchase decision is not all that easy. After all, there are so many models to choose from, and you do not want to end up forking out money for something that does not offer as much bang for your buck as you wished. Well, one name that I am quite sure is able to serve up decent value for money would be JBL, and one of their latest headphones would be the JBL WR2.4. Of course, right off the bat, most folks would notice that the JBL WR2.4 headphones is missing the cord, which is an all too common feature in majority of the headphones out there, leading us to only one conclusion – this is a wireless device which will hopefully live up to the family name.

In a nutshell, without a cable to tether the JBL WR2.4 headphones to a compatible music playback device, you will be able to enjoy untethered freedom to move around, as long as the headphones remain within range, that is. We are looking at approximately 100 feet (30 meters) of reception range, while the nuilt-in rechargeable batteries will let you extend freedom from the AC outlet, too, delivering up to eight hours of continuous playtime.

Apart from wireless convenience, the JBL WR2.4 headphones have also been specially designed to be comfortable to wear, too. It is lightweight in nature, and comes with generously sized padded cups as well as a fully adjustable headband. This would allow you to wear the wireless headphones without suffering from fatigue or feeling hot between the head despite wearing it for an extended period of time. The WR2.4 headphones comes with semi-closed back acoustics to deliver naturally enhanced sound quality via their 18 Hz to 20 kHz sound range, while it has an uncompromising 2.4 GHz digital bandwidth for reception that remains untainted by transmission noise, sporting 32-ohm impedance to deliver a wide range of listening volumes. Running on a pair of AAA batteries, the JBL WR2.4 headphones can be yours for $99.95 per pair.

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Polk Nue Era headphones announced

When it comes to headphones, there are just so many brands hanging around for you to choose from, so much so that it can be rather difficult in making a choice if you are not a well informed consumer. After all, there are two ways to approach a pair of headphones – the first would be by price, while the second is by design. We are glad to say that Polk with their recently announced Nue Era headphones does a pretty good job at maintaining a balance between the two, where it is said to redefine one’s musical style, appealing to fashionistas and audiophiles alike.

The Polk Nue Era headphones come in a jewel-like design complete with understated details, where each pair of in-ear headphones will be able to deliver rich and immersive sound that Polk has finely tuned over the past four decades, although they have decided to throw in a modern twist this time around which will cater to music lovers, especially audiophiles who also value their personal style on an equal basis.

Michael DiTullo, Chief Design Officer, said, “Headphones are an extension of our personality and a reflection of our fashion, however there haven’t been options that capture the timeless, easy-to-wear, vintage American style. In designing the Nue Era, we wanted to create an accessory that felt more like a classic pair of sunglasses, as easy as your favorite pair of jeans, and as well-crafted as a vintage timepiece. This inspiration has resulted in a headphone that is meant to be shown off, even when you want to keep your music all to yourself.”

Detailed and meticulous folks would definitely be able to identify with the amount of attention given to the detailing of the Nue Era headphones, ranging from its small sculpted housing to its sleek tortoise and champagne gold finish, or even the basic black and silver shades. Boasting supple ear tips that come in a range of sizes and shapes, they have been co-molded to the headphone ear tube to deliver the ultimate comfort, in addition to an intuitive three-button cable that makes sure it is a snap to toggle between music and phone calls. The cable itself is gold plated, sporting a precision machined 90-degree connector for a deeper source connection. The asking price? $99 per pair which should be music to your ears.

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Sennheiser announces new Universal range of headsets

When it comes to audio products, you know that you won’t go too far off the right track with audio specialist Sennheiser. In fact, Sennheiser has just announced that they will be rolling out a new range of ‘Universal’ headsets, and the good news is this – all of them will play nice with the latest smartphone devices of today, which happen to hail from a slew of companies such as BlackBerry, Apple, Samsung and HTC. These new headsets will be based on some of Sennheiser’s most successful models, where among them would include the HD 219s on-the-ear headset, the HD 429 around-the-ear headset and the MM 70s ear canal headset.

As mentioned above, these new Universal headsets from Sennheiser will be compatible with just about all smartphone brands and models, and these will include recent hits such as the BlackBerry Z10, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Individual models will offer consumers integrated capabilities in order to manage phone calls, play and pause music, change tracks and adjust the volume, which makes them the ideal tool for listening and communicating while you are on the go.

The HD 219s would come in the form of on-the-ear universal headset for $79.95 a pop, where it delivers vibrant sound and punchy bass. Sporting a closed back design that blocks outside noise in order for you to hear both music and calls without interference, the HD 219s’ high-output neodymium magnets help deliver the perfect combination of precise stereo sound and a powerful bass response, while its in-line remote control, make taking calls a snap.

Then there is the around-the-ear HD 429s universal headset that is going for $99.95, virtually allowing you to enjoy Sennheiser sound quality regardless of where you are without having to miss a call at all. The HD 429s offers outstanding audio performance with a smooth bass response. Last but not least would be the $99.95 MM 70s that was created based on one of Sennheiser most popular ear-canal models. You get a pair of neodymium magnets which will assist in delivering lifelike sound, in addition to a noise isolating design. Any takers?

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Bang & Olufsen delivers BeoPlay H6 headphones

When it comes to quality audio devices, then you know for sure the name Bang & Olufsen will be able to evoke a sense of awe and wonder. B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen has proudly announced a couple of new headphones that will arrive later this July, although we will only concentrate on one – that would be the BeoPlay H6, where this is a super soft, flexible over-ear headphone that offers a sound performance which will elevate audio to another level.

In order to deliver the best possible sound experience for the masses, the folks over at B&O PLAY conducted extensive studies in the shape and curves of the human ear so that they are able to discover the right geometries which will minimize sound leakage, while revealing all the fine details in the music regardless of the current volume level. The BeoPlay H6 will offer a truly natural and authentic sound performance with focus on getting a clear midrange and a balanced bass and treble performance. It has been specially designed around 40 mm custom designed drivers that are accompanied by neodymium magnets which are perfectly angled in order to obtain the best distance and sound direction into the ears. The BeoPlay H6 would also feature an internal bass port that delivers a well-balanced bass performance within a closed headphone design.

The BeoPlay H6 is made out of anodized high-grade aluminium, which would also make it extremely robust and scratch-resistant. The BeoPlay H6 also boasts of anodized aluminum on the adjustable slider arm and cover plate in order to complete the design with a final vibrant touch. The clever use of solid cowhide leather on the BeoPlay H6 headphones that hails from New Zealand is another masterstroke in craftsmanship, as cows there roam in controlled pastures and only the very highest quality hides are selected. You can be assured that each leather product is completely natural, and the leather is dyed with a tanning process which offers colors in rich and warm tones.

The asking price for the BeoPlay H6 would be $399 a pop later this July if you are interested.

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Finger Swipe Headphones

Owning a pair of headphones is no big deal these days, but a pair of wireless headphones? Those tend to still be a novelty among some social circles, but they surely are getting more and more popular considering how there are no pesky wires or cables to worry about. After all, who likes having to unravel cables whenever they are just about to embark on a session of non-stop listening pleasure? Hammacher might have just the thing for those who hate cables – the $149.95 Finger Swipe Headphones.

The Finger Swipe Headphones are not only headphones that feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity, the name itself also implies another trick up its sleeves – they can control the volume with but a single finger slide. Yes sir, it seems that sensitive touchpads that you normally find in smartphones and tablets are now available on the earpieces of the Finger Swipe Headphones itself. Swiping up and down controls the volume, whereas swiping a finger horizontally will advance or rewind a track. Whenever there is an incoming call, the music will stop automatically. Your ears will definitely appreciate the frequency response of 20Hz to 2KHz, where its 40mm drivers deliver rich sound from any audio source. With its built-in rechargeable battery, it can offer up to 10 hours of listening on a single hour charge.

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I-MEGO announces ZTONE in-ear earphones

Wearing a pair of earphones or headphones might be something that many of us take for granted each day, and I am quite sure that you have a brand that you would swear upon, and even put your life on the line to testify to its effectiveness in pumping your favorite tracks to your brain, be it to keep you in “the zone” when you exercise, or simply to help tide you through a difficult moment in your life. Well, if you are not too particular about the kind of earphones you should own, then perhaps we might be able to interest you in the ZTONE in-ear earphones from I-MEGO?

The ZTONE in-ear earphones will rely on a patent-pending design that is meant to deliver a professional monitor-like fit, and it will come with custom-molded ear gels which will adjust to an individual’s unique ear cavity so that it can deliver an exceptionally secure, comfortable fit. I suppose this would work well across listeners of all ages, and you can choose from a quartet of different sized gels in order to figure out the perfect match so as to fill the ear and lock in your tunes. You could say that the ZTONE in-ear earphones has been specially created for the hardcore music fan, professional and amateur DJs, and audiophiles, harmonizing easily with just about any music or style.

Pronounced as “stone,” the ZTONE in-ear earphones is also clearly built for superior clarity and bass with a pair of 10mm speaker drivers, 20-20,000 Hz frequency, 16 ohms impedance, and 105 ± 5dB. The use of braided cables made from genuine silver to deliver impeccable audio to the studio-tuned monitors also work great in tangle prevention, and with additional silicone fittings, stereo and airplane adapters, and a durable metal carrying case, it makes for a compelling purchase.

You will be able to check out the ZTONE in-ear earphones at CES that is happening in just a fortnight’s time, and it has also picked up the gong as a 2013 CES Innovations Honoree. At $99.99 a pop, this does seem to shape up to be a pretty decent purchase, even as a present for yourself to start the new year on a right note.

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