iRiver and Speedo have teamed to create the LZR Aquabeat Racer. This ergonomic, rubber MP3 player can hold 2GB of memory and will play about 30 minutes per charge. Not only is the device waterproof, it has a depth limit of about 10 ft. It features basic controls such as play/volume/stop/change track and supports MP3 and WMA files. The Aquabeat is only in Japan for now for ¥12,800 ($145.00.)
Logitech is pleased to present their Ultimate Ears 700 to everyone. Already used by professionals, hook them up to your iPod, MP3 player or computer and enjoy a custom tuned dual armature layout and a frequency response of 10 Hz to 16.5 kHz in two channels per ear. The earphones come with case and an assortment of soft-silicone ear cushions with Comply foam comfort. Logitech promises passive noise isolation of up to 26 dB. Look for them this month with a MSRP of $229.99.
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Elecom has teamed with Power Graphixx and Rotterdam’s doing to come up with 6 different Limited Edition Earphones. The company promises less distortion and outside noise with its closed mold design. Each set has an impedance of 16 ohm, a pressure response of 92dB/1mW, playback frequency of 20Hz - 20kHz and a 1.2m cord length. Plug into your iPod or other PMP in with its 3.5mm stereo mini-plug. Select your favorite for $29.99.
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There is still time to get that last minute gift for your favorite valentine. Let everyone know the object of your affection when he/she uses their iPod, MP3 player, PDA, laptop or portable gaming system with these Heart Ear Buds with 3.5mm socket. For those who want to show their affection in an alternative way, there are also Duck and Fly Ear Buds available. Each set runs $11.99.
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You liked the Koss CC_01 earbuds but figured they were two pricey. Here is an inexpensive alternative. Acoustibuds are soft hypoallergenic silicone fittings that will fit an iPhone, iPod and most other MP3 player earphones. A CES award winner, the company claims the “flexible fins” provide enriched acoustics and better sound isolation. They also say neither extreme physical movement nor perspiration will interfere with the Acoustibuds’ ability to stay in and provide comfort. At a price of only $12.99 for 2 pairs (in 2 different sizes,) this is a heck of a deal, especially if you have sweaty ears.
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It seems we can never find earbuds that are comfortable. Koss thinks it has the solution with their new CC_01. Turn a metal screw at the back of them and you can adjust them to fit your unique aural shape. We’re not sure how that works exactly, but we do like the concept of shape-shifting earphones. While Koss usually offers their products for very little funds, the CC-01 buds will set you back about $150.00 this March.
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LG’s new Bluetooth DTV lets you watch a movie or play games to your heart’s content without your partner/spouse complaining. The included earphones have a range of up to 10 meters. You can also send images from your cell phone and display them on your TV. There is not much other information out except that it will hit Europe first. We predict that within the next couple of years, Bluetooth will become the rule, rather than an extra accessory.
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Apple announced new in-ear headphones that contain two high-performance drivers, a woofer and tweeter, built-in. The price might be high at $79, but it may well be worth it, especially if you have a discerning ear. The three pairs of changeable is a nice inclusion since all ears are created differently and you’ll be able to find just the right fit, unlike that last in-ear that Apple made a while back. Another nifty feature here is the “control capsule”, which includes a microphone, volume adjustment, and music/video playback control. Oddly, despite the microphone, these don’t seem to be compatible with the iPhone - Apple says the mic is great for voice notes though. In that case, we should all run out and get these! They’ll be available in October.
What? You don’t want to pay a high price for the Apple logo? I mean, comfort?
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Sony has a new Bluetooth clip-on with a connecting range of 10 meters and a 12 hour playback capacity or 200 hour standby. Available in black, silver, white, or pink, the open air dynamic earphones have a frequency response of 16 to 24,000Hz, a charge time of 3 hours, and have functions of playback, stop, pause, and tune sending. The DR-BT140QP comes with a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and for now are only in Japan at a price of $149.99.
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JVC-Victor has unveiled their HP-S150 Headphones with a frequency response of 12Hz to 23000Hz, a sensitivity level of 105dB, and an impedance of 32 ohms. Made of metal with molded stereo earpads to cut back on distortion and external sounds, the phones have 1.2m cords with gold-plated stereo mini-plugs and are available in red, blue, white, and black. Weighing only 68g, look for them to arrive sometime this July.