Think you can design a cool set of headphones? Nokia is sponsoring the Music Almighty Contest. Download a “Style Palette” or “Freestyle” template and come up with your creation. You can alter the color, add graphics, and drag and drop components. Five winners get to go to the UK to see their designs become realities. The deadline is Dec. 31. If you want to see some of your competition, head over to their gallery.
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Aiaiai’s new Y-Com is not only less metallic and ugly than most earbuds, it is compatible with iPhones. With a choice of 3 different color combinations, it one ups its non-iPhone design with thicker cords for less tangling, and has an inline mic button to control incoming and outgoing calls. Three sets of buds come with the headphones, and the Danish company claims great sound-isolation and full spectrum sound from C4 Studios. Available from Aiaiai for a price of €55 (~$110.00.)
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If you live in one of those states that has a Hands Free Law and have already been busted, Jawbone is offering a $20.00 discount. What a clever promotion! Their theory is that “having a conversation shouldn’t be a crime.” You simply put in the state that caught you and the ticket number and your price is lowered. Available in black or gold, the Jawbone, with NoiseAssassin technology, separates speech from ambient noise. It comes with a wall charger, USB cable, 3 earbuds, and 4 earloops for $109.00 after the discount.
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JVC has a new pair of Neodymium in-ear canal headphones with a frequency response of 8Hz to 22,000Hz, a 104 dB/mW at 1 kHz sensitivity, a maximum power input of 200mW, and a 10ohm driver diameter. Similar to the company’s HA-SX500, the brass ring on the HP-SX505 supposedly reduces vibration and energy loss. Look for the dynamic earbuds with their 0.8m cable to make their debut in August with a price of €80 (~$125.00.)
We’ve been following the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones ever since we first got some hands-on (and ears-on) time with them back at CES. The Gear Live group that got to try them out included a few serious audiophiles, and we were thoroughly impressed by the sound that they were putting out, and this is when they were still in the development phase.
We just got a pair of the final production model, and early indications are that they are full of a bit more awesome than they were back then. We will hit you with a proper review soon, but for now, we wanted to get you a nice Beats unboxing gallery, chock full of unboxing shots. We’ve got over 30 images for you to chew on while you wait for these bad boys to launch on July 25th. If you want them, you will find them exclusively in Apple Stores and Best Buy, as well as over at BeatsByDre.com. They will run you $349.95, $50 less than they were announced for back at CES.
Also, in case you missed it, check out our Beats by Dr. Dre unboxing video.
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The Beats by Dre headphones were originally announced at CES 2008, where we were able to get our first experience at listening to the headset. As we noted in our video back then, we were thoroughly impressed. The sound was killer, with fantastic bass. The headphones were well thought out, shipping with audio cables that fit into the original iPhone, and even including a cable that has a microphone on it so that you can take phone calls.
The Beats by Dr. Dre were conceived by Dr. Dre himself, and are mutually designed with Monster Cable. The headphones feature both a unique and futuristic style, as well as newly developed sonic technologies, which result in outstanding performance.
In this episode, we unbox the Beats by Dr. Dre. Included in the box are the headphones themselves, a red audio cable (which fits into the original iPhone), a customized iSoniTalk cable (which also fits into the iPhone, and has a microphone so that you can use the Beats to talk on the phone), cleaning cloth, a studio jack, and protective carrying case.
You can find them soon for $349.95, which is $50 less than they were originally announced for.
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.
Look, it’s another world’s smallest! Klipsch has released its black with copper accented Image in-ear headphones with contour ear gels for noise isolation, better bass response, and of course, comfort. The earbuds are compatible with iPods, iPhones, and most other portable gadgets, and comes with its own carrying case, a set of 5 ear gels with cleaner, and1/4-inch and airline adapters. The lighter, the more expensive it seems. The Image will set you back KRW450,000 (~$349.00.)
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The Japanese company Elecom has been selling their Ear Drops since 2006 and they have obviously been successful at it as they are now offering 9 more models. Weighing only 3g, the earphones are adjustable, and they have a slide adjuster to prevent tangling of the 1.2m cord. With playback frequency of 20Hz to 20kHz and a pressure response of 96dB/1mW, the Ear Drops come in three colors in three different designs. Each set will set you back ¥3,000 (~$29.00.)
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Tired of your bland iPod earbuds? Check out Budclicks, decorative “add-ons” that snap onto those buds, lending them a little more personality. Designs include “radioactive,” “biohazard,” and for the ladies “pink daisy” and “red retro starburst.” According to the website, the Budclicks also fit on PSP and Intec earbuds. Budclicks are 1” in diameter and cost only $10-$15 USD per set.
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