At the Seattle GDGT event, we stopped to chat with Niko Golfar from V-Moda to get the scoop on the first pair of over-ear headphones that the company has ever put out. Obviously looking to compete with the likes of Monster Cable and their Beats by Dr. Dre line, the Crossfade LP headphones have a few nice features in the durability department that definitely set these apart, what with the memory metal construction and all that. The V-Moda Crossfade LP sells for $249, and are available now from Amazon.
Newegg has a nice promo going on where you get two great items, but only have to pay for one of them. If you’ve been following Gear Live for any length of time, you probably know that we are big fans of the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones. Well, Newegg is selling them for $349 right now ($50 off the original price,) and when you make that purchase, they throw in an 8GB iPod touch as well. Seriously, when you are rocking beats on your iPod, having a great pair of headphones like the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio set makes all the difference. If you were thinking about picking up the Beats headset anyway, then make sure you do it from Newegg so you get the free iPod touch thrown in. The offer ends at the end of July, and you can take advantage of it now.
As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo code and deals on our forums.
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Turtle Beach just let us know that they’d be launching their Ear Force Z2 professional gaming headset at E3 2010 next week, in partnership with game developer Ubisoft. Turtle Beach says the headset will be compatible with PC, Xbox 360, and even the iPad.
“The Ear Force Z2 is an incredible headset that delivers the sound, quality and comfort of products costing more than three times as much. It immerses listeners in the gaming and movie-watching experience by enhancing even the most subtle sound cues, such as faraway footsteps, a car approaching from behind or softly-spoken passages that are difficult to hear with normal speakers,” said Michael Arzt, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Turtle Beach. “When combined with our new Ear Force DSS Dolby surround sound processor, the Z2 can also be used as a professional-grade surround-sound headset for Xbox or PC gaming. You can even turn the Z2 into a USB headset by combining it with our Amigo II USB sound card.”
The Ear Force Z2 should be available soon, and will sell for $69.95 a pair.
Monster announced the DiddyBeats back at CES 2010, and the in-ear fashion headphones have finally started shipping just recently. We were able to get our hands on the DiddyBeats, which as you can see in this episode, are made to invoke a feeling of high fashion. We got the black pair, which is accented with chrome and black leather, definitely a unique look for a pair of earbuds, but really, what would you expect from the Beats by Dr. Dre line and Diddy himself? Get an up-close look at the DiddyBeats in this episode.
You might have seen me speaking highly of SteelSeries’ line of Siberia headsets before (I personally sport the V2,) but if you haven’t been able to afford a nice pair of headphones, you’re in luck; Sellout.Woot has the original Siberia model (not quite as swanky as the V2, but pretty awesome nonetheless) for the mind-bogglingly low price of $14.99 for today only. The normal price for these is around $90 at retail. It’s not every day you find a deal like this, so if you know what’s good for you, head on over to Sellout.Woot (though Deals.Woot) and get you some. You can hear the angels singing.
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Damn, Monster Cable is continuing to flood the headphone market, this time going outside of their Beats by Dr. Dre partnership, and instead doing a collabo with fashion designer Vivienne Tam of HP netbook fame. The product will be known at the Butterfly in-ear headphones, and each earbud will have colorful butterfly artwork on it, and it’s all finished up with a light gold-brushed finish. They are being positioned as both a music accessory and a fashion piece, which we guess kind of explains the $199.95 price point. So, who’s picking these up when they ship in April?
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During CES 2010, Monster announced the Diddy Beats, an addition to the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line. The Diddy Beats are leather-wrapped in-ears that sport a high-polished enamel end cap with the letters “db” on them. They should be available in March or April for $179, but for now, we’ve got a look at the packaging to hold you over.
Gallery: Diddy Beats packaging revealed
Hot on the heels of the Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphone news, we now have word on another new line in the Beats by Dr. Dre line - the Beats Solo. As you can see from the image, the Beats Solo is a smaller, lighter, and sleeker take on the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones. Monster Cable aimed to make these headphones a lot more portable, while maintaining the great sound that the Studio edition is known for. Since we haven’t gotten our hands on these, we can’t confirm that, but we do know that the price is a lot more palatable for the masses. The Beats Solo will be available in November in black and white, and will cost $219.95. That’s $80 less than the larger Studio model.
We’ve got an image of the black version for you after the jump.
Gaming headphones are getting very popular with the MMO crowd, so it stands to reason that Creative, creators of much great technology including the S2, has given us the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset. They will be the first of its type to feature THX TruStudio PC sound. For purists, no worries - they’ll also be available in a wired model as well.
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There is no question that most headphones are made the same, but Blinx comes with blue LED lights. These lights are sound responsive, and will blink along with the music.
So even though no one but you is hearing the music, everyone else around you will see a somewhat impressive lightshow. The Blinx work with any standard 3.5 headphones, and cost about $42.
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