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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Elecom’s Xcalgo Series headphones handily fold up when not in use and its cord retracts to keep it from tangling by the push of a button. Available in 3 colors or the pirate design, they have an impedance of 32 ohms, frequency range of 20 Hz to 20kHz, pressure response of 101dB/1mW and a cord length of 0.8m. Add to that the EHP-OH-900’s soft earpads to keep comfortable while eliminating extraneous noise. The Xcalgos are available for $75.99.
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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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Now you can wear your tunes on your wrist with DigiFi’s Opera PMP watch. It features both MP3 and MP4 compatibility, a color display, a pedometer and, of course, a watch. It also has a Kleer wireless transmitter to send CD-quality sound to any Kleer-based headphones or receiver. The timepiece is scheduled to come out in the next few months at a price of about $200.00 and we certainly hope it comes in more colors than pukey pink.
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Remember those limited edition white Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones we told you about? Well, we got a pair in our studios and decided to do up a video showing them off. In this episode, we compare the white Ron Herman Beats by Dr. Dre to the standard glossy black Beats, and give you a close-up look at all the major and subtle differences between the two. Of course, the internals are exactly the same, so these $700 white Beats are all about style and high fashion. But hey, they are definitely fun to look at.
Hat tip goes to Colorware, who Monster tells me worked really hard on developing a custom finish that would stand up to bending and everything else people do with headphones. They look fantastic.
Also, in case you missed them, we’ve also got galleries up of the pink Charles Hamilton Beats, and the red LeBron James Beats. Or, you prefer the original, we’ve got the standard Beats by Dr. Dre gallery as well.
We’ve got one more look at a rare version of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for you guys. This time, it’s the custom Red #23 Beats that were made exclusively for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As we mentioned a few days ago, these custom Beats headphones were presented to the Cavs, and the team loved the gift. You can see that these Beats are done up in Cavs colors, and even have the number 23 (that would be LeBron) on them as well. About 20 of these were made, and 15 of them went to the team, so don’t expect to get your hands on them anytime soon. You can, however, get a better look at them in our Red Beats by Dr. Dre LeBron James customs gallery.
Also, in case you missed them, we’ve also got galleries up of the white Ron Herman Beats, and the pink Charles Hamilton Beats. Or, you prefer the original, we’ve got the standard Beats by Dr. Dre gallery as well.
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