To promote the Dark Knight, the latest Batman flick due out July 18, look for all kinds of new gadgets to give you pointy ears or simply to look kewl, such as this MP3 Player. At 7cm in length, it features a frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz, an included USB cable to recharge its battery for up to 12 hours, and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista or Max OS X v10.4.8. The player includes a Batsuit hood-shaped headset with ambient noise reduction and three pairs of interchangeable buds. At a price of $79.95, pre-order for a June/July delivery date.
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Kleer has teamed with the Korean company DigiFi to create Opera, a cordless headset that wraps around your head and over your ears with an iPod adapter. They claim it has CD-quality audio with up to 10 hours of continuous play. The Opera also has multi-point Listen in technology so that four people, if they also have a set of the buds, can listen to the same audio stream. We would love to find a set of earbuds that are really comfortable and have no cords to choke on but might think twice at a MSRP of $98.00.
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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Samsung has released a Bluetooth 2.0 headset as part of its Slim Series. Making its debut at the CTIA Wireless 2008, the headset allows up to 5 hours talk time with 100 hours of standby. The WEP350 weighs only 7.1 grams, comes in red, black, or silver, and includes a charging cradle, detachable earhook, and travel adapter. Good with Samsung phones or most others that are Bluetooth enabled, it carries a price of $39.99.
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Logitech has unveiled its first wireless headset, created specifically for Internet calls. The ClearChat made its debut today at the CeBit in Germany and allows users to move up to 33 feet from their PC or Mac. If you are in a small place, that means a quick snack or bathroom break without interrupting your call. The VoIP headset has 2.4GHz technology, USB connectivity, a noise-canceling microphone, and stereo so that you can hear clearly while rustling through the fridge. There are also volume and mic mute controls, a padded headband, and plush ear pads. Look for the ClearChat to hit the U.S. and Europe in May with a price of $99.99 (U.S.).
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Bluetrek has claimed that it has the planet’s first headset that not only is wireless but acts as a storage unit. Making its debut at the recent CES, BIZZ appears to be your ordinary hands-free earpiece with 6 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby. With USB 2.0 charging, it also features up to 8GB of flash memory with a microSD card. The BIZZ, which weighs a mere 10g (including its ear hook,) has been launched in the UK with a price of ~£40 (~$80.00.) Check with Bluetrek for distribution near you.
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Monster Cable has announced Beats, a new line of high-end headphones coming this summer. The headphones are promising to provide audiophile quality sound in a stylish set of cans. The $399 headphones have been made in partnership with Dr. Dre and other big names in the music industry, and are aiming to bring the sound of completely un-portable $5,000 sound systems to the mobile iPod and iPhone user on the go. Check out our Beats by Dr. Dre gallery.
Beats headphones are fully iPhone compatible - they feature a longer headphone jack to slip into the iPhone, and a microphone to allow users to make and receive phone calls without the hassle doffing their headphones. Monster Cable is hoping to bring out a whole range of high-bitrate fans by providing iPhone compatible headphones capable of reproducing every nuance (or artifact in low bitrate audio) of the music people love.
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Bluetrek’s Sense Bluetooth V1.2 headset has replaced the need for buttons with a touch-sensitive capability. The earphone also features an LED battery level indicator, and a voice alert to confirm your function choice, missed calls and low battery. A detachable wire ear hook is provided and you should get about four hours of talk time or five days of standby. At a size of 50 mm x 15mm and a weight of only 8 grams, the Sense will work up to a range of 10 meters. Look for it early next year at a price of £49.99 (~$103.00.)
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Nokia has unveiled their lightweight BH-101 at SEMA in Vegas this week. You can get up to 8 hours of talk time and 180 of standby on the Bluetooth headset. The ear piece can function with EDR 2.0, Handsfree v1.5, and Headset 1.1. It features an adjustable earloop for use on either side and Nokia reports that the headset will be out just in time for the holidays with an estimated €30 (~$43.00.) We find now that when we see folks walking around in public with an earpiece that they become as instantly annoying as those who speak extra loudly on their cell phones.
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We recently reviewed the V-Moda Vibe Duo headset for the Apple’s iPhone and were quite impressed. Aside from a faulty pair of earbuds our biggest complaint was the lack of a button on the microphone to enable answering of calls and pausing of music. It sounds like V-Moda has listened and they just announced the 2nd generation Vibe Duo which will feature the same button as Apple’s stock iPhone earbuds. The 2nd generation Vibe Duos promise the same spectacular sound quality, luxurious cloth wrapped cables, and comfortable design.
It looks like the new version will drop at the same $99 price tag. If you have been considering a pair of these fabulous earbuds it might be worth it to wait a few weeks for the new ones to show up in stores.
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