It would appear that Sennheiser was tired of seeing their competition succeed with bass as their main (and sometimes only) aim. With the Sennheiser URBANITE and URBANITE XL, the team ignites the lower end - this line "delivers massive bass but with Sennheiser’s uncompromising audio expertise ensuring excellent clarity throughout the entire frequency range."
The influx of heart rate-monitoring earbuds has a new entrant, the Jabra Sport Pulse. As the name suggests, these fitness-centric earbuds have an integrated heart rate monitor that provides wearers with their heart rate data, no wristband necessary. The earbuds are joined by the Sport Life Application.
Plantronics' latest set of BackBeat headphones are here, and while the BackBeat FIT may have targeted fitness nuts, the BackBeat PRO wants music quality to be its focus. Piping stereo audio from your phone, tablet, laptop, or something else over Bluetooth, the headphones boost wireless range to a hefty 100m if you're pairing them with a Class 1 Bluetooth device, as well as packing sensors that control playback depending on whether you're wearing the cans.
If you want the best in personal audio, so the standard thinking goes, you need a standalone headphone amplifier, but Blue Microphones is hoping to change all that with its first set of consumer headphones. Mo-Fi may look like a typical set of over-the-ear headphones, but inside there's what Blue describes as an audiophile-grade amplifier and the rechargeable battery to power it, hooked up to 50mm hi-fi drivers.
Zipbuds is aiming to improve upon its tangle-free audio offerings with the new Slide, a pair of zipper-toting earbuds with a slide that merges the two cables into one. "Not one more second should be wasted on untangling earbuds," the company said.
The FreeWavz fitness-centric Bluetooth earbuds we discussed a couple weeks ago have been successfully funded on Kickstarter, hitting and exceeding the campaign goal ahead of its deadline. Though they look like somewhat ordinary wireless earbuds, the FreeWavz double as a fitness wearable.
Samsung has taken the wraps off its own premium products for audiophiles, the Level lineup of headphones and related gadgets. Kicking things off are two pairs of headphones, a set of earbuds, and a Bluetooth speaker, all of which are set to launch tomorrow at Gilt.com, followed by wider availability later this month.
The Amazon Fire Phone is being detailed this week with a pair of magnetic earbuds that come in the box. These earbuds are being pushed as specifically better for pockets than Apple’s stock earbuds with anti-tangle action as well as a design that’s strikingly similar to those that come with the iPhone.