Stereo headset

Apple patent app adds gives headphones memory for settings transfer

Apple patent app adds gives headphones memory for settings transfer

Apple have applied for a patent whereby your headphones would act as a settings transfer system to bridge your new and old devices.  Named "Data store and enhanced features for headset of portable media device", the application describes a set of headphones that would include an amount of flash memory; that would be used to backup speed-dials, equalizer settings, playlists, network connections and other preferences from your existing PMP or cellphone.

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Plantronics .Audio 995 wireless headset

Plantronics .Audio 995 wireless headset

Plantronics have announced their latest wireless headset, the Plantronics .Audio 995.  Rather than use a standardized wireless technology such as Bluetooth, Plantronics have plumped for their own 2.4GHz system which requires a USB dongle.

The range is similar to that offered by Bluetooth, at around 40 feet, and the Plantronics system also includes control of volume, play and track skips in iTunes and Windows Media Player from buttons on the headset itself.  The microphone features noise-canceling technology and automatically mutes when raised into the upright position.

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Jabra HALO and SP200 at MobileFocus CTIA

Jabra HALO and SP200 at MobileFocus CTIA

Jabra's HALO Stereo Headset and SP200 Speakerphone only crossed the wire yesterday, but Vincent was on-hand to try them out at MobileFocus during CTIA.  The HALO represents a more grown-up headset, answering users' cries for a more discrete Bluetooth experience: the status LEDs are hidden on the inside of the headband, and the controls are zero-profile touch sensitive.

Video demo after the cut

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DigiFi Digital Opera Kleer wireless earphones on sale in US

DigiFi Digital Opera Kleer wireless earphones on sale in US

If the lossless wireless sound offered by Sleek Audio's W-1 adapter appeals, but your budget doesn't exactly stretch to the $320 the company asks for a set of SA6 earphones and the wireless system, DigiFi's Digital Opera earphones may fit the bill.  First announced back in May, up until now the earphones had only been available in Korea; now, Kleer themselves are offering them - together with other products using their lossless technology - in the US.

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Dr. Dre beats tour review

Dr. Dre beats tour review

Monster Cable's headphone collaboration with Dr. Dre, the Beats, surprised us with their musical prowess back in August.  While celebrity endorsements tend toward the cheesy, and Monster's products toward the over-priced, we weren't expecting much; in actual fact, they proved impressively capable.  Now the pair is hoping to do the same for in-ear headphones, with the Beats Tour: can the follow-up muster the same success?

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iMuffs by Wi-Gear Review

iMuffs by Wi-Gear Review

The iMuffs MB210 by Wi-Gear are multi-functional headphones for the iPod Nano, iPod Video (5G), iPod Mini, iPod (3G) and iPod (4G). Wi-Gear has set out to “cut the cord” with this headset. Although not specifically designed for other devices, you can also use these headphones with the iPhone, Bluetooth enabled mobile phones and properly equipped computers.

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Apple In-Ear Headphones with mic & remote on sale

Apple In-Ear Headphones with mic & remote on sale

The in-ear headphones Steve Jobs announced back in September have finally gone on sale, complete with a $79 price-tag.  Showing in the Apple store as shipping in 7-10 days, the headset not only includes the in-ear stereo buds but an in-line microphone and "control capsule" that allows you to adjust volume, play and pause music, and skip between tracks.

 

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Sony Ericsson HBH-S800 Bluetooth Earphones reviewed: Premium Perfection (nearly)

Sony Ericsson HBH-S800 Bluetooth Earphones reviewed: Premium Perfection (nearly)

Sony Ericsson's HBH-S800 Bluetooth Stereo Earphones were announced back in July but have only just begun shipping.  Possibly some of the slickest wireless earphones we've seen to-date, the HBH-S800's manage to squeeze Bluetooth receiver, battery, controls and microphone into two compact earbuds and a tiny microphone bump.  Register Hardware have reviewed the HBH-S800's and, price aside, have come away highly impressed.

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