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Panasonic RP-HJE900 zirconia earphones

Panasonic RP-HJE900 zirconia earphones

I've always associated zirconia with cheap jewellery from TV shopping channels, but Panasonic have seemingly chosen it for its ability to quell sound-distortion rather than its faux-glamour.  Their RP-HJE900 earphones feature zirconia casings that have particularly low resonance level, unlike traditional plastic shells.  They're also much stronger than plastic, and resistant to scratches.

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Audio-Technica ATH-EQ700 retractable earphones

Audio-Technica ATH-EQ700 retractable earphones

Audio-Technica Japan have unveiled their latest headphones, the ATH-EQ700, which pack retractable cables to avoid in-bag tangling. With an adjustable over-ear clip and positionable driver angles to suit different ear shapes, they have a frequency range of 14 - 24,000Hz and 22 ohms impedance. Of course the clever part is the cabling: the cord between the two earphones can extend to up to 50cm, while the main cable can pull out to 1m.

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CES 2008: Koss Earbuds

CES 2008: Koss Earbuds

Koss went for the big haul this week and unveiled eleven new products at CES, five of which were earbuds. If you’re in the market for some new ones, you may want to consider one these.

The KEB20 and KEB24 are available in metallic colors to match a number of Mp3 players. They have a compact design and a frequency response of 15-20,000Hz. The KEB24 has a soft, flexible strain relief for more comfort and both models come in three different sizes (small, medium, large) to help you find a good fit. They’ll cost around $20-$25 respectively.

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JayBird Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Reviewed

JayBird Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Reviewed

So they are Bluetooth, they don’t have an ugly lanyard attached, and they are really simple to use. There is a small wire that connects behind the head, but that’s about it, all the hardware sits on your ears.

Sure, that sounds uncomfortable, but both halves are balanced as far as weight goes, and they don’t feel uncomfortable at all. The best part, they are made for jogging, and other such activities, so they don’t jiggle, or move, or otherwise feel like they are going to fall off, trust me I tried it. I mean, “My Plague” by Slipknot came up on my computer and started playing, and I went full on headbanger’s ball style, bending at the waist and flailing up and down just like I was at the concert, and nothing moved.

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LG removable acoustic transducers

LG removable acoustic transducers

I've never really been a fan of wireless headsets. It always takes me a second to realize that the man standing next to me in line at the grocery store is actually in the middle of a phone conversation, not the crazed one sided dialog that it seemed. But I'll make a concession for this cool new concept from LG.

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