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Portable Audio Accessories Gallery [Inactive]

    by Douglas Dixon


  The 2000s Mobile Digital Revolution:
        Cell Phones to Smartphones, Walkman to Media Players, CD to Flash to Web Services

  Historical perspective on some interesting technology and trends in digital home media.
  They include some sample products illustrating these trends.
  Information and pricing are summarized from public sources as of when they were added,
  and may be incorrect or out of date.

       

Portable Audio Accessories Trends
    Bluetooth, Noise Reduction

Portable Audio
    Mobile Phone / Bluetooth Handsets
    Mobile Phone / Bluetooth Headsets
        Wireless Transmitter / Receivers
    Earphones and Earbuds
        Noise-Cancelling Earphones
    Wireless Headphones
    Noise Reduction Headphones
    Headphones
    Portable Speakers
        Wireless Speakers

    Speaker Systems

Audio Components
PC Audio Peripherals

See also: 
    Portable Media Player Gallery -- MP3 / video players, Multifunction devices
    Mobile Communications Gallery -- Mobile media, Phones and PDAs
    Portable Power Accessories Gallery -- Batteries, chargers, adapters

Find related Audio Accessories articles in the Manifest Tech Blog


Portable Audio Accessories Trends


Portable Audio Accessories Trends - Holiday 2009

  • Bluetooth Headsets
    • Noise reduction - Aliph Jawbone Prime, Jabra BT530,
    • Style, Form - Plantronics Discovery 975, Newton MoGo Talk
    • Comfort (in-ear, ear hook) - Plantronics Voyager PRO
  • Earphones
    • Noise Isolating - Altec Lansing BackBeat Earphones
    • Volume Limiting - Logitech / Ultimate Ears - Kids Loud Enough
  • Headphones - Noise reduction, Wireless
  • Portable Speakers -
    • Altec Lansing Orbit USB Portable Speakers

Features - Headsets, Earphones, Headphones

  • Design / style: Over ear loops, hook in ear, in-ear buds (ear canal - sound isolation)
       Microphone on boom (cloaser to ear), dual mics
  • Mono to stereo / Phone + Player - Single-ear, second ear for stereo
  • Multi-purpose - Phone and music
  • Controls: Power, volume, phone control, player control - headsets, inline for earphones
  • Wireless / Bluetooth - Stereo, remote control
  • Digital signal processing / enhancement:
        Adaptive to background sound level and voice volume
        Incoming / Listen: Sound isolation, adaptive volume for ambient noise / peaks, equalizer
        Outgoing / Talk: Voice isolation / enhancement, background noise cancellation, wind screen
  • Adaptors: Mini audio, airline, USB

See also:


Bluetooth

   

    See Wireless Media Resources - Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth Wireless Technology Profiles
    www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Technology/Works/Profiles_Overview.htm


Noise Suppression (for Headphones)

Remove background noise while listening to voice / music -- or stand-alone
Sound isolation is good first cut at blocking noise
Adding noise cancellation further cuts down noisy environments, even some rumble of airline travel

Sound Isolation: Passive

  • Block ambient noise
  • Big over-ear headphone cup
  • In-ear bud with a flexible sleeve to seal the ear opening

Noise Cancellation: Active

  • Active electronics - uses microphones to capture background noise 
        generates opposite signal to cancel out unwanted sound
  • Heavier from electronics and batteries

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Audio: Mobile Phone Handsets


Native Union - Moshi Moshi 04/04i - Bluetooth Phone / Speaker + iPhone Dock (2011)

 

 

 

  • 04 - Stylish Wireless Phone / Stereo Speaker - Handset + Base
  • 04i - Adds slide-out iPhone dock / charger
  • Brushed aluminium facia and soft-touch back
  • Handset / Private call mode - Handset mic + one speaker
  • Conference call mode - Conference mic + stereo speakers
  • Speaker mode - Mics muted + 2W stereo speakers
  • Expands talking areas in building: place phone at location with
         strongest signal, position handset up to 30 feet away
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR - Remember up to 4 devices
    • Multipoint - Simultanious connection on two different devices
    • Detect and reconnect with any paired device when it enters range
  • Secondary microphone with noise reduction for conference calls
    • 3.5 mm audio jack on back of handset to use as speakers
  • Music playback: Side buttons to play/pause, fwd/back
    • Surround effect: Power button on/off
  • Select from 2 different ringtones
  • Volume max 70% when not docked in base, only 100% in base
  • Handset front: 2 Stereo speakers, Private call microphone,
    • Multi-function LED, Charging LED
  • Handset back: Power button with LED
  • Handset top: Volume & Multi-function buttons, Conference call mic
  • Battery to 2 hours music, 6 hrs talk, 120 hrs standby; Charge 4 hrs
  • ~ 8 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 4 in.
  • 04 - www.nativeunion.com/us/wirelessproducts/mmoshi-04.html
  • 04i - www.nativeunion.com/us/wirelessproducts/mmoshi-04i.html
  • ~ 10/11 - 04 - $179 - Taupe / copper or Black / silver
  • ~ 10/11 - 04i - $199 - Taupe / copper or Black / silver

Find the Native Union Moshi Moshi 04
and Moshi Moshi 04i on Amazon.com


Native Union - Moshi Moshi Retro / POP Mobile Phone Handset (1/10)

 

 

 

Moshi Moshi mobile phone handsets - the convenience and comfort of traditional telephone hardware with all the functionality of today's mobile devices

  • 9/10 - Pop Phones - red, black + pink, yellow, dark purple, dark blue, green
  • Designed by French designer David Turpin
  • Interpretation of classic 50's Bakelite style telephone
  • Finished with comfortable soft-touch texture
  • Handset button for answer / hang up
  • Noise reduction technology
  • Curled 80 cm (31 in.) cord has 3.5 mm jack
    • Compatible with iPhone, Blackberry
    • Use with any mobile phone with correct adaptors as needed
  • 10/11 - POP Phone $29.90, variety of colors
  • ~ 9/10 - Retro Handset 01h $29.99, 01 $59 w/ weighted base, black/red
  • USB Adapter $20 for computer use, Skype calls
  • Adaptor Kits $15 for iPad / MacBook, older phones
  • Also: MM02 Curve Handset - contemporary $59.99
  •             MM03 Curve Bluetooth - wireless $129.99
  •             MM05 Bluetooth - Stereo speakers for music $199.99
  • PR 1/10 (PDF) - www.nativeunion.com/_pdfs/MoshiMoshi_CES_Release.pdf
  • www.nativeunion.com/us/wiredproducts/popphone.html

Find the Native Union Retro Handset on Amazon.com

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Audio: Mobile Phone Headsets


Aliph Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset - Motion control, HD audio (1/11)

MyTALK - Online updates

  • Personalize settings, download apps, software updates, new features
  • AudioApps and DialApps - change voice, dial favorite, text using voice
  • for Jawbone ERA, ICON, Jambox
  • http://mytalk.jawbone.com

Jawbone THOUGHTS - free iPhone app

  • Compact design, architectural surface exterior and faceted body
  • NoiseAssassin version 2.5 with wind reduction
    • Auto-adjusts inbound call volume and intelligibility to environment
  • HD-quality sound - 10mm wideband speaker (25% larger)
  • Motion controls - built-in accelerometer
    • ShakeShake into pairing mode, TapTap to answer calls
  • Caller ID by Name (MyTalk)
  • Go online for MyTALK apps, features, upgrades
  • On/off switch, Talk button (ear)
  • MicroUSB standard connector interface
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion polymer battery
    • Up to 4.5 hours talk, 10 days standby
    • Spoken battery level, warning
    • Battery life displayed on iPhone status bar
  • Bluetooth V2.1, EDR, up to 33 ft (10 meters), Headset, Hands-Free
    • Multipoint for two audio gateways including PC
  • 4 spout earbuds (with loop), 4 round earbuds, 1 optional binaural earloop
  • 45 x 18.25 x 24 mm, 8.2 g
  • PR 1/11 (PDF) - http://aliphcom.httpsvc.vitalstreamcdn.com/...
  • www.jawbone.com/headsets/era
  • 10/11 - street $81 - 1/11 - $129 - Midnight, Shadowbox, Smokescreen, Silver Lining

Find the Aliph Jawbone ERA Headset on Amazon.com


Aliph Jawbone ICON Bluetooth Headset -- Simpler, Personalization (1/10)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sophistication adds ease of use, personalization
  • vs Prime ($89): wider but shorter profile, 11 -> 10 grams, standby 8 -> 10 days
  • Simpler: Separate On/Off switch; Standard microUSB charging (was proprietary)
  • Personalize: MyTALK software updates
  • Sophisticated:
    • NoiseAssassin 2.5, even better background noise elimination (was 2.0)
    • Enhanced inbound Audio quality and volume
         Improved speaker design and signal processing
    • Voice Announcements: Speak caller ID, battery life, etc.
    • Set it & Forget it Audio: set volume on one call, remembered until changed
    • Simultaneous Multipoint
         Switch between two calls from two different phones at same time
    • Battery meter for iPhone
  • Voice Activity Sensor (VAS) feels speech, helps distinguish from background noise
  • Wind noise reduction: Digital Sensor Signal Fusion system
    • Digitally fuses best audio from two electret microphones and Voice Activity Sensor
  • Controls: Inside face: On/Off slide switch, LED, Voice activity sensor
    • Front face: Talk button (at earbud end)
  • Bluetooth V2.1, Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), Headset V1.1, Hands-Free Profile V1.5
    • Range up to 33 ft (10 meters)
    • Multipoint for two audio gateways including PC
  • MicroUSB standard connector interface
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion polymer battery
    • Up to 4.5 hours talk time, 10 days standby
    • 80% charge in 35 min., 100% under 1 hour
    • Battery life displayed on iPhone status bar
  • MyTALK software updates: Update and personalize with apps
  • 45 x 24 x 18.25 mm , 8.2 grams
  • Includes 3 Fit earbuds, 4 Round earbuds, Optional binaural earloop
  • 6 jewelry-like contemporary designs, multiple colors
    • Hero, Bombshell, Catch, Ace, Thinker, Rogue
  • PR 1/10 - Intro - http://us.jawbone.com/pressrelease_15.aspx
  • http://us.jawbone.com/productsPageIcon.aspx
  • www.jawbone.com
  • 10/11 - street $53 - 1/10 - $99

Find the Aliph Jawbone ICON Headset on Amazon.com


Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset -- Noise-Assassin (OLD - 5/09)


 

 

 

 

 

  • Better noise elimination, integrated digital wind reduction,
         works when not touching face
  • Design with undulating 3-D texture, sculpted in high-grade plastic
         Slight tactile crease as indication for switch
         Inside contours follow face, ergonomic earbuds don't require earloop
  • Invisible touch controls on outside shield - Two buttons control all functions
  • NoiseAssassin 2.0 - Order of magnitude improvement in noisiest environments
         (up to 6 to 9dB improvement), extracting more noise while keeping voice natural
  • Digitally fuses best audio from 2 electret microphones ( speech high frequencies)
         Voice Activity Sensor (VAS) rests against cheek (low speech frequencies)
  • Acoustic Voice Activity Detector (AVAD) when VAS not touching face
         As good as or better than any other noise cancelling headset
  • New Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, handles wind up to 10 mph
  • Earbuds: 3 round and 3 New Fit, optional earloop if desired
         New Fit: Open body,  like pneumatic cushion, acts like a spring against cheek
  • Bluetooth 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, 2.1 + EDR, Multipoint: Pairs up to 8 devices, 2 simultaneous
  • Talk up to 4.5 hours, Standby more than 8 days
  • Battery: 80% charge in 35 minutes, full charge under 1 hour; Custom connector
  • 53.6 x 14.1 x 24.0 mm, ~10 grams with earbuds
  • 10/11 - street $33 - 1/10 - $89; 5/09 - $129 - Matte black, satin brown, platinum
  • EARCANDY colors - vivid hues - red, yellow, green, purple
         Great skin-tone complements and contrast
         Anything that consumer wears makes a statement, should be designed as such
  • PR 4/09 - Prime Introduced - http://us.jawbone.com/News/PressRelease.aspx?id=796
  • www.jawbone.com
Find the Aliph Jawbone Prime Headset on Amazon.com
 
Jawbone Product History
  • 1/10 - Jawbone ICON - Simpler controls, microUSB, MYTALK apps, Voice announce
  • 4/09 - Jawbone Prime - Voice Activity Detector when not touching face; Earcandy colors
  • 5/08 - "New" Jawbone - 50% smaller; 1/09 - New Fit earbuds
  • 12/06 - Original Jawbone

Jabra - Wireless Headsets

  • BT4010 - Smart Display for battery level, connectivity
  • www.jabra.com

Jabra SUPREME Headset - Active Noise Cancellation (10/11)

  • Flip-Boom arm - Unfold on, fold off; Flexible ear hook
  • First Bluetooth mono headset with Active Noise Cancellation
    • Removes ambient noise so you can hear caller more clearly (received) - like headphones
  • Noise Blackout 3.0 dual microphone; Wind Noise reduction
    • Removes background noise from your voice (transmit)
  • Audio enhancement - HD Voice for clear and natural sound quality
  • Voice control - Answer or ignore incoming call
  • Voice guidance - status -- for hands-free operation
  • Streams media with A2DP
  • Multiuse - connects to 2 Bluetooth devices simultaneously
  • Up to 6 hours talk time, standby 15 days
  • 24mm speaker
  • 0.64 oz
  • http://www.jabra.com/sites/mobile/...
  • 10/11 - $99
Find the Jabra SUPREME on Amazon.com

Jabra SPORT - Corded Pair for Workouts (9/11)

  • Corded pair - Secure & comfortable behind-ear fit for workouts
  • US Military Grade rain, dust and shock protection
  • Powerful bass sound, built-in FM radio with auto-search
  • Wind-shielded microphone
  • Music streaming - AM3D Power Bass and Virtual Surround Sound audio enhancement
  • Bluetooth 3.0 - Play music, take calls, skip tracks, adjust volume from headset
  • Up to 4.5 hours talk time, 3 hours music, 4 days standby
  • 0.81 oz
  • www.jabra.com/sites/mobile/...
  • 9/11 - $99

Find the Jabra SPORT Headset on Amazon.com

Endomondo Sports Tracker app
  • Free fitness tracking app for smartphones - iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
  • Motivational tool for running, update speed, distance, lap time
  • See past running routes on smartphone via GPS tracking
  • www.endomondo.com

Jabra BT530 - In-ear Bluetooth Headset  (8/09)

  • Comfortable and compact / small and classy, Rugged and durable
  • Wear over ear or in-ear, with or without ear hook: 2 ear hook sizes
  • 3rd generation ear gels: 8 ear gels in 3 sizes - angled for ear canal, with loop
  • Noise Blackout - background noise elimination with natural voice quality
  • Dual microphones, advanced DSP technology, enhance voice, obliterate peripheral noise
  • Intelligent volume control adjusts level of received audio
  • Audio Shock Protection guards against raised voices or sudden noise surges
  • Dedicated on/off slide switch (bottom), Volume (back faceplate), Answer/end (side)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, eSCO, A2DP for music streaming
  • Pair up to 8 devices – connect 2 at a time (multi point)
  • Battery: Up to 5.5 hours talk time, 250 hours standby
  • 48 x 18 x 12.5 mm (1.9 x 0.7 x 0.5 in), 10 grams (0.35 oz)
  • www.jabra.com/Sites/Jabra/NA-US/Headsets/Pages/Jabrabt530.aspx
  • 10/11 - street $39 - 8/09 - $79 / $26 street
Find the Jabra BT530 Headset on Amazon.com

Plantronics Bluetooth Headsets


Plantronics Vocalyst free, integrated voice and text service

  • Use simple voice commands - Triple tap Call button to dial
  • Listen to News, Sports, Weather, Business news
  • Manage Emails - Listen, reply and send
  • Listen to Facebook news feed, update status; Listen and reply to Twitter tweets
  • plantronics.com/vocalyst

Plantronics MyHeadset apps - Update and customize

  • Updates: Change settings, update firmware from PC over USB
  • Download Apps: Andoid, iPhone, Blackberry
    • MyHeadset - tips & tricks, HD audio, Sound Check
      • Disable/enable the sensors or the A2DP streaming audio feature
    • InstantMeeting - One touch conference call connection from calendar
    • Vocalyst - free, integrated voice service
  • plantronics.com/myheadset

Plantronics Voyager PRO HD Bluetooth Headset - Smart Sensor, HD Audio (10/11)

 

 

  • Smart headset for smartphones: Natural, clear calls + HD streaming audio
  • Ergonomic over-ear design for comfortable all-day fit
  • Smart Sensor technology - Senses if it is being worn, Manages calls
    • Answers phone when put on ear, Sends to phone if off ear
    • Pause streaming audio when taken off ear
    • Lock call button off-ear to avoid accidental re-dialing
  • Audio Streaming - Stream music, podcasts, GPS directions, A2DP phones
  • Voice alerts - Power, talk time, volume, connection, low battery, Bluetooth
  • WindSmart technology - Aggressively blocks intrusive wind noise
  • Vocalyst service, MyHeadset apps
  • Multipoint - Pair and maintain connections with two devices
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and stereo, A2DP, AVRCP 1.5, HSP 1.1; 33 feet
  • On-screen battery meter for iPhone and Android 3.0+
    • Micro USB charging, 90 minutes for full charge
    • Talk time up to 6 hours, Standby 5 days
  • 17 grams
  • www.plantronics.com/us/product/voyager-pro-hd
  • 10/11 - $99

Find the Plantronics Voyager PRO HD Headset on Amazon.com


Plantronics Marque M155 (9/11)

 

  • Excellent sound quality in lightweight design
  • Audio Streaming - Stream music, podcasts, GPS directions, other audio from A2DP phones
  • Voice control - "Answer" or "Ignore" incoming call
  • Voice alerts - Power, Talk time, Battery, Connected, Pairing, Volume/Mute; Voice-guided pairing
  • Vocalyst service; MyHeadset apps
  • Multipoint - Pair and maintain connections with two devices
  • Bluetooth 3.0: A2DP, HFP 1.6, HSP 1.2; Range to 33 feet
  • iPhone battery meter (icon left of iPhone battery icon)
    • Micro USB charging, 2 hours for full charge
    • Talk time up to 5 hours, Standby 9 days
  • 7 grams
  • www.plantronics.com/us/product/m155
  • 9/11 - $59.99 - Jet Black or Arctic White

Find the Plantronics Marque M155 Headset on Amazon.com


Plantronics Discovery 975 -- Ingeniously Simple Bluetooth headset (8/09)

 

  • Elegant, minimalist in-ear design with 1 3/4" boom microphone
        Follow-up to Discovery 925 - more subtle, timeless design
        Lightweight, easy on/off design, 8 grams
        Volume control button on base, Call control button on front boom
        Voice prompts for mute, low battery, lost connection
  • Carrying case acts as charger, triples earpiece talk time
        Headset docks for storage and charging, New eject button
        Padded case, magnetic closure, ~ 3 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 1 3/8, 36 grams
        New LCD status display: Earpiece, Case battery levels; Bluetooth connection
        Rechargable battery in case, charge time 1.5 hours
  • Dual-mic AudioIQ technology intelligently removes background noise
        Two omni-directional microphones, capture voice, remove noise, natural quality
        Active Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Acoustic echo cancellation
        Incoming voice: 20-band equalizer, automatic adjustment to comfortable levels
  • WindSmart technology provides 3 layers of wind noise protection
        Grooved vents deflect wind, Acoustic fabric for shielding
        Electronic filters in microphone circuitry
  • Silicon gel eartips for stable, comfortable fit, easy insert / remove
        (S, M, L), stabilizer loop fits folds of outer ear
  • Talk Time up to 5 hours, Standby up to 7 days (4 days multipoint enabled)
        Battery full charge in 1.5 hours using AC or case
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) + eSCO + Secure Simple Pairing (SSP)
        Headset Profile (HSP), Hands-free Profile (HFP)
        Supports multipoint use with two phones, default off
  • www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/products/mobile/bluetooth-...
  • PR 8/09 - introduced - http://press.plantronics.com/corporate...
  • 10/11 - $99, street $64 - 8/09 - $129
Find the Plantronics Discovery 929 Headset on Amazon.com

Plantronics Voyager 855 Bluetooth Headset -- DSP, Stereo (OLD - 10/07)

  • Phone conversation and stereo music
  • Snug in-ear fit: ear buds seal in sound, seal out noise
        Optional ear loop stabilizers
  • Slide-to-talk boom extends closer to voice, also answers and ends calls
  • QuickPair technology for easy pairing
  • AudioIQ technology digital two-way noise reduction
        Reduces background noise, adjusts audio levels to increase clarity
        Enhances sound quality on both ends of a conversation
  • Bluetooth v2.0 and EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
        Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP Headset (HSP v1.1) and Hands-free (HFP v1.5)
  • Multipoint technology - Pair two devices
        Switch between music listening and incoming calls
  • Dedicated call and music remote controls
        Volume, mute, call answer /end, track forward/back, pause/play, etc.
  • Mono-to-stereo convertible: Convert mono headset to stereo with detachable cable 
        Full-spectrum stereo sound with rich, balanced bass
  • Up to 6 hours stereo listening from single charge, 7 hours talk, 160 hours standby
        On demand battery indicator
  • 15 grams with stereo cable
  • 10/11 - street $74 - list $149.99  (10/07)
Find the Plantronics Voyager 855 Headset on Amazon.com

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth Headset - Voice Controlled (4/09)

 

  • Brushed aluminium top casing, softer textured underside on cheek
  • Pliable gel ear-bud, optional ear hook
  • Voice Control: Click BlueAnt button,
    • Say voice command, loudly and clearly
    • Make calls, change settings, check connection, initiate pairing
    • "Answer" or "Ignore" call
    • "What Can I Say?" command list, "Teach Me" for tutorial
  • Dual microphones, internal wind shields
  • Noise and wind reduction
  • Standard and Maximum voice isolation modes
  • Pairs with up to 8 devices, True Multipoint technology:
    • Connect two phones, can switch between calls
  • Firmware upgradeable via USB on your PC (also for battery charging)
  • 2.16 x 0.66 x 0.31 in. (54.8 x 15.8 x 7.8 mm), 0.30 oz. (8.7 g)
  • Talk time up to 4 hrs., Standby 100 hrs.
  • USB for battery charging and firmware upgrades
  • 10/11 - street $25 - 4/09 - $129 (11/09 $87 list)
  • PR 4/09 PDF - www.myblueant.com/downloads/press/2009/BlueAnt_Q1...
  • www.myblueant.com/q1

Find the BlueAnt Q1 Headset on Amazon.com


Sound ID 510 Bluetooth Headset - iPhone App (6/10)

 

  • "World’s first Bluetooth headset with its own iPhone App"
  • "Best industry features, sleek and powerful, plus refined sound quality"
  • One button control on front face, status LED
  • Touch sensitive volume control - Slide finger along face of headset
  • On/Off switch on side
  • 3X NoiseNavigation with advanced wind protection,
       3 mics eliminate wind and background noise from both ends of call
  • Environmental Mode - Boosts sound when not on call, as if not wearing
  • A2DP streaming music, GPS navigation (firmware update)
  • EarPrint iPhone App - Customize sound preferences and settings
    • Personal Sound - Customize listening preferences
    • Drag sound quality or listening level while on a call
    • Find Me option - Tap icon on iPhone and headset start beeping
    • Sound Level meter, Visual Battery Level Indicator
    • In Call Tools - Disable green LED flashing on call
  • MultiPoint - Actively pair with two Bluetooth enabled mobile phones
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and eSCO, up to 33 feet (10 m)
  • RealComfort EarLoops - Anatomically designed for all-day comfort,
       stay in place during rigorous activity
  • USB charge / connectivity for upgrade
  • Long life advanced Lithium-Polymer battery
  • Up to 5 hours talk time, 135 hrs. standby, Approx. 2.5 hrs. charge time
  • Low Battery Indicator - three staccato beeps, flash red every 30 secs.
  • Includes USB travel charger, three sizes of EarLoops, optional Ear Hook
  • 2.165 x 0.6 x 0.325 in. (55 x 15.5 x 8.2 mm), < 0.28 oz. (8 g)
  • 10/11 - street $59 - 6/10 - $129, street $117
  • PR 5/10 - www.soundid.com/pdf/releases/PR_510_Release.pdf
  • www.soundid.com/sid510/overview.html

Find the SoundID 510 Headset on Amazon.com



Sound ID 400 Bluetooth Headset - Custom hearing modes (10/09)

 

  • PersonalSound - 3 listening modes enhance speech clarity
         without raising volume (or off)
  • Environmental Mode - “Hear-through” outside sound in between calls
  • NoiseNavigation - Multiple microphones remove background
         and wind noise while boosting speech.
  • Multi-Point - Connect to two Bluetooth-enabled phones
  • Automatic Volume Control - Adjusts to changing noise environments
  • Includes three sizes of RealComfort EarLoops, plus Ear Hook
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and eSCO
  • Main button on end - On / off, answer / end call, redial
  • Side button - Volume, PersonalSound, Environmental Mode
  • Battery charges in 2.5 hrs; Up to 7 hrs talk time, 200 hs (8 days) standby
  • microUSB connector, use with standard chargers
  • 53.5 x 15.5 x 7.5 mm (2.1 x 0.6 x 0.3 in.), 8 g (0.28 oz.)
  • 10/11 - street $30 - ~ 8/10 - $99 - 9/09 - $129
  • PR 9/09 - www.soundid.com/pdf/releases/PR_400_Release.pdf
  • www.soundid.com/sid400/overview.html
  • www.soundid.com

Sound ID Remote Microphone

  • Picks up audio near its source for richer listening experience
  • Can be worn by conversation partner or placed near sound source
  • Bluetooth range up to 30 feet line-of-sight
  • Automatically pairs with Sound ID 400 headset
  • Same design / size as 400, with clip
  • 8/10, ~ Q4 09, $79

Find the SoundID 400 Headset on Amazon.com


novero TheFirstOne Bluetooth Headset (7/09)

 

  • Premium Bluetooth earpiece 
  • Stylish sleek shape and white facade
    • lily-white and brushed with subtle silver accents
  • Multi-function button and volume up/down
  • Noise cancellation with dual-microphone DSP technology
  • Three-way calling & Voice dialing:
    • Activate with a single button press or phone's voice cue
  • Seven interchangeable earpieces for snug and secure fit
  • Complete set of accessories:
    • Desk: AC USB wall charger, microUSB cable, Desk stand,
    • Car: DC USB Car charger, Car holder,
    • Jewelry: Neck cord / necklace, Wearable clip
  • Talk time up to 4.5 hours, Stand-by over 100 hours
  • 1.85 x 0.89 x ~ 0.6 in., 0.4 oz.
  • 10/11 - street $115 - 7/09 - $149
  • PR 7/09 - www.novero.com/downloads/press-releases/...
  • www.novero.com
  • TheTrustyOne - Bluetooth Car Kit
  • TheTrulyOne - Bluetooth Car Display Kit
  • TheTalkieOne - Bluetooth Speakerphone

Find the novero TheFirstOne Headset on Amazon.com


Newton Peripherals - MoGo Talk for iPhone  / VOIP & Skype (10/09)

  • Folding earpiece boom lays completely flat, to 5 mm thick
  • Store and charge on the back of a mobile phone or inside a laptop
  • Talk time up to 4 hours, Standby over 1 week
  • SoundShape noise blocking, SmartAudio processing
         eliminate noise, echo, wind interference
  • Comfort fit ear tips, high fidelity balanced armature audio drivers
  • 50 x 24 x 5 mm, 9 grams
  • http://www.newtonperipherals.com/landing_mogotalk.html
MoGo Talk for iPhone
  • Protective case for phone, also is charging cradle for headset
  • microUSB charging cable
  • 10/11 - street XD $49 - 10/09 - $129
  • (BlackBerry Curve / Javelin coming)
MoGo Talk for VOIP & Skype
  • Headset snaps into Express Card 34 charging adapter
  • Fits Express Card 34 / 54 slots
  • 10/09 - $99

BlueAnt Z9 Dual Mic Bluetooth Headset with Voice Isolation (8/07)


  • Winner of CES 2007 Innovations Design & Engineering Award
  • Voice Isolation Technology DSP (Digital Signal Processing)
        Dual microphone array, separate voice signal from background noise
        Noise suppression and full-duplex echo cancellation, without voice distortion
        Frequency correction of incoming and outgoing voice signals
        Automatic Gain Adjustment of user voice level
  • Switchable Standard & Max Voice Isolation for extreme noise environments
        Single click on control button,  Voice confirmation of mode changes
  • Pair with up to 3 Headset/Handsfree Bluetooth devices, Switch between devices on the fly
  • Built-in spring clip to attach to clothes when not in use
  • Adjustable, translucent ear hook, left/right ear
  • Switches: Control button, Volume Up / Down
  • Bluetooth 2.0, up to 10 meters, Auto-connection on power up, re-connect after out of range
  • Rechargeable battery, Up to 5.5 hours talk time, 200 hours standby; Charge time 2 - 3 hours
  • Mini USB Type A interface -- USB charger, firmware upgrades
  • Firmware upgrade via USB (multi-step process)
  • 1.5 x 0.69 x 0.44 in, 0.39 oz with ear hook ( 41 x 17.5, 11.2 mm, 11 grams)
  • 2 year replacement warranty
  • 10/11 - street $28 - 11/07 - $99.95 / $61
  • www.blueantz9.com
Find the BlueAnt Z9 Headset on Amazon.com

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Audio: Wireless Transmitter / Receivers


Miccus BluBridge Mini-jack - Bluetooth stereo music transmitter (09)

  • Small, portable, Bluetooth wireless music transmitter
  • Streams music wirelessly from audio source to Bluetooth-capable receiver
  • Play from any device with 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Use with iPod, MP3 players, game consoles, laptops, TV, CD/DVD players
  • One touch Bluetooth connect button for easy device pairing
    • (Requires devices with pin 0000, 1234, or 8888)
  • LED under button for charging / Bluetooth connection status
  • Headphone jack swivels down for storage and portability
  • Up to 7 hours of music playback with internal L-ion battery
  • mini USB port for charging and continuous play, mini to USB cable included
  • Bluetooth v2.1, with A2DP profiles, class 2, range 33 feet (10 m)
  • 1.89 x 1.15 x .44 in., 0.17 lbs.
  • 10/11 - street $38 - ~ 12/09 - list $59, street $19
  • Also: BluBridge for iPod with iPod connector
    • runs off iPod battery to transmit wireless music (list $59, street $24)
  • www.miccus.com/products/blubridge-mini-jack

Find the Miccus BluBridge Mini-jack on Amazon.com


Jabra - Wireless Music Adapters

Jabra A125s Bluetooth Music Adapter -- iPod

  • 10/11 - street $39 - Plug into iPod, nano ($59)

Find the Jabra A125s on Amazon.com

Jabra A120s Bluetooth Music Adapter -- Universal

  • Plug into any music player ($49)

Sony - Bluetooth Transmitter / Receivers

Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth dual-use transmitter/receiver

  • Transmitter: stream stereo audio from devices with standard stereo mini plugs
        (cell phones with adapters, MP3 players, PCs, home stereo systems)
  • Receiver: convert almost any speaker system into stereo Bluetooth speaker from line in jack
  • 10/11 - street $65 - $79
Find the Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth  transmitter/receiver on Amazon.com

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Audio: Earphones and Earbuds


Logitech / Ultimate Ears - Loud Enough Volume Limiting Earphones for Kids (08)

  • Volume limiting earphones with quality sound - reduces volume up to 40% / 20dB
  • Built-in volume protection that limits maximum volume of any music source
  • Noise-isolating design so kids don't have to turn volume up so loud to hear clearly
  • Soft interchangeable silicon ear cushions for a secure, comfortable fit
  • Designed for children, 6 and over -- Colorful, compact, lightweight, rugged
        3 sizes of silicone ear tips (extra small, small, medium)
  • In-ear, diaphragm-based, sound isolating headset with built-in hearing protection
  • Physical design for children allows for a much better seal
        Seal reduces volume level required to get a high quality, accurate sound
  • Reduced maximum sound pressure level (SPL) from music player
        Energy dissipating device before speaker reduces power, and sound pressure
  • Compared to noise isolating headsets:
        Reduces max SPL by approximately 20dB, heard as about 25% the loudness
  • Compared to Apple iPod ear buds (non-isolating design, so lower reduction):
        Reduction of 12dB, perceived as approximately 50% the loudness
  • Cable 46 inches, 0.8 oz (14 grams), frequency response 20 Hz - 14 kHz
  • 10/11 - street $12 - 08/09 - $39.99, Plum purple, Mint green, Blueberry, hard carrying case
  • www.loudenough.com
Find the Loud Enough Earphoness on Amazon.com

Altec Lansing - BackBeat Noise Isolating Earphones (6/09)

  • 10/11 - street $18 - Classic - $29 ($23 street)
    • Basics for everyday listening, noise isolation
  • Plus - $49 ($34), Enhanced bass, neodymium speaker, balanced high & mids
        Plus Mobile - $59, with mic
  • Titanium - $79, For "discerning music enthusiasts
        titanium-enhanced micro-speakers
  • Pro - $99,($60), Reference earphones for "studio engineers and
        professional musicians," balanced armature speakers, superior noise isolation
  • Noise isolation 16 dB
  • 6-piece fit kit with comfort neoprene ear tips (S, M, L)
        add set of dual flange tips for extra noise reduction
  • Frequency response: Classic 40 Hz - 17 kHz, Plus 30 Hz - 18.5 kHz,
        Titanium 10 Hz - 20 kHz, Pro 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Soft carry case for Pro & Titanium 
  • Cable 46" / 1.2 m, 0.9 / 0.8 oz.
  • Pro:
  • High-definition audio in a small package
        comfortable non-imposing fit within the ear canal
  • Balanced armature micro-speakers deliver high-definition audio
        Essentially full-range miniaturized speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Superior noise isolation and exceptional comfort
  • PR 6/09 - www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=press_release&press_id=111
  • www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=north_product_detail&iproduct_id=backbeat_pro

Find the Altec Lansing BackBeat Classic, Plus, and Pro Earphones
on Amazon.com


JVC HA-FX300 Bi-Metal Headphones (11/07)

  • High-end in-ear canal headphone model: Clearer sound, better sound isolation
  • Aluminum evaporation diaphragm
        More accurate high-frequency detail than conventional cellulose or polymer-based designs
  • Bi-METAL structure - Drive unit housed in a stainless steel base wrapped in a high-specific-gravity brass ring to eliminate vibration and energy loss, enhancing performance across the frequency range
  • Aluminum housing - Reduces resonance
  • OFC (oxygen-free copper) cord - 3.28 ft / 1.0 meter 
        friction noise reduction cord, minimize transmission loss
  • Contoured canal design earpiece and head - Superior sound isolation, minimize sound leakage
  • Includes three sizes of soft silicon rubber earpieces for comfortable fit, 
        one memory foam earpiece for customized fit
  • Gold plated iPhone compatible slim plug
  • Powerful neodymium 8.5mm driver unit
  • Frequency Response: 8 - 25,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/1mW; Nominal Impedance:16 ohms; Maximum Input Capability:200 mW(IEC)
  • Weight: 0.20 oz (w/o cable)
  • Available in black, red, bronze, includes compact carrying case
  • 10/11 - 7/09 - $53 street, 07 - $99.95
  • Press release 11/07 - www.jvc.com/press/index.jsp?item=609&pageID=1
  • http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL028237&pathId=98&page=1
Find the JVC Bi-Metal Headphones on Amazon.com

Monster Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers (1/09)

 

 

 

 

  • High-performance in-ear headphones 
        specially engineered drivers that deliver impeccable audiophile-quality sound
  • Low mass, wide bandwidth driver for precision response
  • Accurately reproduce even the lowest bass notes without distortion
  • Black chrome all-metal housing eliminates vibration for pure sound
  • Monster sound isolating eartips in multiple sizes provide a perfect fit to seal out noise
  • Tangle-free cable design resists snarls and knots
  • MicroStrand conductors for extended frequency response
  • Low Frequency Response: Low-end bass, extended low frequency sound 
        at real life volumes, without distortion
  • Midrange Frequency Response: Vocals and most instrument fundamentals, natural timber
  • High Frequency Response: Details of delicate percussive sounds, 
        more sense of space, air, and openness
  • Full Range Dynamics and Efficiency: Full dynamic range even from low-power MP3 players
  • Transient Response: Speed to respond with perfect accuracy
  • Includes multiple sizes and shapes of ear tips, compact protective case
  • www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3959
  • PR 1/09 - www.monstercable.com/press/viewpress.asp?Article=182
  • 10/11 - street $84 - 7/09, 1/09 - $149

    Find the Monster Turbine Earphones on Amazon.com


[Logitech] Ultimate Ears 700 Noise Isolating Earphones -- Dual Speakers (4/09)

 

 

  • Pro quality: Two custom-tuned speakers per ear
  • Professional-grade dual drivers (SuperFi)
  • Custom-tuned dual-armature layout
        Dual drivers separate frequencies into two high-fidelity channels per ear
        Cleaner, more precise audio reproduction
  • Broad frequency response, 10 Hz to 16.5 kHz
  • Microdesign: Compact, secure and comfortable fit, flush within ear
  • Flexible wear: Hang down for casual listening, over ear more active
        Subtle color band at base: red = right ear (also small letter underneath)
  • Custom fit to isolate outside noise: 3 size of tapered silicone ear cushions,
        plus set of Comply foam ear cushions - www.complyfoam.com
  • Noise isolating, up to 26 dB
  • Includes sound level attenuator adapter for uncontrolled sound sources
        Moderates volume and prevents bursts of loud sounds
  • Cable 46 in. with slider, 0.4 oz / 11.6 grams, pocket hard case included
  • www.ultimateears.com/_ultimateears/store/products/ultimateears700.php
  • PR 04/09 - www.ultimateears.com/_ultimateears/buzz/news_detail.php?id=38
  • 10/11 - street $190 - 4/09 - $229

         Find the Ultimate Ears 700i Earphones on Amazon.com

Ultimate Ears Product Line

  • Ultimate Ears custom earphones used by 75% of world's professional touring artists for live performance 
  • UE metro.fi for on-the-go listening - low profile with powerful sound, $79
        Single titanium coated full-range speaker delivers deep bass and clear treble
        Changeable ear tips provide -16dB of isolation
  • UE super.fi for music lovers - audio signatures for specific music genres, $129 - $249
        Dedicated high/mid-range speaker plus low-end subwoofer
  • UE triple.fi for discerning consumers - Closest experience to personal monitors, $399
        Crossover for 3 speakers, 26dB of noise isolation
  • UE Custom Series for touring musicians and serious audiophiles, $700 - $1150
        Handcrafted personal monitors
        Quad armature speakers with dual driver subwoofer
        - 26dB of passive noise cancellation
  • PR 8/08 - Logitech acquires Ultimate Ears - www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/4948&
  • www.ultimateears.com

[Logitech] Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro Personal Earphones (08)

 

 

  • In-ear personal earphones
  • Three individual speakers, precision balanced armatures
  • Integrated passive crossover circuit directs frequencies to dedicated speakers
        3 speakers: Low-end for bass, mid-range for vocals, high for treble
  • In-ear fit and customizable ear tips provide -26dB of noise isolation
  • Flexible ear loops route cables behind ears
        Secure earphones in place, more comfort and avoids tangled cables
  • Includes 46 inch cord, cable adjuster, additional 24 inch extension cable
        Plus 1/4 inch gold plated adapter jack, sound level attenuator, cleaning tool
        Hard metallic crush-proof storage case
  • Ear Tips included: 6 single flange silicone ear tips (2 small, 2 medium, 2 large),
        2 dual flange silicone ear tips, and 2 disposable foam ear tips
  • Frequency response 10 to 17,000 Hz, Input Sensitivity 117 dB/mW
  • Impedance 32ohms nominal (@1kHz), Input connector 1/8" (3.5mm) gold plated
  • www.ultimateears.com/_ultimateears/products/triplefi/triplefi10pro_description.php
  • 7/09 - $399, 1/09 - $313 street; 2/08 - $399 list

         Find the Ultimate Ears triple.fi Earphones on Amazon.com


Burton Tech - AcoustiBuds -- Silicone Adapters for Earphones (11/08)

  • Stays in better - Especially with physical activity
       Closely spaced fins grip to ear, keep earphone in
  • Sounds better - Snug fit for sound isolation and increased volume
        Acoustically engineered to enrich bass, middle and upper frequencies
  • Feels better - Flexible and soft for comfort, angles down ear canal
  • Slip on earbud (fold back and then roll over), wiggle into ear for snug fit
        Elastic band on end stretches for secure fit
  • Fits earphones sold with Apple iPods and iPhones, Microsoft Zune, 
    some SanDisk Sansa, Samsung, Creative, other players, JVC Jummy
  • CES Innovations Award
  • 10/11 - street $10 - 12/08 - $19.99 - $12.99 street, white or black, 2 sizes (5 & 6 fins)
  • www.acoustibuds.com
Find the AcoustiBuds on Amazon.com

Innovelis BudFits -- Over-The-Ear Adapters for iPod Earbuds (6/08)

  • Over-the-ear adapters for Apple iPod and iPhone earbuds
  • Prevent earbuds from falling out during physical activities
  • Soft, flexible rubber
  • Snap onto Apple earbuds,  wrap over the top of the ear
  • Don't need to wedge earbuds into the ear canal to keep in place
  • 10/11 - street $9 - 7/09 - $15 street, 6/08, 12/08 - $9
  • www.BudFits.com
Find the BudFits on Amazon.com

Audio Bone - Bone Conduction Earphones  (10/07)

  • Bone Conduction Earphones 
        Loops over your ear, transmits through bones directly to inner ear
        Does not block ear, still hear surrounding sounds
  • Audio Bone 1.0, $189, orange, black, blue, white - best sound
        50 - 12,000 Hz, Water proof, Lightweight, 1.3 oz.
        10/11 - street $179 - 7/09 - $132 street
  • Audio Bone Special Edition - fashion colors, $219
  • Audio Bone Adjustable, $219
        Ear clips and adjustable, rotating phones, foldable
        50 - 4,000 Hz, 2 oz.
  • 30 day unconditional money back guarantee
  • www.audioboneheadphones.com

         Find the Audio Bone Earphones on Amazon.com


Mad Catz - AirDrives - Outer-Ear Stereo Earphones  (10/07)

 

 

 

 

  • Outer-ear design: Hook over ear, speakers hang outside of ear
        Provides natural directional sound
        Can remain aware of surroundings
        But, obviously, sound can be heard by others nearby
  • Recommended for running and other sports activities -- want to be alert to environment
        Can bend eargrips to tighten, tuck under headband for running
        Not appropriate for air, train travel with strangers because of sound leakage
  • Comfortable for long wear (not resting in the ear), can wear with glasses
        Ear not plugged with an earbud -- avoid possibly damaging decibel levels
  • Adjustable molded ear grips, Durable and water resistant
        Small sliding volume ramp on cord, Cord joiner slides for convenient storage
  • InAir Technology acquired by Mad Catz Interactive in 2006
        Maker interactive entertainment peripherals, including GameShark
        www.madcatz.com
  • Frequency Range: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 95 dB at source /   80 dB SPL at inner ear
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm, Maximum Power Input: 15 mW
  • Cable Length: 1.2 m, 4 ft (Kids 1.1 m, 3.5 ft)
  • Jack: 3.5mm gold plated /   stereo, 70 degree
  • Speakers: Neodymium rare earth magnets, Acoustic Housing: Magnesium
  • Black with a silver earbud, also smaller Kids model in white
  • 10/11 - street $55 - 7/09 - $47 street, 10/07 - Standard $99.99, Kids $69.99
  • www.airdrives.com

         Find the AirDrives Outer-Ear Earphones on Amazon.com

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Audio: Noise-Cancelling Earphones


Plantronics .Audio 480 - Virtual Phone Booth Headset (8/07)

  • Small, portable computer headset for mobile laptop users
  • Stereo sound for laptop multimedia
        and voice quality for Internet conversations
  • Virtual Phone Booth:
        Sound-isolating earbuds block out unwanted noise and external distractions
        Noise-canceling microphone and wind-reduction technology
            minimize external noise for callers
  • Microphone on flexible boom to adjust closer for private conversations
  • Inline controls for microphone mute, volume slider
  • Foldable and stowable with low-profile design in included carrying case
  • Analog version to direct connect with headphone and mic jacks
        USB version with analog-to-USB adapter with built-in sound card interface
            provides easier plug-in connection, especially for Macs
  • Includes selection of earbuds, foam earbuds, 
        stabilizer eartabs nestle in folds of outer ear (without a headband or earloop)
  • 10/11 - street $32 - 8/07 - Analog $89.95,  USB $109.95
  • www.plantronics.com
Find the Plantronics .Audio 480 Virtual Phone Booth Headset
on Amazon.com

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Audio: Headphones: Wireless


Logitech Wireless Headset - 8 Devices (9/11)

  • Wireless - Pairs with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, other Bluetooth devices
  • Listen to stereo music, chat on phone, FaceTime video calls
  • Roam up to 33 feet (10 meters)
  • Bluetooth A3DP / HFP - Pair up to 8 devices
  • Controls: Power, Mic Mute, Volume Up/Down (on side)
  • Laser-tuned drivers produce rich stereo sound while minimizing distortion
  • Adjustable headband with soft ear cups, folds for storage
  • Noise-canceling microphone reduces background noise
  • Position microphone to talk, rotate up to nest in headband while listening
  • 6 hour rechargeable battery, USB charging
  • PR 9/11 -www.logitech.com/en-us/172/9181
  • www.logitech.com/en-us/tablet-accessories/for-ipad/devices/8452
  • 9/11 - $69.99
Find the Logitech Wireless Headset on Amazon.com

Sony Bluetooth Headset - Street style (1/07)

  • Street style: Wear behind head, hooks over ears, Fold up for storage
  • Integrated microphone for hands-free mobile phone use
  • Simultaneous connections to mobile phone and media player 
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery: Charge in 3 hours
        11 hours talk and music playback time, 100 hours standby
  • Controls: Power, Volume, plus Bluetooth AVRCP remote control profile --
        Control play / stop, fast forward / rewind on the earpiece
  • 2.3 oz.
  • DR-BT21G - $129
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony Bluetooth Headset BT21G on Amazon.com

Sony Stereo Bluetooth headphones

  • Supports Bluetooth AVRCP remote control profile, 
  • Play control with button on the outside of the left ear cup
        controls play, stop, pause, fast-forward and rewind
  • DR-BT50 $230; 10/07 $149
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony DR-BT50 stereo Bluetooth headphones on Amazon.com

Sony  Analog RF Wireless noise reduction headphones

  • 900MHz RF wireless system (not Bluetooth)
        roam up to 150 feet
  • Ni-MH rechargeable or AAA batteries
  • induction charging with no direct contact ---- just place headphones on stand
  • MDR-RF970RK, $99
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony Analog RF Wireless headphones on Amazon.com

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Audio: Headphones: Noise Reduction


Plantronics - .Audio 476 DSP - Digital USB Foldable Stereo Headset  (1/10)

Find the Plantronics .Audio 476 DSP Foldable Headset on Amazon.com

Audio-Technica - ATH-ANC7 Quiet Point Noise-Cancelling Headphones  (spring 07)

  • ANC circuitry reduces environmental noise by up to 85% -- up to 20 dB
  • Lightweight, compact design, earpieces rotate flat
  • Audio functions (in passive mode) without AAA battery
  • Remove detachable cable for noise-cancelling function without audio
  • Closed-back headphones feature large-aperture 40 mm drivers
  • Neodymium magnet systems for deeper bass, extended treble and higher fidelity
  • Frequency Response 10 - 25,000 Hz, Sensitivity 109 dB, Impedance 260 ohms
  • Weight 200 g (7.1 oz) without cable & battery
  • Includes detachable 5.2 foot (1.6 m) cable with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini plug
        6.3 mm (1.4") stereo adapter; airline adapter
        Carrying case with attached accessory pouch
  • 10/11 - street $174 - Spring 07 - list $219, 3/08 street $119
  • Product - www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/f9450db308d97785/index.html
  • Press release - www.audio-technica.com/cms/news/0dd95eb77de31829/index.html
Find the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 Noise-Cancelling Headphones on Amazon.com

Next: Portable Speakers


JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones  (8/07)

  • Eliminates up to 85 percent of extraneous background noise (more than 16.5 dB at 150 Hz)
  • Feedback technology to monitor noise cancellation process 
  • Earpiece double housing structure with extra sound insulation layer, block outside sounds
  • Fold flat for travel. Detachable 3.94 ft (1.2m) connection cord. Includes airplane and phono adapters
  • Use as headphones with cancellation off
  • Wide frequency response (8 Hz - 24,000 Hz), sensitivity 102 dB/1mW (when on),100 dB/1mW (when off).
  • Single AAA battery, 50 hours with Alkaline
  • 5.3 ounces with battery
  • 10/11 - street $101 - Summer 2007, top-end model, list $199; 12/07 $139
  • press release 7/07 - www.jvc.com/press/index.jsp?item=593&pageID=1
  • http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL028174&pathId=101&page=1
Find the JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones on Amazon.com

JVC HA-NC80 Noise Canceling Headphones  (12/06)

  • Up to 75% noise reduction (more than 12 dB at 300 Hz)
  • Dual noise cancellation modes:- "wide" and "low" modes
         "wide" frequency range: airplane
        "low" cancels slightly narrower and lower frequency range, train and bus
  • Fully padded closed earpieces help block ambient noise, padded soft headband
  • Flat foldable design, carrying pouch, dual-plug adapter
  • Single AAA battery, 4.9-foot cord, less than 6 ounces
  • 10/11 - street $31 - 1/07, 12/07 - list $59, street $39
  • http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL027845&pathId=101&page=1
Find the JVC HA-NC80 Noise Canceling Headphones on Amazon.com

Maxell NC-IV Deluxe Noise Cancellation Headphones  (1/07)

  • Superior noise cancellation headphones with enhanced sound quality
  • Works as standard headphone without batteries, Noise reduction only without input
  • Full leather-lined full-size ear cups, swivel and fold flat
  • Detachable single-entry 3 foot headphone cord, tangle-free (braded nylon)
        with attenuator to limit volume (low, medium high)
  • Includes gold-plated 1/4-inch and airline plugs, 6 foot extension cord, hard-cover travel case
  • 2 AAA batteries, over 50 hours
  • Frequency response 10 - 22,000 Hz, Sensitivity 106 dB/mW ± 3 dB
  • 0.41 pounds (6.56 ounces)
  • www.maxell-usa.com/index.aspx?id=63;66;521;0&a=info&pid=335
  • 10/11 - $39 - 1/07 - $99, 1/08 - $129 / $70
Find the Maxell NC-IV Noise Canceling Headphones on Amazon.com

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Audio: Portable Speakers


Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad - Clip on (8/11)

Find the Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad on Amazon

Logitech USB Laptop Speakers Z205 (3/10)

  • Lightweight, clip-on speakers, attaches easily to notebook
  • Clips securely to top of notebook or monitor
  • Positioned for immersive stereo sound, Dual drivers
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for PC and Mac
  • (Single cord for audio & power:
      no power cord, no batteries, no addl. software)
  • Power and volume buttons, 3.5mm jack for external players
  • Travel-size, includes protective carrying case
  • 7.1 x 2.5 x 1.4 in., 2 lbs.
  • Z205 - Announced 3/10 - $39.99
  • 10/11 - street $23 - PR 3/10 - www.logitech.com/en-us/172/6738
  • www.logitech.com/en-us/notebook_products/speakers/devices/6527
Find the Logitech USB Laptop Speakers on Amazon

Altec Lansing - inMotion Compact - iPod/iPhone Portable Speaker - iMT320 (2/10)

  • Portable stereo for iPhone and iPod, compact and lightweight
    • Universal dock for iPhone and iPod, recharges while playing
    • Includes base adapters for iPod touch and nano
  • Auxiliary input 3.5mm jack for second audio source
  • Protective leather-like cover folds back as a stand
  • Controls (top): Power, Volume up/down
  • Music pause - automatically when call is received on iPhone
  • Audio Alignment technology - Balanced Drivers, enclosure, electronics
  • Two 2” (50 mm) full-range neodymium drivers for distinct full-spectrum audio
  • Two front-firing ports for powerful bass
  • Design immune to mobile phone interference, don't need airplane mode
  • AC adapter or battery powered, up to 24 hours with 4 AA batteries
  • 9.5” x 4.7 x 1.8 in. (241 x 119 x 46 mm)
  • 10/11 - street $39 - 2/10 - Available - iMT320 $79.95 ($69 street)
  • PR 1/10 - Launch www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=press_release&press_id=123
  • www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=north_product_detail&...
Find the Altec Lansing inMotion Compact Speakers
on Amazon.com

Altec Lansing Orbit USB Portable Speaker - iML237 (9/09)

  • Portable sound for laptop; enhanced sound for business presentations, hotel rooms
  • USB powered - Digital clarity, plug and play, no batteries or AC cord
  • Altec Lansing Audio Alignment design, precise balance and craftsmanship
    of key audio components -- driver, enclosure, electronics
  • Small size with volume, clarity , depth
  • Circular shape provides 360-degree sound field
  • Retractable stand to aim sound
  • No frills design, tough aluminum and composite construction
  • Neoprene carrying case
  • 16” cord, tangle-free storage in bottom
  • LED power light
  • ~ 3 3/8" diameter, 2 1/8" high, under 6 oz.
  • 10/11 - $39 - 9/09 - $49.95
  • PR 9/09 - www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=press_release&press_id=116
  • www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=north_product_detail&iproduct_id=orbit_usb

 

 

Find the Altec Lansing Orbit USB Speakers on Amazon.com

Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3 Portable Audio System  (1/09)

Find the Altec Lansing Orbit MP3 Speakers on Amazon.com

LaCie USB / FireWire Speakers - Bus-powered 2W  (10/07)

  • USB speakers for any PC or Mac
  •     Plug and play, no additional drivers needed
  • Stylish compact design by Neil Poulton
        Cable storage - wraps underneath speakers
  • Bus-powered, no additional AC adapter or batteries
  • Clear, vibrant sound, frequency response 90 Hz - 20 kHz
  • USB 2W audio, 1W per channel, 16-bit / 48kHz processing
        FireWire 8W / 4W, up to 24bit / 96kHz processing
  • Includes carrying case and audio input cable for use with iPod, etc.
        Optional connector for external AC adapter ($49 bundle)
  • Both 5.31 x 3.94 x 3.54 in.
  • 10/11 - $54 FireWire - 4/09 - USB $29.99 / $24, FireWire $79 (8/08 - USB $59, FireWire $99)
  • PR 8/08 - USB introduced - www.lacie.com/us/company/news/news.htm?id=10409
  • USB product - www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11112
Find the LaCie USB Speakers on Amazon.com

Tunebug Vibe - SurfaceSound Speakers (1/10)

  • NXT patented SurfaceSound Technology for portable speaker solutions
  • Turns surfaces into flat panel speakers - Generates sound waves that pass through surface it rests on
  • Product of Silicon Valley Global LLC (SVG)
  • www.tunebug.com

  • Portable SurfaceSound external speaker for desktop, tabletop, etc.
  • Best results on hollow surfaces, such as included Sound Base box
  • Brushed aluminum housing, illuminated power button in center
  • 3.5 mm audio jack -
    audio in from player, power in from USB adapter
  • LiPoly battery, 5 hours of play time
  • 2.3 x 1 in., 5.30 oz
  • 10/11, 1/10 - $69

Also: Tunebug Shake, $119 (2/10)

  • Small attachable speaker for bike, ski and skateboard helmets
  • Creates surround sound by "exciting" entire helmet surface
Find the Tunebug Vibe on Amazon.com

OrigAudio - Rock-It - Portable vibration speaker system (1/10)

  • Hook to device, generates music into vibration sequences.
  • Sick to any object
  • Sends vibrations through Rock-It "pod"
  • Works best with: Cardboard boxes, doors, windows, mirrors, lamp shades, flat surfaces, file cabinets, dressers, home appliances
  • Headphone jack to player; Uses 2 AA batteries
  • www.origaudio.com/products/rock-it
  • 10/11, 1/10 - $49

OrigAudio - Fold 'n Play Recycled Paper Speakers (9/09)

  • Pair of 1-watt stereo speakers, made of heavy-duty recycled paper
  • Origami Audio - Portable speaker cubes fold flat for storage/travel
  • Assemble into 3.15" cube (8 cm)
  • Plug into any audio device with standard 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Self-powered, no external power needed
  • Designs includes CityScape, Flowers, Surf Break, Day Dream, Lake
  • Or Canvas to decorate with your own artwork.
  • 10/11, 9/09 - Introduced - $16 / pair
  • www.origaudio.com

 

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Audio: Wireless Speakers


Logitech Wireless Boombox - 8 Drivers (9/11)

  • Wirelessly stream stereo audio
  • iPad, iPhone and iPod touch can remote control speaker
  • Bluetooth (A2DP) - up to 33 feet (10 meters)
  • 8 custom-designed drivers separate sound frequencies
    • 2 x 3 in. laser-tuned neodymium drivers - full mid range
    • 2 x 1/2 in. neodymium tweeters - crisp highs
    • 4 x 2 in. passive radiators - deep bass
  • Auxiliary 3.5 mm input (cable included)
  • Flip-out stand with battery access
  • Controls: Power, Bluetooth paring, Volume Up/Down
  • Rechargeable nickel-metal hydride battery, play 6 hours
  • AC power adapter
  • ~ 15  x 5 x 2 1/2 in.
  • PR 9/11 - www.logitech.com/en-us/172/9181
  • www.logitech.com/en-us/tablet-accessories/for-ipad...
  • 9/11 - $149

Find the Logitech Wireless Boombox on Amazon.com


Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 - Bluetooth (9/10)

  • Wireless speaker for laptop, iPad, iPhone
    • Stream music - up to 50 feet (15 meters)
  • Dual two-inch drivers with plenty of bass
  • Auxiliary input: standard 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Simple set-up - Pair to iPad or iPhone (Bluetooth)
  •             USB wireless adapter for PC / Mac, 2.4 GHz wireless
  • 10-hour rechargeable battery
  • Power and volume controls (no headphone jack)
  • Battery life / charging status indicator light (green / orange / red)
  • Flip stand, with storage for USB wireless adapter
  • 3 watts with AC power, Frequency response 122 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Power supply 120 to 240 volts, Cable 6 feet (1.8 meters)
  • Soft travel case included, fits speaker and power supply
  • PR 9/10 - www.logitech.com/en-us/172/7492
  • www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/home-pc-speakers/devices/7367
  • ~ 10 x 4 1/2 x 2 in.
  • 10/11 - street $78 - 9/10 - $99 ($90 street)

Find the Logitech Wireless Speakers on Amazon.com


Jawbone Jambox Portable Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone (11/10)

  • Stream hi-fi audio to portable wireless speaker, 85 decibels
  • Built-in microphone - clean-sounding conference calls, video chats
  • Go online for MyTALK apps, features, upgrades - mytalk.jawbone.com
  • Stainless steel construction, wrapped with single grill
    • Industrial-weight molded rubber casing
  • Proprietary acoustic drivers (stereo pair) - small dome speaker
    • extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies
  • Proprietary moving-wall passive bass radiator - feel the sound
  • Top: Volume + / - buttons
    • Talk button: status (spoken), start/end call, DialApps (Voice Dial)
  • Side: Power / paring switch with red/white status light
    • 3.5mm stereo audio input, micro-USB (charging only)
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, play approx. 10 hours
    • Charge to 85% in 1.5 hours, full charge in 2.5 hours
    • Battery life displayed on iPhone
  • Bluetooth 2.1, at least 33 feet - EDR, A2DP, HFP, HSP
  • Simultaneous multipoint (MyTALK) - connect to two devices at same time
  • Output level 85dB at 0.5m, Frequency response 60 Hz - 20 kHz
  • 151 x 57 x 40 mm, 327 grams (12 oz)
  • PR 11/10 (PDF) - http://aliphcom.httpsvc.vitalstreamcdn.com/...
  • http://www.jawbone.com/speakers
  • 10/11 - street $178 - 11/10 - $199 - Black Diamond, Blue Wave, Grey Hex, Red Dot

Find the Jawbone Jambox on Amazon.com

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Audio: Speaker Systems


Logitech - Surround Sound Speakers Z906 (3/11)

Find the Logitech Z906 Speakers on Amazon

  • 4 Satellite (3" speaker, ~ 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2") and Center channel speaker, wall mountable
    • Subwoofer (8", ~ 13" square) - Ported, side-firing
    • Total watts (RMS) 500 W: Subwoofer 165 W, Sat. 5 x 67 W
    • Response: 35 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Stackable Control console
    • Volume dial with LED levels
    • Level select: Subwoofer, rear, center, or main volume levels
    • Effect select: Stereo 3D effect, Stereo 4.1 (stereo front & rear), Stereo 2.1 (front only)
    • Input select: 6-channel, stereo, optical, coax, aux
    • Aux input (side): 3.5 mm input
    • IR Remote with same controls, 3 AAA batteries included
  • Subwoofer back panel input connections:
    • Six-channel direct input (3 x 3.5 mm, PC sound card)
    • RCA (stereo) input
    • 2 Digital optical inputs (auto detect Dolby Digital or DTS)
    • Digital coaxial input
    • DB-25 connector to console
  • 18-guage speaker wire included: 2 x 76m rear, 3 x 4.6m front & center
    • 6-channel direct input cable

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Audio Components


Samson Zoom H1 Handy Recorder (~ 8/10)

  • Professional Handheld Audio Recorder
    • Small, light, portable, with studio-quality microphones
    • Versatile, yet easy to use with dedicated control at fingertips (no menus)
  • Onboard directional stereo microphones
    • Configured in X/Y pattern for 90 degree stereo imaging
  • 1/8" stereo external Line or Microphone input to record
    • Live recording level meter, with recording gain control
    • Optional Auto level, Low-cut filter
  • 1/8" stereo Line or Headphone output to monitor input, plus built-in mono speaker
    • Adjustable volume control
  • Play controls to review and delete files, add track marks
  • Records WAV (PCM uncompressed) format at 44.1/48/96 kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
    • Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) with up to 99 track markers or cue points
  • Records MP3 format at 44.1 / 48 kHz, from 48 to 320 kbps for longer times
  • Saves to microSD memory card, 2 GB card included
    • Up to 32 GB microSDHC [~$50]
    • for over 50 hours of recording at 16-bit/44.1 kHz WAV
    • or 555 hours in 128 kbps MP3 format
  • mini-USB port to transfer files, or power unit externally
  • Built-in tripod mount, or use Mic clip adapter in Accessory Pak (separate)
    • Can shoe mount on camera, with stereo output to camera audio input
  • 136 x 44 x 31 mm (~ 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1" at widest), 60 g (without batteries)
  • http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2053
  • http://zoom.co.jp/products/h1
  • Model ZH1 - $99
  • Zoom H1 Accessory Pak (APH-1)
    • Padded-shell case, Windscreen, Adjustable Tripod table stand (5 1/2")
    • Mic clip adapter, AC adapter (USB), USB cable
    • $39 -> $18
Find the Samson Zoom H1 Recorder
and H1 Accessory Pak on Amazon.com

  • Front: Display / Recording control
    • Rec/Peak LED - Lights during recording, blinks rapidly if input signal too loud (peak detection)
    • Backlit LCD display: Stereo level meter, Rec/Play, Recording time, Battery level
      • File format, Sample rate / Bits, Recording date/file number
    • Record button
  • Back switches: Option settings
    • Lo Cut on/off - Noise reduction filter - Reduce sound of wind and other noise
    • Auto Level on/off - Automatic recording level adjustment
    • Rec Format - WAV or MP3 - Recording file format
    • Built-in tripod mount
    • Battery compartment - One AA size battery (included) for 10 hours operation
  • Left side: Playback output
    • 1/8" stereo Headphone/Line output jack
    • Volume up/down: Output level from Headphone/Line output and built-in speaker
    • microSD card access (rubberized door), 2GB microSD card included
  • Right side: Recording input and transport controls
    • 1/8-inch external stereo Microphone/Line input jack (Plug-in power supported)
    • Input Level up/down - Adjust recording gain on the fly (No effect when Auto Level on)
    • Play control buttons: Forward, Reverse, Play/Pause/Mark; Delete
      • (Forward/Reverse also sets recording format)
    • Power switch - Hold / lock to disable other keys during recording
    • mini-USB 2.0 port
  • Bottom
    • Built-in reference speaker - 400mW
    • Mount for strap or lanyard clip

Blue Microphones - Yeti USB Microphone (12/09)

  • Versatile multi-pattern USB microphone
  • First THX Certified Microphone
    • Low distortion, high fidelity, balanced frequency response
  • Triple condenser capsule array, four polar pattern settings
    • Stereo (stereo image)
    • Cardioid (single source - vocals, podcast, voiceover)
    •  Omnidirectional (groups - musicians, conversation, conference table)
    • Bidirectional (front and rear - musicians with presence, interview)
  • High quality analog-to-digital converter
  • Record direct to Mac or PC recording software, no drivers to install
  • Built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring
  • Controls on microphone
    • Master volume, Mute, Mic gain, Pattern selection, Headphone volume
  • Headphone output jack with volume, USB mini jack on base
  • Threaded mic stand mount
  • Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
  • Sample Rate: 48 kHz, 16 bit
  • Mic Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
  • 4.72 x 4.92 x 11.61 in.  (12 x 12.5 x 29.5 cm) (extended in stand)
  • 1.2 lbs (.55 kg), stand 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
  • PR - Announce 11/09 - http://blueblog.bluemic.com/2009/11/blue-...
  • www.bluemic.com/yeti
  • 10/11 - street $87 - 8/10 - 12/09 - $149
Find the Blue Microphones Yeti USB Mic on Amazon.com

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Audio: PC Peripherals


SoundTech LightSnake Cables -- "Soundcard in a cable"  (1/07)

  • "Soundcard in a Cable" - record digital audio directly onto a computer
        USB 2.0, plug and play, no additional drivers needed
  • 10 foot / 3.05 m heavy-duty shielded cable
  • Glow / Flash: Cable ends light up when recognized, flash while recording
  • Embedded analog to digital converter with audio signal boost
        CD quality: 16 bit, 48 / 44.1 KHz Sampling Rate
        HSDL (Host Side Data Loss) Noise Reduction function prevents unwanted noise
  • THD + N (-3dBr): -76.1 dB; SNR: 83.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 81.6 dB; Input impedance: 1M Ohms;
  • Frequency Response: 48KHz: 20 - 19.2KHz;
  • Signal Input Range: 0 - 2.88 Vpp; Signal Boost Gain: +20 Db
  • www.soundtech.com/products/home-recording

SoundTech Lightsnake Instrument to USB Cable - 1/4"

  • Record guitars or other musical instruments on a computer
  • 1/4" mono plug to USB, plus 1/4" to mini adaptor
  • 10 foot / 3.05 m heavy-duty shielded cable
  • Built in splitter: Connect 1/4" plug to monitor while recording
  • STUSBG10 - $69 (10/11 - 1/07 $39)
  • www.soundtech.com/products/home-recording/stusbg10
Find the SoundTech LightSnake Instrument Cable on Amazon.com

SoundTech Lightsnake Microphone to USB Cable - XLR

    

Find the SoundTech LightSnake Mic Cable on Amazon.com

SoundTech Podcasting Kit

         Find the SoundTech Podcasting Kit on Amazon.com

SoundTech Vocal Trainer

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