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Portable Audio Accessories Gallery -- OLD

Trends and Sample Products (older equipment)

    by Douglas Dixon


See the Audio Accessories Gallery
    Headsets, headphones, speakers, Wireless, Bluetooth

  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  and may be incorrect or out of date.

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Jabra (~ 07)

Jabra BT 160 - Styles

  • 33 interchangeable design covers
  • $59

     

Jabra BT125 - Tiny - Discreet

   

Jabra C820s corded stereo headphone, active noise cancel  (1/07)
Jabra BT325 and Jabra BT320 Bluetooth stereo headsets (1/07)
    Answer calls while listening to music
Jabra BT620s Bluetooth stereo headset  (1/07)
Jabra T5330 Wireless headset - price, boom arm, DSP  (1/07)
Jabra A7010 Bluetooth hub - pair with desk phone  (1/07)

Jabra JX10 - Design  (10/05)

        

  • Less than 1.5 in. long (4 cm), 1/3 oz. (10 grams) 
  • DSP improves audio quality in windy or noisy environments, auto volume level adjust
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time, 200 hours standby
  • $179

Jabra BT800

   

  • Mute button, jog wheel, 'Answer' and 'End' buttons
  • $119

 


Aliph "New" Jawbone Bluetooth Headset -- Noise-Assassin (5/08)   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 50% smaller than Original Jawbone
  • Medical-grade plastic, textured surface, light underneath
  • Fits either ear -- includes 3 earbuds (small, medium, and large)
        2 soft leather earloops, 2 slim earloops for eyewear  (medium and large)
  • 1/09 - New Fit Earbuds - wear without earloop - Free ($2.99 shipping)
        Earbud body is open,  like pneumatic cushion (or tire)
            More comfortable than traditional solid round (doughnut) earbuds
        Rear mounted integrated loop, suspension-bridge effect fits snugly into ear
            Acts like a spring to orient headset toward the cheek
            http://us.jawbone.com/fitearbud.aspx
  • Invisible touch controls on outside shield - Two buttons control all functions
  • Voice Activity Sensor peg on underside rests against cheek, 
        Unit angled toward mouth
        Feels speech of wearer, distinguishes sound of voice from ambient noise
  • Military-grade Noise Assassin technology
        Address real-world noise environments like busy streets, cars and airports
        Eliminates up to ten times more noise energy than competitors
        Faster processing eliminates noise bursts
        Enhanced intelligibility - voices sound human, not robotic
        Dual microphone array reduces wind noise
  • New fast-charge battery: 80% charge in 35 min., full charge 50 min.
        Charge with included magnetic USB cable on computer, 
            or USB wall-charger
  • Talk time over 4 hours, standby over 8 days
  • Bluetooth 1.1, 1.2, and 2.0 (Hands-free), range to 33 feet (10 meters)
  • 2.1 x 0.6 x 0.9 in, 0.4 oz / 10 grams
  • 5/08 - $129 (9/08 $99 street), Black, Silver, Rose Gold
  • www.jawbone.com
Find the Aliph New Jawbone Headset on Amazon.com

Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset -- Noise-canceling  (Original - 12/06)

  • Bluetooth headset with advanced, military-grade noise-canceling system - touch cheek
  • Adaptive Noise Shield technology, dramatically reduces background noise
        Voice activity sensor, 2 microphones
  • Includes choice of 6 ear buds and 4 ear loops
  • Available from Cingular Wireless
  • 10/08 - $89 street, 11/07 - $99; 1/07 - $119
  • www.jawbone.com
Find the Aliph Jawbone Headset on Amazon.com

Plantronics Explorer 395 -- Easy to Use Bluetooth Headset (8/09)

 

 

  • Attractive, simple to use headset - Usability for first Bluetooth headset
    • Black and silver design accents
  • Separate buttons for Power on/off (edge), Volume (edge), Call answer/end (face)
    • Also Call reject, Last number redial, Battery check, Voice dialing
  • Ergonomic swivel earloop and contoured eartip for comfortable, stable fit
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) reduces noise, wind and echo
    • Acoustic error cancellation, Mic placement reduces wind noise
  • microUSB charging jack
    • Up to 5 hours of talk time, 7 days stand by; Full charge in 2 hours
  • QuickPair for fast and easy set-up with Bluetooth mobile phones
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + SDR, SSP, HFP, HSP
  • 11 grams
  • PR 4/10 - Introduced - http://press.plantronics.com/mobile-entertainment/...
  • http://www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/products/mobile/...
  • 10/11 - street $32 - 4/10 - Introduced - $49.99 ($32 street)
Find the Plantronics Explorer 395 Headset on Amazon.com

Plantronics Voyager PRO -- Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth headset (6/09)

  • For mobile professionals who need all-day wearing comfort and excellent audio
  • Successor to Plantronics Voyager 510
  • Over ear - electronics behind ear, boom microphone
         Round soft gel eartips, foam eartip covers
  • Adjustable boom, captures voice close to mouth, pivot for either ear
  • Dual 3 mm noise-cancelling microphones
  • Dual external stainless steel windscreens, GORE acoustic fabrics
         physical barriers to wind noise
  • Next generation Plantronics AudioIQ active digital signal processing technology
  • AudioIQ removes ambient noise, wind, still maintain natural sound of voice
  • Inbound audio quality: Custom speaker delivers full-spectrum audio
         Adaptive 20-band equalizer
         AudioIQ automatically adjusts sound based on environment noise level
  • Power button on back, Volume up/down on back, Call Control on side
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR & SSP, multipoint - use with two phones
  • Battery: Talk up to 6 hours, Standby up to 5 days / 120 hours
         MicroUSB connector, 1.5 hours for full charge, wall adapter
  • 17.5 grams
  • PR 6/09 - Broadly available - PR 4/09 - Introduced
  • Product: http://www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/products/...
  • www.plantronics.com/voyagerpro
  • CNET and PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards
  • 10/11 - street $89 - 6/09 - $99
Find the Plantronics Voyager PRO Headset on Amazon.com

Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset -- Noise canceling  (8/07)

  • Lightweight design for all day wearing comfort by mobile professionals
  • Noise-canceling microphone filters distracting background noise for callers
  • Wind screen reduces wind noise that callers hear
  • One multifunction button: push down for one-touch call answer/end,
        push back/front for volume up/down
  • Over-ear design: Swiveling earloop to wear on either ear
        Enhanced ear bud design nestles in ear to improve sound
  • Pairs with two Bluetooth devices - can switch between calls on two phones
  • Plantronics QuickPair technology automatically enters Bluetooth paring mode
  • Bundled with desktop charging cradle -- or use AC charger directly
  • Up to 8 hours of talk time, 180 hours standby time from single charge
  • 16 grams
  • 10/11 - street $30 - 9/09 list $99.99, 10/07 $65
  • www.plantronics.com
Find the Plantronics Voyager 520 on Amazon.com

Plantronics Discovery 925 -- Designer Bluetooth headset

  • VFrame design - follows face contours, microphone boom closer to mouth
  • In ear design, left or right - Includes 3 earpiece sizes
        No loop - Rests in outer ear - self-stabilizing with soft flexible eartip
  • AudioIQ technology - Automatic noise control for clear calls
        Two-way: Removes background noise from voice, adjusts incoming volume
  • QuickPair technology for easy initial Bluetooth set up
  • Multipoint technology: Active connect with two Bluetooth phones 
        (turn off to extend battery life)
  • Controls: Volume, call answer/end, last number redial, voice activated dialing
  • Bluetooth (v2.0) + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), Headset (HSP v1.1) 
        and Hands-free (HFP v1.5) profiles, Range up to 33 feet (10 meters)
  • Up to 5 hours talk time, 7 days standby, Full charge 3 hours
  • Carrying case includes rechargeable battery, one full charge to earpiece
        Includes USB cable and AC adapter to charge headset or case
  • Lithium ion rechargeable battery in earpiece
        Nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery in carrying case
  • 8 grams, Metallic and jewel tone colors: Onyx Black, Alchemy Gold, Cerise Pink
  • www.plantronics.com/Discovery-925 - Press release
  • list $149 (4/08), street $79 (8/08)
Find the Plantronics Discovery 925 Headset on Amazon.com

Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth Headsets

Plantronics Voyager 500 series headsets 

  • Noise-canceling microphone and minimize wind noise
  • Plantronics Voyager 510 - All-day behind ear style - $99.95 -> $41.99 
  • Plantronics Voyager 520 - Enhanced noise canceling - $99.99 -> $65.95 (8/07)

Plantronics Voyager 800 series headsets

  • Two-way noise reduction technology to digitally enhance sound quality on both sides of the call.
  • Noise-isolating ear bud that seals out noise and seals in sound.
  • Sliding boom to bring microphone closer to your voice, and answer/end calls
  • Voyager 855 adds detachable stereo cable to switch between music listening and phone calls
  • Plantronics Voyager 815 - DSP noise reduction - $129.99  (10/07)
  • Plantronics Voyager 855 - Add stereo cable - $149.99  (10/07)

 

Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset -- All-day   (8/07)

  • All-day behind ear style
  • 14 grams
  • list $99.95, 10/07 $41
Find the Plantronics Voyager 510 on Amazon.com

Plantronics Voyager 815 Bluetooth Headset - DSP, Mono  (10/07)

  • Mono version of Voyager 855
  • Slide-to-talk design, tailor-fit earbuds, AudioIQ noise reduction technology
  • Multipoint technology - switch between two Bluetooth devices
  • 11 grams
  • list $129.99
Find the Plantronics Voyager 815 Headset on Amazon.com

Jabra BT8010 Convertible Bluetooth stereo headset  (1/07)

  • Feature rich Bluetooth Mono headset with attachable stereo unit to BT stereo
  • Phonebook up to 30 contacts. caller ID
  • Up to 10 hours talk time, 6 hours music streaming, 300 hours standby
  • Mono unit less than 0.8 ounces, stereo less than 0.49 ounces
  • DSP for noise cancellation of background noise, automatic volume control
  • OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) scrollable display, jog wheel navigation
  • Music: Play/pause/stop, Skip track forward, volume control
  • Bluetooth 2.0, hands-free profile
        Bluetooth streaming stereo (A2DP) and remote control (AVRCP) profile
  • Multipoint connection, two devices at same time: phone + PC or  music player
  • Q1 07 - $149
  • www.jabra.com
Find the Jabra BT8010 on Amazon.com

Joby - Zivio Boom Wireless Headset  (8/08)


 

 

 

 

 

  • Mic extends on telescoping boom closer to mouth
        Slide out, bend to fit closer to face
        Reduce background noise, talk quieter, visibly using phone
  • Custom fit with pivoting ear bud on ball-and-socket joint
        Interchangeable earpieces: 3 scoop gels, 6 mushroom with connectors
        Ear loops: 2 optional, attach with ear loop magnets
  • Function button: Answer, redial, 3-way calling, voice dial; Volume / mute
  • Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR and Multipoint, 10 m (33 ft) range
  • Built-in rechargeable battery, 10 hours talk time, 200 hours standby 
  • Dual USB power adapter with 2 outlets, short (7 cm) & long (1.5 m) cables
       or charge with laptop or any standard USB-compliant charging device
       Power button (on end) displays battery level
  • 53.5 x 15 x 7 mm (137 mm extended), 13 g
  • 8/08, 1/09 - $129, Black and marina blue
  • PR - www.myzivio.com/press/releases/20080811/
  • www.myzivio.com

Find the Joby Zivio Headset on Amazon.com

 


Parrot Bluetooth Headsets

  • Parrot Driver Headset to answer phone and talk hands-free ($59)
  • Parrot MK6000 car kit to both play music from Bluetooth MP3 player through the car's speakers, or talk hands-free and listen to music from a stereo mobile phone ($179)
  • www.parrot.biz

 


Audio: Wireless Transmitter / Receivers


 


Audio: Earphones and Earbuds



Sony MDR-EX90LP Stereo Earphones (07)

  • Ear buds, metal housing, 13.5mm driver
  • Includes 3 sizes of earbuds, Leather carrying case
  • 7/09 - $64 street, 07 - MDR-EX90LP - $100 
  • www.sonystyle.com

         Find the Sony Stereo Earphones on Amazon.com

 


 

Sennheiser CX - Classic, Street and Style Ear Canal Headphones

  • CX 400 - noise-isolating ear-canal headphones, $99
        balanced sound
        short cord for pocket use, additional 3 foot / 1 m extension cable
  • CX 500 - noise-isolating ear-canal headphones, $129
        top of the line, wider frequency response
        integrated volume control
        ear adapters with improved fit and better passive noise attenuation
  • CX 55 Street - noise-isolating ear-canal headphones, $79
        powerful low-end frequency response for street use, bass-driven stereo sound
        ergonomic housings shaped for ear position
        cord routing with small angle arm
  • CX 95 Style - noise-isolating ear-canal headphones, $139
        very balanced sound and highest possible sound resolution
        short cord for pocket use, additional 3 foot / 1 m extension cable

Shure - Sound Isolating Earphones 

Shure I Series Sound Isolating Earphones

  • Switch between listening to music and answering your phone
  • Inline microphone with filtering to remove background noise while on calls.
  • Selection of soft foam and flex sleeves for in-ear comfort and sound isolation
  • Start at $75
  • www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/Products/Headsets

Shure E3C Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure E500PTH Sound Isolating Earphones  

  • Three hi-definition miniature drivers
  • "Push-to-Hear" to alternate noise isolation and hearing the outside world
  • $499

         Find the Shure E500PTH Earphones on Amazon.com


LG HBS-110 Bluetooth Stereo Lanyard Headset  (8/06)

  • HBS-110 - Bluetooth connectivity, stereo sound, music control
  • Three-way calling, 9 hours talk time, caller ID, last number redial
  • OLED LCD display: Caller ID, Volume level, caller's number
        Bluetooth status and active profile (HFP/HSP/A2DP/AVRCP) 
  • Front controls: play/pause, rewind/fast-forward, volume control.
  • Battery charge 3 hours, 6 hours talk time, 5 hours audio
  • $119.99
  • www.lge.com

 


JVC HA-NCX77 In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones  (3/07)

  • Up to 80% noise reduction (more than 14dB at 120Hz)
  • Contoured canal design for sure fit and sound isolation 
  • In-line volume control, Monitor to mute sound
  • Frequency response 8 - 24,000 Hz, Sensitivity: 90 dB/1mW (when on),91 dB/1mW (when off)
  • Cord Length: 4.92 ft
  • Single AAA battery, approximate 70 hours, 1.94 oz
  • HA-NCX77 - 3/07 - $79.95
  • http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL027872&pathId=101&page=1
Find the JVC In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphoneson Amazon.com

Sony MDR-NC11A Noise Canceling Headphones 

  • Small control with electronics, battery, and on/off switch,
  • Reduce outside noise up to 70 percent (10 db) 
  • MDR-NC11A - $99
  • www.sonystyle.com

Find the Sony Noise Canceling Headphones on Amazon.com


Sony NW-S703F Noise Canceling Walkman MP3 Player  

  • MP3 player with Active noise canceling earbuds 
  • Reduce ambient noise to 25 percent (12 db)
  • NW-S703F - 1 GB $169, NW-S705F - 2 GB $199
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony Noise Canceling Walkman MP3 Player 
on Amazon.com

 


Venturi Mini - Music & Hands Free FM Transmitter  (1/08)

  • Plugs in to car cigarette lighter socket
        Roller wheel and backlit navigation keys
  • Wireless music playback over car speakers
        Pair from Bluetooth cell phones or MP3 players
        Control playback (some phones: Bluetooth v2.0, A2DP, AVRCP)
        Digital FM transmitter with RDS/RBDS, displays info on in-vehicle radio display
  • Hands-fee cell phone calls
        Noise cancelling microphone, listen over car speakers
        Download phonebook from phone for direct dial (some phones)
  • Direct connect via audio cable: Audio in and out (headphones)
  • USB charging: Built-in 5V USB socket on bottom
  • $129
  • www.MyVenturi.com - Verizon - for specific phones

Find the Venturi Mini FM transmitter on Amazon.com


Sony TMR-BT10 Bluetooth transmitter module 

  • Transmit stereo audio from digital music player 
        to Bluetooth-equipped headset, speaker system or car stereo
  • $79 / $53
Find the Sony TMR-BT10 Bluetooth transmitter on Amazon.com

Sony Ericsson MBR-100 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Find the Sony Ericsson MBR-100 Bluetooth Receiver on Amazon.com

Kensington Bluetooth USB Adaptor 2.0  (6/05)

  • Bluetooth 2.0 wireless for Windows XP or Mac OS X
  • Works with most Bluetooth v1.1, v1.2 and v2.0-compatible devices
        including cell phones, PDAs, printers, mice, keyboards
  • Provides secure encrypted wireless networking
  • Enhanced data rate up to 3X faster than Bluetooth v1.2
  • Enhanced smart power management consumes 1/5 battery power of Bluetooth v1.2
  • Links up to 7 devices within 65-foot range
  • USB 2.0
  • Model 33348, $29.99
  • http://us.kensington.com/html/9403.html
Find the Kensington Bluetooth USB Adaptor 2.0 on Amazon.com

JVC HA-F130 Gumy Earbuds (1/07)

  • Best-selling earbud in the U.S. (Intelect, 11/06)
  • Updated 1/07 - Soft rubber smaller body, 
        more comfortable, snugger fit
        Shortened color-matching cord, 3.9 to 3.3 feet
  • 5 to 8 colors: Peppermint blue, olive black,
         valencia orange, kiwi green, peach pink
         grape violet, coconut white and berry blue
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB/mW
  • Frequency response: 16-20,000Hz
  • Powerful neodymium 13.5mm driver unit
  • 10/11 - street $12 - HA-F130 - 1/07 - $9.95
  • www.jvc.com
  • JVC Ear Bud Headphones - http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?pathId=98
Find the JVC Gumy Earbuds on Amazon.com

JVC HA-F240 Gumy Air Earbuds (7/08)

  • Comfortable & secure fit: Earpiece cover soft silicon rubber air cushion
  • Soft-touch cushion, conforms to contours of wearer's ear
  • Large 11mm Neodymium driver unit , high power handling and sensitivity
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 105 dB/ 1 mW
  • 1.0 meter (3.3 ft.) friction noise reduction cord, Gold-plated iPhone-compatible plug.
  • 7 fashionable colors (body & cord), match 3rd-gen iPods (nano & shuffle)
  • HA-F240 - 7/08 - $14.95 - White, Violet, Green, Pink, Blue, Black, Red
  • PR 7/08 - www.jvc.com/press/index.jsp?item=654&pageID=1
  • www.jvc.com
  • JVC Ear Bud Headphones - http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?pathId=98

         Find the original JVC Gumy Earbuds on Amazon.com

 


JVC HA-FX34 Marshmallow Headphones  (1/08)

  • In -ear canal style
  • 2 size comfortable fit soft earpieces, isolation from ambient noise
  • Cushioned pad fits snugly while remaining comfortable, effective seal
  • Tangle-resistant 3.28-foot cord
  • Powerful neodymium 8.5mm driver unit
  • Frequency Response:8-23,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/1mW
  • Seven fashionable colors (body & cord), match 3rd-gen iPods (nano and shuffle)
  • 1/07 - HA-FX33 - $19.95
  • 1/08 - New - HA-FX34 - $19.95
  • PR 1/08 - www.jvc.com/press/index.jsp?item=617&pageID=2&CategoryID=6
  • www.jvc.com
  • JVC Ear Bud Headphones - http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?pathId=98

         Find the JVC Marshmallow Headphones on Amazon.com

 


JVC HA-FX66 Air-Cushion Headphones (9/07)

  • In-ear headphone with secure fit while remaining comfortable
  • Isolation from ambient noise, low sound leakage
  • Angled earpiece uses soft silicon rubber air cushion
  • 3 size silicon rubber and 1 memory foam cushion earpieces for best fit
  • 3.28 ft friction noise reduction cord reduces noise from cord movement
  • Neodymium 8.5mm driver unit
  • Frequency Response:10 - 23,00 0Hz
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB/1mW; Nominal Impedance:16 ohms
  • 0.12 oz; Gold plated plug; Compact carrying case provided
  • 7/09 - $19 street, 9/07 - $29.95; 12/07 - $20.85, blue, black, red, white
  • http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL028225&pathId=98&page=1

         Find the JVC Air-Cushion Headphones on Amazon.com

 


Sennheiser CX - Classic Ear Canal Headphones

Sennheiser CX 400 Ear Canal Headphones  (9/07)

  • noise-isolating ear-canal headphones, $99
  • Shallow ear canal adapters for wearing comfort and passive noise attenuation
        three ear fit adapters (S/M/L)
  • Convenient short cable for pocket use, plus 3 foot / 1 m extension cable
        for mobile phones or MP3 players with remote control or microphone
  • Includes cable clip, cable winder, and carrying pouch
  • www.sennheiserusa.com
  • 7/09 - $42 street, 07 - $99; 1/08 - $80
Find the Sennheiser CX 400 Earphones on Amazon.com

Shure - Sound Isolating Earphones 


Sleek Audio SA6 - Acoustically adjustable in-ear earphones (4/08)

  • Customize the sound of music with adjustable hi-fi in-ear earphone system
  • Tunable VQ technology: Interchangeable Bass / Treble tuning ports
  • 3 tuned interchangeable bass ports (black - + plus , = neutral, - minus) - in back
        10 dB difference at 20 Hz for low frequency
  • 3 tuned interchangeable treble ports (clear - + grey, - yellow) - under ear tip
        Sustained high frequency, or smoother response with less upper high end
        New: Extended high frequency treble tips (black)
  • 3 pairs of noise isolating soft ear canal tips (S,M,L), flanges for long listening
  • 360 degree interchangeable  50" cable: swivel, detachable
        Wear 3 ways; cord up over the ear or down
        For small ears, wear unit upside down with the cable lying at the cheek
  • Includes carrying case, tip cleaner
  • Speaker: Ultra wide band balance armature driver with custom porting
  • Impediance 50 ohm, DC resistance 24 ohm, Sensitivity: 110 dB SPL/mW
  • Plug in to Wireless unit, CD quality, KLEER technology (coming soon)
  • 7/09 - $159 street, 8/08 - $249.99 ($199 street)
  • www.sleek-audio.com
Find the Sleek Audio SA6 on Amazon.com

V-MODA VIBE Duo - Noise-isolating headphone/headset  (9/08)

  • VIBE headset - Fashion-conscious style and audio-enthusiast sound, $101
  • VIBE 2 - plus mic - $119
  • VIBE DUO - iPhone contol / mic - Noise-isolating dual-use headphone/headset
        7/09 - $79 street, 08 - $101
         chrome or gunmetal/rouge, 100 percent risk-free satisfaction guarantee
         Discreet hands-free microphone, Music/call button
  • Durable black fabric 32 in. cable, minimalist all-metal design
  • Strain relief plug, 45-degree flexible design
  • Three sizes of ultra-soft silicon fittings (S,M,L) for secure, comfortable fit
  • Small clip so doesn't jar loose during exercise or strenuous activities
  • V-MASQUE dynamic driver technology, precise yet natural soundstage
  • BLISS (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicon) technology further reduces outside noise
        for precise and rich bass response (frequency 12Hz to 22Hz)
        Solid alloy composition, Lightweight (13 grams), unobtrusive, comfortable and stylish
  • Frequency response: 12 Hz - 22 kHz
  • www.v-moda.com

    Find the V-MODA VIBE Duo on Amazon.com

 

 

 


Audio: Headphones


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

 


Logitech - FreePulse Wireless Headphones

  • Light and comfortable
  • Includes small adaptor to plug in to stereo plug of any music player to listen in wirelessly
  • $99
  • www.logitech.com
Find the Logitech FreePulse Wireless Headphones on Amazon.com

Sony Bluetooth Headset - Clip-on (07)

  • Clip-on headset with 20" retractable zip cord
  • 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
  • 2.1 oz.
  • DR-BT30Q - $129
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony Bluetooth Headset BT30Q on Amazon.com

Logitech - Noise Canceling Headphones 

  • Over-ear pads to block noise, plus active noise cancellation
  • Batteries and on/off switch nestled in one of the ear cushions
  • Fit into carrying case for travel, include an airline adaptor.
  • $149
  • www.logitech.com
Find the Logitech Noise Canceling Headphones on Amazon.com

Panasonic RP-HC500 Noise Canceling Headphones  (summer 07)

  • Reduce outside noise by 1/12 (22dB) at 200 Hz
  • Fold flat for travel, detachable cord, plug adaptor for airplanes
  • AAA alkaline battery, 40 hours
  • $199; 10/07 $95
  • www.panasonic.com
Find the Panasonic RP-HC500 Noise Canceling Headphones on Amazon.com

AcousticSheep SleepPhones - Fleece Headphones for Sleep (2010) 

  • Available CDs with acoustic binaural beats
  • Induce relaxation and drowsiness - progressively slow over 30 min.
  • www.sleepphones.com/binaural_beat_research
  • Also lavender soap, sachets - relaxing aromatherapy scent for inducing sleep
  • Headband sizes, X-Small to X-Large
  • Colors: Dark Lavender, Quiet Lavender, Midnight Black, Soft Gray

  • Polartec fleece headband with integrated speakers
    • Soft, light - Comfortable listening for sleep,
         without bothering others
    • Headphones bulky, particularly for sleep on side
    • Earphones / earbuds inserted in ear
      not recommended for long-term wear
  • Fit like "pajamas for your ears"
    • Adjustable speaker position -
      Slide within headband
    • Machine washable -
      Remove speakers via Velcro seam
  • Plug in to music player with standard audio jack
  • ~ 1" speakers, 20 - 20KHz, emphasis on bass response, 48' cord
  • Set wake up track as personal alarm clock
    (for programmable players)
  • Use as exercise headphones - absorb sweat, washable
  • Since 2007 - 6/10 - SleepPhones $49.95, $54.95
    • with CD $64.95 -
      BlueSleep Music for Dreams, or Nature Sounds I
    • with Sleepy Time Hypnosis CD $69.95
    • (Free MP3 track downloads on site)
  • www.SleepPhones.com

Find the AcousticSheep SleepPhones Headphones on Amazon.com

 


Turtle Beach Ear Force AK-R8 -- Surround Sound Gaming Headphones 

  • True 5.1 surround sound from 8 discrete speakers
        Front, center, rear, and subwoofer channels in each earpiece
  • High fidelity large diaphragm drivers, Dual sub woofers for deep vibrating bass
  • Detachable boom microphone -- removable and flexible
  • Monitor outside sounds while wearing headphones
  • USB audio interface with multi-channel amplifiers
  • Control Panel software adjust virtual speaker configurations, equalization, environment, effects
        DSP surround sound environments with presets
  • Comfortable, cushioned ear cups, self-adjusting headband
  • Professional grade, durable construction
  • www.turtlebeach.com/products/akr8
  • $149.95, with surround headphones, USB audio adapter
        plus USB cable, optical S/PDIF adapter for home theater equipment.
Find the Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA2 (headphones only) on Amazon.com

Audio: Portable Speakers



Griffin - AirCurve - Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone (08)

  • Turns iPhone into alarm clock or a mini sound system
  • Minimalist stand that collects and amplifies sound from iPhone built-in speaker
  • Coiled waveguide eliminates need for batteries or power adapters
  • Translucent polycarbonate, graceful curves, amplifies about 10 decibels
  • Pass-through slot to charge and sync your iPhone using a dock connector cable
  • Not for iPod touch - speaker in different position
  • 9/08 - $19
  • PR 9/08 - www.griffintechnology.com/press/releases/59
  • www.griffintechnology.com/products/aircurve
Find the Griffin AirCurve on Amazon.com

Sony Travel Speakers / Stereo Speaker System - 5", 7 oz (07)

  • Passive travel speaker: No batteries or AC adaptor required
  • Stereo speaker across entire front surface
    Protective speaker lid folds under as speaker stand
    Cord wraps around to store
  • 12" straight stereo mini plug
  • White or black
  • 5.2 x 0.8 x 2.8", 7 oz
  • 07, 7/09 - SRS-TP1- $24.99
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony Travel Speakers on Amazon.com

 

 


CPS - Cellboost T-Speaker (07)

  • Plug standard headphone jack into any player, including iPods.
  • Runs in one AA battery 
  • $19.99
  • www.cellboost.com

 


Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3 Portable Audio System  (10/07)   

Find the Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3 Speakers on Amazon

Miccus BluBridge Mobile Stereo Speaker / Speakerphone (09)

  • Portable Bluetooth stereo speakers / speakerphone
  • Dual connections; supports a music connection and a phone at same time
  • Stream wireless music from mobile phones, iPod / media players, laptop
    • Play other devices with 3.5mm auxiliary line input.
  • Speakerphone with built-in microphone for hands-free calling
    • Full duplex, Noise and echo canceling
  • Also use with Skype/VoIP for Internet calling
  • 6 watts rms stereo sound
  • WAVES Maxx Bass enhancement
  • Playback and phone control from speaker
  • Controls: Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, Skip Forward/Back, DSP / Mute
  • Retractable stand protects control buttons and speakers when closed
  • Bluetooth v2.0 +EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP profiles
    • Bluetooth Class 2, range to 66 feet (20m)
    • Bluetooth pairing requires A2DP music support
  • Power with 4 AA batteries, AC wall adapter, or USB cable
    • Up to 16 hours playback with batteries
  • 8.11 x 3.46 x 1.65 in., 1.34 lbs ? (without batteries)
  • ~ 12/09 - $99
  • www.miccus.com/products/blubridge-mobile-speaker

Find the Miccus BluBridge MobileSpeakers on Amazon.com


Samsung YA-BS300 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker - 2W, 4", 2 oz  (11/07)

  • Play audio from Bluetooth-enabled MP3 / portable media players
       Hands-free and conference call with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones
  • Bluetooth 1.2 and 2.0, wireless range of up to 32.8 feet
  • DNSe (Digital Natural Sound engine)
        3D Surround Sound Stereo, Bass Boost, 3D + Bass Boost
  • Line-in jack for wired audio devices
  • Clip/Speaker stand
  • Power from USB, 2.5mm DC jack
  • Output max 1W x 2
  • Music playback up to 4 hours, Standby up to 150 hours
  • 3.74 x 1.85 x 0.51", 2.19 oz
  • $129 MAP, November
  • www.samsung.com
Find the Samsung Bluetooth Portable Speakers on Amazon.com

Altec Lansing SoundBlade Stereo Bluetooth Speakers  (11/07)

  • Dual 2" full-range high output speakers, 1" deep
  • Full stereo Bluetooth version 2
  • Stereo headset (A2DP) for mobile phones and laptops
  • Two-way remote control (AVRCP): volume, mute, track forward/back
  • Wireless speakerphone: Built-in echo-canceling microphone, Voice-activated dialing
  • SRS Trubass technology for immersive deep, rich bass
  • Aux audio input jack for wired playback
  • Shielded design: GSM/CDMA shielding prevents speaker buzz
  • Max SPL 84dB@1Meter
  • "Blade-like" design, 6.125 x 11.125 x 1.0"
  • AC power or 6 AA batteries (up to 24 hours playback, 3 days standby)
  • inMotion SoundBlade iMT525 - 9/08 - $77 street, 11/07 - MSRP $129.95
  • Press release 9/07 - www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=press_release&press_id=93
  • www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=north_product_detail&iproduct_id=97
Find the Altec Lansing Soundblade Speakers on Amazon.com

 

 


Parrot - Stereo Bluetooth Speakers

Parrot PARTY - Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speakers - 6W, 9", 21 oz (07)

  • Power audio output: 6W maximum
  • Rechargeable battery pack, 4 hour charging time, Play time: 4 hours
  • Controls: Bluetooth (paring), Volume Up/Down
        Audio fx: Stereo Widening (simulate 30 degree), Virtual Super Bass (reinforced bass freq.)
  • Line-In jack 3.5 mm, Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters)
  • Software: Flash Update Wizard - via Bluetooth
        Audio Configuration Tool (Windows, using Microsoft or Broadcom Widcomm software)
            Adjust volume, equalizer, effect settings, time delay to synchronize audio system 
  • 9 x 3 x 3.3", 21 oz
  • $139 / $119
  • www.parrot.com/usa/products/parrotparty - Press release
Find the Parrot PARTY Speakers on Amazon.com

Parrot PARTY Black Edition - Portable Bluetooth Speakers - 6W, 9", 23 oz (4/08)

  • Double battery life to 8 hours
  • Enhanced audio: built-in Class-D amplifier, two drivers total 6 watts 
        Audio effects: Stereo Widening, Virtual SuperBass
  • L 9.0 x H3.1 x D3.3 in (228 mm x 85 mm x 79 mm) - Weight: 23 oz (650g)
  • Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
  • Press release

Parrot BOOMBOX, 2.1, 60W stereo hi-fi compact digital speakers

Find the Parrot BOOMBOX on Amazon.com

Parrot SOUND SYSTEM, 60W  wireless Hi-Fi speakers

Find the Parrot SOUND SYSTEM on Amazon.com

Parrot - Stereo Bluetooth Speakers

Parrot Bluetooth DONGLE USB DONGLE 2.0 + EDR

  • Use PC or notebook as data and music source for Bluetooth devices
  • Play music on wireless speakers, transfer photos to wireless digital photo frame
  • USB 2.0, Bluetooth v1.2 and v2.0, Maximum upload speed: 3 Mbps (EDR)
  • 4/08 - $60 / $34
  • www.parrot.com/usa/products/accessories/parrotdongle
Find the Parrot DONGLE on Amazon.com

Sony Bluetooth Speakers / Wireless Speaker System -  6W, 11", 26 oz (1/07)

  • 3 W stereo speakers, volume control
  • Powered with AC adaptor or 3 AA batteries
  • Stereo minijack analog input for direct connect to audio players
  • Bluetooth wireless capability (Bluetooth 2.0, A2DP)
  • 6W, remote control
  • 11 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 5 5/8", 1 lb. 10 oz.
  • SRS-BTM30 - $149.99
  • www.sonystyle.com
Find the Sony Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon.com

 


Audio: Components


Gibson Robot Guitar (12/07)

  • New limited edition first-run Les Paul
  • Self-tuning robotic technology automatically and quickly tunes the guitar
  • Tunes at the push of a button to a standard A440
        plus 6 commonly used altered tuning presets
  • Automates string changes
  • Guitar can be intonated in seconds after string changes, truss rod adjustments or weather changes.
  • Components extremely light , do not change the instrument in any way.
  • Master Control Knob has all operating and control functionality 
        contained in 11 different positions. 
  • Powerhead-Locking tuners, lightweight alloy housing
        not any heavier than common tuning keys
  • Each has motorized high-performance gearbox controlled by signals from CPU
  • Motorized tuners adjust pitch of strings, monitored by a Tune-Control Bridge
  • $2,499
  • www.gibson.com/robotguitar

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