(image credit: Nixon) Nixon The Trooper 3 Button Headphones | US$60.00 | www.nixonnow.com
you can’t get any minimalist than this new pair of cans from Nixon, the maker of wrist watches. yes. watch maker… Nixon has been into personal audio equipment for quite sometime now and The Trooper 3 Button is the latest to join the ranks of cans and buds in their headphones and audio accessories line up.
design and specs-wise, the Trooper 3 Button is essentially The Trooper with an added 3 Button in-line remote which is compatible with iPhone. other features include padded headband, custom molded silicone ear cushions and collapsible headband for easy storage. well, not that the headphones is any bigger but that how it is designed to be. the cord is also removable, again for easy storage.
The Trooper 3 Button comes in a choice of two colors: matte black and matte white. plain and simple. The Trooper 3 Button retails for $60 and is available now on Nixon online store.
(image credit: Firebox) Swarovski DJ Headphones | £1,799.99 | www.suck.uk.com
a pair of Swarovski crystals encrusted cans has just joined the world of bling-bling or pimp my cans, or whatever you call it. i can’t believe my eyes and the price tag on this pair of shimmering shiny cans when i first saw it (in picture, of course). basically some DJs decided that their usual black pair of cans doesn’t stand out as much when they were spinning the tunes and decided to cover a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphone all over with (what else?) Swarovski crystals. how’s that for the ultimate bling? want one? it’s available for pre-order over at Firebox for just under £1,800 (approximately US$2,862).
(image credit: Marshall Headphones) Marshall Headphones Minor | US$59.00 | www.marshallheadphones.com
finally it is here. Marshall Headphones has announced the availability of the long awaited Minor in-ear headphones, along with detailed information and photos. the Minor features a patented EarClick ear buds that touted to “ingeniously secures the earphone into position in your ear.” Continue reading Marshall Headphones announced the long awaited Minor
(image credit: Monster Cable) Miles Davis Trumpet earphones | US$349.00 | www.monstercable.com
in the recent CES 2011, Monster Cable unveiled the new jazz-inspired Miles Davis Trumpet in-ear headphones. the design of the buds drew inspiration from Mile’s very own trumpet which features a striking gold/brass finishes. there’s even a Miles Davis silhouette and etched signature on its cord.
this new pair of audiophile buds should appeal to any Jazz-audiophile as it will come specially packaged with Miles Davis album “Sketches of Spain” in a specially remixed, remastered version in Monster high Definition Stereo and High Definition Surround Sound. Continue reading new Miles Davis Trumpet earphones unveiled by Monster
(image credit: Westone) Westone 4 Earphones | US$449.00 | www.westone.com
product differentiation is not an easy task for earphones manufacturer. given the tiny size of earbuds, there’s really little real estate for added electronic circuitry to improve it’s performance. perhaps, that’s why physical appearance takes priority for manufacturers to differentiate their earbuds with the rest. but that was then. recently, Westone announces the Westone 4 which managed to pack in four drivers in these tiny earbuds.
Westone claimed that the Westone 4 is the “world’s first four driver balanced armature universal fit earphones” which is designed specifically for “serious audiophile and music enthusiast.” aside from the four balanced armature drivers, these buds also features a passive three-way crossover network and on the comfort department, it is treated with Westone’s True-Fit technology which offers superior ergonomics and comfort for wearer. being a world’s first and targeted at audiophile means it won’t come cheap. the Westone 4 will set you back at a tidy $449 and will starts shipping “early in the first quarter of 2011.”
(image credit: Firebox) Midland SubZero Headphones | £34.99 | www.firebox.com
for those living in ever-so-cold country, earmuffs are worn to protect your ears. that can be so dull and boring cos’ wearing earmuffs don’t give you music to keep you in the grooves while you are traveling or zipping down the snowy alps of Switzerland. you wish you could put on a pair of cans instead but not without getting frozen ears. not with the Midland SubZero Headphones though – it’s a headphones that keep your ears cosy and warm in the harsh wintery days.
the interior of the earmuffs, i mean the headphones are lined with soft cotton-fur with flush earphones built inside the lining. it comes with inline remote and mic for taking calls or skipping through tracks while you are trekking towards your destination, prowling through the snow. this pair of cans will work with iPhone, iPod and BlackBerry and it won’t impede you from wearing your headgear. the SubZero is worn around the back of your head, so it will go nicely along with your headgear or ski goggles.
the Midland SubZero Headphones comes in four different styles: Black, White, Camo (as in camouflage) and Luxe Black Leather.
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is it just me feeling that the TRON movie tie-in has reached an incredible proportion? you have toys that run up the wall (and ceiling) and TRON-inspired gaming mouse and now Monster Cable is set to release a line of products that tie in with the movie TRON Legacy (Walt Disney Pictures, 2010). needless to say, regardless of the products, you can be sure that they are going to be laced with the icy blue lights which has now become synonymous with TRON Legacy. trust me. if you build something now and put on a hint of icy blue lights, you will bound to hear “is that TRON inspired?” Continue reading Monster Cable to introduce TRON Legacy movie tie-in products this fall
H2O Audio Flex All Sport Waterproof Headphones | US$29.99 | www.h2oaudio.com
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active lifestyle music fans will understand that moisture is the greatest enemy of your music gear, especially to the headphones. H2O Audio has a new line of ear buds that promise to keep those nasty moisture out, including your perspirations.
it is supposed to be 100% waterproof and sweatproof and capable of withstanding submersion of up to 1 meter underwater. not that you can bring it for your swimming session, unless you have an equally waterproofed music player to go along with it. its more for a good thorough rinsing after an active use, to keep those nasty saltish sweat off.
the Flex All Sports Waterproof Headphones come in four different hues to choose from and has three different sizes of Elastomer ear plugs to suit different fittings and the in-ear buds also means noise isolation too. at $29.99 its probably a heck of a deal and because of its waterproof/sweatproof feature, its going to last a long way.
funny, isn’t it? because some of us paid ten times more for some ear buds thats likely to be less ‘tough’. pay less – last longer; pay more – may not last any longer. ironical isn’t it?
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the release for Marshall Headphones The Minor has been postponed but the launch of The Major is drawing closer. here’s a photo of the Major to satisfy the curious cats out there. Continue reading more news on soon-to-launch Marshall Headphones The Major
(photo credit: bowers-wilkins.com) Bowers & Wilkins P5 | US$299.99 | www.bowers-wilkins.com
instead of going all plasticky with a pair of cans, this pair from Bowers & Wilkins are made of New Zealand sheep’s leather and metal. that means they are sheep’s skin going into the making of this pair of cans. animal rights won’t be quite please to hear this though. that aside, the B&W P5 certainly look stunningly beautiful.
the P5 was designed by team led by Morten Warren, the man behind the beautiful Zeppelin sound dock. the P5 is supplied with two cables, one of which is the MFI cable. the MFI cable provides extra functionality such as track changing and volume control for users of Apple IPod and iPhone. the MFI cable also enable answering of calls when used with iPhones.
if only every part of life sounds this beautiful…