Dr. Dre lends his hand at designing 'Beats' headphones with Monster

The company best known for its high-quality HDMI cables has dallied with headphones once again, after we saw the iFreePlay ‘phones mid-last year that docked your iPod Shuffle when on the go.

These over-ear cans pictured are their latest venture, made in collaboration with music moguls Dr. Dre and Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine.

Dubbed ‘Beats’, the headphones have been in development for two years and will be available in the US for $399.95 as of June, with no word yet on worldwide availability.

“When I’m making a track…

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Katherine HannafordDr. Dre lends his hand at designing 'Beats' headphones with Monster

Sennheiser launches PC 350 high-end gaming headset

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Sennheiser has announced their new PC 350 gaming headset, claiming to give the most accurate sound positioning and finest sound quality available in the gaming market.

This round-the-ear, closed headset passively shuts out external noises, and features special shaping of the frequency response which improves the wearer’s ability to detect where a sound is coming from. This should significantly improve reaction times.

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CES 2008: Sennheiser debuts Professional headphones for easier listening

sennheiser-IE8-thumb2.jpgNot endorsed by Microsoft, Sennheiser has dropped three new pairs of in-ear headphones, the IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8, part of their ‘Professional’ range. Professional as in, what musicians wear onstage at concerts, not what businessmen wear in conferences. Although I’m betting all the Blu-ray fanboiz were wishing they’d had a pair yesterday when listening to Toshiba’s HD DVD onslaught.

Using dynamic transducers, they cover the entire frequency range with one system, and separate different parts of whatever music you’re listen to, thus eliminating distortion. All three have Kevlar-strenghened cables, and a choice of earbuds to ensure a snug fit…

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CES 2008: Sennheiser debuts Professional IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8 headphones

sennheiser-IE8.jpgIE just makes me think of Internet Explorer, but thankfully Sennheiser haven’t been mad enough to make a set of headphones with a built-in browser. Not yet, anyway. Instead, the IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8 make up the company’s new ‘Professional’ series, copping aural technology from the professional ‘phones that bands wear on stage.

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Stuart DredgeCES 2008: Sennheiser debuts Professional IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8 headphones

CES 2008: Sony’s world's first digital noise cancelling headphones using artificial intelligence

Sony has unveiled a new set of noise cancelling headphones that claim to be the world’s very first set to use digital technology. The headphones convert the analogue audio signal into a digital signal, apply some digital equalising to enhance mid-range vocals and bass, then let you listen to it. Or something like that. Observe the diagram for an even less clear explanation.

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