If you were about to go out and buy a pair of Sennheiser CX-300s, then STOP! Because Sennheiser has just dropped us an email informing us that there’s an upgrade coming this quarter that’ll significantly improve its mid-range earbuds.
The CX 300-IIs feature a completely new drive unit and capsule that goes much louder, with better bass, clarity and dynamics. The cable’s softer, with improved ‘strain relief’ (sounds painful), and it now comes with a carrying pouch. Basically it’s all-round better.
The price has gone up – from £20, which you can now get the 300s for – to £40. It comes with the aforementioned pouch, 1.2m of soft cable action, and three ear adapter sizes. Available in black, white, silver, red (pictured) and pink. Oh, and for a fiver more, you can get a lanyard version, which lets you hang a mobile phone or MP3 player around your neck.
Sennheiser CX 300-II Precision (Black)
What a stroke of genius! These “Acoustibuds” slip over a pair of cheap earphones to make them into a pair of expensive noise-isolating headphones. The guys who run CES agree, awarding them an innovation award at the show this year.
They also promise to stick in your ear better than standard earbuds. The flexible ‘wings’ hold the bud in place “even with perspiration and extreme physical activity”, claims the manufacturer. Not bad for $13 (£8.70), especially if you’ve got one of those awful phones with a proprietary connector meaning that you have to use the rubbish provided earbuds.
Amazon USA (via CrunchGear)
When I first read that LimbGear was releasing an mp3-enabled skullcap, I pictured a niche market of rockin’ rabbis. Sorry to disappoint but that is not the case.
Apparently “skullcap” is an Americanism for a beanie type hat and the one of note today is the Noggin Net. But that just made me think of Latino gangsters. Again, this was a mistake. With the benefit of the image above, we can see that it’s a normal hat with a little pocket clearly market for mp3 player…
Panasonic has just dropped a bunch of new earphones on the world, the RP-HNJ150, RP-HJE700, and RP-HJE900. The RP-HNJ150 are the low-end model, feature a frequency response of 6Hz-23,000Hz, with an impedance of 16Ω. They’re available in pink, white, blue and black. They’ll cost you US$34.92 (£25 or so).
Audio-Technica’s new earbuds, the ATH-CK100s, feature a slightly-ridiculous triple-driver system. Why would anyone need three speakers in an earbud, especially when even the best sound-isolating earbuds don’t block out enough noise to hear sophisticated sound improvements on the bus?
Sennheiser has cottoned onto the HD DVD cash-back trade-in program offered in several US (and Swiss) retailers, and is now offering up to $25 in hard cold cash when you trade in your ear-wax coated old ones.
When trading in any pair of earbuds or headphones, a $5 refund is offered when you purchase entry-level earbuds, $10 on sport earbuds, $15 for in-ears, and $25 for noise-cancelling models. All you need to do reportedly…
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I’m such a sucker for well-named products, especially when they’re a bit gimmicky, like these ‘Full Metal Jacket’ earbuds from Skullcandy, named after one of my favourite films of all time.
Not sure if Kubrick would approve, but I’m sure you will, as they’ve been ‘designed with Apple in mind’, allowing you to answer your calls, with an aluminium foil in-line microphone cable that slots into your iPhone, as well as listen to some Beethoven like Kubrick’s other famous protagonist. The frequency range is 16 – 20,000 Hz,…
I just saw these over on Shiny Shiny and thought they were too good not to show you all here on Tech Digest.
Like them or loathe them, iPod earbuds are synonymous with the word ‘ubiquitous’, with the little white buds recognisable…