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CES 2015 – Headphone highlights from the show

There’s been plenty to get excited about at this year’s CES 2015 show in Las Vegas, even when following the news from the laptop on the other side of the pond. While 4K tv’s and other advanced technical solutions have grabbed the highlights there has also been plenty to get excited about for the headphone market. To provide you with an easy overview we have collated some of our favourite CES 2015 headphone announcements right here.

We will update this with more as they are announced.

Bang & Olufsen H8 wireless noise cancelling headphones

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8

The Danish high-end audio brand is at CES presenting some great new products, including their first wireless noise cancelling on-ear headphones in the BeoPlay H8.

Following in the same design footsteps as their BeoPlay H6 headphones, the H8 features bluetooth wireless streaming technology as well as active noise cancelling technology, and all can be controlled with touch technology. Add the relative light weight at 255 grams and the usual comfort materials used by Bang & Olufsen, this H8 headphones could be winner in the wireless headphone category for 2015.

The BeoPlay H8 are expected out later this January in two color options with pricing around £399 / $499.

Parrot Zik Sport headphones

The Parrot Zik headphones are amongst the most high-end wireless headphones you can get your hands on these days, and now they are bringing that same high-end technology in a more compact sports version as well.

Parrot Zik Sports headphones

These headphones are more than just providing you with music during your workout, they are also full of sensors that monitor your performance and passes it on to the dedicated smart app. It will amongst other provide you with heart rate monitoring and running style. All achieved using the latest in bluetooth 4.0 technology and ”intra-auricular biometric sensors”.

The Zik Sport headphones also come with active noise cancelling and a ‘street’ setting that allows you hear your surroundings, which comes in handy for the street runners. They also feature Parrots 32bit digital audio processing technology, so we expect them to sound good.

We will be back with price information and release date as soon as possible.

Philips NC1L active noise cancelling headphones without batteries

There are already some great headphones in the Fidelio arsenal, but with the announcement at CES of what is likely the first battery free active noise cancelling headphones on the market in the Fidelio NC1L, Philips might just have pulled the rabbit out of the hat.

Philips Fidelio NC1L

The reason the NC1L does not require batteries is because it draws its power from the lightning cable instead of the traditional audio jack. Just like the Fidelio M2L it relies on the lightning connector instead, which allows for a variety of new features to become available for headphones.

Fidelio NC1L also features an open-ear design, allowing for ambient sound to come through, and they have included 24-bit digital to analogue converter, and other high-end features, such as neodymium drivers. Availability of the NC1L is expected this spring at prices just below £250.

 

Sennheiser turns Momentum headphones wireless

The Sennheiser Momentum headphones have proven very popular, and with the rise in popularity of wireless bluetooth headphones, the company has now launched wireless versions of their Momentum headphones, both the on-ear and the over-ear model.

Sennheiser Momentum wireless headphones

You will find the same quality and technology in the wireless versions as in the wired ones, including their noise cancelling capabilities. Both models feature NFC and aptX technology.

Pricing for the wireless on-ear model is expected around £320 / $399 and the over-ear model at £400 / $499.

New headphones from House of Marley

House of Marley Legend ANC

The Marley family has once again been bringing their reggae roots to CES 2015, entertaining visitors with live music from music legends, as well as presenting their upcoming products, including a variety of new headphones, such as the Legend ANC over-ear headphones, featuring active noise cancelling technology and 40mm drivers to give you that right Marley vibe.

While the Legend ANC headphones will set you back around £270, there are plenty of more affordable models to choose from as well, like the Tribute headphones featuring 50mm drivers (£199 when out later this year), or the Roar on-ear headphones, also featuring 40mm drivers, but with a low price tag of around £30.

House of Marley Journey BT

For the first time House of Marley is also releasing a pair of wireless in-ear headphones in the Journey BT (BT standing for Bluetooth). They also make use of aptX technology for a higher quality stream from compatible devices. They are expected out sometime this spring at prices just shy of £100.

Read more! House of Marley Liberate XL review

 

SMS Audio Star Wars headphones

With a new Star Wars movie around the corner, SMS Audio have aligned themselves with the force and brought out a range of Star Wars themed headphones, presented to the public at CES 2015.

SMS Audio Star Wars headphones

They are based on the SMS Audio on-ear headphone line, so the only thing really new about them is the Star Wars branding, which includes a copper Chewbacca pair, an R2-D2 model, and of course The Vader.

We are not sure about the availability in the UK for these cans, but in the US you can get them for $199.99.

JBL gesture controlled in-ear sports headphones

Wireless and sports headphones are hot this year at CES, and JBL has taken it another step with their new gesture controlled in-ear headphones; the JBL Reflect Response BT and the JBL Synchros S210BT.

JBL Reflect Response BT

Both models feature built in motion sensors and bluetooth technology. The gesture controlled is achieved using ‘wave-to-control’ technology and is said to be a first for headphones. The main difference between the two headphone models is that the Reflect Response BT features a more advanced two-way, hybrid, balanced armature driver.

We will be back with pricing and availability for both models.

Monster reveal thinnest in-ear Bluetooth headphones in the World

Monster has been active at CES 2015 with a range of new audio products, amongst other continuing their collaboration with Adidas, but perhaps grabbing the biggest headlines is their refreshed iSport wireless in-ear headphones, claiming to be the thinnest in-ear Bluetooth headphones in the world.

Monster iSport wireless in-ear

The refreshed Monster iSport wireless headphones are said to have a range of 50 foot, and according to Monster they play both “loud” and with “more bass”. We will be back with more information about release dates and pricing.

AKG N90Qs – the new model in collaboration with Quincy Jones

The N90Qs is the not the first collaboration between AKG and legendary music producer Quincy Jones, however this latest model features the AKG proprietary TruNote technology as well as active noise cancelling technology. The sound customisation technology is said to continually adjust the bass and treble of the sound to avoid any distortion.

AKG N90Qs

AKG also announced their Y45BT wireless on-ear Bluetooth headphones which fairly polished, and at a price point that seems competitive (around £120 converted).

Gibson brings Trainer Bluetooth headphones with Usain Bolt’s backing

Better known for their guitars, Gibson used CES 2015 to present some new products, including the Gibson Trainer Bluetooth headphones in collaboration with none other than Usain Bolt.

Gibson Trainer by Usain Bolt

The on-ear Trainer by Gibson headphones are not only wireless, they also have LED lights for those late night runs to help keep you safe (and visible), and the second AeroFlex headband helps ensure the headphones stay in place during those insanity workouts, or in Usain Bolt’s case, when running faster than any man on earth.

Expected out around April time at a price of $239 (£170 converted).

Polk cuts the cord with its new Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk Audio used CES to amongst other present their new wireless Hinge headphones, the cord-cut version of their minimalistic on-ear headphones.

Polk Audio Hinge wireless

It features the same sound signature as the wired version, and to ensure a high quality wireless stream, Polk has added aptX support to go with the Bluetooth technology. Available from around $200 (£150 converted).

 

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