SOL REPUBLIC join the ever-growing audio market with a new launch set for this fall. The affordable range of on-ear and in-ear headphones look to leverage a more lifestyle approach to their products. Standing for “Soundtrack Of Life,” SOL hopes to partner great customizable design and advanced materials to create something new for the market. The headphone styles start and $60 USD and include two models, the Amps In-Ear and the Tracks On-Ear, each available in a step-up HD version.
Bowers & Wilkins introduce a new addition to its roster of premium quality headphones and speakers with the C5. The brand’s upcoming portable release will surely excite fans of Bowers & Wilkins as they produce the supreme sound quality they’ve become known for in a noise-isolating in-ear headphone that brings you amazingly natural acoustics, and fit so comfortably and securely you’ll hardly be aware you’re wearing them. Priced at $179.95 USD, a release has been set for August 2011, with further information available through the brand’s website.
Daft Punk, Medicom Toy and Monster join forces to create a TRON: Legacy-inspired pair of headphones. Daft Punk has been a musical cornerstone for the upcoming movie with the headphones representing just the tip of the merchandising iceberg. In terms of features they include light-up LEDs with an aesthetic inline with the costumes worn by Daft Punk in their movie cameo. The headphones will retail for $350 USD and include a copy of the TRON: Legacy soundtrack.
Phonon is a new audio brand from Japan, formed by Isao Kumano, a highly respected sound and mastering engineer, along with his partner in the music production team Tokyo Black Star, New York-based DJ Alex Prat aka Alex from Tokyo, and producer/audio technician Yusuke Uchiyama (no milk). The trio have spent years researching sound delivery and have now invented a revolutionary audio device dubbed the “phd”. The slender device vibrates in harmony with sound waves coming from your speakers, simultaneously transmitting ultrasound waves, resulting in a more “precise and detailed sound scope”. There are now 3 phd lines, the most high-end Black Star model, the Standard and the PA line. Next year will see the release of Phonon’s first commercial monitor headphones, the SMB-02, which will feature the innovative phd technology.
Beastie Boys’ DJ Mix Master Mike links up with Skullcandy on a special set of headphones. The Mix Master DJ headphone spanned 16 months of collaborative efforts to create a solid DJ offering characteristics such as dual channel cue control, ambidextrous audio inputs and 1-touch muting. For more details on the headphones, head over to Skullcandy.
Urbanears creates a limited edition Tanto headphone for The Wired Magazine holiday pop-up shop. The Holiday instillation and shop opens today, Friday November 19th in New York City at the old Tower Records space on Broadway at East 4th Street. Open to the public, attendees will have the chance to check out all products before being able to purchase on location or at wired.com. The Tanto is limited to only 220 total units, all produced in random colors, therefore buyers will not actually know what color combination they are getting before opening the package. Available only at the Wired Magazine pop-up shop, NYC and Wired.com, with retail set at $45 USD.
The heavy sound of Marshall has been carried over the world for nearly 50 years. Spending half a century on tour with the most prominent and untamed musicians builds experience and a feel for what really works. This unparalleled amount of wisdom has been distilled and fused into every part of Marshall Headphones. Nothing has been compromised when expanding the Marshall heritage of big stage performance to the individual enjoyment of good music. These headphones are conceived from Marshall’s time-tested fundamentals of performance and endurance, designed to thrive on daily use and to render music the way it was meant to sound. The greatest of effort has also been put into the aesthetics, making the headphone ooze of that iconic Marshall look. The Major encloses vast amounts of the massive Marshall legacy. The exterior of the headband is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers and it bears the original Marshall texture. The coil cord refers to vintage style guitar cables and the plug is a beautiful 3.5 mm replica of a classic tele plug, which can be used with the included 6.3 mm adapter for plugging in to your guitar amp or stereo. Available now through select retailers, including Barneys and Turntable Lab.
Following the success of its Medis design, Urbanears moves ahead with the recent introduction of its Plattan model, a welcome addition to the brand’s roster of earphones and headphones. The Plattan was designed to be the perfect classic headphone, utilizing innovative functions and performance with today’s technology. It is a full size headphone allowing for rich, secluded sound. You can fold it down to the size of your fist for maximum mobility. The Plattan also comes with a “zound plug” on the earcap, allowing for a friend to plug in and enjoy your music. It is now available in a wide range of color options through the brand’s website, as well as select retailers worldwide.
The TEAGUE 20/20 Concept headphone incorporates Buckminster Fuller’s Tensegrity principle in the design of a flexible yet robust set of conceptual headphones. With the help of the Tensegrity approach, the headphones are both structurally strong yet also in this particular case, moldable to a user’s head. In addition, this design ensures no moving parts are necessary. As of now, the headphones are simply a concept.
Combining with fellow German brand and audio experts Sennheiser, adidas Originals have just released these two headphones, furthering the label’s well documented musical connection. Working with the HD 220 and CX 310 models, fans can choose between cans and earbuds respectively. Each pair is decorated with adidas’s trademark blue and white, as well as branding from both of the creative teams involved. The 220 offer a bass-driven, stereo sound and are built for comfort, whilst the 310 earphones offer a dynamic clear sound across both high and low ends. Each model is now available from adidas’s online store, as well as adidas Originals stores worldwide.