Not one but two companies will be featured at International CES 2013’s Design and Engineering awards. Sennheiser and Phiaton have headphones and earphones to make the high-end audiophile happy.
Sennheiser’s IE 800 earphones feature a scratch-resistant ceramic housing, frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz, a vented magnet system and a specially developed Extra Wideband (XWB) driver. The XWB has a diameter of only 7 mm. List price for the IE 800 is $999.95 with more information available at www.sennheiserusa.com.
Phiaton’s PS 210 BNTC earphones combine active noise cancellation and Bluetooth 3.0. The company says its’ noise cancelling technology neutralizes up to 95 percent of ambient background noise. The PS 201 BTNC earphones second-generation Everplay-X technology allowsa user to bypass wireless mode when the battery runs out or if Bluetooth isn’t working.
Higher quality earphones are going to be a big deal as the world migrates to HD voice and superwideband experiences, such as those delivered by Opus and Fraunhofer’s “Full HD Voice” AAC codec.