Andy McCaskey and Esby Larsen sound out Ivan Kuan of Sennheiser, my favourite headphone manufacturer, on the latest aural delights. Recently, Sennheiser have introduced a number of travel and lifestyle headphones, including models marketed in conjunction with Adidas under the Originals brand – HD 25, CX 310 & HD 220. They’re blue. Very blue.
Returning to monochrome reality, the CXC 700s are new in-ear phones with digital active noise cancellation. Three different noise cancellation modes are available to suit the particular travel environment, e.g. plane or train. The phones comes with “TalkThrough” that when pressed mutes the music and allows external noise through. The phones themselves are specially shaped so that if you fall asleep lying down, they don’t press too hard into your ear. $229 and shipping soon.
CX 980i is another set of in-ear phones, but these are aimed at those people who listen to music on their iPhone, as the integrated remote includes a microphone so they can take a call without getting the phone out. Also works with iPods and iPads. There’s some nice metal-craft detailing as well. $229 too.
Finally, the PXC 360BT are pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones with noise cancellation and SRS surround sound. Cleverly, when travelling by air, the Bluetooth can be turned off and a lead plugged in. Definitely a audiophile product for the high mileage air traveller but you know you’re worth it. $449.
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