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B&W: Concert For One

Concert for one

Been loving my B&W P3′s, or as they call them ‘A Concert for one…’

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Fantastic design and form factor, and works great with all my iOS devices for entertainment and calls.  They come with a great hard case to keep them save in your hand luggage when you’re on the go. If you’re shopping, these are worthy for consideration.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins has long been one of my favorite audio brands. If it’s good enough for Abbey Road Studios (hello, Beatles), it’s good enough for me.

I’ve had a lot of experience with previous B&W products– and the Zeppelin Air truly redefined what was possible with beauty and elegance around the design of audio products and iPhone accessories. Not to mention the incredible AirPlay technology built in.

Next up, a few hours with the P5 Headphones and they have not disappointed my tastes. They’re comfortable as ever with virtually no plastic parts. They’re built entirely out of stainless steel, aluminum and New Zealand Sheeps leather. Completely luxurious on the inside and out.

Clearly built with the iPhone in mine, the P5′s have everything you need to easily switch between your iPhone or iPod tracks built right into the wire.P5 Black ON

The sound isn’t artificially created with ‘Enhanced’ this or ‘Deep’ that nonsense. They actually engineer for natural sound, and true sound– something which makes you reconsider playing ripped (or streamed) tracks off the web. Play high quality, high bit-rate songs and you’ll see the difference.  They sound full, clear, crisp and they’re not trying to ahem, hide anything, like most headphone brands attempt to do. Shame on them.

Incase Audio

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Great addition to the Incase product line– Incase Audio makes total sense. I hope they sound as good as they look!

They will soon be available in the four styles shown above. Coming September 2011.

A complementary extension of our product offering, the new headphones will reflect our expertise in designing and developing products that provide enhanced mobility and user experience. Employing an integrated development approach we call Incase Soundesign, the audio collection reflects a synthesis of precision sound engineering and minimal design.

Thriller Headphones

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In the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, we’ve started to focus on the drama that still surrounds the singer – his will, the question of what to do with his non-biological children, why he suffered cardiac arrest, and so on. However, it is important not to forget that the reason we all loved the King of Pop is because of his talent as a singer, a dancer, and an all-around performer. The first time he first entered your home whether it was via MTV or through your stereo speakers, was not easy to forget…

johnnylighthands6.jpgAt least it wasn’t for me. My first memory of the singer was when I watched the video for Thriller…at age three. All I remember was seeing those yellow eyes and fangs and running terrified behind the couch. It wasn’t a good first impression, though later, I fell in love with the short film. Not longer after, I was jamming out and dancing around the living room to “Beat It,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” So, when I discovered the Thriller Headphones designed by Johnny Lighthands and built by ATOM Creative Solutions, I couldn’t help but smile.

The headphones, which won the Nokia headset design competition in 2008, feature that gravestones, zombies, and that creepy, yellow-eyed wolf bursting through the door. Though only one pair was made by Nokia into a working model, we hope that Jackson’s passing inspires Nokia to produce at least a limited-edition run of the freaky-awesome headphones.

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Snik Zipper Pulls

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With the global user base of mobile phones approaching 3 billion people, more than a few music listeners and callers find themselves in a daily tangle of headphones/bags/jackets that might be avoided if Snik creator Rob Honeycutt has his way. His product line of zipper puller and cord grooves featured on snaps and buckles relieves pressure on the earbuds (athletes rejoice). “I believe there is a widespread need for this ‘interface’ between a person’s clothing and their mobile technology,” said Honeycutt, who would like the feature to become ubiquitous on clothing and bags over the next decade. For now, the small devices are available by the 6 and 12 pack–dangling cords be darned.

YI Earphone by Ji Woong

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The iPod has come a long way since 2001. So why hasn’t someone come up with an answer to getting the wires all un-tangled for ear bud headphones? I’ve gone through so many pairs because of wire tangles wrecking them alone. Ji Woong has come up with a solution, but it’s still in concept phases. His YI earphones work like a zipper, making the wires into a thick strand when they are ‘zipped’ up. Even better the zipper itself has a volume control on it. Pass this on to your friends at electronics companies, because this needs to exist. Good work Ji Woong, we’re glad to see someone is looking after our wires. Hit the jump for a few more conceptual pictures.

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Able Planet x Clear Harmony NC200 Headphones

A good pair of headphones should envelope your sense of hearing. Able Planet has mastered the art of noise cancellation with their Clear Harmony NC200 Audio headphones. The foldable and easily portable cups come equipped with Linx Audio technology, delivering clarity no matter the format. A little plus is that you can still use the headphones without the noise cancellation feature, which is battery powered. Pick them up here.

Magneat

I love listening to my iPod while I’m on the go but I hate having to deal with the wires. I always end up accidentally ripping my earphones out because they get in the way. Luckily, Icelandic design firm Preggioni has just released a genius solution to keep those loose wires neat and tidy. The Magneat lets you adjust your earphones to the perfect length, while two strong magnets are used to safely fasten the wire to any garment. Take that, flailing arms.

uCan

A while ago you saw the totally immersible SwiMP3 here, and as a still-avid swimmer, I’m always on the lookout for improved tools I can use while in the water to help my workout. uCan is a new waterproof MP3 product that has a smoother, more elegant profile than the SwiMP3. Instead of using bone-conducting technology to deliver tunes, these rely on traditional in-ear earphones and comfortably rests on the back of your neck. It also packs in 1 Gb of memory and floats, two big things the SwiMP3 needs to improve to compete in the underwater music market. uCan begins shipping in July from Europe.

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