TECH HEAD­WEAR

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We’re thrilled to hear that Sennheiser has an up­dated se­ries of its RS home wire­less head­phones due in March — we lav­ished awards on the orig­i­nals, so im­pres­sive were the free­dom, range and sound qual­ity they of­fered. Three new con­sumer mod­els start with the $399 RS 165 and $499 RS 175, then the $599 RS 185, the first open de­sign in an RS model. An RS 195 model will be ex­clu­sive to au­di­ol­o­gists, hav­ing ded­i­cated modes to tai­lor sound for spe­cific per­sonal hear­ing needs.

Sennheiser also an­nounced a Blue­tooth ver­sion of the Ur­ban­ite (see p69) and Blue­tooth plus noise-can­celling ver­sions of the Mo­men­tum and Mo­men­tum On-Ear. www.sennheiser.com.au Australia’s Au­diofly has launched its first over-ear head­phones. The AF250 ($318.14 — cheaper here than in the US, where they were launched at CES!) has dual-mem­brane 40mm neodymium driv­ers die-cast al­loy parts, leather head­band and twin ca­bles. A sec­ond model, the AF240 (A$249.95) are lighter weight with sin­gle-mem­brane 40mm neodymium driv­ers and the same noise-iso­lat­ing mem­ory foam and twin ca­bles. www.au­diofly.com.au Par­rot has re­vived its col­lab­o­ra­tion with French designer Philippe Starck for the Par­rot Zik Sport, a sweat-re­sis­tant Blue­tooth in-ear de­sign which in­cludes a new ‘Street Mode’ to pass ex­ter­nal sounds into the ear for safety, and also an in-ear bio­met­ric sen­sor to mea­sure your heart rate and, via an app, an­a­lyse your run­ning style, cadence, ground con­tact time, ver­ti­cal os­cil­la­tion and more. Aus­tralian price and launch to be con­firmed. www.par­rot.com.au Philips has re­leased an­other pair of head­phones which connect di­rectly to an Ap­ple Light­ning con­nec­tor rather than us­ing a mini­jack. Like the pre­vi­ous M2L, Philips’ noise­can­celling NC1L takes power from the Light­ning port so there’s no on­board bat­tery to charge or change, and they take the dig­i­tal sig­nal to their own DAC and am­pli­fier for con­ver­sion. A

four-mi­cro­phone ar­ray en­ables the noise can­celling and can also feed sur­round­ing sounds through for safety on the street. US price is US$299; lo­cal pric­ing to be con­firmed. www.philips.com.au

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