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