Consume Electronic Show (CES) is a platform for tech industry to showcase their bestest products for the year, and this year's CES was not any different. It is an important annual expo for audio product makers, for we see a huge range of devices such as headphones, earphones and speakers being showcased at the CES. Some of these headsets are interestingly designed, some have great features, while some boast innovation at its best - no matter what design, size or price they have, all serve a single purpose of entertaining the user.
At CES 2016, several companies showcased their audio products in exciting designs and cool features. Each one of these headsets has its own USP, to cater to different set of consumer. If one is good for gamers, the other has awesome features for fitness lovers, and another promises high clarity music sound.
We decided to pick up 10 most interesting headsets from CES 2016 that will be coming your way this year. Take a look:
Sony H.ear Headset
Sony Wireless Headsets
Sony showcased its new headphones, dubbed the h.ear cans at the CES 2016. Leaving aside the silly branding, Sony's new headgears are quite powerful as these have digital noise-canceling tech, Bluetooth connectivity, and can run for 20 hours in a single full recharge.
Monster Fatal1ty headphones:
Monster gaming headsets:
For gaming enthusiasts, headset maker Monster showcased two new generation gaming headsets in partnership with Fatal1ty. The headsets named Fatal1ty FXM 100 by Monster (priced at $70) and Fatal1ty FXM 200 by Monster (priced at $100) have been designed by the well known gamer Wendel, and founder of Monster, Noel Lee. The best part is that these headsets are priced lower than most other gaming gears, however, without compromising with sound clarity and versatility.
Harman’s everyday headphone:
Harman this year showcased its latest N60 headphones with new technology which allows them to cut out irrelevant noise, but cuts the volume of the music when it hears key sounds. This is primarily here to ensure user's road safety while they enjoy music on the headset. There is no word on the release of these headsets yet.
Altec Lancing Headphones with video recording capabilities:
Altec Lancing DVR Headphones:
What makes the DVR headphones interesting is that it features a tiny camera in one ear cup, which can record videos! If this doesn't impress you enough, the $200 headsets are also capable of streaming video out over Wi-Fi.
Jabra’s super Intelligent Headset (Developer Edition):
Jabra is here to break the monotony. The company's new headset features a special audio system that offers 3D audio. Confused? Well, it has an intelligent situational detection system which makes use of the Bluetooth, GPS, gyroscope, compass and accelerometer to give you 3D effect with your every movement.
Audio-Technica uber premium Art Monitor:
The latest Audio-Technica Art Monitor headphones are for those who want great clarity of sound in their headphones. These top-end Art Monitor headphones pack in enhanced bass performance, improved design and new drivers with carbon-coated diaphragms to minimise sound loss. These are pretty expensive, with their price starting at £120 and going up to £530, and will be available from January.
Misfit Headphone for fitness freaks:
Activity and health tracker maker, Misfit forayed into the headphone segment with its smart wireless headphone dubbed Specter. The headset is good for fitness freaks as it has usual fitness and sleep tracking technology, an accelerometer, and is compatible with Link app for programming a wide variety of features.
Bragi’s waterproof headset:
Bragi Dash wireless fitness-tracking headphones feature waterproof capabilities, count heart rate, steps and many other things, and more. The Dash has touch-controlled earbuds, with Bluetooth connectivity and has its own 4GB of internal memory. The Dash has been designed to work for users with an active lifestyle. These are lined up for February launch for $299.
Jaybird’s sweatproof sports earbud:
Jaybird Freedom and X3:
At CES 2016, the company unveiled two new models, called as Freedom and X3, both of which come with wireless connectivity. These feature MySound companion app which lets users to customize the audio based on their listening preferences. Jaybird Freedom are sweatproof metal earphones with Bluetooth 4.0, and can be paired with up to 8 devices. It is priced for $200. The Jaybird X3, on the other hand, are sweatproof, have Bluetooth 4.0 and offer seven hours of battery life. It is priced at $150.
Audeze's lightweight yet powerful Sine on-ear cans:
Audeze's new headsets Sine are lightweight planar magnetic on-ear headphones that offer great sound. However, these will have you spend a big sum of $500 own one.