To start off 2017, manufacturers from across the globe to show off the latest trends and products in Sin City. With more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space and 3,800 exhibiting companies, CES 2017 was the year of the wireless earbuds, headsets, turntables and more. Battery life is always an issue with wireless technology, but some of this years’ must-have’s provide up to 18 hours of battery life.
While at CES, our European based consumer electronics analyst/editor was able to listen to sound from various headsets during the press and analyst days and have curated a collection of our most memorable ear devices for our music enthusiasts whether you are in the gym, studio or on the go.
Klipsch Heritage HP-3 – These headphones from Klipsch made it to CES in prototype form. The Heritage HP-3 is crafted of real oak and metal. The Klipsch Heritage offers high-end quality sound.
Ella – During CES 2017, Blue unveiled Ella, which offers a revolutionary ergonomic fit and ensures optimal sound isolation. Ella combines planar magnetic technology and a built-in amplifier
Audio-Technica’s DSR9BT – Audio Technica’s wireless headphones are light and offer efficient use of battery power. These headsets are sure keep your ears happy.
Sennheiser HD 4 – These wireless Bluetooth headphones offer ANC (active noise cancellation) with an NFC chip for quick pairing and providing up to 18 hours of battery life.
Rise BT – Manufactured by House of Marley, these headsets are stylish, and made from sustainable materials. Rise BT comes in 3 colors, denim, black, and a palm print, offers 12 hours of playback time, a built-in microphone and physical control buttons on the ear cups.
Arc – by Wearhaus, these Kickstarter-backed on-ear Bluetooth headphones allow you to “stream” your music to others. The ear cups feature touch controls which allow you to swipe forward to broadcast, and other Arc-wearers around you can swipe backward to receive. Music enthusiasts can share music from up to 100 feet away. Users can change the color of the LED ring around each ear cup by utilizing a mobile app.
Sennheiser HD 1 – These in-ear wireless earphones have a sleek design, amazing sound and feature one touch pairing with an integrated microphone. Featuring, Bluetooth 4.1 and Qualcomm® apt-X™ these beauties offer ten-hours of battery life.
Meters OV-1 – These noise canceling babies, feature a VU meter which showcases line-level signal indicator so people around you can see the level of the music you’re enjoying. OV-1 also has a USB socket accompanied by an LED indicator for charging.
Onkyo’s H900Ms – Onkyo’s Diamond Headphones range from $80,000 to $100,000, and are hand-crafted with a specific buyer in mind depending on customization preferences. Each pair contains 20 karats of diamonds, comes with a 3.5mm headphone chord inclusive of diamonds, and offers full sound and passive noise cancelation.
Focal Utopia by Tournaire – These were the Bently of all headsets. Crafted from 18 carat gold and mounted with a total of 6.5 carats of diamonds, these headphones have been hand-crafted entirely in the Tournaire workshops designed by Maison Tournaire. The mark of triology, represents Tournaire’s mark, the evolution of life and represents the three stages of life, the past, present and future. There were eight copies made of these headsets. Priced at €100.000 for the headphones alone, or for €110.000 with its dedicated stand, you could be one of the lucky eight.
Xelento Remote – Beyerdynamics’ Xelento Remote (made in Germany) comes with dual tangle-free cables, including one with a remote, and a wide variety of accessories. These miniaturized Tesla technology headsets offer excellent clarity, great balance, precision, and a gorgeous aluminum design.