Closed-Back Headphones Stories September 2, 2015

Sony’s new high-resolution headphones have a cringe-worthy name

IFA 2015 is well underway in Berlin and today Sony announced a new set of headphones design for high-resolution audio. With more and more consumers looking to enjoy their music at higher bit rates, it’s no surprise that Sony is making this move. The new h.ear – yes, that’s the name – headphones come in six colors all together: lime green, turquoise, red, pink, orange and black. This mixture of colors is a nice addition to Sony’s rather visually bland line-up of headphones.

The headphones feature 40mm HD drivers that hit sounds up to 60kHz with CCAW voice coils to smooth out high-pitched sounds. Additional highlights include: titanium-coated diaphragms, a foldable 8-ounce closed-back design and detachable cables.

Sony’s new headphones are set to launch in the United States in November with a $200 price tag.

Source: Sony

Closed-Back Headphones Stories March 2, 2015

Amazon has the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 Professional DJ Monitor Headphones for $127.50 shipped. That’s as much as $100 under some bloated listings from trusted retailers, the best price we’ve seen by nearly $2 and the lowest current price available.

These closed-back dynamic headphones feature 53 mm drivers designed exclusively for the PRO700MK2, 50°/90° earpiece swiveling, and more. They have received a 4.4/5 star rating from over 120 Amazon customers.

Staples has the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones for $99.99 with free store pick up. That’s around $60 below the original listing, $11 under Amazon, matching the best price we’ve seen and the lowest we can find.

This set comes with noise-cancelling circuitry “that effectively reduces environmental noise by 90%”, large-aperture 40 mm drivers, fold-flat design, a 1/4-inch adapter, specialized airline adapter and a carrying case. They carry a 3.8/5 star rating from over 1,500 Amazon customers.

We also spotted the Audio Technica Solid Bass Audio Headphones (AUD ATHWS55BK) at Staples for $39.99 with free in-store pick up (Reg. $65, lowest we can find). For more options we have some deals on a Harman Kardon set and Klipsch in-ears this morning as well.

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