Sennheiser is Showing off the New Momentum Black Headphones at CES 2013

Momentum Black Following on the success of the Momentum headphones, Sennheiser will be introducing the new Momentum Black headphones at CES 2013 The Momentum Black headphones are sleek and stylish. They have a minimal design aesthetic built-in. The headband slider is made of high quality stainless steel. Both the headband and the ear pads are padded with soft black leather of the highest quality. The inside of the ear pads are lined with a red cloth and the red stitching throughout the headphone adds a nice touch.

Sennheiser believes that a beautifully designed product should also sound great. They took what they learned from their highest quality headphones and transferred that knowledge to the Momentum Black. The sound coming from the Momentum Black headphone is clear and full of detail. The Momentum Black is a full size headphones that surround the ears isolating the users from outside distraction and noise. There is an optional detachable cable with a smart remote and microphone. Allowing the user to take and receive calls and control music on any Apple Product.

If you are at CES 2013 you can see all the Sennheiser products at Booth 20500-LVCC South Hall 1.

FiiO E6 Headphone Amplifier Review

The FiiO E6 is small headphone amplifier designed to improve the listening experience from personal music players and smartphones. With a couple of equalisation settings, the E6 can enhance the bass range to counteract the high-frequency tendencies of digital compression.

FiiO E6 in Retail Packaging

In the box, there’s the E6 itself, two clips for attaching the E6 to clothing, a USB charging cable and two stereo 3.5 mm cables, 12 cm and 75 cm. For hooking up iDevices, an Apple connector-to-3.5 mm jack is available to buy. There’s also a small instruction manual.

FiiO E6 Contents

The E6 is 40 x 40 x 9 mm, approximately the size of an Apple Nano. The main features are a mini-USB port for charging, two 3.5 mm stereo sockets (one in, one out), a volume rocker and an on/off slider. There’s a small LED on one side, but until the E6 is powered up, you might mistake it for a reset hole.

The E6 is quite light as the case is plastic. Coincidentally, the finish was a good match for from my Sansa  player and could easily be mistaken as a complementary accessory, but clearly that feature depends on your particular mp3 player!

Sliding up the on/off switch turns the E6 on, with a blue LED illuminating the silver corner. The volume rocker switch turns the volume up and down and as this is an amplifier, it’s possible to exceed the volume of the original device, so mind your ears. The battery life is given as around 10 hours which would be in line with my experience of the E6.

On the back, there’s a small pinhole LED showing the equalisation – off, red, blue and lilac. Each further upwards push of the on/off switch steps through to next setting. According to the manual, the four settings are equalisation off, 3 dB boost, 6 dB boost and -3 dB boost, i.e. reduction, but the effects are more subtle than simply amping up or amping down.

Generally, the equalisation boosted the bass while reducing the treble and while my personal preference was for the first setting, both were very acceptable. The equalisation was done well, in that while the balance of frequencies was being adjusted, the clarity was still there. Although reduced in significance, the higher frequencies weren’t muddied and the overall impression was of greater warmth.

A small amount of background hiss was only noticeable between tracks when using the earbuds in quiet surroundings. When using over-the-ear headphones, it couldn’t be detected.

Currently priced at £18.99 from Advanced MP3 Players, the E6 is an inexpensive personal amplifier. It might have a budget price but the E6 punches above its weight, counteracting the tinniness of digitally compressed sound with depth and feeling.

Most of testing was carried out with Sennheiser CX-300 earbuds, Sennheiser eH1430 headphones and a Sansa e250 mp3 player.

Thanks to Advanced MP3 Players for the loan of the E6.

New Neumann Microphone Capsules

Neumann Microphone CapsuleNeumann is introducing two new microphone capsules the KK 204 and KK 205 for the Sennheiser 2000 Series at NAB (National Association of Broadcast Show).  The KK 204 capsule has a cardioid pattern. Which means the sensitivity pattern is heart shape. It suppresses the sound originating from 180 degrees to the rear. The KK 205 has a supercardioid pattern which maximize the sound coming from the front and minimizes the sound coming from the rear.

The KK 204 and KK 205 both have foam-lined grill to ensure smooth sound. They also offer excellent resistance to feed back. They are both built to dampen any popping sound the speaker may accidental produce. They come in black and nickel finishes. They are robust and easy to service.  A nylon bag is provided which can carry the capsules, a handheld transmitter, battery packs and other accessories. These capsules are made for microphones that are used for vocal or speech.

Neumann work with sound goes back to the early 1900’s with its founder Georg Neuman.  Neumann has been around as a company since 1928 and is based in Germany. It has won a number of awards for product designs and innovation. It is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser.  You can find further details about these microphone capsules at the Neuman Website.

Sennheiser SKP 300 G3

SKP 300 G3You have a wired microphone, which is perfect for a studio set up, but what happens when you want something wireless that is where Sennheiser comes in. Sennheiser has been making high quality products and solutions for recording and producing sounds for over 60 years. This year at the NAB(National Association of Broadcasters) show, they are introducing the SKP 300 G3 plug on transmitter the newest addition to their EW 300 G3 series.

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This transmitter allows any XLR–3 enabled microphone to become a wireless microphone. It has its own phantom power allowing it to work even with a condenser microphone. If combined with the Installed Sound Sector application and the EM 300 G3 rank mount receiver it can create a speaker podium without visible cables or wires. It is powered by two AA batteries or the BA 2015 Accupack. The transmitter is available in eight frequency range and synchronizes with its receiver by an infrared link. It can also be used along with the EK 100 G3 camera receiver by video journalist. You can find technical specs at the Sennheiser Web site. The SKP 300 G3 will run around $529.95 and is available starting in April.

Sennheiser RS 220 Cordless Audiophile Headphones

RS 220 Audiophile Wireless HeadphonesCordless headphones rarely have audiophile sound quality because of the data compression technologies used to transmit the music to the headphones, but Sennheiser‘s new headphones resolve this by using a lossless technology to transmit the sound. Eric Palonen gives Todd and Jeffrey more detail.

The Sennheiser RS 220 are cordless audiophile headphones, based on the reference HD 650 headphones. The wireless transmission technology is based on lossless Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) implementation. The charging base has both digital and analogue inputs.

The RS 220s will be available from March for $599. For comparison, the HD 650s are $499.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine for the TechPodcast Network.

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Sennheiser Unveils High End Headphones

Sennheiser is one of the big names in headphones, so it’s not unsurprising that a few of the latest models were released at CES. Nick hears the latest for sound buffs from Eric.

First up are the HD 700s, an open headset approaching reference standard. With a wide soundstage, angled transducers give it a sound experience similar to listening to a speaker array; other features are designed keep the sound as pure as possible. These headphones are aimed at audiophiles who want to hear every nuance of the recording. Pricey at around $1000.

Next are the HD 800s, a futuristic-looking headset that takes audio purity and quality to an amazing level. Every detail has a purpose in the design, giving unparalleled acoustic reproduction for the total audio purist. Even more pricey at around $1500.

And finally, the Sennheiser Amperior brings the world-famous HD 25s to portable devices by optimising the impedance to give superior sound from a smaller unit. Suitable for all MP3 players, Apple iPods and iPhones, the Amperior comes with an inline remote and mic. Available from March for around $350.

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Sennheiser Brings New Earphones to CES

Sennheiser today announced that it would be presenting its latest in-ear headphones, the IE 60 and IE 80, at CES in January. Extending the Professional line, the new models build on Sennheiser’s experience in the music business and are aimed at audio enthusiasts who want the best possible sound quality from MP3 players and smartphones.

The IE 60 and IE 80 ear-canal phones are ideal for discerning listeners who want to hear music with the finest possible detail,” explained Eric Palonen, senior product specialist for Sennheiser’s consumer electronics division. “Based on the huge success of our earlier models and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers, we developed new models that have an even more innovative design.

The IE 60 has passive noise attenuation of up to 20 dB, with a frequency response of 10 to 18,000 Hz, tuned to deliver modern rock and pop. The IE 80 provides a frequency response of 10 to 20,000 Hz with a passive noise attenuation of up to 26 dB, but its special feature is a unique sound tuning function. By using a miniature rotating control, the user is able to increase or reduce the bass response to suit the music being played.

Sennheiser IE60 Earbuds / HeadphonesSennheiser IE60 Earbuds / Headphones

The IE 60 and IE 80 are available now for MSRPs of $250 and $450 respective, though you can find them online for about half of that. Still, serious prices for serious sound. The full spec sheets (.pdf) are here and here, respectively.

Sennheiser Headphones and Earphones

Andy McCaskey and Esby Larsen sound out Ivan Kuan of Sennheiser, my favourite headphone manufacturer, on the latest aural delights. Recently, Sennheiser have introduced a number of travel and lifestyle headphones, including models marketed in conjunction with Adidas under the Originals brand – HD 25, CX 310 & HD 220. They’re blue. Very blue.

Returning to monochrome reality, the CXC 700s are new in-ear phones with digital active noise cancellation. Three different noise cancellation modes are available to suit the particular travel environment, e.g. plane or train. The phones comes with “TalkThrough” that when pressed mutes the music and allows external noise through. The phones themselves are specially shaped so that if you fall asleep lying down, they don’t press too hard into your ear. $229 and shipping soon.

CX 980i is another set of in-ear phones, but these are aimed at those people who listen to music on their iPhone, as the integrated remote includes a microphone so they can take a call without getting the phone out. Also works with iPods and iPads. There’s some nice metal-craft detailing as well. $229 too.

Finally, the PXC 360BT are pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones with noise cancellation and SRS surround sound. Cleverly, when travelling by air, the Bluetooth can be turned off and a lead plugged in. Definitely a audiophile product for the high mileage air traveller but you know you’re worth it.  $449.

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Sennheiser CXC 700 With NoiseGard

Today at CES Sennheiser announced their new CXC 700 noise cancelling ear-canal headphone.  The Noisegard system offers travelers a choice of three noise-cancelling profiles – optimized for the wide range of surrounding noise encountered while traveling.  There are three modes that users can choose from.

One of three noise-cancelling profiles can be selected to adapt NoiseGard to the current surroundings. Mode 1 absorbs low-frequency noise in particular (100 to 400 Hertz), such as engine noise from trains, buses or small passenger planes. Mode 2 focuses on cancelling noise in the medium frequency range (400 to 3,000 Hertz), which is caused above all by air-conditioning systems in large passenger aircraft or office buildings. Mode 3 has a particularly wide frequency range (100 to 3,000 Hertz), and combines the noise-cancelling effect in the medium and low-frequency ranges. As a result, background noise with different noise components, such as that which occurs at airports, railway stations or underground stations, can be effectively suppressed, although with a slightly lower noise-cancelling performance than in the first two modes.

To provide the best sound quality, even when NoiseGard is disabled, the Sennheiser accoustics provide a balanced sound with a frequency response of 20 to 21,000 Hertz.

The CXC 700 come with 3 different size eat adapters, an in-flight adapter, a 6.35 mm jack plug adapter, and a 4.5 foot long cable.  There was no price available as of this writing.