JBL Announces Synchros Line Of On-Ear, Over-Ear Headphones

JBL has really stepped up is game today with the introduction of its new Synchros line of on-ear and over-ear headphones that consists of two powered over-ear headphones - the S700 (right), S500 as well as an on-ear pair called the S300 (left). Notably however, is JBL's flagship S700 headphones which are said to offer professional sound performance, robust build quality and comfort with a $350 price tag. The S700 feature a die-cast aluminum frame, acoustic ear cup design with leather cushions and woven cordura accents, LiveStage DSP for a life-like soundstage, 50mm drivers with JBL's proprietary PureBass technology that deliver deep, rich lows, detachable audio cable with an in-line 3-button remote and mic, and a built-in rechargeable battery to power all that hardware and technology. Surprisingly though, none of JBL's new headphones have active noise-cancellation. Jump past the break for the full details on each pair. 

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Skullcandy Crusher Headphones Vibrate Deep Bass

Skullcandy was once known for its outlandish, affordable, mediocre sounding headphones. But that was then. These days, Skullcandy's higher-end headphones actually do sound good for the price. And we wouldn't be surprised to hear Skullcandy's latest and greatest, comfortable-looking over-ear headphones pack a solid punch of audio for the price. The Crusher are Skullcandy's new mainstream designed $100 pair of plastic constructed, closed back cans. But these aren't just another pair of headphones, because the Crusher features an independent vibrating driver which is supposed to deliver that extra bit of THUMP right beside the 40mm speaker driver in both ear cups. Much like a tweeter and woofer setup, but not quite. Users will be able to adjust the intensity of the vibration using the on-board control. This interesting setup should help the Crusher pump out satisfying bass that vibrates into your skull while retaining the necessary clarity in the sound. Or so they say.

Skullcandy's Crusher headphones will be battery powered of course. Because after all, there's a lot of sound that needs pushing. They can fold up for portable carry or storage, and also feature a dethable audio cable with an in-line remote and mic. You'll be able to pick up a pair in red, white and black this March. You can bet these will be awesome for dubstep.

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NuForce HP-800 Headphones Deliver Studio Performance For Less

Really good sounding, affordable headphones are hard to come by for obvious reasons. If there's one company that specializes in good sounding audio products that are reasonably priced, it's NuForce. After years of making in-ear headphones, speakers and headphone amps, NuForce has introduced its first pair of over-the-ear cans that offer professional sound quality at an affordable price. NuForce's new HP-800 are a $150 studio and audiophile-grade, over-ear headphones built with a sturdy aluminum frame and 40mm neodymium drivers tuned to deliver a wide dynamic range and life-like soundstage.

The HP-800 feature plush memory foam ear cushions designed to be comfortable for prolong listening sessions. NuForce says that it's relying on pricing its quality-made headphones at realistic price points in order to enhance its reputation for value and performance amongst audio enthusiast. NuForce's HP-800 headphones are available right now in black for $150.

  • Clear, rich and precise sound signature for natural warmth and visceral low end
  • Aluminum die-cast housing for minimized resonance and improved articulation
  • Concave body design for lifelike soundstaging and focused imaging
  • Precisely tuned, low-distortion 40mm neodymium drivers
  • Wide-range dynamic and flat frequency response
  • Breathable, skin-like ear-cups with memory foam inserts for comfortable extended use
  • Two removable cables for portable and studio use.

Nir Schneider