Go wireless with your iPod and your phone using the JayBird Bluetooth Stereo Headset ($130). Using the Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP protocol, the JayBird allows you to connect your music player and phone at the same time, and also comes with a great-looking charging station with the ability to charge the JayBird Bluetooth Adapter for iPod ($50; $180 bundled with Headset) as well. Goodbye, wires.
You'd think that someone with as much musical savvy as Dr. Dre could design some kick-ass audio gear. And you'd be right. Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones ($400; Spring 2008) are the result of a collaboration between Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Monster, and they look as good as they sound. The powered isolation 'phones will feature technologies new to headphones, including new driver technology, in order to offer natural, clean sound and rich, deep bass — something that should come as no surprise to Dre fans. In addition to all of that, Beats will include a carrying case with
anti-microbial cleaning cloths, a special Monster headphone cable, and Monster’s iSonitalk, a microphone/headphone adapter for iPhones. Hell yeah.
Finally, a set of wireless earphones that won't make you look like an extra from Star Trek. The Sennheiser MX W1 Wireless Earphones ($TBA; May 2008) are small, silver and black earphones that use Kleer technology to transmit audio wirelessly from any media device via an included transmitter, which is about the size of a matchbook. Other features include a carrying case with integrated battery for charging your 'phones on the go, and trademark Sennheiser sound.
The new Audio Technica ATH-SQ5 Headphones ($100; Nov. 22) offer a good mix of looks and sound quality for those looking for new over-the-ear cans. They feature piano painted, rectangular headphone cups, 42mm drivers with CCAW voice coils, a foldable, portable design, and a high quality OFC 0.5m cord.
If you're looking for a truly different set of cans for your portable media player, check out the Sony PFR-V1 Personal Field Speakers ($540; October 10). These new headphones attempt to achieve sound equal to audiophile-grade front-facing speakers by separating bass, which is pumped into the ear canal, from treble and mids, which are projected through two spheres towards the ears, just like traditional speakers. Features include frequency playback of 35Hz to 25KHz, large 21mm drivers, and a gold-plated mini-plug.