With the success of high performance headphones like Beats by Dre
, consumers are gravitating towards premium headsets for richer audio experiences. It follows, then, that several innovative companies are pushing the envelope by working to meet the needs of various niche markets
. These new products will satisfy the discerning demands of even the pickiest, or just style-minded, audiophiles.
The Spin Doctor
is an MP3 player/turntable hybrid headphone meant for music fans seeking to replicate the remixed tunes played at their favorite clubs. Creator Victor Declety fashioned the interactive headset to mimic the DJ experience, with a scratch-able, turntable-like dial on one side and a 4-axis directional button for controlling samples that have been stored on the device’s embedded SD card on the other. The prototype of this concept product curiously features Beats by Dre branding—an audio designer’s version of a vision board
, perhaps? Should this portable nightclub go into production, users will be able to hit the dance floor without ever leaving the couch.
Even with this year’s mild winter
, anyone living in a typically harsh clime understands how easily natural elements can destroy headsets. Adhering to the IEC529 standard
created the heavy-duty Capital headphones
to withstand intense conditions such as rain, snow and hail without compromising sound quality. Capital follows the successful release
of AIAIAI’s TMA-I
headphones, which were developed to enhance sonic performance within a DJ’s working environment. Combining high-minded design with high-tech functionality, the folding device is constructed from fiberglass-reinforced nylon and an integrated rubber bracer to ensure that its shelf-life is longer than whatever micro genre
tunes it may be pumping out to its listener.
As demonstrated by the ubiquity
of custom iPhone cases, many consumers view their technology products as fashion accessories. Now, stylish packaging extends to the headphone space, with Swedish tech-design company Molami
’s recently introduced Twine
“audio headpiece.” As opposed to the classic over-the-ear headphone shape, Twine resembles a sleek, modern headband made of silk chiffon and gold accents. Still maintaining sophisticated audio quality, its speakers are discreetly tucked beneath the fabric pleats and feature a silver clasp to clip everything in place at the nape of the wearer’s neck. Even the connecting cable cord is wrapped in braided fabric for a statement-making addition to any outfit.