Sonic Over Ear: $199.95
Reflex On Ear: $79.95
Pivot Folding On Ear: $59.95
Capsule In Ear: $49.95
It's curious enough to find venerable speaker companies getting into the headphone business, but the announcement today by Apple accessories specialists InCase of an all-new — and very complete — line of headphones is even more of a surprise. Four new 'phones — a full-size model, two on-ears, and a set of in-ears — from the folks who make all of those iPhone cases.
But for those who've been keeping up with the Audio Collection shoudn't come as that much of a shock — the company has long had an interest in music and even marketed an innovative line of guitar and bass cases once upon a time. And like some other fashion brands of late, they've also been collaborating with record labels and running a rehearsal/recording space, Room 205, as part of their (very nicely named) "Sound & Vision" program of sponsorships for emerging artists. So why not help fans enjoy the music on a practical level.
As for the cans, the three traditional headphone designs are based on a 40mm driver (titanium for the full-size Sonic); the in-ears use an 8.5 mm unit. Finishes should be familiar from the company's cases; a soft-touch rubberized and coated canvas finishes are employed throughout the minimalist range. All models are available in a range of understated color combos — if you're looking to headphones as a fashion accessory, you'll likely be happy with these regardless of sound.
All models include a mic and iOS controllers for on-the-go convenience, though the Pivot (the smaller and lighter of the two on-ear models) also folds flat for increased portability.
While we'll reserve judgement 'til we get some serious ears-on time, it seems that ergonomics were key in the design phase here. The Sonic, which looks set to compete with fashionable full-size offerings from V-Moda and AIAIAI, has earcups shaped to accomodate ear contours (well, at least for most), while the on-ear models use a round earpad. The Capsule in-ears use an oval eartip (superficially reminiscent of Klipsch's S-series designs).
There's no stated stylistic or generic signature, just a note that the drivers are "custom tuned to deliver clear, natural sound across the entire audio spectrum." We're hoping to get a full listen in soon, so check back with us.
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