Sony, Marantz polish up headphone gems

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On a quietMonday morning like this, one of the first rules of thumb is to check out what’snew in the world of headphones – they’re rarely riveting, but are, at least, alwaysessential.

First up,from Sony, we have the DR-BT140Q over-ear Bluetooth ‘phones, which go on sale in Japannext month for ¥10,000 (£47), offering a choice of colours and all the usualwireless goodness.

Hands-free too

Black,white, silver and pink all come with Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, A2DP, AVRCP and therest of the wireless necessities. They even pull double duty as a mobile phonehands-free, thanks to a mic jammed into each right earpiece.

At 53g andwith 12 hours of uptime per charge, we’re looking at some serious value formoney, so let’s hope for a release in the West sometime soon.

Stylish and small

Elsewhere,but still only in Japanfor now, Marantz has a ¥8,800 (£42) set of aluminium goodies for ourdelectation. The 13g HP101 in-ear headphones are built from aluminium to reducevibration from outside, making high tones sharper, we’re told.

Aswith all decent headphones, the 101s include a selection of silicone earplugsfor a snugger fit and a handful of adapters for plugging into different jack socketsizes and airplane entertainment systems.



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