Sunday, January 13, 2013

CES2013

Another CES comes and goes. We didn't see much exciting products at last year CES, and we certainly didn't see many of them this year as well. Not surprising as CES has gone too big for new product launch and I would imagine many companies would prefer to avoid launch at such a crowded event. Though we did see companies such as Monster, Sennheiser, Audio Technical and Logitech / UE, etc. showing off their already announced products, I only notice two companies that worth a mention: 

First, AudioFly is announcing new addition to their current line-up, the AF120, AF140, and AF160. AF120 will be a two drivers hybrid like the AF78 and estimated at $250+, AF140 is dual BA estimated at $300+, while AF160 will be triple BA estimated at $400+. Release date is unknown for now. It will be a tough fight for AudioFly as these IEM are priced rather close to well established big brand, plus the early impression from DigitalTrend doesn't seem to be all positive.

Second, Jabra, the company that is best known for its bluetooth headset, is releasing an IEM called the Vox, along with two full size headphone. While the Vox definitely looks interesting in design, it is the company's intention to go into the headphone business that is putting it on the spotlight. Release date is in Q2 2013, but no pricing yet.

On the side news - HifiMan has officially released the new RE400 in CES - but we already know about the IEM for months now so it isn't an exclusive CES event. I already have a sample and will be reviewing it in the short future.

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