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Apple Introduces New Over-Ear Headphones: AirPods Max

Apple today announced AirPods Max, innovative wireless headphones that bring the magic of AirPods to an over-ear design with high-fidelity sound. 

AirPods Max combine a custom acoustic design, H1 chips, and advanced software to power computational audio for a breakthrough listening experience with Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and spatial audio. 

AirPods Max come in five gorgeous colors, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, and are available to order starting today, with availability beginning Tuesday, December 15.

When stored in the soft, slim Smart Case, AirPods Max enter an ultralow power state that preserves charge.

AirPods Max are available to order starting today for $549 (US) from apple.com and in the Apple Store app in the US and more than 25 other countries and regions. AirPods Max will begin shipping on Tuesday, December 15.

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Beats Solo Pro Noise-Cancelling Headphone

Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) today debuts Solo Pro, its first on-ear, noise-cancelling headphone. 

To deliver sound how you want it, Solo Pro features two listening modes: Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and Transparency. Beats’ Pure ANC gives you the space to create with fully immersive sound, while Transparency helps you stay aware of your surroundings. Every detail of Solo Pro has been carefully considered, right down to the intuitive way the headphones turn on and off via folding. The ergonomic design delivers exceptional comfort for extended wear and sleek style. And with up to 22 hours of battery life, you can keep the music going no matter where your day takes you.

Pricing and Availability

Availability in the US for Solo Pro ($299.95) will begin on October 30th in black, ivory, gray, dark blue, light blue and red. Pre-order in the US today at apple.com.

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Beats Launches Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Beats has announced Studio3 Wireless, the latest model in the company’s iconic Beats Studio lineup of over-ear headphones.

The updated version features Apple’s W1 chip providing the same proximity pairing features found on Apple’s AirPods and Beats’ other recent headphones, along with the ability to sync pairing data via iCloud and seamlessly switch between devices. Beats adds that the W1 chip’s increased efficiency allows Studio3 Wireless to provide nearly double the battery life of the company’s prior headphones, promising 22 hours of wireless playback with ANC on or 40 hours of playback in low power mode. “Fast Fuel” rapid charging allows users to gain an additional three hours of playback from just ten minutes of charging via a USB connection.

Beats Studio3 Wireless takes on a more sophisticated look with a new range of colors: Matte Black, White, Blue and Red as well as special edition colors Porcelain Rose and Shadow Gray.

Available for purchase for $349.95 at Apple.com.

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Indulge Your Ears With the Best Headphones

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Although the focus for a lot of DJs is on their controller, that’s just one part of the gear lineup. Another important task is choosing the best headphones for an optimal DJ experience. There are a lot of facets that should be considered when making this choice in DJ gear, so let’s take a look at the key considerations.

Comfort

Why is comfort at the top of the list? Well, you likely will be wearing your headphones for many hours at a time, so you need a model that protects your hearing while also offering excellent padding and other comfort features. Look at headphones that include:

– Earpads: They should cover your entire ear and not press on them. You might even find models that have memory foam with cushy covers. Look for an option that allows you add replacement earpads.
– Weight: Try to find the lightest set you can that still offers all the features you want. Again, be thinking about long-term wear.
– Headband: You want one that is thick enough to be durable but not so thick it hurts your neck if you wear the headphones on your neck for long periods.

Sound

Yes, this is of key importance as well. DJ headphones are meant to transmit a wide range of frequencies, which makes them different from regular consumer earphones, which focus on fidelity. Think about:

– Speakers: Generally, the larger the speaker portion, the better transmission of the deepest bass.
– Input rating: The higher the input allowed, the less distortion you will hear at high volumes.
– Frequency range: Bigger isn’t always better, as human ears have a limited range.
– Insulation: You want a model that has a closed-back design so you won’t get a lot of external noise interfering with your ability to hear the tracks.

Flexibility
No matter where you are DJing, you likely will be taking off and putting on your headphones many times during the gig. You need a set that has swivel earpads so you can wear one off your ear to hear your track cues. Also be sure your get an adjustable headband and one that holds tightly enough to your head that one earpad won’t slip off when you move the other.

Design

It may not be your biggest concern, but you’ll also want headphones that look good. Slim designs and cool color options may be things that appeal to you. Make sure you get a set that will fit nicely in your gear bag or that comes with a slim carrying case that doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Lightweight metals make for a better wearing experience, but they might not be as durable as you need them to be.

Cables

Many DJs prefer to use headphones that have coiled cables as they may be less likely to snag on other equipment. Be sure you have cords that are long enough to allow you free movement around your equipment without getting in the way. There are cordless models available as well.

The headphones you have in your DJ gear bag are a highly personal choice, but these key factors should help you decide on the best option for you.

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