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The latest headphone trends

True wireless, active noise cancellation and neckband-style headphones are three big current trends, and they were all well represented by the new products on show at this year’s IFA trade show in Berlin. Read on for the key innovations.

Sony

Sony launched the MDR-1000X last year: an equal competitor to the Bose QuietComfort 35. The current king of active noise cancelling was under pressure and more than challenged by its opponents’ technology and features.

Now, Sony is taking things even further with the WH-1000XMK2. The seemingly unchanged headphones can be configured using the «Sony | Headphones Connect» app, adjusting the ANC, surround sound and listening position simulation and different transparency levels. The app can also access your smartphone’s acceleration sensor and recognises whether you are on a train or plane or walking, adapting the ANC to the typical sound environment. Optimising the ANC goes even further: a sensor in the headphones measures the air pressure. As this affects how sound waves spread, the interference signal (sound) is eliminated with an opposing sound wave adapted to the air pressure.

WH-1000XM2 (Over-Ear, Black)
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Sony WH-1000XM2 (Over-Ear, Black)
No hassle, no difficult settings, just industry-leading noise cancellation tailored for you and your life.
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The Sony 1000X series has even more to offer: the WI-1000X features a high-end neckband headset and ANC, like the Bose QuietControl 30. It’s full to the brim with audio technology (AptX, LDAC and more) and has similar features to the WH-1000XM2. Wearing it takes some getting used to - the style hasn’t really reached Europe yet - but it’s already very common in Asia and the US.

WI-1000X (In-ear, Black)
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Sony WI-1000X (In-ear, Black)
Lose yourself in music, whenever and wherever you are, with industry-leading noise cancellation, effortlessly smart features and a neckband for comfortable all-day wearing.
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The third 1000X headphone set in the series is the WF-1000X, Sony’s first true wireless headset and also the first of its kind with integrated active noise reduction. For me, this was the highlight of the show. It’s very comfortable to wear, with effective noise cancelling and balanced sound. There’s no high-resolution audio technology such as AptX or LDAC, but the first impression is very good. The charging case provides nine hours of additional running time. As a previously single case, the headphones do not automatically charge when you use them, but you just have to press them down. The small clips on the front act as antennae, connecting the ear buds to each other. Their exposed position makes the connection more stable and enables it to practically pass around the front of your head.

WF-1000X (In-ear, Black)
CHF 229.-instead of 337.-1
Sony WF-1000X (In-ear, Black)
Complete wireless freedom: These true wireless headphones sit securely and comfortably in your ears while keeping the noise out. With smart charging in the carry case, you'll stay powered up wherever you are.
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Sony has reworked not only the model, but its descriptions too:

  • «WH»: wireless headphone
  • «WI»: wireless in-ear
  • «WF»: wireless freedom (for true wireless headphones)

«MDR» remains for corded neckband-style headphones.

Find all of Sony’s headphone news here


Beyerdynamic

Beyerdynamic’s Xelento wireless headphones are by far the most expensive wireless, in-ear models in the world. This gem is basically identical to the corded Xelento remote, right down to the capsule, which stores the battery and wireless technology.

The Aventho is designed for a wider target group: the elegant on-ear headphones are wireless, compatible with aptX HD like the Xelento wireless and can be personalised. Entering your age on the app launches a hearing test lasting several minutes. The app then determines your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to hearing and loads the resulting sound profile on the headphones. The headphones can also be used with this personalised data without the app: it can be uploaded via USB-C. The ear pieces control things, and their touch sensitivity can be adjusted via the app.

In addition to gaming headphones Custom Game and the hopefully finally available MMX 300 2nd Gen, another headphone amplifier/DAC was presented at IFA. It’s a shame, though, that the Impacto is essentially only compatible with three headphone sets. The permanently installed headphone cable can be connected to the T1 (2nd Gen), T 5 p (2nd Gen) and Amiron home headphones and convert digital audio straight from your PC or smartphone. A USB, USB-C and Micro-USB cable is included.

Sennheiser

Sennheiser has expanded the Momentum series with the Momentum Free, Bluetooth, in-ear headphones with a classic design. The CX 7.00BT is a neckband-style headphone set and the IE 80S succeeds the IE 80 as one of the very few innovations with a cable.

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Sennheiser CX 7.00BT (In-ear)

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Sennheiser showed us real innovation at IFA with the Ambeo. These headphones can be connected to Apple devices via Lightning and have relatively effective active noise reduction. So far, so good! But the product is actually a recording device for ultra-realistic, binaural sound. Both microphones record the sound exactly where it naturally occurs: in our ears. This creates an extremely realistic impression of the acoustic environment. You are really in the middle of everything and the sounds around you can be localised very accurately. The sound is displayed as a stereo track and can be played on all devices and listened to on any headphones. Generally speaking, this recording technology has applications for all settings – with or without images – where the protagonist takes centre stage.

The Sennheiser Ambeo is not currently available.


JBL

JBL is also giving true wireless earbuds a try. The plug-like ear pieces, fancifully named «Free», are relatively well priced and impress with a charging case offering 20 hours of battery life.

Barely 20 years after Sennheiser’s «Surrounder», JBL is trying collar-style headphones. The JBL Soundgear is connected via Bluetooth and runs for six hours without charging. We’re not absolutely sure what the product’s target consumer group is. People with a headphone phobia and a need to crank up the volume without annoying the neighbours or housemates? It’ll be interesting to see how the product is received.

JBL also has new neckband-style headphones: the Reflect Fit was one of the models to be presented – the first of this design with integrated pulse measurement.

Jabra

The Jabra Elite Sport has a longer battery life: four and a half hours compared to the previous three hours.

Elite Sport 2017 (In-ear)
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Jabra Elite Sport 2017 (In-ear)
The new Elite Sport (autumn 2017) features improved battery life of up to 4.5 hours.

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Bang & Olufsen

The Danish luxury brand completes its line-up with the BeoPlay E8 true wireless earbuds. Unlike most other products of this type, the earbuds communicate via NFMI (near field magnetic induction) rather than Bluetooth. The technology is used for hearing aids and transmits a lot less than Bluetooth. It should also provide a more stable connection.

BeoPlay E8 (In-ear, Black)
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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay E8 (In-ear, Black)
Superior sound. Intuitive touch control. Seamless charging. Perfect fit. Wireless made beautifully easy.
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Samsung

The new Gear IconX improves on the biggest criticism of its predecessor: the battery life is now five hours, or seven hours when using the built-in memory (4 GB).

Gear IconX (2018) (In-ear, Black)
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Shure

The biggest name in microphones and IEMs (in-ear monitoring headphones) is joining the wireless market with its first wireless headphones. The introductory SE112 model includes a built-in Bluetooth unit, whereas the earbuds of the well-known SE215 been made even smaller and a cable and plug can be attached. The Bluetooth unit is also available individually, so the expensive E215, SE315, SE425, SE535 and SE846 models can be treated to a wireless upgrade. As the headphone connection can be used in MMXC format for most earbuds with a removable cable, other manufacturers’ earbuds can also be used.

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User pologti6

Kommt von böse nichts neues?

20.09.2017
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Bose

20.09.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Wir dürfen nichts sagen, aber wenn man googelt findet mal vielleicht was ;)

21.09.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Inzwischen hat Bose den QuietComfort 35 II offiziell vorgestellt:
bose.com/en_us/products/hea...

Bei uns kann der Kopfhörer ab 4.10.2017 vorbestellt werden. Auslieferung erfolgt dann Ende Oktober.
digitec.ch/de/s1/product/bo...
digitec.ch/de/s1/product/bo...

Schon jetzt erhältlich ist Boses neuer Wireless On Ear Kopfhörer:
digitec.ch/de/s1/product/bo...

23.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Guter Artikel! Shure hat noch noch Neuigkeiten.

21.09.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Genau: Wireless Versionen der SE112 und SE215:
shure.ch/produkte/earphones...
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Die hatten wir noch nicht auf dem Radar, darum danke für den Hinweis!
Sollten wir auch bald schon anbieten können.

21.09.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Wie versprochen hier die neuen Artikel:
SE215 Wireless mit abnehmbarem Kabel/BT Empfänger: digitec.ch/de/s1/product/sh...
SE112 Wireless (fixe installiertes Kabel): digitec.ch/de/s1/product/sh...
...und das "Bluetooth-Kabel", um SE215 und aufwärts kabellos zu machen: digitec.ch/de/s1/product/sh...

25.09.2017
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User SwissCrow85

Das Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2 Gen. ist ja seit kurzem in DE erhältlich. Wann kommt es in die Schweiz bzw. zu euch?

20.09.2017
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User tomypwns

hab das auch bestellt

21.09.2017
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User anjelaoni

Ich überlege mir auch dieses Headset zu kaufen. Andere Onlinehändler aus der Schweiz listen die Lieferfrist mit 2-4 Wochen auf.

21.09.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

In 2-3 Wochen sollte endlich Ware reinkommen. Aber die Verfügbarkeitslage bleibt aus jetziger Sicht immer noch angespannt.

21.09.2017
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User amigafreak

Endlich wieder gute Neuheiten im In-Ear Bereich. Die klobigen On- und Overears können da bleiben wo sie hingehören, zu Hause. Bleibt dann nur abzuwarten wie der Klang ist, die Sony WF-1000X sehen sehr interessant aus.

20.09.2017
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User NY_99

habe mich mal durch das Internet gelesen und die ersten Reviews Online sind schon mal sehr viel versprechend (räumt alles ab in diesem Bereich - unter anderem bei WhatHifi / TrustedReviews / Computerbild etc.. ) freue mich schon auf meine neuen Kopfhörer.

20.09.2017
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User Spl4tt

Der Sony WI-1000X hat soviel ich weiss MMCX stecker. Das heisst man kann da auch andere IEMs mit MMCX Stecker wireless benutzen. Das wird dann sehr interessant mit high-end IEMs von z.B. Campfire oder Shure.

21.09.2017
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User phun

Cool wäre es, wenn MUC-M2BT1 hier erhältlich wird (müsste mehr oder weniger der WI-1000x sein, ohne IEMs).

22.09.2017
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User Miingno

Wie sieht es aus mit USB-C Kopfhörern? Zeichnet sich da irgend wann mal was ab? Das ständige aufladen der Kopfhörer geht mir auf die Nerven. Kabel muss her! XD

22.09.2017
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User Asaes

Klinke?

22.09.2017
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User Miingno

Leider haben immer mehr neue Smartphones keine Klinke mehr. Es wollen alle "mutig" sein und keine brauchbare, günstige Alternative anbieten.

22.09.2017
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User Asaes

In dem Fall würde sich ein USB DAC/Amp anbieten. Diese Lösung ist aber weder günstig noch praktisch. Nur die Tonqualität könnte so tatsächlich besser sein als über die übliche Handy Klinke, BT Plunder oder USB KH mit eingebautem dac/amp.

22.09.2017
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User musicolo

Hat der "alte" Sony MDR-1000x eigentlich auch schon den LDAC Codec? Werden aptX und LDAC im Kopfhörer dann automatisch ein- oder ausgeschaltet, wenn das Abspielgerät aptX oder LDAC befähigt oder eben nicht befähigt sind?

22.09.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Ja, der MDR-1000X hat auch schon LDAC. Auch aptX und AAC hat er, aber noch kein aptX-HD wie der Neue.
Gerät und Kopfhörer schalten automatisch auf den besten Codec, also LDAC. Es gibt glaubs auch eine Einstellung "Verbindung bevorzugt" am Smartphone, wo automatisch auf einen niedrigeren Standard geschaltet wird, wenn die Verbindung instabil ist.

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User thierryrue

Hi Dimitri guter artikel, da ich schon sehr lange nicht mehr in einem eurer Läden war kommt nun die dumme Frage: Kann ich die verschidenen typen Kopfhörer bei euch zb in Zürich anprobieren? Habe so komische ohren, wo bisher jeder Standard Ohrhörer rausgefallen ist und mit der Brille nicht gerne so einen grossen Bügel auf dem Kopf... Und natürlich sollte das ding Jogging tauglich sein! :-) Grüsse T.

17.10.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Hallo Thierry. Antesten lassen sich in unseren Showrooms die Modelle hier: digitec.ch/de/s1/producttyp...
(alles Over Ears)
In Ears können aus wir Hygienegründen generell nicht zur Anprobe anbieten, Sorry.

Die meisten Sportkopfhörer haben durch die zusätzlichen "Bügel" einen recht sicheren Sitz. Ich empfehle dir, die Bewertungen zu den Produkten (besonders Tragekomfort) eingehend zu studieren.

Link zu den In Ear Sportkopfhörern:
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User pologti6

Kommt von Boah keine Neuigkeiten

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User DerDönerimDönertier

Ja da sieht man Autocorrect 😂😂

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User justthink

Komisch, redet niemand mehr darüber, wie einfach man diese teuren kabellosen In-Ear Teile verlieren kann. Oder passiert das nur wenn Apple welche rausbringt? Ich erinnere mich da an seitenweise spöttische Kommentare, als die EarPods vorgestellt wurden. Scheint ja doch nicht so ein Problem zu sein..

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User amigafreak

die Apple-Dinger sind vollständig aus Plastik welches rutschig ist und nicht ins Ohr geklemmt werden kann. Das ist designtechnisch extrem schlecht. Die In Ears hier haben in der Regel einen ComplyFoam Aufsatz wodurch man sie ins Ohr "kneten" kann. Dieser Punkt und das sie nicht aus der Ohrmuschel raushängen machen einen wesentlich sinnvolleren Eindruck als die AirPods. Ich habe in der Tat bei den hier gezeigten Modellen weniger Verlustbedenken.

22.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Habe die EarPods nun schon 3 Monate. Sind mir noch nie rausgefallen!

23.09.2017
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User felixhofer

Aber die EarPods sind von Äpfel... Reicht doch...!? XD

30.09.2017
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User rolf.kroemler

Ich kaufe so schnell keinen Sony Kopfhörer mehr... habe vor vierJahren einen TMR-RF4000 gekauft, die Ohrpolster lösen sich nun auf. Keine Ersatzteile erhältlich. Sony reagiert nicht mal auf Mails etc. und habe im WEB herausgefunden, dass ich nicht der einzige bin.... werde wohl Sennheiser kaufen

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User ChriZ86

Pass auf die Ohrpolster auf. Da kannst du bei Sennheisser auch nen Bock schiessen. Es sollte kein Leder, Kunstleder oder irgendein Imitat sein, die Lösen sich spätestens nach 2 Jahren auf (auf bei mir, Logitech) Ich habe mir vor 1 Jahr Sennheisser HD518 gekauft. Die haben so Velour Polster. Extrem Weich. Die lösen sich nicht auf. Fast wie Baumwolle

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User masvob75

Die Velours Polster lösen sich aussen nicht auf, der Schaum drinnen aber sehr wohl. eBay schafft da Abhilfe ;-)

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