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Go Wireless with the Latest, Greatest, Next-Gen Earphones & Headphones

Next-Gen Earphones & Headphones

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Excited about getting the hot new iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus?  Well, hear this loud and clear: the new models no longer come with headphone jacks, so you’re going to need at least one of these game-changing wireless marvels. The latest appcessories work seamlessly with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, and adapt to you for an easier, smarter, more stylish and more intuitive experience, and their sleek designs can’t be beat.

V-MODA: Crossfade 2 Wireless

This stylish knockout is V-MODA’s most versatile model yet. Boasting nearly-identical sound quality in both analog and wireless playback, Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear headphones ($330-350) offer the best of both worlds with wired and wireless modes for hybrid listening. Multitasking users can pair the headphones with two sources at a time, such as a smartphone and laptop for work or a smartphone and smartwatch for working out. State of the art audio codec enables CD-like quality sound over Bluetooth which allows for the best lossless wireless listening experience. It’s a great, comfortable choice for travel; the CliqFold Hinge folds the headphones into a small case, and Passive Noise Isolation naturally cuts out the distractions of jet engines and unwanted noise without the hiss and pressure of Active Noise Canceling. A bigger battery provides over 14 hours of music, and unlimited hours in wired analog. A hidden mic and 1-Button SpeakEasy cable allows calls on-the-go, at the office or for gaming. And for DJs, there’s nothing cooler thanks to a new ventilation system for air circulation on stage, and custom shield kits that let you change your shield material and color, or customize with a 3D-print or laser-engraved logo. Available in Black Matte, White Matte and Rose Gold (with aptX) at V-MODA.com. 

Next-Gen Earphones & Headphones
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Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning Earphones

This legacy audio brand has introduced a new generation of Lightning-powered earphones that work with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The Pioneer Rayz Plus ($150) are the first to market headphones with second generation Lightning Audio Technology—that means no battery to replace and no cable for charging. They automatically recognize "Hey Siri" commands from users, even if their phone is in their pocket. Rayz scans your ear to optimize noise-cancelling performance uniquely to your ear and environment, and the HearThru mode lets you hear your surroundings without removing your earphones. Multitasking is a breeze with a talk-and-charge function that lets you do both at once while plugged into the Lightning port. Rayz are the only Lightning earphones to support a one-button click to mute the mics during a call, and the moment you stop speaking, Rayz microphones automatically go on mute, and automatically unmute when you begin speaking through audible tones.

When you remove the earphones, AutoPause automatically pauses the video or music being played. Put them back on and the content resumes. And Rayz Plus speaks more languages than you do with native language support available for English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. And best of all it the iOS companion app, an integral part of the Rayz experience enabling you to personalize the earphone’s settings, such as adjusting audio EQ and programming the smart button. Most importantly, the app creates the ability for Rayz earphones to continually improve with the delivery of new features via the software update interface.

Next-Gen Earphones & Headphones
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V-MODA: Forza Metallo Wireless In-Ear Headphones

For audiophiles, V-MODA’s ultra-sleek Forza Metallo Wireless In-Ear Headphones offer ultimate ergonomics, a minimal design that can hide under a shirt collar, maximum battery life and an enhanced antenna. A new, special nanocoating technology makes the headphones sweat and weather resistant, with military-level durability to withstand every challenge. The 5.8mm micro driver delivers unique, balanced sound and natural stress-free acoustics with a vivid 3D Soundstage, and the Qualcomm wireless Bluetooth chipset has CD-quality wireless audio playback. The battery provides up to 10 hours of music playback and is ultra-fast charging. Two-device connectivity allows you to pair your Bluetooth device and use your headphones up to 33 feet and multitask with two devices at one time. Noise-cancelling dual microphones make calls and voice recognition crystal-clear. For comfort, four different sizes of bass-level isolating soft silicone fittings ensure outstanding noise-isolation, tightest bass and best fit. Detachable sport fins come in three sizes for the best fit while working out. And for high style, customization is available with your choice of accessory 3D designs (diamond, rose, mic, steampunk and more) that come in acrylic or precious metals including bronze, gold, rose gold and platinum, raising the prestige level as well as the price. It’ll cost you $7,500 to roar along with Katy Perry wearing twin lion head Forza Metallo headphones in platinum. Models in Gunmetal Black and White Silver are available for $170 at V-MODA.com.

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, lifestyle and autos. She also reports for Atlas Obscura, The Daily Meal, Day Spa Magazine, Prevue, Where Guestbook, and Where Magazine, and is Editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Plan...(Read More)

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