Sennheiser shows three new wireless earphone models at CES

Fun fact: there's a pair of earphones that cost around $55,000. They're constructed of the finest quality materials, they boast outstanding technical specifications, and they even come with their own tube amplifier built into a housing made of solid marble. That's the Sennheiser HE 1, which was on display at CES 2016.

The headphones shown by the premium brand at this year's CES aren't as fancy, but they're still worth your attention. Among them is the Sennheiser HD 1 In-Ear Wireless, which is part of the company's Momentum lineup. In other words, these are earphones made to look at least as good as they sound. And knowing Sennheiser, they probably sound really, really good.

In terms of design, the Sennheiser HD 1 In-Ears are comprised of a band that wraps around the user's neck, with the earbuds hanging from both ends. The neckband is covered in sheepskin leather, with a red stitching along the edges added for contrast. As for the buds, they're made of stainless steel, and four sets of eartips are included in the set for optimum comfort. 

On the technical side of things, the HD 1 In-Ear Wireless earphones support Bluetooth 4.1, as well as the AAC and Apt-X codecs for superior wireless sound when paired with compatible devices. The integrated microphone lets you pick up phone calls, and a vibrating alert lets you know when someone's calling. Battery life is rated at 10 hours per charge. 

The Sennheiser HD 1 In-Ear Wireless will go on sale this month. Pricing hasn't been specified yet, but we don't think they'll be cheap.

Need something with a bit more punch? The Sennheiser HD 4.40BT and 4.50BTNC should do the trick. These are the company's latest wireless closed-back, around-the-ear headphones designed for everyday listening pleasure. The key difference between the two models is that the 4.50BTNC supports active noise cancellation (Sennheiser’s NoiseGard technology), which works in tandem with built-in microphones to neutralize ambient noise. It is also worth mentioning this particular model's foldable design, which makes it easier to carry around – on transatlantic trips, for example. 

That aside, both the Sennheiser HD 4.40BT and HD 4.50BTNC support Bluetooth 4.0 and Apt-X. Both have 32-millimeter drivers, NFC for easy pairing, control buttons for hassle-free music control, and a built-in microphone for making phone calls. Battery life of up to 25 hours can be expected, although you can go battery-free if you choose to connect your pair directly to your mobile device. A detachable cable with 3.5mm jack is provided in the set.

Sennheiser is launching the HD 4.40BT this month at a price of $150. The noise-cancelling Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC will launch in February for $200.


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