Headphones & Docks - Bose & Focal
Bose (Level 6, Hall 603, Sprint-Cass)
Bose SoundDock Portable
Although this baby was designed mainly for Apple products, such as the iPod and iPhone, an alternative auxiliary input located behind the dock ensures it is compatible with other phones or portable media players in the market as well. It lacks an FM radio, but it more than makes up for that shortfall with its impeccable dynamic range and hearty audio delivery. The Bose SoundDock Portable is going for fifty dollars off its original retail price of $749.
- PC Show Price: $699
- Usual Price: $749
- More information: HWZ Review
Bose IE2 Earphones
This pair of in-ear monitors might have spent almost two years in the market, but that doesn't imply it is any less impressive. The IE2 not only offers a dynamic audio performance with an ample bass output (thanks to its TriPort design), but they are also extremely comfortable on the ears as well. Bose's unique StayHear ear tips also ensure that these buds provide a better grip when you're out and about. Look out for its PC Show price of $109 when you're on the show floor.
- PC Show Price: $109
- Usual Price: $149
Focal (Level 6, Hall 602, OrangeComms)
Focal Little Bird
Audiophiles would appreciate the beauty of a 2.1-channel system without all that surround sound nonsense, and here's one that's ripe for the taking. The Focal Little Bird is pretty much what it says. The audio system consists of a pair of Little Bird satellite speakers and a Power Bird deck that houses an amplifier, a DAC, and a down-firing 6.5-inch sub-woofer just below the unit. The Focal Little Bird supports Kleer as well, a wireless audio standard with a lower latency compared to Bluetooth.
- PC Show Price: $1,200
- Usual Price: $1,399
- More information: HWZ Article
Focal Spirit One
The Spirit One marks Focal's foray into the world of headsets. Tagged at a show price of $359, it is essentially a closed-back pair of cans, augmented with a comfy headband and ear cups. Audio is provided, courtesy of 40mm mylar/titanium diaphragm drivers. Apart from the headphones' attractive looks, the Spirit One also features the Nomad inline controls to control your iPod or manage calls on the iPhone. The cable is detachable, and the headset also comes with a carrying case.
- PC Show Price: $359
- Usual Price: $399
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