Not to be outdone by its sibling brand PSB, NAD announced a cost-effective new on-ear headphone called the Viso HP30 ($229). In keeping with shared PSB and NAD headphone design practice, the Viso HP30 features the firm’s signature ‘Room Feel’ voicing curve, which gives the headphone’s the bass response characteristics typically associated with a high quality loudspeaker as influenced by normal room gain (gain that gives a moderate lift to bass frequency response).
Peachtree will soon be taking the plunge into the portable/personal audio marketplace with its upcoming Peachtree Shift portable headphone amp/DAC ($399), whose DAC section will support DSD 64 and DSD 128 files, plus PCM files with resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz. The compact unit uses a 5V power supply fueled by a 4,100 mAH battery and can swing output voltages of up to 1.8V when configured for variable output levels or 1.9V when set for fixed-level outputs.
Via USB, the Shift will be Windows and Mac-compatible and also iOS and Android compatible. Expect the shift to arrive on the market at some point between late Q1 and mid-Q2, 2015.
Phiaton rolled four new models for CES: the B110 earphone ($129) whose special retention clip makes it suitable for athletically active listeners, two new noise-cancellers called the PS202 NC ($119) and the Bluetooth 4.0-compatible BT 330 NC ($229), and—last but not least—the music-centred MS 100 NC ($99), which is based on a single balanced armature-type driver.