updated 12:55 pm EDT, Tue September 4, 2007
JBL iPod headphones
Harman brand JBL has released two new sets of headphones in its Reference series. Foremost are the 610s, which come with a dongle that allows volume and track adjustment on iPods, using controls located on the headphones themselves. iPods from the fourth generation onward are supported. The 610s also benefit from a Bluetooth receiver, which allows wireless interaction with devices that support A2DP stereo and/or AVRCP controls. An over-the-ear design features leather lining and a choice of black or white colors. Harman is selling the set online for $200.
The Reference 420s are identical to the 610s cosmetically, but omit both Bluetooth and iPod support, instead compensating with a higher maximum input of 50mW instead of 40. Like the 610s, the 420s are bundled with a protective case and adapters for airline and stereo phono use. Black or white versions of the 420s sell for $150 each.