Most portable audio and video players come bundled with average, if not, crappy earphones. The sad part is that a lot of people don't seem bothered by the poor sound quality, or aren't even aware of it.
Altec Lansing claims its Upgrader series of headphones targets music listeners dissatisfied with the earbuds included with their players and are looking to "upgrade" to better sound quality. To cater to different preferences, the Upgrader series is split into three main categories: inEar, onEar, and overEar.
The inEar offerings (UHP306, UHP336, UHP101, and UHP301) feature the SnugFit design that Altec Lansing claims can reduce ambient noise and deliver high-fidelity audio. Active lifestyle users who want to enjoy their music while remaining vigilant of their surrounding environment can opt for the onEar headsets, the UHP303 with neckband, the UHP307 earclips and the UHP304 headphones. For those who prefer over-the ear head cans, the overEar offerings come in a choice of SRS surround sound (UHP405) and active noise cancellation (UHP805).
The Upgrader series is notable for its interesting use of materials inspired by sporting goods and eyewear. For example, titanium makes up the neckband of the UHP303 and the headband for the UHP304. Memory foam is used in the UHP101 for better ear fit, while silicone is deployed in the UHP303 for a gentler soft fit. The headband for the UHP405 and UHP805 is made of an unbreakable material called Lexan, and a microfiber material called Spasoft is found in several of the headsets for improved moisture absorption.
All Upgrader headsets are now in stores except for the UHP405 and UHP805, which are expected in January.
(Source: Crave Asia)