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Elecom offers strange wireless headphones for iPod shuffle

Wireless headphones have no wireless tech inside

By: Shane McGlaun from Nov 17, 2010 @ 12:00 CST

I am sure that we are all familiar with wireless headphones. Typically, we are talking about headphones that use Bluetooth or headphones that use special 2.4GHz dongles to connect to computers and other things from across the room. Elecom has unveiled a new set of Wireless headphones for the iPod shuffle that are far from what you would expect in wireless headphones.


The headset doesn't need wires, but it is not what you would expect to find. Rather than having Bluetooth gear or 2.4GHz wireless connectivity inside, the thing has a 3.5mm headphone jack on one of the earpieces of the headphones. Rather than having to run a wire from the headphones to the shuffle, the Elecom headphones - called the Actrail - have a headphone plug and the shuffle sticks to the side of the earpiece.

That in fact means no wires, but having a shuffle hanging off your headphones looks strange to me. The headphones appear to only function with the latest generation shuffle player. They use a behind the neck design which some will hate and others will love. The behind the neck style keeps your hair nice and neat. The headphones are offered in Japan only right now for about $50 per pair.


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