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AKG unveils 1,000-euro stainless steel earbuds

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June 28, 2011

AKG has unveiled its stainless steel 3-way K3003 earphones, which sell for EUR 1,000 a pai...

AKG has unveiled its stainless steel 3-way K3003 earphones, which sell for EUR 1,000 a pair (Photo: Colette)

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There are a lot of nice new electronic gizmos that you could buy for 1,000 euro, which currently equals out to about US$1,435. You could purchase the world's smallest interchangeable-lens camera (the Pentax Q) and have change left over, you could buy six LaCie CloudBox hard drive/cloud storage devices, six HTC EVO 3D smartphones, or you could get yourself a pair of earbuds ... AKG's K3003 reference class 3-way earphones, to be precise.

Billed as "the world's smallest true 3-way supreme audio earphones," the K3003s' housings are each handmade from a solid piece of stainless steel. The cord's Y connector is also made of steel, as is the 3.5 mm jack plug, and the exterior of the cord-mounted volume control/microphone unit. Both earphone cords are rubber-coated, while the single stereo plug cord is reinforced with cloth.

The AKGs are said to utilize "a new hybrid technology for great sound," and like many higher-end earphones, are reportedly able to seal out most ambient sounds using passive noise reduction. Their frequency range is 10Hz to 30kHz.

AKG has unveiled its stainless steel 3-way K3003 earphones, which sell for EUR 1,000 a pai...

Although they won't be officially launched until the IFA electronics show in September, the K3003's are available online as a "sneak peek" from June through August, via the website of Parisian electronics retailer Colette.

Source: Gizmodo

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4 Comments

OH to be worthlessly wealthy, sigh,,

Bill Bennett
28th June, 2011 @ 08:22 pm PDT

Useless. The silicon rubber coated copper cable will be shredded within five years. Wrap the cable in steel mesh and these might last a decent length of time.

felix
29th June, 2011 @ 07:25 am PDT

For that kind of mone buy yourself a really nice set of custom IEMs and take the extra money to buy something that will actually give you a signal worth listening to on high end IEMs...

Customs have nice things like replaceable cables and are built from molds of your ear.

What a waste of money...

Chris Moss
30th June, 2011 @ 07:27 am PDT

You don't understand guys - its' a perfect companion for your new iPod/iPhone, it's a shiny piece of metal that will add more to your image... that's what it is for!

Михаил Финогенов
2nd July, 2011 @ 02:29 am PDT
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