Sneak Peak @ CES 2014: Blue Mics "Mo-Fi"

Blue Microphones, innovator of studio microphones and other creatively designed audio tools, just teased what seems to be a new pair of headphones that will ?liberate music from overhyped lo-fi to true mobile hi-fi?.

John Maier, CEO of Blue, claims that the current market is filled with low-quality, high-bloat products, and that their ?Mo-Fi? (mobile fidelity) will end the struggle of hi-fi models being ?too power hungry for our mobile devices?.

Here?s a teaser video:

While the clip and announcement (full PR below) don?t share a whole lot, what we probably can expect from Maier?s language are headphones that are low impedance (below 8 ohms), and are equalized/tuned for mobile devices that typically have low power output. How this pair will actually sound is beyond anybody?s guess, but if they want to cut through the noise of consumer mediocrity, they?ll need a product that truly performs while being aggressively priced. 

We?ve heard this claim over and over again – so stay tuned for more as we check a pair out on the show floor at CES 2014!


Press Release:

(Westlake Village, CA ? January 6, 2014) Blue, best known as a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, today starts the rebellion against headphone convention. Where digital music technology has advanced, headphones have lagged behind.

We?ve seen dramatic advances in the quality and convenience of digital music, yet headphones ?designed specifically to bring us closer to sound? have failed to bridge the gap from hi-fi to mobile. The masses have come to widely accept compromises in their headphones, settling for mobility instead of high fidelity, raw volume instead of powerful accuracy and loud bass over good bass. Headphones are the last barrier between us and the audio trapped in our digital devices. What if we liberated our music from overhyped lo-fi to true mobile hi-fi? We can. That?s Mo-Fi, true mobile high-fidelity. Blue is offering the first sneak peek at CES 2014.

Headphone is lo-fi. Mo-Fi is sci-fi. ?The market is plenty crowded with lo-fi headphones for our mobile devices. But classic hi-fi headphones are too power hungry for our mobile devices. We are ready for the next innovation in headphones and the market is ready now too,? said John Maier, CEO of Blue. ?We set out to do what no one else is doing: to end the compromise music lovers make when they listen on their mobile devices. In the past, the headphone industry has approached this compromise with clever workarounds, but we simply went ahead and solved it. We?re prepared to unleash Mo-Fi, true mobile high-fidelity.?

Headphone doesn?t know Jack. Mo-Fi knows them all. Incorporating Blue?s passion, innovation, and 20 years of audio expertise, Mo-Fi will introduce the ability to transform every track on any device. Whether you?re in your listening room plugged into a hi-fi receiver, at your desk in front of your laptop, or listening on the commute in between, Mo-Fi is the end of sacrifice.

Mo-Fi ends the tyranny of headphone compromises, ushering in genuine innovation for the new way we listen. There are over 20 billion tracks waiting to be unleashed on mobile devices, and Mo-Fi is coming to liberate them. Set yourself and your music free.