LAS VEGAS -- Sol Republic has released a new headphone at CES that's got a creative marketing twist behind it. You see, the company is billing it as a "crossover" headphone and says there's no other headphone like it.
I'm not sure that's quite true, but the concept here is that the Relays is an in-ear headphone that "takes you seamlessly through your day, whether you’re running to catch a train or training for a run." It's got the fit of a sport headphone but also a fairly minimalist, clean design, which, I guess, makes it suitable for office use as well. And other stuff.
Whatever. I've been using them for the last for days and they're not all that different from a lot of other in-ear headphones with winged or ringed stabilizers (Sol Republic calls its stabilizer ring the FreeFlex), but I do like them. They're lightweight, comfortable and fit very securely in your ear (they come with 4 different sized silicon ear tips), and they sound decent, featuring Sol Republic's signature meaty but not overwhelming bloated bass.
They're also sweat-resistant and the review sample I got has an integrated one-button remote with microphone for cell-phone calls (you'll soon be able to get one with a three-button remote).
The Relays will cost you $79.99, which is more expensive than the company's
A black version is shipping now and in February the Relays will be available in multiple colors.