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JayBird announces ultracompact BlueBuds headphones

The latest stereo Bluetooth headset from JayBird offers a stylish, compact design and integrated iPhone controls.

iPhone not included. JayBird

LAS VEGAS--With smartphones taking the place of standalone MP3 players more and more, it's no wonder we have a proliferation of stereo Bluetooth headsets on the market. No stranger to this space is JayBird, which has been making uncharacteristically comfy sets for the past several years. The latest release from the company is the BlueBuds Bluetooth Headphones, a lightweight set with earpieces that measure just an inch long.

Despite their small size, the BlueBuds manage to integrate a full array of tactile controls into the right earpiece. There's a volume knob and buttons for controlling music playback and call functions. The headset is quite stylish in a low-key way, with rounded rectangular earpieces and muted silver and gray accents. It also appears to be fairly comfortable, based on the adjustable, contoured ear loops and angled earbud arms. The earpieces are connected via a flexible band that is designed to be worn at the base of the neck.

JayBird also asserts that the headphones have a new wireless audio technology (dubbed Apt-x) that allows for cleaner, more-bass-heavy music. Plus, the earbuds feature tips designed to seal with the ear, which should offer at least some passive sound isolation.

The JayBird BlueBuds are due out in the first quarter of this year and will be offered in both white and black options for $129.