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Introduction and Physique
Leveraging Strengths For A New Market
Accutone may be a new player in the personal consumer audio space, but apparently the company has been around for quite along time. Known formally as Accutone Technologies Limited, the company began operating in 1995 from Hong Kong, designing and manufacturing telephone headsets for call centers. They have since expanded to local headquarters in North America, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Turkey, the Middle East, and China. Most recently, their UK division has extended their expertise in headset design to high-quality headphones under the Accutone name.
While they have gaming headsets and over-the-ear headphones on offer, it is their Zodiac-named in-ear models that we have so far encountered. One model called the Gemini, is specifically designed for increased bass performance, for those looking for an extra kick. Looks-wise, the Gemini takes on a modern look, featuring sharp edges, rakish lines and gold-plated accents. As far as in-ear headphones go, this design makes it a lot bulkier, which led us to think that they might not be that comfortable to wear. Thankfully we were proven wrong, as the Gemini's light weight made it quite easy on the ears even for long periods. Even the angled design didn't bother us in the slightest.
Given the fact that more and more people are listening to their music on smartphones, and the fact that Accutone has been making headsets for years, all their headphone models come with a built-in microphone and volume control. However, it is only on their top-of-the-line Pisces model that has a digital control unit that directly adjusts the volume and playback on compatible iOS devices. The rest of the lineup gets a simpler type that adjust the audio signal going to the drivers (although curiously it doesn't cut it completely when turned all the way down). What's interesting about Accutone's design is that, instead of the usual volume slider, it has a small cylinder that you can twist to move the volume up or down.
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