Brooklyn, N.Y.-based headphone designer Ghostek came to IFA 2018 with an array of highly stylized phone cases, Bluetooth speakers and headphones. One of the many focal points at its booth there was the Bluetooth 4.1 Rapture wireless Bluetooth headphones ($120), which use graphene as the material of construction for their 40mm drivers. That material does the job of traditional headphone materials but is stiffer, lighter and thinner than comparable composites, for a better strength-to-weight ratio and improved performance. The headphones are also unique in that they support a “ShareMe” function, making simultaneous listening with another person possible. The cosmetics of these headphones are distinctive, with micro-perforations on the outer portion of the earcups. They are equipped with a built-in HD mic for hands-free reception of mobile calls, and an LED battery status indicator that reminds the listener it’s time to recharge.
Other products on view at Ghostek included the Vivid Globe LED wireless Bluetooth speaker, an array of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases, the new IPX4 water-resistant Fuze earbuds line, which can be connected to sources either with a wire or wirelessly, and the NRG Power Line of Micro Type-C and Lightning cables.