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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Model:  RHA MA390 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

RHA MA390 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

Glasgow-based RHA has just announced a new addition to their Bluetooth headphone lineup, the MA390. According to RHA, the MA390 will be an entry-level headphone, though from the specs and photos we’ve received it doesn’t look that way. The MA390 features a flexible neckband design and all-aluminum magnetic driver housings. RHA says that the MA390 will be IPX4 water resistant, have an eight-hour battery life, and feature Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX and AAC codec compatibility. The MA390’s price will be $69.95, available June 28, 2018. These certainly look interesting – we’ll be looking forward to trying them out.

RHA MA390 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones

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Model:  MyTek Clef DAC/Amp

MyTek Clef DAC/Amp

Just under a year ago, we met the guys from MyTek Digital at CanJam NYC. There we met MyTek's Michal Jurewicz, who was holding an oddly-shaped device in his hand — at the time, we only knew that it was a prototype Bluetooth headphone adapter. Today, MyTek made things official by announcing the Clef, which they're calling the "world's first portable, battery-powered hi-fi system."

MyTek Clef DAC/Amp

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Model:  Sound Huggle On-Ear Headphones

Sound Huggle On-Ear Headphones

Some people have no problem with the cold — we see these people jogging through the snow and riding bikes in negative temperatures. That's not us. We have a low tolerance for cold. Trying to wear ear protection with headphones can be a pain, with headbands making IEMs uncomfortable and hats making over-ear headphones impossible to fit. One company, currently in the middle of an Indiegogo campaign, thinks they have the answer. The Sound Huggle is an innovative device that marries earmuffs with circumaural headphones. We received a production sample and tested them out in the cold — never let it be said that we take ourselves too seriously around here.

Sound Huggle On-Ear Headphones

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Company: MOS

Model: Kick

Price: $35

Compatible: All iPad Airs, All iPad minis, All iPhones, All iPod touches

MOS Kick Stand + Tripod Mount

Made from solid steel and billed as "the world's smallest, pocket-size stand and tripod mount" for iOS devices, MOS's new Kick ($35) is a very low-profile option designed primarily for holding iPhones upright for photography purposes. Measuring around 2.8" long by 1.2" wide by 0.35" tall at its largest points, Kick includes a circular screw hole for attachment of a self-supplied tripod, plus a screw-tension adjustable groove that holds your iOS device. The groove is padded with three thin sheets of rubber, and can be tightened around the edge of your device if you want to hold it closer to 90 degrees than on a reclining angle. Kick also has a triangular keychain attachment point and a bottle opener on the sides, both a little on the sharp side for something you might toss into a pocket. While Kick can be used as a stand and does have enough weight and strength to hold a bare iPad Air 2, it's definitely on the fine edge of tablet compatibility, and best suited to smaller devices.

MOS Kick Stand + Tripod Mount

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