New Listening First Headphone and Headsets from Califone

Califone International, Inc., updated its award-winning line of Listening First Headphones and Headsets to include three black models with a variety of features that enhance the classroom experience. The headphones feature 3.5 mm plugs which are compatible with computers, tablets and smartphones, and allow students to listen and reply to audio content. Other features include noise-cancelling microphones, adjustable headbands and light-weight design.
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San Fernando, Calif. (March 25, 2014)Califone International, Inc., a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual (AV) and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, announces updates to its award-winning line of Listening First™ Headphones and Headsets. The line now includes three black models with a variety of features to enhance the evolving instruction of today’s classrooms.

The 2800BKP Headphone features a right-angled 3.5 mm plug to connect with computers, tablets and smartphones. Two new headsets offer different plug connections. The 2800BK-USB Headset utilizes a 2.0 USB plug, and the 2800TBK comes with the 3.5 mm Califone To-Go™ plug, which enables students to listen and reply to audio content for an adjoining device. Students can also use the new headsets’ noise-cancelling microphones for assessments that require verbal responses, such as language learning tests or during Facetime or Hangout sessions. All three versions enable users to connect with iOS and Android-based tablets (including Chromebooks, iPads, Galaxy, Nexus 7, Surface, Kindle Fire HD and others) and smartphones (including iPhones, Galaxy, HTC One, Lumia & others).

Technology is extending where and how student learning can occur,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “Our growing line of Listening First Headphones and Headsets continues to provide schools and educators with the right tools to deliver learning resources to students.

The new light-weight headphone and headsets come with adjustable headbands to accommodate learners of all ages, and are made with durable ABS plastic to withstand classroom use. The cords feature a reinforced connection and slotted baffles to prevent accidental puncturing of the internal speakers.

Califone is committed to providing products that support the speaking and listening portion of the Common Core English Language Arts anchor standards. For more information on the full line of Califone products, and to view and download the entire Califone catalog, visit

About Califone
Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.

Media Contacts
• Tim Ridgway, Califone, Inc., 800-722-0500 x428,
• Chris Swietlik, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x23,



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