Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lost in Music

It’s often disturbing whilst you are on the tube or in public places to have to listen to the constant hissing beat of music emanating from people listening to music through their earbud headphones. However, it can also be equally frustrating trying to listen to music or an audiobook through the same earbud headphones whilst you are in a very noisy place like a train station.

So now those masters of sound Bose have come up with the answer and much more.

First they want people to be able to listen without the need to crank up the volume to compensate for all the other surround ing outside noises. Their new QuietComfort 20 headphones, are their first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. These new earbud-style headphones deliver superior audio performance, weigh just 1.5 ounces and cost a staggering $299.95. However, they claim to be able to block virtually all outside noise, including the ambient. This blocking is achieved by a unique, exclusive digital electronic chip which can calculate an equal and opposite noise cancellation signal within a fraction of a millisecond. Not only is the background almost completely blocked out the sound is enhanced by two tiny microphones in each earbud that can sense the approaching sound while measuring the sound inside. Bose’s StayHear+ ear tips also allow the QuietComfort 20 headphones to create a seal that provides for the passive blocking of outside noise while also ensuring a comfort.

What more can one ask for, apart from maybe a loan to pay for them?

You may ask about those obvious times when the wearer needs to be aware of what is around them. Bose have that covered too and the headphones can also be switched to an Aware setting which allows the user to hear surrounding sounds.

Bose could become the new designer earpiece to be seen out wearing and great for those occasions you want to be by yourself. However the one thing that even Bose can’t do yet is cut that cord between the earpieces and the player but watch this space.

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