Bose, Bowers and Wilkins, AKG and Sony have all announced new wireless Bluetooth headphones over the past few weeks but they may now have some serious competition from something very new and hugely unique.
Nuraphone are the concept from the team at Nura who’s distinctive idea became a huge hit on crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.
Their original goal was to to raise $100,000 but this was smashed with the Nuraphones ending up with over $1.8million in pledges.
This huge backing means Nuraphones are now in full production and available to buy via the firm’s new website – no small feat for such a new company.
So what makes these new cans so unique and why have they caused so much interest from the music-loving public?
Nuraphones are different from their rivals because they feature both over-ear and in-ear technology – something the company behind them is calling “inova.”
This peculiar design allows the Nuraphones to pump pitch perfect sound into the ear whilst adding booming bass, which you can physically feel, around the outside of the ear.
There’s also another unique feature as these hi-tech headphones use a patented self-learning engine to scan the inside of your ear.
Controlled via an app, this process makes sure each user is hearing the perfect sound with the headphones even able to store three user profiles at once.
Explaining more about this feature, nura CEO, Kyle Slater, said: “We all hear differently and these differences are far greater than people realise.
“If you play a single tone to two people, their sensitivity to this sound could be up to 20dB different (7 volume clicks on a smartphone) – despite both having what would be considered normal hearing.
“We have invented a product that is capable of measuring your unique hearing automatically and then adapting the sound to bring your music back into sharp focus.
“For the first time, you can actually share and compare the way you hear – something that has never been possible before.”
Express.co.uk has already had an exclusive test of these headphones and they certainly sound impressive.
In fact, with the bass turned up to full, it’s almost like sitting in the front row of a live gig.
Although they may look a little odd, wearing them is actually more comfortable than you might think and the unique design even allows air to flow around the ear – stopping things from getting too sweaty under the cup.
Our first impressions are good but it’s worth noting the Nuraphones aren’t cheap.
At £349 they are more expensive than the award-winning Sony MDR-1000X and brilliant Bose QC35s.
They also don’t fold like their rivals which does make them a little awkward when you’re not using them and, without a space saving design, the carry case that protects them is pretty big in your bag.
In our opinion Nura has also made a mistake by only allowing them to be charged via a unique cable.
Despite a 20-hour battery life we can’t help thinking a standard USB or USB-C port would have been a much better idea as it’s likely you, or one of your friends/colleagues, will always have one of these popular cables in their bag.
However, all of these niggles can be excused by the sheer performance of the sound.
It really is like nothing you’ll have experienced before and, if you fancy something a little different, the Nuraphones are certainly worth a look especially as the company behind them is even offering a 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t like them.
Published at Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:52:00 +0000