Audeara A-01 headphone review: These ANC cans promise to compensate for your hearing deficits

    Headphones with energetic noise cancelling (ANC) are nothing new. They embody microphones that pattern the ambient noise round you after which reproduce that sound after shifting its part by 180 levels and mixing it with the unique. The two out-of-phase sounds cancel one another out, lowering the extent that reaches your ears. This works finest on steady-state, low-frequency sounds, such because the fixed din of engines inside an airplane.

    The Audeara A-01 is simply such a headphone, and it provides a really attention-grabbing further profit—customized equalization tailor-made to your particular listening to profile. It’s an excellent thought, and it really works pretty properly, a minimum of with ANC turned on.


    The Audeara A-01 is a circumaural (over-ear) headphone that options energetic noise cancelling. In addition, the built-in microphone used for ANC additionally enables you to discuss on a linked cellphone through the headphones.

    Each closed-back earcup features a 40mm Mylar driver, and the required frequency response extends from 20Hz to 20kHz (no tolerance given). The 3.5mm audio enter presents an impedance of 32 ohms.


    The energy swap is on the backside of the left earcup. Below it’s a 3.5mm analog-audio enter, whereas the central button above it controls play/pause, skip ahead/again, reply/cling up cellphone name, and Bluetooth pairing; the flanking buttons enhance and reduce the quantity. The ANC on/off swap is on the backside of the precise earcup, together with the micro USB port (not seen right here) for charging the battery.

    The main enter, nonetheless, is Bluetooth—on this case, model 4.2. It helps the SBC, aptX, and cVc codecs and the A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, and HSP profiles. Audeara is engaged on including the aptX LL and HD codecs (low latency and excessive definition respectively), which can be rolled out in a firmware replace.

    All of that’s pretty commonplace fare for ANC Bluetooth headphones. But the A-01 additionally provides one distinctive function. The companion Audeara app, which is freely out there for Android and iOS units, measures your particular person listening to profile and makes use of it to program the headphones with an equalization curve tailor-made to that profile. Theoretically, this allows you to hear extra of the music with out having to show it up. You may even retailer a number of profiles for your loved ones and pals. How cool is that?

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    The listening to check consists of setting the hardly audible stage of repeating beeps at every frequency for every ear (left, middle). Once you declare the check full, the app shows your audiogram (proper). Tap on “Experience Audeara” to add your profile to the headphones.

    The A-01 is powered by a chargeable 1000mAh battery. Happily, the principle energy and ANC may be turned on and off independently, letting you maximize battery life. With ANC solely—and utilizing the 3.5mm enter—the battery is specified to last as long as 65 hours. If you additionally activate Bluetooth and the Audeara EQ by turning on the principle energy, the battery ought to last as long as 35 hours. Turning off ANC whereas preserving the principle energy on will increase the battery life as much as 45 hours.

    The included charging cable plugs right into a microUSB port on the backside of the precise earcup. It takes about six hours to completely cost the battery from a totally drained state.

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