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

Headphones with lively noise cancelling (ANC) are nothing new. They embody microphones that pattern the ambient noise round you after which reproduce that sound after shifting its section 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 affords a really fascinating extra profit—customized equalization tailor-made to your particular hearing profile. It’s a superb concept, 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 lively noise cancelling. In addition, the built-in microphone used for ANC additionally permits you to discuss on a related telephone by way of 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.

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The energy change 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/hold up telephone name, and Bluetooth pairing; the flanking buttons enhance and reduce the amount. The ANC on/off change 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 customary fare for ANC Bluetooth headphones. But the A-01 additionally affords one distinctive function. The companion Audeara app, which is freely obtainable for Android and iOS gadgets, measures your particular person hearing 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 flip it up. You may even retailer a number of profiles for your household and pals. How cool is that?

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The hearing take a look at consists of setting the hardly audible stage of repeating beeps at every frequency for every ear (left, heart). Once you declare the take a look at 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 might be turned on and off independently, letting you maximize battery life. With ANC solely—and utilizing the three.5mm enter—the battery is specified to final up to 65 hours. If you additionally activate Bluetooth and the Audeara EQ by turning on the principle energy, the battery ought to final up to 35 hours….

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