Published on June 5th, 2017 | by Greg0
Nuheara IQBuds: Adaptive Listening & Noise Cancellation
Truly wireless earbuds have started becoming fairly common- you’ll now regularly see folks with tiny earpieces and no wires riding the subway or walking around the city. But while there are many options out there, and plenty of manufacturers willing to provide a decent lightweight Bluetooth experience, there aren’t a lot of features to set them apart beyond the obvious: price, battery life, style and sound quality. At least one pair has something more unusual to offer!
The Nuheara IQBuds look fairly similar to others on the market, but they hide a pretty major difference- speech amplification, dynamic noise control, and noise cancellation technologies thanks to dual internal microphones. They’ve built in a little bit of a hearing aid, and a little bit of a solution to help block out repetitive noise to help you travel in peace. Plus, the IQBuds are sweat-proof, water-resistant, and comfortable- and have controls on the back of both earpieces. In a nice touch, you can even double-tap to activate your phone’s voice assistant, and choose between multiple modes depending on your use case- like ones for driving, office, on the plane or on the street, and working out.
Originally a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised almost $800K, you’ll want to use the iOS or Android app to make full use of the earphones from Nuheara. By default, they boost voices, but you can modify EQ settings to accentuate low, middle, and high ranges.They won’t truly block all external sounds, and certainly aren’t as isolating as full over-ears, but you’ll definitely hear a difference. As with most such earbuds, you’ll need to be conscious of battery life- they’ll run for four hours or so- but they come with a case that doubles as a rechargeable battery allowing you an extra three or so full charges (up to 16 before you need to top up the case itself). The case also has LEDs to help you determine charging levels.
The Nuhera IQBuds are fairly hefty, and will certainly be visible when you have them in. And they aren’t made for audiophiles- like most wireless earbuds, they do a solid job on rock and pop music, are clear and energetic, but can’t quite hit the low notes with oomph. There’s no distortion though, even at louder volumes, and we loved how easily they synced and connected, even if their range could be a little short. Expect to spend around $279 online and in stores for the Nuheara IQBuds., now available to help augment your aural reality.