Gadgets IQbuds

Published on June 5th, 2017 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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