Published on February 27th, 2017 | by Greg0
Cleer DU Wireless Over-Ears: Dual Drivers Enter The Mainstream
Now that the Academy Awards have come and gone, we hope you won your Oscar pool- and that you didn’t end up losing friends over the last couple of minutes of the broadcast. It was obvious that despite the wide array of technology present, and the incredible amount of preparation, it can take something as simple as a human error- handing out the wrong envelope- to make a whole lot of people unhappy. Technology is rarely solely to blame- usually it’s the people involved, making the decisions.
How does this apply to headphones? Well, at first glance, pairing an audiophile feature like dual drivers with a lower-fidelity transmission method seems a bit counter-productive- and makes you wonder what the people behind the tech were thinking. It’d be sort of like upgrading your TV to 4K resolution when you only can watch regular DVDs. But Cleer’s DU Wireless Over-Ear Headphones manage to make it work, and sound pretty solid, even if we fear that “dual driver” has lost some meaning and is now marketing speak.
These are some of the few inexpensive wireless sets with dual drivers, and for those not closely following headphones, you may be asking: don’t all headphones have two drivers? Yes, indeed, the widely-used label cuts off a little bit of information, as “dual driver” means “two drivers per ear”. There are also plenty of other options out there, offering three or four or more drivers per ear- but much like razor blades, there is an open question of how many you need. It’s an open question, too, whether your average user of these will really notice the difference- many of the folks we asked to test did not find them to offer noticeably better audio, but we sadly couldn’t disable a single driver and really do a true A-B test. Nonetheless, with Bluetooth 4.1 and AptX / AAC support, the DU Wireless sound pretty solid- good enough for listening around town, if not the pair you’re going to wear to listen to detail or appreciate the nuances of acoustic tracks. There is NFC pairing and a pretty impressive 20-hour battery life rating too.
We’ve seen their gear before, in the form of the slightly more-polished NC Noise-Canceling Set, and it’s pretty good for a company that is only a couple of years old. These won’t win any awards for aesthetics, but at least they won’t get their hopes up and have the award snatched out of their hands at the last minute either. The Cleer DU Wireless pair are fairly utilitarian, lightweight and mostly plastic, with earcup controls that are handy but a little annoying to use while listening (as you are pressing and shaking your headphones). Expect to spend around $199 online and in stores (or a bit more for a version with a stand).