Nuheara Launches Next Generation IQbuds2 MAX Hearable Platform

January 8 2020, 00:20
At CES 2020, Nuheara announced its most advanced true wireless hearing buds, the IQbuds2 MAX. Building upon its successful IQBuds truly wireless platform launched in 2017, and leveraging Nuheara’s latest smart-hearing platform, the IQbuds2 MAX combine hybrid Active Noise Cancellation and unique features for personalizing and enhancing the wearer’s soundscape. The IQbuds2 MAX hearing buds are now available for pre-order and are planned to ship in March 2020 for USD $399.

The new IQbuds2 MAX replace the previously announced IQbuds MAX, offering superior performance from Nuheara’s new technical platform. “There are hundreds of wireless earbuds on the market, but none like the IQbuds2 MAX,” says Nuheara co-founder David Cannington. “Not even the big players offer technology so far ahead of the curve. The IQbuds2 MAX go beyond hybrid Active Noise Cancellation with unparalleled noise controls and Nuheara’s unique features for personalization.”

Nuheara redesigned the IQbuds2 MAX from the ground up with its latest acoustic technology, which enhances normal hearing and allows users to fine-tune their sound environment. Nuheara’s EarID technology and Speech in Noise Control (SINC) provide wearers with customization and control over their personal hearing experience, so they can enjoy music, conversations or silence wherever they go.

“We made several hardware and software breakthroughs this year that enabled us to bring IQbuds2 MAX out sooner than expected,” says Justin Miller, CEO of Nuheara. “We’ve incorporated major
engineering enhancements, such as better drivers for improved sonic accuracy and design features that fit more processing power into a comfortable earbud. These are the best smart-hearing earbuds available today.”

Nuheara’s EarID technology uses a convenient mobile app to assess a wearer’s hearing and automatically calibrate the buds to their personal hearing profile. EarID uses the clinically-validated NAL-NL2 hearing test — a neural network-driven system that optimizes the hearing augmentation engine to the user’s personal preferences. This provides research-grade hearing customization without the need to visit audiology specialists.

And the IQbuds2 MAX earbuds use three microphones to analyze and process sounds both inside and outside the ear, in order to support the new ANC features. Advanced filtering circuitry creates cancellation waves in the ear to reduce distracting sounds and in-ear occlusion. With the tap of a finger, users can block external noises. Nuheara’s proprietary Speech in Noise Control (SINC) adds unique sound controls for each situation. With SINC, wearers can quickly toggle their earbuds to the most comfortable noise settings for their location — muting background noise and enhancing focus on their direct conversations in a noisy environment. The ANC working in combination with SINC, delivers a premium dual noise-isolation experience for unparalleled noise mitigation and control.

The new IQbuds2 MAX platform uses a new triple-core DSP system to deliver optimal hearing fidelity and reduce the occlusion effect. The 450MIPS signal processing engine in each earbud, Nuheara claims, delivers “the most natural enhanced sound ever in a hearing bud.”

Inside each earbud, a large 9.2mm dynamic driver with vented acoustical design provides improved fidelity, expanding the response in the bass frequencies, which can be an issue with smaller earbuds. The built-in sensors provide intuitive tap, touch and gesture control for a seamless user experience, and the earbuds are water and sweat resistant, to maximize compatibility for an active lifestyle.

Nuheara’s apps allow full control of the listening environment, including noise reduction and hearing processing. Users can adjust hearing preferences from the app and receive future developments and upgrades for the IQbuds2 MAX.

The IQbuds2 MAX also include the convenience of a magnetic charging case that delivers up to 32 hours of on-the-go hearing enhancement and 20 hours of Bluetooth streaming. Compatibility with Bluetooth 5 offers faster transfer over a longer range.
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