Does a set of headphones which claims to offer up to "100 hours of high-quality sound" in "a readily-portable form factor" sound like the kind of device you want to clip on to your ears while blasting music from that portable audio player or smartphone of yours? If so, ASUS might have just the thing you want, and it comes in the from of its just-introduced noise-cancelling headphones, the NC1.
Noise-cancelling headphones are great little devices, are they not? After all, their ability to mute out most forms of unwanted noise ensures that the listener does not have to deal with the frustration of having his or her audio experience interrupted by any distractions, and this is especially useful under various circumstances. You know, like using it to cancel out the long-winded lecturer talking rambling on about some impractical topic such as quantum physics.
However, the rise of consumerism also means that anything which is to be sold to the mass market has to be not only functional, but portable and visually appealing. And that is what ASUS claims to be capable of delivering with its new active noise-cancelling set of headphones which it calls the NC1.
The NC1 boasts the capability to deliver up to 87% noise reduction, a feat which ASUS claims puts the NC1 well ahead of the competition in terms of efficiency. This is apparently done by actively detecting environmental sounds such as engine noise and railway vibration, and generating inverse sound waves to cancel these out. To ensure that sound quality is not affected in the process, the NC1 headphones makes use of 40mm speaker drivers with specially-selected neodymium magnets which is reportedly capable of ensuring "faithful reproduction and dynamic bass performance in every usage scenario".
On top of that, the NC1 also boasts an astounding 100 hours of battery life on a single AAA battery, even with the active noise-cancellation (ANC) system activated, which, when put into perspective, is "more than enough for six average flights between New York and Hong Kong". More importantly, users who do not need to make use of ANC can simply turn off the feature, which will result in complete battery-less operation for greater battery longevity.
Last but definitely not least, users who demand portability will be interested to know that the NC1 and be collapsed and stashed away in a small touring case when the need arises.
Unfortunately, ASUS did not provide any details such as pricing and a release date, although they were nice enough to supply a list detailing the NC1's hardware specifications.