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Published on February 9th, 2021 | by The GC Team

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Ausounds launches wireless ANC neckband earphones in UK

Ausounds, the audiophile company based in Los Angeles, has brought its flagship audiophile earphone model, the AU-Flex ANC, to the UK. These noise-cancelling neckband earphones, featuring planar magnetic drivers, have received a CES Innovations Award in the US.

The bespoke planar magnetic drivers deliver high resolution through mid and high frequencies thanks via the relatively large (8mm) membrane driver surface suspended between a dual magnet opposing motor system. This creates “accurate and articulate musical reproduction” in the critical vocal frequency range, extending up to deliver realistic instrument performance. The planar magnetic driver crosses over to a traditional 10mm dynamic driver for low frequencies that “has been explicitly designed to deliver outstanding bass richness and depth.”

Ausounds’ advanced ANC system is designed to have minimum influence on the headphone/earphone’s frequency response to retain faithfulness to the source music whether the ANC is switched on or off.

Using Sony’s LDAC audio technology the AU-Flex ANC “offers the cleanest uncompressed wireless connectivity,” with up to three times the data transmission rate of basic Bluetooth wireless technology (990kbps vs 328kbps). LDAC operates without any down-conversion of Hi-Res Audio content up to a maximum bit depth and frequency range of 96 kHz/24 bit.

The unit comes supplied with silicone ear tips in three sizes, and soft rubber ear hooks for maximum long-use comfort. It is IPX5 waterproof to cope with sweat, and to allow cleaning with a gentle water spray.

Intelligent magnetic clasps with an auto-pause function allow easy stop and start, and facilitate answering phone calls. The neckband design offers space for higher capacity batteries than Ausounds’ True Wireless earphones, delivering 10 hours playback from a single charge with ANC switched on, extending to an ‘all-night-long’ 15 hours with ANC off.

The Ausounds AU-Flex is available now, priced around £229.95.


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