The Audeara A-01 headphones actually need to be good.
Geared toward producing a tailor-made listening expertise, the Audeara A-01 headphones have been developed in tandem with medical professionals. Very similar to you’d put on prescription glasses matched to the capabilities and weaknesses of your eyes, Audeara hopes to supply an audio system you may calibrate to your personal listening wants.
The corporate has some curious beginnings with its first pair of headphones, having come into being with a crowdfunding marketing campaign on Kickstarter.
The audio startup managed to lift over $450,000 in Australia, the place the corporate is predicated (round $350,000, or £260,000).
With a acknowledged mission to “deliver perfect sound, always”, do the A-01s dwell up the hype?
The design of the Audeara A-01 headphones is essentially understated. The easy black headphones are available in a easy, matte end, with the Audeara brand calmly embossed on the surface earcups.
These are very well-made headphones and each part of the construct boasts the identical premium craftsmanship.
The earcups provide plush padding, with a delicate underside to the band to attenuate the strain exerted in your head. The left and proper cups are additionally clearly marked on the within mesh, that means you should not discover that you’ve got by accident swapped your two carefully-calibrated ears round.
The buttons alongside the sting of every cup are satisfyingly tactile, with the texture of a bakelite radio, and are comparatively simple to seek out along with your arms.
We had a slight concern, nevertheless, with the scale. We discovered the cups cosy – if not barely stifling – and so they shortly warmed up in our take a look at, though the premium-feel padding on the cups and band ensured a superb stage of consolation all through.
The band may also solely lengthen a really brief distance. Whereas it ought to match most customers, some could discover they arrive up barely on the small aspect.
A tailor-made listening expertise
To make clear, the Audeara A-01 headphones will not be prepared out of the field.
Once we first put the headphones on, we discovered that any music we performed got here out in a considerably flat, boring tone. The audio is splendidly clear, however missing a lot presence for highs and lows.
They seemed like listening to a speaker a slight distance away: audible, clear, however far much less immersive than we’d hope for the worth.
This practically all modifications while you begin tinkering with Audeara’s EQ app.
Downloaded to your cellphone from the App Retailer or Google Play, Audeara’s app basically permits you to fine-tune your audio output throughout numerous excessive, mid, and low frequencies – a course of that’s carried out individually for each ears.
Audeara’s ambition is to will let you create your personal ‘prescription’ to your ears, in the identical manner as an eye fixed take a look at would create a prescription for a brand new pair of glasses.
The shortest ‘ear take a look at’ takes you thru 10 distinct frequencies, taking part in quite a lot of successive beeps when you tweak the prominence of every frequency on a sliding scale – very like the blending desk controls in a recording studio.
We totally suggest making use of the longest take a look at (round 15 minutes) to maximise the enhancements to your listening expertise.
We discovered ourselves repeatedly leaping again into the app to tweak the output and see what impact it had on numerous songs on our playlist.
For a hobbyist who desires to experiment, with out investing in additional advanced modifying software program, you may fortunately spend hours tinkering with the frequencies to see the outcomes; others, nevertheless, could discover the method considerably time-consuming.
The Audeara A-01s provide just about what we might count on from a premium set of headphones. They arrive with full Bluetooth 4.2 performance for wi-fi play, alongside a welcome 3.5mm headphone jack for these wanting a tethered connection.
In addition they provide lively noise cancelling, an typically indispensable characteristic in crowded areas or on a morning commute. There is a noticeable enchancment with it activated, although we discovered the pure sound isolation on these cosy, well-padded headphones hardly ever required the extra assist.
Even when utilizing the headphones in wi-fi mode with lively noise cancelling, they need to final you for a powerful 35 hours, with that extending to 65 hours with noise cancelling disabled. You will not be capable of cost and play on the identical time, however the battery life will imply you will not come throughout this challenge fairly often.
The stress on readability, and on highlighting the frequencies your ears could naturally wrestle to choose up, means you do not actually require a booming output to listen to the element on every monitor. This additionally means the headphones chorus from leaping to a sound stage they cannot preserve with out distortion.
The flipside of that is that you simply actually cannot crank up the quantity very far.
The Audeara A-01s are headphones which are designed to care to your ears, and also you’re in no hazard of bursting your eardrums. Whereas the audio high quality cannot be faulted, the managed soundstage can really feel barely restricted in that regard.
They’re actually greatest fitted to devoted listening classes the place audio element is essential – say with instrumental, classical, or pop – moderately than cranking out head-banging rock or bass-heavy dance tracks. These are headphones for appreciating music, not getting misplaced in it.
Even after tweaking our EQ prescription to spice up the bass, we discovered the headphones stronger for blasting, say, Tina Turner’s vocals than the beats on Deadmau5’s Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff.
And we discovered that making an attempt to ‘sport’ the system to regulate this might simply throw our calibration off-balance. Whereas the customization presents large scope to particular person listeners, it additionally requires a stage of dedication and a focus to get the complete advantages.
Audeara has got down to ship ‘good sound’. And for the precise listener, with the precise genres of music, calibrated appropriately, that is what the Audeara A-01 headphones provide.
We by no means discovered the soundstage as immersive as these created by different premium over-ear headphones at this worth vary, such because the Sennheiser Momentum Wi-fi.
However in providing a extremely customized listening expertise, and exhibiting extra consideration to your eardrums than many producers, the Audeara A-01 headphones present a stage of care and customization that’s far forward of the competitors.