CES 2018 marked the occasion for headphone brand Cleer to expand its product category offerings to include its first Virtual Reality headset – VISTA – and also herald its entry into the smart home speaker arena with the SPACE. The company also made introductions in its core product category of headphones.
The $349.99 VISTA all-in-one VR HMD (head-mounted display) uses Qualcomm’s high-performing/low-power-consuming Snapdragon 820 processor and features AMOLED display technology with a 90Hz refresh rate; it provides up to three hours’ playback on a single quick charge of its Lithium-ion battery, and is outfitted with what Cleer said is a premium in-ear headphone – the headset benefiting from the company’s legacy of headphone production. It’s lightweight and of “breathable” design for extended viewing sessions, said the company, and carries a 32GB onboard memory and also SD card support that extends capacity up to another 256GB.
The Cleer SPACE smart home Wi-Fi/Bluetooth audio speaker ($249.99) is configured to mimic the effects of a 7.1-channel speaker matix, boasting 55 watts of power with digital signal processing; seven drivers occupy the speaker’s base. The SPACE is designed to afford directional and 360-degree sound, and provides intelligent voice control via Alexa Voice Service support and advanced echo cancellation. Further, it can be used in multiples for multi-room use.
In headphones, some introductions were:
- The FLOW wireless hybrid noise-canceling on-ear headphones ($279.99; July availability), offering up to 30dB of noise suppression, said Cleer’s Claude Schmidt, director of marketing. It is Hi-Res Audio-certified and its technology is based on the Qualcomm CSR8675 Bluetooth Audio System on Chips (SoC). It also features an Ambient Mode, to cut out extraneous noise when having a conversation.
- The ALLY true wireless earphones with Alexa Voice Service; featuring four-hour battery life and rated a s IPX5 water-resistant.
- The EDGE Voice Smart Sports Bluetooth headphones with Alexa Voice Service, which also fetures a heart rate monitor and provides coaching cues; it is IPX5-rated as well and offers six hours of battery life with five-minute quick-charge capability that yields an hour of additional playback time.
- The TREK in-ear noise-cancelling earphones, using 12mm Neodymium-embedded diaphragms and designed in a C-shape for comfort and a secure fit ($149.99; March).