ZVOX Audio, manufacturer of sound bars and an evangelist for enhancing dialogue clarity in audio products, used the occasion of last week’s CE Week to announce the debut of its first headphone, which carries both noise cancellation functionality and offers the company’s AccuVoice dialogue-enhancing technology: the AccuVoice AV50 Noise-Cancelling Headphones ($149.99).
ZVOX’s AccuVoice technology works to distinguish voices from background sounds so wearers can better understand TV and movie dialogue clearly, even at low volumes.
The AV50s use two separate microphones that continuously monitor external noises - and then use phase-reversal algorithms to negate, or “cancel,” those sounds, making them suitable for use on airplanes or while commuting. Noise from jet engines, wind, crowds and air conditioners are all reduced or eliminated, the company says.
The headphones are especially beneficial for users with mild hearing loss, helping them to understand dialogue clearly, especially in cases of movies or TV shows with poorly recorded dialogue or extremely loud special effects.
AV50s can be connected with a supplied cord, or can connect wirelessly to a TV via a third-party Bluetooth streaming device using aptX Bluetooth technology.
The microphone in the right ear cup of the AV50 enables users to make hands-free phone calls with their mobile phone. The AV50 weighs less than half a pound, and are equipped with memory foam padding on the ear cups and headband – design features making them comfortable for long use stretches. They fold flat for carrying and fit into a padded carrying case about the size of a paperback. They are available in four colors Black, Rose Gold, Red and Blue.
The company has also brought out the next model in its sound bar line: the AccuVoice TV Speaker AV155 ($249.99). It features six levels of voice boost and a newly designed remote that is water-resistant and has bigger, easy-to-read buttons. The AV155 also uses ZVOX’s proprietary patent-pending AccuVoice technology - an advanced digital processor that analyzes a soundtrack, and activates computer algorithms, when it detects dialogue, that bring the voices forward.