I have written a lot on the new breed of headphones that can adapt to an individual’s hearing. We have had the super-comfortable Even range from Israel, then the not-so-comfortable, but mind-blowingly loud and vivid Nuraphone from Melbourne. And now this from Brisbane – it seems to be sheer coincidence rather than Australian competitiveness that two of these wonderful products come from Down Under.
I listened to Queensland’s contribution to the fun, Audeara, travelling there and back to New York and was very impressed. The £299 Audeara is more comfortable, although with a less slick finish, than the £349 Nuraphone. The top-level, 32-point tuning procedure with Audeara seems to be the most thorough of all the contenders in this genre – it takes 10 minutes of hard concentration, but you only have to do it once for each user.
The sound is superb – perhaps not as dramatic or as loud as I like in these products, but that’s just me. The noise cancelling is good and makes up for the quieter sound. I haven’t used the Nuraphone on a flight since its firmware was updated to include noise cancelling, so I can’t say how they compare. It is, I think, Audeara’s compactness compared to Nuraphone that will make it a lot of people’s preferred travel headphone, but it’s a close call.