Superb new hearing-adjustable travel headphones

The Audeara A-01s are comfortable, customisable to an individual’s hearing and sound superb

Audeara A-01 headphones, £299
Audeara A-01 headphones, £299 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

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.

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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. 

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