If someone decided to make a comic rating of the "essentials" of a modern person, the headphones would be placed somewhere in the top five, right behind the smartphone, chewing gum and the Internet. Some of us spend almost half of our daytime listening to music (and some even forget to take off our headphones before going to bed and fall asleep in them). The motto "My music is always with me", as one famous Russian artist sang, is, of course, great, but ENT specialists all over the world have been saying for several years now: excessive use of loud sound is harmful to your health.
Particularly for in-channel models - "plugs", as the people say. Due to the nature of their structure, they create not particularly useful pressure on the membranes, which can reduce the sensitivity of hearing.
If you begin to notice that the comfortable volume level in your smartphone has inexplicably increased by a couple of divisions over the past few years, or are simply afraid of possible problems with one of the most important senses, you should pay attention to EDGE, another promising project with Indiegogo.
The most curious thing is that it is not just another Silicon Valley startup that is behind its development, but the Japanese company Nakamichi. In the 80s, this brand was synonymous with quality for many audiophiles, and Nakamichi tape recorders were famous all over the world. After the film technique ceased to be of interest to buyers (CD-disks came into fashion), the Japanese gave up their positions and for a long time things were going smoothly. But judging by what they came up with for EDGE, the company has not lost its fuse.
The main feature of these wireless earbuds is built-in artificial intelligence. He has no name, and it will not work to communicate with him, but he knows how to adjust the character of the EDGE sound depending on the characteristics of the composition. Roughly speaking, headphones listen to music together with you and in real time can, for example, “touch up” vocals in pop compositions, add “guitars” in rock, or add bass in “electronic” and hip-hop.
The second important function of AI is that it will protect your hearing. If you listen to some grindcore at high volume for a long time, the headphones will notice this and automatically lower it. The function is actually useful - over time, the ears get used to excessive pressure: the feeling of discomfort disappears, but the harmful effect remains. EDGE cannot be fooled in this regard.
But no matter how sophisticated the functionality of headphones is, they are used primarily for listening to music, so the sound quality is still the most important parameter. The Japanese claim to have developed unique speakers capable of delivering the finest song details with "crystal clarity." It is reported that the level of sound distortion, the amount of unwanted noise and "artifacts" in EDGE is three times lower than that of conventional speakers.
As is usually the case with headphones, the description may not say anything, but the selected representatives of the press featured in the video on the campaign page (editors of the technology headings Forbes and Android Authority) speak warmly about the sound: they note good readability of all frequencies and a wide sound stage.
There is also noise reduction - two microphones measure the level of ambient noise, but the same AI dampens them. The design is a little disappointing - it is rather boring, despite the high quality of the materials used. But the battery life is enough for 16 hours of playback - a very decent result.
You can pre-order the Nakamichi EDGE on the Indiegogo page. Cost - $ 169, delivery is scheduled for August.>