Nuheara's IQbuds Max feature an active noise canceling feature.


Somewhere between Apple's AirPods and medical grade hearing aids, you have Nuheara's new "smart" hearing buttons. The Australian start-up has produced two earlier versions of its IQbuds and unveiled Sunday its IQbuds Max, which it describes as the first smart earpiece to offer active noise cancellation.

It is not yet known about the prices or exactly when they are shipped, but the company has announced that they would cost more than the $ 500 IQbuds price last year. I hope to have the chance to try them here at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where Nuheara will present them in preview. I found the IQbuds Boost a bit too big and less comfortable than the Jabra Elite 65t headphones, which do not have the advanced features of hearing optimization offered by these buttons.

What makes "smart" buds of IQbuds? Well, Nuheara boasts its patented EarID self-calibration system that "adapts the sound – and the cancellation of the sound – to your ears like an audiologist in a box." The EarID calibration system is accessible via a free application for iOS and Android.

With a 9.2mm driver, the company claims the IQbuds Max delivers the greatest sound ever created and the greatest processing power, thanks to a new 3-core On-Ear DSP for advanced hearing processing. The battery life is estimated at 5 hours streaming Bluetooth audio and at 8 hours of "hearing treatment". The streaming audio numbers are similar to those of the AirPod and Jabra 65t drums.

Although you can certainly listen to music and other audio content with IQbuds – they work like other totally wireless Bluetooth headphones – they are also designed to increase the sound around you and keep you connected. for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. For example, they help filter noise in a restaurant so you can better hear the people with whom you dine. Of course, it may seem a bit odd that you dine with a set of big earflaps in your ears.

The IQstream TV accessory.


Nuheara recently launched IQstream TV, an adapter for watching TV that streams sound directly to its IQbuds Boost and IQbuds Max hearing buttons, without affecting the sound of TV or home theater speakers.

Here are the main features of IQbuds Max, according to Nuheara:

  • 9.2 mm driver
  • Active Hybrid Noise Suppression: An advanced filter circuit creates canceling waves in the ear to reduce distraction noise. With the tap of the finger, you can block the external noises.
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing: The use of three microphones to analyze and process sounds both inside and outside the ear The IQbuds Max Triple-Core DSP System offers optimal hearing fidelity and the most natural enhanced sound ever achieved in one ear. IQbuds Max has 5 times more processing power than Nuheara's award-winning IQbuds Boost software.
  • A large 9.2mm dynamic driver improves sound quality, especially bass, which can be a problem with smaller ear tips.
  • EarID allows you to evaluate your own hearing from home and then automatically calibrate the IQbuds based on your personal auditory profile. IQbuds Max optimizes a 12-band dynamic broadband compression system for increased hearing.
  • Battery life: 5 hours of Bluetooth audio streaming, 8 hours of hearing treatment
  • The included magnetic charge case offers up to 32 hours of improved hearing while on the go and 20 hours of continuous streaming via Bluetooth.
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Price: $ 500 – $ 600
  • Date of shipment: second semester 2019
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