Pioneer says enough of that noise, releasing its SP-MJ7NS noise cancellation headsets that go one step further, adding a simulated surround system. The company says these cans can cancel up to 80% of that cacophonous din going on outside your head, and its batteries can keep going for 20 hours while it's at it.
Pioneer meets with some tough competition, the two standouts being the Bose Quiet Comfort 3 and the Outside the Box Solitude headphones. We've heard both, and while neither comes close to reducing 80% of ambient noise, they both do a decent job of reducing constant racket such as wind and engine noise on an airplane.
But do they really work? More after the jump.
The company also makes some bold claims about frequency response, saying it's 20Hz to 20kHz, and brags that these babies can play at an earsplitting 121dB, equivalent to the sound of a jet taking off if you're standing at the end of the runway. Come to think of it, that kind of sound pressure level certainly would be able to cancel out any other noises.
Another important factor in the viability of these phones is their price, which Pioneer hasn't revealed yet. If it's close to the $200 ticket for the Quiet Comfort models and avoids that $350 pricing conceit of the Bose cans, Pioneer might just have a contenda. We'll keep you posted on that, and get some of these headphones for a firsthand listen.
If Pioneer's headphones can actually come close to that dubious claim of 80% noise reduction, they're going to be tough to beat. We'll believe it when we hear it. And that fake surround sound? We're thinking it looks better on paper than it sounds in your head.
Pioneer SE-MJ7NS [Akhihabara News]