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Sennheiser MX W1: First Wireless Stereo Earphones Using the Kleer Bluetooth Alternative

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Kleer wireless technology has shown promise in terms of both energy efficiency and sound quality when compared to Bluetooth, which is why some may find these new MX W1 earphones from Sennheiser appealing. The device allows users to enjoy clear, completely wireless audio from any Kleer-based portable player — unlike Kleer's Jet Stream earphones that are connected with a small wire. There is even a feature that allows multiple MX W1 users to share a single stream. There are no details on pricing yet, but they are expected to arrive in May 2008. Full press release after the break:

Sennheiser Unveils Industry's First True Wireless Stereo
Earphones Using Kleer Technology

Cupertino, CA, January 4, 2008 - Kleer™ ( today announced that world renowned

audio specialist Sennheiser has introduced the industry's first true wireless stereo

earphones based on Kleer's wireless audio technology. Sennheiser's new MX W1 wireless

earphones deliver crystal-clear CD-quality stereo sound, in addition to providing extremely high

noise immunity in the crowded 2.4 GHz band environment. All Kleer-based products are fully

interoperable, enabling the MX W1 earphones to receive wireless audio from any Kleer-based

portable media player. Kleer's Listen In™ technology also enables two or more people, each with

a set of MX W1 earphones, to listen to the same audio stream at the same time.

"Kleer's digital radio transmission technology produces excellent sound quality which means that

for the first time, we're in a position to offer our customers wireless earphones without

compromising our special Sennheiser sound," said Stijn Jans, Managing Director of Sennheiser

Consumer Electronics, Singapore branch. "Kleer's very low audio signal latency, coupled with

extremely interference-free transmission also translates into considerably longer battery life than

what you'd get with conventional transmission standards."

About the Sennheiser MX W1 True Wireless Earphones

The MX W1 is comprised of two sleek ear pieces (untethered right and left earphones) featuring

Sennheiser's 'twist-to-fit' system to ensure a secure and comfortable fit in each ear. Kleer's 5x -

10x power advantage over Bluetooth has enabled Sennheiser to use the smallest rechargeable

coin cell battery in the world, thus facilitating a compact, ergonomically pleasing industrial design

that consumers demand. The earphones also come with a small, matchbox-sized transmitter and

a transport case which includes an integrated battery that can recharge the earphones when

away from home.

"The name Sennheiser has been synonymous with top-quality audio products for over 60 years,"

said Levent Gun, President and CEO of Kleer. "It's therefore a huge vote-of-confidence that this

industry giant has validated our wireless audio technology with an outstanding product that we

believe will set a new standard in wireless audio sound. The MX W1 represents the best our

respective companies can offer to consumers in wireless earphone technology and design."

The MX W1 will be available from May 2008.

[Crunchgear and PC Mag]