Soundcore Unveils New Adaptive Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones and Earphones

You can wait years for one of your favorite headphone brands to release a few new products, and then two appear simultaneously. Soundcore is the audio sub-brand of Anker Innovations, which makes great cables and power banks. Today, Soundcore announces a new pair of true wireless ANC headphones and a new pair of true wireless ANC headphones, both at reasonable prices. I have tried them, so let me tell you more about them.

The two new Soundcore products are the first to bear the brand’s new “Space” moniker and it looks like they’re going to cause a bit of a stir. The Space Q45 are extraordinarily comfortable over-ear headphones, while the Space A40 are true wireless headphones with ANC functionality to cancel out unwanted noise.

Each new model features an updated Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation system. The company claims that the new Space series offers a leap forward in noise-free, customizable listening experience while delivering incredibly long playback times and impressive audio performance.

Rock Gao is Soundcore’s General Manager of Headphones. He says the two most requested features by consumers are longer battery life and higher ANC performance. He added: “In designing the Q45 and A40, our engineers wanted to offer consumers an uncompromising listening experience, with remarkable ANC performance and industry-leading battery life and enhanced sound reproduction that is perfect for travel. or for everyday use. Well, let’s see if Rock’s on a roll, okay?

The Space Q45 headphones are described as offering Soundcore’s “best noise cancellation”. I got a chance to test that bold claim, although I couldn’t test them on a plane, which I think is the true test of a good ANC feature. The Space Q45 is a significant advance over the previous Q35 model, which boils down to a newly designed three-stage noise cancellation system. The Q45 headphones capture and block out up to 98% of unwanted noise, while Adaptive Noise Cancellation automatically varies the amount of ANC based on the amount of noise being generated around the listener.

The Space Q45’s ANC performance is based on an updated earpiece design. The ear pads on these headphones are right up there with Sony and Bose when it comes to comfort levels. Each earpad is filled with memory foam that creates an enhanced acoustic seal, allowing listeners to focus on their favorite music or movie without being distracted by the cacophony of the outside world.

The Space Q45 headphones also offer a customizable transparency mode that can be changed using the Soundcore smartphone app. This handy feature ensures that the listener can be aware of dangers such as traffic. Transparency mode is also good if you need to hear a travel announcement or maybe even a sleeping child in another room in case you wake up.

Soundcore Space Q45 headphones are equipped with 40mm dual-layer diaphragm drivers in each earcup. The drivers are made from silk and a metal-ceramic material that produces stunning sound across the entire frequency range, creating a pleasing, well-focused soundstage. The Bluetooth circuitry supports SBC, AAC, and LDAC codecs, although it does not support the Qualcomm aptX family of codecs. The headphones can also be used in wired mode and are certified for Hi-Res listening.

When it comes to battery life, Soundcore has managed to stretch the Q45’s performance to deliver a respectable 50 hours of playback with ANC turned on. With ANC turned off, the Q45 will play for a staggering 65 hours, more than enough power for up to three months of travel. If the Q45s run out of juice, they can be recharged and, after just five minutes, will be ready for up to four hours of playback.

For making phone calls or participating in Zoom meetings, Space Q45 has dual microphones with an AI algorithm that produces good call quality. Also, Soundcore includes a mode to limit maximum volume levels, which is a great feature if kids use headphones. Also. The Space Q45 supports multipoint connectivity, so you can connect to a pair of Bluetooth devices at the same time. This is ideal if you’re watching a movie on a laptop but still want to be able to take calls on a smartphone.

Verdict: The Soundcore Space Q45 are the brand’s best wireless ANC headphones yet. The team has done a great job of improving the ANC function, while the soft ear cushions and supportive headband make them very comfortable to wear, especially on long flights. The battery life is excellent and the sound is excellent. Great value for money.

A40 ANC In-Ear Headphones

Soundcore’s new Space A40 true wireless earphones were also announced today. These compact earphones offer Adaptive ANC using a combination of noise-sensing microphones and a passive acoustic seal that work together to reduce external sounds that would otherwise spoil your music. Like the Q45, Soundcore claims that the A40 headphones can reduce up to 98% of external noise.

The Space A40 offers adaptive ANC, which means that the amount of noise cancellation is increased or reduced depending on the amount of external noise being generated. This enhances the listening experience due to the ANC function analyzing ambient sounds in real time, which then adjusts the strength of noise reduction processing as needed.

Thanks to large 10mm dual-layer diaphragm drivers made from a metal and ceramic material, the Space A40 headphones produce powerful bass and well-focused highs, joined by a clear midrange that holds it all together nicely. Additionally, a HearID feature in the Soundcore mobile app can tailor the user’s listening experience by personalizing the earphones. A simple process automatically tunes the headphones’ audio frequencies to match the user’s hearing. Additionally, the app also includes several preset sound profiles. There is also a custom 8-band equalizer that allows users to customize the equalizer of the headphones.

Thanks to a battery life of 10 hours, the Space A40 should be good for a whole day’s listening on a single charge, plus there’s 50 hours of total listening time with power stored in the pocket-sized charging case that holds the earbuds when not in use. That’s an additional four full charges, meaning you could use the headphones for a full work week before you need to recharge the storage case. There’s also fast-charging technology that can deliver four hours of playback from a 10-minute charge. The case can be charged wirelessly on any Qi-compatible charging pad or via a USB-C cable.

The Space A40 have a compact and ergonomic shape. They fit very snugly in your ears and there is a choice of five different sizes of silicone ear tips to fit most ears and create a comfortable fit where the earbuds don’t fall out or loosen. The lightweight design makes them ideal for travel, and the built-in microphones can be used to take phone calls or join a Zoom meeting.

Bluetooth headsets use the latest version of the wireless protocol and support multipoint connectivity, so two devices can be connected to the headset, allowing a computer and smartphone to be connected simultaneously with smooth switching between the two. However, there is no support for Qualcomm’s aptX family of audio codecs, but Space A40 can offer SBC, AAC and LDAC codecs.

Verdict: I had the opportunity to listen to the Space A40 with one of the first headphones. They sound great with a well balanced sound and plenty of volume. What I like about these headphones is the balance in tone with bass, mids and treble all finely tuned. Plus, the ability to tailor the sound to suit other tastes using the Soundcore app means these headphones should suit just about anyone’s hearing.

Availability and prices: The Soundcore Space Q45 headphones are available in a black finish for $149.99 / £139.99 / €149.99 from Amazon.com, soundcore.com, and other retail partners like Best Buy and MediaMarkt. Later in the year, white and blue finishes will be available in select markets.

Soundcore Space A40 will be available in black, white and navy blue. The headphones are $99.99 / £89.99 / €99.99 and can be purchased from Amazon.com, soundcore.com, and other retail partners including Target and Verizon in the US, Best Buy in Canada, and MediaMarkt. in European countries.

More information: soundcore.com

Technical specifications:

Soundcore space Q45 ANC

  • Driver diameter: 40mm.
  • Bluetooth version: 5.2.
  • Bluetooth profiles: AVRCP1.6, A2DP1.3, HFP1.7.
  • Audio codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC.
  • ANC: adaptive.
  • Water resistance: N/A.
  • Battery type: Lithium polymer.
  • Battery life: 65 hours (ANC off) / 50 hours (ANC on).
  • Charging time: 2 hours.
  • Quick charge: 5 minutes = 4 hours.
  • Maximum volume: 93dB.
  • SPL sensitivity: 117dB @1KHz 1mW.
  • Impedance: 16Ω.
  • Total harmonic distortion: <3%.
  • Frequency range: 20Hz – 40kHz.
  • Voice Assistant: Yes.
  • Dimensions: 161 x 88 x 190mm.
  • Weight: 292g.

Soundcore Space Q45

  • Driver diameter: 10mm.
  • Bluetooth version: 5.2.
  • Bluetooth profiles: AVRCP1.6, A2DP1.3, HFP1.7.
  • Audio codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC.
  • ANC: adaptive.
  • Water resistance: IPX4.
  • Battery type: Lithium polymer.
  • Battery life: 10 hours (ANC off) / 8 hours (ANC on).
  • Charging time: 2 hours.
  • Quick charge: 10 minutes = 4 hours.
  • Maximum volume: 95dB.
  • SPL sensitivity: 104dB.
  • Impedance: 16Ω.
  • Harmonic distortion: 50Hz – 8KHz ≤ 3%.
  • Frequency range: 20Hz – 40kHz.
  • Voice Assistant: Yes.
  • Dimensions: 108x108x49.5mm (box).
  • Weight: 4.9 g (each earphone) 48.4 g (case).

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