With 3.5mm jack now disappearing from most smartphones this year and Bluetooth streaming now the only option to choose from, the headphone market has evolved from being just an accessory to a full-fledged wireless device with features rivalling those of some music players as well. The device we are going to review today, however, is about to take the overall meaning of headphones to the next level a territory that was owned by the so-called headphone flagship brands is now being a disrupt in the way we listen to music and perfectly so customized to your ears Say hello, to the Nuraphone. A product that started out as a Kickstarter campaign in 2016, has now become a mainstream product, and they want to customise the way every individual customer consumes their media. The science is brilliant yet very simple. The basic premise for this is the fact that all of us hear different parts of the audio spectrum differently and that in turn affects how we individually consume the same media. For example, a person who is not bass sensitive may find it hard to enjoy the bass tuned headphones from Beats by Dr.Dre, compared to someone who is super sensitive to bass.
The Nuraphone seeks to level the playing field by calibrating itself to each individual customer’s ears and then providing them with the most optimised hearing experience. Nuraphone learns about your hearing in under a minute by playing a range of tones into your ears and measures the faint sound the ear generates called the Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) that’s 10,000 times faint than the sound that went in to calibrate and is the same underlying technology that’s used for newborns to examine hearing in babies. Based on the feedback generated from Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) the nuraphone generates a unique hearing profile based on your sensitivity to high and low frequency in a colourful spectrum that is unique to you. To ensure that this is not a gimmicky feature we tried creating
On the design front, the Nuraphone is a sleek yet oddly strange pair of over the ear headphones with built-in earbuds, which may sound odd at first, but once you see their application, everything will make sense.
Once you get the Nuraphones, the first thing you are going to do is calibrate it to your ears and that’s where the in built ear buds come into play. The process requires us to squeeze the earbuds deep into the ear canal and we are then exposed to sounds ranging across the audio frequency spectrum. The faint echoes of these vibrations are picked up by the Nuraphone thanks to a supersensitive microphone built into it. This is the same microphone that NASA is allegedly using for their 2020 Mars Mission, so simply put, they really are super super sensitive.
Why then, didn’t Nura just release the earbuds. Well,
The real question
At the moment, we can only store three sound profiles, and while every new test yields a slightly different sound profile for you, the overall graph remains more or less unchanged, giving you a consistent output.
Overall, the Nuraphone is something that is continuously improving and Nura has promised that over time, the device will learn to constantly test the ears on its own, and automatically adjust the settings accordingly.
For now, we would conclude that the