If you haven’t already heard, German audiophile hardware maker Beyerdynamic has a pair of active noise cancellation Bluetooth headphones called Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC that has rather odd feature. It has what the company calls “Light Guide System” that uses different colored lights on the inside of the headphones to help you determine the status of the audio cans. It requires you to take the headphones off and look inside the ear cups to check on the current battery status, Bluetooth connection, and to see which sides are left and right.
It sounds really counter-intuitive, but it is a feature, alright. The basis of this odd design feature is, so that flashing or lit status light won’t disturb anyone around you. Weird flex, but OK. Thankfully, control is on the outside of the right ear cup in the form of a discreet touch pad. This being a Beyerdynamic’s headphones, you’d expect pretty dope sound. Though, as with many of today’s audio products, the innards are not disclosed.
What’s obvious is, it is a circumaural (read: around the ear), closed back headphone. It is also, obviously, a Bluetooth headphone that features Beyerdynamic’s digital active noise canceling with hybrid technology. It can be used with or without ANC and it has this thing called MOSAYC sound personalization (enabled using a companion app) that allows the audio cans to be adjusted to suit the individual listening needs of the person wearing the device.
Like virtually all Bluetooth headphones, it supports speech too and doing so with “clearest speech intelligibility” – thanks to Qualcomm cVc. It further boasts integrated voice prompts in both German and English. And there’s, of course, support for Qualcomm aptX, aptX Low Latency and AAC. Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC promised to delivery excellent audio reproduction, with or without ANC, and even when cable is plugged in. So, yeah, it can be wired if you so choose too, but with up to 45 hours of battery life without ANC or 24.5 hours with ANC activated, you will hardly need it to be cabled.
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Headphones is available in two colors, Traveller and Explorer. The former is now available in Europe, while the latter is expected to be available this month (May). And the price? €399 (or about US$447). Not cheap, but its a Beyerdynamic and so it is kind of expected that it won’t be anywhere near mass-market price.
Source: avguide.ch [DE].