MILPITAS, CALIF. — Creative Technology unveiled two
active noise-canceling headphones earlier this month.
The HN-900 ($99.99) feature 40mm neodymium drivers,
in-line omnidirectional mic and the ability to work in
passive mode. They operate for up to 40 hours on a AAA
battery, according to the company. Frequency response is
listed at 20Hz to 20kHz.
The second model, the Aurvana X-Fi 2 ($199), also has
40mm drivers. This model features three technologies
meant to improve sound.
First, the X-Fi audio technology is said to improve sound
quality and provide a virtual surround-sound effect. Second,
the X-Fi Crystalizer technology reportedly uses such
algorithms to make any digital audio sound better by intelligently
and selectively restoring the highs and lows that
were lost during MP3 or other compression. Finally, the
X-Fi CMSS-3D virtually transforms stereo headphone
playback into the more immersive listening experience of a
surround-sound speaker system, Creative said.
Consumers can switch between these three technologies
and active noise cancellation on the headphone controls.