Bohemia, N.Y. - Andrea
Electronics recently announced the availability of its USB SuperBeam headsets
with twin boom-free microphones and external USB sound card.
Dubbed "more headphone than
headset" by Andrea, the SuperBeam headsets feature an in-line dedicated USB
sound card that bypasses a computer's built-in sound system. The ported
transducer design produces rich deep bass, clear midrange and sparkling highs
that far exceed those produced by the built-in amplifier and digital audio
converters found in most laptops, the company said.
Headset settings are made
using Andrea's Audio Commander software, which includes a programmable 10-band
graphic equalizer. Users can select from a variety of beam-forming and noise-cancellation
settings, as well as make surround-sound recordings.
The headsets feature
separate 20Hz to 20kHz microphones built into each headphone housing for audio
recording without the need for a boom mic.
The dual-microphone array
works with Andrea's patented Adaptive Beam Forming technology to focus on the user's
voice while cancelling background noise, increasing intelligibility when making
VoIP calls, video chatting, gaming or using speech-recognition software, Andrea
said. The twin-mic design mimics the way ears hear sound, allowing for binaural
recording that is more lifelike and three-dimensional than single-mic
recording, it noted.
The SuperBeam is available
in two models, ear buds and on-ear headphones, which come in black or white and
retail for $129 and $149, respectively. Andrea offers a mobile adapter cable,
sold separately for $9.95, for use with MicroUSB smartphones.
SuperBeam headsets are now
available online at http://shop.andreaelectronics.com and coming soon to
Adorama, DataVision, J&R, BestBuy.com and TigerDirect.com.