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Andrea Ships Boom-Free Headsets


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 builtin
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, 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.