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Creative Debuts Two ANC Headphones

Milpitas, Calif. –
Creative Technology unveiled two active noise-canceling headphones on

The HN-900 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, with an noise reduction level of
-18dB and impedance of 290 ohms.

The HN-900 are currently
available for $99.99.

The second model, the Aurvana
X-Fi 2, 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. When all of the technologies are employed, operating time is listed
at nine hours on two AAA batteries. The Aurvana X-Fi 2 will also operate in
passive mode when the batteries die.

Frequency response is
listed at 20Hz to 20kHz; noise reduction level is 20dB, and impedance is 450
ohms when on and 72 ohms when off. They will be available this month for $199.