First noise cancelling headphones that use the iPhone Lightning connector announced

Gadgets, music

Philips has today announced a new pair of noise cancelling headphones that, in what is believed to be a first, are both noise cancelling and plug into the Lightning port on the bottom of an iPhone – meaning that it doesn’t need a separate battery.


The Philips Fidelio NC1L is capable of 24 bit Digital to Analogue Conversion, amplification and Philips points out that the noise cancellation takes place in the headphones themselves – meaning that you should get good quality sound going directly into your ears.

The headphones apparently includes three modes:

-Active Noise Cancelling – for fully immersive noise cancellation
-Open-ear listening – lets in ambient noise so that you can hear what’s going on around you when using the headphones
-Natural voice – a calibrated level of Active Noise Cancellation to enable a more natural and comfortable experience when making calls using the built-in mic

Similarly, the ‘phones should please audio nerds. Philips says that:

“The Philips Fidelio NC1L headphones use a hybrid Active Noise Cancellation approach, with four microphones detecting ambient noise before inverting the signal, effectively cancelling it out and converting background noise to silence. Two ‘FeedBackward’ microphones positioned next to the headphone drivers provide strong noise cancellation at low frequencies, whilst the two ‘FeedForward’ microphones positioned on the outside of the headphone extend the bandwidth of noise cancellation into the mid and high frequencies.

“A full chain of audiophile-grade components – coupled with perfectly tuned high-bandwidth and high-precision neodymium drivers – ensures a truly exceptional sound experience on the go. Compact fully foldable and lightweight, the headphones’ memory foam ear pads are designed to provide an ergonomic fit, great comfort and breathability – ensuring you can continue to enjoy the sound the headphones deliver, even over the long haul.”

The NC1L will be launching in Western Europe this spring for €299.

James O’Malley
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