US company Plantronics is planning to launch a range of headsets that will let you surf the net, play games and listen to digital music in your armchair or on the move.
The headsets combine a microphone and speaker with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, enabling intense audio and crystal-clear voice communication.
The overall result is that finally ears get the same high quality that the eyes have grown used to in these days of photorealistic images and 17in colour monitors.
Plantronics will launch four distinct types of digitally enhanced headsets: the Digital Speech Headset, a lightweight, monaural (one earpiece) unit designed for speech recognition and internet voice applications; the Digital Music Headset, for listening to CDs and MP3 music files; the Digital Gaming Headset with stereo speakers; and the Digital Traveller Headset which, while similar to the Gaming model, folds down for portability and compactness.
Each headset features swivel earphones, a noise-cancelling microphone on an adjustable boom, and inline digital volume and mute controls.
The DSP technology from Texas Instruments enhances the audio input/output, while the USB interface not only removes the need for the headset being plugged into a sound card, but is also hot-swappable/plug-and-play compatible without requiring the computer to be rebooted. Audio control software will be provided for adjusting the headset's sound and voice settings, with built-in presets for different kinds of music.
Speech recognition, telephony and internet chat software will be included with all the headsets.
Slated to launch this autumn, the headsets will be Windows and Mac compatible. Pricing has yet to be set.
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