A good fit for the wireless earphones creates the difference from a mediocre listening experience to a pleasurable one, the difference between a rough edgy sound to a sublime clarity, which was driven by the study of Cambridge’s melomania buds.
The latest advancement by Qualcomm is adaptive active noise cancellation (Adaptive ANC) which reduces the need for a ‘perfect fit,’ and therefore a vital tight seal does not become mandatory in this platform, to ensure splashing out of noise cancellation. Products that use this technology should become easier to use, making high quality audio a more consistent user experience.
“We have designed our Qualcomm Adaptive ANC to help customers deliver consistent performance levels and great sound for the largest possible number of consumers,” says John Chapman, as it is found out over past experiences that consistent ANC performance greatly varies, as the ear-buds are not the same fit and size, and even the consumers use it at different places, thus it is a different output, in where and how he is using the same. While battery life is also usually very important, comfort climbed the list to become the second most wanted feature. Qualcomm’s wireless audio chip, the QCC514x, was announced earlier this year, and now the company has confirmed the chip supports Adaptive ANC, which better meets these consumer demands.
Qualcomm, the leading chip manufacturer, not only intends to improve the wearer comfortably reducing the need to forcefully push and twist the ear-buds into the ear, which can cause real pain, the company says that its dynamic real-time noise cancellation will help deal with unwanted background noise consistently whether listening to music, taking calls, chatting to a digital assistant and so on.
The Adaptive ANC technology has natural leak-through capabilities cooked in, meaning that “certain sounds from the outside world” can be allowed through and therefore not isolating the listeners in long haul sessions, when users will benefit thorugh psychologically in a bit of external sound filtering through. It can also automatically adjust how much ANC is applied depending on the level of ambient noise, reducing the ANC effect when in a quiet space, for example, and bumping it up while out and about.
The Adaptive ANC technology has been included in Qualcomm’s QCC514x audio system-on-chip series, and can already be found in audio gear from Nuraloop, Master & Dynamic, Clear Audio and Cisco.