A new brand that is audio out of Japan’s NTT is showing off some personal audio tech at CES 2024 that is remarkable not for what it has, but what it doesn’t have — in both cases, literally anything between you and the rest of the world. There’s nothing there!

Nwm (short for New Wave Maker and pronounced “noom,” a representative told me) makes headphones that use a technique that is similar sound canceling, but form of switched inside-out. Rather than canceling out sound getting into your ear, any noise is cancelled by the headphones they make that isn’t going towards you.

The principles are similar: sound waves can cancel each other out them carefully in what’s called destructive interference if you tune. That’s not often a challenge with earbuds or headphones that are closed-back which physically contain the sound they produce. But nwm’s thing that is whole that their particular headsets tend to be more like a couple of tiny speakers appropriate by the ears.

The concept is you don’t have to pop your AirPods out every time someone says something and make them repeat it that you can hear your music or call, but also the real world, so. Great for walking around the populous town, also. Needless to say, the side that is flip this is that the music or call is being broadcast to the world — unless, as nwm’s headphones do, they also transmit a destructive sound wave to cancel any escaping noise out. They call it a sound that is“personal.”

The business features put-out a couple of tiny earbud-type headsets, but at CES they displayed two pretty remarkable brand-new options that are audio. One is a chair with speakers built into the wings by your head, where the sound of music is perfectly clear when you lean back, but muffled and quiet even a inches that are few. The seat is pretty typical seeking a gamer-type one, and also you wouldn’t understand it had speakers concealed inside it.

In that situation, you’ll have actually to both just like the seat adequate to ensure it is your primary sitting alternative, and possess a stance that is leaned-back you want to hear audio, which is definitely not me (hunched over and leaning forwards, occasionally remembering to straighten up, like right now). That’s why I was attracted to their other new product, the MBH001.

The striking design looks like a normal on-ear or over-ear headphone set that had everything but the very middle and edge taken out. There’s just nothing there!

I was skeptical, but I got to try out these early versions, and from getting in), I could certainly hear the sound clearly while wearing them, and not at all when they were off my head.

The while it was difficult to evaluate the sound quality on the noisy show floor (especially since there was nothing stopping it silicone gasket that served as cushioning wasn’t much for convenience, but usually the headsets had been very light and workable — nothing elegant, simply a design that is straightforward for missing about 75% of their mass.

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The company said that the MBH001 is for sure their shipping that is next product nonetheless it won’t be for a couple months at the least. I’ll retain in touch they make it available.(* with them and try out the final product when)