Sunday, September 6, 2020

Philips brings three new headphones with ANC

Philips has introduced several new headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC). The range includes two true wireless in-ear headphones and one over-ear headphones. Specifically, these are the two true wireless models T8505 and T5505 and the over-ear headphones H9505.

While the latter will only be on the market in December 2020, you should get hold of the T8505 and T5505 in stores as early as October. According to the manufacturer, the true wireless models offer acoustically shielded housing, which should already ensure good passive noise isolation. The Philips T8505 True Wireless uses relatively large drivers with 13 mm - at least "large" for such in-ear models. There are interchangeable earplugs in three sizes for a good fit in the ear.

Connections to smartphones are made via Bluetooth 5.0. The operation takes place via the surface of the earbuds. Alternatively, a push-to-talk function enables hands-free calling with support from the Google Assistant or Apple Siri. Running time? Philips calls it up to six hours. The T8505 are charged via their charging case (via USB Type-C), which holds three charges before the next socket is due. You can also make phone calls with the plugs - it is possible to use a single earbud in mono mode. According to protection class IPX4, the headphones are also resistant to water. The T8505 is expected to be available from October at a price of 199.99 euros (RRP).

Then there is the T5505, also with ANC, but only with 8mm drivers. The other features are very similar, according to Philips, the battery life is a little shorter with up to five hours. The charging case can also provide three additional charges. The T5505 are also splash-proof according to IPX4. The T5505 is expected to be available from October at a price of 149.99 euros (RRP).

The third model in the group is the Philips H9505, over-ear headphones with ANC and 40 mm drivers. These headphones are also ready for Hi-Res audio (24-bit / 96kHz) and can be operated wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0 or with an audio cable - important for aircraft, for example. They rely on a closed design that is already passively shielding. The battery life is 20 hours. The H9505 is expected to be available from November, Philips has not yet given a price.