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As The Verge reported Thursday, Consumer electronics maker Philips took the wraps off its new on-ear headphones that don’t have a built-in battery, instead drawing power from the Lightning port of an iOS device.

The Fidelio NC1L features noise-cancelling technology which uses four different microphones to suppress background noise. Audio quality is improved further thanks to the use of Philips’s own integrated 24-bit digital-to-analog converter instead of the one built into iOS devices.

Another nice-to-have: the Fidelio NC1L lets you optionally enable a mode that lets in ambient noise to improve safety. This will be useful when listening to music while on a bicycle ride, which is prohibited by law in some countries.

A second noise suppression setting is available for making phone calls. Because the headphones are Lightning-powered and don’t require any batteries, they’re lighter and more compact compared to similar on-ear headphones by other vendors.

The headphones are priced at $299 and will be hitting North America “soon.”

[The Verge]

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    Yay eat my battery

    • NandoNY177 .

      I wonder how much battery power this will consume

    • Eric Castro

      my active noise cancelling bose headphones last a reasonable amount of hours on one single AAA battery, so I don’t believe this is a sort of technology would have a huge impact on battery life. Also, I believe Apple is very strict on how much power accessories can use from their devices, they are immediately shut down if too much current is drawn

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Yeah this is coming straight from iPhone not batteries when you connect it its just eating up the AAA battery not the iPhone’s these will surely impact your phones battery life

  • NandoNY177 .

    Would be nice if it did have a battery for noise cancellation. Either way this is a pretty near idea

  • Diego Milano

    Does anyone know if Philips has some good wireless or bluetooth alternative for headphones or earphones?

    • Sennheiser makes a pretty legit pair of wireless headphones. They aren’t that expensive either.
      If you’re looking to use your current headphones and the cable is interchangeable, there are some fairly cheap Bluetooth adapters that are out there too.
      I know this is 3 weeks old but if you see this I hope it helps!

  • JulianZH

    $299 so it can drink my phone battery faster!!!

  • Jonathan

    Needs that much power, huh? Bye bye battery.

  • Andrieux Querido

    For that price ill buy BOSE.

  • Nice idea, but for that price I can get a really, really nice pair of audiophile headphones and a DAC. I would guarantee the specs on these would be comparable to some cans like Beats, or as they are known in the audiophile community, “garbage”.

    • Andy

      Beats aren’t garbage, just ridiculously overpriced. Their recent ones aren’t too bad.

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      I have original studios and they sound amazing so I dont know what your talking about.

      • You must be young then because Beats are complete garbage.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        That’s why apple bought them cause they are of quality

  • Sleetui

    Don’t mind me just waiting for some Earphone’s that also support 24-bit through the lightning port.

  • Ian Leon

    Take my money

    • Ian Leon

      Just because of the coolness of connecting to the Lightning instead of the 3.5 mm