We met with Able Planet at CES 2012 and got a quick preview of their upcoming BT400 True Fidelity® Bluetooth Sport Headset. Recently, Able Planet sent me a unit to test for myself.
The BT400 is an ultra-light, compact headset using Bluetooth for its audio connection. There are no other inputs aside from the port to charge the device via USB (included) or USB AC adapter (not included). After charging for three hours, the BT400 should last up to eight hours depending on which functions are in use: audio only, microphone, etc. When not in use, the BT400 can be folded up and stored in the included cloth bag.
The BT400 is expected to retail for $125 when released in March.
I got a chance to meet with Able Planet and check out their headphone/headset line up for this year, as well as their Lynx Audio® processing. As far as noise canceling headsets go, Able Planet’s products work really, really well. During my demo I got a brief respite from the chaos of the show floor by donning the Clear Harmony™ noise canceling headset. It had clear, perfect sound and total isolation.
Able Planet offers models from $50 up to $300, the higher end being their Clear Harmony™ line. In between this range they have a wide variety of headsets including mics for gaming. Coming in March, Able Planet will be offering their newest line of gaming headsets including noise canceling, detachable microphones and a variety of colors with an MSRP of $125.00 (you can see some pictures of this at the end of the list below).
Able Planet originally entered the market with hearing aids to combat variable levels of hearing loss. This same technology enhances their current lines by allowing the wearer to have variable sound levels for each ear, in addition to protecting the wearer from dangerous sound levels. When a person has two different levels of hearing (e.g. partial deafness in one ear) they do not have to sacrifice the hearing in their good ear by turning up the overall volume to both.
I will hopefully be able to do a in depth review of their new product in the coming months, stay tuned.