Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:21

Sennheiser business grade ANC wireless headset – reclaim the office

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Open plan sucks – noise, buzz, disruption, and a lack of privacy are meant to be offset by lower rent and costs. Traditional headsets help but advances in ANC – adaptive noise cancelling – and UC certified business-grade communications have led to a new breed of office headsets.

Sennheiser has released its MB 660 UC MS Wireless, Skype for Business Certified (and most other UC apps), adaptive ANC headset designed for knowledge workers demanding business-grade communication and premium Sennheiser sound quality for maximum productivity in open offices.

Its version of ANC is called NoiseGard, and it is a hybrid technology that adjusts the level of ANC to match the environment. Add three digital microphones to Sennheiser’s signature sound (for details of this read the iTWire article here) and you have an amazing stereo quality that allows you to reclaim your personal space.

It has 30 hours of battery life, weighs 227g, has a Bluetooth/NFC connection (USB dongle supplied), 2.5/3.5mm cable, micro-USB cable, airplane adaptor and carry case.

“Today’s open office environments have been shaped to facilitate fast, flexible collaboration. But there will always be times when we need to reclaim space for ourselves – either to fully concentrate, communicate and collaborate in mobile work environments or simply to relax while listening to music,” said Andreas Bach, president at Sennheiser Communications A/S.

“Research shows that noise and distractions in open plan offices can have negative effects on productivity. With MB 660, we can now upgrade the work experience for office workers, help them take control of their environment and create a disruption-free workspace for increased productivity and well-being.”

Sennheiser has developed a suite of advanced technologies including SpeakFocus, Advanced Own- Voice-Detector, WindSafe and Room Experience, to deliver superior sound, speech intelligibility, and comfort, regardless of how noisy the environment is.

  • SpeakFocus technology zooms in on the user’s voice, delivering consistently clear sound that makes it easy for the listener to hear what is being said.
  • Advanced Own-Voice-Detector instantly reduces disrupting background noises when detected, such as keyboard or paper rustling, while optimising speech intelligibility.
  • WindSafe technology reduces wind noise to ensure the clearest possible sound.
  • Room Experience technology externalises the sound from the user’s head, providing a natural, more comfortable experience during a call.

Workers also like to stream music, and the aptX Bluetooth profile allows CD quality with a choice of pre-set sound effect modes – Club, Movie, and Speech. It can also be adjusted via its CapTune app.

Price: $699.95

Sennheiser MB 660 UC MS

Comment

I have used the PXC 550 Wireless headsets (review here) and experienced the Hybrid ANC – I prefer it to other brands as it does what is needed as against a complete block all the time. I prefer the Sennheiser sound signature, and it has touch controls. If this office version is as good (and I suspect it is), then it will be hard to beat.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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