Audio Set Free: Q Adapt Headphones
Designed for hectic city life, the lightweight Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones by Danish audio brand Libratone allow users to opt in or out of hearing external sounds while listening to music. Informed by research into listening needs and behaviours, the headphones are suited to use on the move, at work and at home.
The addition of CityMix – an advanced noise-cancellation technology – allows headphone wearers to adjust the level of background noise that can be heard, or even block it out completely. This feature is especially useful for adjusting the listening experience to suit different environments – from more open hearing in a workplace or on public transport, where a certain level of awareness of one’s surroundings is required, to a fully immersive listening experience at home.
The brand further liberates the listening experience with a touch user interface, allowing the headphones to be controlled by swiping and tapping the ear cups. They also feature gesture control options such as the silencing Hush function, which stops music with a wave of the hand. The headphones simply turn off when they are removed, thanks to a proximity sensor.
With a unique Bluetooth +1 function, two pairs of headphones can sync and play the same music. By adding features such as content sharing, Libratone is expanding further into the wireless audio market, which it first broke into with the renowned Zipp – one of the first wireless speakers.
See our report Products on the Move for more innovative products that put users back in control while on the go.