Human Headphones Look Strange, but Packed with Features

Over ear cans without the headband?

I’ve come across some interesting things on the Internet when it comes to personal audio, but when I saw this form-fitted wireless headphone design, I have to say I was more intrigued than dismissive of them.

The plastic and fabric slide-over-your-ear-and-encapsulate-them chassis/driver housing is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and the company manufacturing them – Human Headphones – describes them as a 3-in-1 design that “includes over-the-ear quality with the convenience of earbuds that snaps into a portable Bluetooth speaker.”

The $399 USD ($259 USD introductory price) Humans weigh-in at 104 grams, feature USB-C charging, a Cirrus seven-core DSP processor, Airoha AB1528 chipset, dual 30mm dynamic drivers with a listed 20Hz~20KHz frequency response, Bluetooth 4.2 (claimed 100-foot plus range), four beamforming microphones for more accurate voice recognition and allowing outside sounds to be relayed incrementally for ambient awareness – think at an airport or while out running or cycling – (“Blend mode activates the external microphones letting you listen to both your music and amplify the world around you.”) Capacitive touch/gesture-sensitive control via the outer casement for media, telephone or digital-assistant control is also included. Dual 280mAh batteries for a claimed nine hours of continuous use available from a single charge with live-charging when used in speaker mode. An iOS and Android app is available for free download to adjust or run all functions of the headphones as well.

What about the ability to translate languages on-the-fly? (if your Internet connection is up to snuff) This is a feature I’ve started seeing available more and more, and one I think that has invaluable potential – especially for the traveler out there. These cans are enabled to be software capable of offering translation duties for up to 11 languages using the built-in digital microphones. The company touts that this feature works as well for individual translation duties as it does for group settings, which if it functions as claimed would be impressive.

While the design is certainly unorthodox, it eliminates any crown fatigue from headband pressure spots because, well, no headband, but one wonders if the portion of the ear supporting them would become sensitive much like when wearing eyeglasses for extended periods or if the weight is evenly distributed like a mitten and there are no pressure points. It also means they pack up very small – perfect for flights, the bus or train rides.

Regardless, the headphones are unique, the feature set seems capable of keeping up with other higher-end Bluetooth enabled wireless IEMs out there and the larger drivers and battery capacity could mean the best of both worlds. No word on what their bit or sample rate maximum is for file handling and aptX is not mentioned so a guess would be less than 352kbps, which should be enough for most wireless users.

For more information: Human Headphone.

Human Headphones