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New Cleer DU Bluetooth headphones win TNT Award

The Cleer DU headphones just won the Top New Technology Award of 2016, and for good reason.

Published onMarch 3, 2016


Cleer headphones might not be a name you’re familiar with when it comes to audio, but maybe you should be. Their DU Series headphones just won the Top New Technology award of 2016 and if you’re wondering why, take a closer look.

Their Cleer DU Dual-driver Bluetooth Headphones have a fairly unique design that you won’t see on the average pair of headphones. It allows the headphones to rest easily on your head while still providing enough flexibility to fold for easy storage. They’re also made of a durable aluminum so tossing them in a bag while on the go shouldn’t be too much of an issue. The ear pads are made of an eco-friendly leather and are completely replaceable so you can swap them out for new ones whenever you want. Being Bluetooth means that somewhere hidden in these headphones is a battery, and Cleer says that these should last you about 20 hours between charges.

The design isn’t the only reason these headphones are causing a stir.

They also have a few specs that should translate to better sound quality. These have Bluetooth 4.0 with the aptX codec for higher quality streaming, but they also have the ability to stream lossless files (FLAC and ALAC). Streaming MP3’s usually results in a lower sound quality than FLAC, so if any audiophiles out there want affordable headphones to for their lossless files these aren’t a bad option. Of course, that doesn’t mean much if the hardware in the headphones aren’t up to par. Luckily, Cleer didn’t take any shortcuts there either. Each ear cup has two drivers and each driver is dedicated to a different part of the frequency range. One driver is in charge of reproducing the lows while the other reproduces the mids and the highs. Together, along with a built-in crossover, Cleer claims that they’re able to provide accuracy not found in headphones with only a single driver.

If these sound like something you’d want to try out you can pick them up from the Cleer website. They’re available now in black for $129 and come with a carrying pouch and two audio cables with an inline remote.

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