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Stages Hero and Sidekick
Fresh from a major CES showing and having a strong backing on Indiegogo are the Stages Hero and Sidekick. Audio startup company Stages is looking to bring a few fresh takes on technology that’s currently in the audio field and makes big promises with words like “Selective Sound” and “Ambient+ Directional Audio Filtering”. What this comes down to is that the Stages Hero is a pair of headphones that will do active noise canceling and by all intents and purposes, should be excellent at it.
The Stages Sidekick is ready to offer all of the same sophisticated noise canceling technology, but it works as a stand alone unit that allows you to plug in ANY headphones that you already have. It features the same “Stages Array” microphones that aide in providing the user their customizable listening environment and it’s also relatively portable should you want to take it with you to various locations. The Hero headset offers clean styling similar to many modern headphones on the market today and will be using premium metals, leathers, and other high end materials for their construction. It will also be offered in wired and wireless configurations and has phone support/integration with their built-in controls.
While both the Hero and the Sidekick have been shown at CES, there is no concrete release date on Stages’ timeline for the year. Pricing for the Hero is $699 MSRP and for the Sidekick it is $399 MSRP. If you help fund their Indiegogo, you can grab the Hero for $299 or the Sidekick for $199 as a backer and you get a free T-shirt for your support. Check out their Indiegogo page here.