Headphones with ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) are also becoming increasingly common among media professionals. But not so much as audio monitor headphones for video production (smartphone productions are excluded here) but rather to concentrate better in noisy office environments and on stressful flight/train/bus trips (to the next shoot) or just to relax for a moment.
The market for high-quality, wireless ANC headphones is huge and for some years it has been clear that manufacturers such as Sennheiser, Sony and Panasonic do not want to leave Bose (the long-term reference in Active Noise Cancelling headphones) to them alone.
Sony and Panasonic presented new wireless ANC flagship headphones at IFA 2018 with all the specs that currently have a name in noise cancelling and Bluetooth audio: These include in particular High Res Audio, LDAC, aptX HD, quick charge function and Bluetooth 4.2.
Remarkable about the Sony are also the USB-C interface and the integrated NFC chip. However, the battery life seems to have shortened compared to the previous model.
On slashCAM Bluetooth headphones were also discussed again and again für´s Monitoring. Whether Qualcomm&s current bluetooth standards (4.2 or 5.0) and corresponding low-latency technologies will actually make wireless headphones a part of audio monitoring in video production remains to be seen - we always find the topic exciting.
Full technical specifications for the Panasonic RP-HD605N can be found at here
The UVP for the Panasonic RP-HD605N is 299,- Euro - available from September 2018
The specs for the Sony WH-1000XM3 are available at here
The RRP for the Sony WH-1000XM3 is 379.00 Euro
Sony&s new ANC headphones are expected to be available from September 2018.
By the way:
Not everyone can handle the noise cancelling function of modern ANC headphones. Some users complain of dizziness, headaches and jaw pressure. Probably more a minority but here is our tip: In Ear Bluetooth headphones. Insulating against external noise (with a good fit) is also good due to their design, they are highly mobile and also cheaper if no ANC is on board. Disadvantage: the rather moderate battery life and in the long run less pleasant wearing comfort.
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