You likely haven’t heard of Cleer or its audio products. The company is a mere three years old and only just started making its wares available in the UK earlier this summer.
However, despite the relatively juvenile nature of the company, senior Cleer staff have some audiophile credibility, joining from brands including Sony, Harman and Sound United, including CEO Patrick Huang who spent nearly 11 years at Sony Electronics.
It’s this expertise that has been brought to bear on new Cleer’s Enduro 100 headphones which bring an industry-first 100 hours of battery life from a single charge to the wireless headphones market. That’s continuous playback of more than four days. Yes, four days. That’s a whole day more than you’d need to watch every episode of Game of Thrones back to back.
The design of the £170 headphones isn’t too shabby, either, with a solid 282g construction (so a touch heavier that the Sony XM3s), thick, comfortable earpads, a flexible headband and two inoffensive colourways (“Stingray Grey” and “Coronado Sand”). It’s not all good news, though, as one reason for that impressive battery life is the omission of noise cancelling on the Enduro 100s.
The other factors that supposedly help the 100s reach their four-day battery life apart from the (2.96WH) 800mAh battery is the addition of Bluetooth 5.0 with its reduced power usage coupled with the latest QCC3034 chipset from Qualcomm and automatic playback pause when you remove the headphones.
Cleer Audio, based in San Diego, launched in the UK back in June this year, releasing their Flow over-ear headphone with 20 hours of battery, noise cancelling and Hi-Res audio compatibility. The cans featured patented 40mm “Ironless” drivers, shunning the usual single-magnet approach in favour of a stack of rare-earth magnets that Cleer claims results in better sound and lower distortion.
The Enduro 100s feature AAC and aptX HD low-latency support, plus the same 40mm Ironless drivers as the Flow headphones, and will be available from Harrods from early September.
Should the prodigious battery life somehow not be sufficient, via USB-C the Enduro 100s can gain an hour of playback from five minutes of charging. Android pairing is made easier with Google Fast Pair 2.0, which means on powering up the headphones the pairing request should instantly appear on-screen.
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