Sennheiser has introduced its MB 660 Series wireless adaptive active noise cancellation (ANC) headset line, designed for knowledge workers in open-plan offices.The MB 660 delivers a choice of ANC settings, with users able to choose from either ANC fully on or Sennheiser’s NoiseGard hybrid adaptive ANC, which “constantly monitors the background environment for ambient noises and adapts the level of noise reduction in the headset”.
Sennheiser states that NoiseGard “actively prevents the tiring sensation of being ‘stuck-in-a-barrel’ – the unpleasant effect that standard ANC headsets can create”. With the MB 660, adaptive ANC can be adjusted via Sennheiser’s CapTune mobile app.
The MB 660 is certified for Skype for Business, with it optimised for all major UC and softphone brands.
“With state-of-the-art microphone and noise-filtering technologies, MB 660 provides a crystal-clear communication experience for the user and listener alike,” Sennheiser states.
The MB 660 is decked out with a fully integrated, three digital microphone array, working in conjunction with Sennheiser technologies including SpeakFocus, Advanced Own-Voice-Detector and WindSafe, delivering “superior sound, speech intelligibility and comfort – regardless of how noisy the environment”.
“The headset delivers Sennheiser’s renowned high-quality stereo audio and CD-quality streaming using aptX,” Sennheiser states. “With a choice of pre-set sound effect modes – Club, Movie and Speech – the audio experience can be optimised for different listening situations.”
The MB 660 can connect wirelessly to a mobile phone or via an included UC-certified BTD 800 USB dongle to a PC, with an audio cable also included, allowing for users to continue using the MB 660 if it runs out of battery, with the foldable headset supplied with all accessories in a carrying case.
An ear-cup-mounted touchpad controls calls and media, operated by users with a swipe or tap, while, when it comes to putting the headset away, the MB 660 automatically powers down when folded for storage.
Sporting a lightweight and sleek design and decked out with “pillow-soft leather ear-pads”, the MB 660 provides battery performance of up to 30 hours.
“Research shows that noise and distractions in open-plan offices can have negative effects on productivity,” Andreas Bach, Sennheiser Communications president, commented.
“With MB 660, we can now upgrade the work experience for office workers, help them take control of their environment and create a disruption-free workspace for increased productivity and well-being.”
The MB 660 will be priced at $699.95 RRP.