Over-ear (yet in-ear) Nuraphones promise tailored listening

Two trends seem to be shaping the future of headphones – true wireless buds and customisable headphones. And it's with the latter that Australian acoustic and hearing science brand Nura has decided to enter the market.

Nura claims that when playing a single tone to two people, their sensitivity to it could be up to 20dB different. So it has developed a pair of headphones that measure your listening and adapt their sound for a personalised listening experience.

Unlike Even’s EarPrint technology, whose similar claims are based on a personal ear test, the Nuraphones feature a proprietary self-learning engine that automatically measures your hearing by monitoring otoacoustic emissions.

The learning process is performed using an Android- and iOS-compatible companion app, which can store up to three listening profiles. The Nuraphones can recognise which profile to activate, depending on who is wearing them.

The Nuraphones combine an in-ear and over-ear design, which the company calls “Inova”. Mids and treble frequencies are delivered through the bud, while the bass is mostly handled by an over-ear driver that Nura says delivers the sound through your skin.

On a more familiar note, the Nuraphones offer 20 hours of wireless aptXHD Bluetooth playback, feature a 3.5mm input and a USB port for playback and charging.

This technological “innovation” doesn’t come cheap, though. The Nuraphones are priced £350, and available now.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.