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Nura’s latest wireless earbuds sound truly unique

Nura might be a relatively new name in headphones, but the personalized-audio specialist is already revealing its third model: the Nuratrue. As the mention proposes, the latest member of the family is a true wireless specified( and the company’s firstly simulate without a cabled alternative ). As you might expect, Nura’s flagship automatic hearing measure( for sound tailor-make to your hearing) is here, along with many other features the company has already established synonymous with its label. But with a smaller form factor, are jeopardizes inevitable?

The Nuratrue ($ 199/ PS199) is a simplified version of the Nuraphoneover-ears and the Nuraloopwireless( but tethered) sports twigs. As mentioned, the audio customization facet is present, as is the “ambient” mode — which Nura calls “social mode.” There’s even Active Noise Cancelling and “immersion” mode, which simulates the feeling of being at a live incident. The last two are a little simplified compared to their bigger siblings, though.

The original Nuraphone’s immersion mode delivers tactile bass with transducers creating a sensation of publication and presence same to being in front of a large speaker. On the Nuratrue, it feels more like a bass “boost” feature you might find on an equalizer. Active Noise Cancellation on the Nuratrue wreaks pretty well, but is confined to the social state facet which means they are activated as a duo. This realizes no real functional divergence, but something to bear in mind. Battery life is estimated at six hours here and seems accurate, which can be extended to around 24 hours via the bill case.

Nuratrue hands-on.James Trew/ Engadget

If you were a fan of the Nuraloop, you might have expected the Nuratrue to be universally the same, minus the relate cable. But you’d be wrong. The brand-new twigs barely share any visual or physical DNA with their cabled sibling. Instead the Nuratrue has a much larger, circular form which sorta looks like you’re wearing “plugs, ” but in the midst of your ear. This additional immensity might sound like a negative, but it obligates them easier to touch( for self-controls) and likely helps keep them wirelessly connected to each other.

That “touchability” is important, as, like most TWS earphones, it’s how you’ll interact with them — in particular, for trigger things like submersion or social mode.( ANC can only be toggled via the app it seems, and as mentioned incapacitates social state with it ). In my testing with them the touch was more responsive than most other TWS headphones I’ve tried, specially the ticklish double-tap which I find often requires a few attempts to register properly. As with all Nura headphones you can easily assign different tasks to either slope for both single and double sounds, reaching it easy to have the switches you use the most at hand( or finger, technically ).

Obviously, the prime selling pitch here is Nura’s proprietary audio personalization. The ability to create personal hearing sketches is kinda Nura’s whole thing. It’s a feature you investigate on other labels, very, but Nura’s is the simplest and, in my experience, the most reliable. Mostly, because it doesn’t involve any subjectivity. Merely sounds the buds in your ears, walk through the profile creation process in the app and the headphones do everything else. Most other similar “tests” require you to tell the app how well/ if you heard something. As someone who’s done more than their carnival share of hearing tests, I always start imagining specter bangs and worry that affects my results.

Nuratrue hands-on.James Trew/ Engadget

Cool aspects are … cool and all, but you probably just want to know how they reverberate? I suspect the smart explanation is, that will depend on your ears. The slightly more helpful answer is that, for me, the personalized audio obviously settles the Nuratrue above most of the TWS headphones I have tried. It’s not that they have better bass or smoothed treble, although those would be fair evidences, it’s more that they feel neutral and balanced.

Whereas “unpersonalized” buds may be technically matched on a diagram, I is a well-known fact that my hearing isn’t perfect and thus is likely to be slightly worse at sure-fire frequencies. With Nura’s personalized adjusting, it’s hard to know what frequency curve I am coming, or even if that’s what my hearing certainly “needs” but what I do know is that I like it!

Now, I predict I should also say that I am never sure just how effective Nura’s hearing test really is. The company claims that it uses otoacoustic emissions to determine the characteristics of your hearing. The same experiment is sometimes used to determine cochlear hearing loss in newborns. That said, every time I’ve been to an audiologist( which is more occasions than I would like) I have asked them about expending OAE research for headphones, and all of them ought to have skeptical it can be done on hardware at this rate. When I requested Nura about this, they made the following reply 😛 TAGEND

“The OAE signal produced by a person’s ears is indeed faint – much like the signals of GPS satellites are swooning by the time they reach the Earth’s surface. That’s why GPS-enabled designs of 20-15 years ago were much larger, less accurate, and made longer to acquire a signal than today’s smartphones or even smartwatches. Similar advances in signal processing have enabled the huge improvement in GPS device performance and the quick& reliable measurements of OAEs in devices as tiny as Nuratrue.”

In short, the company claims that advances in technology have allowed for the test to be practical in small-time, shopper devices.

Nuratrue hands-on.James Trew/ Engadget

Back to the physical motif briefly. It might not be for everyone, but it feels very much in keeping with Nura’s apparent mission to do things a little bit differently. I’ve never genuinely experienced a TWS design that I picture has fully cracked it( although Jabra’s Elite 75 t comes close ?), and that’s true here. But, as mentioned earlier, I do appreciate the large surface area for insuring playback or initiating/ deactivating the extra features. Extended wear remains comfortable, and the fit works well for my ears.

If I had one minor gripe, it’d be the maximum volume. It’s not low-toned. In knowledge, for me, it’s more or less ideal for comfy, provided utilize. It’s only that, “comfortable” is the maximum, so when a song comes on that I truly love and I decide that, heck, I can crank this one up a bit before going back to normal levels … there’s nowhere to go. Again, this might not be an issue for you. I’ll be the first to acknowledge I probably haven’t done my ears any regards over the years, but it was something I noticed fairly quickly in my season with the Nuratrue.

In an ocean of true-life wireless headphones, it’s hard to stand out. But Nura’s personalized audio is certainly enough to do really that. Of all the “customizable” headphones I’ve tried, Nura’s are still the ones to beat. And with the Nuratrue priced at least $ 80 cheaper than the flagship poses from Sony, Sennheiserand Bose, that’s precisely another easy highway for the company to garner attention.

The Nuratrue is available starting today.

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