We’re all doing more video conferencing these days, so Avantree Aria Me ($ 149.99) arrived at the perfect time. This is a desk-oriented headphone for the office that can also travel well. It is ideal for the office due to the smart charging stand that is included. The headphones rest on the stand and charge, giving you one less thing to worry about. When traveling, you can use the microUSB cable to charge the headphones directly. I would have preferred USB-C, like Apple̵
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Aria Me is also great for the office because of the detachable bommiker. This helps pick up your voice and not your home, which is useful for Zoom calls. The headset is quite comfortable thanks to the over-ear design with padded ear pads. The sound is of high quality thanks to their secret ingredient: a free companion app that tests the hearing of each ear individually and adjusts playback! It uses different frequencies that older people have a harder time retrieving. It’s so thorough, I bet it can tell how old I am!
It can also connect two devices at the same time, so you can switch between your computer and your smartphone. It’s only sold in black and it’s a bit plastic, given the price, but Avantree offers discounts on their website. You must provide an email address to use the app anyway, so sign up and get an appointment.
- Robust app to test the hearing of every ear and adjust playback
- Smart charging stand and detachable boom micro
- Works wired or wirelessly via Bluetooth and can connect two devices simultaneously
- Active noise reduction, aptX LL and aptX HD
- Only in black and a little too much plastic given the price, but there are discounts on their website
- Does not use microUSB USB-C
- Need to register email address in the app to customize audio
Aria Me from Avantree is great for those with sound problems, especially if each ear hears differently, and for anyone who wants to make their desk more efficient thanks to the practical charging stand.