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Sennheiser announces world's first truly wireless headphones

Twin earbuds, travel charger and CD-quality wireless transmitter to retail for $600

Audiophiles keen to travel that little bit lighter can look forward to a treat this May. Sennheiser are releasing the MX W1, a high-end headphone set that’s completely free of wires- for the first time ever in commercial audio, each earbud will be a standalone unit.

The set will retail for $600 and consist of the earbuds, a matchbook-sized transmitter unit that produces CD quality sound, and a travel charger that will recharge both earbuds’ five hour battery life in 15 minutes.

The transmitter uses ‘Kleer’ wireless technology, which uses very low latencies to produce interference-free, high quality transmissions which use five to ten times less battery power than Bluetooth.

Up to four earbuds (two pairs) can receive the signal from the transmitter unit simultaneously, from a range of up to 30 feet.

Levant Gun, President and CEO of Kleer, said: “For over 60 years, Sennheiser has been at the forefront of its industry. As the first OEM to bring to market true wireless, CD-quality stereo earphones, the company is demonstrating once again why Sennheiser is heralded world-wide as a visionary and an expert in delivering high-quality acoustics products.

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