One week after the presentation of the Nothing ear (2), the manufacturer has confirmed some of its features.
The case is heard. On March 22 at 4 pm, Nothing will officially unveil its next wireless in-ear headphones, Nothing ear (2). While the British manufacturer has been facing several waves of leaks for a few days, its founder, Carl Pei, has decided to take control.
In an interview with the American magazine Forbes, the former OnePlus leader decided to provide some information about his future wireless headphones. Enough to give some information a week before the launch, but also to publicize these headphones that promise to be more exclusive than the first version, the Nothing ear (1).
In fact, as Carl Pei points out, the Nothing ear (2) will noticeably benefit from better protection against water and dust with an IP54 certification for the earphones themselves. He recalls that the first generation already benefited from an IPX4 protection index. Against splashes, sweat or rain, the new version should offer the same level of protection. On the other hand, the Nada ear (2) should be better equipped against dust. In addition, Carl Pei indicates that he has used a new injection method in which either black, white or transparent plastic can be used. Besides the design,this improved manufacturing allows to reduce the spaces between the elements, which will improve the sealing of the headphones, now with IP54 certification“, he says.
A new codec for high-resolution sound
In addition, the founder of Nothing also revealed an indication about the codecs supported by Nothing ear (2). In addition to the classic AAC and SBC Bluetooth audio codecs, already supported by the first generation, the new headphones will benefit from a high-definition codec: “Sound quality is very important to us in the ear (2). We decided to offer LHDC 5.0 codec and Hi-Res Audio. Therefore, we will be compatible with any certified hi-res music source.».
If the LHDC codec is less popular than aptX or LDAC (automatically integrated into all Android smartphones), it is nevertheless supported by various smartphone manufacturers. This is particularly the case for Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, OnePlus or Huawei, but also for the first smartphone from the British manufacturer, the Nothing phone (1), since an update dated September 2022. On the other hand, Samsung, Google , Vivo or Apple do not offer any LHDC support on their smartphone.
The LHDC 5.0 codec, like the LDAC codec, is certified for Hi-Res Audio. It thus offers not only reduced latency, but also a bandwidth that adapts depending on the stability of the signal between 400, 560 or 990 kbps. The codec also allows a 24-bit sound file to be transmitted up to 96 kHz.
We’ll find out more about the Nothing (2) ear during its official unveiling scheduled for March 22 at 4:00 p.m. Paris time.
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