Getting the right sound out of your headphones isn’t always cut and dry. Messing with EQ settings and volume controls sometimes just don’t do the trick. But these headphones just might. This is our Product Review and Buyer’s guide for the Nura headphones.
Melbourne startup Nura says it’s created a headphone tailored for everyone. They combine earbuds, play mids and highs, and the over-the-ear headphones, which thump the bass. They connect to your phone’s lightning or USB port.
How they operate depends on you. When you put them on, the headphones send out a tone that causes the hairs in your ears to vibrate and produce sound. A microphone in the earbuds hears that sound and tailors a listening profile based on the vibrations.
Once created, your profile is stored in the headphones, so they recognize you every time you put them on. Prototype testers said they heard a richer sound with their own profile, but using other profiles yielded hollow and tiny sounds.
Nura plans to have them ready to ship next year for $399. You can preorder a pair for $299 from their IndieGoGo page. For what these headphones do, that’s a reasonable price.
Because they’re still in the prototype stage, the headphones need some work, particularly with the calibration. They show great potential, but it’s too soon to tell if they’ll be worth it.