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Cleer ALPHA Intelligent Adaptive ANC Headphones Offer Dirac Virtuo

The Cleer Audio Alpha Intelligent Adaptive ANC Wireless Headphones might actually be really, really different.

Woman wearing Cleer Audio Alpha Wireless ANC Headphones in Stone

If you don’t think the wireless headphone category is going to hit $27B by 2027, you are clearly not paying attention. Wireless ANC headphones are practically falling from the sky right now (air passenger behavior is out of control) and the number of new product announcements coming at CES 2022 is going to keep us writing for days.

Cleer Audio doesn’t generate a lot of buzz in the Head-Fi forums but our recent reviews of Enduro ANC and Ally Plus II would suggest that the brand is making a number of quality products right now. Cleer Audio have announced its next generation wireless Intelligent Bluetooth Adaptive Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, the award-winning ALPHA.

Cleer Audio Alpha Wireless ANC Headphones in Midnight Blue and Stone
Cleer ALPHA in midnight blue (left) and stone (right)

The new Cleer ALPHA was recently awarded a prestigious 2022 CES Innovations Honoree Award, honoring its outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products, by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The ALPHA wireless intelligent noise-cancelling headphone revolutionizes music pleasure on the go with spatial audio, and industry-leading Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation.

With Cleer’s patented award-winning 40mm Ironless Driver, Bluetooth 5.1 connection, Qualcomm’s cVc 2-mic solution, and 35-hours of playback in ANC mode, the Cleer Audio Alpha might be one of those sleeper products that you need to consider.

On the daily outing, ALPHA’s adaptive noise cancellation function and upgraded earpads with a cooling feature significantly improve the users’ wearing comfort. The ALPHA is an advanced personalized lifestyle product, more than just a headphone.

Patrick Huang, President and CEO at Cleer, says: “The ALPHA is like no other headphone with its spatial immersive audio, adaptive ANC and Cleer+ App customization. It is a brilliant headphone like no other.”

Our Headphones Editor is going to put that claim to the test in early January.

ALPHA includes:

  • Adaptive Active Noise Cancelling (A-ANC)
  • Spatial Audio with Dirac VirtuoTM Immersive Sound
  • Cleer+ App, User Interface 
  • Class leading Battery Life with quick-charge feature

Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation (AANC)

Adaptive ANC automatically changes the levels of noise cancellation on its own, detecting changes in the frequency of sound coming at the listener and adapting in real-time for the best possible performance.

While others offer their variations of this feature, Cleer’s focus on simplicity in execution while optimizing the technology by introducing a 24-bit, low-power stereo CODEC based on a one-bit delta-sigma modulation to support an adaptive approach to noise suppression.

It focuses on addressing needs in different listening environments, while maintaining an open and crystal-clear audio performance. 

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Man wearing Cleer Audio Alpha Wireless ANC Headphones in Midnight Blue

Dirac Virtuo

Dirac’s patented algorithms deliver a compelling sound experience without complicated and expensive hardware upgrades. Optimal and immersive audio without requiring specifically encoded 3D formats.

Dirac onboard offers a faster, easier, and more cost-efficient path to perfect signature sound. Their tuning system and technology yield incredible performance with lower lows, higher highs, and a mid-range so thick you can feel it. This is high-precision and transparent spatial audio.”

Cleer+ App, User Interface

Advanced simplicity was applied to the interface with reduced buttons, swipe/touch control and smart assistants built in. With swipe controls and Cleer+ app, consumers have additional ways to control and optimize their experience.

The Cleer+ app allowed our designers to reduce button count, eliminating a cluttered button cluster that led to errant button presses. The app also allows users to optimize headphones performance for both sound and noise cancellation features.

Man wearing Cleer Audio Alpha Wireless ANC Headphones in Stone

Class leading battery life

Engineers focused on low power consumption chipsets and software management to extend the lithium polymer battery life to 35 hours of playback while the noise cancellation feature is activated.

If the consumer needs a little extra battery to get them to their destination, we’ve included a quick charge feature that replenishes the battery by 4.5 hours with a quick 10-minute charge when leveraging the USB-C charging port. This extended battery life provides assurance that the user will not run out of battery during their trip. 

Price & Availability

Cleer ALPHA are available now for $249.99 $219.99 at clearaudio.com and Amazon in midnight blue or stone.

Stay tuned for our review coming early 2022.

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