Wolfson DS-421D noise-canceling earbuds are worthy of an Iron Man

When Tony Stark developed the latest MK VI armor for the classic red and gold Iron Man suit, he probably forgot to engineer a way to listen to music, but Wolfson Microelectronics picks up the slack and shows off a new Digital Silence DS-421D headset here at CES that appears to draw aesthetic inspiration from the superhero's exoskeleton.

LAS VEGAS--When Tony Stark developed the latest MK VI armor for the classic red and gold Iron Man suit, he probably forgot to engineer a way to listen to music, but Wolfson Microelectronics picked up the slack and is showing off a Digital Silence DS-421D headset here at CES that appears to draw aesthetic inspiration from the superhero's exoskeleton.

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Best of all, it features a special "Aeroplane filter" that removes typical aircraft noise, though I doubt it'll overpower the sound of boot-mounted rocket thrusters.

Wolfson sets its DS-421D apart from other noise-canceling headsets I've seen by letting users choose the noisy environment they want to silence: the General filter will likely be the most common selection, reducing background frequency by about 90 percent, or 20 decibels.

The Aeroplane setting eliminates the low-frequency engine roar you hear on flights, while the "Office" selection shuts up your louder co-workers by cutting off the midrange vocal frequencies (200-1KHz).

Additionally, the DS-421D headphones muster 14 hours of music playback and will still operate as normal headphones once the juice runs out.

Wolfson Microelectronics plans to release the Digital Silence DS-421D noise-canceling headphones sometime this spring; official pricing is on the way.

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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