Microsoft Unveils Surface Headphones

Microsoft Unveils Surface Headphones
The new wireless headphones offer 13 levels of noise cancellation.

(CCM) — Microsoft is going toe-to-toe with Bose and Sony in the noise-cancelling headphone market with the unveiling of its high end, over-the-ear, Surface Headphones.

The grey wireless headphones have a large dial on each ear cup: the one on the right side adjusts volume, while the one on the left adjusts the "ambient noise control" — as Microsoft calls it — to one of 13 different levels. The ear cups are also equipped with touch controls for pausing music or skipping between tracks and for making and receiving calls. An "automatic pause and play" feature automatically pauses music or videos when the head set is removed from the wearer's ears.

Many functions such as sound quality can be customized using the Surface Headphones mobile app that Microsoft has also announced.

Cortana, Microsoft's intelligent assistant, is built in to the headphones to offer proactive guidance, read email, or kick off a conference call, Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the headphones.

The Surface Headphones' battery should last for 15 hours over a Bluetooth connection or 50 hours when plugged in to a headphone jack. They will be available later this year, priced at $349.

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