The Nox Admiral Is A Mean Android-Based Headphone Set

One of the most unique headphones on the floor was the Nox Admiral. The heavy duty set has serious sound and an Android device on its side. Unbelievably interesting.

First, the cool part: The outside of the right side actually sports a little Google Android device. About the size of the average Android phone, the touchscreen will allow the user to increase or decrease the volume, and to switch songs with a swipe. Nox expects many already-existing Google apps to be compatible, which means radio programming like Pandora can be piped directly into the headphones.

It packs a rechargable lithium battery with an estimated 6 hour life, which enables the Admiral, unlike many other headphones, to truly be wireless. It communicates with devices using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and has a small, retractable mic for online conversations.

The Admiral sounds good, too. During CES, it did a Dolby 7.1 test with flying colors, successfully projecting the sound through many points within the audio "room". In a fun perk, the Admiral's 360 earpieces can be flipped and laid flat on a surface to be used as an in-room speaker system for others to enjoy.

The Nox Admiral will be out in late 2011.

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