These wireless headphones let you listen to two devices at the same time
One of the best innovations in wireless headphones in recent years has been multipoint connectivity allowing the headphones to wirelessly connect to multiple devices and switch between them effortlessly. The new Genki Waveform headphones take this idea one step further and allow users to listen to audio from two devices at the same time.
If the name Genki sounds familiar, that’s because the company behind it, Human Things, has slowly built up a portfolio of genuinely useful accessories for devices like consoles and wireless headphones. Examples of their ingenuity include a Bluetooth audio adapter for the Switch that was released long before Nintendo added this feature to the console’s firmware and a portable alternative to the Switch’s charging dock. The company’s latest creation is its first set of wireless headphones and, in true Genki fashion, they bring new features that we haven’t seen before.
As wireless headphones go, Waveform Sound offers all the features we’ve come to expect from these devices, including a 10-millimeter neodymium driver that should deliver great sound in both treble and bass, adaptive active noise cancellation using a three microphone array in each bud, ambient sound amplification for those times when users want to be hyper-aware of their surroundings, and support for Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec.
The coolest feature of the Waveform wireless headphones is something Human Things calls DualStream and for the first time on wireless headphones, it allows you to hear audio from two connected devices at the same time. Thus, users could listen to an important Zoom meeting on a laptop, while enjoying music streamed from a smartphone. It also looks like a nice feature for Nintendo’s clunky voice chat capabilities on the Switch, which requires the use of a separate app running on a smartphone. With waveform, users could enjoy game audio and voice chat at the same time.
Like Bowers & Wilkins’ PI7 truly wireless headphones released last year, the Waveform’s charging case can be used to stream audio wirelessly from any device with a headphone connection, even headphones. older devices without Bluetooth. Simply connect the charging case to a device using the appropriate audio cable: be it USB-C to a 3.5 millimeter analog jack, USB-C to Lightning for an iPhone, or even USB- C to USB-C for laptops. or Android devices. And this is where the downside of these buds comes in.
The Waveform’s charging case has a dedicated aptX Bluetooth transmitter inside that can stream audio from a wired audio source to the headphones, but the case can also connect to another audio source via Bluetooth at the same time, and is able to mix audio from both sources and send them to wireless headphones. Long story short: as nice as the DualStream feature is, it can’t be used to mix audio from two source devices that are both connected wirelessly via Bluetooth — one of them has to be physically connected with a cable. .
As with previous Human Things creations, the company chose to bring the Waveform wireless headphones to consumers through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Early backers can pre-order the headphones with a US$199 ($276) contribution, which also includes the USB-C to USB-A and USB-C to 3.5 millimeter adapter cables users will need to take advantage of. of the DualStream function.
Delivery is scheduled for August, and Human Things assures backers that it has already secured the chips it needs to put the Waveforms into production. Given that this is not the first product launched by the company and the campaign has already raised nearly $300,000 ($416,460) with a goal of only $50,000 ($69,410), it may There may be less risk here than with other crowdfunded electronics, but that doesn’t mean there’s no risk at all. Users who decide to support this product should definitely be prepared for unforeseen delays that could push back this estimated August delivery.