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Digital Trends – Tune out distracting workplace noise with the Orosound Tilde earphones

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10/18/2016. Tilde earphones for noisy open-plan offices are presented in Digital Trends.

 

Tune out distracting workplace noise with the Orosound Tilde earphones

 

 

Is a noisy workplace cutting into your productivity? If that is the case, you’re not alone. Paris-based startup Orosound launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Tilde selective noise-canceling earphones designed specifically to help workers “listen to the sounds that matter and tune out the rest.”Citing the International Facilities Management Association, Orosound states that 84 percent of people complain about workplace noise levels and 80 percent say “they struggle to concentrate because of background noise.” Tilde is designed to control distracting ambient noise levels, help you focus on the sounds you want, and connect via Bluetooth to phones and wireless audio devices.The Tilde neckband has a “pebble” at each end with an earbud attached by a thin wire. For most people, the pebbles will reach just over the collarbones. The pebbles have a total of eight directional microphones and controls to adjust modes and noise-cancellation levels.

Tilde’s major features include selective directional technology, adjustable noise cancellation, and the ability to connect in various manners with Bluetooth devices. With selective directional technology, which Orosound has patented, a user can control sounds by directly facing one direction — sound from that direction comes though unfiltered, while sound from all other directions are reduced by 12 decibels.

With adjustable noise cancellation, the user can use a slider located on one of the pebbles to adjust the volume of ambient noise from zero to 30 dB.  The multipurpose Bluetooth connection can be used to optimize phone calls while blocking echoes as well as ambient sound or to listen to full-quality audio.

A micro-USB port connects to a battery charger for up to 20 hours use in noise management only or eight hours with what Orosound describes as “heavy use” with both noise management and a constant connection to Bluetooth-connected devices.

Orosound expects to ship the Tilde earphones in May and is launching the Kickstarter campaign to start large-scale production and marketing. Tilde’s retail price on product launch will be about $320. During the campaign the Kickstarter special price will be about $200 with a limited number available at Super Early Bird ($160) and Early Bird ($175) prices.

 

“Tune out distracting workplace noise with the Orosound Tilde earphones” by Bruce Brown

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February 23, 2017

Are TILDE® VOICE FIRST headphones French?

Research and development (R&D) as well as the design/conception of the TILDE® VOICE FIRST range are done in France. The production of the second headphone of the range was relocated to France. The TILDE® PRO headphone is produced in Saint-Malo, Brittany. TILDE AIR®, is produced in Shenzhen, in a factory specialized in portable audio units. 

What sets the TILDE® range apart from other consumer headphones?

Thanks to TILDE® VOICE FIRST, Orosound’s patented selective and directional noise-cancelling technology, users of TILDE® headphones can filter noise to select what they wish to hear, like the voice of a coworker they wish to exchange with, and therefore focus on their tasks effectively. Contrary to other consumer headphones, the TILDE® range permits the perfect balance between concentration and communication- without overlooking audio quality.

How to choose between TILDE® AIR and TILDE® PRO headphones?

TILDE® VOICE FIRST headphones are made for professionals who are in offices, teleworking or any other kind of noisy workplace environment. TILDE® AIR earphones are lightweight, connectable via Bluetooth, and flexible: perfectly adapted to nomadic professionals. TILDE® PRO is a communication headset with a detachable boom-microphone, ideal for telephony. Its design is customizable, in versions supra or circumaural.

Where can I buy TILDE® headphones?

For any professional purchase of TILDE® headphones, please request for quotation or order on Orosound’s online shop.

Is it possible to test the TILDE® VOICE FIRST products?

In situ tests can be arranged under certain conditions. Please contact our team by specifying your request for us to determine if you are eligible to the test. Simultaneously, it is also possible to consult customer content gathered through the trusted third-party Avis Vérifiés to have an idea about our company and what our users think.

What sets TILDE® VOICE FIRST apart from other classic active noise cancellation technologies?

TILDE® VOICE FIRST technology, developed and patented by Orosound, was awarded multiple times, of which by the Ministry of Research and the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE). 

This selective noise-cancelling technology is the very first to take the direction and nature of sounds (noise vs voice) into account, thanks to a unique signal processing algorithm. With TILDE® VOICE FIRST, it is possible to isolate yourself from noise all the while interacting with your surroundings.

How does active noise cancellation (ANC) work?

Active noise cancellation (ANC) is a method which generates a “counter-noise” to create silence. This “counter-noise” is of the same range and is in phase opposition with the unwanted noise, so that both signals add up and cancel each other. Active noise cancellation supplements passive isolation and permits a cancellation on the whole audio spectrum.

Is the TILDE® VOICE FIRST technology recognized by renowned organizations?

Beyond being patented, the technology TILDE® VOICE FIRST was awarded multiple times, of which by the Ministry of Research, the DGE, Préventica & Expopriotection, as well as the European contest on working life quality, Spark Life. 

Which noise-cancelling functions are available on TILDE® AIR?

TILDE® AIR offers two principal noise-cancelling features:

  • Selective Noise-Cancellation (TILDE® VOICE FIRST) to filter the voice from the person in front of you and facilitate collaboration,
  • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to isolate one’s self from noise and concentrate.

It is possible to use noise reduction whilst on the phone, during video conferences or while listening to music, to perfectly savour the HD audio quality.

What is the performance of the active noise cancellation (ANC)?

The active noise-cancellation is adjustable from 0 decibel (open mode) to -30 decibel (maximum noise-cancellation). You can therefore isolate yourself from the noise or stay connected to your surroundings, with a simple swipe of the slider.

With which accessories are TILDE® AIR earphones delivered with?

The accessories listed below are provided with the TILDE® AIR earphones:

  • eartips in sizes S, M, L in foam and silicone,
  • a micro-USB cable for recharge,
  • an adaptable transport pouch, thin and in tissue,
  • three pairs of colored free loops to adjust the length of the wires. 

Is it possible to use TILDE® whilst in charge?

Yes, you can use TILDE® AIR earphones as they charge.

Is it possible to use the earphones to make calls?

Of course. Thanks to 6 microphones dedicated to capture voice and wireless Bluetooth connection, calls take place with a freedom of movement.

With which work equipment are TILDE® AIR compatible with?

All TILDE® AIR earphones are usable through Bluetooth and with all types of  devices (smartphone, digital tablet, computer…) as well as all operating systems (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android…).

What is the autonomy of the TILDE® earphones?

Autonomy is optimised for a full day of use, that is to say 15h if using both noise-cancellation and Bluetooth.

Which noise-cancelling functions are available on TILDE® PRO?

TILDE® AIR offers three principal noise-cancelling features:

  • noiseless telephony thanks to the detachable boom-microphone,
  • Selective Noise-Cancellation (TILDE® VOICE FIRST) to filter the voice from the person in front of you and facilitate collaboration,
  • Active noise cancellation (ANC) to isolate one’s self from noise and concentrate.

It is possible to use noise reduction while listening to music, to perfectly savour the HD audio quality.

How is the telephony quality on TILDE® PRO superior thanks to the detachable boom-microphone?

Thanks to the R&D embedded on the headphone, TILDE® PRO discloses its cutting telephony performance. A directional capture of the voice thanks to 3 microphones, allied with selective denoising algorithm are embedded in the boom-microphone which:

  • permits to make clear and pleasant calls for the user, as well as his or her interlocutors, no matter the background noise.
  • ensures a confidential call, thanks to the removal of background noise and voices around which are usually heard by the interlocutor.  
  • permits to attach or detach the boom-microphone via a patented magnetic system, in order to adapt the design of the headphone to each activity or place of use. 

How to attach and adjust the boom-microphone of the TILDE® PRO headphone?

The boom-microphone is easily attachable and detachable thanks to its magnetic system. To fix the boom-microphone, press on the edge of the “OROSOUND” removable cover to take it off, then magnetise the boom-microphone in its stead. For a perfect and optimum rendition on the telephony quality, bend the perch so that the wind screen/diaphragm is in front of your lips. 

What is the performance of the active noise-cancellation (ANC)?

The active noise-cancellation is adjustable from 0 to -30 dB. You can therefore isolate yourself from the noise or stay connected to your surroundings, with a simple swipe of the slider.

With which accessories is TILDE® PRO headphone delivered with?

The accessories listed below are provided with the TILDE® PRO headphone:

  • interchangeable ear pads: circumaural and supra aural,
  • a detachable boom-microphone
  • USB-C cable,
  • an adaptable transport pouch.

What is the difference between supra aural and circumaural pads?

A circumaural pad encompasses your ear for better comfort, and the supra aural design directly rests upon your ears for lightness.

Is it possible to use TILDE® whilst in charge?

Yes, you can use TILDE® PRO headphone as it charges.

In which ways can I connect TILDE® PRO headphone to my work equipments?

TILDE® PRO headphone is useable through Bluetooth and with all types of devices (smartphone, digital tablet, computer…) as well as all operating systems (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android…). For devices without Bluetooth, the headphone is also connectable through USB-C or Jack.

What is the autonomy of the TILDE® headphone?

Autonomy is optimised for a full day of use: 18 hours in audio streaming through Bluetooth and up to 28 hours in concentration mode.

Which forms of payment are accepted?

For any order on quotation, terms of payment will directly be determined in agreement with our sales department. Online orders are paid through credit card thanks to secure payment: Visa, Mastercard (the site uses the SSL encryption system to secure online payment).

Do I need to pay the VAT?

Companies are not subjected to the VAT in France. As the final consumer, you are required to pay off this value-added tax.

How long does delivery take for the TILDE® headphones?

When in stock, products from the TILDE® VOICE FIRST range are delivered within 5 working days.

How much does delivery cost?

Each pre-order or order, unless specific promotional offer, is subjected to a monetary participation from you regarding delivery charges. Those charges are specific to the area in which your pre-order or order delivery address is. The amount is stated in the order summary.

How long is the right of withdrawal?

You have the right to notify us that you are renouncing to the purchase, without any penalties and with no indication of motive, in the next 30 days dating from the reception of the product.

Under which conditions is it possible to return a product?

To profit from the right of withdrawal, it is necessary to return the product in good condition, in its original packaging, and with all accessories included. Damaged or incomplete goods will not be taken back. 

How to contact customer support?

For any further request to our customer support, please contact us directly through support@orosound.com.

 

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