Pioneer has introduced Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones can can be connected via the Lightning socket of an iOS device
They are powered by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, meaning no additional batteries are required. The Rayz Plus model is also the first and only Lightning headset with an in-line charging node to simultaneously charge iPhone, iPad or iPod touch while the earphones are connected and in use.
Rayz and Rayz Plus are based on Avnera’s LightX platform that enables the earphones to operate in modes with the lowest power use possible from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Despite its small size, each model contains six microphones which enable Smart Noise Cancellation, a standard feature for both models: a patented technology that scans your ear and optimises the noise-cancelling performance to your ear and environment. In addition, while other noise cancelling products focus on noise for frequent flyers, Rayz delivers noise cancellation across the entire noise spectrum of everyday life. Rayz also has HearThru mode, designed to let in just the right amount of outside noise so you can stay in touch with your surroundings without taking your earphones off.
Next, Rayz and Rayz Plus use the embedded microphones to implement sensor-less on-ear detection where the earphones know when they are in or out of your ear and automatically pause and restart your content. Rayz smartly enters a low power mode and saves you from accidental battery use if you do not put the earphones back on.
Rayz are the only Lightning earphones to support a one-button click to mute the mics during a call. The programmable smart button also allows you access to open apps and to control the features of Rayz.
Finally, the Rayz by Pioneer app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch enables you to personalise the earphone’s settings like adjusting audio EQ and programming the smart button.
Pioneer Rayz – in Onyx or Ice finishes, available from mid-July – £109.
Pioneer Rayz Plus – in Graphite and Bronze metallic finishes, available from mid-July – £149.95.