The company behind the $ 399 value of Nuraphone Bluetooth Hearing Corrected Headphones has developed a new gaming microphone accessory that allows the wireless headphones to be effectively cabled. The microphone is priced at $ 49.99 – on top of the slightly high cost of the nuraphone. However, the headphones can be plugged into anything that accepts a 3.5mm jack, so they can be used with PCs, Macs, mobile devices, the Nintendo Switch, and modern console controllers.
The microphone attachment is as easy as it sounds. The flexible boom microphone plugs into a proprietary connector on the underside of the nuraphone's right auricle. This means you cannot use it with any other headphones. Part of the long cord is an in-line remote control with volume controls and a microphone mute switch. Once plugged in (and after you've updated the Nuraphone app) the bluetooth headphones effectively become a wired gaming headset. But that's a little too little.
For this wired mode, the nuraphones use the same unique hearing profile that is active when you are connected to a phone via Bluetooth. With this new functionality made possible by an app update, Nura wants to make its Nuraphone a solid option for gamers. The profile should show its strengths and compensate for any hearing impairments. You should also be able to chat with your friends. A bit of active noise cancellation kicks in when you plug it in too.
After my brief experience with both the nuraphone and the microphone attachment, I think the accessories are a breeze for anyone who has already bought headphones. The sound performance is very punchy yet balanced, and the microphone works exactly as I hoped it would. I haven't spent enough time with the nuraphone or new accessories to judge if they make a huge difference in a wide variety of games, despite the fact that Control took full advantage of the amazing audio design. It wasn't illuminating at first, but I enjoyed the experience.
As to whether you should raise $ 399 on the Nuraphone to get this attachment, I'll refer to my colleague Jake Kastrenakes' 2017 review. Granted, the Nuraphone has had some additional features and improved performance since then, so the review might not quite reflect what it's like to use them today. Today's new accessory marks another instance of the team adding a welcome update to its headphones, but this time priced at $ 49.
Nura isn't the only company that brings out accessories to make their headphones more attractive to gamers. Bose recently unveiled its QC 35 II gaming headset, which adds a wired microphone to its noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones for a total of $ 329.