Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A has introduced the Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones, a new line of “appcessories” for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. They iOS app features with Lightning accessories.
Rayz earphones are designed to maximize all of the benefits offered by the Lightning connector. They’re powered by the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, so no additional batteries are required. The Rayz Plus model is also the first Lightning headset with a sleek 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. Smart Noise Cancellation is a standard feature for both models. It’s a patented technology that scans your ear and optimizes the noise-cancelling performance uniquely to your ear and environment, according to the folks at Pioneer.
Rayz also has a HearThru mode that’s 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. The 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.
Rayz enters a low power mode and saves you from accidental battery use if you don’t put the earphones back on. The earphones 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 advanced features of Rayz.
There’s also a free companion app, available on the Apple App Store, that enables you to personalize the earphone’s settings such as adjusting audio EQ and programming the smart button. The app also allows new features to be delivered to the earphones.
The Rayz earphones are offered in onyx and ice flavors; the Rayz Plus is available in graphite and bronze metallic finishes and will be available at OneCall.com with suggested retail prices of $99.95 and $149.95, respectively.