Singapore electronics company, Creative Technology, recently announced the first earbuds on the market using the xMEMS solid-state speakers.
The technology has the potential to be a game-changer for the headphone and earbud market by changing the way audio is created for the first time in a century.
Speakers have always relied on a coil and magnet design to produce the sound – a process invented by Peter Jensen and Edwin Pridham, who created the first loudspeaker in 1915.
However, the micro-electro-mechanical system, or xMEMS solid state speaker, relies on a monolithic piezo drive that converts signals into sound through the use of tiny flaps that are mounted on the chip.
Creative Technology is offering two versions of their new xMEMS earbuds: the Aurvana Ace and the Aurvana Ace 2.
The result is highly accurate and realistic sound with a large frequency range from 5Hz to 40KHz.
According to the company, “these drivers are able to generate sound waves that closely mimic the way users naturally hear sounds in the world around them.”
The earbuds also have 3 MEMS power mics for realistic voice capture, Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, and 6 hours of power with another 18 hours in the case.
Perhaps the best part of the new design is the cost: $129.99 for the Aurvana Ace, and $149.99 for the the Aurvana Ace 2.
The xMEMS tech will no doubt be showing up in a lot of headphones in the near future.