Klipsch has introduced noise cancellation into its headphone range for the first time, with the super stylish Mode M40 cans. And, it has included an in-line microphone and volume controls for iPhone, iPod and iPad users.
The 'phones are made of the same durable material used in high-end eyewear and come with a cloth covered cable, more often seen on home hi-fi gear. The ear cups are made of leather, and the active noise cancellation system employed can run for up to 45 hours on a single battery.
Unlike some other headphones, such as the Beats by Dr Dre Studio, the Mode M40 also work, even when there is no power for the ANC, albeit with no cancellation effect. This is important for those on long flights who have no access to spare batteries.
Each earpiece includes a 40mm woofer with active crossover, while a 15mm tweeter provides clarity for high frequencies. Frequency response, therefore, is 20Hz - 20kHz.
Input impedance (@ 1kHz) is 32ohms, while sensitivity (@ 1mW, 15mm) is 97.5dB. The whole shebang weighs just 356g.
Compatibility for the three-button in-line mic is wide-ranging across iDevices, including iPod nano (from 4th generation), iPod touch (from 2nd generation), iPhone 3GS and 4, and both iPads. Do note that the iPhone 4S is not currently listed as being supported, but we've been reliably informed that it does work. We've tested a few rival microphones on the 4S, and rather than answer calls, they access Siri, so this comes as great news.
The Klipsch Mode M40 headphones are available for £299.99 from www.klipsch.com, Amazon and individual stockists. Check the company's website for more details.