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These “Invisible Headphones” Are the Sci-Fi Audio Tech We’ve Been Waiting For

We’re all about great audio and fun audio devices here at Review Geek, so it’s no surprise that Noveto’s clever speaker caught our attention. The Noveto N1 uses Smart Beaming technology to blast audio into your ears (and only your ears) without any headphones or earbuds.

🎉 The Noveto N1 is a Review Geek Best of CES 2022 award winner! Make sure to check out our full list of winners to learn about exciting products coming in 2022.

To hear the audio, you will need to be standing or sitting in front of the speaker. Once you are in that zone, however, the N1 beams stereo 3D audio to your ears, allowing you to feel completely immersed in the experience without bothering anyone outside of that zone. So if you want to watch the big game while your spouse wants to sit on the other end of the couch and read a book, this is how you’d do that!

Our Editor-in-Chief, Josh Hendrickson, got to go hands-on (or rather, ears-on) with the Noveto N1 speaker at CES 2022, and said “it’s everything the company is promising. The built-in cameras spot your ears and deliver appropriate sound to each ear,” and that in a demo featuring Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, he could hear bullets zip by his head, footsteps approaching from behind, and more, like he was actually in the game.

Four views of the Noveto N1 speaker
Josh Hendrickson / Review Geek

Though the clever speaker apparently lacks a bit in bass—which is honestly expected with such a device—it’s crystal clear otherwise. Josh also said that “the final results are impressive and need to be heard to be believed.”

The device holds a lot of promise and is an exciting evolution of audio products. No specific details are available yet regarding price, but shipping is expected to start sometime around the middle of 2022. We will update this post once we find out more details.

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