A tangle of hanging wires, miniature sockets
A gadget in hand, two in the pockets
And another sheathing the ears
But eyes that seem between somewhere
And here fighting worldly fears
So I ask: “You seem immersed and care
For your music but are neither here nor there
Would you, your concern, share?” 

He smiled and said: “I want music
And not the noises that nag every time
I must say I’m pretty sick
Of noise bullies bothering a chime.
And I really don’t know what to do.”
“Noise cancellation,” I said, “is somewhat new
And with a wireless headset your joy
Shall be filled with pure sound and multiply!

Like the protagonist in the poem that I have just written, a lot of us have been fighting a jangle of noises bullying pure unadulterated sound. Joy is generally left whimpering and sad. The visceral power of music has never been ours completely and when I say this I mean everyone from a teenager to person in the sixties or even the eighties. Please don’t tell me that good music is only for the young because I will then say that it is for the young at heart. What are the options, you might ask. Well, the art of harnessing joy needs innovative technology, every time.

Talking of technology, I recently came across the new Skullcandy Venue and loved the ease with which it delivered incredible immersive audio experiences. And this obviously came without the jangle of outside noises and without the tangle of wires. Yes, I have seen early morning walkers and joggers with headphones… and I have seen them struggle as they seek only pure sound. I have seen people in airplanes, trains, and even buses and every time the conflict between sound and noise was obvious.

I guess then that what everyone was waiting for was a reasonably priced headset that gently pulls out noise and lets the stream of music or any other form of audio to do what it is meant to do… spread smiles. We can obviously add to this list and include co-workers, roommates and commuters struggling to find their own space in shared working, living and traveling environments. Technology is rather innovative and has given us the advantages of active noise canceling or ANC that is designed to deliver what consumers want – music that they can feel. Venue from Skullcandy does this with a lot of style. I mention style because no one will obviously want an ugly or an unwieldy headset clinging to the face. The aesthetics are just fine and the added advantage is that this headset allows users to use Monitor Mode to tap into the outside world. One push of an easily accessible button and you’ve opened the doors for the outside world to come in and say whatever it is that they have to say.

Amlan Bhattacharjya, founder and CEO of Brandeyes told me that ‘the Venue brings with it the best in class audio experience with premium acoustics, innovation in voice technology and unrivaled comfort. It also has unique features such as fast charging and the TILE technology to track your headphones.’ For those who aren’t aware of TILE technology, let me add that it allows you to track or find your headphones through the Tile application on a mobile device. Besides this, the Skullcandy Venue goes on to regale a user for up to 24 hours, is Bluetooth enabled, and comes with a travel case in which the headset folds in comfortably. In a situation where the consumer needs to recharge the headset but doesn’t have a lot of time, rapid charge technology gives it a five hour battery life with a 10-minute charge. The price of 18,999/- isn’t obviously friendly for everyone but if you compare with other brands like the Bose variants, it seems far less. The Black/Black and the White/Crimson headsets have a glamour quotient that is undeniably high.

What matters more in today’s world that is already saturated with too many wires is that this headset keeps itself uncluttered and delivers sound quality that stands out.

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Skullcandy Venue - without the jangle of outside noises and without the tangle of wires

Skullcandy Venue – without the jangle of outside noises and without the tangle of wires

 

Skullcandy Venue - keeps itself uncluttered and delivers sound quality that stands out

Skullcandy Venue – keeps itself uncluttered and delivers sound quality that stands out

 

Skullcandy - all music, no noise

Skullcandy – all music, no noise

 

 

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Arvind Passey
18 October 2018