Since the development of TWS headset, a variety of headphone categories suitable for different application scenarios have been derived. Among them, sports headphones are the most in-demand earphones in the headphone category. When it comes to true wireless earphones suitable for sports, many people first think of ear-hook design.
Recently, we noticed that the “Cleer ARC true wireless open-ear headphones” with a new ear-hook design by the international acoustic brand Cleer has won the “German Red Dot Award” and “Contemporary Good Design Award”. As far as we know, Cleer ARC can effectively solve the problems of “ear pain, unsanitary ear canal, and sweating” caused by long-term wearing of in-ear headphones while bringing users an open-ear music experience.
Cleer ARC true wireless open-ear bluetooth headphones are designed with an open-earhook design, and functionally support Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC/ Adaptive to bring a more stable connection. In daily use, Cleer ARC has a battery life of 7 hours, and the speaker unit adopts a 16.2mm dynamic driver unit, which can meet the needs of business, sports or driving people who will not miss external information while listening to the sound in an open style.
We recently got the Cleer ARC true wireless open-ear headphones, and I have a more comprehensive understanding of the headphone after experiencing it with curiosity and freshness. Next, share the experience with friends about the two aspects of “wearing and listening to songs”.
Double-layer packaging, living alone with originality
Cleer ARC’s product packaging has hanging ears for easy hanging display. On the front of the outer packaging, a large picture shows the wearing effect of the Cleer ARC open-ear true wireless bluetooth headphones. The packaging box also shows the two awards of “Contemporary Good Design” and “German Red Dot Design Award” that the product has won. In the lower right corner is the product name “ARC open-ear true wireless headphones”.
The back of the box shows us the features of Cleer ARC headphones: support Cleer+APP custom EQ and control; use beamforming technology and dual-mic design to make calls clearer; open-ear headphone design makes it easy for users to perceive the surrounding and the environment; 7 hours of battery life, 10 minutes of fast charging can play 1 hour of music; 16.2mm speakers and custom DSP are used to bring heavy bass and an immersive listening experience.
Zippered cotton and linen charging case, comfortable in hand
Open the second pack of the product to see the Cleer ARC charging case.
The appearance of the charging case adopts an oval design, and the material is made of denim-like material. The texture is flexible, the hand feels fine, and it is very comfortable to hold in the hand.
The opening and closing of the charging case is designed with a zipper, which can prevent the earphones from falling off when the magnetic charging case is dropped, and can also prevent the case cover from being accidentally opened when the charging case is placed in the pocket.
Unzip the zipper and open the charging case to see the Cleer ARC open-ear true wireless bluetooth earphones.
There is an L/R logo on the earphone cockpit to distinguish the left and right ears, which is convenient for users to identify.
There is a groove in the Cleer ARC charging case to store and hide the charging cable of the charging case, eliminating the trouble of entangling the cables when going out with multiple data cables.
Information about the charging case and headphone is hidden on the side of the charging case. Here we can learn that the charging voltage of the headphones is 3.7V and the rated capacity is 60mAh/0.222wh.
Connect the charging cable in the charging case to the power supply, and the indicator light on the headphone handle will display the power status of the headphones when the headphones are charging.
Remove the headphone charging cockpit from the headset. The location for storing the headphones adopts a bright surface design, which contrasts sharply with the frosted design around the charging case, giving users a visual sense of hierarchy.
After actual measurement, the overall weight of the Cleer ARC headphones and the storage bag is about 94.1g.
Open ear-hook design, dual-mic call noise reduction
From the back, the Cleer ARC headphones have a 3-section design. The first section has the headphone handle with the power button. The second section is the earhook made of skin-friendly silicone material for intimate contact with the ear. The third section is the headphone head that can be rotated to produce sound.
On the back of the headphones, we can see different contour lines. These contour lines are the ergonomic design of the headphones to set the contour of the human ear, which can play a role in wearing it for a long time.
In terms of details, the shell of the headphone head adopts a fine-grained design, which allows the headphone head to reflect more light to create a high-level texture. There is also a microphone pickup hole on the headphone head for call noise reduction, providing a clearer call experience.
The rear sound hole on the headphone is used to cooperate with the front sound hole to form multiple listening effects, bringing users a better listening experience. At the same time, the small amount of sound naturally dissipated into the air from the front and rear sound holes cancels each other out in phase, thereby achieving smaller sound leakage.
There is an L/R logo on the back of the headphone head for users to identify the left and right ears. There is also a front sound hole of the headphone on the front of the headphone head, which is used to cooperate with the rear sound hole of the headphone in various aspects such as angle, direction and distance, so that the music can be accurately directed to the ear canal and reduce sound leakage.
Another call microphone hole is designed at the bottom of the headphone head. The cooperation of the two microphones can help users filter noise and invalid background sounds, ensuring a clear call effect in noisy environments.
The rotating structure of the headphone head. The Cleer ARC headphones feature an ergonomically sophisticated rotating earhook that can be adjusted to fit everyone’s ears. It is not easy to fall off, does not plug the ears and does not press the face bones, and is comfortable and stress-free to wear for a long time.
The headphone handle has a power switch button and a headphone status indicator.
After actual measurement, the weight of a single Cleer ARC headphone is about 14.5g.
Free your ears and listen to new experiences
It is very convenient to adjust the headphones when wearing. Although the weight of the Cleer ARC is 14.5g, due to the excellent ergonomic design, the gravity of the headphones is broken down into multiple forces so that the wearing will not feel heavy. After wearing the headphones correctly, I shook my head vigorously and the headphones did not come loose.
After putting on the headphones, we can select “Clear ARC” in the mobile phone to connect the headphones for use.
Cleer has developed a separate APP for Cleer ARC to control earphones. Through the APP, we can know the power of the headphones in real time, perform firmware upgrades, perform various settings on the headphones, or use the equalizer to adjust the sound of the headphones.
Open the setting interface of the APP, we can see the headphone automatic shutdown time, firmware version, headphone prompt language and other information, and can also restore the headphones to factory settings. Of course, you can also choose the APP language display.
The equalizer in the headphone APP can adjust the frequency response range of 64Hz~8kHz for personalized experience.
Next, we will enter the audition session. The song we auditioned this time is “身骑白马” by Xu Jiaying. The listening experience of Cleer ARC open-ear true wireless bluetooth earphones is very special. It uses a 16.2mm dynamic driver unit, which not only has a wide sound field with all open-ear headphones, but also has the ability to transmit rich music information from in-ear earphones.
When we listened to the song “身骑白马”, Cleer ARC can restore the guzheng and suona in the background music well, and will not cause some subtle sounds to be missing due to the open-ear design. The drum sound in the background music bounces back quickly while maintaining the texture. In terms of vocals, the vocals of the headphones are close to the ears, and the vocals are powerful, which can well express the emotions of the singers when they sing.
In general, although the Cleer ARC adopts a full open-ear design, the sound performance is not worse than that of in-ear headphones. It brings us the experience of not missing external information without too much loss of sound quality.
In terms of interaction, the headphone has a physical button for switching the headphones on and off. Through the touch panel, you can double-click to answer/hang up the phone, double-click/triple-click to achieve previous/next, and long-press the touch panel to call out the voice assistant.
The charging case for Cleer ARC open-ear true wireless bluetooth headphones has an oval shape. The charging case is wrapped with cotton and linen, which ensures a comfortable feel and protects the internal headphones.
Cleer ARC headphones are designed for ear-hook in appearance. The headphones are ergonomically designed and the rotatable headphone head enables users to wear them for a long time without getting tired. In terms of acoustic design, Cleer ARC headphones are equipped with front and rear sound holes to form multiple listening effects, bringing users a better listening experience. At the same time, the sound of the front and rear sound holes can be accurately overlapped and canceled, so as to achieve smaller sound leakage. In terms of call noise reduction, a single Cleer ARC headphone is equipped with 2 microphones to work together to achieve clear calls.
Cleer ARC can adjust the EQ through the APP in terms of listening. The tuning of headphones is biased towards three-band balance, and it does not deliberately highlight which frequency band makes the sound of the headphones more tuneful. In terms of low frequency, thanks to the 16.2mm dynamic driver, the low frequency of Cleer ARC headphones is no worse than that of in-ear headphones. The open-ear design also effectively avoids the problem of too heavy bass in in-ear headphones. In terms of intermediate frequency, the vocals of the earphones are close to the ear, full of emotion, and have a good performance in pop music.
In terms of compatibility, Cleer ARC can be effectively compatible with most mainstream mobile phones. The product can achieve stable connection even if it is separated by 3~4 walls indoors.
Overall, the Cleer ARC open-ear true wireless bluetooth headphones provides us with open listening while maintaining the sound quality of the headphones. Whether it is in sports or office scenes, it is a true wireless headphone that performs well.
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