Sennheiser Introduces Industry’s First Wireless Adaptive ANC Headset for Productive and Comfortable Open Plan Office Working

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Sennheiser has created the MB 660 Series, designed specifically for knowledge workers in noisy open offices. The business-grade solution features adaptive ANC, a new dimension in active noise cancellation, UC certified communication abilities to ensure crystal clear speech during voice calls and Sennheiser’s superior audio quality for music and multimedia enjoyment.

Sennheiser's new MB 660 headset

With MB 660, we can now upgrade the work experience for office workers, help them take control of their environment and create a disruption-free workspace for increased productivity and well-being.

For all their benefits, the noise and buzz of modern open-plan offices can make it hard to stay focused on the task at hand. But there’s now an answer for professionals seeking to stay productive and at the top of their game. Sennheiser has created the MB 660 Series, designed specifically for knowledge workers in noisy open offices. The business-grade solution features adaptive ANC, a new dimension in active noise cancellation, UC certified communication abilities to ensure crystal clear speech during voice calls and Sennheiser’s superior audio quality for music and multimedia enjoyment.

“Today’s open office environments have been shaped to facilitate fast, flexible collaboration. But there will always be times when we need to reclaim space for ourselves – either to fully concentrate, communicate and collaborate in mobile work environments or simply to relax while listening to music,” said Andreas Bach, President at Sennheiser Communications A/S. “Research shows that noise and distractions in open plan offices can have negative effects on productivity. With MB 660, we can now upgrade the work experience for office workers, help them take control of their environment and create a disruption-free workspace for increased productivity and well-being.”

Focus without distracting background noise
Unlike standard ANC headsets, MB 660 provides a choice of ANC settings: either ANC fully on or Sennheiser’s innovative NoiseGard™ hybrid adaptive ANC. NoiseGard™ constantly monitors the background environment for ambient noises and adapts the level of noise reduction in the headset. This actively prevents the tiring sensation of being “stuck-in-a-barrel” - the unpleasant effect that standard ANC headsets can create. With MB 660, even longer periods of use remain pleasant and comfortable and concentration time enjoyable. Depending on the level of noise reduction needed in changing work environments, adaptive ANC can be adjusted via CapTune, Sennheiser’s award-winning mobile app*, which allows for a customized listening experience.

Clear communication in UC environments
Whether effective communication is required during voice or conference calls at your desk, around the office or at home, wireless MB 660 is designed to offer business-grade capabilities. MB 660 is certified for Microsoft Skype for Business and optimized for all major UC and softphone brands to ensure effortless collaboration in UC environments. With state-of-the-art microphone and noise filtering technologies, MB 660 provides a crystal clear communication experience for the user and listener alike. The headset’s fully integrated, three digital microphone array works seamlessly with Sennheiser’s suite of advanced technologies, such as SpeakFocus™, Advanced Own-Voice-Detector and WindSafe™, to deliver superior sound, speech intelligibility and comfort – regardless of how noisy the environment.

Sennheiser’s SpeakFocusTM technology zooms in on the user’s voice, delivering consistently clear sound that makes it easy for the listener to hear what is being said. The Advanced Own-Voice-Detector instantly reduces disrupting background noises when detected, such as keyboard or paper rustling, while optimizing speech intelligibility. For outdoor use, WindSafeTM technology reduces wind noise to ensure the clearest possible sound. In addition, Sennheiser’s Room Experience™ technology externalizes the sound from the user’s head, providing a natural, more comfortable experience during a call.

Premium sound with a personal note
MB 660 offers the best personalized sound for speech, music and entertainment. The headset delivers Sennheiser’s renowned high-quality stereo audio and CD-quality streaming using aptX®. With a choice of pre-set sound effect modes - Club, Movie and Speech - the audio experience can be optimized for different listening situations. The customizable Director mode can be further individualized in the CapTune app to meet personal preferences.

Effortless control, flexibility and comfort
MB 660 offers a variety of connectivity options to support a flexible work day. The headset connects wirelessly to a mobile phone or, via the included UC certified BTD 800 USB dongle, to a PC. An audio cable is also included, so it is possible to continue using the headset even if it runs out of battery. The foldable headset is supplied with all accessories in a premium quality carrying case.    

Crafted with incredible attention to detail to anticipate user needs, MB 660 ensures supreme user-friendliness and comfort. A simple swipe or tap of the ear cup-mounted touch pad controls calls and media. Double tapping the right ear cup activates Sennheiser’s TalkThrough technology and makes it possible to listen to colleagues or announcements without removing the headset. When it is time to put the headset away, MB 660 automatically powers down when the headset is folded for storage.

Thanks to its lightweight, sleek design and an exceptional battery performance of up to 30 hours, the MB 660 Series is optimized for all-day use. Class-leading ergonomics, compact form and high quality materials make the headset extremely comfortable, even for the longest listening sessions. Its pillow-soft leather ear pads are designed in accordance with Sennheiser’s dedicated research into ear shape ergonomics for supreme wearing comfort.

“With its ability to adapt to individual needs throughout a flexible, modern work day, MB 660 helps professionals to create their own ‘acoustic rooms’ – no matter how challenging their open offices,” said Andreas Bach. ”With only one headset solution users are able to retreat to a ‘silent room’ to fully concentrate, enter a ‘conference room’ to communicate & collaborate or relax in a ‘concert hall’ - enjoying premium, personalized audio, quality design and wearing comfort along the way.”

The MB 660 Wireless Series, consisting of MB 660 UC and MB 660 UC MS, is the latest addition to Sennheiser’s mobile business portfolio, including the award winning PRESENCE™ and MB Pro Series.

*Sennheiser’s CapTune sound personalization app received the prestigious Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016.

About Sennheiser
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs. Sennheiser is a family owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. As part of the Sennheiser Group, the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S is specialized in wireless and wired headsets and speakerphones for contact centers, offices and Unified Communications environments as well as headsets for gaming and mobile devices. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totaling €682 million. http://www.sennheiser.com

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