Philips’ noise-canceling Lightning headphones don’t need batteries

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Photo: No noise, just signal. Photo: Philips

It was Philips that managed to beat, err, Beats to the first Lightning headphones last year, and at CES the company has taken it to the next level: announcing a new $299 pair that also offers noise cancellation.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 Called the Fidelio NC1L, the battery-free headphones plug straight into iOS devices using the Lightning connector, and boast their own integrated 24-bit digital-to-analog converter rather than the one Apple builds into its devices.

The noise cancellation, meanwhile, comes from four different microphones in the headphones, which inverts the silence around you for a cleaner, quieter listening experience.

If you’d rather not be left in total silence with only your thoughts (and, well, your iTunes music catalog) for company, the headphones offer additional modes letting in ambient noise, while one other setting is designed for making phone calls.