NOX has named their previous earphones with military ranks, but it seems they were leading up to their newest product, the Admiral. The Admiral is NOX Audio's first “Tru-Wireless” (trademark pending) Dolby Digital Surround Sound headset. The Admiral features the latest in Bluetooth connectivity for compatibility with gaming consoles, cell phones and most home theater systems. The headset also will be available in an upgraded version – the Admiral Touch – which unleashes the power of downloadable apps through an added built-in 2.4-inch LCD touchscreen module running on Google’s Android operating system and a Wi-Fi connection.
Both the Admiral and Admiral Touch are enhanced with 7.1-channel surround sound for a truly immersive 3D audio experience when playing video games, listening to music or watching movies. Also featuring an integrated microphone for voice communication, loudspeaker mode for group listening, a rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to six hours of battery life, and a USB power cable and analog inputs for passive listening, the Admiral is the complete headset package for discerning audiophiles and gamers who crave exceptional sound.
Not satisfied with the quality of conventionally available wireless audio technology, NOX Audio has created their own proprietary wireless link for use with the Admiral. This proprietary wireless link is designed to be high bandwidth and low latency to provide a 7.1-Channel Dolby Digital Surround Sound signal wirelessly without lag or interference from other wireless devices in the home. The Admiral and the Admiral Touch both also feature built-in equalizer functions, enhanced stereo separation audio processing and bass enhancement.
The Admiral Touch has features above and beyond the Admiral, first and most noticeably would be a 2.4-inch LCD touchscreen, from which the Admiral Touch gets its name. This touchscreen is on the outside of one of the earcups and supports gesture control inputs. Further, the screen is an Android OS powered device which comes with the "T-Pain Effect" (a real-time voice processing effect) built-in and can use additional voice processing and audio enhancing applications which can be installed onto the device by users. Out of the box, gamers will be able to use the T-Pain Effect for real-time voice processing for in-game chat or phone calls. The Admiral Touch also has Wi-Fi compatibility, to allow for the download of audio files and downloadable apps.
Like all NOX headsets, both versions of the Admiral will be compatible with gaming consoles, PCs, iPods, smartphones and other devices with a standard 3.5mm audio jack. Via the included base station that comes with the Admiral and Admiral Touch, it can be used with Blu-ray players, stereo receivers, Internet TVs and virtually all devices with optical audio output.
If you have a hard time deciding on whether to go all-out and get the Admiral Touch or simply get the Admiral, don't sweat it; you can upgrade the Admiral to the Touch later on. The touchscreen module can be added to the Admiral to make it a Admiral Touch, adding the benefits of the LCD touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity and apps running on Android OS.