About the Cleer Enduro ANC
More bang (and battery life) for the buck
The Cleer Enduro ANC wireless noise-canceling headphones offer up to 60 hours of battery life.
More bang (and battery life) for the buck
There are many reasons to consider the Cleer Enduro ANC a great value, but I think #1 has to be the battery life. On a full charge, Cleer claims you get up to 60 hours of wireless listening with active noise cancellation. That's by far the largest listing I've seen in this category — and I've used these headphones every day for about three weeks without charging them once.
Music plays wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0, a newer version of Bluetooth that's stronger and more reliable. When I left my phone on my home office desk downstairs, I could walk to the far end of my basement, and the music didn't skip a beat. The noise-canceling circuitry helped hush external distractions while Cleer's patented "ironless" drivers deliver a strikingly spacious sound.
Well-built design with secure fit
These headphones looked and felt well put together when they arrived. A gleaming ring around the earcups punctuated the sleek, industrial design. And the flexible metal headband holds them securely into place.
In terms of fit, these headphones hit the sweet spot for me. They stay firmly in place, but I would lean toward calling them a relaxed fit, because I could wear them for long periods of time without fatigue. That said, my wife uses the Cleer Enduro 100 as her everyday headphone, and found these headphones felt a little more snug than those. (That's not a bad thing — before she discovered Cleer, she always had trouble with over-ear headphones from other brands slipping off or moving around.)
Solid noise cancellation
The Enduro ANC offers good noise cancellation for the price. For sure, the higher-end models in this category offer more "quiet" altogether. But with the noise-canceling circuitry activated and music or a podcast going, I couldn't hear the throbbing roar of the oil furnace next to my home office.
And in one particularly intense work session, I didn't notice my five-year-old "sneaking" around until he was right behind me. And it wasn't as if he was doing a great job of hiding — he was yelling into a toy karaoke mic/speaker!
Enduro ANC vs. Flow II noise-canceling headphones
Our Cleer rep took his first flight in over a year recently, and offered some real-world travel feedback. On the plane, he tried both these headphones and their step-up model Flow II noise-cancelers. With noise cancellation "on" and no music playing, he noted that both helped silence the plane's engine drone well — the most noticeable, nagging source of noise. But he found that the hybrid noise-cancellation in the Flow II did a better job of silencing voices from passengers sitting nearby.
My listening impressions: Smooth and spacious
These headphones have the same well-engineered dynamic drivers found in those Flow II headphones. Cleer uses a patented "ironless" magnet configuration that allows for more fluid, free-flowing diaphragm movement. Cleer says this drastically reduces distortion across all frequencies, but particularly in the highs.
I decided to put this claim to the test and play some Celtic and Irish folk music. I thought to myself, "I'll show them ‘no distortion'…how ‘bout a bunch of competing reed instruments?!" The Enduro ANC 'phones handled all that high-end action with grace — I listened for almost two hours without harshness or fatigue. More refined and detailed than I usually expect for headphones at this price.
Well-blended sound with depth and detail
Cleer headphones always have a nice-sized, spacious soundstage — well outside of the head. And within that generous space is a very specific, well-defined sense of place. I could almost "see" the different musicians in front of me, and pick out their instruments.
I switched over to some hip-hop with Benny the Butcher's latest project The Plugs I Met 2. Producer Harry Fraud creates the beats from an interesting mix of sounds — punchy percussion and deep bass cut with rhythmic flutes, synths, and sped-up vocals. But through lesser 'phones, Benny's vocals can become too prominent, and it sounds like he's rapping to a back-track. Through the Enduro ANC, everything is both properly blended and distinctly placed.
Case in point — I was vibing to the melody and soaking in the lyrics of the track, "No Instructions." Then I noticed that the ever-present, well-paced drums were subtly moving from the background to the forefront, forcing me to nod my head.
Easy controls and a convenient way to hear others
There are tactile buttons on the left earcup for controlling music, volume, and calls. The raised buttons made it easy for me to quickly find and use the controls. And a built-in microphone system ensured calls sounded clear and crisp.
You can also use the built-in mics to let in important ambient noise or voices. Pressing the noise cancellation button toggles through different modes. Holding the button activates "conversation mode" — the music pauses and noise-canceling technology turns off, so you can hear a co-worker or in-flight instructions.
Adjust the sound and noise cancellation with the Cleer+ app
For more noise-canceling control, download the free Cleer+ app to your Apple® or Android™ device. It lets you further dial in the level of noise cancellation. You can also tweak the out-of-the-box sound. Choose from sound setting presets or adjust the EQ manually.
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- closed-back, over-the-ear headphones
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphone
- aptX® Adaptive and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
- active noise-canceling circuitry to minimize external noise
- built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 60 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation
- 10 minute quick charge provides enough power for 2 hours of listening
Audio and noise cancellation features:
- 40mm dynamic drivers with patented "ironless" magnet array
- free-motion ring magnet assembly for cleaner, more fluid diaphragm movement
- lowers distortion across all frequencies, and particularly in the highs
- spacious sound with clear vocals and strong bass
- ambient modes allow in external sounds to keep you better aware of your surroundings
- "conversation mode" pauses music and uses mics to pick up external sounds
Easy controls and mobile app:
- Google Fast Pair 2.0 works for compatible Android phones
- NFC-compatible for one-touch Bluetooth pairing with compatible devices
- earcup buttons let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
- dedicated button on left earcup for toggling noise cancellation and ambient modes
- built-in microphone for making calls with a smartphone
- Cleer+ app lets you manually adjust noise cancellation and sound
- free download for Apple® and Android™ devices
General info and specs:
- includes USB-C cable for charging
- 47" audio cable with 3.5mm plug for wired use
- airline adapter included for in-flight entertainment systems
- portable folding design with carrying case included
- frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz (wired), 20-20,000 Hz (wireless)
- weight: 9.8 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # ENDURO2NCLGYUS
- Stable (stays in place)
- Relaxed fit
- Good for flight/travel
What's in the box:
- Over-ear headphones (light gray)
- 50" Audio cable (USB-C on one end and straight 3.5mm plug on other end)
- In-flight adapter (female 3.5mm jack / dual male 3.5mm plugs)
- 41" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and USB-C on other end)
- Fabric storage pouch
- Quick Start Guide/User Guide/Warranty Card
- Thank you card
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Features & specs
|Earcup Width x Height||3.021" x 3.73"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Voice Assistant Access|
|Frequency Response||20-40k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Cleer Audio Enduro ANC over-ear wireless headphones feature Bluetooth 5.0 with on-board controls for music playback and phone calls. It also has Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to reduce environmental noise in the headphones, so you can listen in quiet. Powered by a 3.7-volt rechargeable battery, the Enduro ANC has a playback time of up to 60 hours with ANC activated. The headphones come with a 4' audio cable, a USB charging cable, and a fabric storage pouch.
Drivers: Like its predecessor, the Enduro 100, Enduro ANC is equipped with patented 40mm Ironless drivers for a wide frequency response of 20-40k (20-20k when connected via Bluetooth). Instead of a commonly-used iron pole, Enduro ANC has 20 rare-earth magnets assembled in a ring for a more focused magnetic field. This gives a long excursion of the magnesium diaphragm for deep bass, and much more control over the voice coil for exceptionally low distortion. The Enduro ANC's wide frequency range makes them ideal for listening to your favorite hi-res audio files. (Hi-res audio playback is only available when using the wired connection to your music source.)
Bluetooth 5.0: Cleer Audio's Enduro ANC wireless headphones are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 with support for SPP (v1.0), HFP (v1.6), A2DP (v1.3.1), and AVRCP (v1.6). The headphones feature Google Fast Pair 2.0 which makes is extremely easy to pair with compatible Android devices. When you power on the Enduro ANCs, the pairing request appears almost immediately on your phone. Enduro ANC supports Bluetooth connection to two devices simultaneously. The headphones also have Near Field Communications (NFC), allowing you to pair to your compatible device by simply touching it to the left ear cup. Enduro ANC supports SBC and AAC codecs, as well as aptX Adaptive. It is backward compatible with aptX and aptX HD.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): The Enduro ANC headphones feature microphones inside and outside each earcup to pick up sound and take measurements of ambient noise. In Noise Cancelling Mode, that ambient noise is met with an equal-but-opposite signal, so all you hear in the headphones is your music (or phone call). When you want to stay aware of your surroundings, you can switch to Ambient Mode, which lets outside sounds in without requiring you to remove your headphones. In the Cleer+ app, you can customize the Ambient Mode to allow as much or as little of the outside world in. You can toggle between Noise Cancelling mode and Ambient Mode with a single press of the ANC button on the left earcup.
Onboard Controls: The headphones feature controls on the left earcup for audio playback and phone calls. If a call comes in while you're listening to music, the music will automatically pause to allow you to answer or reject the call. In addition to switching between Noise Cancelling and Ambient Modes, the ANC button can also activate the default voice assistant of the connected smartphone with a double press. Pressing and holding the ANC button activates the Conversation Mode, which turns off Noise Cancelling, so you can speak to another person or listen to an announcement without removing your headphones. The Enduro ANC also has volume up, volume down, and a multi-function button. The multi-function button controls music play/pause (1 press), answer/end incoming call (double press during call), next track (double press during music playback), previous track (triple press). Pressing and holding the multi-function button turns the headphones on or off, or rejects an incoming call. The onboard controls will only work when the Enduro ANC is powered on.
Power: The headphones are powered by a built-in 3.7-volt Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The battery charges is approximately 3 hours using the included USB-C cable. When the battery is fully charged, the headphones provides up to 60 hours of playback time with Bluetooth. A 10-minute quick charge will give you approximately 2 hours of playback time. When the battery level is less than 10%, you will receive a "low battery" voice prompt. A 4' audio cable is included for listening to your music when the battery is exhausted, or when you can't listen wirelessly. When the audio cable is plugged in, Bluetooth is turned off, and the onboard controls are disabled.
Cleer+ App: The Cleer+ app, available for Apple and Android devices, gives you the ability to customize the performance of the Enduro ANC headphones. The app has basic playback controls, and lets you check your headphones' battery level and remaining playback time at a glance. The app provides a slide control to adjust the amount of outside noise you want allowed in when the Noise Cancellation and Ambient Modes are active. With the app's 5-band EQ control, you can adjust the sound of your music to suit your tastes. The app also gives you access to the user's manual and firmware updates to keep your headphones up to date. The app is compatible with Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices running iOS 11.0 or later, or Android devices with Android version 5.0 and up.
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