Creative Zen Hybrid: New wireless headphones launched with Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation and up to 37 hours of battery life
Creative has launched the Zen Hybrid, a new pair of wireless headphones that offers a relatively long battery life. According to the company, the Zen Hybrid will last up to 37 hours between charges, although it will take 2-3 hours to recharge fully. For reference, Creative has equipped the Zen Hybrid with a USB Type-C port for charging, along with with a 3.5 mm input.
Additionally, the Zen Hybrid relies on Bluetooth 5.0, but only AAC and SBC codecs. Sadly, high-resolution codecs like aptX or LDAC are missing, despite the almost US$100 price tag. Incidentally, Creative equips the Zen Hybrid with 40 mm neodymium drivers, supposedly tuned to create a warm sound signature.
While the Zen Hybrid lacks aptX or LDAC support, Creative has included Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with feedforward and feedback microphones. For some reason, Creative has not confirmed how much noise cancellation the Zen Hybrid provides, other than a vague commitment to cancelling 95% of background noise.
Like many Creative products, the Zen Hybrid supports the company's Super X-Fi technology, a holography system that it offers in TVs, PCs and other wearable devices, for example. The Zen Hybrid is orderable now in multiple markets, including the US, where it retails for US$98.99.