Blue Microphones unveils Satellite: Wireless, noise-cancelling headphones with an audiophile amp

Dedicated noise-cancelling drivers ensure your high-fidelity experience is never compromised in noisy environments.

Wireless connectivity and active noise cancellation typically aren't the features audiophiles look for in high-end headphones. Blue Microphones is looking to change that perception with its new Satellite headphones, announced at CES 2017.

In addition to those features, Blue's new Satellite has an integrated 240mW Class AB amplifier, which the company is pitching as "audiophile" grade, connected to a pair of 44mm dynamic drivers. The amp is powered by a 1000mAah battery.

The amp offers three settings: An “ON” mode that doesn't add any coloration to the sound, while “ON+” adds a slight bump at 63Hz, which Blue says is just right for restoring the low-end character of music mastered in the era of vinyl. The third mode shuts the onboard amp altogether, so you use the external headphone amp of your choice.

Satellite supports Bluetooth 4.1 with the aptX codec, which is able to achieve near-CD quality sound over Bluetooth. To take advantage of aptX's high-quality, low-latency streaming, your Bluetooth audio source must also support aptX.

Multiple noise-cancelling drivers

Many active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones aren't great at eliminating ambient noise because they use one set of drivers to reproduce the music you want to hear and to produce the frequencies that will cancel out noise. Satellite is outfitted with two independent drivers purpose-built for each task. In tests we've conducted with other ANC headphones, we've seen a marked difference in performance when dedicated drivers are used for ANC. Like Blue's other headphone models, Satellite has generous ear cups that help provide passive sound isolation by forming a tight seal over your ears.

Blue's new Satellite wireless headphones come in different color styles. Blue Microphones

Blue's new Satellite wireless headphones with active noise cancellation support the aptX codec for near CD-quality streaming.

“Satellite bridges the gap between high-fidelity sound and portable listening, making it possible to enjoy a true audiophile experience anywhere,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones via press release. “Traditional noise-cancelling headphones use one pair of drivers for both audio and ANC, which compromises your sound quality. Satellite uses separate, dedicated ANC drivers so that our dedicated audio drivers and audiophile amp can deliver high-fidelity sound for no-compromise wireless listening.”

Availability

Blue is positioning Satellite’s sophisticated design, performance, sound isolation, and comfort as a differentiating point for the new wireless headphone. There isn't a firm date when you'll be able to try a pair out for yourself. Blue says that Satellite will be released in 2017. No pricing was announced at press time.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags CES 2017music

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Theo Nicolakis

TechHive (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?