21.10.2009 - Wedemark
Award-winner: The Sennheiser Set 900 wins international design prizes
The Set 900 has so successfully merged functionality, ergonomics and design that it has been awarded two international design prizes: the iF product design award and the reddot design award. Additionally, the listening system from Sennheiser has also been nominated for an award at Germany’s largest design competition.
The Set 900 is receiving positive response not only as a result of its individually-adjustable sound properties, but also because it is exceptionally easy to use. These were the findings of a consumer test carried out by the German Association for Gerontology Technology in mid-2009. Test participants rated the high levels of the Set 900’s user comfort as “good”. Now, the listening system has also reached out to international design experts with its user-friendly and elegant design. With the red dot design award and the iF product design awards, Set 900 has simultaneously won two of the most prestigious global product design quality accreditations. At the same time it has been nominated for the German Design Prize due to be awarded in November by the Federal Republic of Germany. These awards are very important as they highlight winners who are able to combine functionality and ergonomics together with the most demanding design requirements.
“We are delighted that the Set 900 has done so well in the competitions and has won several awards in addition to being nominated to a further” said Oliver Berg, Product Manager Audiology at Sennheiser. “It is often the technology in assistive listening devices which gets the lion’s share of the attention. However, Sennheiser emphasises the fact that their audiology products can provide optimum listening support but are also especially easy to use. Therefore we pay a lot attention to the visual look-and-feel”. And this is important because the Set 900 should not only look good and sound perfect within the home but also when the user is out and about.
TV listening device and mobile assistive listening device
The Set 900 consists of stethoset receiver; a transmitter with an integrated charger delivering exceptional ease of operation. To use the Set 900 at home when watching television or listening to music users can connect the transmitter to the TV or stereo system. The transmitter then delivers the audio signals using infrared rays to the stethoset receiver meaning you can relax when watching TV with the family as Set 900 users can control their sound independently from the TV. As more and more public performance venues are offering sound transmission using infra-red technology, the Set 900 is also invaluable during an evening at the opera or theatre. Even in a restaurant or at a party, the stethoset receiver can increase hearing clarity as it also functions as an infra-red free oral booster.
The sound levels within the Set 900 can be individually adjusted to accommodate different hearing ‘scenarios’ designed to suit individual requirements. It is quick and easy to modify the different sound features using the ergonomic controls on the receiver; volume and balance can be regulated to suit personal need and taste. For better speech intelligibility the receivers can be adjusted according to hearing ability. This is of vital benefit as it is precisely these high frequencies that are crucial for speech comprehension and clarity; typically something which becomes a key consideration as one gets older. In addition a switchable compression function balances out the often uncomfortable differences between low and high volume sound.
For use both at home and when out and about, the Set 900 is extremely lightweight at only 68 grams, furthermore its flexible pads fit comfortably into the ear. This ensures nothing stands in the way of a relaxed and prolonged period of listening pleasure; the powerful lithium-polymer batteries last for up to twelve hours delivering clear and undisturbed sound.
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of over €385 million in 2008. Sennheiser employs over 2,100 people worldwide, around 55% of whom are in Germany. Sennheiser has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA, and is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones), K + H Vertriebs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (Klein + Hummel studio monitors, installed sound) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
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