Sennheiser, a well-known German audio electronics company, is partnering with Google and Phonebloks to make its contribution to Google’s Project Ara. Phonebloks, a pioneer of modular technology, has been Google’s collaborator since 2013.
Clearly, there’s been a demand from Phonebloks community for prime quality sound on smartphones. And now Sennheiser has played along the demand at delivering what it knows best. Two audio modules that Sennheiser has recently come up with are ‘Amphion’ and ‘Proteus’ meant to engage the community right off the bench.
The Amphion module is equipped with a noise-canceling microphone and an amplifier that can record and play your music with unprecedented force and admirable clarity. At its core are a powerful energy-efficient G amplifier and low-noise microphone input path that, combined, should meet the requirements of some hardcore audio enthusiasts and other professionals alike.
The module also contains a low latency digital processor to take advantage of Sennheiser’s digital playback experience. On top of that, by opening up hardware Sennheiser wants to make DSP (Digital Signal Processor) user-programmable. So the applications are endless and only bound by the creativity of the community.
The Proteus module contains two audio jacks for two headphones. The underlining idea is to allow a user to effortlessly share their music with a friend and listen to music without causing any external disturbance. The module also could become a tool to do other interesting things, such as connecting up to four microphones to create a super-directive audio capture. The company sees it an open-end platform and hopes to work close with the community to deliver the future of modular technology.
As the release of Project Ara’s modular phone dawns ever so closer – perhaps at the upcoming Mobile Web Congress in Barcelona – we are bound to see more exciting third-party hardware.