Creative Technology recently announced a new series of lifestyle wireless headphones, the Creative Zen Hybrid. Those headphones promises to keep with music-loving users plugged in far longer than they would normally. Featuring Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology, 40mm Neodymium drivers and up to 37 hours of battery life with a minimalist yet sleek design, Creative Zen Hybrid quite simply packs in the highlights as the go-to daily headphone solution for all.
Creative Zen Hybrid is built to help users be at one with themselves through their music, wherever they are - they are able to focus much better with the Hybrid ANC technology, driving out unwanted distractions from the environment. This technology is ‘hybrid' through implementing feedforward and feedback microphones on each ear cup. As a result, up to 95% of ambient noise is filtered out, enabling users to fully immerse in their favorite tunes while on the go.
On the other hand, Ambient Mode allows users to be conveniently aware of the environment without taking the headphones off, for example when listening out for train station announcements, ordering at a café counter or simply keeping users safe on busy streets. Rounding things off is a noise-cancelling microphone, which keeps calls clear for the other party as well.
To complement the noise cancelling feature, these headphones sport 40mm powerful yet light Neodymium drivers. Expertly tuned by Creative's in-house engineers for a warm sound signature with accurate bass and crisp, clean highs, the Zen Hybrid is well-balanced to suit a wide variety of genres while helping to prevent headphone fatigue.
With an impressive battery life of up to 37 hours, users can easily binge on their favorite playlists, even while in repeat mode. When needed, the Zen Hybrid can provide 5 hours of playback with only 5 minutes of super-quick charging. Creative Zen Hybrid sports a sleek and lightweight design with a slim profile, with easy-to-use tactile control buttons conveniently located on the right earcup. It also features a foldable design, and can be handily stowed in a carry pouch when not in use.
SXFI READY (pronounce: sax-fi)
Creative Zen Hybrid is specially tuned to support the exciting and upcoming expanded Super X-Fi ecosystem, where Super X-Fi Headphone Holography will be implemented in different devices such as TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Users of SXFI READY headphones like the Zen Hybrid will get to enjoy this award-winning technology on such devices. In the meantime, users can benefit from the superior tuning of SXFI READY headphones. A free preview version of the award-winning Super X-Fi technology is available through the SXFI app. Users can sample Super X-Fi headphone holography on local music content inside their phones.
Key Features of Creative Zen Hybrid
- Hybrid ANC (feedforward and feedback mics on each earcup)
- Ambient Mode
- Battery life - up to 37 hours (ANC disabled), up to 27 hours (ANC enabled)
- Up to 5 hours of playback with only 5 minutes of charging
- 40 mm Neodymium drivers
- Foldable design, with carry pouch included
- SXFI READY
Pricing and Availability
Creative Zen Hybrid is priced at S$149 and is available at the Creative online store.
- Headphone Drivers
• Custom-tuned 40 mm Neodymium Driver x 2
• Frequency Response: 20–20,000 Hz
• Sensitivity (1 kHz / mW): 117 dB
• Impedance: 32Ω
• Omni-directional x 5
- Bluetooth version 5.0
- Bluetooth Profiles
• A2DP (Wireless Stereo)
• AVRCP (Remote Control)
• HFP (Hands-free Profile)
- Audio Codecs
• AAC, SBC
- Bluetooth Operating Frequency 2402–2480 MHz
- Wireless Operating Range Up to 10m / 33 ft
Wireless Frequency 2.4 GHz
Voice Assistant Support Siri and Google Assistant
- Playtime Up to 27 hours with ANC enabled and up to 37 hours with ANC disabled
- Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion
Polymer Battery 500 mAh
Charging Interface USB-C (Charging)
Charging Time 1.5 hours
Operating Temperature 0–45°C
Input 5V 1A
- Maximum RF Output Power 8 dBm
- Dimensions (L x W x H) 160 x 80 x 205 mm / 6.30 x 3.14 x 8 inches
- USB Cable Length 0.8m / 2.62 ft
- 3.5 mm AUX-in Cable Length 1.2m / 3.94 ft
• Headphone: 271g (9.55 oz)
• USB Cable: 15g (0.5 oz)
• 3.5 mm AUX-in Cable: 15g (0.5 oz)
- Warranty 2 Years