By Zsarlene B. Chua

FILIPINO-DESIGNED noise-cancelling headphones PH3 is now available in select Power Mac Centers (PMC), promising a “sleek and lightweight pair of headphones that mute unwanted outside sound…[and] delivers high audio quality,” according to a press release.

The headphones, which cost P7,480, is designed and made by local Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) H-Audio Technologies.

“I’ve always been a sound engineer and it has always been my passion so I came out with headphones and speakers,” Joey Alvarez, PMC director for product management and marketing, told BusinessWorld during the launch on June 19 at Ayala Malls the 30th in Pasig City.

“Our main business is OEM and ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) but this is a special project — an itch I need to scratch,” he said, adding that he worked on the product for a year.

The headphones is said to “mask out background noise of up to 15 to 20 dB and between 50-500 Hz,” it is also said to deliver “Hi-Fi stereo surround sound audio system with a clean-cut bass, perfect for gaming, watching movies, or listening to music in multiple genres,” according to the release.

It can be paired with mobile devices with Bluetooth connectivity and has a 20-meter range and 20-hour maximum battery life.

The design features a white exterior with details representing the Philippine flag colors alongside the sun and the three stars present on the flag. It has memory foam earmuffs and  a stainless steel headband wrapped in leather.

Mr. Alvarez said more than half of the proceeds from the sale of the headphones will go to YesPinoy Foundation and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Jinkee Pacquiao’s Emmanuel and Jinkee Heart Foundation.

Some of the proceeds will also be allocated towards H-Audio’s Soundhealing program which aims to reach “the neglected, underprivileged youth,” said the release.

“I wasn’t always that good kid and this is my way of paying back. One of the things I’m keen on is giving back… I always liked helping kids. Even if it’s not [the PH3 headphones], whenever we develop products for Huawei or Lenovo, [proceeds] go to charity,” Mr. Alvarez said.

H-Audio’s PH3 ANC Headphones are available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches including Ayala Malls the 30th, Uptown Mall BGC, SM City Calamba, Venice Grand Canal Mall and UP Town Center.