A.1. Yes, as far as I understand, if you opt for the ZPower rechargeable system, if you forget to recharge the night before or if you travel and don't want to pack the ZPower charger with you, you simply swap out the ZPower Silver-Zinc rechargeable batteries (and save them somewhere of course), and put in the disposable Zinc-air batteries. Basically you replace the normal door with the ZPower door which has the rechargeable circuitry and voltage regulator circuity built into ZPower door and around the rechargeable battery. I think they need the voltage regulator to bring the rechargeable battery voltage down to a more comparable level of the disposable battery because the rechargeable battery has a higher operating voltage if not regulated.
Originally Posted by gkumar
A.2. The Zpower website estimates their rechargeable battery to last over a year, or replace about 100 disposable batteries. The Oticon announcement estimates between 75-100 disposable replacement. For example, if you get 5 days out of your disposable batteries, the rechargeable one will last you between 375-500 days or about 1 year to 1 year 4.5 months roughly. Oticon hasn't announced the price of their OEM ZPower system, but I heard that the ZPower system costs around $300 on other brands that OEM them, and the 2 rechargeable batteries cost $50/pair to replace.
A.3. Yes, the 105db receiver is the largest one now, but very soon (in May time frame?), they have already announced the BTE13 PP version which will accommodate 105db SPL to benefit people with severe to profound hearing loss. My hearing loss goes as high as 105db in both ears on the higher frequencies and the 85db receiver works just fine for me because my loss in under 85 in the mid and lower high range. Maybe a 105db might have been better for me on the highs, but the 85db receiver seems sufficient enough for me and that's what the dispenser fitted me with, also partly because the 105db receiver wasn't available at the time. What I'm looking forward to is the new Speech Rescue LX technology to be available in Firmware release 4 to released hopefully in May'17 to all OPN models. This technology will hopefully help speech clarity by moving the high frequency parts of speech down to the mid range and add it on top of the existing mid range speech sounds. It's different from the existing frequency lowering strategy employed by other brands where they just squish the whole range of sounds down toward the mid range. The Speech Rescue from Oticon doesn't do this, but instead takes the high end of the speech part and move it down (not squish it down) and add it on top of the existing mid range. I think this is better in theory because by not squishing the sound range, you preserve the authenticity of the mid range sound, you just get the inaudible high parts added on top of the more audible mid range area so you get the additional information you've been missing without sacrificing the authenticity of the original mide range sound. It looks like a good idea in theory, so I'm excited to get to try it out in practice to see how effective it'll be.
B.4. Sorry I don't know anything about Direct Audio Boots and also haven't heard any announcement about it for the OPN.
B.5. There will be no direct streaming on existing Android phones in the foreseeable future because existing Android phones lack support for a Bluetooth Low Energy standard that supports low energy direct audio streaming. The recently standardized BLE 5 protocol has yet to be adopted by Android phone mfgs in their existing models. The Android mfgs have to start incorporating BLE 5 in their future phone models first before the HA mfgs can start supporting them. Oticon already finished the beta program to test the ON mobile app for Android and they released the Android OPN mobile app back in Dec'16. But the ON mobile app for both Android and iOS only supports control for the OPN, and not direct audio streaming. Direct audio streaming for iOS 9.3 or later on iPhone and iPad is possible because the OPN (and a few other HA mfgs) can make use of and support the proprietary Apple BLE protocol already available on iPhones and iPads and iPod with iOS 9.3 or later. But for direct streaming between the OPN and the Oticon TV Adaptor 3.0, and possibly the already-late-to-be-released Oticon ConnectClip 3.0 streamer, it looks like Oticon licensed and used the CEVA RivieraWaves BLE protocol between those devices and their OPNs.
C.6.7.8. I think Oticon only advertises that you can wear the OPN while working out or in the rain without having to worry about sweat and rain water intruding the HA with its IP68 rating. I remember it specifically said somewhere that you're not supposed to shower or go swimming with it.
D.9. There's already a promotion going on where you get $150 gift card for purchasing the OPN between 11/29/2016 through end of May'17. I just got my $150 gift card from them in the mail today. You just fill out some form online and put down the Serial Number of your HA to claim it. Search a thread on this forum that talks specifically about this. Another member beside me also reported receiving his $150 gift card today as well. As for general pricing, if you go through your local audi channel, expect them to range in the low $6K to low $7K per Opn1 pair. If you buy them online, FactoryDirectHearing.com sells them for $3,700 per OPN1 pair, BuyHear.com sells them for $3,800 per OPN1 pair. The OPN2 and 3 are about $400 and $1K lower than the OPN1 respectively. Many people have bought them online and get initial and remote programming service for them from home just fine. I have insurance and my insurance company paid my local audi around $3700 (after they negotiated with my audi) and I paid my audi $310 out of pocket for a pair of OPN1, so if you can get a local audi to sell and service a pair of OPN1 for you for a price in the low $4K, I think that should be a good deal.
D.10. What new HAs are you referring to? The OPN1, 2, and 3 are already out. The rechargeable option (retrofitable to all OPN lines) and the physical miniRite telecoil version and the BTE13 PP version, and the new firmware package 4 with Speech Rescue LX and Tinnitus SoundSupport were just announced earlier this month (April'17). No availability date was included in the announcement. If you have reports that say late June'17 availability for these, please share here the sources of these reports. Noticeably absent was any mention of availability date for the ConnectClip 3.0 streamer that Android phone users have been told should come out in Q1'17. Some other sources seem to have revised this availability vaguely to late 2017.
D.11. You can try selling your Alta2 Pro on eBay. There are a lot of older HAs for sale on eBay. You should check to see if the warranty is transferable to a third party buyer or not before advertising that it's still under warranty. If I were you and can't get a good price for them on eBay, I'd keep it as a backup pair in case you need to send your new HAs in for repair.
Last edited by Volusiano; 04-16-2017 at 03:10 AM.
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