- 16 channel sound processing
- Phonak’s QUEST platform
- Selection of size and formats across ITE range
- Multiple sound processing algorithms
- Includes Virto Q70 Nano
The Phonak Virto Q70 is the technology level that sits below Phonak’s premium Q90 and above the Q50. With multi-tier technologies it is always interesting to look at what is left out and what features remain so that you can decide whether this is both the right product, the right range and the right technology for your specific lifestyle.
There are a number of elements that we can take as read. Phonak is a very high quality hearing aid manufacturer and the quality that exists within their products does not vary with price or technology so you can rest assured that the Virto Q70 will not be a cheap or shoddy product. In addition the core processing will remain common across the products, in this case the Virto uses the QUEST platform so the basic fundamental heart of the system is as good as it currently gets.
So compared to the Virto Q90 what is missing in the Q70?
There are a reduced number of programs available – down to four from five but surveys show that the majority of people tend to use a single program so that’s surely not enough of a difference.
There are a number of algorithms that are not present in the Q70 which have been used in the Q90. Speech In Wind, stereo AutoZoom, auto ZoomControl, FlexControl and EchoBlock are all available only in the top end product. Algorithms such as these do not work in isolation but rather contribute to the overall sound quality of a device so it is a very subjective view as to whether the lack of such would be sufficient to justify the selection of the Q90 over the Q70.
There are also some algorithms that are present but in a reduced specification to that available in the Q90. UltraZopom drops from premium to advanced and SoundFlow is also a lower spec system.
Finally the number of channels drops from 20 in the Virto Q90 to 16 in the Virto Q70, although one must consider that until recently 16 channel technology would have been rated extremely highly.
In summary, we think that the Phonak Q70 certainly still has a lot to say for itself and before blindly choosing the highest priced product it is worthy of close scrutiny.