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Wooden meets wi-fi for Audio-Technica’s newest headphones

Sixty years is a milestone price celebrating – which is precisely what Audio Technica is doing with its latest set of wi-fi headphones. The ATH-WB2022 has been given the complete picket enclosure remedy, reserved for the very best of the Japanese agency’s high-end fashions.

It joins the revived Sound Burger moveable document participant and limited-run AT-MC2022 stylus cartridge as the newest in a line of birthday exclusives.

Audio Technica’s mix of stable flame maple, walnut, and mahogany woods is seemingly nice for absorbing undesirable vibrations, letting the newly-designed 45mm drivers ship ‘studio-level sound high quality’, whereas the alcantara-wrapped ear cups and headband present a luxuriously comfortable match.

It doesn’t skimp on helpful extras like on-ear buttons for music and quantity controls, muting the built-in microphone (useful for voice calls) and waking your telephone’s voice assistant.

There’s quite a bit happening beneath, together with an ESS ES9038Q2M DAC and separate battery powering every channel, for a totally unbiased left-right stability that isn’t affected by cross speak. They will play 24-bit/96kHz wirelessly utilizing the LDAC Bluetooth codec, or wired over USB. The latter allows you to preserve listening even as soon as the batteries have run flat. Moveable listening needs to be good for as much as 9 hours.

These ultra-exclusive over-ears will set you again a considerable £2600/€3000/$2700 after they go on sale early subsequent 12 months, direct from the Audio Technica website. Solely a restricted quantity will go into manufacturing, and Audio Technica isn’t saying precisely what number of will discover properties, so in case you’re eager you may wish to break the bank card out early.

That type of scratch doesn’t simply purchase the headphones, both: every pair comes with a rugged case designed with assist from Zero Halliburton, the corporate trusted to make Apollo 11’s lunar baggage for bringing moon rocks again to earth.

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