Audio-Technica has been making lovely wood high-end headphones for 1 / 4 of a century – its first have been the ATH-W10VTG in 1996 – and fortunately (as a result of we’re but to listen to a nasty pair), it does not seem like calling it a day on that exact manufacturing line. The Japanese audio model has simply introduced the European availability of the brand new ATH-WP900 moveable headphones with flame maple housings.
The corporate has used many kinds of woods for its extra home-friendly over-ears prior to now, such because the Japanese striped ebony hardwood Kokutan for the ATH-AWKT and Asada Zakura birch for the ATH-AWAS, and now maple has been chosen for its mixture of stiffness and density, qualities that make them good candidates for string devices akin to guitars and violins. Talking of string devices, every distinctive flame maple-finished housing is created by Japanese guitar producer Fujigen.
The ATH-WP900 promise to accompany their interesting aesthetics with the sonic items too, with their 53mm giant diameter driver, coated in diamond-like carbon. A high-power magnet is designed to supply “superlative low-range audio”, whereas the foam-packed, artificial leather-finished ear pads and swivel ear cup design have been made with lengthy listening periods and portability in thoughts.
Removable A2DC connectors provide excessive sound high quality and sturdiness, too, and included within the field, along with a carrying pouch, are removable 3.5mm (3-pole stereo mini-plug) and balanced 4.4mm (5-pole balanced mini-plug) cables.
The Audio-Technica ATH-WP900 headphones can be found within the UK and Europe from March, priced £599 (€699).