Audio-Technica, the Japanese high-tech designer, and maker of premium audio equipment is now coming out with their new ATH-DSR9BT Wireless Headphones. Before you shrug it off as just another overhyped set of headphones, check out what you can really expect from it. A Honolulu limousine service driver had the chance to preview the headphones at CES. Here’s the info he has gathered.
- Audio-Technica is an honored brand in the audio industry. They’ve been in the business since 1962, and they’ve reaped various awards through the years. They were among the pioneers in the design of headset microphones for use on stage. They’re the ones who have provided the audio solutions for both the Summer and Winter Olympics since 1996. This isn’t some cheap brand.
- The Bluetooth aptX HD-enabled ATH-DSR9BT will become the brand’s newest flagship model among its high performance over-the-ear wireless headphones. It has already won a CES Innovation 2017 award from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). It’s slated to come out in February 2017, with an estimated price tag of about $614.
- What’s great about this is that it doesn’t use the current DAC (digital to analog conversion) process that’s common these days. Instead, the digital signal remains digital, from the source (which refers to all your mp3s and other music files) to the drivers on the headset.
- The problem with DAC is that the conversion from digital to analog inevitably results in some sort of distortion. Because of this new process and technology, you can then hear the most accurate reproduction of the song you’re listening to.
- This was made possible by the new Pure Digital Drive system developed by Audio-Technica. The wireless headphone also differs with standard wireless headphones by using a Trigence Semiconductor Dnote chipset, which was also specially designed to keep the audio signal totally digital from source to the drivers.
- The exclusive 45mm True Motion D/A drivers come with a 4-core voice coil. This coil transforms the digital signals into extremely smooth and efficient movements of the headphone diaphragm. This diaphragm has even been coated with carbon material that looks like a diamond!
- The ATH-DSR9BT can handle all codecs used for Bluetooth audio streaming. In other words, with this, you get more sound detail with your iOS and Android devices than with regular headphones. It’s NFC-enabled, so Bluetooth pairing with your tablet and smartphone will be easy.
- With a USB connection, you can also use it for high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio playback with your desktop computer.
- The controls are easy to adjust even when you’re on the move while you’re wearing them. There are even lights on it that tell you whether the headphones have paired with your device, what codec is being used, and the status of your battery.
- It looks great too, as the gray finish is subtly appealing with the sophisticated silver sheen of the outer cups. The padding is enough for comfort, and it’s also deep enough that it won’t press on your ears. To keep it looking great, it comes with a hard-shell carry case.
All in all, the future of faithful digital audio reproduction looks great and it’s the new age of non-DAC conversion is brought to you by the revolutionary Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT.