CES 2020: Audio-Technica Introduces New Headphones

Frank Lenk


Published: 01/07/2020 08:00:13 PM EST in CES 2020

CES 2020: Audio-Technica Introduces New Headphones

At CES, Audio-Technica is introducing new audio products ranging from audiophile headphones to a belt-drive turntable.

New products on show include the company's "first truly wireless noise-cancelling in-ear headphones," a new turntable, high-performance headphones with exotic wood finishes, a new line of mics for podcasting, and more.

Handcrafted Wood

QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW are described as "truly wireless" in-ear headphones, based on next-generation wireless technology and a digital-hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) system that places microphones both in front of and behind the audio driver, with one of the mics mounted horizontally within the sound chamber. This is said to provide "an ideal balance" of ambient noise reduction and audio performance.

The headphones support Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and other codecs. A hear-through function optionally lets in some ambient sound. Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus keeps latency low and ensures that audio streams are stable. ATH-ANC300TW headphones will be available in the spring, at US$249.00 SRP.

ATH-CKS5TW and ATH-CK3TW are truly wireless in-ear headphones offering long battery life, IPX2 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX. Qualcomm cVc Clear Voice Capture improves clarity during phone conversations. An Auto Power On/Off feature turns the headphones on and connects them to a paired device when they're removed from their case. They're currently available in a variety of colors, at US$169.00 and US$119.00 SRP, respectively.

ATH-AWKT and ATH-AWAS are high-performance over-ear audiophile headphones, and ATH-WP900 are portable headphones, all featuring "beautifully crafted" woods and to-notch sound quality. The ATH-IEX1 features a hybrid multi-driver system. All four models include detachable standard and balanced cables.

ATH-AWKT, ATH-AWAS and ATH-WP900 are handcrafted in Tokyo, featuring hosings from Kokutan striped ebony, Asada Zakura ironwood and flamed maple wood. The high density of these woods is said to suppress unwanted resonances and help improve sound quality. Other features include large-diameter drivers, high-flux-density magnetic circuits, and Double Air Damping System. These three models will be available in March, at US$1,899.,00, US$1,399.00 and US$650.00 SRP, respectively. The ATH-IEX1 will be available in January, at US$1,200.00 SRP.

ATH-SPORT90BT and ATH-SPORT60BT headphones feature IPX5-rated water resistance, built-in headphone amplifiers, built-in mic, controls for portable device operation, and comfortable ‘stay-in-place' design.

The ATH-SPORT90BT also has a built-in 4GB music player, and a switchable ambient sound ‘hear-through' function. The ATH-SPORT60BT allow connection to two Bluetooth devices at once. Both models will be available this spring, at US$159.00 SRP and US$79.00 SRP, respectively.

Turning Heads

Audio-Technica is also announcing the AT-LPW50PB, a belt-drive turntable that features a high-gloss piano black finish, support for both 33-1/3 and 45RPM discs, professional-grade aluminum platter, speed-sensor monitored motor and anti-resonance plinth. A straight-line carbon-fiber tonearm is fitted with an AT-VM95E moving-magnet phono cartridge. A phono preamp is built in, and all cables are included. The turntable will be available this spring, at US$399.00 SRP.

The Audio-Technical ATR Series of microphones is featuring improved performance and new styling. The line includes a dozen models, aimed at applications including podcasting, video recording, and music vocals, ranging in price from US$149.00 to US$19.00 SRP.

Other products highlighted at CES include: ATR2x-USB 3.5mm to USB-C digital microphone adapter (US$19.99 SRP); AT-OC9X Series cartridges (from US$239.00 to US$729.00 SRP); and ATH-G1WL wireless and ATH-G1 wired gaming headsets with boom mics (US$249.00 and US$169.00 SRP respectively).

Audio-Technica is exhibiting at CES in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 1, booth #20648.

Image: Audio-Technica ATH-AWAS headphones.





Article Tags:  Audio-Technica, headphones, turntable, belt-drive, CES, CES 2020

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