Flamed maple and premium sound to woo audiophiles
When making headphones, each brand chooses the materials it considers most appropriate for the type of proposal they represent. If you are looking for a resistant model, it is logical to bet on a rugged and more rubbery finish as is the case with sports options, while more premium models usually resort to the use of metal. An example of this is Apple’s recent AirPods Max.
However, when we enter the so-called audiophile headphones sector, these materials tend to change much more. Philips in its Fidelio X3 bets on a fabric that favors that open design and lets the sound out, avoiding auditory fatigue and allowing you to enjoy greater fidelity in how the material that is played should be heard.
However, the latest Audio-Technica proposal decides to use another type of unconventional material in most headphones that we are used to seeing in our day to day: wood. To be exact, Audio-Technica ATH-WP900 use flamed maple wood.
This material not only provides a very clear aesthetic distinctive. Also, according to the manufacturer itself, they allow offering a higher quality sound experience and that is why they really receive the focus of being a product for audiophiles, because it will be the most demanding users who best appreciate what they represent. Or so they expect from the brand itself to happen.
Logically beyond the wood, the electronics and the rest of the internal components of this headphones have to accompany. So here we have two transducers or drivers 53 mm with a special heavy coating so that the sound reproduction is as accurate as possible in each and every one of the frequencies of each song.
Then there is the details of cables that are detachable, so that you can replace them if necessary or to be able to change them for others of greater length if you want. It also includes two variants so you can connect them to an amplifier or mobile device through the classic TRS or TRRS Jack.
Design and quality are paid
The only real problem with this new Audio-Technica proposal is that sound quality and design have to be paid for, but dropping certain amounts for wired headphones is something that the vast majority will find much more complicated.
Wired headphones are not appreciated by most users in the same way as wireless headphones, although the difference in quality is notable. On many occasions comfort is rewarded more than quality. And it is logical, because certain concessions can be made if with this you gain versatility of use. Although if what you really care about is listening to everything with the best possible quality, then the Technical Audio ATH-WP900 could be an option to consider.
In addition, it cannot be denied that this flamed ace suits him quite well, thus being an elegant product for the vast majority of users. But you will have to pay, some 550 euros. So still stick with the ATH M50-x which sound great and are much more affordable for most.
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