Audio-Technica has released the latest product in celebration of its 60th anniversary: the ATH-WB2022 wireless headphones.
The wireless, wooden headphones are a limited edition and feature balanced audio output with support for up to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution listening.
The company says wood was chosen not only for its beautiful aesthetic but also its sonic properties. Crafted in Audio-Technica’s facility in Naruse, the housings are made from flame maple, walnut, and mahogany, and are provided by renowned Japanese guitar maker Fujigen.
The combination of the different woods also yields excellent acoustic damping properties, says Audio-Technica, which helps provide purer, more natural audio reproduction. To complement the stunning woods, the earpads and headband are made from Alcantara, a sustainable material with a soft, comfortable texture.
The ATH-WB2022’s balanced audio output system employs two ESS ES9038Q2M DACs, one for each channel. Two top of the line Nisshinbo Micro Devices’ MUSES05 op-amps are used for each channel for the input and for the output stage, in a fully balanced configuration to ensure good channel separation, imaging, and transient response.
In addition, the ATH-WB2022 uses separate, rechargeable batteries for each channel. This exclusive balanced audio output system ensures clarity and resolution, with zero crosstalk or noise between the left and right channels.
The ATH-WB2022 incorporates a new 45 mm driver with a powerful magnetic circuit and a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coated diaphragm. The headphones are compatible with the high-quality LDAC and AAC codecs and support high-resolution up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio playback via wireless audio or its USB connection.
The ATH-WB2022 comes with a high-quality Audio-Technica condenser mic for clear audio quality when making phone calls. It offers up to nine hours of continuous use on a full charge, and its multipoint pairing function allows you to stay connected to two Bluetooth devices at once. The handy earcup buttons offer control of music, microphone, and voice assistant functions, and the headphones can be used with Audio-Technica’s AT Connect app for additional control and EQ options including a low-latency mode.
The ATH-WB2022 comes with two high-quality 6N-OFC cables, a USB-C to USB-A cable, and a USB-C to USB-C cable. It is supplied with a premium case as part of Audio-Technica’s partnership with Zero Halliburton.
The limited-edition Audio-Technica ATH-WB2022 wireless wooden headphones will be available early 2023 at a suggested retail price of US$2,700.