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Audio-Technica introduces pure digital wireless headphones

Keeping it pure

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 6, 2017 at 8:35 AM


  • Audio specialist Audio-Technica has unveiled its new flagship high performance over-the-ear wireless headphones – the Bluetooth aptX HD-enabled ATH-DSR9BT.
    The DSR9BT’s were the winner of a CES Innovation 2017 award from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA); the manufacturer has also announced the slightly less premium ATH-DSR7BT. These wireless models are the first headphones to employ Audio-Technica’s Pure Digital Drive system, proprietary technology that, along with advancements in driver design, keeps the original audio signal completely digital from source.

    To successfully execute the Pure Digital Drive system technology, the ATH-DSR9BT and ATH-DSR7BT have been designed from the ground-up by Audio-Technica’s leading audio-engineers. Unlike conventional wireless headphones this new series uses a specially designed Trigence Semiconductor Dnote chipset to keep the audio signal completely digital from the source direct to the headphone drivers. Exclusively designed 45mm True Motion D/A drivers feature a four-core voice coil (single-core on ATH-DSR7BT) that processes complex digital signals for the smooth movement of the diamond-like carbon material coated diaphragm.

    The headphones support wireless aptX HD, aptX, AAC and SBC codecs up to 24-bit/48kHz signals in Bluetooth mode while they can handle high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio playback from compatible devices, such as a PC, via a USB connection. Both headphones are also NFC-enabled for easy one-touch Bluetooth pairing with an NFC compatible device such as a smartphone or tablet.

    Both headphones are designed for a secure but ultra comfortable fit, boasting memory-foam that creates a personalised fit, evenly dispersing headphone weight across the head. The duo allows easy control on the move, boasting touch controls for playback, pause, volume and answering/ending calls. Three lights on the housing indicate whether the headphones are paired with a device, which codec is in use, as well as displaying battery life status.

    Both models come supplied with a two metre USB cable for charging and connection to a PC or Mac while the ATH-DSR9BT arrives with a hardshell carry case, the ATH-DSR7BT a carry pouch for protecting the headphones when travelling.

    The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9B and ATH-DSR7BT will both be available in February 2017, priced at £499 and £299 respectively.

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