August 27, 2012 by Grant Clauser
You better have something good to listen to, because Yamaha has something new to listen with. Joining the ranks of Denon, Klipsch, Polk and many other home audio companies, Yamaha will soon have its own line of high-end headphones.
The new releases noted that many high-performance headphones are tuned to specific types of music (Denon’s Urban Raver headphones emphasize bass). Yamaha is going for a more purist impact by being loyal to the music “delivering natural sound that is balanced yet vivid, with an exceptional soundstage.” They’re also designed to look cool.
All three noise isolation (not noise cancellation) models use proprietary driver design with neodymium magnets.
• The PRO 300 (MSRP $199.95) has an on-ear design and is the lightest and most compact of the three models. Available in piano black, racing blue and ivory white.
• The PRO 400 (MSRP $299.95) has an over-ear design that provides added noise isolation and more robust sound via larger drivers and ear cups. Available in piano black and ivory white.
• The PRO 500 (MSRP $399.95), the flagship model of the line, also features an over-ear design and adds better drivers and rigid aluminum alloy ear cups. Available in racing blue and piano black.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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