Yamaha has unveiled the YH-L700A, a pair of noise-cancelling supra-ear headphones with support for space audio. This feature uses head tracking to provide a more immersive listening experience.
The headphones have 40mm speakers with a frequency response covering the range of 8 Hz to 40 kHz. These have a closed design and when connected via the 3.5mm jack, they support high-resolution audio.
If you want to use them wirelessly, they offer Bluetooth 5.0 with AAC and aptX Adaptive support. However, Dolby Atmos (or an alternative multichannel format) does not seem to be supported.
Instead, the YH-L700A features the 3D Sound Field feature, which takes common stereo audio and simulates multichannel content. There are several sound modes that you can set using the companion app (available for Android and iOS).
Listening Optimizer uses a microphone inside each headset to continuously monitor the sound you hear and customize the sound for optimal listening. Things like adjusting the headset and getting a good seal can affect the perceived sound, these are just the conditions that the optimizer listens to.
Yamaha claims that its advanced active noise cancellation is better than your regular ANC, which can alter sound while removing noise. Advanced ANC uses both an external microphone and an internal microphone to remove only noise without affecting music. There is also an Ambient Sound mode with a dedicated button to turn it on and off.
Some frequencies are more difficult to hear at lower volume levels. Listening Care can amplify only these frequencies to make them more audible without increasing the overall volume. It also monitors background noise and makes similar adjustments to ensure the right balance.
The battery life with ANC enabled is really good, 34 hours with a single charge. Charging (using the supplied USB A-to-C cable) takes about 3 and a half hours. The 3D sound field feature is a huge battery discharge, however, reducing the total listening time (with ANC enabled) to just 11 hours.
The headphones weigh 330g and have a swivel/foldable design, and you get a rigid carrying case to keep them safe. And you’ll feel like it, because it’s not cheap.
The Yamaha YH-L700A will be available in August and will cost €520/£450. We also spotted them in Australia at AUD 700.
PS. in case you missed it, check out our article on lossless, high-resolution and spatial audio.
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