Our managing editor is gambling our salaries away at the Las Vegas CES this year. And he’s sent a hi-res carrier pigeon over to our headquarters with updates on the latest audiophile news. What kind of new toys can you expect this year? Let’s look at the CES 2020 new headphone announcements.
CES 2020 New Headphone Announcements
Shure is finally launching their first true wireless earbuds, the Aonic 215. The Aonic 215 is an evolution of the original wired SE 215 (also available wireless with Bluetooth cable), which is their ever popular entry level IEM. Shure boasts 8 hours of battery life from a single charge with 24 extra hours of juice in the charging case. Shure has steered away from noise cancelling, since their sound isolation is so solid. In fact, they’ve even added an “environment mode”, which invites in sound from your surroundings. Selling at $279, the Aeonic 215 will be available in the spring.
Watch out, Sennheiser and Sony. Shure is releasing their own over-ear wireless headphones, the Aonic 50, which will be priced at $399. Sporting powerful ANC that’s purportedly as good as Sony’s WH-1000XM3, the Aonic 50 also offers 20 hours of use on a single charge. It’s reported to deliver a neutralish sound signature. So for purists, this is exciting news. But you’ll have to wait till spring 2020.
Klipsch is killing it out there with their next innovative designs. The company is introducing the the T10 and T5 True Wireless earphones. Both models employ artificial intelligence that can read your mind to find out which Spotify track you want to play next. They will also feature ANC technology.
T10 True Wireless
The Klipsch T10 will sport the same balanced armature drivers as the Klipsch X10i and will sell for a whopping $649. The T10 will be available in the fall of 2020.
T5 True Wireless
The T5 is more affordable at $299, featuring ANC, 32 hours of total battery life and an optimized signal boost antenna. It will be available in the Autumn of 2020.
T5 Sport True Wireless
It’s all about the case. Dust proof and water-tight with an IPX7 rating, the T5’s case even features a moisture removal system. And let’s be honest. No one enjoys moist earphones. It is also capable of charging wirelessly.
The Klipsch T5 II
The engineers at Klipsch are obviously taking steroids because in addition to the three models above, they’re also introducing the T5 II True Wireless, which the next version of its predecessor, the T5. They’ve improved the ergonomics of the ear bud and nozzle and implemented a new signal boost antenna. The metal case is also slimmer and offers 24 hours of battery life. It will be available in the summer.
Elite Active 65t
The Elite Active 65t true wireless earbuds were a huge hit. Now, Jabra is taking it one step further with the Elite Active 75t. The 75t is smaller and more durable than the previous version with better ergonomics and longer battery life, at 7.5hrs. The Elite Active 75t will be available in February 2020, for $199.
In addition to their latest releases, the WP900 and the IEX1, Audio-Technica has launched its next true wireless model, the ATH-ANC300TW. It’s the company’s first true wireless model to feature their ANC technology. Priced at $230, the ANC300TW is receiving tons of accolades at CES for its sound quality and noise-cancellation effectiveness. But, of course, this shortens battery life. Can’t win ’em all. For more information about this model, check out AndroidCentral’s first impressions.
1More is becoming huge, and their fan base grows exponentially every year. Well, now they have announced their new true wireless model, which employs hybrid active noise-cancellation and dual dynamic drivers, as well as the option to charge wirelessly. These earbuds are priced at $199 and are available for pre-order.
More updates to come…Actually probably not. But the heating is broken at MajorHiFi and I’ve expended all my energy on not dying from hypothermia. I hope my boss is enjoying the mild Las Vegas climate.
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