DALI Introduce IO-12 State Of The Art ANC Headphones

DALI is entering the high-end wireless headphone market with the announcement of their IO-12 Bluetooth headset. With this $1,300 pair of headphones, DALI looks to bring a true HiFi sound over wireless, taking inspiration and design principles from their line of high-end loudspeakers.

One of those design principles is their SMC magnet driver, which features a low-loss rubber surround, rigid paper fiber cone, and low resonance enclosures. This looks to give the IO-12 ultimate clarity and dynamic capabilities that you would expect from any DALI speaker. These are the world’s first headphones to feature such technology. With this design, the IO-12 wants you to enjoy an immersive HiFi experience whether or not you’re plugged in or completely wireless.

Key Features 

  • World’s First Headphones with DALI’s patented Soft Magnetic Compound (SMC) Magnet System
  • True Hi-Fi Wireless Headphones
  • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
  • On/Off/Transparency
  • Wind Noise Suppression
  • Advanced ANC
  • Passive ‘off-mode’ filter for high-end passive listening
  • High-performance Qualcomm and Sony Chipsets
  • Transparency Mode
  • Custom-developed 50mm, SMC-based Drivers
  • Large-capacity Battery (Up to 35 Hours of Listening)
  • Real Leather Ear-pads and Headband
  • Bluetooth Audio Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
  • USB-C Charging
  • Hi-Res (up to 24Bit/96kHz) USB Audio
  • Voice Assist Support


  • Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]: 10 – 48,000
  • Maximum SPL [dB]: 100
  • Wireless Input Audio Codecs: AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
  • Headphone Principle: Closed-back circumaural (over-ear)
  • Full Range Driver: 50 mm with SMC-based magnet system
  • Battery Playback Time: Up to 35 hours
  • Impedance (Passive mode) [ohms]: 25
  • Connection Input: Bluetooth® 5.2, 3.5 mm mini jack, USB-C
  • Input Audio Formats: 16 – 24 bit audio, 32/44.1/48/96 kHz sample rate

The DALI IO-12 is available for pre-order now at Audio46.

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