Audio-Technica unveils premium wooden headphones with a world’s first audio twist

The Audio-Technica ATH-WB2022 anniversary headphone process

Japanese Hi-Fi specialist Audio-Technica has unveiled a pair of luxury wireless headphones that feature a wooden housing. The new ATH-WB2022 will go on sale next year, as part of the brand’s 60th anniversary.

The housings are made from a combination of solid flame maple, walnut, and mahogany woods.

But that’s not the only thing that’s notable about these Bluetooth beauties. In a world’s first, the ATH-WB2022 will also introduce independent left-right balance, with separate batteries for each channel, and employ a  pair of audiophile-grade ESS DAC ES9038Q2M digital-to-analogue converters for higher fi left and right.

The housings are made from a combination of solid flame maple, walnut, and mahogany woods…

A close up of the Alcantara earpads on the Audio-Technica ATH-WB2022

The ATH-WB2022 will also feature newly designed 45mm HD drivers with a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coated diaphragm. Soft, sustainable Alcantara is used for the earpads and headband.

Codec support includes LDAC,  AAC and SBC. 24-bit/96 kHz high-resolution sound can be enjoyed via wireless or USB connections.

Battery life is claimed to be nine hours, and when that fades the headphones can continue to be used with a USB connection.  A multipoint pairing function allows two Bluetooth devices to be connected at once.

Want more control? The A-T Connect app offers a low latency mode, EQ adjustment and volume level.

These stylish headphones will be a limited edition, although Audio-Technica hasn’t specified just how many will be made available. The headphones will come with a rugged transport case, made in collaboration with Zero Halliburton.

Expect the ATH-WB2022 to sell for £2,599.99 (€3,000/$2,700) when they debut next year.

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