CES 2020 | Audio-Technica's 2020 line-up includes TWS earbuds and premium over-ear headphones
Audio-Technica has announced a plethora of new high-end personal listening devices at this year's CES. They include the OEM's first-ever TWS earbuds that also have noise-cancelling technology. It combines the active form of this feature (or ANC) with digital cancellation, and is delivered by microphones placed before and behind the earbuds' drivers.
It is found in Audio-Technica's new true-wireless flagship, the QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW buds. They, along with the new ATH-CKS5TW and ATH-CK3TW TWS products, are also outfitted with Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm's cVc Clear Voice Capture and the aptX codec. The ANC300TWs and ATH-CK3TWs also feature Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus, which enhances consistency while streaming.
The QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TWs are to be made available in early 2020, and have a suggested retail price of US$249. The ATH-CKS5TWs and ATH-CK3TWs are on sale now, and cost about $169 and $119 respectively.
The ATH-AWKT and ATH-AWAS are Audio-Technica's new "audiophile" offerings. They are closed-back headphones with 53 millimeter (mm) drivers, and are finished with Japanese Kokutan (striped ebony) and Asada Zakura (cherry) wood respectively. They will be available in March 2020, and cost US$1,899 for the ATH-AWKT or US$1,399 for the ATH-AWAS.
Those looking for slightly less expensive over-ears could also look at the new ATH-WP900s, which will be $650 and are to be released at the same time as the more premium options. This pair is finished in flamed maple-wood. Alternatively, the $1200 ATH-IEX1 in-ear headphones feature a "standard-setting" hybrid multi-driver system.