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Lenbrook Launches DALI’s IO Headphones

Offer wireless freedom that can also be used wired for connection to legacy sources and in-flight entertainment systems.

Lenbrook Americas has announced the launch of DALI IO headphones to the U.S. market. Two “over ear” models to start, the IO-6 ($499 U.S. MSRP) is an Active Noise Canceling (ANC) wireless headphone while the IO-4 ($399) offers similar features and performance without ANC. Both IO models use a large 50mm driver with Neodymium magnet in a closed-back design. Bluetooth 5.0, AAC, and aptX HD provide wireless freedom and convenience though either model can be used wired, if so desired. The IO models are offered in choice of Iron Black or Caramel White and available to order now, with deliveries commencing in November.

Starting with a custom-designed 50mm driver, utilized in both the IO-6 and IO-4, DALI engineers chose a paper fiber diaphragm, similar to what is found in their most expensive speaker designs. They then used an optimized neodymium magnet system to achieve low distortion, minimal coloration, and accurate dynamics, according to the company.

DALI IO headphones are designed primarily with wireless Bluetooth use in mind. They support the latest high-quality audio codecs: AptX, AptX HD, and Apple AAC. DALI IO headphones use a USB-C connector.

In addition to Bluetooth and USB connection, IO headphones also incorporate a traditional wired analog jack input located on the left ear cup. The wired input enables connection to legacy sources and in-flight entertainment systems, and works when the headphones are switched either on or off. When the headphones are switched “off,” they operate in a simple passive mode; none of its control functions will be operational. Use in passive mode means that a drained battery need not interrupt headphone listening.

The IO-6 differs from the IO-4 by incorporating active noise cancellation (ANC), to cut out any sound disturbances from the outside world as well as adding a separate, more powerful, amplification section. However, in forgoing ANC, the IO-4 is able to double its battery life to 60-hours per charge.

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