Astell&Kern Teams with Beyerdynamic, Jerry Harvey Audio on Headphones, In-Ear Monitors
The high-resolution audio player maker Astell&Kern has announced the fruits of two collaborations: the AK T5p second-generation headphone, produced in partnership with and by headphone manufacturer Beyerdynamic and Diana, a new universal fit in-ear monitor (IEM) designed by IEM manufacturer Jerry Harvey Audio.
The hand-built-in-Germany AK T5p second-generation headphone has been tuned for Astell&Kern players to showcase clarity and bass for listeners, says the company. It uses Beyerdynamic’s high-efficiency/low-impedance Tesla Technology™ transducers. The headphones come with a detachable cable that is specifically designed for the AK T5p; it is made of four pure silver cables and four OCC copper cables braided together, designed specifically to present the exact characteristics of the headphone’s Tesla Technology drivers; the cable is terminated in a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced connector to match the Balanced Headphone Out on Astell&Kern players. A 2.5mm-to-3.5mm adapter and a quarter-inch connection adaptor are also included. Also featured: premium sheepskin earpads and headbands. A decorative black metal faceplate completes the design; a carrying case is also included for storage.
The AK T5p is being produced in a limited quantity of 1,000 pieces and is available for $1,199.
The Diana Siren Series Universal Fit IEMs, developed by Jerry Harvey Audio and manufactured in-house by Astell&Kern, feature Jerry Harvey’s patented Freqphase technology, with a new sound bore design first developed and adapted for the Billie Jean IEMs. Their full-metal aluminum shell, says the company, provides a more solid sound profile that limits distortion across all sound ranges.
Diana features a three-way, three-driver design that provides a dedicated single high, single mid-range and single low balanced armature per channel. Jerry Harvey, said the company, developed a new Balanced Armature Driver for Diana designed to offer reference-quality IEMs for mastering and mixing works. The high-range drivers are designed to deliver everything with minimum distortion, while the mid driver offers flat sound from 10Hz to 5kHz. The bass driver was designed for an even steeper low-pass effect with no distortion, according to the company.
Also included with the Diana is an all-new 2-pin 2.5mm balanced cable first developed for the AK T5p. Additional accessories include a 2.5mm-to-3.5mm adapter, silicon ear tips (small, medium and large) and a carrying case. Diana will be available in December for $799.