Yamaha has big plans for the presentation of the new headphone line-up, not least with the three true wireless in-ear headphones Yamaha TW-E7A, Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E3A, which on the one hand are quite sporty companions, but primarily with the finest Yamaha True Sound through exclusive Yamaha technologies such as Yamaha Listening Care technology in particular. The top model also has active noise suppression.
It is somewhat surprising that a company of the calibre of the Japanese consumer electronics group Yamaha did not really take the offensive for a long time in one of the most flourishing areas of consumer electronics as a whole, namely the headphones segment. Hardly any other area has seen such impressive growth in recent years, from entry-level models across all sectors to the high-end segment. But now Yamaha is looking to make a strong impact in this area too, with a new product line-up that is fully in line with the company’s motto that has been the focus of attention for years: feel true sound!
Yamaha is, of course, playing a decisive role in this: no other manufacturer in the consumer electronics sector can draw on such extensive expertise as Yamaha when it comes to music. From the first note of an instrument to recording, live performance and playback in the home, the Group is active in all areas. Yamaha is the only consumer electronics company in the world that can offer a complete range of solutions for music, is one of the leading instrument manufacturers, and is a major player in the industry for studio equipment, from recording to mixing and mastering, and is also a professional sound reinforcement company. So Yamaha has a deep understanding of how music has to sound “right”, giving a whole new meaning to the company’s motto “True Sound”.
It is only logical that Yamaha’s new headphone line-up focuses on two product groups that are proving to be particularly successful in the marketplace: over-ear headphones with integrated active noise suppression and so-called True Wireless In-ear headphones. In addition to the Yamaha YH-E700A over-ear headphones, Yamaha now presents the Yamaha TW-E7A, Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E3A.
True to their name, the Yamaha TW-E7A, Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E3A True Wireless In-ear Headphones are designed to provide freedom of movement by eliminating the need for cables. This is matched by the fact that they are solutions that are just as well equipped for sporting use as for listening to music while relaxing or on the way to work in the old days. Everything here is designed to deliver “True Sound”, with the most advanced equipment, close collaboration with technology suppliers such as Qualcomm, and the use of proprietary exclusive technologies to achieve it.
A glance at the data sheet reveals that the three new models in the True Wireless In-ear headphones section of Yamaha’s new product line-up are, at least in some essential areas, in part largely and in part completely the same, so that all models are indeed based on the best possible foundations.
This is especially true for the driver that is used here, because even the smallest model, the Yamaha TW-E3A, uses a dynamic driver with a diameter of 6 mm. The Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha E7A even use drivers with a diameter of 6.2 mm. The bottom line in the data sheet for all three models is a frequency range of 20 Hz up to 20 kHz, which the inear headphones can cover, although this is probably due to the signal transmission via Bluetooth.
The developers are relying on the “standard”, if you want to put it that way, because all three models use a Bluetooth 5.0 module from specialist Qualcomm. Yamaha has been working closely with Qualcomm for many years, and has now added mobile audio to the range.
The lowest common denominator for Bluetooth transmission is of course the SBC codec, which uses lossy compression. However, the Yamaha TW-E3A, Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E7A models also support AAC for smartphones with Apple iOS, as well as aptX, so that in practice signal transmission with “CD quality” is always guaranteed. For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned here that all three models support the A2DP, AVRCP, HFP and HSP profiles.
One of the most important features of the new True Wireless In-ear Headphones is Yamaha Listening Care, which is already offered by the Yamaha TW-E3A, and of course the Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E7A.
With Yamaha Listening Care Technology, the manufacturer’s promise is that playback will be able to take full effect at all times, even in different environments. Yamaha Listening Care Technology aims to ensure that frequencies are intelligently tuned to the listening situation, a technique that goes beyond ordinary equalizer settings and has its origins in Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer Technology, or Yamaha YPAO, from the AV receiver segment.
Especially in noisy environments, the level is often simply increased. Yamaha Listening Care prevents this typical user reaction and protects the listener from unnecessarily high volumes. Fine-tuning of the sound also ensures that even at low levels, the sound is more balanced and that the entire frequency spectrum is heard in a harmoniously balanced way.
However, only the Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E7A models have one very interesting feature, namely Yamaha Ambient Sound. Because In-ear headphones are designed to provide very good shielding from ambient noise, this feature allows you to participate in your surroundings when it is beneficial, such as when you are outdoors. The integrated microphones are used to hear ambient noise to a degree that can be determined by the user.
If you want to enjoy music completely free from all kinds of noise, you need to go for the Yamaha TW-E7A, which even has Active Noise Cancelling, or simply ANC.
Of course, the three models can also be used as a hands-free kit, as we have already mentioned the integrated microphones. In addition, voice control is of course also supported, be it Apple Siri or Google Assistant.
The Yamaha TW-E3A, Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E7A headphones naturally have sensor fields for easy control, but a suitable app is also available with the Yamaha Headphones Controller App for Google Android and Apple iOS.
It should be emphasised that the complete in-ear range is IPX5 certified and can therefore be used in all weather conditions. Also a use in sports is possible.
In order to allow for more extensive training, the Yamaha TW-E3A has a playing time of up to six hours, the Yamaha TW-E5A even six and a half hours, whereas the Yamaha TW-E7A with integrated ANC lasts “only” five hours. What all three have in common is that they each come with a matching transport case, which in turn has an integrated battery to act as a power bank. The inear headphones can be charged three times each while on the move. The transport case can be charged via USB-C, whereby a USB-C to USB-A cable is part of the scope of delivery. Complete charging is expected to take only two hours.
The package also contains a selection of earpieces in various sizes, so that comfortable use is always guaranteed, even for hours on end. The Yamaha TW-E3A comes in sizes XS, S, M and L, with two pairs of silicone sleeves (small and medium) specially shaped to provide a secure fit. The Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E7A even come with five Eartips and three Silicone Sleeves.
The Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E7A are offered in two versions each, black and white. The Yamaha TW-E3A is also likely to be available in other colours, including pink and blue in addition to black and white. The solutions are expected to be available in specialist shops as early as October 2020.
Getting to the point
True to their name, the True Wireless In-ear headphones Yamaha TW-E7A, Yamaha TW-E5A and Yamaha TW-E3A are designed to provide freedom of movement by eliminating cables completely. This is matched by the fact that they are solutions that are just as well equipped for sporting use as for listening to music while relaxing or on the way to work in the old days. Everything here is designed to deliver “True Sound”, with the most advanced equipment, close collaboration with technology suppliers such as Qualcomm, and the use of proprietary exclusive technologies to achieve it.
|Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
|Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
|Yamaha TW-E7A € 243,-
Yamaha TW-E5A € 174,-
Yamaha TW-E3A: k. A.