Austrian Audio expands its range with cost-effective wired and wireless headphones
Austrian Audio has unveiled two entry-level additions to its impressive Hi-X series. The HI-X15 wired and wireless HI-X25BT closed-back headphones are designed for both private broadcasting and professional audio.
The new models arrive just months after the company’s first foray into headphones with the five-star Hi-X50 and Hi-X55 headphones. Formed by former AKG employees after the brand’s migration to California, Austrian Audio has a pedigree of expertise in studio technology that has extended beyond its initial microphone offering in the headphone line. Hi-X.
Starting with the more affordable option, the Hi-X15 wired earbuds are priced at £ 89 ($ 119) and have a folding design with metal hinges for easy storage and durability. The closed construction and insulation of the Hi-X15 headphones provide insulation suitable for studios and performance spaces as well as the home. A 1.4m mini-jack terminated cable is included, but other lengths are available for purchase at an additional cost.
With the HI-X25BT, you have the choice of wired or wireless, with detachable USB-C and USB-C-to-3.5mm cables, as well as built-in Bluetooth 5 for up to 30 minutes of wireless listening time. time. The earbuds have built-in microphones for taking calls and touch controls to control music playback. The Hi-X25BT is priced at £ 135 ($ 179) and included in the box a 1.4m mini-jack cable, a 1.2m USB-C cable and adapters for USB-C-to-USB. USB-A and 3.5-to-6.3mm jack.
Both models have a low impedance of 25 ohms to improve performance when used with low power outputs like mobile devices and use the same 44mm drivers as the rest of the Hi-X series. Designed for comfort during long sessions, the large ear pads are made of soft memory foam and are replaceable.
The Hi-X15 and HI-X25BT will be available in Europe this month before arriving in the United States in September and in Asia in October.
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