Yamaha’s new headphones have high-end specs, but is ‘Listening Care’ really necessary?

Yamaha has been actively proclaiming that it wants to protect our hearing health with volume-aware technology built into the headphones since 2020. Now the successors to the company’s October 2021 TW-E3B headphones are here, and it’s the same story: Listening Care promises to future-proof our hearing via a “4-band Parametric EQ (PEQ) to apply precise settings at each level to produce the best tonal balance at each volume” – which basically means you shouldn’t turn up the volume to hear those bass drops or cymbal crashes. Even if you want to.

And it comes in a premium guise too! The company’s next-gen YH-E700A and EP-E70A wireless headphones went a step further by taking the volume of the music you’re listening to in addition to background noise into account. In these models, Listening Care was apparently able to analyze the average volume of content every 0.7 milliseconds and slowly make adjustments over time for a natural effect. Using the headphones’ built-in microphones, he also calculated the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of the content to ambient noise to “subtly adjust the volume accordingly for an optimized listening experience.”

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