New headphones and IEMs at the 2022 Paris Audio Video Show


The Paris Audio Video Show started at the Palais des Congrès on November 5th. Visitors to the 2022 edition were able to discover and even test numerous hi-fi headphones, Bluetooth headphones and True Wireless earbuds. Focal, KEF, Philips, Technics, Sennheiser and many other brands were there to present their best-sellers and new creations. Here is a selection of the models that were on display on November 5 and 6.


The Japanese brand Yamaha was present for this edition of the Paris Audio Video Show and exhibited many headphones and earbuds from its catalog. Visitors were able to audition the Yamaha E3B (read the review of the Yamaha E3B earbuds), Yamaha E5B, and Yamaha E7B True Wireless earbuds, the Yamaha ES5A sports earbuds (discover the Yamaha ES5A earbuds review), but also the Yamaha YH-E700A and YH-L700A Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones that we tested on the Son-Vidé blog.

But the real star of the headphone and IEM display at the Yamaha stand was the exceptional YH-5000SE, an incredibly lightweight pair of Planar Magnetic headphones offering an exceptional sound. This prestigious model marks the return of the orthodynamic technology that established the brand’s reputation in the 1970s and 1980s.


Naturally, French manufacturer Focal was present at the PAVS show this year to present its range of hi-fi headphones. Visitors could discover the brand’s new models: the Focal Utopia 2022 (discover the review of the Focal Utopia 2022) and the Focal Bathys (read the review of the Focal Bathys). The first pair, successor of the multi-award winning Focal Utopia, pushes the boundaries of high-fidelity by integrating the latest technologies and innovations of the French manufacturer. They feature beryllium transducers enhanced with a new copper and aluminum coil, and internal grilles that follow the curves of the transducers to maximize linearity. The Bathys are Focal’s first Bluetooth hi-fi headphones with active noise cancelling. They feature a Bluetooth 5.1 controller compatible with SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX Adaptive codecs.


In addition to many speakers, the KEF booth hosted a pair of the British manufacturer’s new headphones, the KEF Mu7, which will soon be reviewed on the Son-Vidé blog. The KEF Mu7 are the latest wireless noise-cancelling headphones from the brand and feature a sculptural, curved design by renowned designer Ross Lovegrove. These headphones are equipped with 40mm transducers and a Qualcomm 5.1 Bluetooth chip that supports SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD codecs to allow you to enjoy your music wirelessly up to 24-bit/48kHz. The KEF Mu7 also feature Smart Active Noise Cancellation and Qualcomm cVc technology.


The Philips brand presented a number of headphones and IEMs this year at the PAVS show. Among these references were the Philips Fidelio X3 hi-fi headphones that we were able to test on the blog, as well as the Philips Fidelio L3 Bluetooth headphones and the Philips Fidelio T1 True Wireless earbuds. Also present: Philips Serie TAH850 headphones, Philips Serie TAH8505 headphones, Philips Serie TA7607 IEMs and Philips Serie TAK4607 IEMs.


Next to its legendary turntables, manufacturer Technics presented its Technics EAH-A800 Bluetooth headphones (read the Technics EAH-A800 headphones review on the blog). The successor to the excellent Technics F70 Bluetooth headphones, the Technics EAH-A800 combine powerful active noise reduction with high-resolution wireless transmission to ensure an immersive and detailed listening experience. Also present at the Technics booth were the Technics EAH-AZ60E and Technics EAH-AZ10 True Wireless earbuds.


On the booth of the Japanese manufacturer Audio-Technica were several models of headphones, including the elegant Audio-Technica ATH-AWAS closed-back hi-fi model, but also the ATH-M50xBT2 Bluetooth headphones whose review you can find on the blog. The brand also presented the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2DS and ATH-M20xBT Bluetooth headphones, as well as the Audio-Technica ATH-CK50TW True Wireless earbuds.


German company Sennheiser demonstrated several of its headphones, including the prestigious Sennheiser HE-1. The manufacturer also allowed visitors to test models from its renowned Momentum range, including the Sennheiser Momentum 4. The successor to the award-winning Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (M3), this model features a convenient, comfortable design and up to 60 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser Momentum 4 are equipped with a hybrid adaptive active noise cancelling system as well as a transparency mode.

Mark Levinson, Grado & HiFiMAN

Also present at PAVS 2022, American manufacturers Mark Levinson and Grado had their best models on display. The first with its Mark Levinson No. 5909 headphones, a high-end model equipped with 40mm transducers with beryllium membrane as well as three active noise cancelling modes for an immersive and detailed listening experience. Visitors to the show could also enjoy an exceptional hi-fi sound with the Ananda and HE-R10 models from the Chinese brand HiFiMAN.

The Paris Audio Video Show 2022 was the opportunity to discover even more great products, including exceptional hi-fi systems, the best televisions, immersive home theater installations and high-end car audio systems. Not to mention the live interviews and product presentations on the set of the show Inside!

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