Panasonic announces HF410B/NJ310B, HTX90 and HTX20 Headphones and more devices at CES 2019

Panasonic has announced a slew of new headphones at CES 2019, along with headphones under its Technics brand.

Published Date
09 - Jan - 2019
| Last Updated
11 - Jan - 2019
 
Panasonic announces HF410B/NJ310B, HTX90 and HTX20 Headphones and...

Panasonic announced a range of devices at the ongoing CES 2019 trade fair. The company announced some new headphones like the Bluetooth HF410B/NJ310B Headphones that feature on-ear and in-ear designs. It also showcased  Technics SL-G700 Audio CD Player, along with the Technics EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B Headphones and the Technics SL-1500C Premium Class Direct Drive Turntable System .  

 

Read the complete press releases below 

A Whole New Style of Photo Expression

High Dynamic Range Still Photo – HLG Photo Mode

HLG Photo allows images to be shot with a wider dynamic range. By reproducing both glaring lights and dark shadows that are likely to be overexposed or underexposed, the Lumix S achieves rich, precise color expression as close as possible to visual memory.

HLG Photos are produced as an HSP file. The user can play back these vibrant images on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG- compliant devices. It is also ideal for photographers’ photo presentations.

Stunning Details with a Realistic Sensation

High Resolution Mode

Taking advantage of the Body Image Stabilizer. (I.S.) mechanism, eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor. These eight images are synthesized into a single image by the new Venus Engine, which boasts high-speed signal processing. Precise details are faithfully reproduced to be saved as a beautiful, highly realistic image. This mode is ideal for shooting natural landscapes or fine art objects with delicate details.

Considering situations where moving subjects are included in the scene, sub options are available to suppress motion blur, so photographers can use this mode the same as shooting in a normal photo shooting mode.

Read the complete press releases for Panasonic’s Bluetooth HF410B/NJ310B Headphones below

Panasonic announced today one new Bluetooth on-ear (HF410B) and one new in-ear (NJ310B) headphones model, featuring designs in line with ”athleisure,” the latest style trend of the season.

Athleisure combines an effortless style that is a chic combination of streetwear and sportswear, enabling more comfort and versatility. The slim design and deep tone colors of the HF410B and NJ310B fit this fashion naturally, making them a perfect choice to complement users’ personal style. Both models come in five stylish colors: black, blue, red, green and white.

RP-HF410B On-Ear Headphones: Wireless 24hr playback with great sound and comfortable wear

The HF410B On-Ear Headphones enable wireless Bluetooth reproduction with a simple yet fashionable design. Thirty-millimeter driver units with neodymium magnet deliver crisp, strong bass with clear vocals. The XBS combines acoustic bass control optimizing air flow via a filter and an acoustic tuning circuit, enhancing low-range reproduction for a rich and deep bass sound with less distortion.

Equipped with a high-capacity rechargeable battery that enables a full 24 hours of continuous play, the HF410B Headphones are ideal for reliable, long-time use on the go. A lightweight design brings their weight down to 130 g, and optimal side pressure adds a comfortable fit for hours of listening.

These headphones inherit the inside folding design with swivel mechanism that distinguishes the HF Series, allowing them to fit compactly inside a bag for easy carrying. With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function, listeners can enjoy hands-free operation right from their smartphones.

RP-NJ310B In-Ear Headphones: Easy to wear, symmetrical design for pure sound on the go

The 9-mm driver for acoustic insulation achieves clear sound and robust bass.

The XBS combines a port design that optimizes air flow and an acoustic tuning circuit to enhance low range reproduction for enjoying crisp, robust bass sound with reduced distortion.

Their double-hold shape makes them easy to wear, fitting firmly into the ears to resist falling off. Even with their wireless design, the lightweight, compact body provides a comfortable fit.

The NJ310B Headphones deliver a full six hours of continuous playback on a full charge. The Quick Charge function allows the user to charge the battery in 15 minutes for 70 minutes of playback. With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function, listeners can enjoy hands-free operation right from their smartphones.

Read the complete press release for Technics SL-G700 below

 

Technics today unveiled the new SL-G700 Network / Super Audio CD Player. The SL-G700 is a multi-digital player that covers most of the digital audio media available today, from traditional CD/SACD to the latest high-res and popular streaming services, and plays them all back in the highest possible quality

Grand Class, High-quality Sound Design

High-speed silent hybrid power supply

The SL-G700 is equipped with a dedicated power supply unit for analogue audio output, resulting in high-fidelity sound reproduction. Its non-feedback power supply suppresses switching frequency fluctuation. Combined with the original power supply circuit, this dedicated power supply unit provides stable power with low noise. The discrete circuit structure does not use any general-purpose ICs but a discrete layout, and meticulous tuning provides power optimized for analogue circuits, thus realizing a high S/N ratio and superb reproduction, the hallmark of Technics sound.

Premium high-grade D/A converter and dual mono construction D/A circuit

For analogue audio output, the D/A circuit is one of the most important circuit blocks since it recreates the original analogue waveform from a digital source, such as a CD. For the D/A converters, Asahi Kasei Microdevices' top-of-the-line DAC AK4497, with their high S/N ratio and low distortion, are isolated for the left and right channels. The power supply for the D/A converters is separated into five sections according to the application, and supplied individually. The power supply for the clock employs an original battery driven circuit system to achieve high-accuracy D/A conversion. The dual mono construction and symmetrical layout eliminate mutual interference between left and right channels, taking the reproduction of sound imaging and sound space recorded in the source to a higher dimension.

Discrete AMP Module

For analogue audio output, the filter circuit located after the D/A conversion determines the quality of the sound. Instead of incorporating an operation amp IC, the SL-G700's filter circuit incorporates an amp module of original discrete construction. The use of low-noise transistors and thin-film resistors suppresses the noise generated inside the circuits. Detailed fine tuning, such as the increase of operating current, has improved the response, S/N ratio and distortion rate. As result, the SL-G700 provides highly linear and faithful sound reproduction which recognizes even the smallest recorded nuances recorded.

Battery Driven Clock Generator

In the processing of digital audio signals, the quality of the clock affects the sound quality to a large extent. The best power supply for delicate circuitry such as the clock block in the DAC and the audio system clock circuit is one entirely isolated from any noise or fluctuations in the main supply. This technology creates ultra-low-noise digital audio interfaces including D/A convertors. Additionally, the audio system clock is supplied from an Ultra-Low Jitter Clock Generator. A low-noise power supply and a high-quality clock circuit realize a sound with highest transparency.

Digital Noise Isolation Architecture

For the USB input terminals, the amplifier includes power conditioners using non-magnetic carbon film resistors with strong protection against magnetic distortion and using capacitors of high-quality ruby mica, known for low dielectric loss, high voltage resistance and temperature stability.

In addition, high sound replication is pursued by various noise countermeasures, such as the installation of a low ESR film capacitor to the LAN terminal power supply and isolation by a pulse transformer in the digital output signal.

Optimall- activated circuit system

The optimally activated circuit system allows the operation of various digital modules to be stopped – such as those used for display, analogue and digital interfaces – to minimize the noise generated when music is playing.

High-quality headphone output

The SL-G700 is equipped with a dedicated D/A circuit for headphones, which is independent from that for analogue output. This circuitry incorporates Technics's original sound processing LSI, the JENO Engine (Jitter Elimination and Noise-shaping Optimization). This separation of the analogue output from the headphone output eliminates interference between the two circuits As a result, both outputs provide maximum performance.

Furthermore, the SL-G700 is equipped with an operation optimization system that automatically turns on the JENO Engine when a pair of headphones is connected, which eliminates potential adverse effects of the analogue output on the sound quality when headphones are not connected.

What’s more, the Class AA system headphone amp uses separate amp circuits for the audio signal voltage amplification and current amplification. The high-grade operation amp amplifies voltage, and the separate operation amp with high power supply capacity amplifies current. This enables high-precision conversion of the high-resolution PWM signal output from the JENO Engine to an analogue signal. Achieving ideal drive of headphones with a wide range of load impedance, it delivers low-distortion sound across a broad frequency range.

Covers most of the digital audio media available today

MQA playback

The SL-G700 is equipped with an MQA decoder. When the MQA decoder is turned on, MQA files and MQA-CD are fully decoded for playback.

SACD/CD mode

The SL-G700 is equipped with a dedicated SACD/CD playback mode. In this mode, all power supplies except those to the circuit blocks necessary for SACD/CD playback are shut off, thus improving the quality of sound from the disc media.

DSD native playback

The SL-G700 performs the D/A conversion process for the DSD signal in the SACD recording format without converting it to a PCM signal, thus delivering the full potential of the DSD signal.

High-res remaster

Digital signal processing capable of expanding the bandwidth and bit depth can convert 44.1-kHz/16-bit music data recorded on CDs and lossy compression audio sources such as MP3 to high-res signals of up to 192 kHz/32 bits. When used together with the latest audio devices, music sounds richer with enhanced quality.

Supports a wide variety of music sources and high connectivity

The SL-G700 supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay with its high wireless connectivity. It is also compatible with streaming services, such as Spotify, TIDAL, and Internet Radio, and functions such as Google Chromecast and Google Assistant.*

*A Google Voice-activated Speaker must be included in the same network.

High-quality Technics design

Four-section configuration

The SL-G700 uses a four-section construction with partitions installed between the circuit blocks according to the signal level handled and circuit type.

This eliminates interference between circuit blocks, thus achieving clear sound quality. This construction also positively impacts chassis rigidity which in turn, suppresses the vibration of electrical parts and minimizes any deterioration in sound quality.

High rigidity drive mechanism

The CD drive mechanism features a triple chassis structure to ensure accurate reading and to prevent the vibration from transmitting unwanted noise. Moreover, the SL-G700 has a stable, aluminum die-cast disc tray with a high-vibration-damping, quiet structure to ensure high-accuracy disc playback.

 Read the complete press release for Panasonic's HTX90 and HTX20 Headphones below

 

Panasonic announce two new sets of headphones featuring a retro modern style which combines present influences with vintage inspired design elements. One bluetooth over ear (HTX90N) pair and one new in-ear (HTX20B) buds, these wireless headphones are a new addition to the HTX series, expanding the line-up with their iconic retro and lightweight design.

RP-HTX90: Enjoy continuous rich and dynamic sound, without the distractions

The HTX90 headphones are equipped with noise cancelling technology to block out everyday noise and provide you with the optimal listening environment. The sound-enhancing 40 mm drivers with Neodymium magnets ensure the delivery of rich sound. Additionally, the acoustic bass control optimises the back and forth motion of the driver to produce a sharp, dynamic bass sound. The bass enhancer also amplifies low end to increase the level of low-frequency sound with the touch of a button.

The HTX90 Headphones are ideal for reliable, long-time use on the go. The high-capacity rechargeable battery enables a full 24 hours of continuous wireless play (when noise cancelling is on), or simply connect the included audio cable to take your music anywhere without worrying about the remaining battery.

With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function, you can enjoy hands-free operation right from your smartphone. Available in matte black, vanilla white and indigo navy, the HTX90 will accessorise your personal style with laid-back colours leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind you.

RP-HTX20: Acesssorise your style with ergonomically designed in earheadphones

The HTX20 are in-ear wireless headphones redesigned from the HTX series over-ear headphones. Equipped with a unique fabric cord, the design features a combination of chic materials to accessorise your personal style and showcase your originality. Equipped with a 9 mm driver for clear sound and powerful, enhanced bass, the HTX20 Headphones also deliver a full 8 hours and 30 minutes of continuous playback on a full charge. Even if you need to charge in a hurry, a 15 minute Quick Charge provides 80 minutes of playback.

The Double-hold shape is ergonomically designed to securely fit in two places, the tragus and antitragus, for a stable feel. With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function enjoy easy to use hands-free operation.

The HTX series continues to provide timeless value through a combination of chic materials and the latest audio technology.

Read the complete press release for Panasonic’s Bluetooth HF410B/NJ310B Headphones below

Panasonic announced today one new Bluetooth on-ear (HF410B) and one new in-ear (NJ310B) headphones model, featuring designs in line with ”athleisure,” the latest style trend of the season.

Athleisure combines an effortless style that is a chic combination of streetwear and sportswear, enabling more comfort and versatility. The slim design and deep tone colors of the HF410B and NJ310B fit this fashion naturally, making them a perfect choice to complement users’ personal style. Both models come in five stylish colors: black, blue, red, green and white.

RP-HF410B On-Ear Headphones: Wireless 24hr playback with great sound and comfortable wear

The HF410B On-Ear Headphones enable wireless Bluetooth reproduction with a simple yet fashionable design. Thirty-millimeter driver units with neodymium magnet deliver crisp, strong bass with clear vocals. The XBS combines acoustic bass control optimizing air flow via a filter and an acoustic tuning circuit, enhancing low-range reproduction for a rich and deep bass sound with less distortion.

Equipped with a high-capacity rechargeable battery that enables a full 24 hours of continuous play, the HF410B Headphones are ideal for reliable, long-time use on the go. A lightweight design brings their weight down to 130 g, and optimal side pressure adds a comfortable fit for hours of listening.

These headphones inherit the inside folding design with swivel mechanism that distinguishes the HF Series, allowing them to fit compactly inside a bag for easy carrying. With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function, listeners can enjoy hands-free operation right from their smartphones.

RP-NJ310B In-Ear Headphones: Easy to wear, symmetrical design for pure sound on the go

The 9-mm driver for acoustic insulation achieves clear sound and robust bass.

The XBS combines a port design that optimizes airflow and an acoustic tuning circuit to enhance low range reproduction for enjoying crisp, robust bass sound with reduced distortion.

Their double-hold shape makes them easy to wear, fitting firmly into the ears to resist falling off. Even with their wireless design, the lightweight, compact body provides a comfortable fit.

The NJ310B Headphones deliver a full six hours of continuous playback on a full charge. The Quick Charge function allows the user to charge the battery in 15 minutes for 70 minutes of playback. With the built-in Voice Assistant Activation function, listeners can enjoy hands-free operation right from their smartphones.

 

Read the complete press release for Technics EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B Headphones below

Technics today unveiled two new wireless headphones, the EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B. Both models support LDAC/apt-X HD for wireless, high-res-equivalent*1 sound reproduction. Backed by high rigidity and high internal damping, the use of a 40-mm dynamic driver, consisting of Composite Performance Film (CPF) diaphragm and a precise air control structure, enables the new models to faithfully reproduce the delicate nuances of music and dynamic sound. The EAH-F70N features Technics's original wide-band hybrid active noise-cancelling to allow immersion in music under virtually any environment. Both the EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B bring a new style of outdoor Technics sound enjoyment to today's market.

A wireless music experience generating real-life sensations of energy and spatial expansion
40-mm dynamic driver with newly developed diaphragm

This diaphragm is consisted of newly developed CPF laminated with a plurality of special materials for high rigidity and high internal damping. The result is a powerful bass that seems to soar from the bottom depths and a spatial ambience that provide a concert hall-like listening experience.. To maximize the effects of these characteristics, the shape of the diaphragm was designed with the utmost attention to detail.

The special bullet-shaped dome has realized improved rigidity. The natural and linear high-frequency characteristics provide a smooth and lustrous sound. The rib edge shape has been optimized through simulation to attain high linearity across the entire input range, from weak to large input. All delicate nuances of music and realistic dynamics are faithfully reproduced.

A precise air control structure

Detailed simulation and fine tuning were repeated to achieve a precise air control structure that results in optimal air flow. The two carefully designed ports and original construction create an accurate air flow to bring out the wide-range frequency reproduction capability from the driver.

High-res-equivalent*sound quality even in wireless

The headphones support LDAC™, Qualcomm® and apt-X™ HD, and offer excellent response and high resolution even in a wireless configuration to reproduce accurate and faithful high-res-equivalent*1 sound.

*When connected via Bluetooth®, LDAC supports up to 96 kHz/24 bits and apt-X HD supports up to 48 kHz/24 bits (high-res reproduction when connected by cable).

Noise reduction in a wide range of scenes
Hybrid active noise cancelling – three modes (EAH-F70N only)

The hybrid noise cancelling system combines two different systems to realize high noise reducing performance. A three-level mode selector allows selection of the noise cancelling effect according to the usage situation.

The hybrid noise cancelling system uses two different systems: the feedforward system which uses a microphone mounted on the outside and the feedback system which uses a microphone located near the driver positioned close to the ear. In addition, the circuit was originally designed specifically to provide improved noise cancelling performance. 

Smart & Seamless Operation
Wearing sensor (EAH-F70N only)

When the headphones are removed from the listener’s head, music stops. When they are put back on the listener’s head, music resumes for comfortable, seamless operation

Ambient sound enhancer (EAH-F70N only)

This function lets the user listen to background sounds, such as announcements made on a train or in an airport by simply touching the outside of the housing, without removing the headphones from his or her head.

Voice assist activation

This function activates voice assistance, such as Siri in the iPhone. By speaking, you can make a phone call, select a music title to play* in linkage with a music streaming service or check the weather or route guidance.

Stylish design and comfortable fit
3D ball-joint mechanism

The ball-joint mechanism allows three-dimensional movement of the ear cuff to fit the ear at a comfortable angle. The ear pad is made of soft, low-resilient polyurethane foam.

High-grade materials

The outer parts are made of aluminum. The alumite treatment and spin finish bring out the high-grade ambience of the material. Every detail, down to the laser-engraved and colored Technics logo mark reflects the high-grade design.

Swivel & fold mechanism

The swivel and fold mechanism makes it easy to carry and store the headphones.

3D ear pads

The shape of the ear pads is ergonomically designed, and low-resilient polyurethane foam is used inside the pads to ensure a snug fit around the ears. The ear pads offer increased isolation and sound insulating performance as well as extra comfort.

Read the complete press release for Technics SL-1500C Premium Class Direct Drive Turntable System below

Technics today unveiled the new SL-1500C Premium Class Direct Drive Turntable System. The SL-1500C inherits the brand's high-end sound quality concept and adds a host of original Technics technologies, such as a coreless direct drive motor and high-sensitivity tonearm. To simplify the playing of analogue records, the built-in phono EQ connects to a wide variety of devices. The SL-1500C also comes equipped with a high-quality Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge.

The SL-1500C is a complete turntable system designed for a wide range of users, including dedicated audio enthusiasts and vinyl record music lovers.

Sound quality technology at its best

Coreless direct drive motor achieves stable rotation

The high-quality sound realized by the exceptional S/N ratio and high rotation accuracy of the direct drive system uniquely employed in Technics turntable products has captivated the hearts of audiophiles throughout the world. The SL-1500C inherits the high-quality performance found in Technics' high-end turntable models. It uses a single-rotor, coreless direct drive motor in which the stator has no core and eliminates the rotation irregularity called cogging. In this motor, the magnetic force of the rotor magnets is improved to the highest possible level, and developers optimized the gap between the coreless stator and rotor magnets. This achieved high torque performance equalling that of the SL-1200MK5..

Furthermore, the motor control was optimized in accordance with the platter weight. As a result, the SL-1500C has realized high rotation accuracy and high performance, and eliminated the need for parts replacement and maintenance. The direct drive system is also long-lasting and highly reliable.

Built-in phono EQ enables connectivity with a variety of devices

The SL-1500C has a built-in phono equalizer amp compatible with MM cartridges so it can be connected to an audio product that does not have phono input terminals. The dedicated power supply for the phono equalizer is isolated from the power supply for the motor and control circuitry to reduce the effect of noise. Furthermore, the shield structure suppresses the effect of external noise. As a result, high-purity signal amplification is realized. Using the SL-1500C and the user’s own audio equipment, he or she can enjoy music from a vinyl record in high sound quality.

Simple design with functional beauty

The SL-1500C sports a simple design while retaining the superb operating feel that is a Technics tradition.  The attractive appearance ensures users will feel proud to play records for hours on end.

Accurate rotation and precise tracking for faithful sound reproduction

High accuracy motor control

In the direct drive system, the motor is connected directly to the platter so that the motor rotation speed becomes the rotation speed of the phono record. Therefore, it is extremely important to control the drive motor's rotation speed to ensure stability. The SL-1500C utilizes the latest motor control technology refined through the development of Blu-ray disc products. Furthermore, the FG coil pattern of the full-circumference detection FG system was improved in precision to achieve more detailed measurement of platter rotation speed.

Highly sensitive tonearm accurately reads the signal stored in the record groove

The tonearm, which is responsible for accurately reading the signal by tracking the groove on the phono record, is a static-balance universal S-shape tonearm, another Technics tradition. This is achieved by the tonearm tube construction from lightweight, high-rigidity aluminium. The bearing section of the gimbal suspension construction tonearm also consists of a machined housing and high-precision bearing to provide high initial motion sensitivity.

Two-layer structure platter with improved vibration damping performance

The platter features a two-layer structure with deadening rubber on the entire back surface to eliminate unwanted resonance in the aluminium die-cast platter. The platter offers high rigidity and outstanding vibration-damping characteristics to prevent harmful vibration from being transmitted to the record and therefore delivers clear sound.

High rigidity cabinet and high damping insulator for thorough shut-out of all vibrations

The chassis, an essential part for reducing external vibrations, inherits the audio quality enhancement technology fostered through the development of high-end turntables. The aluminium die-cast chassis is rigidly integrated with a special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fiber to achieve a two-layer construction. The combination of this special high-rigidity material and a metal chassis resulted in a robust cabinet for beautiful sound reproduction.

The insulator is comprised of a spring and rubber to provide optimal frequency characteristics. This not only assures high sound quality and superb howling resistance but also effectively shuts out external vibrations under high sound level conditions.

Superb operability for enhanced record playing enjoyment

Phono cartridge (Ortofon 2M Red) included

The supplied universal head shell is mounted with an Ortofon 2M RED cartridge. Users can therefore play a record immediately after purchasing the SL-1500C. The tonearm height can also be easily adjusted within a range of 6mm to enable the use of various other phono cartridges. Using the auxiliary weight that comes with the product, a cartridge weighing 14.3 to 25.1g (including the supplied head shell) can be used.

Auto-lift minimises wear on records and stylus

When the tonearm reaches the end of the record, the auto-lift automatically raises the tonearm. This prevents unnecessary wear on both valuable vinyl records and stylus, thus extending their longevity.