in new classics
What kind of headphones would satisfy individualists who don't compromise on style? Our answers remain focused on audio quality and couldn’t be simpler. Stylish Hi-Res headphones that are as simple as a blank canvas.
For those with a clear sense of who they are and what they like, choosing headphones with style for casual listening should be easier. Designing this series all began with the idea of investing our audio expertise into new headphones that simplify this choice.
The kind of gear we envisioned would easily become part of your basic life apparel, no matter what your taste in fashion may be. First, we would avoid extras that some people like and others don’t, depending on their aesthetics. What remained would be only what’s truly essential to the listening experience. This thinking led to the idea of Single Shape, Single Colour. All of the elements, which are kept to a minimum, seem to merge into a single-coloured form that easily becomes part of your personal style.
that are all your own
Takuma, chief art director
Few qualities are as important in headphones as ﬁdelity and comfort. To elevate performance in these two key criteria, we took an approach of extreme minimalism. In over-ear headphones, housing design aﬀects audio quality, and ear pad design can ensure a better ﬁt. While maintaining performance, we condensed the circle of the housing and the oval of the ear pad, linking these parts by the simplest of lines. Unlike most headphones, the arms are closely integrated into the housing, and from the band to the ear pads, the headphones form a single, coherent mass. Arms that follow your temples as closely as possible make the headphones ﬁt better and look more compact. Stylistically, these design details make the headphones very versatile.
The housing does not even have a Sony logo. Supreme simplicity. Careful construction hides all screws from view. The headphones fold near the ear pads, making them compact enough to toss into a bag. The hinge itself is metal, and sufficiently sturdy. Down to the details, these are headphones you can rely on.
For the earbud headphones, we sought superb audio quality in a size and shape that rests discreetly in the ear. While keeping the driver a compact 9 mm, we enabled Hi-Res performance by ensuring ample distance between the driver and sound conduit, enclosed in streamlined contours. Here, the elements indispensable to this audio quality take a simple shape. Externally, the appearance is equally sleek – the end cap is simply an unadorned, clean-cut surface.
a symphony of design
Yashiro, art director
for compelling colours
to the design vision
Expressive images and product photos fill the pages of our internal books of key visuals. These help ensure that what our designers envisioned is conveyed correctly in a variety of communication. The books keep everyone in promotion on the same page, so to speak. They’re important as a shared record of things we can feel but can’t quantify.
The impact of these evocative colours is also clear the moment you open the box. Packaging is part of your overall experience with products, and here, the inner box matches the colour of the headphones.
The look and feel is consistent no matter which model you choose. We designed a respectable group of products, rather than emphasizing any single product in particular. Thoughtful communication design is also evident in naming this series h.ear instead of using ordinary model numbers.
Kitahara, art director