Austrian Audio offers its best headphones in all shapes and sizes, and for all budgets, but its latest are definitely at the higher-end of the scale.
The Composer is a reference-grade headset, designed for those who are after a premium listening experience and are willing to pay for it.
The open back headphones sport custom 49mm drivers in each ear as part of the brand's proprietary Hi-X technology. Each driver employs a precision-machined ring system that utilises N53 grade neodymium magnets.
The diaphragm on each is coated with Hi-X49 diamond-like carbon for a rigid finish and precise, accurate sound signature. This is improved further with ultra-low THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) levels at low frequencies (< 0.1% @ 1kHz).
Their capable frequency range is 5 Hz to 44 kHz, with an impedance of 22 Ohms.
Austrian Audio has also designed the over-ears with functionality and performance at the forefront. Metal parts have been used wherever possible, for extra stability, while the earcups are tiltable to four separate positions. This ensures a comfortable fit, no matter the shape of your head.
The headphones also weigh less than 400g and have a mesh headband to enable longer wearing sessions. They can fold flat for storage and come with several cables – 3 metre 3.5mm, 3 metre XLR 4 pin, and 1.4 metre 4.4mm Pentaconn style. A 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter is included in the box too.
The Composer headphones are priced at £2,249 / €2,499 / $2,699 and will be available from Austrian Audio's website from December this year.
Also announced is an ideal companion to The Composer over-ears. The Austrian Audio Full Score one is a headphone amplifier that can supply a clean, crisp soundstage to all 'phones from low-impedance models down to 10 Ohms, to low sensitivity devices with over 300 Ohms.
It too will be available from December in multiple regions, priced at £1,299 / €1,499 / $1,499.
The duo have launched as part of CanJam SoCal 2023 – a dedicated show for headphone makers and enthusiasts. It runs across 30 September and 1 October, and is being held on Orange County, California. Visitors will be able to experience both The Composer and the Full Score one amp.