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Are A-Audio Headphones the best that $299 can buy?

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I ask not because I’m about to present the answer, but because A-Audio claims to already have the answer, and they say, “Yes.” Their claim that headphones have become little more than a popular fashion accessory can certainly be backed up by watching any sports-related press conference these days, and they’re looking to provide a better balance between style and performance with the A-Audio Legacy headphones.

A-Audio Legacy Wireless

The name Legacy is a bit ironic, considering A-Audio is a relative newcomer to the market, but it’s a clear indication that they’re coming out swinging. They claim to have crafted “… the finest pair of Active Noise Cancelling over-ear headphones that $299 can buy, making sure that every material and component contributes to the best possible listening experience.” This includes anti-vibration aluminum construction, neodymium magnets, 40mm Mylar drivers, and a memory foam headband wrapped in premium leather.

Beyond the superior build, A-Audio’s Legacy headphones offer the latest innovations in sound reproduction including Active Noise Cancellation and Bass Boost modes. The wired model also has dual inputs, one on each ear cup, so users can choose to connect on whichever side is more comfortable. This makes it simple to share music, too, because the unused input becomes an output for a friend to plug in their own headphones and have two headphones connected to a single music device!

The Legacy Wireless model ($379) uses Bluetooth technology to deliver crystal clear wireless audio more than 30 feet from the music source, and is powered by a 580mAh battery that provides up to 12 hours of listening time.

Both models come with two cables, one with an in-line remote/microphone, and one without. The remote gives iOS device users control of volume, next/last song, play/pause and answering/ending phone calls. For the Wireless model, an additional set of discretely placed buttons are found on the right earcup, so there are two ways to control the experience.

Other features included with both models are a four-foot-long detachable 3.5-mm cable and a 6.3-mm adaptor for home stereo and professional recording / DJ equipment use.

The A-Audio Legacy Headphones were recently selected as a CE Week 2014 Best in Show. For more information on the Legacy, Legacy Wireless and other A-Audio headphone models, visit a-audio.com.

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