Sound and Vision: Is 3D Audio the next battleground for headphones?

With word that Yamaha’s upcoming flagship YH-L700A headphones will incorporate 3D audio breaking this week, it’s hard to ignore what implications the news has for the headphone market’s direction over the next few years.

Noise cancellation started out as a premium feature, but the last few years have seen it become more cost-efficient and appear in more affordable headphones. The race to the bottom has also brought with it Transparency mode and the promise of Hi-Res Audio, though like ANC, they’re not always up to standard.

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