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 Color. All of the elements, which are kept to a minimum, seem to merge into a single-colored form that easily becomes part of your personal style.
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.
Discerning design extends to the coloring. Each option is uniformly one color, which makes it easy to choose the one that matches your style. From the headphone body to the cord, each option brings together a tremendous array of materials and finishes in the same color. Take the housing, which, for superior audio quality, is made of aluminum. The exact hue and sheen are created by anodizing, followed by precisely timed dying and chemical polishing. The band is made of plastic to keep the headphones light, but matching this color and finish takes three coats – one of metallic silver, another in the base color, and another for a matte finish. Although each part is fabricated quite differently, the hue and glossiness are fine-tuned to match. Even the Sony logo matches this color, which also simplifies the overall styling.
You’ll find the colors fashionable, but more importantly, you’ll surely find one that expresses your own style well. The options represent intermediate colors. They’re intermediate in two ways, with the first being saturation. The subdued tones we chose may not be common in headphones, but they certainly are in fashion. They’re also intermediate hues. Some might call one option blue, and others, green. Building on these, we developed five fresh color options that resonate with people. Each color was meticulously selected, with many personal styles in mind. In fashion, Cinnabar Red and Lime Yellow are distinctive accent colors. Viridian Blue and Bordeaux Pink have a casual elegance. And for a more versatile option, there’s classic charcoal black. We considered the role each color often fulfills, as well as the balance of this palette as a whole. Walkman® players are now available in the same colors, so that you can listen in visual harmony as well.
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 colors 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 color 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.
Be true to your own style
with h.ear high-resolution headphones.
New classics from Sony that bring a better everyday listening
experience to a wider audience.