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Yamaha YH-L700A Over-Ear Wireless Headphones w/ ANC + 3D Sound Field

MSRP 500 USDNEX score 64%

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Product Overview

YH-L700A are Yamaha's new flagship wireless noise-cancelling headphones with 3D Sound Field technology. They are suspiciously similar to the YH-E700A unveiled a year ago, with the 3D Sound Field technology as well as a more edgy design being what makes the YH-L700A stand out.
As flagship headphones, the YH-L700A enjoy an over-ear design. The battery life is slightly lowered from the YH-E700A (by an hour), but still stands at 34 hours with Advanced ANC on. However, 3D Sound Field cuts this by 2/3. Yamaha goodies such as Ambient Sound, Listening Care, and Listening Optimizer are also included. In particular, Listening Care uses intelligent equalization to boost certain frequencies for low-volume listening.
The 3D Sound Field technology broadens the sound stage and makes for a more immersive listening experience. It is accompanied by dynamic head tracking: As such, the music stays at the same place, as it would be if the band is playing in front of the listener, which further enhances the realism. This technology makes the YH-L700A a great option for enjoying movies and videos, too.
Last but not least, Yamaha's proprietary Advanced ANC analyzes and removes background noise without coloring the sound.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful spatial audio
  • Intuitive controls
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons
  • Head Tracking is subtle and negligible

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Impressive 3D Sound Field performance
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Lack of rhythmic expression
  • No wireless charging
  • No active noise cancellation
  • Head Tracking isn’t as convincing as straight stereo
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as Apple’s spatial audio
  • Lopsided playtime
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5 mm stereo mini
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5
Wireless Range
10 m (32.8 ft)

Construction

Cable
50 cm, USB-A to C, Single-sided
Carrying Case
Hard case, Flight adapter included
Colors
Black, White
Drivers
40 mm, Dynamic
Headphone Type
Closed headphones, Over-ear

Dimensions

Weight
325 g

Function

Audio
Hi-Res Audio (wired mode only)
Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Voice Assistance
Siri + Google Assistant support

Performance

Battery Life
34 h (with ADVANCED ANC on) / 11 h (Advanced ANC + 3D Sound Field on)
Charging Time
3.5 h
Frequency Response
8 Hz - 40 kHz

Production

Debut
2021-08-24

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 41%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Yamaha's YH-L700A headphones offer decent sound quality, but their noise cancellation capabilities aren't impressive. The headphones deliver powerful low-frequency depth that will appeal to fans of boosted, huge bass. Their 3D audio feature isn't as engrossing as Apple's spatial audio, and their active noise cancellation is unimpressive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass depth
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as Apple’s spatial audio
  • No active noise cancellation

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Yamaha YH-L700A are a poised and undeniably burly listen. Bass sounds are punchy and textured, with nice straight edges where the attack and decay of individual notes and hits are concerned. Soundstage is cogent, expansive and properly organised. Head Tracking is a slightly less convincing feature of the whole 3D Sound Field experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Impressive 3D Sound Field performance
Cons
  • Lack of rhythmic expression
  • Head Tracking isn’t as convincing as straight stereo

tomsguide[3]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
Yamaha YH-L700A is an audiophile headphone for both music and cinematic lovers. It's loaded with features that elevate the listening experience, powered by 3D Sound, head tracking, hi-res audio, real-time audio and connectivity. The design is well made, although it's also super bulky and is a lot for any pair of headphones.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lopsided playtime
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Yamaha YH-L700A Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/yamaha-yh-l700a. 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
2. ^ Yamaha YH-L700A review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/yamaha-yh-l700a. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Yamaha YH-L700A review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/yamaha-yh-l700a. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-10-03.

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