In a first for the brand.

Sennheiser has released its first audiophile Bluetooth in-ear headphones, the IE 80S BT, at the Audio Visual Show in Hong Kong. The headphones build on the sonic achievements of the IE 80S ear-canal headphones to create a wireless model that supports hi-res audio.

As well as offering wireless listening, the new model introduces connected features such as customisation via the Sennheiser smart control app and one-touch access to virtual assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant.

“The earphones not only match the exceptional performance of their wired predecessor, but also offer a real wireless option for refined audiophiles who don’t want to compromise on sound quality,” audiophile product manager, Ronja Harste said.

Support for hi-res codes, including LHDC, aptX HD and AAA allows the IE 80S BT to process high bit rates for uncompressed music formats said to be on par with wired performance. The speaker system features 10mm drivers and powerful neodymium magnets to deliver sonic accuracy and clarity.  Added versatility comes from aptX Low Latency for synchronisation with video content.

The headphones feature microphones with noise reduction technology for undisturbed calls and communication with voice assistants.  The neckband component can be detached so earphones can be used with the optional cable accessory to wired listening. The selection of ear adapters come in three sizes and the earphones have a six hour battery life. The headphones will be available in October for RRP $799.95.