The 14 Most Iconic Classic Cars

Robb Report’s definitive guide to the most important cars of the 20th century.

By Terry Christodoulou 12/08/2021

Reducing all the world’s great cars to a list of just 14 is a somewhat thankless task, and is sure to upset a few (many). However, when curating this heady list of vehicles below we’ve taken into account not only collectability, design, racing heritage and cultural impact. These are the cars that remain icons in an industry filled with watershed moments.

Here, in no particular order, Robb Report’s 14 most iconic classic cars.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe

The 300SL needs little introduction. From 1954-57 the coupe turned the motoring world on its head.

Its ultra-light, tubular design and gullwing doors were standout features, however, it was the ground-breaking engine – a 3-litre overhead camshaft straight-6 engine – that really captured the imagination.

Capable of 179kW and 294Nm of torque, the engine catapulted the 1500kg car to a top speed of 263km/h, making it the fastest production car of its time.

Aston Martin DB5

Crossing the cultural zeitgeist, the Aston Martin DB5 is the most recognisable motorcar produced by the marque thanks to its starring role in the James Bond film, Goldfinger.

Championing many of the attributes of its predecessor – the equally handsome DB4 – the DB5 saw an enlarged, all-aluminium engine attached to a five-speed transmission that produced 210kW and propelled the car to 233km/h. A spritely figure.

From 1963 to 1965 only 1059 units of the DB5 were ever produced and today it remains a coveted piece of English motoring history thanks to its performance, good-looks and bona fide star power.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Produced from 1962 to 1964, the Ferrari 250 GTO has become the holy grail for Prancing Horse fans. Powered by Ferrari’s Tipo 168.62 Colombo V12 engine, the GTO offered 250cc’s of displacement resulting in 221kW and 294nm of torque.

The formidable grunt was paired with a smooth, aerodynamic design, which promised speed and stability. Now, the aluminium bodywork is instantly recognisable thanks to its long, low nose, and distinctive air intakes.

It was enough to see Ferrari win the over 2000cc class of FIA’s International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 1962, 1963 and 1964. With thanks to its curved lines and racing heritage the GTO is now arguably the most coveted collector car in the world – with a 250 GTO selling for US$70 million in 2018.

 

 Jaguar E-Type

Over the years many have spoken to the Jaguar E-types beauty. Hell, even Enzo Ferrari famously stated it was the most beautiful car in the world. It’s also one of the most important and collectable in history.

The British sportscar was manufactured between 1961 and 1975. The ‘series 1 cars were initially built with 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine that produced 198kW and sent the car to a top speed of 241km/h.

 

Porsche 911 (930)

No classic car list is complete without a mention of a Porsche 911. The Robb Report team debated at length about which iteration was favoured, ultimately landing on the 930. Produced from 1975-1989 the car carried over much of its initial iconic shape but was made, broader, angrier. The 930 catapulted Porsche into rarified air, producing at the time the fastest production car available in Germany at the time.

It also was the first of the 911s to be turbocharged, with Porsche badging the vehicle as “Turbo” at the Paris Auto Show in October 1974, taking the total output of the engine to 191kW and 329Nm of torque.

 

Lamborghini Countach

The Lamborghini Countach was the poster child for 80’s excess thanks to its outrageous “Italian Wedge” design and performance figures.

Produced from 1974-1990 the Countach was designed by Marcelo Gandini and was the first production car to incorporate scissor doors.

However, it doesn’t make this list for that alone, the earlier models – such as the LP400 saw a 276kW V12 in the middle of the car which gave the car a top speed of 288km/h. It was a supercar like nobody had yet seen with its ostentatious design, loud engine notes and searing performance – the weighing 1000kg dry, it saw 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds.

 

 Ferrari F40

Ferrari had long been lauded as the pinnacle of motoring, but it was losing its edge against Lamborghini’s wild designs. Enter, the F40. From 1987 to 1992 the mid-engine rear-wheel-drive sports car was built to celebrate the Italian marque’s 40th birthday.

The result was a 2-door, wild winged, supercar producing 352kWfrom a 2.9-lite twin-turbocharged V8 that powered from 0-100km/h in a little over 4.7 seconds and offered a top speed of 321km/h.

Those are impressive numbers, even by today’s standards, but that’s not why fans of the car love it so dearly. It’s the imposing design, iconic pop-up headlights which make it such an emblematic car of the time.

 

Renault 5 Turbo

Confused about seeing a Renault on this list? This isn’t your run of the mill hatchback. The Renault 5 Turbo was one of the first ‘Hot Hatches’ ever produced, built between 1980 to 1984, it was the fastest production car rolling out of France.

A boxy, aggressive body kit, once again designed by Marcello Gandini, ensured it turned heads. Meanwhile, the engine sits mid-mounted in the modified chassis, producing 118kW with a max torque of 221Nm through the rear wheels.

More important than its stats was its importance WRC, for which It was produced for homologation purposes and is representative of rallying through the 80’s and all that it was.

 

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

Alfa Romeo is oft referred to as the car enthusiast’s car. The marque for true petrol heads and collectors.  Few cars depict the Italian stylings and beauty like the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Inside the unibody construction, saw an Alfa Romeo Twin Cam straight-four aluminium alloy engine capable of 46kW.

While it doesn’t sound like a lot, that power proved plenty for a car that weighed only 960kg, especially with the top down, rolling through the Italian hills.

 

 

 

BMW E30 M3

The first BMW M3, based on the E30 3 Series, went on to create a series of iconic cars from the marque.

Originally produced to meet homologation standards for Group A touring rules, the new car featured an aggressively designed front splitter, sill panels and a range of other aerodynamic changes.

Produced from 1986-91 BMW used its own S14 four-cylinder engine which produced 147kW and gave the model a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 235km/h. However, today the car is prized for its balanced weight distribution and ability to dart around a race track.

 

McLaren F1

Produced from 1992-1998 the McLaren F1 is the most modern car on this list. Designed by British manufacturer McLaren Cars, the supercar would go on to become the world’s fastest production car, reaching 386.4km/h – a record It would hold for the following 12 years.

The McLaren F1 shocked the car world with its mind-bending speed – which it achieved courtesy of a 6.0 litre 12-cylinder BMW engine producing 461kW. The car became a watershed moment, light-years ahead of the supercars that we now know so well.

 

Ford GT40

It could be argued that the American motoring industry of the 50s and 60s could lay claim to multiple spots on this list. While there are many great designs (think Thunderbird, Impala, Corvette and other muscle-car classics) none took on the greats of Europe like the Ford GT40.

Its David vs Goliath battle in the 24 Hours of Le Mans permanently etched this car’s story into automotive history.

Only 105 Ford GTs were produced with only 7 of the road car only Mk III cars built. This later model was powered by a 4.78-litre engine offering 228kW of power

 

 

Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z, or Nissan Fairlady Z or Nissan S30 as It was known around the world, was produced from 1969-1978 and is one of the most influential sports cars to be born out of the Japanese market.

Designed to compete against the European sports cars, the Japanese marque aggressively priced its new car that offered sleek styling and modern engineering.

Inside its stylish coupe body – that borrows its design cues from the jaguar E-Type –  came a 96kW Datsun, 4-cylinder engine and proved a hit in overseas markets and sees its lineage of ‘Z’ cars continue through the Nissan brand to this day.

Bugatti Type 57S/SC

The cars in this list are framed by a level of mythology that runs deep into car culture. Like Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee, the mystique surrounding the Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic, in particular, La Voiture Noire (Jean Bugatti’s favourite car) and its disappearance, grabs car collectors’ attention.

Produced from 1834 to 1940, the French marque released a lowered version of its already popular 57C car. These went on to become some of the more iconic cars Bugatti produced. Only 43 lowered cars were produced and only two supercharged ‘SC’ cars were built with output at its maximum of 150kW. Today, the Atlantic Type 57s remain one of the world’s most collectable cars.

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The Tod’s SS25 Men’s Collection in Milan Was a Showcase of “Artisanal Intelligence”

It was also the debut men’s collection by creative director Matteo Tamburini.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its SS25 men’s collection at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) for Milan Fashion Week, where all eyes were fixed on Matteo Tamburini and his debut menswear collection as Tod’s newest creative director.

Striking “a balance between tradition and modernity”, was the former Bottega Veneta designer’s intention, and indeed his showcase offerered a spotlight on the quality, materials, and detailing that are central to the Tod’s wardrobe.

“The collection is more about subtraction rather than addition, highlighting the very elevated, timeless and relaxed materials,” says Tamburini via a statement.

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In line with Tod’s restrained design codes, the garments presented were characterised by timelessness, unmistakable Italian flair, yet a casualness appropriate for everyday wear. Only the best leathers were used in the collection—thanks to the Pashmy project, which Tod’s unveiled in January to champion high-end Italian materials—used in creating garments like the Tod’s Bomber, the Gio Jacket, the Shirt Jacket, the Di Bag sack, as well as footwear staples, like the Tod’s T-Riviera.

Of course, the iconic Gommino driving shoe wasn’t without an update, too: you’ll find a new sabot interpretation, as well as the Bubble Gommino introduced in a new boat model with the T-bar accessory.

“Craftsmanship” was at the forefront of messaging, with chairman and chief executive officer of the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, reiterating the message of honouring artisanal arts in an increasingly digital-first world.”[It’s] important to uphold artisanal intelligence, keeping under control artificial intelligence as it is now developing rapidly and powerfully,” he said via a statement.

“Individuals and artisanal intelligence at the centre, with its traditions and values, will contribute to keep artificial intelligence in check. Our Italian craftsmanship and supply chain can be an example of the combination of tradition and the new speed of artificial intelligence.”

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Pitti Uomo’s Best-Dressed Men Cut Through the Noise With Personal Style

From vintage gems to tasteful tailoring, attendees of Florence’s biannual tradeshow brought their best sartorial selves.

By Naomi Rougeau, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Whether or not you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear tradeshow in Florence that brings together buyers, press—and, naturally, a vast ostentation of peacocks—the chances are that photos from the gathering are still making their way into your newsfeed. You might even smirk at the mention of it. To be sure, you’ll encounter plenty of “overdressing” strolling through the main venues but by and large, great personal style manages to cut through the noise.

Part of what makes the Pitti scene so exciting is that menswear moves relatively slowly. It’s less about seeing something earth shatteringly new but rather gradual shifts and discovering fresh ways to put things together. Menswear regulars such as Alessandro Squarzi, owner of a considerable vintage archive that influences his Milanese boutique Fortela, can be relied upon to provide inspiration on how to make tried and true staples and silhouettes feel modern.

Speaking of new old things, vintage fashions made their way into the chat in a big way this June, whether in terms of rare finds or sustainable efforts via upcycling, fabric development and natural dyes (Paris-based De Bonne Facture achieved an ideal medium brown using coffee, for instance). At the heart of the conversation was another bona fide vintage guru Maurizio Donadi who made a case for the timelessness and democratic nature of indigo with his centuries-spanning exhibit of antique garments from around the globe.

Below you’ll find a dozen of our favorite looks from Pitti Uomo 106, lensed by our eagle-eyed street-style photographer Lorenzo Sodi. We hope they inspire.

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A lesson in simplicity and the power of a classic palette—good quality vintage accents such as a turquoise embellished belt buckle add interest to timeless workwear. Ray-Ban’s universally-flattering Wayfarer sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch.

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Sans suit and shirt, the neckerchief (of which there were many at Pitti), adds a welcome dose of colour to a white tee and relaxed jacket and proves that sometimes one choice detail is all it takes. A well-loved, slightly-too-long belt and canvas Vans contribute to the casual harmony.

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Whatever the weather, you’ll find Douglas Cordeaux, from Fox Brothers, looking immaculate in shirt and tie… and a suit made of one of Fox’s many fabrics. British elegance, embodied.

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Relaxed elegance is the foundation of the Brunello Cuccinelli brand. Here, the maestro himself shows us how it’s done in a double-breasted linen ensemble featuring a few personal flourishes.

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Designer Alessandro Pirounis of Pirounis offers a masterclass on the rule of three with a contemporary twist, subbing the usual jacket with an overshirt of his own design.

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A renaissance man takes Florence. True to his roots, US Marine veteran, Savile Row-trained tailor and photographer Robert Spangle blazes a sartorial trail that’s all his own.

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Cream trousers are an essential element of elegant Italian summer style. Designer Nicola Radano of Spacca Neapolis channels one of the greats (Marcello Mastroianni) in a dark polo of his own design, collar spread wide across his jacket’s lapel for a welcome retro lean.

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Proof of the power of tonal dressing, that can create an impactful outfit just by sticking to the same colour family. A chic ensemble and in some ways an elevated version of the double-denim look, every element is working hard in service to the whole.

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UK-based stylist Tom Stubbs has long been a proponent of blousy pleats, lengthy db jackets, and statement-making neck scarves and here, in vintage Armani, he embodies the louche, oversize look that many designers are just now catching up on.

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A tailor splitting his time between Berlin and Cologne, Maximilian Mogg is known for his strong-shouldered, architectural suiting. Yet in Mogg’s hands, particularly with this non-traditional colour scheme, the effect is always modern and youthful.

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If Max Poglia’s relaxed Hawaiian shirt and suit combo is any indication, summer has truly arrived. But it’s an excellent example of how to wearing tailoring in more casual fashion. This cream db would look perfect with shirt and tie at a wedding in August and just as chic here with slippers and a laid-back shirt.

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Another example of how tailoring can be laid-back and breezy for summer, from a dude who looks no stranger to enjoying the best of the warmer months. Jaunty pocket square, sandals, untucked linen shirt…go forth and emulate.

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The 13 Best Watches From Pitti Uomo, From Rolex to Patek Philippe and Piaget

Each year in Florence, Italy, men walk the streets in the finest fashions, and they pair their watches perfectly.

By Allen Farmelo, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Pitti Uomo is a major fashion gathering in Florence, Italy where brands bring their best to buyers and fashion editor alike. But, perhaps more interestingly, Pitti Uomo transforms the streets of Florence into an urban runway on which guys from around the world with more than a passing interest in style go about their business—even if in some cases that business seems just to be hanging around waiting to be photographed—in their best threads and, of course, some excellent watches.

We pondered the relationship between men’s fashion and watches in more detail earlier this year, and what’s fascinating about the intersection of fashion and watches is how to situate the timepiece within an ensemble. To give you a sense of how that plays out, this year we saw a tonal pairing of a tasty vintage Rolex GMT Master Pepsi (red and blue) with rose and mid-blue summer plaid, and we saw high-waisted military green Bermuda shorts paired intelligently with a beat up old Elgin field watch with a matching green strap. Both looks were killer, the watches working as perfect accents, and there are many more great pairings to consider below.

As is often the case at fashion shows (including Pitti Uomo in previous years), Rolex dominated. Horological snobs might look down on this choice because the Crown is so often the default choice for so many, be they collectors signalling their access to rare references or those just getting into this obsession. But a more nuanced read on this tendency is that Rollies are fabulously versatile watches that one can rock with each new outfit—which some men will swap throughout the day. Breakfast might call for a casual look, lunch something more daring, and dinner that perfect summer suit. What better than a Rolex for all occasions?

But it wasn’t just Rolex at Pitti Uomo this week. The urban catwalk brought out Paiget, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Cartier, as well. But our favourite watch was a vintage Tudor Sub on a turquoise bracelet.

Below are the 13 best watches from Pitit Uomo 2024.

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

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Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

Nobu, Sydney

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The Sonos Ace Headphones Are Music to the Ears

The audio giant has (finally) revealed its foray in the personal listening category.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

In the ever competitive market for premium headphones, few brands have captured the hearts (and ears) of audiophiles, professionals and enthusiasts alike. Bowers & Wilkins, Bose, Sony, and even Apple come to mind when debating great audio brands in 2024. Then there’s Sonos.

For over 20 years, the American audio manufacturer has been lauded for its high-end capabilities, particularly in a home setting; Sonos changed the game for the integration of home entertainment. But it had yet to venture into the realm of headphones.

Until now. Earlier this month, the company marked its long-awaited entry into the personal-listening category, with the launch of its highly anticipated Sonos Ace over-ear headphones.

“Fans have asked us for years to bring the Sonos experience to headphones,”says Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos, “and we knew our first foray into the category needed to champion the type of innovation and sound experience Sonos has become synonymous with.”

Sonos

On paper, the Sonos Ace is an enticing proposition: a premium over-ear headphone featuring lossless and spatial audio, intuitive Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and Aware Mode. Most appealing, however, might be its new immersive home theatre offering; the Sonos Ace can pair to compatible Sonos soundbars with just a tap of a button. The new TrueCinema technology, which arrives later this year, will precisely map your entertainment space and then render a complete surround sound system for an unparalleled listening experience.

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Retailing at $699, they aren’t exactly cheap, and there more affordable headphones that compete with Sonos in terms of audio output and high-fidelity sound. But where Sonos thrives is in the details. Available in  stealthy black and pure white, the Sonos Ace are sleek and stylish right out of the box. Sure, there is some resemblance to the Apple Air Max Pro—arguably its greatest rival in the over-ear headphone segment—but Sonos has also added its own design touches, and it’s clear the Ace was made to look and feel as good as it sounds.

Its distinctive, slim profile elegantly blends metal accents with a sleek matte finish, and thanks to the use of lightweight, premium materials like memory foam and vegan leather, you get an airy fit that isn’t overbearing, even after extensive use. The design of the Sonos Ace is also intuitive; tactile buttons make controlling the headset a cinch, and pairing with Apple or Android devices is also straightforward. The dedicated Sonos App is also helpful for customising (somewhat) your listening experience, from altering EQ to turning on certain capabilities, like Head Tracking.

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It does fall short on a couple of key fronts.  I was expecting more from the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for over-ear headphones of this price point; there’s no way the ANC as it stands will filter out the sounds of a plane engine, for example. I also found the Sonos Ace has an issue, albeit subtle, with the mid-bass, which can sound muddy and lack punch at times.

But these are small nits. The Sonos Ace only adds to the company’s impressive standing as an unimpeachable innovator in the audio industry.

For more information, visit Sonos.

 

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