First Drive: The 2022 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS

With the same power plant as a 911 GT3 Cup race car, the flagship 718 variant is for those who love it loud.

By Michael Harley 24/03/2022

Porsche, continuously accused of hampering its mid-engine Cayman to protect its flagship rear-engine 911 Carrera, has just silenced the mob. The new 2022 Cayman GT4 RS, fitted with the GT3’s mighty power plant and a multitude of performance enhancements, conclusively represents the nth degree of the fourth generation (982-series) Cayman chassis development—and the result is strikingly spectacular.

Passers-by will immediately recognize the new flagship of the Cayman lineup by its prominent three-stage adjustable swan-neck rear spoiler, four-stage adjustable front diffuser, air vents on the top of the fenders and NACA ducts on the front hood—all highly functional. Most will also notice that Porsche has replaced the Cayman’s two-side rear windows with air intakes that channel air into the central airbox engine compartment, just aft of the passenger compartment.

Driving the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS on track.

Driving the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS on the Streets of Willow Springs track at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

Less obvious to the eye are the new lightweight carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) fenders and hood (which are painted on the standard models), lightweight glass, reduced sound deadening and light carpets. In addition, the interior of the GT4 RS boasts standard carbon-fibre bucket seats, lightweight door panels (with pull straps) and a sport steering wheel with a yellow top centre marking—informing the driver, at a glance, the direction of the front wheels.

Mid-mounted low and just aft of the two occupants’ seats is Porsche’s celebrated 4.0-litre, flat-six, dry-sump power plant, identical to the one that powers the GT3 road car and the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car. However, while the engine is the same, chassis architecture dictated that the power plant had to be spun 180 degrees—the transmission is in the rear in a Cayman. This necessitates a longer exhaust run, forcing the exhaust pipes to travel up and over the rear axles, reducing power. As a result, the 4.0-litre engine develops 367kW at 8,400 rpm, and 448Nm of torque at 6250 rpm.

The interior of a 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.

Cockpit features of the GT4 RS include standard carbon-fibre bucket seats, lightweight door panels (with pull straps) and a sport steering wheel. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars.

Porsche fits the GT4 RS with a standard seven-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox to maximize the engine’s potential. The ratios are short—the top speed of 196 mph is reached in seventh gear—and the PDK is tuned to shift within milliseconds without interrupting the engine’s output. (Porsche won’t offer a manual transmission for the model variant because humans are simply too slow for this race-tuned vehicle.)

Complementing the power train is an RS-specific damper setup with modified springs, new anti-roll bar rates and ball joints in the linkages (removing the elastic urethane bushings improves handling precision). In addition, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard, the body has been lowered by 1.18 inches (a powered nose-lift system is offered for the first time on a Cayman) and the front and rear tracks have been widened.

The three-stage, swan-neck rear spoiler on the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.

The three-stage, swan-neck rear spoiler on the Cayman GT4 RS. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

Compared to those on the standard GT4, the six-piston brakes are upgraded with larger iron/aluminium brake discs. And NACA ducts on the hood feed cooling air to the front callipers. The four-piston rear brakes are shared with those on the road-going GT3, and standard 20-inch wheels are crafted from forged aluminium. Those who plan on racing their GT4 RS will want to opt for the upgraded Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system—which weighs about half as much as the standard brakes—and the even stickier Michelin tires.

For the most discerning buyers, Porsche offers a Weissach Package that replaces several panels with visible carbon fibre and swaps out the standard exhaust tips for those made from titanium. Vehicles with the Weissach Package can also add featherweight magnesium wheels (saving about 10kgs of unsprung weight) as a bonus.

The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS with the Weissach Package.

A Cayman GT4 RS with the Weissach Package. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

On paper, the Porsche GT4 RS looks stunning. The standard curb weight is a slender 1463kg (22kg lighter than the 718 Cayman GT4), and Porsche has announced that the vehicle has lapped the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:09.30 minutes (23.6 seconds quicker than the Cayman GT4). Purists will be interested to learn that today’s 911 GT3 is still about 15 seconds faster around the ‘Ring; credit the more advanced 992-series chassis and double-wishbone suspension, not the slight horsepower difference.

Eager to put the GT4 RS to the test, we climbed behind the wheel at the Streets of Willow Springs track at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles, where we were offered laps in both the standard and Weissach-equipped models.

The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, with the Weissach Package, on the Streets of Willow Springs track at Willow Springs Raceway..

The Weissach Package replaces several panels with visible carbon fibre and adds titanium exhaust tips. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

It’s not surprising that the GT4 RS, which boasts a GT3 engine, does not sound like a GT3. Due to the extended exhaust plumbing, the engine at idle is quieter, less raspy and doesn’t appear chock-full of restrained anger like its rear-engine sibling. Yet once the engine moves off idle, it immediately comes to life. The characteristic sound of the flat-six floods the cabin through the unique intake path. The noise, best described as a buttery-smooth mechanical wail, is so loud at the engine’s 9000 rpm redline that it borders on deafening—likely the loudest passenger cabin that Porsche has ever offered. In fact, occupants will swear that the unique twin intake tubes, bellowing the engine’s melody, are powered by amplifiers.

The interior of a 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS equipped with the Weissach Package.

Interior trim as defined by the Weissach Package. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

Porsche claims a zero-to-97km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds (with the help of launch control), and it feels even quicker as the flat-six explodes toward redline with each rapid-fire shift; the tachometer needle appears challenged to keep up. Although down on torque compared to its turbocharged rivals, the GT4 RS seems to benefit from the lack of forced induction in that it helps the free-breathing mill when it comes to immediate throttle response. Moreover, the relationship between the engine and the driver’s right foot becomes wonderfully telepathic.

A view of the 493 hp, 4.0-liter flat-six engine inside a 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS equipped with the Weissach Package.

A view of the 367kW, 4.0-litre flat-six engine. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

Steering on the GT4 RS is equally as faultless, with a weighted effort and steering ratio that feels perfectly paired for the vehicle’s size and focused mission. There’s tactile feedback through the wheel for the driver to sense available grip, and minor course corrections only require a few degrees of steering input. The car’s balance is phenomenal, allowing us to try multiple lines through challenging corners without upsetting the chassis—and even when we did, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) silently provided aid to ensure the rear tires would get back on the racing line.

It isn’t often that we sample a street-legal sports car that is this capable and easy-to-drive at high speeds, and that’s a massive compliment to Porsche’s development team. Yet it’s important to remember that this performance comes at a price (above and beyond the vehicle’s $300,800). Passenger comfort and amenities are secondary as the GT4 RS is a track-focused machine that has been specifically tuned for a competitive environment. It has been engineered to win.

A close-up of the magnesium wheels on a 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS equipped with the Weissach Package.

Magnesium wheels, saving about 22 pounds of unsprung weight, are an option available only with the Weissach Package. Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America.

Porsche didn’t need to build the GT4 RS; there was no void in its lineup that had to be filled. So, why does it exist? Ask the automaker, and you will be told that the go-ahead arose from the company’s own internal passion. After our seat time in the all-new 2022 Porsche GT4 RS—an impeccable execution of a mid-engine, track-focused sports car—we are betting that there won’t be a single objection among the passionate enthusiasts fortunate enough to secure a set of keys.

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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.”

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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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