The top 10 new yachts at this year’s Boot Düsseldorf

These are the 10 best debuts at the indoor boat show in Düsseldorf.

By Geri Ward 31/01/2019

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Boot Düsseldorf (January 19 to 27, 2019) in Düsseldorf, Germany, has grown into the world’s largest indoor winter boat show, with almost 2000 exhibitors spread across 18 exhibit halls. This year’s show drew a record crowd of 250,000 over the nine-day event.

A one-stop shop for all water lovers—from kayakers and scuba divers to sailing-yacht and custom-superyacht owners—Boot Düsseldorf has also become a favorite launch location for many yacht builders.

Here are 10 of this year’s most noteworthy debuts.

1. Pershing 8X

The X Generation, as Pershing calls its new X cruiser series, announced its newest member at the Düsseldorf show. The Pershing 8X distinguishes itself not only for its all-carbon-fibre superstructure and the svelte profile that lives up to the Italian brand’s performance heritage, but because it also delivers exceptional interior comfort. The 25.3-metre boat’s generous beam allowed longtime designer Fulvio De Simoni to create an open-plan main saloon, with a seamless, open connection to the cockpit. The yacht will come in three- and four-stateroom layouts, with two crew cabins.

One very cool design feature is the curved stairway to the flybridge that is built into Pershing’s signature “wing” along the side. The yacht is available with two choices of MTU power. The upgraded twin MTU M96L gives it a top speed of 48 knots.

2. Wally 48 Wallytender

After announcing its plans to acquire Wally, the Ferretti Group has now revealed more details about the first collaboration between the two brands. The new 48 Wallytender, which will make its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, will have Wally’s signature hull and performance but a lot of new features besides. The Wallytender, which works as a day boat or weekend cruiser, will now have a larger cabin with a bigger bed and shower area. Outside, in the cockpit, the designers have added more seating and sun beds, along with an exterior galley that includes a stove, sink, and two refrigerators. The aft seats can be configured to face forward or at anchor to face rearward for dining. The foredeck and aft deck have special shading systems for sun protection that Wally developed for its Wally 118 in 2003. The 48 Wallytender will also have fold-down bulwarks at the stern end of the boat, so it becomes much wider near the swim platform.

Two Volvo IPS 650 engines with joystick controls will give the boat a top end of 38 knots.

3. Seven Seas Hermès Speedster

With a stern inspired by a Porsche 356 Speedster, the Seven Seas Hermès Speedster promises to attract a new group of admirers at the Düsseldorf show. Its Amfihull has a sharp deadrise and shallow draft, allowing the boat to virtually glide at low speeds. What’s even more interesting is that the boat has a 115kW MPE 850 Marine TC engine derived from a Textron jet engine, giving it a friendly cruise of 22km/h that consumes only 5.3 litres per hour. The Speedster also has the option of full electric power with a bank of batteries.

4. Frauscher 1017 GT Air

The Austrian builder Frauscher makes some of the most handsome modern-retro day boats on the water, and in Düsseldorf, the brand will be launching its largest model yet. Replacing the 1017 Lido, the 1017 GT Air was designed to maximise interior space by using a central steering position that leaves the starboard forward section free for seating. The builder always includes features like teak tables and flooring (sourced from sustainable teak forests), cleverly designed storage areas, and top-end marine electronics. The forepeak has an electric windlass. The 1017 GT Air will be powered by either twin 224kW or 320kW gas or diesel engines.

5. Swan 65

Designed by esteemed naval architect Germán Frers, Nautor’s Swan’s new 65 is one of the prized new sailboat launches at Boot Düsseldorf. The naval architect gave the latest Swan an ocean-racing hull, a low deck, and a bow profile that lets the helmsman at the stern navigate with a clear view. The forward area, just aft of the cabin, is for the owner and guests to congregate for enjoyable sunsets. The keel comes in three versions, including a telescopic keel that does not impact interior space when retracted. The saloon is open-plan with high ceilings, giving a sense of open space.

6. Sunseeker Rolls-Royce Hybrid Yacht

Sunseeker made several big announcements at the Düsseldorf show. One of the biggest was the British builder’s plans to build the first production yacht with MTU hybrid power, with its longtime partner Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The partners have a display of the hybrid system at the boat show. Although many custom superyachts have put together hybrid diesel-electric propulsion systems, these are mainly jury-rigged with components from different suppliers.

The new Sunseeker system will include two 12-cylinder MTU Series 2000 diesel engines, onboard generators, electric propulsion modules, transmission, batteries, and control and monitoring systems. “The way owners are using their boats continues to evolve, with efficiency and noise reduction now being as important as features and volume,” says Sean Robertson, president of Sunseeker USA Sales. “This latest hybrid technology allows owners a choice of multiple operating modes, from all-electric with zero emissions through twin 12-cylinder diesel engines delivering efficient class-leading performance.”

The yacht’s size hasn’t been revealed yet, but Sunseeker said it will have six operating modes. In “electric” mode, the propulsion and onboard power can be supplied continuously by the generators, with optimal fuel consumption. Using only battery power in “silent” mode, the yacht will have up to 40 minutes of propulsion and 120 minutes of onboard power. The new yacht will be available in 2020.

7. Absolute 62 Fly

Launching its 62 Fly in Düsseldorf, Absolute focused on maximising comfortable cruising by designing in an open-plan main deck that extends from the aft cockpit to the forward helm. The social opportunities for this open, naturally lighted space are obvious, but the area will also make a nice sanctuary on long-distance cruises. Belowdecks, the 62 has three large staterooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and shower. The large master suite is located amidships, where the beam is broadest. The yacht also has a fourth double cabin for the crew in the aft section of the boat.

8. Princess Y85

The UK builder Princess has been on a successful design spree over the last few years, and its Princess Y85 flybridge is just the latest example. The26-metre boat has a fairly straight hull, with multiple windows built into the hull sides. The superstructure is where the design gets interesting, employing different curves to distinguish itself, from the flowing glass of the main saloon all the way up to the back edges of the flybridge hardtop. The fly has a large shaded area, but there is also plenty of room aft for sun-worshipping on the lounges and open rear area. The top deck also has an integrated bar on the starboard side, which is a rare feature for a boat this size. Princess gave the main floor an open-plan layout, with three seating areas. Belowdecks are four staterooms, including a full-beam suite for the owners. There is also a VIP cabin at the bow, another rarity on a yacht this size. The Y85 is powered by twin 1420kW MAN V12 engines, which reach a top end of 33 knots.

9. Sealine S390

Sealine’s new S390 shows just how far the former UK brand, acquired several years ago by the Hanse Group in Germany, has come. Bill Dixon, designer of many successful sailing yachts and motor yachts, gave the S390 a signature swooping hardtop that features a large opening sunroof, full-height windows, and a large opening door. The 12-metre boat is designed for both wet weather and sunny climates, with an outdoor galley and barbecue, a hydraulic swim platform, and a cockpit table. The weekend cruiser has three double cabins with two bathrooms, with long windows designed into the hull sides. The S390 has two engine options, both twin Volvo Penta D-series sterndrives. With the upgraded 276kW version, the boat has a top end of 34 knots.

10. Sea Ray SLX 350

Sea Ray decided to do a simultaneous world launch at the Düsseldorf and New York boat shows. The supersize bowrider will be a welcome jolt for European boaters who are used to cruisers in that size range, but Sea Ray has pioneered the concept of a fast, high-end day boat. The boat can seat up to 18 people, including on the “concealable” transom seating. Standout standard features include the wet bar and refrigerator, multiple outboard speakers, and a large swim platform that takes full advantage of its 3.25-metre beam. Powered by twin MerCruiser 6.2L engines, the boat can be controlled by an Axius joystick. Sea Ray also designed in “quietRIDE” technology for a more pleasant experience while running. “The SLX series was launched to bring a luxury sport-boating experience unlike any other to the market,” says Sea Ray president Brad Anderson. “The evolution of the SLX 350 upholds the orchestrated excellence found across the SLX model line.”

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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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