The YH-E700A is the first pair of Yamaha headphones we’ve had in our hands (and on our heads), and we like what we hear.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Yamaha YH-E700A is the larger round-shaped ear cup, which adds a professional studio headphone aesthetic. The over-ear and closed-back design completely cover the ear cup and, despite the larger cups, they’re relatively light headphones that are comfortable to wear (we had them on for the best part of six hours throughout the working day without any fatigue). And when you pull them down around your neck, the cups lie unobtrusively flat against your collarbones, allowing easier head movement.
Yamaha has gone with a more traditional button control configuration on the Yamaha YH-E700A, as opposed to touch controls. Touch controls can be divisive with users, with response quality varying from manufacturer to manufacturer, leading to a potentially frustrating experience. With physical button controls, you know exactly where you stand. And, to be honest, this tactile addition resonated with us.
Play/pause/take call, volume, power and the USB-C charging port on the Yamaha YH-E700Aare on the right cup, with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and a 3.5mm socket jack on the left. A full charge from completely flat comes in at around three-and-a-half hours – expect to get around 35 hours of playback from that.
Where the Yamaha YH-E700A truly excel is where it counts – the audio front. The sound quality here is simply superb. Tested across a multitude of genres from jazz to metal, dance to classical, these headphones are outstanding. Warm and crisp with an expansive soundstage, the Yamaha YH-E700A easily compete with the best headphones in this price range. That shouldn’t be a surprise given Yamaha’s rich audio history, but this is our first-time experience reviewing the company’s cans, and it’s an excellent first impression.
Call quality is consistently good – both locally and internationally – with no dropouts during testing. The Active Noise-Cancelling (ANC) is also very good and will ably cut out household noise and chatter. And an Ambient Noise setting will let in some external sound without compromising the quality of the audio. This setting is essential for when you’re in areas where traffic is a concern, or if you need to keep an ear open for the kids around the house while enjoying your music.
In the box you get the headphones, a hard-shell storage case, an airport adaptor, a 3.5mm cable for wired listening, and a USB-C cable for charging.
The Yamaha E700As are a solid performer right across the board. Well-built, these are comfortable headphones with a refreshingly simple manual control system. And from a sound and noise-cancelling perspective, they’re exceptional performers. As an all-rounder sitting in the top-tier category of headphones, the E700As are scoring runs for fun and one of the industry’s best kept secrets.
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 Style: Over-Ear
Noise-Cancelling? Active Noise Cancellation
Battery life: 30 hours+
Wired option: Yes
Yamaha’s YH-E700A Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are available now.