Headphone A8

(2000-2017) Stereo earphones

Type number: 6405

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

These miniature headphones were intended for use with portable audio products like the BeoSound 2 (which was supplied with a pair). In contrast to all other such headphones, the A8 eschewed moulded plastic in favour of precision machined aluminium, giving a striking, luxurious appearance. The drive units could be telescoped in and out of the frame in a smooth, damped action, whereas the curved section (sheathed in rubber for comfort) could be hinged for a tight fit. To complete the impression of quality and to protect the finish, the A8 headphones came in a specially designed black leather pouch. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Connection was via a short, thin lead and a 3.5mm stereo jack plug. The lead was deliberately kept short so as not to become entangled in the pocket, though an extension lead was also included for home use. This still came fitted with a 3.5mm plug, so owners of older equipment (e.g. Beomaster 5000, Beocenter 9500) would need an additional adaptor. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The A8s were very sensitive so that they could produce a lot of volume even from portable devices of limited power. The foam covers were removable for washing and a spare set was supplied with each pair. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Designer

Anders Hermansen

Finishes/ colours

 2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Aluminium/black
Aluminium/white         
Aluminium/green         
Aluminium/orange         
Aluminium/yellow         
 20102011201220132014201520162017
Aluminium/black
Aluminium/white
Aluminium/green     
Aluminium/orange     
Aluminium/yellow     

Prices

2000£85 
2001£90 
2002£85 
2003£95 
2004£95 
2005£95 
2006£95 
2007£110 
2008£95 
2009£105 
2010£108 
2011£100 
2012£120 
2016£120 

Type number

6405

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