Ashdown Engineering Launches New Meters Headphones at CES


Ashdown Engineering is a British audio company best known for making professional audio equipment, including bass amps used by artists like U2 and Foo Fighters. The company moved to personal audio in 2021 with its Meters on-ear headphones in 2021 and is launching a number of new consumer-facing products at CES in 2022, including its first in-ear headphones.

Linx meters

The Ashdown Meters Linx ($ 175) are true wireless headphones that can be paired with a pair of desktop speakers, also called Linx ($ 116). The headphones and speakers can also be purchased together (pictured above) for $ 289.

Linx headphones connect via Bluetooth 5.0 and come with a charging case that features Ashdown’s signature illuminated VU meter that responds in real time to music. The in-ear headphones are powered by lithium-ion batteries and can run for 6 hours on one charge with an additional 24 hours of case charging.

black linx headphones Ashdown Engineering

Meters Linx headphones feature balanced frames and 7mm dynamic drivers.

The Linx uses a custom designed balanced armature along with a 7mm dynamic driver. They use the same Qualcomm aptX adaptive codec as the OVC-1-B-Connect Meters, Ashdown’s flagship over-ear Bluetooth headset.

Touch controls on the left and right earbuds allow the user to control play / pause, volume up / down, and skip tracks. A built-in motion sensor detects whether the headphones are in use, helping to preserve battery life.

Linx speakers connect automatically when headphones are placed in their case. The speakers have a range of 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) and three hours of playtime on one charge. Both Linx in-ear headphones and speakers have an IPX5 water resistance rating.

Novu-M-Ear meters

novu m ears telephone cables Ashdown Engineering

The Meters Nov-M-Ear wired headphones employ 10mm drivers and are rated at 32 ohms.

Ashdown’s Meters Novu-M-Ear Wired Headphones ($ 29) employ 10mm drivers rated at 32 ohms within their alloy housings. The company says they are designed to emphasize bass without sacrificing clear highs and detailed mids. They come with a 1.2 meter (approximately 4 feet) tangle-free device that features an adjustable leather clasp to prevent it from getting in the way of the user. An in-line microphone with a push-to-talk button is provided to answer and end calls. There is also a hard zippered case for storage.

The manufacturer will also present three sets of on-ear headphones at CES.


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