Philips has announced the A5 Pro headphones, designed in conjunction with Armin Van Buuren. Meant for professional DJs, the A5 Pro headphones are aluminium closed-back phones, “for noisy club environments”.
“Philips believed in my idea for the A5 Pro and I believed in the idea Philips had,” said the superstar DJ. “I wanted to develop headphones that have easily replaceable parts and that you can stylise: comfortable, with great sound, and durable.”
Tim Homewood of Philips said: “This collaboration is about using Armin’s experience to create an essential tool for the needs of professional DJs. It’s so much more than a simple endorsement – we created this headphone together from scratch.”
Philips and Armin Van Buuren clearly see the value in DJ endorsements, although they’re hardly first to the party. Here’s a short list of celebrity DJs and producers with “signature headphones”:
- Tiesto – AKG
- Mix Master Mike – Skullcandy
- Dr. Dre – Monster/Beats By Dre
- Ludacris – SOUL
- Steve Aoki – WeSC
- Pauly D – SMS Audio
At least the Philips model look good technically; the couplings are closed so we can’t see how durable they are internally, but they have dual-sided locking cable inputs and come with replaceable cushions. There are optional replaceable 80mm on-ear cushions “for on the go”, and replaceable 110mm over the ear “studio cushions” too. They fold, and have a genuine leather headband and coiled cable.
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