Yamaha YH-L700A Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones with 3D Sound

The Yamaha YH-L700A Bluetooth headphones are a closed circumaural model with 3D surround technology. As a perfect companion at all times, it adopts advanced active noise reduction thanks to the presence of internal microphones.

A true concentrate of technologies, it is able to offer a perfectly individualized audio experience through the “Ambient sound”, “Listening comfort – advanced” or “Listening Optimizer” functions. Very complete, it is compatible with Siri, and Google Assistant voice assistants as well as with the aptX adaptive Bluetooth codec.

In addition, it can be controlled by means of its dedicated Headphones Controller (Yamaha) application.

This allows you to personalize your listening or to program a headset switch-off timer. In terms of battery life, the YH-L700A Bluetooth headset can be used wirelessly for 35 hours with the ANC mode activated.

Strong points

  • 3D surround mode
  • Active noise reduction
  • Ambient sound mode
  • Bluetooth apt-X Adaptive, AAC, SBC
  • Personalized listening

Yamaha YH-L700A: 3D surround mode

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The few decades of experience in the use of Cinema DSP processing have enabled the brand to equip its YH-L700A Bluetooth headphones with an efficient 3D surround reproduction system.

To do this, Yamaha has used its proprietary HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function) technology.

The latter offers precise and realistic surround spatialization. You will be able to take advantage of the 3D surround mode of these Yamaha YH-L700A headphones to immerse yourself in total immersion in your films, series, and other programs on your TV, tablet, or computer equipped with a Bluetooth transmitter.

To optimize your experience, seven 3D surround mode presets are available from the control button located under the right shell.

Yamaha YH-L700A: advanced active noise reduction and Listening Optimizer

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Traditionally, Active Noise Canceling is an effective way of suppressing noise around you so you can focus exclusively on your music.

A bubble is sometimes created to the detriment of a weak reproduction of low frequencies. This is the reason why Yamaha offers with this YH-L700A headphones an innovative solution, taking the advantage of integrating the microphones inside the ear cups.

This configuration allows the surrounding noise to be suppressed without modifying the processing of the audio signal. To do this, the internal and external microphones work together.

Their goal is to capture ambient noises both outside and as close as possible to your ears to gently suppress them without ever affecting the sound reproduction.

The “Listening Optimizer” function, which also relies on the internal microphones, complements the active noise reduction. Its role is to measure air and seal leaks around your own ears every 20 seconds. The assurance of benefiting in all circumstances from perfectly optimized and personalized listening.

Yamaha YH-L700A: Ambient sound

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Enjoying your favorite playlists to the fullest anywhere, is the goal of any active noise-canceling headset. However, when we move outdoors, not being aware of our surroundings can be particularly dangerous.

This is why Yamaha has also integrated an Ambient Sound mode on this YH-L700A headphones. This function uses the microphones, which are then responsible for capturing external sounds to place them in the background of your music. As a result, you can enjoy your playlists in complete safety.

Yamaha YH-L700A: Advanced listening comfort

The “Listening comfort – advanced” function offered on this Yamaha YH-L700A Bluetooth headset aims to optimize the equalization from a fixed volume.

Indeed, depending on the music streaming platforms and audio formats of your files, the dynamic ranges can vary considerably from one music to another, or even throughout a single song. With its “Listening comfort” feature, Yamaha offers an adaptive approach in real-time.

It does this by using data from the last five seconds while calculating the average sound level every 0.7 Ms. Thus, applied to a four-band equalization, the correction allowed by this function adapts to the average listening volume.

Yamaha YH-L700A: Bluetooth aptX adaptive, AAC, SBC

The Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codec offers the possibility of benefiting from a variation of the audio rate ranging from 276 to 420 kbps to find the perfect mixture between connection stability and audio quality. From a latency point of view, its results place it between the aptX Low Latency (superior) and aptX / aptX HD codecs. It is also backward compatible, allowing it to work with any aptX or aptX HD compatible source.

This codec allows the Yamaha YH-L700A Bluetooth headphones to offer you optimized listening at all times. In addition, the AAC (Apple) and SBC Bluetooth codecs complete the picture, thus opening up the field of possibilities as to the sources that can be associated with them.

Yamaha YH-L700A: autonomy 35 hrs, mini-jack cable

The Yamaha YH-L700A noise-canceling headphones offer a long battery life of 35 hours with noise reduction and 11 hours with 3D surround mode active.

It will thus be able to accompany you in your marathons of films or series, during your longer journeys, in particular thanks to its supplied rigid transport case and its foldable shells, or even during your work week.

When the battery is discharged, you just need to plug it in using the dedicated USB A to USB C cable and allow 3.5 hours for a full charge from the mains, a little more if you opt for the USB port of a computer.

Finally, if no plug or powered USB port is available to you, it is still possible to use your Yamaha YH-L700A headphones off in wired mode using the supplied 3.5-mm mini-jack cable.

Yamaha YH-L700A: voice assistants, command interface, and control application

Compatible with Siri and Google Assistant voice assistants, the Yamaha YH-L700A headset can be controlled by voice. Likewise, it is possible to make your calls without having to take out your smartphone.

In addition, two other solutions exist to control the Yamaha YH-L700A headphones.

The first is to use the various control buttons placed under the hulls. Very complete, this interface allows you to control noise reduction, your voice assistant, your music, or even take your calls.

The second, both more complete and complementary, offers you the possibility of using the Headphones Controller (Yamaha) application, available on iOS and Android.

It allows you to set the automatic switch-off timer of the YH-L700A Bluetooth headset, display the battery status, activate noise reduction, or even the “Ambient sound” and “Listening Optimizer” modes).

Characteristics

  • Type: closed
  • Coupling: circumaural
  • Transducers: dynamic, 40 mm
  • Frequency response: 8 Hz – 40 kHz
  • Hi-Res wired connection
  • Swivel ear cups
  • 3D surround functions with 7 presets Optimized
  • active noise reduction (ANC)
  • Listening optimizer
  • Advanced listening comfort
  • Ambient sound
  • Voice assistants: Siri and Google Assistant
  • Hands-free function
  • Control application compatible with iOS and Android

Bluetooth

  • Version: 5.0
  • Codecs: AAC, SBC, apt-X Adaptive
  • Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Range: 10 m
  • Maximum of memorized devices: 8

Power supply

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging time: approx. 3 h 30
  • Autonomy (ANC activated): 35 h

Supplied accessories

  • 1x USB-C cable (50 cm, charging)
  • 1x single-sided 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm mini-jack cable
  • 1x airplane adapter
  • 1x hard carrying case

General

  • Weight: 330 g

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market.

Products include Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band, and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, soundbars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors.

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