Former Sennheiser engineer Axel Grell’s TWS / 1 wireless headphones focus on sound quality
With the launch of the Grell TWS / 1, there is not just another pair of true wireless headphones in town, but another brand of headphones. Grell is the brainchild of headphone engineer Axel Grell, who spent most of three decades at Sennheiser and designed some of its most acclaimed pairs, for example, the HD 650 and Orpheus.
Having left Sennheiser fairly recently, Grell started his own business. And the first fruits of its labor are the TWS / 1. True wireless headphones arrive in a crowded market with solid specs including active noise cancellation, 28 hours total battery life with ANC enabled, and Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility with aptX HD and aptX Adaptive support. The ear cups are also splash resistant (IPX4 rated) and play ball with SoundID, allowing you to customize the audio to suit your hearing and fit.
Grell claims it’s the sound quality that separates its newcomers from the competition, however. “I always try to create the best acoustic experience possible for the money, regardless of the price,” Grell says. “Focusing only on audio, we carefully selected custom dynamic transducers, used the best available chipset and the best audio codecs. Hopefully we finally have a pair that can compete with the class-leading Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless headphones.
To reduce costs unrelated to performance, Grell will sell through an online-only channel and ship its products in “simple, inexpensive packaging”.
The Grell TWS / 1 is priced at £ 180 ($ 200) and can be pre-ordered now, with shipping starting in mid-October. An exclusive version of Grell’s first product, the drop + grell tws.01, will also be available through Drop.com around the same time, after an initial presale period at www.grellaudio.com. These will be finished in black, as opposed to the space gray color of the standard model, and US customers who purchase them will also receive additional blue fender tips.
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