Astell & Kern teams up with Jerry Harvey Audio to launch four-strong headphone range

Astell & Kern, best know for its hi-res portable music players such as the Award-winning AK Jr, has once again joined forces with Jerry Harvey Audio to create a bespoke range of in-ear headphones.

There are upgraded MkII versions of the existing Siren Series models: Layla (named after Eric Clapton's famous love song); Roxanne, which takes its name from the song by The Police; and Angie, named after the Rolling Stones classic.

All three are metal clad and have been re-engineered for 2016. Layla II has a body, cap and sound bore machined from a solid block of Titanum, with carbon-fibre inserts, while Roxanne II and Angie II are both made from a solid block of aluminium with carbon-fibre inserts.

There are all-new, proprietary driver designs across the range with adjustable bass, and a range of cable options including a balanced cable with 2.5mm jack suitable for use with Astell & Kern's players featuring a 2.5mm balanced output.

New to the range for 2016 is the 'entry-level' (likely to be around £400) Rosie, named after the AC/DC classic Whole Lotta Rosie.

It features a six-driver design with dual low-, mid- and high-range drivers. Like Roxanne II and Angie II, the body, cap and sound bore are machined from a solid block of aluminium.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.