Kennerton Audio Vali Neoteric


Open-Back Over-Ear Dynamic Driver Headphones

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The Kennerton Vali is the most well-known headphone in their range and has built a reputation over many years for excellent sound quality. It has received the most positive ratings from so many reviewers, critics and audiophiles, making it one of the favourites around the world. One of the reasons for its acclaimed performance is the special design of the inner cup surface which features four sound ‘labyrinth-traps’ that keep the various resonances and abnormal distortions below a minimum audible level.

But as technologies & methods improve over time, everything needs refreshing sooner or later. Kennerton are pleased to reveal the new version of Kennerton Vali – the Neoteric! The updated version delivers that same unique sound so loved by many with detail & clarity combined with powerful & punchy bass…..just on another level!

The same high-quality materials are used – steel, aluminium, genuine leather and precious wood. It’s the same heirloom build quality and reliability of construction however the new Kennerton Vali Neoteric exhibits a fresh design aesthetic, a more comfortable fit, an increased cushion size, less weight and an even higher level of sound quality.

One of the reasons audiophiles keep coming back to Kennerton is the sublime woodwork craftmanship that define the brand. The range of finishes and the attention to detail result in a real pride of ownership. If you can actually stop listening to them, the next challenge is to try to stop looking at them!

Known for their skill in crafting wood, Kennerton have gone an extra mile with the design and build of the Vali Neoteric. Carving, hand sanding, hand polishing, soaking in Italian wood oils & wax…..this is the opposite to an electronics corporation pumping out headphones on a robotic production line. This is boutique hand crafting with traditional techniques passed down through generations.

The Vali Neoteric deliver a lively, natural sound that finely strikes in the balance of neither being too dark and congested, nor overly bright and sharp. Its sound signature is wide and open, yet clear and powerful, befitting the best qualities from a dynamic headphone design. These are exceptional value for money and along with the closed-back Gjallarhorn, it is no wonder why these two models are Kennerton’s highest selling products.

If you are searching for an open-back headphone constructed from luxury materials by people who are considered to be the finest artisans in the headphone world, then look no further. If you want an emotionally engaging listening experience that transports you into the world of the artist, then look no further. In addition, if you want a headphone with genuine lineage and pedigree, then plug in a pair of Vali Neoteric, press play…..and see you on the other side.


Kennerton Vali Curly MapleCurly Maple
Kennerton Vali Neoteric duskDusk

What’s in the Box?

One set of Vali Neoteric headphones in the wood finish of your choice.
Kennerton Vali Curly Maple
Kennerton cable 2xlr to 6.3 High Quality Cable
High quality 2 meters OFC cable with 4-Pin Balanced mini-XLR.
Comfortable Eco-Leather Case
Keep your headphones safe from damage and easily portable with a premium full-sized headphone case. The elegant exterior provides great protection from knocks and the outside environment and the soft internal lining keeps your headphones safe from scratching and damage.
Kennerton case



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The Heart of Vali

The Vali Neoteric is equipped with unique 50mm drivers using ultra-lightweight graphene-coated diaphragms. They offer great sensitivity, while reducing unwanted resonance and distortion. Its audio performance is then carefully tuned by Kennerton’s engineers to ensure that nothing falls below excellence. The driver features:

  • Low mass: Increases the response time to an incoming signal, while minimising the decay time. The result is a rich and emotional sound.
  • High internal damping: Minimum, almost zero additional resonances produced. The result is a smooth and vivid presentation.
  • Extreme stiffness: Allows the cone to oscillate without bending. The result is a much-reduced distortion.
  • The graphene-coated multilayered laminated film further reduces the distortion by allowing the cone to move easily in perfect piston motion.
Kennerton Vali Driver

The Body of Vali Neoteric

The materials selected for constructing the Vali Neoteric are very specific. The cups are made from naturally treated wood. Those beautiful wood grains are complemented by a strong yet lightweight structure made of aviation-grade aluminium and steel. To prevent any unwanted resonance, the honeycomb grille is made of cast zinc alloy which is acoustically inert.

Designed to reduce long listening fatigue, Vali Neoteric has comfortable self-adjustable headband, made of steel and genuine lambskin leather, and coupled with large, soft leather earpads to provide a supportive and comfortable fit. High quality 2 meters OFC cable with 4-Pin Balanced mini-XLR 3.5 mm Rhodium Plated connectors with OFC USSR-military use Litz wire further ensures that clear, undistorted audio signal from the headphones will be dutifully delivered.

Kennerton Vali Curly Maple

The Manufacturing Process of the Kennerton Wooden Cups

  1. All wood types used for making the headphones’ assembly and cups always undergo multiple different processes. Drying and coating methods which have antibacterial substances are used, making the cups pleasant to look at and resistant against environmental factors.
  2. The wooden cups are crafted by specific in-house developed procedures. Factors such as wood types, grain, age & design geometry all influence the sound and this knowledge & experience is implemented in these headphone designs.
  3. The cups are manufactured by 3D modelling controlled by precision machinery. The machines have the highest available accuracy and repeatable processing quality.
  4. After the milling operation, the cups are sanded and polished by hand.
  5. After sanding, the wood is coated by using special oils to protect it from humidity and prevent it from deteriorating.
  6. The cups are processed with microwaves for several minutes in order to avoid the deterioration of the oils.
  7. The cups are covered by hot bee-wax and dried in a special drying chamber for about 1.5 hours. Temperatures are set between 60 – 74 degrees centigrade depending on the type of wood.
  8. Drying is followed by the cups being cooled at room temperature for at least 6 hours.
  9. The cups are ground for the second time, hot wax is again applied, which is again followed by drying the cups at the same temperatures for about 8 hours.
  10. The closing stage of the work includes thorough polishing of the cup, laser engraving of the logo and other elements as per the design. In some cases, patina forming treatment is applied for a decorative finish that makes the surface look perfect.
  11. If the client prefers a varnish coating instead of a wax coating, we cover the product with three layers of eco-friendly, super-strong polyurethane varnish with intermediate drying and polishing of each layer. We use only the best and safest Italian materials, which are traditionally used in restoration workshops and in the manufacture of musical instruments.

Note: Each pair of headphones is one of a kind, and due to the nature of handwork, slight variations in wood grain may occur.

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Product Specification

Driver Graphene-coated multilayered composite
Driver Unit 50mm
Frequency Response 10 – 30,000 Hz
Sensitivity 100 dB
Impedance 32 Ohm
Maximum Input Power 500 mW
Cord length High quality 2m OFC cable with 4-Pin Balanced mini-XLR connectors and Gold Plated 6.3 TRS connector
Weight 490 g (without cable)
Warranty 3 Years. Transferable (consult Headphone Nirvana)


Additional information

Wood Finish

Curly Maple, Dusk