Kennerton Audio Wodan

$4,800.00

Open-Back Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Description

The Kennerton Wodan is designed to achieve great sound quality while being a light set of headphones and being very comfortable to wear. Their speed and dynamic ability allows you to perceive every detail specifically placed in the soundscape. If feels like you are located at the source or in the heart of the performance.

Structurally, the Wodan incorporates aerospace grade aluminium and steel with high quality wooden ear-cups.
In terms of comfort, they pamper the listener with a strap-style headband which allows even weight distribution over the user’s head, fine lambskin leather and soft ear pads that create a comfortable listening experience.

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 Wodan’s cups. Every cup is crafted from a whole piece of wood, which not only affects sound quality in a positive way, but also adds a special feeling from the amount of attention to the detail that goes into every headphone. Carving, hand sanding, hand polishing, soaking in Italian wood oils & wax…..this is the opposite to a corporation pumping out headphones on a robotic production line. This is boutique hand crafting with traditional techniques passed down through generations.

The Wodan is exceptional value for money – a real slice of the audiophile high end that compares with headphones at a much higher price level. One audition and you’re addicted. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Wood Finish Options

Kennerton Wodan Curly MapleCurly Maple
Kennerton Wodan Dark ChocolateDark Chocolate

What’s in the Box?

Headphones
One set of Thekk Planar Magnetic headphones in the wood finish of your choice.
Kennerton Wodan Dark Chocolate
Kennerton cable 2xlr to 6.3 Standard Cable
High quality detachable copper cable 2x mini-XLR / 6.3 mm at 2m length.
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

Reviews

Report

Reference Audio Analyzer, Kuznetsov Roman
Detailed measurements and technical analysis (report)

Videos

Kennerton Wodan Review – Worthy of the Gods

Kennerton Wodan – (Full Review)

Kennerton Wodan (French with English Subtitles)

Awards

Sound News Gold Award

Sound News Gold Award

Congratulations to Kennerton Audio and to everyone involved in making them! A truly marvelous, technical and yummy sounding headphone that deserves your highest attention. Kennerton Wodan is not an affordable headphone by any means, but considering their immaculate performance, their asking price is fully justified and I consider them as the biggest headphone bargain you can have right now. Strongly recommended!

Why Planar Magnetic?

Kennerton believe that the perfect headphone would be a combination of the dynamic and electrostatic technologies combined into one. Whereby taking the airy and extremely detailed sound of an electrostatic driver and combining it with the power & impact of a dynamic transducer. This would achieve a sound that’s both natural and engaging.

When they looked at the market to see what their competitors have been producing in the last couple of years, they were surprised to find that the most recent planar magnetic headphones all had the same design and thus also shared the same flaws. They perceived this observation as evidence that the 35-year old planar magnetic technology hasn’t evolved with time.

They got to the drawing board and started to make their own drivers from scratch. One of their core goals was to minimise internal structure resonances and optimise sound wave patterns in order to create a clear, low-distortion sound across all frequencies. To achieve this, they created several patent-pending core innovations. The magnetic structure of their new planar driver is designed to eliminate both unwanted resonances and unify magnetic field distribution over the total frequency range.

planar magnetic headphone

Kennerton Driver Technology

Kennerton drivers are solely designed and produced in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at a state-of-the-art facility that also manufactures precision components for the aerospace and military industries. This level of technology, tooling and equipment used ensures the highest quality and durability of their headphones. Their drivers feature:

  • A new 80mm planar-magnetic driver, with every aspect of this technology being implemented, such as phase coherence, flat impedance and a low-mass diaphragm.
  • Multi-layer 20 µm polyimide film diaphragm, tested to have the highest reliability and longevity in the most extreme environmental conditions.
  • FEM-Optimized Magnet System with 10 neodymium magnets arranged in symmetric push-pull configuration.
  • Unique semicircular bar magnets.
  • A semicircular form therefore has many advantages over the ordinary rectangular shaped bar magnets – it produces a more uniform magnetic field, greatly reduces internal resonances and produces an optimal sound.
  • The driver has greater sensitivity thanks to its powerful magnets and low-mass diaphragm. It can therefore be easily driven by portable devices.
  • The driver is made of super strong and light material – Carbon.

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.

Kennerton Wodan Curly Maple

Product Specification

Driver Planar Magnetic
Driver Unit 80mm
Frequency Response 10 – 55,000 Hz
Sensitivity 106 dB
Impedance 38 Ohm ±5%
Cord length High quality 2 meters detachable copper cable 2 x mini-XLR / 6.3mm
Weight 480 g
Warranty 3 Years. Transferable (consult Headphone Nirvana)

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Wood Finish

Curly Maple, Dark Chocolate