Boss’ new Waza-Air packs a modelling amp into a pair of headphones

A hassle-free way to practice in silence.

Boss has released the Waza-Air, a digital modelling amp that takes the form of a pair of wireless headphones.

Dubbed a “personal guitar amplifier system”, the Waza-Air wirelessly connects to your guitar and is touted to deliver three-dimensional ‘amp-in-a-room’ tones based on five amp types from the brand’s Katana series. Users will receive instant access to six user-configurable tone settings but also be able to customise amp tones and engage over 50 effects types through the Boss Tone Studio app.

The headphones are designed specifically for this system. The Waza-Air features three environments to ‘play in’: Surround mimics a recording studio, Stage emulates a live environment with a virtual backline behind you, and Static uses a gyro sensor to continually change the tone depending on your head position. The Waza-Air also offers users the ability to stream and jam along to backing tracks via Bluetooth.

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The Waza-Air’s sound is the product of large, custom-designed 50mm drivers that couple with Boss’s integrated wireless technology for low-latency transmission. Conforming earpads and a wide headband also provide stability and comfort for long playing sessions.

Boss claims the Waza-Air can run up to 12 hours with the included WL-T transmitter and five hours on its built-in battery, which is supported by an auto-standby/wake function to conserve battery life. Watch it in action below:

The Waza-Air is now available for $399.99. More information at boss.info.

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