Boss Waza Air Guitar Headphones

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Over-Air Headphone Guitar Sound System

  • With premium amp and effect sounds
  • With 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity
  • Bluetooth audio streaming and sound editing via smartphone
  • The latest BOSS room technology and integrated gyro sensor deliver natural "amp in the room" sound with a 3D ambience and dynamic sound localisation
  • 5 Amplifier types derived from the Katana stage amplifier series, including a full-range mode for bass or acoustic / electric guitar
  • Access to over 50 customisable effects in the BOSS Tone Studio app
  • Integrated BOSS wireless technology for excellent sound quality with extremely low latency
  • User-friendly controls for guitar volume and Bluetooth audio playback as well as instant access to six user-definable sound settings
  • Custom 50 mm drivers deliver high quality audio with full sound
  • Adaptable ear pads ensure optimal driver performance and uncompromising guitar sound
  • Wide headband offers comfort for long playing sessions
  • Durable construction with chrome-plated metal parts
  • Can be folded up in a guitar bag for compact storage or flat transport
  • Built-in, rechargeable batteries with automatic standby / wake function to protect the battery life
  • Up to 5 hours of battery life for the headphones and up to 12 hours for the WL-T transmitter (included)
  • With the BOSS Tone Studio app for iOS and Android mobile devices, sounds can be edited, organised and downloaded wirelessly
  • Controls: Power switch, volume knob, Ch up / down buttons. Bluetooth Multi-Function button
  • Display: Charge, Power / Battery, Bluetooth, Guitar Wireless
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Current consumption: (When charging) 470 mA
  • Includes WL-T transmitter and micro USB cable
  • Suitable replacement transmitter: Article no. 486908 (not included)

Connectors:

  • Transmitter input: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • USB Micro-B Charge Port (DC IN 5 V)
available since December 2019
Item number 480241
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Design Over-Ear
System Closed Back
Adapter No
Type Of Transmission Bluetooth
Maximum operating time 5 h
Color Black
Type Of Connector None
Weight 320 g
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Virtual reality for the guitar

The Boss Waza Air combines the premium sounds from the Boss Katana series along with a unique surround sound for luxurious practicing and jamming. Five amp models and more than 50 effects are available to choose from, including sounds for bass and electro-acoustic guitars, which provide a three-dimensional sound experience with the integrated gyro sensor technology and thus give the impression that the amp is in the same room as the player. The Boss Waza Air is very comfortable to wear, even for longer sessions, streams music from your smartphone via Bluetooth, and can also be used wirelessly with the Tone Studio app. The scope of delivery also includes the WL-T transmitter, with which the system can be operated for up to 12 hours without charging. So there's nothing standing in the way of those sessions in the great outdoors.

Jamming and practising with luxury sound

With its wide ear cushions, comfortably padded headband, and 50mm custom drivers, the Waza Air offers high wearing comfort and high audio quality at the same time. Easy-to-use controls for guitar volume, Bluetooth audio playback, and direct access to six individually configurable patches make using the headphones easy. In addition, thanks to its flexible two-way design, the Waza Air can be easily folded for easy storage in your gig bag. The included WL-T transmitter enables wireless operation with the instrument, but if you only want to listen to music, simply plug the WL-T into the appropriate socket to use the Waza Air as a full-blown Bluetooth headset. Both components are recharged using a standard USB power supply unit, and a USB cable is included in the scope of delivery.

Elegant gadget for sound gourmets

If you like to practise often or prefer to jam undisturbed with backing tracks and value the highest sound quality, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with the Waza Air. The newly developed Boss surround sound technology conveys an extremely realistic and natural playing experience, in which the integrated gyro sensor detects head movements and compares them with sophisticated 3D algorithms. This ensures a completely new sound experience and an extremely realistic spatial impression, which has an inspiring and at the same time creative effect on the player. Thanks to the wireless connection to the instrument, you can also treat yourself to another piece of freedom for the session on a couch, in a hotel, or out in the open.

Boss Tone Studio app for full control

Based on the sounds and controls of the Katana stage amps, the Waza Air allows for extensive customisation and a variety of ready-to-play presets via the Boss Tone Studio app. The five amp models offer sounds ranging from classic clean to high-gain, including a full-range sound ideal for bass and electro-acoustic guitars. There are also more than 50 effect types available, including modulation, delay, and reverb effects that have been specially optimised for the Waza Air. Thanks to the six integrated memory slots, your favourite setups can be saved and accessed at any time using permanently assigned buttons.

About Boss

The Boss brand has been an important part of the Japanese Roland Corporation since the mid-1970s and has caused a sensation from its inception, especially with its compact effect pedals but also multi-effect units and other helpful tools for guitarists. The company's single effect pedals in particular are legendary and can be found in almost every guitarist's home. An incredible 15 million have been sold to date. With its Katana series, the manufacturer now also offers excellent amplifiers at a very interesting price point.

Plug in and enjoy

It doesn't matter whether you're practising at home on the couch or in the bedroom, warming up before a gig, or at a session in your hotel: With its sound based on the successful Katana amplifier series, the high level of wearing comfort, and the unique Boss surround sound technology, the Boss Waza Air offers plenty of opportunities to let your creativity run free. Plus, the ultra-low latency wireless connection ensures a hassle-free playing experience without any stumbling blocks, while the auto-standby and wake-up features conserve battery life in the Waza Air and WL-T Transmitter between sessions.

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A niche product, but good
Fry57 18.02.2021
It's really cool to be able to plug the dongle, put the headphones on and play. It's fairly easy to dial in good sounds, and the options with the effects are fairly flexible.

The static mode works as advertised, but it feels weird and a bit unnatural. The panning is quite brutal, and the effect is much more pronounced than it would be when you turn your head around with an amp in the room. The stage setting is gimmicky at best, and I don't find it more immersive than the standard mode. the ambiant reverb settings can be very annoying as well, but thankfully it can tuned down. These are fun gimmicks, but not a major selling point. I would have bought a cheaper version without these features any day, and I think a lot of people would agree that this isn't the main selling point.

The main issue is the bug in the app for iOS. it doesn't respect the safe areas, so if you have an iPhone with a notch, the app is unusable. Once you enter the effect setting screen, you can go back to the main screen. It works on iPad and iphone 7 / SE though.

I also wish there'd be a way to toggle effects on & off from the headphones, but the only option is to change patches. It's workable this way, but since there are only 6 slots for patches on the headphones, it's more limiting. This would truly make the headphones perfectly usable without the app, but for now I still feel like I need a phone or tablet to use it. Which you'd probably have if you want to play backing tracks, but this forces you to juggle between the music app and the boss waza-air app. The split knobs for effects is inherited from the katana interface, but on a digital app it feels weird. it might stem from a limitation on the DSP, but it would have worked better to have separate knobs & toggles for booster / mod, delay / fx and reverb. It would also be nice to be able to toggle an effect off by clicking the color switcher instead of having to dial down the knob.

For those who complain the connexion isn't working well for bluetooth audio, it's pretty well explained both in the manual and on the web. There are 2 bluetooth devices in one:
WAZA AIR MIDI: this one is used to connect to the app and control the amp / effects settings on the headphones via midi
WAZA AIR AUDIO: this is used to pair the headphones as a bluetooth media receiver to stream audio from the device.

When you pair the MIDI one on the app, it doesn't automatically pair the AUDIO one on the device to use in your music app. For this - as the manual says - you need to hold the BT button on the headphones to enter pairing mode, then go to your device's bluetooth settings and pair the WAZA AIR AUDIO. Once this is done you can control the headphones with the app & stream music at the same time, which is one thing that doesn't always work well with this type of product (on the yamaha THR for instance, you can't sync settings on the app while streaming audio & vice versa)

A cool product, although it could deserve a little love in terms of UX, especially in the app which has this very critical bug that still hasn't been resolved since the last app update 3 months ago.

Edit: I updated my rating to 5 stars. The tones are amazing, it's really comfortable, and I even sold my yamaha THR 10IIW
this is simply awesome and highly recommended !
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Best way to practise, and a top bluetooth earphone
Biogulasch 13.11.2021
This Earphone has two Conactions, midi for the guitar and Audio for your phone or laptop. That means you can hear a music track and play with it. There are some Tone packages in the APP, which are kinda useable. The building quality is very good, there is no uncomfortable feeling by ear.

What I really want to say, is this is a very wide range Earphone. Bluetooth earphones are highly limited by the board width of Bluetooth technic itself, but this one can really catch a wide range of the frequence. Both high end and low end sound very full. It is really comparable to a real AMP.

Since this is a relative new Product, there is some issues to be improved. There is no "Sleep Mode", I fogot sometimes to shut it down after using. Then it just went out of battery. I understand if it sleeps while playing it could be worse, but I hope there would be a way to solve this.

The adopter and the earphone must be separatedly charged.
If you plug the adopter into a Pedal, e.g. an out-end of a looper, or using some other pedals, it stops working like about every 20min. I dont really understand why.

In general, this worth it a lot. It is just the best way to dive in your own guitar world without disturbing. And I works perfectly alone as a Bluetooth earphone
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dazed & confused
mir.san 26.01.2022
I'm dazed because these headphones are a dream. I've updated the firmware to the latest version (as of January 2022) and there are no connection problems, the wandering speaker problem is not an issue anymore and the connection with the app is rock solid. The tones you get are fantastic, given that you like the BOSS Katana. Classic pedal effects simulations... The whole nine yard worth of BOSS/Roland goodness.
But... I'm the only one that can listen to my bad guitar chops... Well this is the point, isn't it? Yes, but for nearly €400 a output jack or any other output should have been present. So I'm confused now... Do I want to keep them or go with a fender micro?
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The only amp you need at home
Zimar 25.09.2020
The convenience of these headphones are unparalleled to any amp or computer in my opinion, it simply cuts away all annoying middle hands. You can just plug and play and get inspired to keep going for hours.

With that said, I think the 3-D feature of the headphones is something of a gimmick that was fun for the first day or two. Have not used those features since. But just playing for yourself or playing along tracks is awesome. Another good feature is that you can control the volume of your guitar and the volume of the bluetooth connection separately, which is very important. Also, the sound is good enough to keep you playing for hours. Moreover, if you're not very good at dialling in the tones you like with the app, then try pluggin in a pedal. I found the headphones takes pedals surprisingly well. Especially my VH4 pedal sounds like an absolute beast through these things. Would recommend it to all home-players.
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