In the case of noise canceling wi-fi headphones it’s fairly arduous to beat the Sony WH-1000XM4, however Technics goes to take its greatest shot a doing so with its EAH-A800, a brand new set of wi-fi cans that it debuted at CES 2022 and that can hit shops in March for $350 in black and white/silver.
The important thing to Sony’s success with the WH-1000XM4 is their mixture of nice sound high quality, nice energetic noise cancellation (ANC), nice battery life, and wired/wi-fi hi-res audio chops because of Sony’s LDAC Bluetooth codec. It’s not shocking that these identical attributes are additionally excessive on Technics’ bragging listing for the EAH-A800. In actual fact, Technics may even surpass Sony’s efficiency in these areas.
It’s unimaginable to say with out attempting them — one thing we hope to do very quickly — however our latest experiences with Technics’ EAH-AZ60 and EAH-AZ40 true wi-fi earbuds lead us to be very optimistic. Each have excellent sound for his or her respective costs, and the AZ60 wowed us with their ANC efficiency — historically one in every of Sony’s strongest capabilities. If the A800 meets this degree of noise-canceling (and given their 8-mic array, they in all probability will), they may even give the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 some severe competitors.
Battery life is undoubtedly the A800’s most simply quantified benefit. Technics claims 50 hours of playback time with ANC on and 60 hours with it off. That trounces Bose’s 20 hours and even places Sony to disgrace: The XM4 are rated for 30 hours with ANC on and 38 when it’s off. Even when the A800 are utilizing the LDAC codec — a battery killer — they’re good for a claimed 40 hours. Even the quick-charge numbers are spectacular — quarter-hour will purchase you an additional 10 hours (utilizing AAC with ANC on).
At 10.5 ounces, they’re a bit heavier than the XM4 and Bose 700, however you could not really feel it. Technics says that the A800’s earpads characteristic a curved design to use uniform strain to the entire ear. They’re additionally cushioned with reminiscence foam to distribute strain and guarantee a safe match, whereas a wire spring within the headband distributes strain throughout all the head.
Sound is produced by a set of newly designed 40mm drivers housed in an acoustic management chamber, which Technics claims can precisely management airflow to reinforce the efficiency of the driving force for exact bass and “wealthy spatial expression.” The corporate additionally says that the A800 makes use of the identical thin-film polymer multi-layer capacitors present in Technics’ high-grade audio amplifiers, which offer a secure present by the audio circuit, limiting distortion.
Different key options embody sturdy name high quality with a particular wind noise suppressing design, two ambient sound modes, put on sensors, and Bluetooth Multipoint for connecting two gadgets to the A800 concurrently. You don’t get Sony’s final flexibility of selecting between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on your voice AI, however Amazon Alexa is built-in, so that you’re not with out selection.
Has Sony lastly met its match? We’ll let you realize as quickly as we get the EAH-A800 in for some hands-on (and ears-on) time.