A powerful pair of noise-cancelling headphones, the EAH-A800 persuade in all areas. They arrive stacked with options, the ship high-quality sound, noise-cancelling is great, and the battery life is sensible. The Technics are noise-cancellers of a really excessive calibre.
- Large battery life
- Excessive-quality sound
- Spectacular noise cancellation
- Nice wi-fi connection
- Comfy to put on
- Sony over-ears supply extra rounded efficiency
- UKRRP: £299
- EuropeRRP: €349
Acoustic Management ChamberControls move of air inside the driver for exact bass and spacious sound
Bluetooth multipoint pairingJoin to 2 units without delay
Technics’ newest over-ear headphones have been teased at CES 2021, and their arrival a yr later has are available in a fruitful interval for premium headphones.
Bose launched its QuietComfort 45 in the direction of the tail finish of 2021, Bowers & Wilkins is prepping the PX7 S2, and Sony has introduced out the WH-1000XM5.
And there isn’t a lot room to manoeuvre because the likes of Philips and Cleer Audio look to undercut these above with their extra reasonably priced ANC efforts.
Proper from the off, the Technics EAH-A800 might want to get their elbows out and begin scrapping. However the place will they emerge in that battle – close to the highest of the pile, or with a bloody nostril?
- Nice consolation
- Trendy look
- Mixture of contact controls and bodily buttons
Obtainable in black and silver finishes, the A800 look superficially much like their predecessors. Nonetheless, look at just a little nearer and also you’ll uncover that a lot has modified.
The hinges that join the earcups and headband supply extra rotation and leeway to regulate the match. The padding on the earcups is much less substantial and takes a distinct form – much less of a pointed oval and wider. For an individual with larger ears corresponding to myself, the match higher encompasses my ears, and the padding doesn’t pinch my earlobes. These adjustments assist make the EAH-A800 extra comfy to put on than the EAH-F70N.
The scarf is longer, which makes the A800 larger, too. The width of the band is thinner, with extra padding on its underside, cushioning the highest of the top extra adequately. The clamping pressure is tight and safe, adjustable by means of the headscarf, so the cans keep rooted.
I’ve worn these headphones for stretches so long as three hours on a number of events, with just a few changes required to alleviate any discomfort. At 298g, they’re heavier than the F70N and most of their competitors, however they’re not headphones that weigh on the top; they really feel comparatively mild of their development.
The A800 are additionally collapsible, so if you wish to preserve them protected and guarded, they are often carried within the accompanying exhausting case.
The association of the buttons on the correct earcup has been re-jigged. Quantity management is not a toggle, however buttons with tabs to determine them. Betwixt the amount buttons is the playback button, the place a faucet stops and begins playback, a double-tap skips ahead and a triple-tap jumps again. With the tabs on the amount buttons, I discovered it fast sufficient to function the headphones with out having to fumble for them.
There’s not a noise-cancelling button, with onboard controls for ANC moved to the contact sensor on the correct earcup. The sensor needs to be activated within the Technics Join app earlier than it may be used, and default controls are a double-tap to allow Ambient Sound mode and a double-tap to revert again to noise cancelling.
Aesthetically, I like Technics’ method. The pearlescent aluminium end on the petal of the earcup is enticing, and the engraved Technics brand speaks to its premium really feel. These are headphones you’ll wish to showcase.
- Thorough noise cancellation
- Beneficiant battery life
- Loads of customisation within the app
The Technics look nice, are cozy to put on – however are they nice at noise cancelling? Very a lot so, and I’d think about them among the many high tier of noise-cancellers.
There’s a caveat, although: the Technics aren’t followers of headwear. The earpad cushions don’t like beanie hats or something that would have an effect on the realm of contact between the top and earpads, which might cut back the noise-isolating seal.
Whip off the hat and issues get very quiet. All I might hear of vehicles, vans and buses have been the splutter of their engines and “whooshes” as they went previous, whereas prepare journeys existed in a snug zone of silence, with most noises obscured.
Individuals’s voices have been dealt with simply nice, too. With music on they have been muddied sufficient that I couldn’t make out what two folks subsequent to me on the tube have been conversing about; and the howl of the wind on the Jubilee line was tamed successfully. The extent of suppression is nice sufficient that music wanted to be at solely 50% quantity throughout most journeys.
In comparison with the QuietComfort 45, the EAH-A800 masks persistent noises higher, such because the air con on a prepare. In comparison with the WH-1000XM4, the EAH-A800 conceal the varied bumps in the course of the journey just a little extra successfully, too. The Bose and Sony are barely higher ANC options general; nonetheless, the Technics persuade (so long as you’re taking that hat off).
And the Ambient Sound mode isn’t half-bad, both. It’s clear and pure in tone, and whereas not all sounds get by means of, there’s loads of element to gauge the place issues are – and, fortunately, there’s no apparent change to how music sounds. Just like the EAH-AZ40 true wi-fi, there are two ambient modes within the Technics Audio Join app: Clear, which lets sounds in; and Consideration mode, which focuses on voices. Consideration mode sounds extra synthetic, nevertheless it isolates voices pretty effectively.
Battery life is improbable, and means forward of different headphones I’ve examined at this worth. On one event I used the A800 for 90 minutes, switching between ANC and Ambient Sound, and so they have been nonetheless at 100%. Used for 3 hours and so they solely dropped by 5%. Cheaper headphones, corresponding to Cleer and Urbanista fashions, have usually led the best way for battery life, however the Technics are the primary premium cans I’ve come throughout that obtain comparable ranges of endurance.
Technics quotes 50 hours with noise cancelling and streaming in AAC. With LDAC Bluetooth, which permits higher-quality streaming, it’s a hefty 40 hours – 10 greater than the WH-1000XM4 or Bowers & Wilkins PX7, and practically double that of the Bose QuietComfort 45. Quick-charging (in case you want it) brings 10 hours from a 15-minute topup, whereas a full cost from lifeless takes three hours.
Bluetooth assist is SBC, AAC and LDAC, so Android customers with appropriate telephones will get the perfect expertise. I’ve observed zero connectivity points strolling round central London – simply easy streaming all the best way.
The A800 include Alexa in-built, and calling her up is so simple as saying her identify (music will pause as she waits to your request). The headphones received’t react in case you whisper (I’ve tried), however even a barely hushed request is picked up by the Technics’ microphones.
The Technics Join app (Android and iOS) is filled with comfort and customisation. The homescreen shows the headphones’ important statistics (battery life, streaming codec, noise cancelling power), and there are equalizer presets (Bass+, Vocal, Treble+, Dynamic or off), in addition to the choice of making your most well-liked sound by means of a five-band EQ.
The Connection mode mirrors Sony’s Headphone app, providing a alternative over prioritising sound high quality (LDAC) or the connection (the place it’s fastened to SBC). There’s multipoint assist for connecting the headphones to 2 units concurrently. Enabling multipoint doesn’t seem to end in LDAC being disengaged, however I’m double-checking with Technics on this.
Extra customisation is feasible with the contact sensor operation, noise-cancellation optimisation, altering the degrees of background noise decreased throughout calls, or conducting a check for name high quality – useful, earlier than these Zoom or Microsoft Groups calls. There’s even a suggestions/hints part, if assist is required.
Sound High quality
- Sharp, detailed top-end
- Vast dynamic vary
- Clear and spacious presentation
The Technics rating extremely in plenty of areas, however their general efficiency could be rendered moot in the event that they didn’t sound good – so it’s a superb factor that they do.
They share comparable sonic traits with the EAH-AZ40 true wi-fi, which implies that out of the field, their sense of dynamism is just a little diminished. Activate the Dynamic EQ (which I used for almost all of this overview), and the dynamic vary is prised open and expanded.
In contrast with the F70N, the A800 put in a stronger efficiency with bass. Voices come by means of with extra readability and inflection, whereas treble is introduced with larger element and sharpness. This serves to deliver out devices higher, such because the shaking of the tambourine in Jon Batiste’s Naima.
The brand new 40mm dynamic driver succeeds in delivering extra oomph to the bass areas and enhancements to readability, and so they sound extra spacious than the older mannequin when listening to Ben Salisbury’s Plainsong from the Devs soundtrack.
Tonally, the Technics wade within the waters of neutrality, not fairly reaching the musicality of Sony’s over-ears whereas additionally falling wanting providing the extent of sharpness of the Bose. They discover themselves in a contented midway home, and I’ve all the time discovered the top-end to be parlayed in a distinctively brighter and sharper style than on Sony headphones. The string orchestration in Nancy Sinatra’s You Solely Reside Twice all the time sounds clearer to my ears, whereas the snare drum that opens The Smashing Pumpkins’ Cherub Rock sounds just a little extra concise and simply identifiable among the many guitars and drum kicks.
The mid-range is obvious and loaded with element, voices having a big presence within the soundstage. The readability of these voices is, maybe, just a little emotionally chilly; held up towards Sony headphones, the A800 lack the smoothness and richness these over-ears ship.
What holds the Technics again from five-star glory is that the WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5 are a greater all-round pay attention. The Sony supply deeper bass, a soundstage that’s wider and digs out extra element – the vinyl crackle initially of Kendrick Lamar’s Alright is far more evident on the Sony. The A800 additionally lack the each the XM4 and XM5’s thump within the low-end, together with their power and pleasure.
I wouldn’t put them as much as the extent of the WH-1000XM5, however the variations are much less a chasm and extra a fissure, and in some areas they higher the Sony. It’s the identical story because it was between the F70N and the WH-1000XM3, and thus the Technics earn the identical rating.
Must you purchase it?
For battery life that received’t give up The much less it’s worthwhile to cost, the much less cash you’ll spend on toting the battery. That feels like a money-saver to us.
There’s higher sound for much less The Technics don’t sound as musical because the Sony do, and the XM4 mannequin is cheaper, too.
The Technics EAH-A800 supply a high-quality efficiency in all areas. The design improves upon the older mannequin, noise cancellation is robust, and the sound is a step up, partly due to the EQ choices obtainable within the app. The wi-fi connection is great, and the battery life is improbable. They’re the mannequin of consistency by way of efficiency.
If I needed to roll the die between the A800, Bose and Sony, the Sony could be the set of headphones I’d need – they’re cheaper, too – however the Technics could be my second alternative. Its options are quite a few and useful, and there’s loads of customisation on supply to tailor the efficiency. They pose some sturdy competitors towards Sony and some other contender that’s ready within the wings.
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Alexa is built-in to this mannequin, so when activated Amazon customers can say the Alexa wake phrase to deliver the assistant up.
SBC, AAC, LDAC
40mm dynamic driver
4 40000 – Hz
LDAC is an audio expertise from Sony that enables for greater high quality audio streaming over a Bluetooth connection, with bit-rates of as much as 990kbps
ANC (Energetic Noise Cancellation) makes use of an array of microphones in a headphone to detect the frequency of the sound coming on the listener, with the ANC chip creating an inverse wave (i.e. opposing sound) to suppress any undesirable exterior noises.