A Technics EAH-A800
Technics has once again come up with a stylish product, the EAH-A800 headphones, which will be available in Hungary from March, but let’s cut to the middle and start with the essence, the technical parameters. Technics says the headphones are about clear, high-definition sound. During our test, we were able to make sure of this and much more.
The Technics EAH-A800 headphones can be brought to life with a button on the right earpiece. Immediately after turning on, it enters search mode and all we have to do is confirm the connection on our smartphone. Thanks to Bluetooth multipoint pairing, it works in parallel with other devices, and the built-in sensor automatically stops playing music when we put the headphones on and resumes just as easily and in the same place when we put it back on.
Also on the right side, you can use the appropriate buttons to adjust the volume, start, pause, skip, or rewind the desired music.
Thanks to the microphones, the headphones are not just for listening to music. It is just as easy to make, receive, reject, and communicate with various voice assistants at the touch of a button. The EAH-A800 also supports the built-in “Alexa” function.
However, Technics Audio Connect (free for iOS and Android) is required to fully explore and take advantage of the features. The application documents the current state of the headphone battery, controls the amount of noise reduction in “Environment” mode, and controls the sound image in “Bass +”, “Vocal”, “Treble +”, “Dynamic” and “User” modes. The latter setting allows custom tuning via EQ in five frequency bands of ten decibels each. The “suppression of sound interruptions and delays” function is used to bypass data transmission errors, but this may cause some delay between the picture and sound when watching videos, so you may want to turn this feature off.
The frequency ranges from 4 to 40,000 Hertz, plus a very low impedance of 34 ohms and a fairly high sensitivity of 105 dB / mW. During our music listening test, we had to agree with the producer, we felt very natural throughout. The bass sounds very accurate, dynamic yet delicate in sound, there was a lack of pounding in some of the songs, and there was something that sounded a little subdued at low frequencies. Overall, however, the EAH-A800 headphones are outstanding in the mid and high bands.
Nowadays, in addition to the quality of the music, the quality of the phone call is obviously also important when choosing headphones. In addition to the 40mm dynamic drives, Technics has installed four MEMS microphones in both handsets, and this, as we have seen in all sound environments, has provided very good speech quality during telephony.
Dual Hybrid Noise Canceling performed excellently during testing. Noise is mainly eliminated in the mid- and deep-sound range, but if you do not want to completely isolate yourself from external noise, you can select the ambient sound function so that you can even detect ambient noise input through microphones. As a bonus, you can also select “attention mode” in the app, so you can hear background sounds, such as a siren, better or understand the announcer. The soundproofing of the telephone conversation is also good, it is clean, natural and very understandable regardless of the sound environment.
Whether we used the headphones with or without a cable, it performed very well in both cases. In the latter case, the perfect experience is guaranteed by LDAC technology, developed by Sony specifically for lossless Bluetooth transmission, but this only works with android devices. Apple users must access SBC and AAC codec support. However, the advantage is that the Bluetooth connection can cover up to ten meters.
Another important consideration when choosing headphones is the battery. The headphones last at least 50 hours, but without noise cancellation, you can gain up to an additional 10 hours. With a charging time of fifteen minutes, we can reach a sufficient charge level for another 10 hours of music listening. And in three full hours, when connected to a power source of at least 1200 mA, the headphones reach a full charge.
Comfort is also an important factor. In terms of their design, the Technics EAH-A800 weighs 298 grams (without a cable), but that’s not really felt, as the very soft-cushioned absorbs all the pressure on the head and ears. For comfort, the foam ring on the ear pads is quite thick, yet there is enough room for the ear to be comfortable. The headphones have two loosely movable wrists: the combined wristband attached to the extendable extensions allows a little more than 90 degrees of movement around the axis, and the suspension allows the shells to be tilted a few degrees vertically, and the shells can be folded 90 degrees for impact-resistant transport. All in all, the headphones fit extremely comfortably and stably, regardless of head size and ear position, even during the most sporty activities.
Although we left the look and packaging to the end, that doesn’t mean we had any negative experiences here. The packaging of the product itself promises a lot, it is elegant, clean, yet informative. After opening the box, the headphones can be lifted out of an eco leather carrying case with the restrained Technics logo, into which the manufacturer has managed to fold the headphones and cables so that we only have to bother with the narrowest possible case when traveling. A fine print inside the case indicates the position of the headphones, helping to find the exact position of the headphones when unpacked. The lightness, flexibility and loose bendability of the product are noticeable on first use. In terms of material use, although it is predominantly plastic, it does not detract from the sense of quality at all. The 12-step extendable and attachable earcup extensions are reinforced with metal, giving the user a solid feel. The oval earcups are decorated with delicate Technics logos. The padding covered with soft leatherette covers the entire headband and the ear pads are made of the same soft foam.
Technics offers the model in black / anthracite or white / silver, along with an affordable hard drive, mini-jack cable, USB charging cable, aircraft adapter and user guide.
For a list price of just under 115,000 HUF, Technics has provided the EAH-A800 with plenty of features: eight MEMS microphones ensure very clear speech quality regardless of background noise, and noise filtering works very well with three modes. This headphone is rightly called “High Resolution,” thanks to its definite yet well-tuned midrange and treble. The long-lasting listening experience is ensured not only by the up to 60 hours of playback time, but also by the comfort of wearing the Technics EAH-A800. Technics will find plenty of fans with this headset in our opinion.
Related to this topic, we recommend our previous article: Lightweight, comfortable to wear and high sound performance – here’s the latest Panasonic wireless headset
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