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Technics EAH AZ70W review
Fit: In Ear
Enclosure: Closed Back
Best For: iOS & Android
Noise Canceling: Yes
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What Comes Inside The Box
5 X Earpieces Set
Reasons Why You Should Buy Them
The Technics EAH-AZ70W do an excellent job of eliminating external sounds thanks to dual hybrid noise cancellation, using two microphone systems: Feedforward and Feedback noise canceling with analog & digital processing. They feature one of the most advanced noise cancellation of all models in the same price range.
You can adjust the noise cancellation levels (surprisingly 100 levels to choose from) from the Technics Audio Connect companion app depending on your external environment, whether you're at work or on a long-haul flight.
The Technics EAH-AZ70W true wireless definitely have a first-class appearance thanks to the clean lines, smooth, matte surface and brushed aluminum shell, which is available in Black and Silver colors with the Technics branding engraved on the top.
Their battery life is a decent 6.5 hours on a single charge, with noise cancellation constantly on, and an additional 13 hours with the charging case. They also have a quick-charging function that allows music playback of little over an hour with just 15 minutes of charging time.
The touch controls on the mettle surface are top notch and one of the most responsive we've ever tested. They are fairly straightforward and you can easily answer phone calls, play/pause music, adjust volume, skip tracks, switch from noise cancellation to Ambient mode or turn them on/off completely, and connect to the voice assistant.
They also have 'Ambient mode' that allows you to listen to external sounds in case you need them without turning off the tracks. This feature is very useful to keep you up to date while running, cycling on a busy city street or to hear a quick announcement at the airport without taking off the headphones.
They have decent call quality, although Panasonic advertises excellent quality with built-in beamforming technology and powerful MEMS microphone. We found it little better, not much than other models during our test in moderately noisy environments.
10 mm dynamic drivers and Graphene-coated diaphragms provide a fairly wide soundstage. The sound quality is rich and bright overall with punchy, well-defined bass, detailed mids and clear heights. You can also customize the EQ settings with the Technics Audio Connect app to your liking.
The Technics Audio Connect app is very intuitive to use. In fact, it's much better than the competition and lets you pair your earbuds, check the battery level of each bud, adjust noise cancellation and ambient sound mode, adjust and save EQ presets, find your earbuds if you lose one or both, and select the voice assistant.
Thanks to Bluetooth 5.1, you can use each bud in solo mode to listen to music or answer calls, as each bud receives its own Bluetooth signal. Panasonic also ensures that both buds maintain a stable connection with the proper sound balance between the left and right channels.
The Technics eah az70w true wireless earbuds are also perfect for listening to your favorite songs during outdoor activities or gym workouts. Their IPX4 water-resistant construction allows them to handle sweat and splashes better than normal earbuds.
With the auto-stop feature in the app, you can set the automatic shutdown of headphones after a few minutes of inactivity to extend battery life if you leave them outside the case.
Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them
These earbuds are slightly large compared to others on the market, and users with small ears may not have the right fit and feel uncomfortable when using them for long listening sessions.
With a price tag of $249, these premium earbuds have better workmanship quality than the Sony WF-1000XM3 and can easily surpass Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 in noise cancellation. However, if you want to save some money, we highly recommend checking out Panasonic RZ S500W as well.
They lack the sidetone feature that allows you to hear your own voice in the earbuds as you speak into the microphone. Due to the strong noise cancellation, you will be inclined to speak louder than necessary.
Such a strong noise cancellation leads to static noise/hissing sound behind the music, which can be easily perceptible when the noise cancellation is strongest. You need to manually adjust the noise canceling levels to find the perfect balance.
They don't have proximity sensors that automatically pause or stop the music when you take them off your ears for a quick chat or listen to the subway announcements. In such situations, it is better to use Ambient mode functionality.
The Technics eah az70w true wireless headphones sound great, as long as you have a good fit that leads to a tight seal, it is very important otherwise they sound thinner than they should.
No support for higher-quality audio codec such as aptX, aptX HD or aptX LL (support SBC and AAC only), which results in a significant delay when watching 4k videos on your smartphone.
Some users may not get the secure fit because there are no optional fins or hooks that keep the headphones stable in their ears, especially when running or outdoor activities, and they need to adjust the fit quite often.
The case does not support wireless charging. That means it can't be charged by placing it on the back of a new high-end Android smartphones such as the Samsung S20 series or on a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad.
The earbuds have a moderate IPX4 rating. They can withstand a bit of sweat and rain, but they're not designed for strong water pressure when submerged. So be careful if you want to rinse them off.
The average battery life is only 6.5 hours, and the case contains about 13 hours of additional juice. This is better than Apple Airpods Pro, but not as outstanding as other competing models such as Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 (28 hours together) or Master and Dynamic MW07 Plus (impressive 40 hours together).
10 mm drivers and Graphene-coated diaphragm provide rich and expansive sound
One of the most advanced wireless noise-canceling headphones on the market
Adjustable with 100 levels of sensitivity so you can let the world in as you choose
Bluetooth 5.1 for reliable and powerful connection even in crowded rooms or streets
Touch sensor controls for music playback, volume levels and more
High-quality materials for comfortable and beautiful in-ear design
IPX4 water resistance ensures durability during sweaty runs or drizzle
High-performance MEMS microphone for superior call quality
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