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If you value more sound than the anti-noise function, the Technics EAH-A800 is one of the most interesting options right now.
Technics EAH-A800 Specs
|Frequency response||4 Hz to 40 kHz|
|Elements||Dynamic 40 mm|
|Battery life||Up to 60 hours|
|Active anti-noise function||Yes|
|Features||Touch buttons, Alexa / Siri support, adjustable equalizer|
Design and features
- Bluetooth 5.2 and LDAC support
- Impressive battery life
- Support application, touch buttons and voice commands
It has its time and place for revolutionary design that boldly violates established practices, but it is less necessary in the field of headphones. Technics has not left to try its luck in this field. The EAH-A800 looks and feels like a very typical headset model on the market in thirteen dozen.
The model is available in black and silver, although the former resembles a dark metallic shade in its plastic parts more than traditional pitch black. The structure itself is durable and well thought out, which is typical of the manufacturer. The weight of 298 grams is just light enough for long-term use, after which the headphones can be folded into an egg-shaped small protective case.
The cups and the inside of the collar are made of memory foam and covered with faux leather. The end result makes the model very comfortable to use for up to several hours of listening time. We liked the ability of the materials to be thermally conductive as well as light.
The inside of the cups has 40 mm dynamic elements with a frequency response of 4 Hz to 40 kHz. The acoustics are taken into account by a built-in “chamber” (Acoustic Control Chamber), which is intended to provide airflow to create surround sound. This also guarantees the depth of the bass sounds.
Technics utilizes Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity. For codecs, SBC, AAC, and LDAC are supported. Modern Bluetooth enables not only high- resolution sound but also energy efficiency, which dramatically improves battery life. The LDAC codec and anti-noise function last up to 30 hours of battery life, with AAC and without background noise can be listened to for up to 60 hours. A discharged battery will fill its bottle in about three hours. The charging moment of the quarter offers a quick start in the event of an unexpected listening time of about 10 hours.
Technics’ anti-noise function is based on the manufacturer’s own system. It utilizes eight separate microphones designed to minimize ambient noise both inside and outside the headphones. The manufacturer relies heavily on its technology and has been touted as the biggest asset of the model. The beamforming of the four microphones together with the noise reduction technology promises excellent sound quality even for call use.
The microphones are located in the left earpiece cup, while the actual functions and buttons are located on the top of the right ear. The back of the headset has a touch surface with very limited features and three physical multifunction buttons. The latter control volume, playback, song swapping and calls. In addition, the headset has a power button, a USB-C connection and a 3.5 mm headphone jack for wired listening.
The EAH-A800 supports Technics’ own Audio Connect support application. It allows you to select the desired virtual assistant (Siri or Alexa) and adjust the volume of the anti-noise function and sound mode (on a scale of 0-100). Preset equalizer settings are included, but if you want a listening experience, you can click the five levers freely. The gestures used for the touch buttons can also be changed from a very limited selection.
Sound qualitySound quality
- Detailed, spacious sound
- Reasonable anti-noise function
Technics gives the user a free hand to adjust the sound quality, which is of course a good thing in principle. Nevertheless, the manufacturer emphasizes that the listening experience is at its best using the default settings. Changing the emphasis on the soundscape is in use, but Technics engineers have clearly done their job.
We therefore left the equalizer in the background and put the MQA-compressed TIDAL Masters format on top of the music playback. Paul Everon’s evergreen Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes ended up being the song of choice. The EAH-A800 really sounds just like you could hope for. The listening experience proved to be enjoyable and sound emphasizing.
The upper and lower end of the sound scale sound very controlled and convincing. There’s enough pounding in the bass, but it still doesn’t seem exaggerated anywhere. The liveliness and airiness of the song come to life nicely. Whether you need precision or shock in your listening experience, the EAH-A800 is the answer to your desires.
While the focus is on the extremes of the soundscape, the midrange also deserves praise for its accuracy and detail. The vocals perform full of nuances and the singer’s personality. The EAH-A800 manages to reproduce even the smallest emotional gestures of a vocalist in the listener’s ears without fear of over- or under-emphasis.
The soundscape is balanced throughout. In particular, we liked the default settings, which are set to be easy but also comprehensive. Even if your playlist has slightly more complex progels or more airy moods, they repeat in a great way.
Dynamic mood swings do not pose a challenge either. The EAH-A800 makes the area between silence and the raising of the final turn feel moderate, but the sound cannot be called cramped in any way. Rhythm, balance and harmony make the songs glorious. We didn’t miss anything more during the test period, although some of the strengths still rose above the others in an otherwise excellent overall.
However, the praise is about sound quality. Unfortunately, the anti-noise function does not reach the same level. Although the background noise is not too disturbing to listen to, you don’t get the same peace of mind as with the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700, for example. The anti-noise function dampens, not eliminates, background noise.