Technics Premium Wireless Bluetooth | EAH-F70N
There’s no denying that these Technics EAH-F70N’s are a handsome set of headphones. Their design engineers have been working overtime, me thinks. Of course, the name does not flow through my lips…Let’s see. Introducing the EAH-F70N’s…Nope. They don’t sing to me. This brings me to my next question. Who is responsible in naming these? There’s probably a team of naming engineers that are assigned to this task.
Let’s get back to these headphones. The weight is 292g. Not the lightest but certainly not the heaviest headphones in the market. So these headphones can be considered relatively lightweight. But the headset and earcup padding more than make up for any weight discomfort that a user may have. These headphones also have an excellent ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) system in them. The ANC has different levels or intensities you can choose from. Like airplanes, buses and trains and busy cafes. You also have an Ambient Sound Enhancer which by touching the right earcup you can hear and talk during a conversation. Passive noise isolating capabilities paired with its weight further make these aesthetically pleasing headphones a contender in my book.
I am a bit disappointed in the future proofing of these headphones. First, they used Bluetooth 4.2 instead of the current standard of 5.0. Secondly, they use a micro-USB charger connection instead of the seemingly standard of USB-C. I just wished they used a longer cable. 1.6′ is just to short for me. Thirdly, the claimed battery life is 20 hours. It does have a quick charge that will give you 2 hours of playback after a 15 minute charge. For a marketed premium product it should have the latest and greatest tech and should have had a longer lasting battery. My Sony’s have a claimed battery life of 30 hours.
Now let’s talk about the sound of these cans. The audio balance is well placed and well mannered. These are not a pair of headshakers. These will sound more neutral than its rivals like the flagship models of Sony and Bose. Both of whom have a smartphone app where you can customize your sound profile. The Technics EAH-F70N’s doesn’t have that capability where the Technics EAH-AZ70W wireless earphones do have that capability. Don’t get me wrong, the sound qualities are fine if not outstanding especially for audiophiles who prefer a natural sound over a processed one. I think that 9 out of 10 listeners will be very happy with these Headphones.
But I must say that because these are supposed to be premium headphones I don’t understand why they didn’t put Bluetooth 5.0, a longer lasting battery, a longer USB-C charging cable or a smartphone app which can do more than just music adjustments. A smartphone app can activate ANC settings and adjust Ambient Sound enhancements.
But there are things that you cannot ignore. The pure sound quality is outstanding and their design studios also deserve a hand for creating such an aesthetically pleasing and a very handsome set of headphones.
Technics True Wireless Earbuds | EAH-AZ70W
Welcome Technics into the premium wireless earbud market. Technics is a sub-division of Panasonic much like what Lexus is to Toyota. These earbuds have an elegant beauty about them. The carrying case is also a well built beautiful piece of loveliness. You can call it minimalist and classy. But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the whole package is a well designed, albeit, a beautiful piece of Bluetooth tech.
The claimed battery life is 6.5 hours per earbud with the case providing an additional 13 hours of charge Quick charging for 15 minute swill give you approximately 70 minutes of blissful playback time. These have a rating of IPX4, which means that these are moderately water resistant. They can take a splash of water and/or some sweat. I would not recommend these for heavy workouts as these are not meant for that. Rather these are made for, I guess for lack of a better term, audiophiles lite. Listening is this earphones strong point.
These beauties have what Technics calls a Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling Technology. First is the advanced noise cancelling system and second, it uses a combination of analog and digital signal processing giving you an industry leading noise cancelling effect in wireless tech.
The sounds that come out of these earphones can be called exquisite, elegant and other pretty words. The bass tones are luscious and deep, the mids are clear and forward and the vocals are tight and mellow. No screeching in high vocals which always make me cringe. The Technics Audio App also further customizes your sound profile to exactly your wants.
These use the latest tech like Bluetooth 5.0 for data transfer speeds and longer distances between devices. They also use a USB type-C connection cable for faster charging and data transfers when connecting physically to devices.
For people who take phone calls on their smartphones, the call quality on these are pretty outstanding. They block out outside noise and the mics are sensitive enough to pick up your voice to give you and your listener a great call experience. My verdict for the Technics EAH-AZ70W is that these will fully immerse you in your music and give you a few more tech goodies if you buy these elegant and stylish earphones.
Sony SRS-XB43 | Extra Bass
The XB43 is the third iteration of the Sony SRS-XB series. First there was the XB-40 then the XB-41 and now the XB-43. You may ask yourself, ” Self, what happened to the XB-42?” An answer may be, “Your privacy is important to us, have a nice day.” Oh, I don’t know what happened to the XB-42. Only Sony knows why no XB-42 exists.
The XB-43 has 2 L/R woofers and 2 L/R tweeters plus two exposed passive radiators at each end of the speaker creating a large bass presence. This speaker also uses the latest tech in having a 5.0 Bluetooth data connection and uses a USB Type-C charging connection. There are three sound modes. An Extra Bass setting, with no explanation necessary, a Live Sound setting, which puts out a 3D spatial sound illusion by using the latest in DSP technology, and a Stamina setting which when turned on elongates the battery life.
The Sony SRS XB-43 is a rugged Bluetooth speaker that is rated IP67, which means that this speaker is dustproof, rustproof and waterproof. It can withstand being in water 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. And of course this unit also has a lightshow, making this literally the life of the party. And to keep the party going, this speaker has what’s called Party Connect. It can connect with 100 alike units. This is not backwards compatible so this only connects to XB-33, XB-23 and of course the XB-43. Now I have never heard of the Party Connect at work, but can you imagine a hundred of these babies playing music and giving an exciting lightshow.
There are two apps that use this speaker. The Fiestable app, which controls and adjusts the lightshow colors and speed. The other app is the Sony Music Center app, which controls your music and sound settings. Battery life can be quite good, meaning that if all the bells and whistles are turned off like Live Sound, Extra Bass the lightshow is turned off and the Stamina setting turned on, you might get up to a claimed 24 hours.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Generation
I am a huge fan of Bang & Olufsen. I do own the first generation A1. It’s a two way speaker that still sounds as good as it looks. For its small size it is one of the best if not the best Bluetooth speakers I have ever heard. It’s supposed to be rugged and and be dust and water resistant, but I’ve only taken it out in my backyard, so I wouldn’t really know…oh wait. I did spill a soft drink on it once and it cleaned up really nicely. The only thing that I thought felt short was the battery life. It lasts me a little over 8 hours which is great for my needs. But B&O claim a battery life of up to 24 hours. I know that this was an issue with other users too. Let’s see if the 2nd generation A1 has the battery life issue fixed.
The good thing is that B&O did upgrade the battery life of the A1 2nd Generation. It can last up to 24 hours at low volume, 18 hours at moderate sound levels. It will reach a full charge after 2.75 hours. The new A1 uses a USB-Type C charging cable and uses the latest 5.1 Bluetooth connection. This little speaker has a IP67 rating meaning that it is totally dust and waterproof. Which also means that this Bluetooth speaker can withstand a 1 meter dunking in water for up to 3o minutes. Now, that’s rugged. The exterior materials used are aluminum, polymer and waterproofed leather. A stereo pairing can be achieved by using two B&O A1 2nd Gen. speakers. You can also connect to up to two devices.
The sound dynamics are well-balanced and sound rich and full for such a small speaker. The diameter of the speaker is 5.2 “x 1.8″ height. Its profile is a bit lower that the 1st Gen. A1. There are two speakers in the speaker, a 3.5″ woofer and a 0.6” tweeter. The speaker sounds sublime and even more refined than the 1st Generation and it is no slouch. A customizable sound EQ app, otherwise known as the Bang & Olufsen app, is a free download that allow you to customize your sound profile…I do enjoy my 1st Gen A1 and I might upgrade to another B&O model, but that is still TBD.
Listening to music is subjective. The sound that emanates from any of these headphones, earbuds, speakers and the like, will be different for each individual. So please be aware, what may sound good to me doesn’t mean it will sound good to you. Please read or watch other reviews on any product that I showcase. Or listen to a friend ‘s that may have a similar product. Or, go to a retail store and try it out there. A little knowledge can go a long way…then you can buy from me. (Wink, wink 😉