The Technics EAH-AZ80 is a great pair of wireless earbuds. It's as good as the Sony WF-1000XM5, is really comfortable, and lets you connect three different devices at the same time. Most audio devices only support two. Doing so, though, will disable LDAC, which is a codec that offers audiophile quality sound over Bluetooth.
- 10mm drivers
- Battery life: 7 hours NC on, 7.5 hours NC off, charging case adds 24 hours
- Bluetooth Multi-point up to 3 devices
- Supported codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC
The EAH-AZ80's 10mm drivers offer great sound, with a controlled bass. Mids and highs are clear, and there are plenty of details. I didn't bother with adjusting the default EQ. It's already pretty balanced to me. In Jessi's What Type of X, a bass-heavy track, the bass never felt overwhelming, while still coming on strong. In Mamamoo's Wind Flower, the vocals came through clearly, while your instrumentals were still distinct and clear. Voice calls sound great, too.
The Audio Connect app offers a variety of settings that you can tweak, such as adjusting the noise cancelling strength. You can also turn on/off the noise reduction for your voice. I'm not sure I like this feature, as it sounds a bit too robotic. Another thing you can do with the app is a fitting test to get the best ear tip for your ear. The AZ80 comes with a whole range of silicon ear tips. I'm a bit impressed with the range: XS2, S2, XS1, S1, M, L, and XL. The S1 and XS1 feature a slightly longer tip compared with the S2 and XS2.
Noise cancelling is pretty good, similar to the Sony WF-1000XM5. It is weaker than the Apple AirPods Pro 2, especially on a plane. I could still hear the slight rumbling of the engines, while the AirPods Pro 2 gave me a much quieter experience. Battery life is rated at 7 hours with active noise cancellation on, and the case adds 24 hours. The case also supports wireless charging. Controlling the earbuds is pretty simple, just tap and hold to turn on and off the noise cancellation, double tap on the left to decrease volume, and triple tap to increase it. Double and triple tapping on the right earbud skips or rewinds a track.
With a S$469 retail price, the Technics EAH-AZ80 is a bit more expensive than the competition, but it does deliver the goods. There's currently a promotion running throughout Dec 2023 where you can get the EAH-AZ80 for just S$439. It has great audio, comfort, and noise cancellation. It's available in stores at Connect-IT, SAM audio, and Zeppelin Co. Or you can get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG.
Note: Review unit provided by Technics.
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