In recent years, more and more manufacturers are entering the segment of top-end Bluetooth headsets. However, not every vendor understands how to make high-quality audio equipment. Technics has been in the hi-fi business for 57 years and has now applied its experience to the EAH-A800 wireless headphones. Let’s talk about what came out of it.
Japanese design has always put substance before form, and the EAH-A800 is no exception. The housings are made of aluminum and plastic. They are painted in dark gray – no pretentiousness or meaningless embellishments, everything is strict and to the point.
Some may find this design boring, but the headphones look appropriate in any environment, whether it’s a gym or a work meeting. The build quality is excellent too.
The kit comes with a rubberized protective case, but its dimensions could be smaller. Given the practical materials and robust design, you can simply throw the accessory into your backpack and not worry about its safety.
The cups rotate and fold inwards to save space when carrying. Ergonomics and fit deserve a separate discussion. Soft ear cushions completely cover the ears, and the headband evenly distributes pressure.
So the headphones, despite the weight of 298 grams, are almost not felt on the head. You especially appreciate it with many hours of use – there is no fatigue at all.
The power and volume buttons are located on the right side. The model supports touch control using a touch pad, which is also located on the right. By default, double tap toggles between noise reduction and transparency modes.
From the ports of the novelty, USB-C is provided for charging and a 3.5 mm audio input through which the device can be connected by wire. The latter option helps out on an airplane or if the battery runs out.
Technics EAH-A800 are connected to the source via Bluetooth 5.2. This is the latest generation of the standard, which reduces signal transmission delays, as well as source and headphone power consumption.
For easy pairing with Android technology, there is a Google Fast Pair function; when you turn on the headphones, a window pops up on the screen with all the information about the gadget and a connection button. But for iOS there is no similar option.
The novelty keeps a stable connection at a distance of up to 10 meters from the source in an open area. In an apartment, the operating range depends on the thickness of the walls and other factors, but in general, you can leave your smartphone in the next room without compromising the signal level. There are no problems in transport and on the street either.
Transmission delays are negligible, which allows you to comfortably watch movies or play games. The device supports simultaneous connection of up to two devices. For example, it is so convenient to connect a smartphone and a laptop.
The novelty received four microphones on each side. Two of them are responsible for voice transmission in headset mode, and the rest register background noise to suppress and pass it. When making calls or recording audio messages, the voice quality is excellent.
Transparency mode works in two modes: full transparency and focus on voices. In the latter, the headphones capture and broadcast the speech of others, which can be useful in the office.
For comfortable interaction with the headphones, there is a companion app Technics Audio Connect. In it, you can adjust the intensity of noise suppression and transmission, set an equalizer preset, select a voice assistant, and adjust touch controls.
Music in all conditions
Dynamic drivers with a diameter of 40 mm are responsible for the sound. Their diaphragm is made of composite materials and works on a small suspension, which gives sufficient rigidity and lightness. Behind the drivers are specially calculated acoustic chambers that remove resonance.
The EAH-A800 supports lossless audio transmission using the LDAC codec – it allows you to broadcast formats in CD quality (16/44) and higher. This is especially true now, as many streaming services, such as Deezer and Tidal, are acquiring support for high-quality audio.
Technics engineers have tuned the sound to suit most musical genres. The headphones have a balanced tonal balance, but this is not a monitor flatness – after all, we are talking about a model for a mass listener. Instead, the presentation is made fun by well-placed accents.
Low frequencies are slightly highlighted, but without busting. There are no problems with control: the bass is quite tight and does not break into a buzz on rhythmic melodies. EDM and other electronic genres, as well as modern rap sounds very nice.
The middle is not lost against the background of low frequencies, the top of the vocal range is slightly forced to balance the bass. Such tuning has an interesting effect on the construction of the scene: the headphones artificially space the plans further apart. In classical or orchestral recordings, this adds scale, but chamber jazz does not benefit. However, the situation is easy to fix in the equalizer.
Rock also plays decently, but the novelty does not cope well with the extreme directions of metal. Rapid hitting of drums and cymbals pushes the speakers to their limits, resulting in increased distortion. The bass still begins to lose shape, the high frequencies break into an unintelligible rustling.
Enabling ANC does not greatly affect the sound quality, and the intensity setting allows you to set the desired operating mode in different conditions. At maximum suppression, the system effectively blocks metro noise. The built-in DSP has been trained to recognize different sounds, so it can weed out distortion from wind or echo. This works both during playback and in conversations on the headset.
Autonomy and charging
The operating time of the gadget from a single charge is up to 50 hours. Noise-canceling headphones live 20% less. During testing, the model withstood 8 days of active use, after which they asked for a charge. By the way, the headphones have a built-in sensor that recognizes when they are removed from the head and puts the device into standby mode. This saves battery and allows you not to touch the power button once again. It takes 3 hours to recharge the batteries from the USB port in the laptop.
- DESIGN: on-ear over-ear headphones
- ACOUSTIC DESIGN: closed
- EMITTER TYPE: dynamic, membrane diameter 40 mm
- FREQUENCY RANGE: 4 Hz to 40 kHz
- NOISE SUPPRESSION: active
- CONNECTION: Bluetooth 5.2
- CHARGER: USB Type-C
- FULL CHARGE TIME: 3 hours
- WEIGHT: 298 g
Model Technics EAH-A800 will definitely find its audience. The novelty offers a well-thought-out Japanese design, convenient controls, high-quality microphones and excellent autonomy. The main advantages, due to which the headphones compete with the best of the best, are universal sound delivery and excellent noise reduction.