Balanced sound quality, top-notch noise cancellation


Technics is a Japanese audio equipment manufacturer belonging to the world famous technology group Panasonic. Since 1965, the company has produced a wide range of hi-fi audio equipment ranging from rotary disc players, CD players, amplifiers to stereo speakers.

With the launch of the EAH-AZ70W product line, Technics has continued research and development to bring the best wireless headset product line to users. With high-tech active noise cancellation and LDAC codec support, the company has launched a line of Bluetooth headphones EAH-AZ60 to compete directly with flagship products from famous manufacturers such as Sony and Sennheiser.

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Technics EAH-AZ60

Technics EAH-AZ60: Charging case

Battery life

  • Estimated battery life: 17 o’clock
  • Connection: USB Type-C
  • Wireless charging features: No support
  • Battery capacity: 500 mAh

The Technics EAH-AZ60’s charging case can charge an additional 2 cycles for the pair of headphones, providing a theoretical overall battery life of 24 hours when used with the ANC noise cancellation feature (namely, the ANC noise cancellation feature). 17 hours from the box and 7 hours from the headset). Users can prolong the use of the product if the ANC noise cancellation feature is turned off during listening.

On the back of the charging case, you can find the USB Type-C charging port. The bottom of the box is flat, allowing the box to stand firmly on the table. The box does not support wireless charging.

User experience

The charging case of the Technics EAH-AZ60 can be opened with one hand, but it will take some dexterity and time to do so. The pair of headphones is held tightly inside the box thanks to the magnet system. When the box is opened or closed, the LED display on the front will show different colors to notify the user of the remaining battery life of the box.

Technics EAH-AZ60

Design

  • Overall shape of the box: rectangle
  • Outer shell material: plastic
  • Build quality: high-class

The charging case of the Technics EAH-AZ60 has many similarities in appearance with the Technics EAH-AZ70W product line. Instead of using aluminum material, Technics decided to choose plastic material to make the box for the Bluetooth headset. Although made from less advanced materials, the Technics EAH-AZ60 box itself still has a very good build quality and finish. The surface of the box is smooth and flat, providing a comfortable hand feeling.

Portability

  • Mass: 69g (with headphones inside, with each ear weighing 7g)
  • 3 Dimensions: 7.1cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm

Compared to its predecessor, the charging case of the EAH-AZ60 has better portability, thanks in part to being made of lightweight materials. In addition to the weight, the size of the box has also been significantly reduced, allowing me to easily slip it into my pocket.

Technics EAH-AZ60

Technics EAH-AZ60: Headphones

Battery life

  • Estimated battery life: 7 hours (when used with ANC feature and connected with AAC codec)
  • Charging time (within 15 minutes): gives 70 minutes of usage time

Each full charge cycle of the pair of headphones will give users about 7 hours of theoretical use time. The battery life of the EAH-AZ60 meets my daily needs well. The pair of headphones has a fairly fast charging speed, with only 15 minutes of charging will bring about 70 minutes of use time.

User experience

  • Control method: Touch sensor
  • Accuracy of touch feature: Good
  • Ability to use 1 ear: Supported
  • Compatible virtual assistants: Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa

The Technics EAH-AZ60’s touch-sensitive controls performed well during my use. The entire surface of each earbud is covered by a capacitive sensing panel, allowing users to easily interact with the functions of the pair of headphones through various taps and swipes.

Each ear has different control methods; Specifically, to increase or decrease the volume, users need to interact with the left headset, while the song conversion will be done through the right headset.

Users can independently use one headset in mono mode. This is a useful feature if you both want to listen to music and talk to people around.

Design

  • Overall size: Midrange
  • Material, substance: Plastic
  • Wearing comfort level: Good
  • Tightness when wearing: Good

Technics EAH-AZ60 has a smaller overall size than its predecessor, providing a comfortable wearing experience, especially for those with small ears. Technics EAH-AZ60’s ear canal is designed to be long, to allow users to wear it deeper during use. The pair of headphones provides a comfortable wearing experience even after a long period of use.

Sound quality

  • Drivers: dynamic, 8mm
  • Characteristic tonal chart: W shape
  • Sub-bass: Good
  • Bass: Midrange
  • Mid: Good
  • Treble: Good
  • The detail shows: Good

The typical sound quality of Technics EAH-AZ60 can be considered balanced, with good highlights in all 3 main tonal ranges. The pair of headphones provides a good sound experience with a variety of music genres.

Bass range

Equipped with a pair of 8mm dynamic drivers, the EAH-AZ60 is capable of expressing the bass range with moderate vibration. Personally, I think that the bass that the headphones show has enough quality and quantity to satisfy bass addicts.

The bass of the EAH-AZ60 hits firmly and has depth, but still has control and does not encroach on the mid range. The volume level is slightly reduced in the mid-bass range.

Mid range

In my opinion, this is the tonal range that the EAH-AZ60 shows the best. Similar to the previous version of the headset, the sound range is shown in a clear and detailed way. The vocals are reproduced warmly, harmoniously combined with full bass. However, the mid-range of the headphones is not excessively colored, allowing the music to be faithfully reproduced.

Treble range

As mentioned in the previous section, the high frequency range of the EAH-AZ60 is not as emphasized as the mid range or bass range. Instead, the pair of headphones presents this sound range in a balanced, smooth but still good presence in a track.

Connection performance

  • Supported codecs: AAC, SBC, and LDAC
  • Bluetooth version: 5.2
  • Multipoint connection features: Supported

Technics EAH-AZ60 supports Bluetooth codec formats including AAC, SBC and LDAC, making it competitive with products like the Sony WF-1000XM4. The pair of headphones uses the standard Bluetooth 5.2 connection, and is capable of automatically pairing with the previously installed source device type.

Noise canceling feature

The Technics EAH-AZ60’s active noise cancellation (ANC) feature is one of the best performing Bluetooth headphones I’ve ever reviewed. The noise cancellation of the pair of headphones is comparable to that of products such as Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2.

The EAH-AZ60’s noise cancellation technology can accurately identify the type of ambient noise (including wind noise). The pair of headphones gives me a quiet space to enjoy music, even when used in public places, with a lot of noise coming from outside.

summary

EAH-AZ60 is a pair of high-end Bluetooth headsets, giving users a high level of use value. The product possesses a modern design and has good build quality, and also provides an extremely comfortable on-ear experience for a long time. In terms of sound, the EAH-AZ60 possesses a balanced sound quality, suitable for many different genres of music on the market. Overall, the EAH-AZ60 is a good choice if you are looking for a comprehensive pair of Bluetooth headphones with various features and modern technologies.

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Plus mark

  • Good build quality, high durability
  • Effective noise cancellation feature
  • Comfortable on-ear experience
  • Detailed, balanced sound quality
  • Good battery life

Minus point

  • The price is a bit high compared to the segment

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