After the 2020 flagship sound-cancellation EAH-AZ70W Earbuds, Technics will return in 2021 with two new models. Today, the Panasonic-owned brand EAH-AZ60 and EAH-AZ40 are making their debut with similar designs and spec sheets. The main difference is that the AZ60 provides active noise cancellation (ANC) when not the AZ40.
In addition to the ANC, the AZ60 also supports the LDAC: Sony’s wireless audio standard that delivers higher quality sound than regular Bluetooth (AAC). Inside, the AZ60 has a slightly larger driver – 8mm vs. 6mm – which is probably due to being two grams heavier. In addition to these items, there are many similarities to the new models of techniques. The overall aesthetic is almost identical, just below the IPX4 build. However, this is not the premium look of the AZ70W offer. Both options use JustMyVoice technology, which says techniques that detect your voice and provide “crystal clear” calls by reducing background noise. The company explains that the AZ60 has four mics in each earbud, but it doesn’t specify how many AZ40s it uses.
The AZ60 and AZ40 are equipped with additional sound modes for different listening environments. Natural Ambient Mode lets you hear “all the surrounding sounds” while the Attention Mode is configured to capture the frequency range of the voice. Theoretically, it should initially take the announcements of a chat colleague or airport, but without testing we can’t say for sure how well it works.
Battery life varies slightly between the two models due to ANC and LDAC support on the AZ60. The set of those earbuds will last up to four and a half hours, including noise cancellation and LDAC. Opt for low-race streaming and you can extend battery life by 2.5 hours. Technics says that disabling ANC in any situation will give you an additional 30 minutes of listening time. When you factor in the case, the AZ60 can go up to 25 hours disabling both ANC and LDAC when you really need to stretch things. The AZ40, on the other hand, will last up to seven and a half hours with a total of 25 hours when you factor in the case. These are the same statistics as the AZ60 which cancels the sound and closes the LDAC. Both models have a fast charge feature that will allow you to use it in 15 to 45 to 90 minutes, depending on your sound settings.
The EAH-AZ60 and EAH-AZ40 will be available in October for 199 199.99 and 12 129.99, respectively. The AZ60 will only be available in black and silver, but the AZ40 will come in a rose gold option in addition to the two roses. Both models watch less than the AZ70W, which was $ 250 at the time of its debut last year.
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