It is Sony with its WH-1000XM4 and Bose with the Headphones 700 which are particularly targeted by Technics, a subsidiary of Panasonic. The arguments for this? High-end noise reduction and bluetooth to the latest compression standards for unmatched quality.
This is what Technics announces in its press release. An assertion that will of course have to be verified with a proper test, as we have already done with many other models. To advance this, Technics relies on a system that involves not one but two microphones. The first to capture exterior noise and reduce the most obvious noise pollution, the second to the interior in order to deal with residual noise.
This system should also not isolate you from the outside world, since” it will also be possible to activate an ambient sound mode, in order to continue to understand your environment and avoid dangers. For the anecdote, it is a mode which we already know on certain sport shooting helmets which avoid sound trauma, but still allow to hear verbal instructions.
The EAH-A800 will feature a Hi-Res logo made possible by the wider bandwidth of LDAC Bluetooth (a Sony technology, by the way). In order to restore quality sound, it will be based on a new 40mm transducer without ribs. A specific box (theacoustic control chamber) on the rear of the machine must allow the bass to be modulated by controlling the air flow.
Technics draws on its 50 years of sound experience for the electronic architecture of the headphones. Thereby these are specific capacitors to minimize distortions and achieve very high levels of loyalty that have been implemented. Knowing the passion of audiophiles for quality capacitors, that’s a pretty good signal.
Since this model must also allow you to make telephone calls, it will be equipped with no less than eight microphones so that you can be heard very clearly by your interlocutors. Four microphones are assembled using MEMES technology, four others using Beamforming technology. Combined with physical wind protection and logical noise reduction systems, you should even get rid of all the unpleasant hissing sounds.
Sure, multicoupling will prevent you from constantly having to change your bluetooth connection to switch from the phone to another audio source, for example. Your conversations can also be very long with an announced autonomy of 50 hours.
Physically the headset still seems relatively classic and we will wait to have it on the ears to know if we can go to the end of this autonomy announced without having migraines. The EAH-A800, its carrying case and adapter cables, are announced for availability this January and priced at € 349.