Technics EAH-A800 review

Technics EAH-A800 review

If you consider sound quality over noise cancellation, the Technics EAH-A800 over-ear headphones have a lot to offer.

When you thought the sector for wireless noise-canceling headphones couldn't get any more crowded, along comes one of the industry's biggest names. The Technics EAH-A800 has the looks, build quality, and specs to compete, not to mention a storied logo. That's probably a good thing, because they seem to be slightly overpriced on paper.

Sure, there are a few areas where they could develop, particularly in terms of active noise cancellation. But when you consider the noise-cancelling headphones' massive battery life, long-haul comfort, and lively sound, it's easy to forgive. It's certainly easier than asking a price that's significantly higher than the asking price of almost any realistic competitor.

Technics EAH-A800: price and availability
  • Available now
  • $349 / £299 / AU$549
The Technics EAH-A800 wireless over-ear headphones are on sale now, for $349 / £299 / AU$549.

The headphones come with touch-sensitive controls as well as buttons. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Technics EAH-A800: design and features
  • Bluetooth 5.2 with LDAC compatibility
  • Impressive battery life
  • Voice, app and touch control
  • Acoustic design: Closed
  • Weight: 298g
  • Frequency response: 4Hz to 40kHz
  • Drivers: 40mm dynamic
  • Battery life: Up to 60 hours
  • Active noise cancellation? Yes
  • Extra features: Touch controls, Alexa/Siri support, adjustable EQ
There is a time and place for breaking new design ground, and it is not when designing a pair of over-ear headphones. If you thought Technics was about to break the rules, think again: the EAH-A800 looks, feels, and (to a lesser extent) smells exactly how we all expect a reasonably priced pair of headphones to look, feel, and (to a lesser extent) smell.

They're available in silver or black touches and they're built and finished with the kind of detailing that Technics is known for.

The earcups are filled with memory foam and kitted out in faux leather. (Image credit: TechRadar)
Memory foam fills the earpads and the inner part of the headband, which is covered in faux leather. They, along with a well-judged amount of clamping force, make the EAH-A800 comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. For a long time, the materials also resist absorbing (and then returning) body heat.

A 40mm dynamic driver with a free-edge diaphragm in the dome and a claimed frequency response of 4Hz - 40kHz is housed behind each earcup. It is supplemented by an Acoustic Control Chamber, which is designed to control airflow and allow the driver to perform to its full potential in terms of spatial expression and low-end presence.

You can adjust the EQ settings in the accompanying app. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Technics EAH-A800: audio performance
  • Detailed, expressive sound
  • Plenty of scale and momentum
  • Passable noise-cancelling
Technics has provided the end-user a lot of control over how the EAH-A800 sounds, which is unquestionably a good thing. However, Technics has voiced the EAH-A800 to sound best with the EQ levels left alone - and, for the second time with a product like this, you can try all you want but you won't be able to improve on the balance the engineers struck. Oh, you can make it your own. But better? No way.

The tonal balance is convincing, and the Technics provides a well-defined, easy-to-follow soundstage. Every element of a recording, even the most complex or involved, is given some breathing room - and thus is easy to follow.

Should I buy the Technics EAH-A800?

Buy them if...

  • You like to wear the right logo. (Few brands have the emotional resonance of Technics.)
  • You’re never at home. (The battery life here can be reasonably described as ‘epic’.)
  • You enjoy big, detailed and convincing sound. (The Technics provide an engrossing listen.)
Don't Buy them if...
  • You’re touchy-feely (The capacitive control surface isn’t all that much use.)
  • You’re the Google Assistant type (Interaction is with Amazon Alexa or Siri only.)
  • You’re a misanthrope (You’ll never completely banish the outside world with a pair of these.)

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