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Review: We put Panasonic’s new Technics EAH-AZ80 wireless earbuds to the test

Panasonic’s new Technics EAH-AZ80 wireless earbuds burst onto the market in July, promising immersive sound, stress-free operation, function and style.

As someone who has never really found a pair of wireless earbuds that work for me, opting instead for whatever was $2 at the local convenience store, I jumped at the opportunity to see if these really would be a game-changer when it came to enhancing my audio needs.

Being a bit technologically challenged at times, I was dubious about how easy the setup would be, but the Audio Connect Technics app made it not only really simple to connect to my phone, but also acted as a hub to control ambient noise as well as noise cancelling.

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Pricing and availability

The Technics EAH-AZ80 earbuds are priced at $499 RRP and are available in deep pure black and silver. They have been available in Australia from July from selected Technics audio specialist retailers.

The Technics EAH-AZ80 contour to the ear for a snug fit. Credit: Supplied

Features

The Hybrid Noise Cancelling Technology really helped tackle those loud situations, allowing me to fully immerse myself in my podcast, music or meeting. All the outside noise is completely hushed by the digital software filter and feedforward microphone teaming up to suppress noise outside the earbuds, while a feedback microphone paired with an analogue hardware filter work to eradicate noise from inside the earbuds.

I tend to use headphones mostly when I’m walking so the noise-cancelling technology isn’t always my go-to.

However, the Technics EAH-AZ80 have two ambient sound modes — natural ambient and attention. Natural ambient mode immerses you in your tunes or phone conversation while still grabbing the sounds floating around you so you can keep tabs on what’s happening.

The Technics EAH-AZ80 are both comfortable and stylish. Credit: Supplied

The attention mode is also a feature you don’t get with all headphones, with this snagging human voice sounds so you never miss that airport announcement while engrossed in your music.

Even better, both these modes ensure you’re the boss, and you can use the app to fine-tune how much outside noise you want to sneak in.

One thing I’ve found about other earbuds I’ve used in the past is they are just plain uncomfortable. I seem to constantly be picking them up off the ground after they’ve popped out or adjusting them in my ear in fear I’m going to lose them. The Technics EAH-AZ80 are so comfortable you won’t even realise you’re wearing them for an extended period of time.

If you prefer to use your earbuds for meetings or phone calls, the JustMyVoiceTM technology suppresses surrounding noise so your voice is clearly captured on the other end, even on windy days and in noisy cafes.

The EAH-AZ80s also have an impressive battery life, supporting seven and a half hours of music playback without noise cancellation, seven hours of music playback in active noise-cancelling mode and four hours of call time with both active noise-cancelling and JustMyVoiceTM switched on.

Those are the features I found were a game-changer, but the earbuds also boast a number of other features for those looking to level up their audio tech, including multipoint connection for up to three devices simultaneously, single bud operation, Qi charging, customisation via an app and water resistance.

What we think

The reviews on the Technics website speak for themselves, with one customer dubbing them the “best-sounding earbuds I have heard” – and I agree. From now on I’ll be ditching those $2 in-ear wired headphones and instead choosing studio sound quality every time.

The Technics are a great choice for somebody looking for earbuds with all the bells and whistles while still prioritising comfort and style.

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