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Technics’ new wireless earbuds let you connect three devices at once

Technics EAH-AZ80 in black.
Technics

Technics has released two new models of noise-canceling wireless earbuds, and along with the usual improvements in things like sound quality and battery life, the EAH-AZ80 and EAH-AZ60M2 have a unique ability: they are the first wireless earbuds to expand Bluetooth Multipoint from two simultaneous connections to three. This could let you keep the buds connected to two smartphones and a laptop — or possibly a laptop, a phone, and a TV — without needing to disconnect and reconnect when you want to change the device you’re listening to.

The two models share many features, including wireless charging, which makes its debut on Technics wireless earbuds this year. They’re protected against some water exposure via their IPX4 rating, and they’re equipped with wear sensors, which enable auto-pause and the playing of music when the earbuds are inserted or removed.

They both support the LDAC Bluetooth codec for hi-res playback at up to 24-bit/96kHz, and the EAH-AZ80 feature a new 10mm, aluminum diaphragm dynamic driver, which the company says will offer lower distortion with a smoother sound.

Technics also claims that a redesigned shape will offer a more comfortable fit, with the EAH-AZ80 featuring material known as “Concha Fit Foam.”

Technics EAH-AZ80, $300

Technics EAH-AZ80.
Technics
  • 10mm aluminum diaphragm drivers

  • JustMyVoice technology for improved ambient noise reduction during calls

  • LDAC Bluetooth codec support

  • Three-device Bluetooth Multipoint

  • Dual hybrid adjustable noise canceling

  • Two ambient sound modes – “Natural Ambient” and “Attention”

  • Customizable controls

  • Seven sizes of silicone eartips

  • IPX4

  • Seven hours of battery life with ANC on, (7.5 with ANC off), and up to 25 hours with the charging case

  • Wireless charging

  • Works with Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa

  •  Silver and black 

Technics EAH-AZ60M2, $250

Technics EAH-AZ60M2 in silver.
Technics
  • 8mm drivers
  • JustMyVoice technology for improved ambient noise reduction during calls

  • LDAC Bluetooth codec support

  • Three-device Bluetooth Multipoint

  • Dual hybrid adjustable noise canceling

  • Two ambient sound modes – “Natural Ambient” and “Attention”

  • Customizable controls

  • Seven sizes of silicone eartips

  • IPX4

  • Seven hours of battery life with ANC on, (7.5 with ANC off), and up to 25 hours with the charging case

  • Wireless charging

  • Works with Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa

  • Midnight blue, silver, and black 

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