Audio-Technica’s new flagship true wireless earbuds are simply gorgeous

Audio-Technica’s new flagship true wireless earbuds are simply gorgeous

Audio-Technica’s new flagship true wireless earbuds are simply gorgeous

Audio-Technica has been around for 60 years, making great headphones, microphones and phono cartridges. However, the company has produced quite a few true wireless earbuds in recent years, but has never really broken through the market in the same way as Sennheiser and Sony. However, it looks like that will all change if the company’s new ATH-TWX9 earbuds are something worth noting.

The ATH-TWX9 is truly premium wireless earbuds with almost all the features and customization options you could wish for. They not only offer Dual Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, but also features such as deep UV sterilization, 360 Reality Audio, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound platform for enhanced music, video and call quality. These are the earbuds that tick every box.

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With a splash-proof design and an IPX4 rating, the ATH-TWX9 is resistant to rain, splashes of water and even sweat. There is a companion smartphone app for iOS and Android that offers five preset noise canceling modes or the ability to optimize noise canceling by pressing the touch sensor on the left earcup.

The earbuds come with a dozen ear tips in various sizes and stem lengths to ensure a perfect acoustic seal, regardless of the shape of the listener’s ear. A full charge of each earbud’s built-in battery provides up to six hours of listening time and up to 18.5 hours with a backup charge stored in the carrying case.

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Audio-Technica has used a newly designed 5.8mm driver unit with an extended high-frequency range inside each earpiece. Built on Bluetooth version 5.2, the ATH-TWX9 earbuds can support aptX, aptX Adaptive, AAC and SBC audio codecs. If you have a compatible smartphone that supports the latest SnapDragon Sound platform, Audio-Technica claims it’s even possible to play digital audio up to 24-bit at 96kHz. Thanks to the aptX Adaptive codec, the bit rate and resolution automatically adapt to the environment depending on how crowded the wireless spectrum is.

The earbuds are equipped with two high-performance MEMS microphones that use beamforming technology to ensure clear audio when making calls or participating in video meetings. Thanks to Qualcomm cVc 8.0 technology, the microphones can suppress unwanted background noise. Another cool feature when making calls is to enable the sidetone feature so you can hear yourself speak while making calls. The Sidetone feature is very useful and prevents the user from speaking too loudly during a phone call because they can hear themselves speaking.

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Like most new Bluetooth earbuds, the ATH-TWX9 can be paired with up to two devices simultaneously. This handy feature allows you to listen to music on your personal phone while answering phone calls on your work phone. The advanced technology built into the earbuds enables the wearer to experience Sony 360 Reality Audio, giving the music a stadium atmosphere. Many music streaming services support Sony’s 360 Reality Audio technology, so you can listen to your favorite music as if you were at a live concert.

Anyone who uses earbuds while exercising knows how dirty the earbud tips can get from dirt, sweat and earwax. The ATH-TWX9 charging case features a deep UV LED sterilization system with mirror processing to eliminate bacteria and viruses from the surface of the earbuds.

I recently had the opportunity to try the ATH-TWX9; in my opinion these are the best earbuds Audio-Technica has produced to date. The sound is extremely detailed, but without harshness or distortion. There’s plenty of bass available, but it’s never woolly or overbearing. The overall sound is wonderfully balanced and suits most genres of music. You can use the Audio-Technica Connect app to customize your sound with the EQ controls.

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The ATH-TWX9 can be extensively customized using the Connect app. I initially had a few issues with the earbuds syncing properly with the app, but a firmware update seems to have fixed it. The app can also customize the clickable controls on each handset.

The control buttons can pause music, skip tracks, answer phone calls, adjust the volume or turn on ANC. I prefer clickable buttons on headphones because they are less likely to be triggered accidentally. The Connect app can also select your favorite voice assistant, such as Amazon Alexa Built-in, Google Assistant or Apple Siri.

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Verdict: The Audio-Technica ATH-TWX9 are the best-sounding true wireless earbuds Audio-Technica has ever made, although they don’t come cheap. The ATH-TWX9 meets almost all requirements for audio codecs, water resistance, UV sterilization and a fully customizable ANC function that works very effectively. I also like that the ATH-TWX9 has a function to mute phone calls or participate in video meetings. However, a pair of earbuds isn’t much use if they don’t sound good. Fortunately, the Audio-Technica ATH-TWX9 sounds great, with beautifully clear sound and no hint of hiss or distortion. The battery life of the headphones is good and the overall design is excellent. Nothing to criticize here. If you want a pair of earbuds that do absolutely everything, the Audio-Technica ATH-TWX9 is a brilliant buy.

Prices and Availability: The Audio-Technica ATH-TWX9 true wireless earbuds are now available from Amazon and other retailers for $299 / £279.99 / €319.

More information: www.audio-technica.com

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Technical Specifications:

  • Type: dynamic.
  • Driver Diameter: 5.8mm.
  • Sensitivity: 102dB/mW.
  • Frequency response: 10 – 40,000 Hz.
  • Impedance: 16Ω.
  • Microphones: MEM.
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional.
  • Microphone frequency response: 100 – 16,000 Hz.
  • Bluetooth: version 5.2.
  • Audio codecs: aptX, aptX Adaptive, AAC and SBC.
  • Supported sampling rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz (SnapDragon audio).
  • Supported bit rates: 16-bit, 24-bit.
  • Battery life: 6 hours (earbuds) and 18.5 hours (charging case).
  • Charging method: USB-C or wireless.
  • Charging time: 2.5 hours.
  • Weight: 5.4g (each earbud) and 55.9g (charging case).
  • Waterproof: IPX4.

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