By Pasial Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend
DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY for sportsmen and women as well as gym rats, the new Audio-Technica Ath-Sport7TW wireless in-ear headphones are sweat and weather resistant and can be rinsed after workouts. Moreover, they come with four interchangeable sizes (XS, S, M, L) of ergonomic Freebit ear fins to give you a custom – and comfortable – fit designed to stay in place during physical activity.
The phones have good sound quality, reproduced by 5.8mm dynamic drivers, a frequency response of 20 to 25,000 Hz and a high sensitivity of 91dB and impedance of 14 ohms.
The package comes with four sizes of eartips – XS, S, M, and L – and an M size of Comply foam eartips. If you select the size that perfectly fits your ear canals, the music quality will be optimised.
I found during the test that the earbuds reproduced good music sounds with clarity and outstanding highs and mids as well as good bass. I listened to rock music for hours and the earbuds didn’t slip out once during my workout.
The Sport7TW have a microphone built-in so that you can use them as a wireless headset for your smartphone.
For additional safety when using outdoors, particularly in areas with heavy traffic, the headphones include a switchable hear-through function that allows you to keep track of ambient noise. You can select three levels of hear-through from low to middle and high or you can turn it off. When the hear-through mode is turned on, the volume of the music is automatically reduced to enhance the surrounding sound.
Each of the earpieces has a touch sensor for controlling the operations, such as answering phone calls, playing music and adjusting volume. You can also access the Audio-Technica Connect app on your smartphone to quickly and easily adjust headphone settings.
For example, you can use the app to turn the hear-through on or off. When it is turned on, you can use the app to adjust the level of ambient sounds that you can hear. The app can be used to select between AAC and SBC audio codecs.
The app also displays level of battery of the wireless ear buds. When fully charged, the earbuds have up to 3.5 hours of battery life. The portable charging cradle has a built-in power bank that lets you charge the earpieces
four more times, extending the Sport7TW’s life by 14 more hours.
That means with the charging case, you have a total battery life of 17.5 hours.
The use of the touch sensors to control the earphones quickly becomes second nature.
While playing music, you touch the sensor on the right side once to play or pause the music, twice to skip to the next track or three times to play the previous track. Or you can hold it for about two seconds to activate your connected smartphone’s speech recognition feature, such as Siri on iOS device.
You can also touch the sensor on the left side once to increase the volume or twice to turn it down.
If a call comes in, touch the right earpiece’s sensor to answer the phone call hold it for two seconds to reject the call. During a call, you can touch the right sensor and hold for about two seconds to end it.
You can also use the app to switch the functions of the right side and left side of the touch sensors.
The earbuds are light so they are comfortable to wear for long hours especially when you use the right size of eartips. Each side of the earpiece weighs just 6.4 grammes while the charging cradle weighs about 64 grammes.
The ATH-SPORT7TW supports Bluetooth 5.0. I had no problem con
necting it to my smartphone. It was ready for pairing once I removed the earpieces from the charging cradle.
The ATH-SPORT7TW is distributed by RTB Technology for Bt7,690 and available in black and grey. You can buy it at Mankong Gadget, Pro Plug In, Soundproof, Indy Gadget, Soundaholic, AV Value, Power Mall or online including at Lazada, Mercular, ToHome and Shoppee.
>> Driver: 5.8mm dynamic
>> Frequency Response: 20 - 25,000 Hz
>> Sensitivity: 91 dB/mW
>> Impedance: 14 ohms
>> Battery: Headphones: DC 3.7V lithium-ion battery; Battery case: DC 3.7V lithium polymer battery
>> Battery Life: approximately 3.5 hours plus an additional 14 hours with charging case
>> Charging time: Headphones: Approx 2 hours; Charging case: Approx 3 hours
>> Weight: Headphones (Both L and R): Approx. 6.4 g / Charging case: Approx. 64 g
>> Microphone Type: MEMS type
>> Microphone Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
>> Microphone Frequency Response: 100 - 8,000 Hz
>> Microphone Sensitivity: -42 dB(1V/Pa,at1kHz)
>> Charging Time: Headphones: Approx. 2 hours
>> Charging case: Approx. 3 hours
>> Bluetooth: Version 5
>> Support Codec: AAC, SBC
>> Compatible Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
>> RF output: 4.74 mW EIRP
>> Maximum communication range: Line of sight - approx. 10 m (33')
>> Frequency band: 2.402 GHz to 2.480 GHz
>> Modulation method: FHSS
>> Accessories include: USB charging cable (30 cm USB Type A / Micro USB Type B), Eartips (XS, S, M, L), Ear fins (XS, S, M, L), Comply foam eartips (M)