Technics F70N and TZ700 Arrive at InnerFidelity

Technics has held a special place in my mind when it comes to my relationship to music throughout most of my life.

When I was a child, Technics turntables were de facto in my home as my father swore by them, and growing up with a committed LP lover as a dad there became the connection of the joy of listening to music being associated with seeing the needle drop on a slab of vinyl that was spinning on the Technics ‘table.

When I was a teen I had some inexpensive Technics headphones, and when I went to film school in my late 20s it was a pair of DJ1200s that I chose for soundtrack mixing, and when I first got back into hi-fi in my late 30s it was a Technics 1200 MK II with a Shure M44-7 cartridge that I saved up for as my first ‘real’ turntable.

A special delivery.

So, when William Voss from Panasonic reached out to see if I would be interested in reviewing Technics’ new F70N wireless over-ear headphones and TZ700 IEMs, I didn’t hesitate to agree.

They arrived just before Christmas, but a couple of back-to-back serious illnesses in January and early February kept me from getting to them until this past week. Initial listening has proved fruitful, so please check back for a full review of both (separately) in the near future. Until then, here are some features and specs on both models to check out.

The EAH-F70N wireless headphones.

The EAH-F70N are equipped with LDAC codec technology (high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 24-bit/96kHz), a 40mm composite-diaphragm driver, wide-band hybrid noise cancellation, one-touch ‘Ambient Sound Enhancer’ operation, smartphone voice assist, and a “3D ball joint mechanism, allowing for three-dimensional movement of the ear cuff to fit everyone's ear at a preferred angle.” MSRP is $429.99 USD.

The EAH-TZ700 IEMs.

The EAH-TZ700 In-Ear Monitors feature a newly developed 10-mm driver that “incorporates advanced magnetic fluid technology, created over many years of exhaustive research and development.” The driver is equipped with a ‘free-edge’ diaphragm “employing specialized aluminium, similar in shape to that of a conventional loudspeaker driver. To attain wide frequency and precise, deep bass magnetic fluid technology maximises the movement of the drive unit. Behind the drive unit there is an air control chamber which further contributes to bass performance…” The EAH-TZ700 comes with two types of cables: balanced and unbalanced. MSRP is $1,200 USD.


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At that price Technics IEMs are competing with Meze Rai Penta IEMs :-) .........