Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT review: Great headphones without extravagant frills

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The rise of wireless headphones and earbuds has wiped out headphones from the audio market. A natural progression perhaps, but brands like Audio-Technica in Japan are still betting on them. For example, the Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT. At Rs 13,500, these headphones are priced on par with headphones and earbuds with high-end features such as active noise cancellation, transparency mode, ingress protection, wireless charging and touch controls. . The Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT doesn’t offer any of these features, but it’s a good buy.


Audio-Technica headphones are known for their durability, comfort, and clear sound signature. The Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT are no different. These have a simple yet functional design, comfortable fit, and balanced audio output. Starting with the design, the headphones go to the minimum but do not compromise on the essentials. These headphones have good cushioning on the earcups and headband. Besides comfort, the cushion on the ear cups helps to isolate ambient noise to some extent. The headphones’ lightweight construction adds to comfort, making them easy to carry and comfortable to use.

When it comes to audio, the headphones sound full and natural with a clear distinction in low, mid and high frequency detail. Additionally, a generous volume range is available between mute and max. You can use the headset at an exceptionally low volume level while still hearing detail fully, and performance is consistent across the range with the best audio experience available at lower volumes at maximum. The headphones have microphones for calls, but the call experience is mixed, depending on what kind of environment you’re in at the time of the call.

Rounding the package is stellar battery time. The fully charged earbuds work for 60 hours, or about two weeks if you use them for four hours a day. This is when using the wireless headset. The headphones come with a 3.5mm cable for wired connectivity. It reduces the dependence of the headphones on the built-in battery, thus extending the battery operating time. Charging the headphones takes about an hour. Using a USB-C port for charging is a nice addition to the mix.


Verdict

Lightweight construction, clear sound and exceptional battery life make the Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT useful. Moreover, it has both wireless and wired connectivity options. Like its premium siblings, the Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT impresses without being extravagant on the frills. There’s definitely more to the helmet than meets the eye.



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