Japanese headphone and earphone model Audio-Technica is a well-liked title amongst lovers and audiophiles, largely for its Skilled Monitor collection of headphones. Nonetheless, the corporate additionally has a powerful vary of reasonably priced consumer-centric audio merchandise, and its latest launches have made Audio-Technica extra accessible to price range consumers. The corporate’s most reasonably priced wi-fi product but is the Rs. 2,499 Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT.
There are many reasonably priced wi-fi earphones and headphones out there on this value vary, however not many can declare to have the identical legacy and popularity as Audio-Technica. Can this in any other case high-end model carry its experience into the reasonably priced area? Discover out in our assessment of the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT.
Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT design and specs
The mannequin quantity means that the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT is the wi-fi model of the reasonably priced ATH-CLR100 wired earphones, however there are just a few small variations that transcend the strategy of connectivity. The ATH-CLR100BT has barely bigger 8.7mm drivers than the wired model (which has 8.5mm drivers), and the frequency response vary is 20-20,000Hz (in comparison with 20-25,000Hz on the wired model). There’s Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, with help for under the SBC Bluetooth codec.
The earphones have a neckband-style design with out the precise neckband; solely a skinny cable with two weighted modules connects the 2 earphones, as a substitute of a correct versatile band. Contemplating that extra reasonably priced earphones such because the Realme Buds Wireless and Mi Neckband Bluetooth earphones have correct, well-designed neckbands, we discovered the design of the ATH-CLR100BT to be a bit insufficient.
The in-line modules are manufactured from plastic and can hold over your shoulders if you put on this headset. The earphones are additionally plastic, and appear and feel fairly abnormal. The earbuds are comfy, although, and supply a safe, noise isolating match. The appropriate module has the controls – a multi-function button for energy and playback and two buttons for quantity – together with the microphone and a Micro-USB charging port. The gross sales bundle contains three pairs of silicone ear ideas and a Micro-USB cable to cost the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT.
The burden of the modules does pull down on the earphones. The shortage of a steady neckband implies that the modules transfer round with even fundamental exercise corresponding to strolling. The size of the wire from the modules to the earbuds was a bit an excessive amount of, they usually continually and annoyingly brushed towards our face, producing a good bit of cable noise. The earphones work greatest if you’re sitting down, and is usually a bit uncomfortable if used when transferring round.
We had been capable of get round seven hours of use per cost from the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT, matching the corporate’s declare. Charging is by way of Micro-USB – nonetheless the usual for reasonably priced wi-fi earphones – and it takes round two hours to completely cost the earphones from an empty battery.
Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT efficiency
Whereas most pairs of headphones and earphones within the reasonably priced phase have a tendency to stay to a selected sonic signature that favours fashionable music at the moment, Audio-Technica has a balanced method to sound. The ATH-CLR100BT earphones have an uncharacteristically impartial sonic signature, not like most wi-fi choices priced underneath Rs. 3,000 that we have reviewed in latest months. We examined the earphones with a OnePlus 7T Professional (Review) because the supply machine, listening to Spotify, YouTube Music, and our assortment of high-resolution audio tracks.
Listening to Magenta Riddim by DJ Snake, we shortly seen that the sonic signature was not like what we’re used to listening to on price range wi-fi earphones. This digital dance monitor begins with beneficiant helpings of thump when listening to it utilizing most different pairs of earphones on this value phase, however the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT supplied a extra detailed method to this monitor. Whereas we might hear hints of rumble within the lows, equal consideration was given to the mids and highs.
We often discovered the mids and highs a bit too sharp for our liking, however they had been by no means extreme to the purpose of inflicting any listener fatigue. Listening to Sam Smith’s How Do You Sleep, the vocals had been crisp and rightly took centerstage within the monitor. That stated, a few of the thrilling elements of the monitor appeared to lose all their chunk due to the gentle low-end.
Whereas we did respect the unusual sonic signature, the remainder of the sound is nearly what you’d anticipate from a price range wi-fi headset. The Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT is not particular or technically spectacular, however that is not essentially what most individuals anticipate from an reasonably priced pair of wi-fi earphones. What you get is an inoffensive, impartial sonic signature that can enchantment to anybody on a price range wanting past the standard bass-and-treble heavy sound that the majority wi-fi earphones priced underneath Rs. 3,000 present.
The Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT is respectable sufficient for calls and voice communication; we had been capable of hear the opposite get together and be heard clearly on many of the calls we made. Though there was a good quantity of background sound when outdoor, the positioning of the microphone ensured that our voice was relayed successfully.
The price range wi-fi earphone phase was full of smaller, not too well-known manufacturers until just lately; issues have solely modified over the previous few months with the entry of manufacturers corresponding to Realme and Xiaomi within the under-Rs. 2,000 phase. Though the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT is a little more costly at Rs. 2,499, it is nonetheless an reasonably priced headset that could be value contemplating for the worth and legacy of the model.
In case you take heed to numerous fashionable genres and need a bit punch within the bass, the Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BT will not be the perfect choose for you. We additionally had some points with the design of the cable and neckband modules. Nonetheless, that is probably the most balanced-sounding pair of wi-fi earphones you should purchase for underneath Rs. 2,500. If that is what you are searching for, then this can be a worthwhile choose.
Value: Rs. 2,499
- Balanced sonic signature
- Clear sound
- Respectable for calls
- Good worth for cash
- Atypical seems
- Odd cable and neckband module design
- Bass is a bit gentle
Scores (out of 5)
- Design/ consolation: 2.5
- Audio high quality: 3
- Battery life: 3.5
- Worth for cash: 4
- Total: 3