Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW Review

Review of Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW Truly Wireless Earbuds

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The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW truly wireless earbuds are Audio-Technica’s first-ever products of its kind. It ranks among the expensive models in the current market due to the brand name. It comes with amazing sound quality and features that could excite many users. These buds are bulky but have a good fit given the ear fins and the ear tips.

Audio-Technica Wireless Earbuds Review

Welcome back to yet another review of truly wireless earbuds. In this review, we will be looking at the Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW. As one of the pioneers in the audio industry, Audio Technica got a tad bit late to enter the truly wireless earbuds market. The ATH-SPORT7TW was their first pair of truly wireless earbuds. Despite the late entry, they have entered with a pair of buds that boasts amazing sound quality but lacks a bit when it comes to extra features. However, what is the main use of earbuds? It is to listen to audio, and with these buds, you can enjoy your audio to the fullest without a doubt.

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Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW Wireless Earbuds Review

Product Name: ATH-SPORT7TW

Product Description: he Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW has a battery life of 3.5 hours with a single charge. The charging case adds another 17.5 hours of playback, which is another 4 full charging cycles for the buds. The case comes with a Micro USB charging port.

Brand: Audio-Technica

  • Audio Quality
    (4)
  • Battery Life
    (2)
  • Mic
    (3)
  • Performance
    (3)
  • Design
    (4)
  • Comfortable
    (4)
  • Connectivity
    (4)
  • Durability
    (4)
  • Controls
    (3)

Summary

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW truly wireless earbuds come with great sound, brand new design, good snug fit, and many more features that would interest the consumers.

Overall
3.4

Pros

  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Hear Through mode
  • IPX5 water resistance rating

Cons

  • Micro USB Charging Port on the case
  • 3.5 hours of battery life
  • Fewer controls

ATH-SPORT7TW - Pros and Cons

Apart from the audio output, these buds come with an IPX5 water resistance rating. Which means these are ideal for most occasions. The slim charging case makes these easy to carry wherever you go, and the buds itself, even though it looks bulky, are very lightweight and comfortable to wear. However, there are other features to look at when choosing truly wireless earbuds. Given the highly competitive nature of the market, even the tiniest detail could make a difference in the consumers’ minds. That is where we come in, to help you understand the pros and cons to weigh out your decision before you make the decision.

Positives​

Bluetooth 5.0

Hear Through mode

IPX5 water resistance rating

Nagative

Micro USB Charging Port on the case

3.5 hours of battery life

Fewer controls

ATH-SPORT7TW Earbuds Pros

Bluetooth 5.0

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. The official website guarantees uninterrupted connection up to 10 linear feet. However, during testing in our facility, the connections did not get interrupted around 1000 sq. Ft, at any given time which is the benchmark of truly wireless earbuds. There was no visible latency when it comes to video streaming on YouTube or Netflix as well.

IPX5 Water Resistance Rating

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with a water resistance rating of IPX5. Even though it says it is water-resistant, these buds shouldn’t be submerged in water at any given time. But these are sealed against dust and they only protect against water splashes. That said, IPX5 is more than enough for most earbuds, and you can wash these buds after your workout sessions or jogging sessions.

Hear through mode

One of the best features of the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW. The hear-through mode enables the user to listen to ambient noise while listening to music or talking to someone. This is an important feature that most truly wireless earbuds don’t have. This makes these buds safer were while you are commuting from work or home.

ATH-SPORT7TW Mini Earbuds Con

Micro USB Charging Port on the case

This is one of the major setbacks in the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW. It makes life harder for the users, who will be needed to carry an additional Micro USB charging cable to charge the case. In the modern-day, most wearables and phones used USB Type-C or wireless charging. People try their best to move away from wires and the micro USB port makes the user carry an extra wire. This makes it inconvenient for the user, which would affect sales of these buds.

3.5 hours of battery life

The Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW lasts only for 3.5 hours from a single charge. This is one of the lowest when it comes to the power consumption of buds that we have reviewed so far. Generally, truly wireless buds nowadays have at least 5 hours of battery life. It is the bare minimum to attract the consumers, even the buds that come with active noise cancelation have higher battery life than 3.5 hours.

Fewer controls

Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with a volume control option in the buds. It also supports the Connect App which has few features which we will discuss later on. The point that we wish to highlight here is, the fact that there is no control command to summon the digital assistant. Once again, it makes these buds fall behind the rest of the pack. You rarely find buds that have a volume control, but almost all the buds we have tested got the option of summoning Siri or Google assistant at any time.

Design and Durability

The buds are chunkier than most other buds in the market. Yet, buds combined weight is only 12.8g, which is not too much stress on your ear. The buds come in a rich design with a matte finish. Apart from the silicone ear tips, the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with an ear fin to secure the fit. These four sizes of ear tips to choose from and three sizes of ear fins to select according to your preference. There is also an additional pair of Comply Foam ear tips in the box. The buds come in two color options, black, and grey.
Due to its chunkier design, the buds protrude from the ears a bit more than most other brands. Both buds are equipped with 5.8mm dynamic speakers and touch-capacitive controls. The hard plastic design is durable as long as you don’t slam these buds on the floor. It is also less prone to scratches due to the matte finish. An IPX5 water-resistant rating means these buds can withstand water splashed, but these shouldn’t be submerged in water. The water rating resistance rating is on par with Edifier TWS1 and Edifier NB2.

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Control and Digital Assistant

The Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with touch-capacitive controls on either bud. There are few controls in place and it cannot be swapped around even though these buds have a mobile application. The controls are as follows.

Left Bud Buttons Functions

Tap Once

Increase volume

Tap Twice

Decrease volume

Right Bud Buttons Functions

Tap Once

Play/Pause Track or Answer call

Tap Twice

Skip track

Tap Thrice

Previous track

Tap & Hold

Reject call

These buds do not support digital assistants.

App and Special Features

The Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with the support of the Audio Technica mobile connect app. It has a variety of functions, from the tracking function to help users find in case of a lost pair of earbuds, as well as battery levels, codec information, and practical quick guide. Voice announcements can be switched on and off using the app. Interestingly, you can choose either AAC and SBC formats if you encounter any interference with the connection or inconsistency between the picture and sound playback, the app can also be used to switch to Bluetooth SBC standard.When it comes to special features, the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with hear-through mode, this mode can be switched on when you are walking on the road or if you wish to have a conversation while having both pugs plugged in.

Audio Quality

Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with excellent sound output. The low end on the ATH-SPORT7TW is well controlled. The bass response is perfectly balanced not to overpower other aspects. It remains mellow for softer listening volumes, but powerful and when you increase volume for more intense listening sessions. The mids stay on track with some good clarity. Vocals and instrumentation remain separated, and in general, these mids sound more relaxed than compressed, offering good balance but never trying to overpower with the low end. The Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW sounds great for pop and rock because the highs are delicate. But they work well alongside the lows and mids to produce a good balance.

Noise Cancelation

These buds do not come with active noise cancelation. However, the secure fit using the ear fins, provide these buds with solid passive noise isolation. It is on par with most other brands, such as the Jabra Elite Active 75t. The hear-through mode allows the user to know his surroundings to avoid any accidents on the road. It also helps the user to avoid having to remove the buds to make conversation. The hear-through mode adds a lot of value and it makes these buds better than models like Voonex Sound Element Duo.

Battery and Performance

Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW comes with 3.5 hours of playback from a full charge. That’s way below par compared to most other brands in the current market. However, you have an additional 17.5 hours of charge from the charging case. Which is four full charging cycles from the case. 3.5 hours without active noise cancelation, is not enough to attract consumers given the various options in the market. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge the buds, but these buds come with a quick charging facility that allows the user to charge these buds for 10 minutes and enjoy 45 minutes of playback. However, the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW ranks amongst the lowest in battery consumption.

Charging Case

The design of the charging case is top-notch. It is sleek and easy to carry around in your pocket without any trouble. The drawback in the case is the fact that it comes with a Micro USB port for charging. This causes inconvenience for users who use Type-C USB chargers for their phones. Having to carry an extra wire for the buds, is quite a hassle for users who try to reduce luggage at any given time. There’s an indicator on the back of the case that lights up to let you know when it is fully charged, charging, or in need of a charge. The case provides 17.5 hours of additional playback time, which is still quite low compared to the Lypertek PurePlay Z3.

Call Quality & Connectivity

The call quality in these buds is pretty basic. There is no significance to it but it gets the job done without any interruptions for the user.Bluetooth 5.0 is used for connectivity in the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW. The connections stand in 1000 Sq. Ft room without any barriers which is the benchmark for truly wireless earbuds. The in-ears are paired automatically when removed from their charging case. Also, after five minutes of inactivity, there’s an automatic switch-off to save battery life.

Final Say

Apart from the Hear-through mode and the audio quality, the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7TW was below par compared to most other brands. The biggest question is whether these buds are worth the price? Is it worth compromising so many features for the audio quality? We will leave it up to you. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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