Sunday, July 21, 2019

Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT Waterproof Wireless In Ear Headphones Review

The wireless headphone models are getting more and more popular. And they can be found reasonably cheap with good features. The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT is a wireless IEM designed for the active individual. Whether you are jogging, or playing basketball, they are designed for you. They wrap around your ears to securely hold them in place. They are also waterproof, so they are completely outdoor friendly! MSRP is a low $120.

Features and specs:

Type: Dynamic

Driver Diameter: 9 mm

Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz

Sensitivity: 93 dB/mW

Impedance: 16 ohms

Battery: DC 3.7 V lithium polymer rechargeable battery

Battery Life: Up to 6 hours

Charging Time: Approx. 3 hours (for 0-100% charge)

Weight: 28.5 g (1.0 oz) without eartips

Accessories Included: Eartips (XS, S, M, L), Comply™ foam eartips (M) with SweatGuard™ technology, 30 cm (1') USB charging cable, hard carrying case

Type (Microphone): Condenser

Sensitivity (Microphone): -42 dB (1V/Pa at 1 kHz)

Frequency Response (Microphone): 50 – 8,000 Hz

Polar Pattern (Microphone): Omnidirectional

Communication System: Bluetooth Version 4.1

Output: Bluetooth Specification Power Class 2

Maximum Communication Range: Line of sight - approx. 10 m (33')

Compatible Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Support Codec: AAC, SBC

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT came in a nice looking color printed box with photos and specs of the IEM. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place by custom molded plastic. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some rubber and a little metal in the wrap around frame. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish was very good. Audio-Technica is known for making a quality product, even in their more economical products like this one. Also included was additional ear tips so you can get a good fit, a charging cord, and a soft zipper case with an interior pocket to hold the accessories.

When it came to using the product, I was very satisfied. And the design worked very well. I was able to get a good fit with the included tips. The bendable frame made sure I had a snug fit to keep the IEM in place. Pairing with the LG V40 ThinQ was very simple and easy. They even had decent Bluetooth range at 30-40 feet, depending if there are walls between you and your phone.

Now it’s time for the listening. Disturbed- Sound of Silence: Piano sounded natural, vocals had good texture, guitar was very crisp, violin had nice harmonics. Adele- Rolling In The Deep: Guitar was very crisp and clean, vocals smooth with great texture. Drums had very good impact and deep low-end extension, piano sounded natural. High hat was crisp and dynamic, as were the percussion. Junior Wells- Why Are People Like That: Bass had very nice depth, drums were very dynamic, cymbals were very crisp and piano sounded natural, harmonic was smooth, clean and very dynamic. Vocals had nice timbre and harmonics, sound stage was surprisingly big, overall a bit bright. Liquid Soul- Spam Sucker: Trumpets were really smooth and dynamic, drums, as well as the cymbals and high hat were really crisp and clean, kick drum had good impact, sax had really good harmonics and woodiness.


As far as the overall sound, the Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT had a slightly bright sound signature, with good resolution for the price. Being wireless and waterproof, they are a great value for the price. Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT has earned our Value Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at