Audio-Technica today unveiled a ton of different headphones at CES, including one with a built-in music player. They are called the SonicSport ATH-Sport90BT. It also unveiled three pairs of truly wireless headphones – one with active noise cancellation and two without.
These new headphones with integrated music player are a new pair in the company’s SonicSport series. These are wireless in-ear headphones that aren’t really wireless, but they don’t need to be plugged in either.
And since they have the built-in music player, they don’t even need a connected phone. Along with the new model, Audio-Technica also presented an updated version of its SonicSport ATH-Sport60BT.
Leave your phone behind or just turn off Bluetooth
As it is Bluetooth, you can fully connect your smartphone and listen to music wherever you are. Be it Spotify, Pandora or any other service.
But, there really is no need. If you’d rather conserve your phone’s battery life or just leave it at home while you work out, you can. The SonicSport ATH-Sport90BT has 4GB of storage so you can keep music on the headphones locally and simply listen to it.
Audio-Technica says these will last up to eight hours when using local playback. Just below that, bluetooth connected playback can take up to five hours.
These were designed as sports headphones, so expect them to be the perfect companion in your workouts. They can stand up to the elements as well, thanks to the IPX5 waterproof design and construction.
The ATH-Sport60BT comes with multipoint coupling and a 6 hour battery life
Audio-Technica also presents an updated version of its previous SonicSport in-ear headphones. The ATH-Sport60BT comes with a multipoint pairing feature that allows you to connect them to two different devices at the same time.
Presumably, this is so that you can easily switch playback between the two devices. As you probably can’t play audio from both at the same time when they are connected. And there would be no point in doing it if you could.
When it comes to battery life, these will get you up to six hours of continuous playtime, which isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s probably more than enough for most people. Especially if they are only used for training.
Like the SonicSport ATH-Sport90BT, they have the same IPX5 rating. Both pairs of headphones also charge via USB C. Audio-Technica says they’ll go on sale this spring, but they haven’t given an exact date yet.
Audio-Technica will sell the headphones with built-in music player for $ 160, while the ATH-Sport60BT will cost $ 80.