Australian Hi-Fi

Earbuds for our times


Audio-Technica made sure it milked its 60th birthday last year, sneaking in the launch of the ATH-TWX9 wireless earbuds in the dying weeks of 2022. Their unremarkab­le name is made up for with a pretty remarkable spec sheet...

They put ticks in the increasing­ly common boxes of active noise cancellati­on and IPX4-rated water resistance, but a little more leftfield is their charging case’s ability to perform a 70-second-long deep-UV sterilisat­ion of the earbuds each time they are placed in the case. Wireless earbuds for our times, for sure.

Pretty impressive too is their compatibil­ity with aptX Adaptive Bluetooth, as well as other Spadragon Sound technologi­es from Qualcomm that promise to set a new benchmark for connection stability and latency reduction (when connected to a compatible source).

The ATH-TWX9 also support the Bluetooth 5.2 standard and have multipoint support so that users can simultaneo­usly connect two devices to them. Alexa and Google Assistant voice support, on-bud touch controls and Qi wireless charging support are also part of the package, while that all-important battery life is pretty decent too: six hours in the buds plus 18.5 hours in the case.

For ease of use, you also get automatic power-on when the buds are removed from the case, fast pairing with Android devices, automatic pause and play functional­ity, and a much welcome twelve pairs of earbud tips to help with fit.

Priced $499, the ATH-TWX9 wireless earbuds are available now in a ‘Japanese Black’ finish with bronze accents.

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