Punch and clarity in an ergonomic form factor.
Audio Technica has launched a new line of IEMs and it appears they have another winner.
Not much to write about. The usual high quality boxing you get from Audio-Technica.
Unlike previous generations of IEM, you don't get comply tips, only AT's usual rubbish hard silicone tips, although the new casing design makes this a tad more forgiving.
The cable is OK, I guess. It's detachable, which is an essential for me as I kill cables just by looking at them. The only problem is that it uses a proprietary design instead of MMCX. You can find cables on eBay, but you have to be mindful to buy the right connector.
This new cable also doesn't inspire as much confidence like the one included with the previous model, the ATH-IM70. It feels a tad cheaper and not as robust, but it does include a microphone and in-line control, which works a treat with my Android phone and Fiio X1 2nd Gen DAP.
I can't attest to the quality of the mic as I haven't used it.
Unfortunately, you don't get a carry case, only AT's little pleather bag which doesn't do much to protect your investment.
Really AT, throw in at least a cheap plastic case.
If you've used previous Audio Technica IEMs, you know they are big, bulky chunks of plastic designed for alien ears.
Well, I'm happy to report that the LS series, at least for me, are far, far more comfortable. A lot lighter too!
My old ATH-IM70 was so heavy that it would constantly pop out as it was dislodged by its own weight.
This issue is gone now, and because of the lighter weight, the included silicon tips are actually bearable now.
Sound here comes across like a quality dark chocolate. Smooth and rich but with a sharpness that helps definition.
Good clarity and separation of instruments with little to no distortion is the order of the day.
The LS70 sounds great with a phone and far better when paired with a decent digital audio player like the Fiio X1 or higher.
Bass: Deep, impactful and well behaved. It's doesn't boom and it articulates well.
There's quantity and quality here. Punchy, fun and visceral, It all makes for a good listen, specially with EDM.
Mids: Good but not great. Not much in the way of distortion. It's clean and detailed but nothing to write home about. Voices feel a bit (just a bit) distant.
They articulate well, but there's a slight feel of distance and lack of presence on some tracks, making vocals somewhat sit behind the instruments.
Highs: Smooth, well extended, detailed and polite (but not too polite).
The highs feel a lot like my ATH-M40X but without spikes that drill into your head. All the detail is there but it's not thrown in your face.
There's no distortion or sibilance that I could detect. Very nice and non-fatiguing.
Soundstage and imaging: Wide soundstage without much in the way of depth.
That's not say depth is non-existent, there are some funky 3D effects you get every now and then but for the most part is sounds like you're on stage with the band instead of being in the audience.
Imaging is good. Listened to Daft Punk's Lose Yourself To Dance and the voices were all around me moving about with good transition. Perhaps not as good as my M40X but it does get the job done.
So what's the deal with the LS70?
It's a punchy, detailed IEM that will not disappoint those looking for a fun, versatile sound that can work with almost every genre.
Another product that shows that the guys and gals at Audio-Technica really knows their stuff.
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