EPOS was founded between Sennheiser and Demant due to the dissolution and separation of the joint venture at the end of 2019. EPOS is a completely independent company and specializes in gaming audio and officially sells all gaming headsets and amps previously marketed by Sennheiser. The first product developed exclusively by EPOS is the GTW 270 Hybrid.
The GTW 270 Hybrid should cut a fine figure not only for smartphone gaming, but also for use on a PC / notebook, such as the Nintendo Switch! Yes, the GTW 270 Hybrid comes with a small adapter that allows use on the Nintendo Switch. Everything is very exciting, but how good are the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid in practice? Let’s find out in the Review.
At first glance, the GTW 270 Hybrid are quite classic true wireless earbuds . As usual, these are delivered in a small charging box, which makes an outstanding impression in terms of quality. The 67 x 32.5 x 36mm charging box is made entirely of high-quality aluminum, which has a beautiful “soft” surface. The lid is kept magnetically closed as usual, but also has a very valuable and solid hinge.
The charging box can charge the GTW 270 Hybrid around 3 times on the go. Then the charging box itself has to be charged via USB C. The earphones should last a good 5 hours on one charge . In practice this is a bit optimistic, but around 3.5-4 hours are quite possible (when playing music).
With the GTW 270 Hybrid, EPOS relies on the rather classic in-ear earplug design. The earphones show a certain similarity to the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 (see the charging contacts, for example). While the earbuds are not identical, it is clear to see that there is a similar base, which is not surprising. The GTW 270 Hybrid are basically to be assessed as somewhat larger. There is a status LED on the back of the earplugs and a button for control on the side.
The GTW 270 Hybrid are in principle quite large earphones, but the fit at least fits my ears very well. The GTW 270 Hybrid sit nice and deep in my ears without pressing or disturbing. Therefore I would rate the wearing comfort with a good 2.
The highs of the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid are pleasantly clear and clean, but not overly brilliant either. The GTW 270 Hybrid tend to have a rather strong rounding of the heights, which of course makes them less brilliant and sharp, but also not shrill or piercing. This is always a matter of taste. However, the earphones also avoid “sounding too warm”, so don’t worry, the GTW 270 Hybrid doesn’t sound dull or dull.
The middle interestingly, have a slight boost. This makes voices sound very natural and detailed. This makes double sense with earphones that are optimized for gaming, because it makes sounds like steps etc. easier to hear.
For many, the bass is certainly the most important thing. The bass of the GTW 270 is strong and has a nice punch! The draft is also good! No complaints here. However, the GTW 270 Hybrid are not absolute bass bombers either. The bass is only gently raised.
There are plus points for the excellent detail representation, which can clearly be described as above average, and the also very good spatial representation. The GTW 270 draws sound very nicely in depth and breadth.
The earphones would reproduce audio signals 1 to 1 without coloring or “falsifying” them. However, this is only common with studio / reference headphones. You can roughly divide the diagram into three areas, left = lows / bass, middle = mids and right = highs. If one part is higher than another part, this frequency range is tonally more emphasized than another. For example, if the frequency curve on the left is very high, this means a bass boost. It is not possible to break the sound down to the frequency curve, but this still provides neutral information about the sound.
A small USB C radio receiver is included with the GTW 270 Hybrid. This is primarily intended for use on the Nintendo Switch.
However, the receiver also works under Windows! Here it has a slightly reduced delay, but surprisingly the microphone does not work with this receiver!
The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid are good, if not very good, true wireless earphones. These can convince in almost all areas.
First of all, the quality is excellent! The aluminum charging box exudes great quality and the earphones themselves also look very classy. The wearing comfort is good to very good, although the GTW 270 Hybrid are slightly larger.
In terms of sound, the earphones cut a good figure. We have a slightly warmer and more bass-accented sound, which does not go to extremes. This makes the earphones quite compatible with the masses. I have to praise the good space and high resolution.
The sound delay was slight via Bluetooth, but also not completely zero. In gaming, however, this is okay. The microphone is also okay, which is certainly not fantastic, but plays along for TWS earphones in the upper class. The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid are certainly not a bargain either. It depends a bit on you, do you like this light gaming focus and can you maybe even make use of the USB C adapter (Nintendo Switch)? Then the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid could be a good deal for you.