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SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Sport Wireless Sweatproof Earphones APTX Bluetooth 4.1 for Running with Mic CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling-Black
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- [Bluetooth 4.1+aptx]: Supports two connected devices simultaneously and allows to automatically connecting after paired successfully for the first time, high-fidelity stereo sound quality with aptx codec. The Headphones are compatible with most cell phones, iPhone and Android.
- [Comfortable and Secure Design]: These Noise Canceling Earbuds include S/M/L ear tips and two types of different ear hooks to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for everyone. With specially designed ear hooks, you will never worry about the ear buds falling off in a gym or workout again.
- [Long-Lasting Usage & Lightweight Design]: Up to 5 hours talk time / music time (Playtime varies according to volume level and audio content). With 175 hours standby time and 1-2 hours charging time. Since it has a super Light Weight Design, the net weight is only 3.17 ounces; you will feel nothing for gym and workout.
- [IPX4-Rated Sweat Resistant]: Built for your active lifestyle, the earbuds are rated IPX Level 4 and can withstand dripping sweat. Ergonomic design optimized for ultimate wearing comfort to match your active lifestyle like running, jogging, cycling, driving, camping, hiking gym exercise and other outdoor sports.
- [Convenient]: You can control all functions of music and calls easily via the buttons of the Bluetooth headset. Built-in microphone enables taking hands-free calls while listening to music.
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- Size (LWH): 4 inches, 1.6 inches, 3.9 inches
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 5 hours
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 175 hours
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|Item Dimensions||1.6 x 4 x 3.9 in||6.3 x 1.6 x 4.4 in||1.1 x 1.22 x 0.96 in||1.85 x 1.93 x 0.51 in|
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Top Customer Reviews
These are by far the best quality "inexpensive" Bluetooth headphones I've ever had. Can't wait to try some of the other models.
My 2 star review is based on the reason I bought these....which is for jogging. I was super excited when they arrived, charged them up, & went out on the trail. Here's the problem, the wire loop acts like a stethoscope & picks up and amplifies everything. Just the routine bouncing from jogging transferred to the earbuds and overpowered the music. The sound is similar to what you hear if you're underwater and there are 2 hard objects hitting each other. And even the wind was amplified into the earbud. I tried stuffing the wire loop into my shirt but even the rubbing from that resonated through the headphones. Part of the problem is that the wire loop is really short & stiff, so if you try to tuck it under your shirt it pulls at the earpieces.
Sound quality is good, but again, if you are buying these for running then you will be disappointed. Connectivity was also pretty good. I used these buds on 2 long runs & for one cross fit workout and only lost connectivity once from my phone which was mounted on an armband. They also stayed in my ear pretty well. But I won't use them again except when I'm sitting down inside the house listening to music. Too bad because I had really high hopes for these. Good earbuds, just don't market them as being designed for sports activity.
Small baggie: 1 set each: small and large earhooks (medium pre-installed on headphone); 1 set each of small and large buds (medium buds are pre-installed), as well as a lapel-clip for cable management.
Medium baggie: 3 sets of earwings (large, medium, and small) & round cable holder (which you feed the cable through to secure the extra cable length). Earwings not listed as contents included--bonus.
Larger baggie: a USB micro charging cable.
Hooks, buds, and wings are black silicone rubber. Buds feel thin, flimsy. Hooks are flexible, thin, but provide support. Wings feel stiff. USB micro charging cable (black) has nice feel to it, short (at about 6"), but portable. So, practical/sufficient.
Manual: Small, accordion, fold-out, written in broken, but decipherable English. Print very small. If you can read it, read entire manual before trying anything, as key pieces of info appear in sections that don’t make the most sense.
Device “Feel”: Plastic housing and volume rocker. Rubberized flat noodle wire. Silicone buds, wings and hooks. Silicone charging-port cover. I am not hard on my earbuds and take great care of everything. If you do the same, they should last. I can’t speak to what will happen if you shove them in a gym bag, your pocket, and/or don’t use the case, as I will always use the case. Electronics and repeated stress typically don’t work well together. One of the reasons I was interested in this set was the included case, for protection, as I will repeatedly place them in a backpack.
Charging: Hooked device to PC USB port using provided cable. Earbuds SoundPEATS logo lit red, showing charging. Total time to charge, 31 min (indicator turned from red to blue) -- likely means device was pre-charged, as manual quotes two-hour charge time. (Edit: After completely discharging device, seen by two “Low Power” vocal warnings and device shutdown, charge time took 1 hour, 54 minutes from dead to full charge.
Functionality: Based on manual, a lot of built-in functionality (e.g., play/pause, volume up/down, skip/previous, answer/transfer/end/reject call, mute, and, even conference call). Voice prompts for power on, power off, and low battery are available and, although pleasant, can be turned off. Reviewed specific functionality regarding controls in other, more fitting sections (e.g., volume control in “Sound”).
Waterproof? Manual notes you shouldn't take them in a thunderstorm. My guess is they are moisture/sweat resistant, but not waterproof. Haven't tested this out though so can't speak to it.
Call Quality: Mic is on right bud placed forward, toward your face. Didn’t test at time of review.
Fitting and Fit: Need to wear device right; and, get a good fit for good sound. Is the case for most, if not all, buds and headphones. Based on other reviews, YouTube vids, and pics, knew how you were supposed to wear - i.e., wire down and behind the neck. Manual does not offer pics/explanation re: how to wear device (or change buds/pre-installed hooks -- not hard to figure out). Although medium buds fit my ears, pre-installed earhooks didn't. Simply felt too flimsy. To change hooks, remove buds and then hooks. Possible to stretch hook over the bud; but, I wouldn't. Taking buds off isn't hard (pinch earbud and pull slightly toward yourself and away from earpiece at the same time). It’s concerning the silicone is thin and stretches a lot before coming off; however, this is typical of thinner silicone. Tight fit of the bud on speaker is great if keeping buds on, not so great if changing them - which you should only have to do once. Recommendation: switch out one side to find combo that works for you. Then, switch other to match the combo you found. My best fit was medium bud and the medium ear wing.
Buds should be seated in ear canal with good seal. Ear wings (and hooks, consequently) go IN the ear (as another reviewer put it, under 1st fold of [cartilage] in your ear). Note: hooks do not go around your ear, as I read others try in reviews -- around your ear simply won't work. Not sure why you’d try that. Hooks offered a semi-secure feel -- more forgiving in the ear fold, which some might prefer. I liked more secure fit of the wing. Note: point of the wing (as you have the bud-side of the headphone facing you) faces counter-clockwise. Tried clockwise first; no joy. Once I got the right combo/wing placement, buds definitely seated well. I see why SoundPEATS included the hooks AND wings -- different strokes for different folks. Even after putting the wire guide (not the lapel clip) on and moving my head from side to side, while there was pull on the buds, they didn't pop out.
Pairing: With headphone fully charged, paired with Droid Droid Turbo 1st gen. Manual offers pairing info in “General Functions” section. With device next to my phone, set the headphone in pairing mode (signified by red/blue blinking SoundPEATS logo). “QY8” showed in the BT device list, pressed “Pair” on my phone, and red/blue led on the headphone blinked blue only, signalling a successful pair. Start to finish, entire process took 6 seconds.
Sound: I’m not an audiophile and needed some more semi-scientific way to discern earbud tolerances; so, I went to an audio-check site to test. Assuming my hearing is at least okay:
Bass: started picking up bass at 30hz range and up. Test went to 200hz. Running bass only, sound hit hard, didn't break and sounded clean.
Treble: Picked up treble at 14khz. Dropped steadily and cleanly to 8khz, where the test stopped. Found separate test that dropped to 1khz. Tried it. If you are nauseated by certain sounds, I don't recommend doing this test. Never knew sound (esp. high frequencies) could make you feel sick. Buds held up well to 5khz. They distorted slightly at 3khz, but quickly cleaned up at 2 and 1khz.
Mids: As presented in a spectral flatness test, were not overly pronounced, but present.
Dynamic Range: I was able to pick up sounds at, and slightly below, 32db below full scale. -32db was clear. Lower than that was there but hard to hear.
Driver-Matching: Sounds produced were matched perfectly in both ear pieces.
Wiring Test: Left and Right channel separation was perfect. Center and twisted test sounds occurred as described by the site, which is apparently good.
Binaural Test: Passed test w/ flying colors. Try this yourself. It’s freaky.
Songs in General: Sound is subjective. All I can tell you is I played Unfinished Sympathy, by Massive Attack; Baba O'Riley, by The Who; the Beverly Hills Cop Theme Song, by Harold Faltermeyer; State of Mind, by Beth Hart Band; and a host of other harder hitting songs. What others offered in reviews holds true here - hard hitting bass, tight highs, okay mids. Some sounds got slightly, almost choppy, when highs and bass mixed together; but, not an issue for me, as it was clean enough. Definitely v-shaped sound profile… perfect for everyday listening in the gym, running, or rocking out on a bike. Hard core audiophiles, these won't be for you; but, for $25, they're freaking awesome.
Sound Isolation: These are sound isolating, not sound cancelling. They do a great job of keeping background sound out. I tested them in a loud office environment for 6 hours. I couldn't hear what was going on around me when playing music; and, outside sound was passively muted between songs. Like others pointed out, keep this in mind if your need to be even slightly aware of sounds around you.
Volume: Can get LOUD. Phone is the master control; headphone control is an auxiliary control. Set the phone level first (higher); then fine tune the headphone. If volume is too low, check volume on your phone.
Volume rocker on right bud lets you control volume. Tactile is there w/ two raised “points” on the rocker for up, and one for down. Keep the bud in place by placing your pointer finger on top of the bud, your thumb on the back of the bud, and use your middle finger to control the rocker. Pause/resume by tapping power button (on the right bud) for pause and again for resume. Place two fingers between right bud and your ear to keep the device from pressing on your ear; use your thumb to press the power button to pause and resume. Short of an on-wire control, I see no way around this. It's a good design once you figure out how to get it to work comfortably. [Edit: I found it easier to use your left hand to control volume. Place thumb where stem and circle part of housing meet; pointer finger on top of bud. Use middle finger to press rocker. Seems less awkward.] Noise gets pushed through the bud when you move it around. Every pair of buds I ever owned did this. I'm pretty sure it's just to be expected, as sound waves travel through most objects, like plastic housings.
Sound travels from the cord to the buds when moving your head--less noticeable when music is playing. Can be lessened with wire guide (tried it with the guide on and off) and experienced less sound travel with the guide on; however, cable was slightly heavier with guide on vs. off. I preferred the guide off; however, guide (and lapel clip) are nice extras and useful in different situations. Something interesting, while wire (from what everyone says) is supposed to go around back of neck, it seemed more comfortable (and made less noise) when draped under my chin. I’ll have to try both ways more to see which causes less noise/is more comfortable. [Edit: Ended up liking wire behind the neck. Too much sound traveled up the cable while in the front, again, primarily noticeable at low/no volume). Will likely find a way to overlap the wire on itself -- carefully, without stressing the cable -- so it lies higher on my neck (above my hairline) to lessen drag and subsequent noise. Might use black twist ties, velcro, tape, paperclips, or something. If I come up with something, I’ll post pics. Having said this, cable could likely be shortened four/five inches, still accommodate most necks, and would lessen noise.]
Comfort: People note QY8’s leave their ears hurting. They’re a little bigger, but have to be for the bigger battery, which offers longer listening times. Were they so light I forgot they were there? No; but didn't hurt either, as I'm used to wearing in-the-ear buds and can't stand those that sit outside your ear canal. With those, you don't get the heavier bass due to a lack of a seal. If you don't like in-the-ear buds to begin with, these won't change your mind. If you like over-the-ear cans or buds that hang just outside your canal, will be a gamble. These types of buds are a) not for everyone and b) can take some getting used to. Silicone/foam, in-the-ear buds put pressure on your ear canal -- have to to get a seal. Speaking of seal, some reviewers noted suction feel when pulling out the bud or pushing it in. I didn't experience that. Re: canal pressure, some can handle it; some can't -- not the wearer's fault; not the bud’s fault, generally. Usually matter of preference and whether people can tolerate pressure (in small or large doses) to begin with and/or can adapt to pressure on the canal, over time. QY8’s felt no better or worse than any other bud I wore off and on -- mostly on -- for four hours straight. For most buds, is almost always a pressure-relief feeling when taken out in-the-ear. These are no different. Doesn't hurt but is a mild discomfort as your canals move back in place after being pushed outward slightly.
BT Connectivity: Signal consistently strong (unobstructed) to 26’. At 26’, song would chop sporadically. Placed phone on counter, walked 20” away into a room--no wall in between-- closed door. Sound clear; didn’t drop. Moved phone to another location 20’ away (w/ wall between room into which originally went) closed the door. Sound chopped sporadically. Opened door, sound consistently strong. Two walls at 20” seems to be limit (at least of my device). Seems consistent w/ most BT devices, despite advertised ranges of 10m (roughly 30ft).
Battery Life: Review occurred over course of 3 days -- Day 1, played 1.5hrs continuous, powered off (didn’t leave in standby). Day 2, stayed powered off. Day 3: played 2.5hrs continuous. Total playing time 4 hours. I’m a dad of two, sorry; but, I didn’t have more time to test them. As I get more usage, I’ll update this review times and totals. [Edit: Day 4, remained powered off. Day 5, played for 2.5 hours and forgot to turn off device. Stayed in standby until my son saw bud blinking and told me it was on (3 hours in standby), at which point I turned it off. Day 6: Powered on ran from 1 hr, 25 min. Low battery notification. Low battery notification occurred roughly 3 min later. Died 5 min. later. With device fully drained, charged again on same PC connection. Total charge time took 1 hr, 54 min. Total run time from full charge to full discharge: 7 hrs, 55 minutes.]
Overall Thoughts: First, if you made it this far, you’re a trooper. I put a lot of time/effort into this review and hope it's helpful. I’m leary about putting this out there, as reading the following used to turn me off of related reviews quickly; but, I received these buds for free in exchange for a review. I don't work for the company. I went to them, not vice versa, as I wanted to know what the SoundPEATS QY8’s were all about, given the mostly solid reviews and all the extras packaged with their buds compared to others. Don't hate or flame. You can do the same as I did, without selling your soul. They want honest reviews, which I strived to give here. I'm not perfect but did the best I could. Second, having said all that, and, ensuring you consider all I offered in the review, I'd recommend these earbuds to people looking for affordable buds with great bass -- at least based on initial use over four [Edit: six] days. It’ll be interesting to see where these things are three of more months from now. I struggled between four or five stars, but ultimately landed on five because of everything you get for your money - a BT headset that sounds great, for around $27.
I hear SoundPEATS offers promo codes from time to time. While they're worth the $27 (and, IMHO, a little more, assuming they hold up for at least a year… and, hopefully, longer)--because they're solid BT buds (and they include a case, wire guide, lapel clip, ear wings)--I'd keep your eyes peeled for sales too. I am a father of two on a budget. MSRP is $110 at the time of this review. I simply wouldn’t pay that for this or any bud. But, at $27, you’re getting a deal. Also, check out SlickDeals, which offers links to Amazon sales (I’m hoping Amazon won’t mind me offering this info since SD links a lot to Amazon).[...]. If you'd like to know more about the SoundPEATS QY8 and/or it's contents, please post a question. If I can answer it, I'll do my best. Regards.
• These headphones sound great!
• Bass is solid there but not annoying like some other brands.
• The noise canceling totally works (no weird hum either). I feel like I'm in a cocoon while wearing these.
• I've worn these for 3 hours straight on multiple occasions and they never felt uncomfortable.
• I stepped on them the other day and the side popped off. I was able to put it back together with no effort and they remained perfect. So lets add a point for durability.
• Occasionally they "skip" kind of like how CD players would back in the day. This is not a major issue and seems to happen mostly when I'm in action (biking or running). There is a strong possibility that the issue is coming from my phone.
• The cord is a weird length. Its a little too long for front wear but, just a tiny bit short for behind the neck (I'm a big dude though).
• 3-4 days between recharges for me. I predominantly wear them exercising and commuting on the train to work.