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SoundPEATS Air3 vs JBL Tune 225 TWS Earbuds: Which is Better

SoundPEATS Air3- The case with a headset, a USB Type-C charging cable, and a short manual. First of all, the case and the two earplugs are very compact and light. Much smaller is not possible anymore, and yes, optically, they look somehow like the AirPods 3.

See Detailed review SoundPEATS Air3

JBL launched the TUNE 225TWS, a successor to the 220TWS. The TUNE 225TWS should only represent a detailed improvement. The packaging of the new JBL Tune 225TWS is same as JBL Tune 220TWS with few changes. The packaging design corresponds to the typical JBL design language so that you are offered compact packaging that comes in the standard white, gray, and orange colors used by JBL.

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SoundPEATS Air3JBL Tune 225 TWS
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BrandSoundPEATSJBL
ModelAir3Tune 225 TWS
Weight1.16 ounces57 g
Dimension1.94 x 0.88 x 1.87 inches160 x 100 x 44 mm
TypeEarbudsEarbuds
ColorsBlackBlack, Blue, White
Driver 14.2mm driver12 mm
ANCNoNo
Foldable DesignNoNo
MicrophoneYesYes
Impedance16 Ohms32 Ohms
Music ControlsYesYes
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz20 Hz – 20 kHz
BluetoothBluetooth 5.25.0
CodecAptX, AptX-adaptive, SBCA2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5, HFP 1.7
Battery LifeUp to 17.5 hoursUp to 25 hours
Connector TypeUSB-CUSB-C
Detailed ReviewSoundPEATS Air3 JBL Tune 225 TWS

Design

Soundpeats Air3 holds upright magnetically in the housing and can be safely gripped and removed. What is immediately noticeable is the absence of silicone earplugs to have “semi-in-ears” in front of us. Memories of the Apple Airpods wake up.

The simple, matt plastic housing is adorned with a gray surface with a logo on the back, also used for touch-sensitive control. The contact surfaces are located at the lower end of the 20mm long stems.

As with the case, the quality is relatively simple but free from defects. So all edges are smooth, rounded and there are no gaps to criticize. The Air3 is also splash-proof according to IPX5 and withstand sweat and rain showers.

The TUNE 225TWS are so-called “semi-in-ear” earphones. This means that they do not have well-known silicone attachments. Instead, the earbuds are placed in your ears. Of course, this design is a matter of taste but became quite popular with the Apple AirPods.

The earphones themselves, like the Apple AirPods, have a bridge design. Does that mean you have your earphones and a small bridge protruding down from them, which extends to the level of the earlobes? There is a control button on the back of this bar. As usual, the earphones are switched on / off automatically when you put them in or take them out of the charging case.

Comfort

Soundpeats Air3- Because the (semi) in-ears do not have silicone pads, they cannot be ergonomically adjusted and are not inserted deep into the ear canal. This has several consequences. On the other hand, the very discreet seat without any pressure is pleasant. Even after hours, there are no complaints. The other side of the coin is the lack of security. In everyday life, the in-ears stay securely in the ear. In sport, the shape of the ears is essential. If it doesn’t fit, they will fall out or provoke through the loose fit that you constantly follow up. They sit perfectly in my ear, but unfortunately not in my better half’s.

JBL Tune 225 TWS- Wearing comfort is always a matter of taste, especially with in-ear headphones. If you don’t like the comfort of in-ear headphones, then the JBL TUNE 225TWS could be the ideal alternative for you.

Because the silicone tips are not used, the earphones lie in your ears without the “fingers in the ears” feeling of normal in-ears.  The JBL TUNE 225TWS are particularly pleasant to use when doing sports, and you are not that isolated from the environment. So (if the music is not too loud), you would still hear a car or someone calling you.

Sound

Thanks to the Qualcomm 3040 chip, the Soundpeats Air3 supports the aptX and aptX adaptive codec, which we naturally use for the assessment, apart from ABC and AAC. First of all, it should be said that the correct fit and the shape of the ear are decisive for the sound performance. If the earphones are not inserted perfectly, i.e., sufficiently deep and slightly angled in the ear, they lose a lot of volume in the bass and then do not sound good.

The Soundpeats Air3 can bring the bass to the stage even at low volume. There is increasing hum and overdriving of bass and treble at very high volumes. Level stability is not the strength. The highs lack brilliance and blend in with the warm, slightly muffled sound.

JBL TUNE 225TWS- The sound of semi-in-ear headphones is always such a thing. Due to the lack of a seal on your ear, these earphones often have problems building up “pressure.” But this is important for bass performance. 

The JBL TUNE 220TWS, not much or even nothing has changed in terms of sound. The TUNE 225TWS has a very open and spatial sound that you usually do not find with in-ears. The earphones are almost more reminiscent of regular headphones, which sound slightly looser.

So it’s not surprising that the heights of the TUNE 225TWS are good, if not very good! These are nice and clear and have a certain natural openness, making them appear much less strenuous. And this despite a certain sharpness.

The centers are rather mediocre in return. The TUNE 225TWS sound is comparatively excellent and thin in the middle. Here the earphones are somewhat lacking in volume and mass. Voices are easy to understand and sound quite natural. However, these are not super haunting either.

Conclusion!

The Soundpeats Air3 is undoubtedly not perfect, but can you expect that for the price? You have to turn a blind eye and see it in relation—the well-functioning automatic carrying detection, aptX Adaptive, including low-latency mode in a very compact transport case.

The sound quality depends on the genre and the correct fit. A thick bass makes pop songs fun if the little semi-in ears fit. They are not the first choice for rock music, and at the high volume, they increasingly tear. What bothered us most, where the sensitive touch fields repeatedly led to unwanted entries.

The “semi-in-ear” style is the selling point of the TUNE 225TWS and, at the same time, the biggest point of criticism.

If you don’t like regular in-ears due to the sealing of the ears or prefer the slightly more “airy” wearing comfort, then the JBL TUNE 225TWS are the best earphones you can get for around 100$.

What is the disadvantage of this style, however, is the sound. Due to the lack of sealing on your ear, such earphones always have problems with the bass! The JBL TUNE 225TWS generally don’t sound bad; they have a beautiful, dynamic and lively sound. However, you shouldn’t expect hammering bass.

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Razer Kraken V3 Pro Vs Razer Opus: Which Wireless Headphone Is Better

Here’s the Razer Kraken V3 Pro. However, this third edition of Razer’s flagship headset is not there for nothing. It brings HyperSense technology and HyperSpeed, two technologies that we will take care to explain to you in our Razer Kraken V3 Pro review.

If Razer offers a wired model, this Kraken V3 Pro is the brand’s wireless model. This time it provides RGB backlighting, which my BlackShark V2 Pro did not offer. Will that be enough to tip the balance? Certainly not, but that’s good because this model has many other advantages that we will see.

Razer has only risen in the gaming field , and has become a benchmark brand. Offering a multitude of peripherals, the firm rarely disappoints these users. The company acquired audio industry giant THX in 2016. With this acquisition, Razer is expanding into new areas including the AV industry.  

The new THX – certified  Razer OPUS Wireless headphones , a new perspective for the future for Razer , which offers us here a headset that is oriented towards lifestyle and not gaming. area in which it is already well established.  

Will it be up to the big names like Bose or Sony? This is what we will see right away in this comparision Razer Kraken V3 Pro vs Razer OPUS.

 

 

Specification

Razer Kraken V3 ProRazer OPUS
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ModelKraken V3 Pro OPUS
BrandRazerRazer
ReleasedJanuary 6, 2022May 19, 2020
Dimension9.26 x 7.96 x 4.1 inches2.17 x 7.09 x 7.68 inches
Weight 372g270 g
TypeOver EarOver Ear
FoldableNoYes
Frequency Response20Hz – 20kHz20 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity96 dBSPL105 dB/mW by HATS (1kHz)
ColoursBlackBlack
Driver 50 mm40 mm
Driver TypeRazer TriForce TitaniumDynamic Driver
ANCPassiveActive Noise Cancellation
RGBRazer ChromaNo
Impedance 32Ω (1kHz)12 Ω (1 kHz)
Cable Length1.3m3.5mm
Controls YesYes
Battery LifeUp to 44 hoursUp to 32 hours
Bluetooth5.0 5.0

Design

Razer Kraken V3 Pro- The packaging is always neat at Razer. The brand has made great efforts to be more attentive to the smallest detail in recent years. In the box, we naturally find the helmet, but some papers informing of the conditions of guarantee, the usual stickers and the definitive word of the CEO, on a transparent paper, as expected from the manufacturer.

  • Warranty papers
  • The microphone (detached on arrival)
  • The USB connection dongle
  • A jack to mini-jack cable
  • A USB-C to USB-A charging cable

Indeed, it is possible to use the headset connected to a computer or even to a smartphone, if desired. This is not a bad thing because it allows the headset to be used when it is discharged without plugging it in for an hour or two to give it time to charge.

Aesthetically, we’ll go straight to the headset. The headphone is quite sober when you know what Razer can do. But here, the manufacturer has chosen to opt for something light while respecting its aesthetic codes. The goal is not to offer a lifestyle headset; the Razer Opus is already there for that.

There are leatherette pads on their outline, with microfiber fabric for the headphones in contact with the skin. It’s a good idea; we avoid the cold of imitation leather and the heat it can generate in summer. If headphone manufacturers have improved a lot on this side, even a synthetic fabric is always more pleasant. This is also a first for me this kind of fabric, but to the touch, it seems nice.

There is an outer zone on the outside of the headphones, which suggests that sound would come out of here, but no, it is purely and strictly aesthetic. On the inside of this area, Razer has placed its logo in RGB. It’s the fashion to put this on many gaming headsets. If some find it strictly useless, any good gamer will know that it brings him an extra touch of light on his helmet support, RGB too. It’s a question of aesthetics that some will appreciate. For the haters, you can turn off the backlight.

In addition, the metal hoop looks pretty correct in terms of quality; in any case, it inspires robustness!

Razer has offered a headset with different materials but strictly identical textures and colors. The headband is made of metal, the headphones of plastic. 

Razer OPUS- Commonly intended for video games, the brand offers somewhat equivalent designs, offering a multitude of helmets with an identical design attributed to entirely sedentary use. Razer is now moving towards a different category: lifestyle, high-end and nomadic use. The field in which SONY or BOSE have been excelling for a few years now. Razer could now join the ranks and, on top of that, reach a new audience.

The wireless headset has become a fashion item, so the design is essential. Users are generally disenchanted, especially when wearing it on the street, and use is becoming less and less frequent. Here, the Razer OPUS is successful; it’s not too thick, the finishes are immaculate, in terms of color, a matte black is used, it’s refined, sober, really nothing to say.

The inscriptions are not numerous; we see ” Razer ” written vertically on both sides of the arch. Otherwise, we find the THX labels on each side of the headset. The two silver-coloured inscriptions are relatively small and discreet, which brings a specific class. Above the earpieces are ambient noise sensors to carry out the operation of the active noise cancellation.

The foams positioned on the top of the headset and the ear cups are well-padded and very soft; the headset rests on the ears by touching them slightly or not at all, in any case without crushing them. This may be reminiscent of the Sony WH-1000 XM4 headphones, which are a little less firm. The comfort and the ergonomics are to be welcomed on this product; even after several hours, the headset gives good stability and a certain comfort once placed on the head.

Razer is once again faithful to what it knows how to do in terms of packaging, a quality packaging that combines simplicity and quality. A reinforced and magnetic box and elegant colors.

There is a photo of the product and information on the front, such as the brand, the name of the device, the THX certification, the active noise cancellation (active noise cancellation), and the type of jack.

There is also a diagram that explains the autoplay/pause functionality. Thanks to noise reduction, a text explaining THX’s involvement in the product is on the right side, which plays an essential role in the audio system and immersion. We can also see a two-year warranty and an invitation to download the application dedicated to the Razer OPUS. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

A sewn plastic tab separates the two headphones in the center of the cover; an airplane adapter is embedded in it, which is quite common on high-end headphones. In addition, several accessories whose usefulness is imperative are stored in a polyester pouch; this is well organized to take up as little space as possible. There is a USB A to USB C cable and a 3.5mm jack cable, which is useful in case the internal battery of the headphones runs out. Razer has opted for a matte black color, which changes from the green that the brand usually uses, which is much more aesthetic in this range.

Sound

On this Razer Kraken V3 Pro, there are 50 mm titanium transducers. So that’s the Razer Triforce written on the box; we were starting to ask ourselves some questions. If the sound quality is a good point at Razer very often, let’s see what this headset is worth on this point.

As usual, we’re not going to make the suspense last longer; it’s perfect. Especially at this price, the manufacturer did not have much choice, it must be said. As usual, Razer forces a little on the bass, but that’s not to camouflage poor sound quality. The balance between treble and midrange is also outstanding for satisfactory audio quality focused on gaming.

The headset offers – and it’s not the only one at Razer – THX virtualization. This makes it possible to provide an even better immersion than 7.1 sound, which should be remembered, an emulation. 

However, this technology impacts some sounds a little and tends to distort them slightly. If it’s not annoying on video games, if you plan to listen to music, please, deactivate THX mode! Good stereo sound will suffice perfectly for audio listening, even if we recognize that this headset is not made for that.

The microphone allows you to reproduce a clear and pleasant voice without being at the level of some desktop microphones but offers a quality that is all in all satisfactory.

The microphone is also equipped with a windshield to avoid hiss and act as a pop filter. Overall, as you can hear from this excerpt, it works pretty well. It is possible to mute the microphone via a button on the left earpiece or remove it if you plan to use it more to listen to music.

Razer OPUS- Razer in the high-end and lifestyle category, does it measure up to sound quality? In terms of comparison, to evaluate our product in question, we will mention the model that comes closest to it, which is also one of the most efficient, the Sony WH-1000 XM4, the reference product in terms of headphones.

At first, the difference already exists between the two helmets, but it is not that surprising. This Razer OPUS, sold for only $209.99, does not offer the exact sound reproduction as a Sony WH-1000XM4 at $349.99; it would be a lie if we said the opposite. However, there is no apparent difference, even if Sony offers better bass. The sound reproduction of the Razer OPUS is nevertheless up to par, with a vibrant, precise and clear sound despite a little soft bass. The maximum sound level of the headphones is particularly low. This should suffice, but it is a point to consider for those who like to listen to rather loud music.

A noise reduction mode is offered; it effectively suppresses parasitic noise and drastically reduces the ambient sound volume. As for him, the Sony is a notch above. As for the “Ambient” mode, the rendering is interesting. It does not greatly amplify outside sounds, which provides a non-artificial rendering that, conversely, is unpleasant. Many competitors make this mistake.

We haven’t yet talked about the little extra of the Opus that makes it stand out. And yes, you forgot the THX certification. Razer, by buying the audio specialist, therefore, integrates its technologies. You shouldn’t expect anything extraordinary either, but the THX brings a plus that the others don’t have.

Connectivity

Razer Kraken V3 Pro- On the edges of the headphones, we notice buttons and a good number of connectors. On the right side, there is the only button, the one allowing to control the vibration of the helmet. We will come to this in a few lines.

On the left side are:

  • The button to mute the microphone
  • The volume wheel
  • The start button
  • The jack for using the wired headset
  • USB-C port for charging
  • The microphone jack

If we come back to the headband, notwithstanding the padding of the headset, fully satisfactory, we notice the “HYPERSENSE” logo on both sides. 

Razer OPUS- We first find a “Power” button that allows you to activate or deactivate the noise reduction or transparency mode quickly. By joining it, there are two buttons to adjust the volume. A pause/play function is equipped on this headset, which allows you to pause your content when you remove the headset and resume it when you put it back on.

Now let’s move on to the Opus connectors. Of course, at this price, all the advanced codecs and the multipoint are unfortunately not present. Indeed, the absence of multipoint support is a feature that would have given points to the device, allowing the Opus to be connected to several audio devices. Note a slight additional lack; the headset only supports SBC and AAC codecs.

The Bluetooth functionality is therefore present in terms of connection quality and range. These two points are irreproachable. A 3.5 jack input for a wired function and a USB-C port for charging. The two connection modes are really on top, no latency is felt in Bluetooth, and the jack cable is relatively long for good use.

Conclusion!

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro thrills our ears and leaves a lovely impression. Good audio quality, formidable comfort and excellent battery life are the significant assets of this headset. In addition, the HyperSense feature, which offers vibrations on the bass, is interesting, provided you do not abuse it.

The Razer Opus is a very successful headset after long use, on my phone, on my computer or even in a gaming session. It performs well across the board, and the design is neutral, distracting and still very comfortable even after a long period of use. The only negative points are the lack of bass and its application which remains very limited, but good for a headset at this price, we will not be picky.

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Sennheiser RS ​​5200 vs Sennheiser RS ​​5000: Special Wireless Headphones Comparision

The Sennheiser RS ​​5200 and RS 5000 both are a pair of wireless headphones from Sennheiser that offers special functions for people with hearing difficulties. RS ​​5200 price is currently $250, and it is the successor to the Sennheiser RS ​​5000, which also looked at some time ago. There is also a charging station, and in addition to the cushions that have already been fitted, three different cushions are also included.

The scope of delivery of the RS 5200 headphones consists of:

  • jack cable
  • optical cable
  • RCA splitter cable, jack (female) to RCA
  • Power supply and four adapters, UK, AUS, US, EU
  • Transmitter model TT 5000
  • Under-the-chin headphones RR 5200
  • Paper instructions, quick start guide
  • 4 pairs of ear pads

The scope of delivery of the RS 5000 headphones consists of:

  • headphone
  • charging cradle/transmitter station
  • 3.5 mm jack cable (blue)
  • Toslink cable (pink)
  • Instructions and Quick Start Guide
  • power adapter
  • Power supply adapter 
  • Second pair of ear pads 

What makes it unique, and what can it do that other wireless headphones can’t? In this comparision we took a close look at the Sennheiser RS ​​5200 vs Sennheiser RS ​​5000.

Pros and Cons

Sennheiser RS ​​5200Sennheiser RS ​​5000
Dialogue is emphasisedExcellent quality and sound
Immersive movie soundtracksLong battery life on receiver
Long-range of Battery Audio is adjustable for background noise
Very expensive Included earbuds were uncomfortable
Odd stethoscope-style designExtra receiver is expensive

Specification

Sennheiser RS ​​5200Sennheiser RS ​​5000
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ModelRs 5200Rs 5000
BrandSennheiserSennheiser
ReleasedSep 1, 2021April 1, 2017
Dimension102 x 265 x 23 mm102 x 265 x 23 mm
Weight 64 g 61 g
Earpiece ConnectionWirelessWireless
TypeIn-EarIn-Ear
FoldableNoNo
Frequency Response15 – 16,000 Hz
ColoursBlackBlack
ANCYesNo
Battery Capacity360 mAh350 mAh
Controls YesYes
CodecsaptX HD/apt-X/AAC/SBC aptX HD/apt-X/AAC/SBC
Battery Life12 hrsUp to 12 hrs
Audio Input3.5 mm jack3.5 mm jack

Design

Sennheiser RS ​​5200- As you can see, the headphones hang with the pads in the ear, and the headband runs under the chin. It, therefore, does not press on an existing pair of glasses. It is a unique headphone that you buy because of its functions. The wearing comfort cannot be compared to regular headphones, and it is difficult to describe if you have not worn such a model before. 

According to my scales, the weight is around 64 grams, making the headphones extremely light. The processing is in the usual Sennheiser quality. The charging station and headphones look modern and chic. Everything seems solidly processed. The service is also kept simple, benefiting the customers, who are probably older.

There are 4 cushions of different sizes and made of other materials.

  • A pair of simple, larger silicone pads are already mounted.
  • Another smaller pair of silicone pads are included.
  • Then we have a pair of memory foam pads. This is such a soft foam that it is easy to knead and adjust. These cushions shield against ambient noise better. They enable better sealing.
  • The last pair of pads are open, airy foam.

Sennheiser RS ​​5000- The Sennheiser RS ​​weighs around 61 grams and is therefore very light. The wireless headphones have a unique design in which there is no headband. Instead, it is worn under the chin, and the wires come from below. The advantage of this design is a low weight, and there is also a significant advantage for people who wear glasses. Due to the design, the headphones do not press on the side of the glasses.

The rubber horns go in the ear but don’t go down the ear canal as an in-ear headphone would.

A separate pair of ear pads are included with the wireless headphones. These have a different shape (for smaller ears) and can be changed very easily. The current pads can simply be pulled off, and the new pads are then pushed onto the plastic knobs. The cushions can be detached so quickly is very practical, as they can be cleaned more easily.

Using the headphones is very easy because you take them out of the charging cradle, put them on, and then switch them on automatically. When it is no longer needed, it can be placed in the charging cradle, and it will then automatically switch off and charge itself a simple solution. The headphones are always worn with the volume control buttons facing forward.

Sound

Sennheiser RS ​​5200- There are three hearing profiles for these headphones aimed at people with hearing problems. Keep that in mind with what I’m about to say.

  1. The first mode makes everything sound duller or takes out the highs and boosts the lows.
  2. On the other hand, the second mode massively reduces the bass and boosts the treble. Feels the opposite of mode 1.
  3. The third mode is a blend, attenuating lows not to mask highs.

The speech intelligibility mode, which is activated via the switch on the side of the headphones, reduces background noise and emphasizes the voice. I tried this with a video, among other things, where soft music was playing in the background. This was filtered out quite well and could only be heard minimally in parts. So this feature makes voices stand out more clearly from background noise.

Since we already know that these headphones are aimed at the hard of hearing and people with hearing impairments, it makes sense. The highs aren’t so loud, and the firm is also tailored to the target group. As a rule, hearing impairment means that you can no longer hear well in the higher frequencies anyway.

Sennheiser RS ​​5000- This is important for people who have hearing problems or who can no longer perceive specific frequency ranges so well. To select a hearing profile, the button with the ear symbol on the top of the charging cradle must be pressed until the white bar above one of the numbers lights up. If the bar next to number 1 lights up, profile 1 is active. If we press and hold the button again, profile 2 is activated. If we repeat this for the third time, we activate profile 3. If we press and hold the button when profile three is active, then the bar goes out and no bar is lit anymore. This means that no hearing profile is activated and the sound is played back unaltered. 

A compression function is also activated in all three hearing profiles, ensuring that quiet passages are raised, and loud passages are lowered.

Now we come to the question of what the hearing profiles do. Above, you can see the excellent graphic from the instructions, showing which profile adapts which frequency ranges and how. 

  1. Profile 1 boosts low tones.
  2. Profile 2 enables high tones, making the sound clearer.
  3. Profile 3 softens low-end sounds.

The best way to test which profile is suitable for the hearing person is follows. The broadcasting station is connected to the television, and then a program is selected where language is in the foreground. Now you try the three profiles and use the profile where the comprehensibility is best. 

The wireless headphones also have a balance control. If we press the R key several times, the sound on the left becomes quieter and quieter. If we press the L key several times, the sound on the right becomes quieter and quieter. If you want to reset the balance, the R and L buttons must be pressed and held simultaneously for 3 seconds.

Conclusion!

  • Hearing profiles are the same
  • Both models had 4 power supply adapters
  • The connections are the same.
  • I can’t say if the drivers are the same.
  • Visually, the station and headphones are also the same.
  • What’s new is the different upholstery!
  • A splitter cable for cinch is included.
  • Both 12 hours of playtime
  • The technical data seems identical so far.

The RS 5000 and the 5200 are the successors, which resemble the 5000. The most noticeable innovations here are the upholstery and the cinch split cable. The technical data correspond to the Sennheiser RS ​​5000. 

The hearing profiles are also the same, as we can see from the curves. 

The price is $250, but the RS 5200 is not a mass model developed for a smaller target group. For people with hearing impairments and hearing problems. The RS 5200 model offers some rare fixes: balance control, hearing intelligibility, high volume, simple operation, and three hearing profiles. You will not find such functions in normal headphones.

As always, Sennheiser has excellent instructions, and there are also “HowTo Videos” via QR code. The complete instructions are also available online as a website or PDF.

Anyone who knows the RS5000 will have no trouble getting along with the RS5200 because the two models are similar. 

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Beats Studio Buds vs Amazfit PowerBuds: Which is Better Wireless Earbuds

Apple acquired Beats many years ago and has continued to offer headphones under the brand ever since. One of the other initially assumed that Beats would be merged into Apple, but that didn’t happen. Apple continues to have the AirPods line alongside the Beats headphones. The AirPods line is usually best served; there are a few scenarios where we prefer Beats. 

Huami is the company’s name that is responsible for many sporty gadgets and wearables. The product range of wearables (all electronics worn on the body) runs under the brand name Amazfit. These wearables also include the tested Amazfit PowerBuds. As the name suggests, Huami mainly targets athletes and fitness lovers with this range. 

In the comparision, you can find out whether the Beats Studio Buds can prevail against the Amazfit PowerBuds.

Pros and Cons

Beats Studio BudsAmazfit PowerBuds
Compact, comfortable designAffordable
high-quality soundDecent bass
Solid ANC for the moneyIP55 certification
Bluetooth 5.2 supportConfusing app
No wireless chargingNo volume control
No in-ear detection sensorInaccurate heart-rate reading

Specification

Beats Studio BudsAmazfit PowerBuds
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ModelStudio BudsPowerBuds
BrandBeatsAmazfit
ReleasedJune 14, 2021June 16, 2020
Dimension2.83 x 2.01 x 1 mm7.09 x 8.66 x 4.33 inches
Weight 5 g (each)6 g (each)
Earpiece ConnectionWirelessWireless
TypeIn-EarIn-Ear
FoldableNoNo
Frequency Response20 – 20,000 Hz20 Hz to 20 kHz
ColoursBlack, White, Red, UnionDynamic Black, Yellow, White
Driver Dynamic9 mm
ANCYesNo
Impedance 16 Ohms16 Ohms
Controls YesYes
Battery Capacity340 mAh450 mAh
Battery Life8 hrs16 hrs
Bluetooth Ver5.2 v 5.0 v
Sound CodecsAAC, SBC AAC, SBC

Design

The Beats Studio Buds, like the AirPods, come to the customer in an egg-shaped case, a few interchangeable tips of different sizes, a USB-C cable for charging, and some paperwork (also 3 months of Apple Music) are included. Here is the first “outcry.” In contrast to the PowerBeats, the Beats Studio Buds now use USB-C instead of Lightning. Here it becomes clear that you are not just targeting Apple users.

In addition, the Buds do not have an Apple H1 chip and are therefore not intended for seamless switching between Apple devices or spatial audio. Of course, you rely on Bluetooth, and without the chip, you are a little more universal. What is also missing is wireless charging. Of course, it’s easier to put the case down somewhere and charge it. But plugging in a cable has never cost anyone too much energy.

Like any other wireless headphone model, the Beats Studio Buds sit in the case magnetically held there. The case itself has the usual LED that informs you about the status of the battery and the pairing. If the LED flashes, the case is in pairing mode. If it is red, the headphones are charging.

If you want to pair the buds with a device other than the previous one, press the button in the case and hold it until the LED starts flashing, as mentioned. The buds themselves are IPX4 certified, have active noise cancellation and a transparency mode. So you wedge yourself with the AirPods Pro.

Huami follows a different direction than, for example, Soundcore. It should be small and chic. More like normal earbuds but still useful for a lot of movement. Therefore, the charging case and earbuds are also much smaller than the competition. The single earbud is 22mm long, 22mm wide, and 22mm thick.

The structure consists of two parts. An outer body with a touch surface and a magnet and an inner body that houses the battery and the speaker. The magnet is not responsible for holding it in the charging case but for being able to attach ear hooks as well. That’s right; these hooks are only held in place with a magnet.

Everything about the Amazfit PowerBuds is made of matte plastic. The inner body is additionally covered with soft rubber. The touch field is marked with a red dot pattern on the outside of the headphones. As a special feature, a proximity sensor is used on both headphones. The red sections and the 5 mm speaker output set lovely accents.

But the main focus is definitely on the PPG heart rate monitor on the right earbud. In combination with the Amazfit app, you save on the fitness band. Sure, you still have to have your smartphone with you, but still.

The charging box doesn’t look quite as extravagant. It is quite small at 6.5 x 4.2 x 3.3 cm (L x W x H) . In addition to a modern USB Type-C connection on the back, you also get a single white charging status LED on the front. A single LED has never been a good idea as it gives a kind of binary statement about the charge level, and that’s a bit small. By the way, the earbuds completely do without a status LED. Huami equips the Amazfit Powerbuds with an IP55 certificate.

In terms of build quality, the Amazfit PowerBuds are high. Perhaps also because many bells and whistles and gap dimensions have been avoided, the logo on the lid should have been a bit more present; otherwise, the choice of colors could be more comprehensive.

Comfort 

Beats Studio Buds- The earbuds sit snugly in the ears and do not fall out during activity. Ergonomics and adjustable ear cushions provide a secure fit.

The fact that they are more compact and lighter is clear, another plus for the Bits karma for matte velvet plastic; it is pleasant to the touch. The Beats Studio Buds fit well enough, much better than the AirPods Pro or second generation. But some colleagues did not fit any of the silicones. What is the conclusion – headphones should always be tried on before buying. Everyone’s ears and the concept of “comfortable fit” is very individual.

Amazfit prides itself on being designed for athletes without compromise. The Soundcore Spirit X2 recently showed us what this looks like.

The PowerBuds take a visually somewhat more discreet direction but still want to be prepared for all eventualities. The design works beautifully even without the hooks. It is up to you whether you “stick” them to the earbuds with a magnet. Because even if you don’t expect it, the magnetic hooks increase the hold. Attaching and putting on the Amazfit PowerBuds with hooks is a bit fiddly, but you should probably use them for more extreme sports.

The earbuds ( 5.2 g ) are only comfortable once you have found the right attachments. The included plugs already seal very well; with attachments made of memory molded foam, you can quickly improve the earbuds in every position. Unfortunately, the plugs for the charging station are too big on average.

Sound

Once in the ear, the Beats Studio Buds produce a decent sound supported by good passive noise cancellation in the tips. What I don’t really like is the active noise cancellation. That leaves quite a bit of the constant noise that the AirPods Pro quickly picks out of your ears. Better than nothing, of course, but I don’t think it’s perfect.

The sound of the Beats Studio Buds, on the other hand, is again at an excellent level. Unlike many Beats models of the past, the Studio Buds don’t have as much bass leaning instead of having a more neutral profile. In my opinion, the mids could be a bit more present. Details are there, but the mid-range frequencies are somewhat neglected in contrast to the good treble and bass. You can sometimes hear it pretty well if you take film music to your chest. The instruments are well separated and not distorted even at high volumes.

A few words about the microphone quality: Your voice is properly transported to your counterpart through the built-in microphones. However, the whole thing is not at the level of the AirPods either, as my meeting participants were able to confirm.

Despite the missing and higher-resolution codec, the headphones are fully convincing. Huami has focused on proper components and clean coordination. In addition, the right people were probably at work.

Highs are clear; the details are diverse and are not swallowed up. Bass booms properly without becoming sloppy. Kick passes come precisely when you expect them and the mids can be distinguished from the individual sound levels just as beautifully and clearly as the highs from the lows.

The tuning is not particularly emphasized for particular areas, if at all, then there is only a slight bass emphasis, which fits nicely into the overall picture, despite the sport focus. 

If you need more, switch on the “ Motion Beat Mode ” in the app. This should use an algorithm to recognize and reinforce the driving elements in a song, which spurs you on even more. 

The effect only becomes noticeable at higher volumes and is only activated when you select a sport mode in the app and start a session. The tuning becomes much more bass-emphasizing. The bass really smashes along, but the rest of the sound is heavily distorted.

Battery 

The battery life of Beats Studio Buds did not please me too much, but it did not disappoint either. The Beats Studio Buds, last 8 hours on a single charge, making them a great headset considering the quality microphone and noise cancellation. The Beats Studio Buds charging case lasts 24 hours, which is standard for TWS headphones.

The Beats Studio Buds take about two hours to charge with the case. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging, the device charges via USB-C.

Amazfit PowerBuds- The charging station comes up with 450 mAh. The website advertises 3 charges, giving 24 hours of non-stop sonication. Which, of course, doesn’t quite work since you still have to charge the earbuds. But the 3 charges are possible, but not much more.

The earbuds are ready again faster when you activate the charging station. 15 minutes in the station allows up to 3 hours of playback. When listening to music at 50% with the heart rate monitor disabled. Unfortunately, inductive charging did not make it into the Amazfit PowerBuds station.

Conclusion!

Beats join a hard-fought market and, 150 USD is also too expensive. If you shoot the things for 100-120 USD, you can take a look. Otherwise, we recommend Apple users save a little more money and buy the AirPods Pro in one deal. All other users (including Apple users, of course) can also squint in the direction of the Jabra Elite 85t, the Soundcore series, or alternatives from Sennheiser and Co.

The Amazfit PowerBuds, Huami delivers a couple of decent true wireless earbuds that can hold their own against many competitors. Overall, the Amazfit PowerBuds get an excellent buy recommendation. Still, they are not an excellent value for the money, especially since the strong competition with the massive Soundcore Spirit X2 is not far away.

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