Reviewing the new SoundPeats A2 Hybrid TrueWireless Earbuds.

Do SoundsPeats brand new addition to the wireless earbuds market stand out and make a case for a “true” budget option?

I haven’t been surprised at the speed of the SoundPeats brand growth, since panic buying my first pair of SoundPeats TrueWireless earbuds at the beginning of March 2019. I’d been very impressed at not only the sound quality of the buds, but the presentation and packaging is something that most budget brands usually neglect. SoundPeats clearly ensured that the design budget remained healthy. Thankfully, this previously successful model has not changed and SoundPeats have yet again produced a very considerable option to the True Wireless bluetooth earbuds market.

Inside of a very well presented box, you get warranty paperwork (24months worth of warranty), a USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 to provide power to the charging case, the charging case with the two wireless earbuds inside & a few different earbud sizes to ensure that you are comfortable with true earbud seal and to provide that secure hold to make sure that the buds do not fall out. Rule #1 when using any truewireless buds is to make sure that the seal is as good as possible to make sure that the sound does not “escape”. I can’t obviously speak for everyone but the provided replacement buds certainly did the trick for me. 

Bluetooth pairing was very easy – take both buds out of the box and scan for the device on your phone. Done. The well built charging case shows you the remaining charge via the three clear LED’s on the front of the product case. Strangely, SoundPeats claim 30hrs playtime via their website but only 25hrs are shown on the box – either should ensure that you’re good to go whether using the buds to provide the soundtrack to your lockdown walk or helping meet your exercise goals. SoundPeats promise a quicker 10hr charge when using a USB 3.0 to 3.0 charge, this brings the charge time down to 10hrs. The case and buds both take 2hours to fully charge. The buds also feature a IPX6 waterproof rating, so no need to worry about getting caught out in the rain. 

The earbud touch system does take a little bit of getting used to, but with experimentation and little bit of patience, you’ll learn how to flick through the earbud modes – the product manual takes you through all of the controls, but the most anticipated feature for me was the Active Noise Cancelling which I’d rate at 8/10. The feature most certainly makes a difference to filtering out background noise but some louder noises do creep through. Music quality is always the bread and butter for all headphones/earbuds etc and SoundPeats do provide a good quality of sound for a sub £60 price. 

The buds do link to a SoundPeats app which you can control on your Smartphone, but testing the iOS version proved to be disappointing. You can’t proceed without registering for an account but the verification email never came through. I will update this post when testing again, but for now I can only go by the feedback from friends who have also tested this product and the general concensus is that the app “needs some work”.

In Conclusion, SoundPeats have yet again provided a good quality product for a very affordable price. The build of the product is top notch, product is easy enough to use once you’d had a chance to get used to the earbud touch system and the sound quality is very good. You have to consider the price here, these cost a lot less than any leading brand but the SoundPeats T2 TrueWireless earbuds definitely have a crack at attempting to challenge the big boys. Amazon do provide discount codes for these from time to time – so I would put these buds in the category for best truewireless buds available for less than £50.

As these have been so impressive, I will be reviewing these against my Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch wireless earbuds as a quick comparison in the next few weeks.

Score: 8/10.

3 things I like about the product are:

1) Professional styling and packaging

2) Good sound quality 

3) ANC feature works well

3 things that could be improved are:

1) Would be great if the smartphone app was easier to set up.

2) Touch controls could be a little bit more responsive.

3) *No third negative thus far!*

You can buy the SoundPEATS T2 Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Wireless Earbuds by following the link below:

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Doqaus Care 1 -a budget buy must?

We spotted the Doqaus Care 1 headphones on Amazon with generally positive reviews. With the cost of the headphones being set at sub £40, are these a worthy budget buy?

As lockdown has increased the need of a variety of in and outdoor keep-fit activities, the need for fitness tech has also rise . Having movement & heart rate stats is almost essential but having an uplifting soundtrack to keep you going is almost as important. 

Doqaus present their headphones with a USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 charging cable, a protective storage pouch, a 3.5mm to 3.5mm AUX cable and a user manual. The weight and general quality of the headphones is actually quite impressive considering the price. They can fold away very nicely for storage and the over ear cushions feel soft and flexible – the stitching seems secure so the cushion shouldn’t start to come away any time soon. The general build and feel of the headphones is impressive. 

The Bluetooth 5.0 connection and microphone both connected very well during our testing, but as with any sound tech test, we’re especially interested in the sound quality, noise cancelling and the 3 EQ modes. 

Straight away we noticed that the noise cancelling is disappointing over all three EQ modes and over a variety of different music genres. The “heavy bass” mode EQ is too powerful and massively affects the quality of the track. The first and second EQ’s are fine, with the first being a Normal “Local” mode and second being an “Equilibrium” mode that increases treble. We’re not sure about these EQ’s and they could have done with some further refinement. 

The 3 Pros:

  • Decent, solid headphones for less than £40 – reduced further by Amazon vouchers/offers.
  • Doqaus claim over 52 hours playtime.
  • Reliable Bluetooth 5.0 connection and clear microphone when making or receiving calls. 

The 3 Cons:

  • Disappointing EQ Modes
  • Poor noise cancelling
  • Buttons on the side feel a little bit cheap/flimsy, which lets down the all round feel of the product.

One extra special thing that stood out for me was: Build Quality. Solid headphones and well made for the price. 

Score out of 10: 6/10. As mentioned, the build quality is very good but the main thing about a great pair of headphones is the audio quality. The EQ modes and poor noise cancelling bring the score of these headphones down to a 6. Would we take them out on a run or walk? We would, but with the vast amount of budget electronics competitors around, other options may be better placed as a budget headphone choice. 

 You can buy the Doqaus Care 1 headphones by following the link below:

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