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Posted 25th MayEdited by:"reg66"

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Now I have only just ordered these so can't comment on the actual build or sound quality. But, these are £49.99 on Amazon at the moment with great reviews. The description on Aliexpress says no voice command but I've read on Amazon that they do have siri/google assist by tapping the button 3x, it seems that such services aren't available just by speaking initially. Ratings on Aliexpress are excellent too, if you don't mind the wait.

I've been reading and watching tons of reviews about various buds over the last few days! I've also ordered a set of SoundPEATS Q42's, which look identical, but have apparently got some connection problems with Apple devices (there is a YouTube vid review of these ones, too). I'm yet to read really anything negative about these.

Dual Dynamic drivers for the money seems great, one for deep bass and one for mids/highs. I won't be surprised if this goes stone cold as they cost a fair bit more than the £11-14 ones often seen here. But I'm hoping they'll live up to the reviews! Seems a lot of build quality for the money

Model: SYLLABLE S101 Earphones

  • Frequency Response Range:
    20-20000Hz

  • Resistance:
    32Ω

  • Sensitivity:
    110±5dB
Colour: Black


Chip: QCC3020 chip
Bluetooth Version: BT V5.0
Voice Command: No
Operate Range: 10m
headset Battery Capacity: 50mAh
Charger case battery capacity: 500mah
Charge Time: about 1.5hours
Music Time: about 10 hours(70% Volume)
Applicable products: Mobile Phones, Pad and PC
Package Contents:
1* SYLLABLE S101 Earphones
1* USB Cable
4* extra EarBuds
1* User Guide


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here's the link to the amazon ones if you'd like to read the reviews
Voted hot OP. for £27 you cannot go wrong.

But Amazon reviews are suspicious, looks like paid reviews (bought by customers and refunded by the seller after review)
I think alot of these are coming up at this price. Personally If I can find foam tips for them it's a No from me
Yeah, deffo gotta have some Comply tips or at least the cheaper foam tips from ebay.
I have owned a lot of similar items (I lose things): my issue is always the battery life. Some say its 12 hours or so but what they mean is that a second battery is in the base unit and it recharges from that. I don't want to recharge: I just want to listen!!! My rule of thumb is whatever duration is quoted just half it. (bit deaf too so maybe I use a lot of power).
The spec says the base battery is 500mah and the buds battery is 50 mah. It also says it will last for 10 hours ( which presumably refers to the 500mah charge). So in reality it is listed to last for one tenth of ten hours at 70% volume. So it is listed to last ONE hour and applying my normal rule this will actually last 30 minutes at a decent volume. If I am wrong please tell me as I need to buy more ( for when I lose my existing set)
Chris060925/05/2019 09:34

The spec says the base battery is 500mah and the buds battery is 50 mah. …The spec says the base battery is 500mah and the buds battery is 50 mah. It also says it will last for 10 hours ( which presumably refers to the 500mah charge). So in reality it is listed to last for one tenth of ten hours at 70% volume. So it is listed to last ONE hour and applying my normal rule this will actually last 30 minutes at a decent volume. If I am wrong please tell me as I need to buy more ( for when I lose my existing set)


I think they'll last more than an hour, I'm hoping for around 2.5. Will have to see when they arrive!
Here's a YouTube review of the soundPEATS Q42 - which look identical. Have asked him what the runtime is, will update if/when he gets back. EDIT: The identical looking soundPEATS Q42 last about 3 hours at full volume
Edited by: "reg66" 25th May
reg6625/05/2019 10:13

I think they'll last more than an hour, I'm hoping for around 2.5. Will …I think they'll last more than an hour, I'm hoping for around 2.5. Will have to see when they arrive!Here's a YouTube review of the soundPEATS Q42 - which look identical. Have asked him what the runtime is, will update if/when he gets back


Most earbud designs , even the crap ones will give around 1.5/2 hours, with decent ones giving up to 3.5/4 hours.
Price difference between the 2 is around a tenner!.
Check out the qcy buds, try geekbuying from China. I've got a pair of qcy T1 pro Vogue .
They are blowing my mind for convenience , value and seriously amazing sound. I haven't touched my zs ks6 with aptx(my previous value king) since I've got these, and these don't even have aptx, rather are bt5 with SBC and aac codecs. But they just sound great.
I'm normally a wired headphone with external dac/amp type, but qcy is great for £25 and has good battery life.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 25th May
polarbaba25/05/2019 11:07

Most earbud designs , even the crap ones will give around 1.5/2 hours, …Most earbud designs , even the crap ones will give around 1.5/2 hours, with decent ones giving up to 3.5/4 hours.Price difference between the 2 is around a tenner!.Check out the qcy buds, try geekbuying from China. I've got a pair of qcy T1 pro Vogue .They are blowing my mind for convenience , value and seriously amazing sound. I haven't touched my zs ks6 with aptx(my previous value king) since I've got these, and these don't even have aptx, rather are bt5 with SBC and aac codecs. But they just sound great.I'm normally a wired headphone with external dac/amp type, but qcy is great for £25 and has good battery life.


Exactly. The Redmi Airdots are also very good....I prefer them to the QCY ones because they are slightly smaller. I'm being picky though as both work great. The QCYs were just over £11 on a deal yesterday and that's great value.
polarbaba25/05/2019 11:07

Most earbud designs , even the crap ones will give around 1.5/2 hours, …Most earbud designs , even the crap ones will give around 1.5/2 hours, with decent ones giving up to 3.5/4 hours.Price difference between the 2 is around a tenner!.Check out the qcy buds, try geekbuying from China. I've got a pair of qcy T1 pro Vogue .They are blowing my mind for convenience , value and seriously amazing sound. I haven't touched my zs ks6 with aptx(my previous value king) since I've got these, and these don't even have aptx, rather are bt5 with SBC and aac codecs. But they just sound great.I'm normally a wired headphone with external dac/amp type, but qcy is great for £25 and has good battery life.



Have just ordered the Vogue also!! Might do a YouTube comparison!
reg6625/05/2019 12:00

Have just ordered the Vogue also!! Might do a YouTube comparison!


Sounds great, pun intended
Let us know when you do that, you've got a view here!.
reg6625/05/2019 10:13

I think they'll last more than an hour, I'm hoping for around 2.5. Will …I think they'll last more than an hour, I'm hoping for around 2.5. Will have to see when they arrive!Here's a YouTube review of the soundPEATS Q42 - which look identical. Have asked him what the runtime is, will update if/when he gets back. EDIT: The identical looking soundPEATS Q42 last about 3 hours at full volume


Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last 2.5 hours
Chris060926/05/2019 09:04

Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last …Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last 2.5 hours


Will do!
Chris060926/05/2019 09:04

Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last …Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last 2.5 hours



Just read one of the Amazon reviews that says the batteries last a few hours, also, the price has dropped to £34. See 1st post for link. I'd have rather paid the extra £'s for prime delivery and Amazon returns, but never mind!!

EDIT: I've requested to cancel my Aliexpress order and bought the prime ones. Will report back soon!
Edited by: "reg66" 26th May
Chris060925/05/2019 09:34

The spec says the base battery is 500mah and the buds battery is 50 mah. …The spec says the base battery is 500mah and the buds battery is 50 mah. It also says it will last for 10 hours ( which presumably refers to the 500mah charge). So in reality it is listed to last for one tenth of ten hours at 70% volume. So it is listed to last ONE hour and applying my normal rule this will actually last 30 minutes at a decent volume. If I am wrong please tell me as I need to buy more ( for when I lose my existing set)



Hmm, just been reading the Amazon specs, it says the 500mAh can recharge the buds 4x, so the battery in the buds may be bigger than advertised on Aliexpress. Not sure. Have ordered Amazon prime ones so will report back soon.

EDIT: Actually, thinking about it, it's 50mA per earbud - which equals 100mA and a bit of charge loss - so yeah, 4x charge sounds about right. Anyway, they're arriving today so will report back soon!
Edited by: "reg66" 27th May
Chris060926/05/2019 09:04

Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last …Please let us know if it is in the next week or two: I do hope they last 2.5 hours



So, here we go! I cancelled my order from Aliexpress and paid the extra bit from Amazon for peace of mind if anything goes wrong, plus next day delivery! I also ordered the SoundPEATS Q42 Truengine, which also arrived today.
Basically I set them both going at full volume with a small playlist on repeat. The SoundPEATS lasted about 3 hours. BUT, the identical looking Syllable S101's lasted 6 HOURS!!!

The low down;
Having read up about them, the Q42's use SBC codecs with an AB1526P chipset.

The S101's use newer aptx codecs (HD audio with better power consumption) with a presumably newer QCC3020 chipset. More energy efficient, it would seem.

I believe the Q42's started being manufactured last year, so with that in mind, it's possible there's some degradation to batteries having sat unused for a while.

The S101's, I believe, are manufactured from this year. It seems true indeed, that with one charge they could squeeze 10 hours at lower volume. Assuming the number of recharges is correct (4x minimum for both buds), then you're looking at 10+40=50hours total at low vol. Seems crazy to me, usage over time will tell if this is anywhere near true. Knowing me, I've probably done the math wrong!

Another surprising thing; the longer lasting S101's are actually about 5-7% louder, at a guess. The Q42's sound a little, and I mean a little, less muddy. There's more of an airy clarity if that makes sense! I'm no audiophile, but I do like a fair sound. for years I've had a set of UE Triple Fi 10's, now they're quality, perhaps not to some with £'s to burn, but to me they are. Both sets handle bass very well and are good and punchy, maybe even a little too bassy on the S101's. I've never been one to use equalizers/sound enhancers etc, I like it flat as it was recorded. But, I was a little jealous of the slightly better sound of the Q42's, had they been slightly louder they might have won. So, being rooted, I tried Viper4Android FX which includes drivers and has a ton of settings. The only thing I changed, though, was to add a little 'Clarity' up a couple of notches. That made the sound more balanced and I was a happy bunny.

The S101's are now the winner (especially for battery life), although, I have found disabling aptx and actually gives a more natural sound - along with the clarity setting mentioned. However, it might not be a massively complex track, but there's lots various mids in Band Of Horses 'Factory', and they struggled a bit at high volume. Lowering the volume helped a smidge, but they just sounded a little messy, whereas the Q42's at max volume handled the sound ok. I say 'ok' because at the end of the day, these do cost £27 or a bit more for the Q42's, they're never gonna be amazing! Highs and lows are clear and present on both, although, like I say the S101's did require some tweaking.

Here's the playlist left on repeat to kind of test some apsects!
sos -- under neon lights -- factory -- ayla -- hallelujah -- tonight -- L'inverno allegro non molto -- set fire to the rain -- whitney -- crystalize -- money for nowt!

Bottom line, well chuffed for a £27 set of buds (although I paid more for fast delivery from Amazon). It's really refreshing to be able to stroll around and not have the wires snagged, or pull your phone off the work surface etc. or hear the wire in the iem's etc brushing up against your clothes. Oh, and the tracks were a mix of some FLAC and some MP3. Also, other than these two sets, I've not got any others to know if the calibre is good for this price point. I've got another couple of sets on their way, if you wanted to wait until I compare those...


Anyway, hope that helps.
Edited by: "reg66" 27th May
reg6627/05/2019 22:33

So, here we go! I cancelled my order from Aliexpress and paid the extra …So, here we go! I cancelled my order from Aliexpress and paid the extra bit from Amazon for peace of mind if anything goes wrong, plus next day delivery! I also ordered the SoundPEATS Q42 Truengine, which also arrived today.Basically I set them both going at full volume with a small playlist on repeat. The SoundPEATS lasted about 3 hours. BUT, the identical looking Syllable S101's lasted 6 HOURS!!!The low down;Having read up about them, the Q42's use SBC codecs with an AB1526P chipset.The S101's use newer aptx codecs (HD audio with better power consumption) with a presumably newer QCC3020 chipset. More energy efficient, it would seem.I believe the Q42's started being manufactured last year, so with that in mind, it's possible there's some degradation to batteries having sat unused for a while.The S101's, I believe, are manufactured from this year. It seems true indeed, that with one charge they could squeeze 10 hours at lower volume. Assuming the number of recharges is correct (4x minimum for both buds), then you're looking at 10+40=50hours total at low vol. Seems crazy to me, usage over time will tell if this is anywhere near true. Knowing me, I've probably done the math wrong!Another surprising thing; the longer lasting S101's are actually about 5-7% louder, at a guess. The Q42's sound a little, and I mean a little, less muddy. There's more of an airy clarity if that makes sense! I'm no audiophile, but I do like a fair sound. for years I've had a set of UE Triple Fi 10's, now they're quality, perhaps not to some with £'s to burn, but to me they are. Both sets handle bass very well and are good and punchy, maybe even a little too bassy on the S101's. I've never been one to use equalizers/sound enhancers etc, I like it flat as it was recorded. But, I was a little jealous of the slightly better sound of the Q42's, had they been slightly louder they might have won. So, being rooted, I tried Viper4Android FX which includes drivers and has a ton of settings. The only thing I changed, though, was to add a little 'Clarity' up a couple of notches. That made the sound more balanced and I was a happy bunny. The S101's are now the winner (especially for battery life), although, I have found disabling aptx and actually gives a more natural sound - along with the clarity setting mentioned. However, it might not be a massively complex track, but there's lots various mids in Band Of Horses 'Factory', and they struggled a bit at high volume. Lowering the volume helped a smidge, but they just sounded a little messy, whereas the Q42's at max volume handled the sound ok. I say 'ok' because at the end of the day, these do cost £27 or a bit more for the Q42's, they're never gonna be amazing! Highs and lows are clear and present on both, although, like I say the S101's did require some tweaking.Here's the playlist left on repeat to kind of test some apsects! sos -- under neon lights -- factory -- ayla -- hallelujah -- tonight -- L'inverno allegro non molto -- set fire to the rain -- whitney -- crystalize -- money for nowt!Bottom line, well chuffed for a £27 set of buds (although I paid more for fast delivery from Amazon). It's really refreshing to be able to stroll around and not have the wires snagged, or pull your phone off the work surface etc. or hear the wire in the iem's etc brushing up against your clothes. Oh, and the tracks were a mix of some FLAC and some MP3. Also, other than these two sets, I've not got any others to know if the calibre is good for this price point. I've got another couple of sets on their way, if you wanted to wait until I compare those...Anyway, hope that helps.


SBC isn't bad, it's just the way it encodes , with aptx it will encode bands of frequencies together so that the whole audio spectrum gets a decent go. SBC just encodes the whole shebang, so for lower bitrates it's a bit crap or worse. At very high bitrates there shouldn't be any difference between aptx and SBC. Unfortunately that's not what happens in reality which is why aptx generally tends to produce a better sound overall. However there are psychological preferences and also differences in peoples audio biology, hence why we all prefer and hear something different.
Aptx sounds amazing to me, but you found you prefer SBC, which is of course correct for both of us.
Also thank you for the information, I didn't know there were any aptx wireless earbuds and also dual drivers!.
Something to look out for!, Cheers.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 27th May
polarbaba27/05/2019 23:47

SBC isn't bad, it's just the way it encodes , with aptx it will encode …SBC isn't bad, it's just the way it encodes , with aptx it will encode bands of frequencies together so that the whole audio spectrum gets a decent go. SBC just encodes the whole shebang, so for lower bitrates it's a bit crap or worse. At very high bitrates there shouldn't be any difference between aptx and SBC. Unfortunately that's not what happens in reality which is why aptx generally tends to produce a better sound overall. However there are psychological preferences and also differences in peoples audio biology, hence why we all prefer and hear something different.Aptx sounds amazing to me, but you found you prefer SBC, which is of course correct for both of us.Also thank you for the information, I didn't know there were any aptx wireless earbuds and also dual drivers!. Something to look out for!, Cheers.


Yep, I have aptx and prefer it on my main dali zensor ax, with bk sub. Sounds great to me, but I like a very clinical, clean sound of the class d amp. Plenty, if not most would prefer an analogue sound. Cheers for the info tho. Very informative
Thanks for the review OP. I've got £10 from Amazon from installing their app so can pick this up for £25
Being able to leave these plugged in your ears for the entire working day is the selling point for me.
polarbaba27/05/2019 23:47

SBC isn't bad, it's just the way it encodes , with aptx it will encode …SBC isn't bad, it's just the way it encodes , with aptx it will encode bands of frequencies together so that the whole audio spectrum gets a decent go. SBC just encodes the whole shebang, so for lower bitrates it's a bit crap or worse. At very high bitrates there shouldn't be any difference between aptx and SBC. Unfortunately that's not what happens in reality which is why aptx generally tends to produce a better sound overall. However there are psychological preferences and also differences in peoples audio biology, hence why we all prefer and hear something different.Aptx sounds amazing to me, but you found you prefer SBC, which is of course correct for both of us.Also thank you for the information, I didn't know there were any aptx wireless earbuds and also dual drivers!. Something to look out for!, Cheers.



Ah ha! I've found the issue, Viper4Android kept disabling as I toggled aptx on and off. Seems V4A doesn't sometimes play nice with aptx enabled. Have been tinkering and V4A now works with both aptx and SBC. So yep,the missing clarity is now there with aptx too
Edited by: "reg66" 28th May
reg6628/05/2019 13:25

Ah ha! I've found the issue, Viper4Android kept disabling as I toggled …Ah ha! I've found the issue, Viper4Android kept disabling as I toggled aptx on and off. Seems V4A doesn't sometimes play nice with aptx enabled. Have been tinkering and V4A now works with both aptx and SBC. So yep,the missing clarity is now there with aptx too


I didn't think the aptx could sound worse, only better, but you know preferences and all that!.
reg6627/05/2019 22:33

So, here we go! I cancelled my order from Aliexpress and paid the extra …So, here we go! I cancelled my order from Aliexpress and paid the extra bit from Amazon for peace of mind if anything goes wrong, plus next day delivery! I also ordered the SoundPEATS Q42 Truengine, which also arrived today.Basically I set them both going at full volume with a small playlist on repeat. The SoundPEATS lasted about 3 hours. BUT, the identical looking Syllable S101's lasted 6 HOURS!!!The low down;Having read up about them, the Q42's use SBC codecs with an AB1526P chipset.The S101's use newer aptx codecs (HD audio with better power consumption) with a presumably newer QCC3020 chipset. More energy efficient, it would seem.I believe the Q42's started being manufactured last year, so with that in mind, it's possible there's some degradation to batteries having sat unused for a while.The S101's, I believe, are manufactured from this year. It seems true indeed, that with one charge they could squeeze 10 hours at lower volume. Assuming the number of recharges is correct (4x minimum for both buds), then you're looking at 10+40=50hours total at low vol. Seems crazy to me, usage over time will tell if this is anywhere near true. Knowing me, I've probably done the math wrong!Another surprising thing; the longer lasting S101's are actually about 5-7% louder, at a guess. The Q42's sound a little, and I mean a little, less muddy. There's more of an airy clarity if that makes sense! I'm no audiophile, but I do like a fair sound. for years I've had a set of UE Triple Fi 10's, now they're quality, perhaps not to some with £'s to burn, but to me they are. Both sets handle bass very well and are good and punchy, maybe even a little too bassy on the S101's. I've never been one to use equalizers/sound enhancers etc, I like it flat as it was recorded. But, I was a little jealous of the slightly better sound of the Q42's, had they been slightly louder they might have won. So, being rooted, I tried Viper4Android FX which includes drivers and has a ton of settings. The only thing I changed, though, was to add a little 'Clarity' up a couple of notches. That made the sound more balanced and I was a happy bunny. The S101's are now the winner (especially for battery life), although, I have found disabling aptx and actually gives a more natural sound - along with the clarity setting mentioned. However, it might not be a massively complex track, but there's lots various mids in Band Of Horses 'Factory', and they struggled a bit at high volume. Lowering the volume helped a smidge, but they just sounded a little messy, whereas the Q42's at max volume handled the sound ok. I say 'ok' because at the end of the day, these do cost £27 or a bit more for the Q42's, they're never gonna be amazing! Highs and lows are clear and present on both, although, like I say the S101's did require some tweaking.Here's the playlist left on repeat to kind of test some apsects! sos -- under neon lights -- factory -- ayla -- hallelujah -- tonight -- L'inverno allegro non molto -- set fire to the rain -- whitney -- crystalize -- money for nowt!Bottom line, well chuffed for a £27 set of buds (although I paid more for fast delivery from Amazon). It's really refreshing to be able to stroll around and not have the wires snagged, or pull your phone off the work surface etc. or hear the wire in the iem's etc brushing up against your clothes. Oh, and the tracks were a mix of some FLAC and some MP3. Also, other than these two sets, I've not got any others to know if the calibre is good for this price point. I've got another couple of sets on their way, if you wanted to wait until I compare those...Anyway, hope that helps.


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