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True Wireless Earbuds, SoundPEATS TrueFree £23.79 Sold by TEKTEK-EU and Fulfilled by Amazon

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Posted 30th JunEdited by:"pentaya"
True Wireless Earbuds, SoundPEATS TrueFree + 5.0 Bluetooth Earphone TWS in-ear Stereo Headphone Built-in mic with Binaural Calls, Automatic One-Step Pairing, 35 Hrs Playtime,Noise Isolation.

  • WE HEAR WE IMPROVE: 1.Built-in microphones in both earbuds-enjoying hands-free calls and voice assistant with single or both earbuds as prefer. 2.Truefree+ allows you to play in share, mono, stereo mode. 3.Extended capacity to 800mAh(Total 35Hrs Playtime)
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0: Thanks to high resolution decoder and advanced audio coding technology-improving communication problems of conventional earphones and minimizing sound skipping and interruption, you can enjoy music comfortably even in the bustle of the city
  • AUTO PAIRING: Earbuds will automatically turn on and enter into pairing mode after out of charging case. Once paired for the first time, you will no longer have to worry about pressing any button to turn them off/on, they are smart so they will know
  • MORE & LONGER ENJOYMENT: Enjoy your Hi-Fi and deep Bass music anytime and anywhere. TrueFree + wireless earbuds bring extended playtime and enjoyment.3.5-4 hours working time per charge for the earbuds, 9-10 times full charge by the charging case.
  • OUR SERVICES:User-friendly on-ear button makes all your operations easily.Different sized ear tips and in-canel cable-free design provide comfortable fit.PS: SoundPEATS provides 12 months hassle-free warranty to ensure the enjoyment of your purchase.
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pentaya03/07/2020 10:38

followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the …followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the quality of earbuds. Not headphones just earbuds.For example if I take a phone, Qualcomm processor with 3 GB ram decent camera and a big battery comes under 90 quid it's a bargain roughly. What are the technical elements to check in earbuds and how and where to check them?



pentaya03/07/2020 10:38

followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the …followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the quality of earbuds. Not headphones just earbuds.For example if I take a phone, Qualcomm processor with 3 GB ram decent camera and a big battery comes under 90 quid it's a bargain roughly. What are the technical elements to check in earbuds and how and where to check them?


I typed all this out and then my phone rang and it disappeared so I better try and remember!

Chipset
So the earbuds vary in terms of chipset used. Most newer models tend to use the Qualcomm QC30XX chipset as opposed to Airoha or Realtek. The chip which the codec runs on determines the amount of compression applied to the music and the latency i.e. the delay in its delivery. Now the phrase 'it takes two to tango' is relevant here as the hardware receiving is equally important.

Codec
The codec is the name given to the format in which the sound is compressed. The common codecs are, in order of transfer rate, lowest to highest:

SBC - Realtek, Airoha, custom chip, supported almost universally
AAC - Realtek, Airoha, etc - this is the ONLY codec supported by iOS, but is not exclusive to Apple
AptX - Qualcomm, supported by Android, Windows, etc
AptX-LL - Very little current support, usually required a supporting bluetooth encoder to get the benefit
AptX-HD - Supported by Windows, again a qualcomm encoder is usually required
Apt-X Adaptive - not generally supported yet
LDAC - Proprietary Sony Codec, also used by some random brands

Qualcomm chips generally deliver AptX as the compression codec. For non-Qualcomm chips, the best sound they can produce is SBC/AAC. Theese are often hidden, so if they don't mention Qualcomm or AptX, take it as read that they are not using Qualcomm and can only deliver SBC or AAC. SBC is generally thought of as the lowest standard, and it normally is because of the bluetooth implementation, but it's possible to hack the SBC implementation in Android: habr.com/en/…76/

The following links give the full lowdown, which I did type up but now its gone soundguys.com/the…96/ and soundguys.com/und…52/

There is no guarantee AptX will sound better than AAC, but on Android, it always does.

I'll summarise this in terms of use case:

Android only - Don't buy AAC/SBC headphones, look for AptX
iPhone only - AAC will be fine, but if possible get AAC & AptX
Windows & Smartphone - AptX
Windows & Home AV - Avoid earbuds right now, go for AptX HD & LL in over-ear headphones

Microphone
Look for CvC 8.0, 4-mic uplink noise cancellation. This is the iteration of NC - CvC 6.0 is noticeably worse. Will still be nowhere near as good as an external microphone or boom mic (see Avantree Aria Pro) but will be acceptable for calls

Bluetooth
Avoid 4.2, 5.0 is the de facto now, even though there is very little difference between the two.

ANC
Once rarely seen in earbuds, and using foam buds can negate most outside noise, but over the last few months the budget brands have added offerings such as Mpow (X3), Boltune (BT-BH023) and Tozo (NC9).

Obviously airpods have this feature, as have honor magic and others, but read the reviews or try for yourself - there's no value applied here.

IPX Rating
This determines, theoretically, how waterproof the buds are:
IPX5 - Rain & Dust Proof - you can use them at the gym and commute with them
IPX6 - No worries jogging in the rain
IPX7 - You can probably shower in them
IPX8 - You can probably swim in them
IP68 - designed for cycling

Stereo/Mono Mode or Single/Dual Mode
Means you can use one bud for calls, one for music. Some people find useful (not me)

Charging Mode
If you have USB-C charging capability, look for this. It charges faster

Play time
Usually 4-8 hours on a single charge, around 24-40 with the charge case. This is more than acceptable. Many smaller ones are less, it really depends on your use case.

Meaningless terminology
BassUp, Graphene Drivers, Driver Size (in the world of Chinese headphones these things mean nothing - big drivers can still sound crappy, check reviews on reputable sites like scarbir or TSG)

Nice features that should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
Controls - this can make or break a good earbud. For example, I quite liked the Tronsmart Spunky Beats, but the touch controls just ruined it for me.
Assistant - If you use Alexa, Hey Google, etc, this feature could be useful.

Hope this helps?
Edited by: "ssouthall6" 3rd Jul
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Not bad, but I much prefer the QCY TC2's. Better sound, faster pairing, more charge capacity and less infuriatingly, no capacitive touch controls.
These support only SBC, pretty much the lowest quality codec a bluetooth headset can support. Avoid even at this price.
I really like my pair...
Do any of these cheaper end buds have dual bluetooth connectivity (like my more expensive Plantronics headphones) - ie: able to connect to both my phone and my tablet at the same time, only use one or the other at any one time?

Seems like a massive first world problem but on the train I do find it a mild ball ache to unpair my phone, pair with my tablet, and then back again at the other end of my journey, etc.

I guess you get this when you spend more? Or can some of these cheapies do this?

FWIW, I have the SoundPEATS TrueDot earphones which are excellent.
mjb197530/06/2020 19:45

Do any of these cheaper end buds have dual bluetooth connectivity (like my …Do any of these cheaper end buds have dual bluetooth connectivity (like my more expensive Plantronics headphones) - ie: able to connect to both my phone and my tablet at the same time, only use one or the other at any one time?Seems like a massive first world problem but on the train I do find it a mild ball ache to unpair my phone, pair with my tablet, and then back again at the other end of my journey, etc.I guess you get this when you spend more? Or can some of these cheapies do this?FWIW, I have the SoundPEATS TrueDot earphones which are excellent.


Not many.

Some get round it by splitting the right and left earbuds, but it's no substitute for true multipoint, which Plantronics do very well, as do Jabra and Avantree
You might as well get the QCY TC2 their the same thing but for a much cheaper price check the QCY store at Ali Express
jedisteel30/06/2020 22:06

You might as well get the QCY TC2 their the same thing but for a much …You might as well get the QCY TC2 their the same thing but for a much cheaper price check the QCY store at Ali Express


Agree.. Amazon is more convenient and probably the main reason people show lot of interest
These or the Mpow M9
MPow M9 are really good
M9 also don't support aptX. Mpow's better earbuds are the excellent m5
ssouthall601/07/2020 11:45

M9 also don't support aptX. Mpow's better earbuds are the excellent m5


Sorry. What's aptX?
sa4d02/07/2020 22:46

Sorry. What's aptX?


It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, that is more relevant for Windows and Android users as currently Apple only supports AAC, but if you're stuck with SBC as your only codec you're sitting on outdated technology before you realise it.

Most of the time this has very little difference in the real world, and tech changes very quickly - AptX LL & HD will be here before we know it and maybe even in earbuds.

I compromise with AptX in my earbuds (Boltune BT-BH024) which are used with my kindle, surface pro and pc, and iPhone for calls due to the excellent microphone quality. With my iPhone I rotate between the Boltunes and Soundcore Liberty, which have been my trusty steed over the last year but would be a bad purchase today at the price they are asking, but are useful gym companions due to their waterproofing.

On my pc for general use I use the Avantree Aria Pro. These things are the bomb. AptX LL means no delay in sync and to boot the sound quality is superb.

If I want to up the noise cancellation I use the Taotronics TT-55, a cracking spare set that were on offer a while ago.

I've tried practically every set out over lockdown. Sony NC is too strong for me, it gives me jawache, so these slightly lesser performing Chinese brands are useful consumables that you can throw £20-£50 away on knowing you will likely need to upgrade in 6-9 months.

Basically, if you want a set that will last a while, look for a qualcomm chip. It's not the be all and end all - the drivers also have to be up to scratch - but it should be the starting point. Most of these cheap amazon deals of late haven't, and many good ones have been voted cold because Scarbir and The Sound Guys have been slow to update, and the youtube guys getting paid to promote brands, haven't
ssouthall603/07/2020 00:36

It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, …It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, that is more relevant for Windows and Android users as currently Apple only supports AAC, but if you're stuck with SBC as your only codec you're sitting on outdated technology before you realise it.Most of the time this has very little difference in the real world, and tech changes very quickly - AptX LL & HD will be here before we know it and maybe even in earbuds.I compromise with AptX in my earbuds (Boltune BT-BH024) which are used with my kindle, surface pro and pc, and iPhone for calls due to the excellent microphone quality. With my iPhone I rotate between the Boltunes and Soundcore Liberty, which have been my trusty steed over the last year but would be a bad purchase today at the price they are asking, but are useful gym companions due to their waterproofing.On my pc for general use I use the Avantree Aria Pro. These things are the bomb. AptX LL means no delay in sync and to boot the sound quality is superb.If I want to up the noise cancellation I use the Taotronics TT-55, a cracking spare set that were on offer a while ago. I've tried practically every set out over lockdown. Sony NC is too strong for me, it gives me jawache, so these slightly lesser performing Chinese brands are useful consumables that you can throw £20-£50 away on knowing you will likely need to upgrade in 6-9 months.Basically, if you want a set that will last a while, look for a qualcomm chip. It's not the be all and end all - the drivers also have to be up to scratch - but it should be the starting point. Most of these cheap amazon deals of late haven't, and many good ones have been voted cold because Scarbir and The Sound Guys have been slow to update, and the youtube guys getting paid to promote brands, haven't


Wow... This is a genius of information dude 👌
ssouthall603/07/2020 00:36

It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, …It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, that is more relevant for Windows and Android users as currently Apple only supports AAC, but if you're stuck with SBC as your only codec you're sitting on outdated technology before you realise it.Most of the time this has very little difference in the real world, and tech changes very quickly - AptX LL & HD will be here before we know it and maybe even in earbuds.I compromise with AptX in my earbuds (Boltune BT-BH024) which are used with my kindle, surface pro and pc, and iPhone for calls due to the excellent microphone quality. With my iPhone I rotate between the Boltunes and Soundcore Liberty, which have been my trusty steed over the last year but would be a bad purchase today at the price they are asking, but are useful gym companions due to their waterproofing.On my pc for general use I use the Avantree Aria Pro. These things are the bomb. AptX LL means no delay in sync and to boot the sound quality is superb.If I want to up the noise cancellation I use the Taotronics TT-55, a cracking spare set that were on offer a while ago. I've tried practically every set out over lockdown. Sony NC is too strong for me, it gives me jawache, so these slightly lesser performing Chinese brands are useful consumables that you can throw £20-£50 away on knowing you will likely need to upgrade in 6-9 months.Basically, if you want a set that will last a while, look for a qualcomm chip. It's not the be all and end all - the drivers also have to be up to scratch - but it should be the starting point. Most of these cheap amazon deals of late haven't, and many good ones have been voted cold because Scarbir and The Sound Guys have been slow to update, and the youtube guys getting paid to promote brands, haven't


A followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the quality of earbuds. Not headphones just earbuds.

For example if I take a phone, Qualcomm processor with 3 GB ram decent camera and a big battery comes under 90 quid it's a bargain roughly.

What are the technical elements to check in earbuds and how and where to check them?
ssouthall603/07/2020 00:36

It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, …It's a more efficient, better sounding, lower latency codec for music, that is more relevant for Windows and Android users as currently Apple only supports AAC, but if you're stuck with SBC as your only codec you're sitting on outdated technology before you realise it.Most of the time this has very little difference in the real world, and tech changes very quickly - AptX LL & HD will be here before we know it and maybe even in earbuds.I compromise with AptX in my earbuds (Boltune BT-BH024) which are used with my kindle, surface pro and pc, and iPhone for calls due to the excellent microphone quality. With my iPhone I rotate between the Boltunes and Soundcore Liberty, which have been my trusty steed over the last year but would be a bad purchase today at the price they are asking, but are useful gym companions due to their waterproofing.On my pc for general use I use the Avantree Aria Pro. These things are the bomb. AptX LL means no delay in sync and to boot the sound quality is superb.If I want to up the noise cancellation I use the Taotronics TT-55, a cracking spare set that were on offer a while ago. I've tried practically every set out over lockdown. Sony NC is too strong for me, it gives me jawache, so these slightly lesser performing Chinese brands are useful consumables that you can throw £20-£50 away on knowing you will likely need to upgrade in 6-9 months.Basically, if you want a set that will last a while, look for a qualcomm chip. It's not the be all and end all - the drivers also have to be up to scratch - but it should be the starting point. Most of these cheap amazon deals of late haven't, and many good ones have been voted cold because Scarbir and The Sound Guys have been slow to update, and the youtube guys getting paid to promote brands, haven't


Wow! Thank you. This is very informative and useful. Many thanks and appreciate your lengthy answer.
sa4d03/07/2020 09:41

Wow! Thank you. This is very informative and useful. Many thanks and …Wow! Thank you. This is very informative and useful. Many thanks and appreciate your lengthy answer.


No problem at all, happy to help
ssouthall603/07/2020 09:49

No problem at all, happy to help


followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the quality of earbuds. Not headphones just earbuds.

For example if I take a phone, Qualcomm processor with 3 GB ram decent camera and a big battery comes under 90 quid it's a bargain roughly.

What are the technical elements to check in earbuds and how and where to check them?
pentaya03/07/2020 10:38

followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the …followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the quality of earbuds. Not headphones just earbuds.For example if I take a phone, Qualcomm processor with 3 GB ram decent camera and a big battery comes under 90 quid it's a bargain roughly. What are the technical elements to check in earbuds and how and where to check them?



pentaya03/07/2020 10:38

followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the …followup question - what are the elements as a criteria to measure the quality of earbuds. Not headphones just earbuds.For example if I take a phone, Qualcomm processor with 3 GB ram decent camera and a big battery comes under 90 quid it's a bargain roughly. What are the technical elements to check in earbuds and how and where to check them?


I typed all this out and then my phone rang and it disappeared so I better try and remember!

Chipset
So the earbuds vary in terms of chipset used. Most newer models tend to use the Qualcomm QC30XX chipset as opposed to Airoha or Realtek. The chip which the codec runs on determines the amount of compression applied to the music and the latency i.e. the delay in its delivery. Now the phrase 'it takes two to tango' is relevant here as the hardware receiving is equally important.

Codec
The codec is the name given to the format in which the sound is compressed. The common codecs are, in order of transfer rate, lowest to highest:

SBC - Realtek, Airoha, custom chip, supported almost universally
AAC - Realtek, Airoha, etc - this is the ONLY codec supported by iOS, but is not exclusive to Apple
AptX - Qualcomm, supported by Android, Windows, etc
AptX-LL - Very little current support, usually required a supporting bluetooth encoder to get the benefit
AptX-HD - Supported by Windows, again a qualcomm encoder is usually required
Apt-X Adaptive - not generally supported yet
LDAC - Proprietary Sony Codec, also used by some random brands

Qualcomm chips generally deliver AptX as the compression codec. For non-Qualcomm chips, the best sound they can produce is SBC/AAC. Theese are often hidden, so if they don't mention Qualcomm or AptX, take it as read that they are not using Qualcomm and can only deliver SBC or AAC. SBC is generally thought of as the lowest standard, and it normally is because of the bluetooth implementation, but it's possible to hack the SBC implementation in Android: habr.com/en/…76/

The following links give the full lowdown, which I did type up but now its gone soundguys.com/the…96/ and soundguys.com/und…52/

There is no guarantee AptX will sound better than AAC, but on Android, it always does.

I'll summarise this in terms of use case:

Android only - Don't buy AAC/SBC headphones, look for AptX
iPhone only - AAC will be fine, but if possible get AAC & AptX
Windows & Smartphone - AptX
Windows & Home AV - Avoid earbuds right now, go for AptX HD & LL in over-ear headphones

Microphone
Look for CvC 8.0, 4-mic uplink noise cancellation. This is the iteration of NC - CvC 6.0 is noticeably worse. Will still be nowhere near as good as an external microphone or boom mic (see Avantree Aria Pro) but will be acceptable for calls

Bluetooth
Avoid 4.2, 5.0 is the de facto now, even though there is very little difference between the two.

ANC
Once rarely seen in earbuds, and using foam buds can negate most outside noise, but over the last few months the budget brands have added offerings such as Mpow (X3), Boltune (BT-BH023) and Tozo (NC9).

Obviously airpods have this feature, as have honor magic and others, but read the reviews or try for yourself - there's no value applied here.

IPX Rating
This determines, theoretically, how waterproof the buds are:
IPX5 - Rain & Dust Proof - you can use them at the gym and commute with them
IPX6 - No worries jogging in the rain
IPX7 - You can probably shower in them
IPX8 - You can probably swim in them
IP68 - designed for cycling

Stereo/Mono Mode or Single/Dual Mode
Means you can use one bud for calls, one for music. Some people find useful (not me)

Charging Mode
If you have USB-C charging capability, look for this. It charges faster

Play time
Usually 4-8 hours on a single charge, around 24-40 with the charge case. This is more than acceptable. Many smaller ones are less, it really depends on your use case.

Meaningless terminology
BassUp, Graphene Drivers, Driver Size (in the world of Chinese headphones these things mean nothing - big drivers can still sound crappy, check reviews on reputable sites like scarbir or TSG)

Nice features that should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
Controls - this can make or break a good earbud. For example, I quite liked the Tronsmart Spunky Beats, but the touch controls just ruined it for me.
Assistant - If you use Alexa, Hey Google, etc, this feature could be useful.

Hope this helps?
Edited by: "ssouthall6" 3rd Jul
ssouthall603/07/2020 12:33

I typed all this out and then my phone rang and it disappeared so I …I typed all this out and then my phone rang and it disappeared so I better try and remember!ChipsetSo the earbuds vary in terms of chipset used. Most newer models tend to use the Qualcomm QC30XX chipset as opposed to Airoha or Realtek. The chip which the codec runs on determines the amount of compression applied to the music and the latency i.e. the delay in its delivery. Now the phrase 'it takes two to tango' is relevant here as the hardware receiving is equally important.CodecThe codec is the name given to the format in which the sound is compressed. The common codecs are, in order of transfer rate, lowest to highest:SBC - Realtek, Airoha, custom chip, supported almost universallyAAC - Realtek, Airoha, etc - this is the ONLY codec supported by iOS, but is not exclusive to AppleAptX - Qualcomm, supported by Android, Windows, etcAptX-LL - Very little current support, usually required a supporting bluetooth encoder to get the benefitAptX-HD - Supported by Windows, again a qualcomm encoder is usually requiredApt-X Adaptive - not generally supported yetLDAC - Proprietary Sony Codec, also used by some random brandsQualcomm chips generally deliver AptX as the compression codec. For non-Qualcomm chips, the best sound they can produce is SBC/AAC. Theese are often hidden, so if they don't mention Qualcomm or AptX, take it as read that they are not using Qualcomm and can only deliver SBC or AAC. SBC is generally thought of as the lowest standard, and it normally is because of the bluetooth implementation, but it's possible to hack the SBC implementation in Android: https://habr.com/en/post/456476/The following links give the full lowdown, which I did type up but now its gone https://www.soundguys.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-bluetooth-headphones-aac-20296/ and https://www.soundguys.com/understanding-bluetooth-codecs-15352/There is no guarantee AptX will sound better than AAC, but on Android, it always does.I'll summarise this in terms of use case:Android only - Don't buy AAC/SBC headphones, look for AptXiPhone only - AAC will be fine, but if possible get AAC & AptXWindows & Smartphone - AptXWindows & Home AV - Avoid earbuds right now, go for AptX HD & LL in over-ear headphonesMicrophoneLook for CvC 8.0, 4-mic uplink noise cancellation. This is the iteration of NC - CvC 6.0 is noticeably worse. Will still be nowhere near as good as an external microphone or boom mic (see Avantree Aria Pro) but will be acceptable for callsBluetoothAvoid 4.2, 5.0 is the de facto now, even though there is very little difference between the two.ANC Once rarely seen in earbuds, and using foam buds can negate most outside noise, but over the last few months the budget brands have added offerings such as Mpow (X3), Boltune (BT-BH023) and Tozo (NC9). Obviously airpods have this feature, as have honor magic and others, but read the reviews or try for yourself - there's no value applied here.IPX RatingThis determines, theoretically, how waterproof the buds are:IPX5 - Rain & Dust Proof - you can use them at the gym and commute with themIPX6 - No worries jogging in the rainIPX7 - You can probably shower in themIPX8 - You can probably swim in themIP68 - designed for cyclingStereo/Mono Mode or Single/Dual ModeMeans you can use one bud for calls, one for music. Some people find useful (not me)Charging ModeIf you have USB-C charging capability, look for this. It charges fasterPlay timeUsually 4-8 hours on a single charge, around 24-40 with the charge case. This is more than acceptable. Many smaller ones are less, it really depends on your use case.Meaningless terminologyBassUp, Graphene Drivers, Driver Size (in the world of Chinese headphones these things mean nothing - big drivers can still sound crappy, check reviews on reputable sites like scarbir or TSG)Nice features that should be evaluated on a case-by-case basisControls - this can make or break a good earbud. For example, I quite liked the Tronsmart Spunky Beats, but the touch controls just ruined it for me.Assistant - If you use Alexa, Hey Google, etc, this feature could be useful.Hope this helps?


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