Should you Buy Them?
Design and comfort.
The SoundWhiz Turbo headphones don’t have an earth shattering design, but they have certainly risen to the occasion in order to ensure that it provides maximum comfort. The ear hooks are soft and pliable, while not being flimsy.
They are made of a soft silicon material that’s pretty bendable and the Turbo headphones have two options for wearing positions – casual fit and locked-in.
The over ear hooks won’t tightly wrap your ears during casual wear. For active sport or high activity use, the manufacturer suggests to ‘lock-in’ the earbuds by rotating them slightly (hooks to your back direction).
The package comes with both silicon and foam tips. The cord is flexible, soft and sturdy.
One other comfort note is that the earbuds can be used freely and comfortably with sunglasses, sweat bands or caps, because the over ear hooks are quite thin so no discomfort will be felt.
Sound quality (8/10).
One of the stronger benefits is the big 10mm dynamic drivers on each side to reproduce sound. They are bigger than most similarly styled and priced earbuds.
To maintain sound quality as close as possible to the source via bluetooth, the SoundWhiz earphones use aptX codec to reduce bit rate without affecting audio quality (note, that transmitting device should also support aptX codec to get the benefit of better quality. If not, the default transmission or next possible highest codec on both sides will be used).
The Headphones use Bluetooth version 4.1 together with popular supported codecs: SBC, A2DP, ACRCP, APTX for a better quality of sound transmitting and playing. Bluetooth working range is up to 10 meters (about 30 feet) when the path is clear between headphones and transmitter.
The Turbo Whiz are great for running as they have a water resistance index of IPX7, which should make you feel secure as this means that you’re fully protected against sweat and rain. And it passes tests for accidental immersion as well.
So why not 10/10? Well, because they can’t be used for swimming. We’ve heard people using the IPX7 sport earphones in the swimming pool and subsequently breaking them because they’re not primarily deigned to be waterproof for swimming. The SoundWhiz headphones are not recommended for shower use either
Earbuds are supported by 100 mAh Lithium battery giving playtime up to 9 hours, which is enough for multiple workouts or use at the office for a full day.
When the battery is running out you will hear a voice notification, but the earphones do not have a visual battery life indicator.
How to charge SoundWhiz Turbo headphones
You can use the USB cable that comes included. Electric current outlet should be 1 amp or lower as is standard for most smartphone chargers or any PC USB ports).
You’ll find a small rubber flap on the bottom of the right ear bud, that opens to reveal the micro-USB connector. Connect the the cable for charging. While charging, there will be a red light flashing until battery is full.
One of the most FAQ questions before buying wireless headphones is whether you can pair them across devices – Android / iPhone X / Apple Watch? – Yes. The manufacturer states that the Soundwhiz headphones are compatible with any bluetooth device.
The Turbo has a built in microphone which allows this wireless earbud to double as a headset. Voice prompt is possible using Siri or Google Now.
Noise cancellation is passive. The earplugs will isolate your ears from surrounding sounds physically. SoundWhiz adds three black pairs of extra buds which is specifically built to isolate the sound better as well as they will fit more snugly in your ear canal. A nice feature is CVC 6.0 that filters voice during voice calls to make it more clean and clear.
For more geeky users it’s possible to stay hands free with Siri / Svoice and Cortana integration. A beeping sound informs you of incoming calls.
What’s in the box? In the package you will find:
– cord clip for shortening
– a robust carrying case
– USB to micro USB charging cable
– 2 different sizes of buds (transparent black-red) and 3 extra pairs of black sound isolating buds
– if buying a Pink & Silver set, for few dollars they add an additional Small pair of buds and X-Small pair for people who have really small ear canals.
What are we worried about:
Bass lovers said it can be a bit boomy. But it’s ok, as these are a sport earbuds and not a $200 buy. Also, it is possible to do EQing in the player.
|Product Dimensions||4.3 x 4.2 x 2.2 inches|
|Item model number||Turbo|
|Waterproof||IPX-7 waterproof rating (fully sweatproof)|
|Voice commands||Siri and S Voice|
|Sound||Crystal clear HD sound (APTX), Strong Bass with well balanced mids and trebles|
|Noise cancellation||Passive (noise isolation). CVC 6.0 (Clear Voice Calls with background echo reduction)|
|Connection to two devices||Yes|
|Battery||Lithium-ion 100 mAh. Up to 8-9h playback time|
|Frequency Response||20 -22kHz|
|Charging||Micro Usb Cable|
The bottom line: SoundWhiz earphones have great features for being sport earbuds. And they have better sound quality than you would expect at this price point, making them a good overall value