There is much to say about owning a cheap pair of headphones. If they are damaged or lost, it will not hurt as much as it would if they would cost more. They may not sound as good as a set of high-end boxes do: but hey, they were affordable. The trick to finding a set of cheap headphones that will make you happy is to know how to draw the line between cheap and cheap .
Cheap allows you to scrape away all the things that your earphones can't do. It's cool because they sound good enough, work reasonably well, and don't want to throw them over the room in frustration. Cheap means that even if they didn't cost you much, they are still not good enough. When you use a cheap product, you find yourself and want you to spend more. Cheap makes you want to buy something else. Cheap ends with leaving your earphones in a drawer.
Wicked Audio is $ 79 Arq really wireless earphones are infinitely affordable ̵
Note: This review is part of our editor of genuine wireless earphones . Go there for details of competing products and test methods.
Wicked Audio is bang on the money to gain a good weight. The earbuds in combination with their charging bag reach a total of five grams. It's a win for anyone planning to iron Arq in their backpack or purse.
However, with the 5.5 x 1.25 x 1.25 inch pocket set, it is less than ideal to mount it in the hip pocket. The main reason for this is the rotund dimensions that it is going to pack a 2,600 mAh battery. You can use this tremendous amount of capacity to charge your smartphone in a clamp (using the USB-A port embedded in the case) or recharge the earbuds up to 60 times before you need to juice again.
Unfortunately, you I need the extra cost: according to Wicked Audio, Arq will only hold a charge for a maximum of three hours of listening time. During the week I used to use the headphones, I found that their driving time was closer to 2.5 hours. This is far below what I consider to be an acceptable time between costs. However, depending on your listening habits, it may be 2.5 hours straight up in your alley. When the earplugs are completely discharged, it will take you about 30 minutes to re-grease them.
The earplugs themselves are made of lightweight plastic. Although they do not feel as robust as most of the more expensive earphones I've tested, their build quality is such that I don't feel it's a knock on them. I'm not able to say the same about their fit, but: No matter which of the three sets of silicone wicker cups I attached, I couldn't create a decent seal.
In addition, I found that Even moderate movement, like what you want to put yourself through in a quick trip, will see Arq ready to fall out if you are not careful. I found myself often to make sure they were still in my ears. This is a worry echoed online by other users.
Almost none of Arq's functions are automated. Before connecting the earrings to the phone, pair them with each other. They do not turn on automatically when removed from the charging chair. Rather, each earplug must be turned on using the button built into the end cap. The Arq does not take back placement in their case as a hint that they should charge – there is a button for that too. Despite the presence of a button on each earplug, you cannot activate Siri or adjust your volume using the earphones. You can turn them on or off, take or end phone calls, and play, pause or forward a track of your music. That's it.
Wicked Audio is quick to emphasize the fact that some of Arq's earplugs can be used alone for a mono listening experience. This can be useful for those who sometimes want to share their earphones with a friend. However, I found that this feature can also make for a seriously frustrating solo listening experience.
When connected with an iPhone, iOS only tracks the battery level on one of the earbuds. On a number of occasions, within an hour of giving Arq a full charge in his battery compartment, I was again listening to a single earplug, rather than a stereo pair because their batteries were not emptied at the same rate. With a dead bid in the right ear, my iPhone 7 Plus still reported that Arq had around 50% fee. On a noisy commute or when you rely on your headphones to block overseas so you can get some work done, it sucks.
If you can see past all the Missing and Missing Arq, you may find some satisfaction in their sound. For their price, these headphones sound pretty good. When I listened to the playlist for the earpiece, tried the playlist, other music and podcasts during a seven days, I found that the sound produced by these earphones was not too shabby. There was a fair amount of sound separation, and while listening to low to medium volumes, I noticed no distortion in height or low frequency range.
This was not the case with the volume twisted up to 11. While listening to "Black Dog" at around 80% volume on my iPhone 7 Plus, for example, Robert Plantes heard the red-hot vocals and lusty moan by Jimmy Page & # 39; Guitar's just not as convincing as I've heard them before. In addition, no matter what level I listened to, the bass gives the Arq earplugs a soft and undefined look.
The bottom line
Arq offers limited control over your music, poor battery life and a great variety of annoyances that make them more of a lesson than a pleasure to use. You would be better off saving on buying a better set of genuine wireless earbuds or settling for a decent pair of traditional Bluetooth earbuds. Even at $ 79, Wicked Audio's Arq is more of a problem than they are worth.