There’s at all times a niche available in the market for a great-sounding, inexpensive different to the main merchandise. That’s why we’ve these days been questioning if SoundMAGIC would possibly get round to crashing the true wi-fi in-ear headphones social gathering.
After all, it’s secure to say we by no means met a pair of SoundMAGIC headphones we didn’t like. From our first expertise with the model in 2013, it’s been 5 stars and a great deal of complimentary remarks all the way in which. If anybody is aware of about combining ‘great-sounding’ with ‘inexpensive’ the place headphones are involved, it’s SoundMAGIC.
So our hopes are excessive for the TWS50. They’ve acquired the pedigree and, at the same time as Cambridge Audio and Audio Technica and all the remainder of them are attempting to make £100 the brand new true wi-fi norm, they’ve acquired the value. All they want is the efficiency and it’s job finished.
Design and construct: Plastic/improbable
No one ought to let designers get too carried away with regards to in-ear headphones, and fortunately whoever sketched the TWS50s was saved on a decent leash. The earbuds are compact by true wi-fi requirements, gentle at simply 4g every and, consequently, simple to place comfortably (the number of silicone ear-tip within the bundle helps right here, too).
They’re equipped in a spherical, partially contoured charging case. It contains a rotating prime which strikes to disclose the ear-buds – they’re only a tiny bit tough to extract in case your fingers are wider than toothpicks. With the case closed, a rudimentary digital show signifies how a lot cost is left inside – the buds themselves maintain six hours, whereas the case is nice for an additional 24. Charging is through micro-USB – there’s a charging cable to your assortment within the bundle together with the ear-tips.
There’s no denying the TWS50s and their case really feel constructed all the way down to a value. That’s to not say they’re in any manner unsatisfactorily made, it’s simply that the plastics really feel exhausting and glossy and skinny. The solely time you’ll must maintain reminding your self of the value is if you’re holding the case or the ‘buds.
Features: Got 5 on it
Nothing within the SoundMAGICs’ transient function set suggests cost-cutting, although. It makes use of Bluetooth 5.zero for wi-fi connection, and so is ready to deal with TIDAL Masters streams or high-res audio information saved in your cellphone (or no matter you’re driving the TWS50s with). And regardless of the ear-buds’ modest dimensions, SoundMAGIC has discovered area to suit each with a 6mm full-range neodymium driver.
SoundMAGIC is claiming a 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response, which might be actually exceptional if it have been true*.
(*it’s not true)
The TWS50s are IPX7 rated, too, which suggests no hurt ought to befall them in water. Not for the primary half an hour, anyway. That’s your lot, and there’s nothing else you possibly can realistically ask for.
Interface: Getting sensitive
There’s a tell-tale gentle in every ear-bud to let you know what they’re as much as – pink or blue covers all eventualities. And every little ear-bud has a fair littler touch-control floor, from the place it’s attainable to concern essentially the most primary ‘skip ahead/again’ and ‘play/pause’ instructions. These are additionally helpful for answering or rejecting calls, or summoning Android or iOS voice assistants.
They’re not completely essentially the most delicate or responsive contact controls we’ve ever used, however no less than they’re troublesome to set off by accident.
Performance: Quietly assured
Once they’re snugly positioned, wirelessly related to a Sony Xperia 5 and taking part in a TIDAL Masters stream of Solange’s Stay Flo, we’re quickly reminded of simply how SoundMAGIC acquired its popularity within the first place.
No, the TWS50 aren’t the loudest earbuds you ever heard – their sensitivity ranking of 107dB is nothing uncommon, however nonetheless you’re in no hazard of creating tinnitus from listening to those. And no, they aren’t essentially the most dynamic earbuds you ever heard, both – even fairly steep peaks and troughs in a recording are flattened out considerably. But in each different respect, the TWS50s are £79 extraordinarily nicely spent.
They deal with the lazy rhythm and tempo of the Solange tune very well. It sounds pure, and assured, and it’s politely however insistently on the entrance foot. The low-frequency drone is deep and detailed, nevertheless it’s managed sufficient to keep away from the midrange above it. At the highest finish, there’s extra politeness – the TWS50s don’t assault the treble frequencies like some rival designs, however then once more they don’t sound splashy or harsh like some rival designs.
In between, there’s greater than sufficient area on the (fairly large) soundstage for a vocalist to do their factor. Thanks to the degrees of focus, separation and simple element retrieval the SoundMAGICs are able to, Solange’s voice is instant, intimate and alive with character. Even if a singer has intentionally buried their voice within the combine, the TWS50s nonetheless handle to make it distinct and coherent – we’ve a take heed to a Spotify stream of The Wedding Present’s model of Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) to show the purpose. Thanks to a nice unity of tone, the complete frequency vary sounds convincingly clean from prime to backside. And regardless of their capacity to establish and ship the actual subtleties of a recording, the TWS50s aren’t scientific – they’ve a fairly energetic sonic signature, and sound extra involved with momentum than they’re with evaluation. And for a product of this sort, at this type of cash, that’s each smart and admirable.
It appears unlikely anybody who’s shelled out for a devoted moveable music participant might be buying on the entry stage of true wi-fi in-ears – we’re assured each pair of TWS50s SoundMAGIC sells might be paired with a cellphone or a pill. And whereas there are some fine-sounding telephones (and some tablets) on the market, there are a lot extra that can gladly have their tough edges smoothed by the TWS50s’ total angle.
SoundMagic TWS50 verdict
The TWS50s aren’t wanting competitors – everybody from Audio Technica and Cambridge Audio to Urbanista and Amazon desires a bit of the inexpensive true wi-fi motion – however that’s as a result of SoundMagic was uncharacteristically late to this explicit social gathering.
But it’s right here now and, due to the TWS50s’ mixture of expertly judged efficiency, a barely bizarre charging case and a really eye-catching value, it may nicely proceed to be the life and soul. Your shortlist of realistically priced true wi-fi in-ear choices simply acquired a little bit bit longer.