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The market for "really" wireless earbuds (with two separate) buds and a charging case) is widening. Phiaton, a mid-range provider of audio equipment, hopes to stand out with its BT 700 design "Bolt" with a competitive price of $ 140 and unique features better than most
Good audio and call quality
] And what we do not
The audio quality of the speakers is terrible
The charging case is massive and annoying in the bag
The audio transparency is questionable best
This unique feature is a Bluetooth speaker integrated in the case, with which you can play music at full volume when you're ready to pass it on. And this property is pretty much a total bankruptcy. Otherwise, the design of the BT 700 is solid, and the entrainment of a tiny extra speaker on your case is a sacrifice for good earphone quality, reasonable battery life, and excellent wireless performance. Phiaton appreciates the most marketable feature of the Bolt, but considering how comfortable and reliable these buds are, it is still worth it for some users.
No Strings on Me
At first glance, the BT 700 looks more or less identical to the rest of the true wireless mass: two buds, a charging case, automatic mating, when you pull the buds out of the suitcase, shaving and a haircut, two pence. And amazing as this concept was a short time ago, now it's a bit of a hat.
But Phiaton has brought the essence of a wireless earphone design to the point – an impressive achievement for its first model. The buds stay connected through thick and thin, more precisely through three walls and about fifty feet from my house. They are also ready to use in almost any situation where you would actually wear them: by spending hours walking in windy weather and cycling at a maximum speed of 32 km / h, the earphones would stay connected to my phone (and to the phone) the whole time. You get the full grade for wireless stability, which is not always self-evident in this category.
The buds themselves were surprisingly comfortable, at least for my average-sized male ears. I have used the pre-installed silicone tips (there are three more options for larger and smaller ones in the box) and the sturdy "wing" which is permanently attached to the plastic body of each bud. I could not make them shake out Even with a few ears I had a shake that earned me the approval of a hair band from the 80s. Occasionally, the stability wings came out of my ear, but it was easy enough to put them back in and make them comfortable again.
The buds are unlikely to spend twelve rounds of boxing or bathing in the pool, but they are suitable for just about any other exercise you can throw at them. Speaking of movement: Phiaton rates her with IPX4 as "sweat-resistant" so she can withstand heavy training or a spring shower, but that's it. During my (rather sweaty) workouts I did not notice any obvious problems.
In terms of longevity, I found that my mix of music and podcasts lasted a little over four hours at a moderate volume. This is not great compared to the offers from Apple and Samsung, although it is much better than the cheap designs that fill this category quickly. With the case, you can charge for a maximum of 16 hours and disconnect the music from your charger (a micro USB charger is more than a pity). I found that 20 minutes of charging in the case was enough to keep me for the last hour of my training, which is self-evident for the course.
Hurray for real buttons!
Control the buds while they are in your ears using a mix of conventional silicone-coated buttons and touch-sensitive plastic. Each bud has a higher and lower volume at the top and a multipurpose button at the side. These control a variety of functions, with those associated with conventional buttons (title forward / backward, manual on or off for both buttons) being much simpler than the touch-sensitive buttons. You need to tap and / or hold these touch buttons to start play / pause, answer or end calls, or check the battery with a voice message.
The touch-sensitive keys take some getting used to: finding the right location and cadence for the double-tap command is difficult. I know this stuff is all the rage and makes the design look smooth, but you can not do it with anything that would not have been possible with a third conventional button on the outside of the plastic case. In addition, you can control the play / pause for the right bud only and the "audio transparency" for the left bud.
What is audio transparency? This happens when the built-in microphones on the buds (which are usually just used to make a phone call) introduce some external audio so you can perceive your surroundings. I was delighted to try this because cycling with conventional headphones is dangerous when someone is around (and virtually suicidal in traffic). Unfortunately, this was a waste: even a light breeze fills your ears with static electricity, so the riding or jogging function is virtually useless. And using it while on the move to become more aware of its surroundings is not much help either, as normal human language gets the wah-wah effect from Charlie Brown's teacher and was almost inaudible to me, even if it was my music was stopped. Skip this feature and access Bone Conduction Headphones if you need to be aware of your surroundings.
The audio and call quality helps to compensate for some cumbersome control and transparency features. Although no earphones make for booming bass, the BT 700 offers solid mid-range and high-end performance and enough volume to whisk you away into your own little world. With a typical frequency range of 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz, I could make out subtle places in my music that were inaudible with cheap wireless headphones. The call quality was also excellent, and I did not notice any hearing problems, and the other party could not tell I was using wireless earphones outside. The external noise suppression seems to be especially good as I could not hear the crowd guards working in my local park with lawnmowers.
A loudspeaker that no one has asked for
The Bolt's charging case contains a built-in Bluetooth speaker, although I have no idea why. I suspect someone on the design team was asked to find a selling point that no competitor had thought of, and that was the best thing they could do: a tiny 1-inch driver that either shares your music with others or You can listen to rent when your buds are charged.
But the speaker is in the true sense of the word a waste of space. As a result, the charger is massive compared to the AirPods and Galaxy Buds, more than five inches long and one centimeter round – about the size of a prescription tablet bottle. With thick plastic and sharp corners, it is also uncomfortable in the bag, which means that you have it less often, especially during exercise. That sabotages the basic concept of a portable charging case.
And for what? A speaker that is barely louder than the single speaker in my Galaxy Note 8 phone. This can happen if the speaker is of high quality or if there is one on both ends for stereo playback. But no dice in both points. At the highest volume you want to use, you can hear large distortions throughout the audio range.
Looking for a unique selling point, Phiaton has undermined the basic shape and function of wireless earphones. It's a blatant problem with an otherwise excellent design: I can not see anyone using that speaker over the one in their phone, even though the phone speaker is not particularly loud or clear.
The Bolt BT 700 frustrates me a lot. The earphones themselves are great, even if the touch buttons are not working properly and the audio transparency feature is not working well. Good sound and fantastic wireless performance are real crowd pullers. But the huge carrying case and the almost unusable Bluetooth speaker pull down the experience.
Pricing is competitive and stands at $ 130 – a good deal below Apple's, which has something to do with Samsung. However, I wonder if Phiaton could have brought the price below the $ 100 mark and make the case much smaller and more pocket-friendly by eliminating the unfortunate speaker. I want to encourage them to do this for the next generation.
It's hard to see that someone chooses this design over the Galaxy Buds for the same price. If you're looking for a reliable wireless connection and rarely spend more than 4 hours listening to your earphones, the BT 700 may be for you. The same applies if you are constantly using a bag or purse and the chunky carrying case will not bother you if you need a boot.