Day 3: We are adrift at sea. We have lost sight of land. East, West, North, South…the sea of True Wireless earbuds ordered from Amazon extends in every direction. I grasp for one at random, knowing it will be my job to review it. The box is simply emblazoned with a 2D artist’s rendering of the earphones themselves and their title, simple and humble: “Boltune True Wireless Stereo Earbuds.”
As much as I moan and groan about having to review too many True Wireless Stereo Earbuds, though, I know that the sheer variety of them that exist in this world can only be a good thing for the average consumer out there. Yes, you are free – you don’t have to pay above a hundred dollars for your PowerBeats Pro – as long as you search wisely for cheaper alternatives.
Me personally, I find the Boltune True Wireless Stereo Earbuds to be reasonably good, if (predictably) not quite my thing. They have a consumer-friendly sound signature, and they’re pretty comfortable, all told. For $45, I wouldn’t buy them myself (like I said, my tastes run differently!) but would I recommend them to a friend? I probably would!
In the Box
- charging case
- weirdly ribbon-shaped USB-A to USB-C cable
- 3x replacement eartip pairs
- $10 Amazon gift card in exchange for an honest review (!!!)
- user manual and all that jazz
Build, Comfort, Appearance
When I first removed them from their charging box, I literally laughed out loud. These True Wireless Earbuds adopt the same classic look as, say, the AirPods Pro, but with the round edges squared off and the downward-protuding antenna extended slightly. They look hefty, and they make me want to throw them like a tomahawk (based simply on their appearance, mind you). Am I making fun of them? Well, I guess I am, but…to me, it’s charming, actually! But they do look faintly ridiculous. Or am I out of my mind?
But they sure are comfortable. Once I put them in my ears, it was clear that they weren’t going to budge. I have nothing but admiration for Boltune, for the way they’ve constructed these here True Wireless Stereo Earbuds.
When it comes to build, they’re built like a $45 pair of TW earbuds, visible seams and all, but with their industrial looks, and their matte black plastic, I don’t find this to be an issue at all. Their looks perform the admirable function of making them seem like more expensive earphones. Not bad, Boltune, not bad at all.
The Boltune True Wireless Earbuds work. During my time with them, I experienced no interruptions in my Bluetooth connection; they just paired quickly, then worked. As such, this section is going to be very short, because I have few complaints.
The Earbuds do come with a multifunction button on both sides; to access all functions, you have to be able to use both hands (for example, to go skip back one track, you have to press the left earbud three times; to skip ahead one, you do the same to the right). I do imagine this getting a little unwieldy – or you could just do it all on your phone. In addition, pressing the multifunction button does kind of push the earbud into your ear a bit. Well, I suppose it’s fine.
The claimed battery life of 6 hours is pretty good, and the box’s battery life of 34 additional hours of charging is very good for its class. Nice! The Boltunes also feature an IPX-7 waterproof rating, so it’ll be perfectly capable of shaking off a little sweat here and there.
And now we get to sound. Actually, I think these sound pretty good, for what they are. This is a sound signature that will appeal to those looking for bass, for sure – I’d call it V-shaped, but they’re not terribly bright, meaning one half of the V is missing. Maybe something more like this: \,
No, really, these have enough bass to satisfy me in any context. I threw on some Burial, and enjoyed a more exciting and dynamic-sounding bass than I would get in most of my high-end audiophile headphones. Yes, it’s slightly loose, and it’s not the most detailed or textured bass, but it sure can be exciting.
In comparison, the mids are sort of recessed, but it’s not all bad. While vocals recede somewhat into the background, the bass isn’t overwhelming or bloated enough to take the focus completely off the mids. In other words, these have boosted bass, but not enough to destroy the cohesion of the sound overall – definitely a good thing in my book.
And when it comes to treble, it’s slightly rolled-off, and slightly soft for my taste – I’m missing a bit of air – but I’m never bothered by sibilance or ringing or any of that bad stuff, so overall it’s not a problem for me.
Overall, I think these sound good for $45. Again, I prefer either a more clinical sound for ambient music and classical, or a vocal-forward sound for J-pop or hip-hop. But I think the average listener will be very impressed with the sound quality of these True Wireless Stereo Earbuds.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Comfort, sound, functionality
Cons: Treble could be better-extended?
Quite a few people out there really need earphones from a well-known brand. But I’d say these Boltune True Wireless Stereo Earbuds present a compelling argument to the contrary: you don’t need a famous brand to get good sound. At $45, the Boltunes are offering up a kind of charisma that more famous brands just wish they had.
Find them on Amazon.