The market seems to be flooded with super cheap true wireless earbuds in the $50 price range. But with so many unknown headphone companies taking a shot at affordable true wireless, it’s hard to know which brand to trust. But a small company, Treblab, is growing in popularity and legitimacy with affordable wireless products that are pleasing consumers. So, today I’ll be taking their $49 true wireless buds, the XFit, for a test drive. Are these buds a true bang for your buck? Or is it worth investing in something more pricey from a major brand? Let’s find out in this TREBLAB XFit Truly Wireless Earbuds Review.
TREBLAB XFit Truly Wireless Earbuds Review
IN the BOX
The fit is one of my favorite aspects of the XFit. Compared to most other true wireless earbuds on the market, these things are tiny. And they snugly seal into the ear, giving you the impression that you’re wearing nothing at all. So, unless you have freakishly shaped ear canals, you shouldn’t worry about these buds falling out during exercise sessions.
Controls and Functionality
The XFit offers pretty standard functionality, using the buttons on the earpieces. The buds allow you to play/pause, skip tracks and answer/end calls. Unfortunately, you can’t control volume from the earpieces, which can be a pain if you’re using these buds for running. But to be honest, even many higher priced true wireless earbuds don’t offer volume control from the earpieces.
Battery Life and Charging
You’ll get about 4-5 hours of playtime on one charge. And there’s an extra 25 hours of juice in the charging case. This is on the higher end of standard for a pair of true wireless earbuds in the higher price range. So, for 50 bucks, the battery life is impressive.
The charging case employs a Micro-USB connection. Micro-USB tends to be slower to charge than the newer USB-C connection. That being said, Treblab’s website claims that the XFit will fully charge in just 1 hour.
Not bad. Less than crystal clear. But certainly, the caller sounds clean enough to carry out a intelligible conversation.
The XFit offers an IPX6 waterproof rating, which means it can withstand a significant amount of sweat and even heavy rain.
Bluetooth and Supported Codecs
The XFit supports Bluetooth 5, which is the latest Bluetooth technology. In theory, it should mean fewer dropped signals. And writing this review in the middle of Manhattan, I experienced zero dropouts.
The XFit also supports the high-resolution codec, AAC for iPhone and Android, which is unusual for a pair of true wireless buds at this price point.
I mean, how cute…Can you stand it?
Massive. I mean, Treblab’s giving Dr. Dre a run for his money. Bass-heads will certainly gravitate towards this sound signature. But if you have even the slightest aversion to heavy bass, the XFit isn’t for you. It’s boomy and reverberating. In fact, playing some Bruno Mars tracks, the bass overshadows the entire mix. That being said, once the bass creeps up into the higher frequencies, it becomes a little less pronounced. And if you appreciate a warm sounding rock track, the XFit will deliver.
Because the bass is so heavy, you won’t hear too much of the lower-midrange frequencies. Instead, the upper-mids shine through the mix. As a result, the Xfit presents quite a dynamic profile, where there’s a dramatic contrast between the lows and higher frequencies. This kind of sound signature works particularly well for pop because what stands out is bass, drums and vocals. So, Billie Eilish, for example, sounds great on these buds. In terms of clarity, the separation becomes solid once it moves up the frequency spectrum. And though you won’t hear too much detail when listening to string instruments, the XFit presents a satisfyingly thick and fluid feel that is certainly enjoyable to listen to.
Nice and crispy in this range. Again, pop is a good genre for these earbuds because percussion in this range presents plenty of snap. At the same time, the high frequencies avoid any sharpness. So, the XFit is also easy on the ears. And that thickness that I mentioned above makes vocals in this range velvety and honey-like. So, vocalists like Rihanna and Whitney Houston sound super sweet.
Because the bass is so heavy, the soundstage presents somewhat of an insulated feel. But the imaging isn’t bad for a pair of true wireless for a pair of wireless earbuds at this price point. And you’ll certainly get a good sense of height, even if there’s little audible depth.
PROS and CONS
Pros: Rich and satiating sound signature; hi-res codec support; great fit; adorably tiny charging case.
Cons: Bass may be overkill for some.
I’ve reviewed quite a few true wireless earbuds in this price range, and I always find a flaw, whether it’s the fit, sound quality or poor battery life. But unless you suffer from bass-anxiety, these buds are a great bang for your buck at $50. The sound signature is rich and meaty. And the fact that the XFit also supports the AAC codec is a huge plus as well. Furthermore, with a solid 30 hours of total battery life and a super cute and snug-fitting minimalist design, the XFit is a great option for the gym or your daily commute. Verdict: besides the hedonistic bass, I have zero complaints.
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