Although German model Blaupunkt is finest identified for its automobile audio merchandise, its headphones and earphones are widespread in India as properly. Marketed in India by Envent Worldwide (well-known for its personal vary of reasonably priced audio merchandise), Blaupunkt caught our consideration final yr with the BTW-01 true wi-fi earphones, which we had then thought to be among the many finest true wi-fi earphones that you can then purchase for lower than Rs. 5,000. Today, we’re reviewing the successor to these earphones, the Blaupunkt BTW Pro.
Priced at Rs. 6,999, the Blaupunkt BTW Pro is dearer than BTW-01, however guarantees a bit extra to justify that. The large enchancment right here is assist for the Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codec, which guarantees higher sound high quality when used with a suitable machine. There’s a good bit extra to those true wi-fi earphones as properly; discover out every little thing there may be to know concerning the Blaupunkt BTW Pro in our evaluate.
Blaupunkt BTW Pro design and specs
The true wi-fi earphones section has come a great distance since final yr, however Blaupunkt’s design hasn’t. The Blaupunkt BTW Pro earphones are so much just like the BTW-01 earphones; whereas the atypical appears and fundamental styling might need been forgivable within the reasonably priced house a yr in the past, we have come to count on extra in 2020. The boring plastic and boring end of the earphones and charging case make the BTW Pro really feel low-cost, and positively not what Rs. 7,000 can buy you.
The earphones resemble the Skullcandy Indy earpieces, that are themselves impressed by the Apple AirPods; a stem extends from each, and there is a main microphone on the backside with a second one close to the highest of every. The earphones have an in-canal match, however have small ideas that did not sit very securely in our ears or give us the optimum degree of noise isolation.
The outer aspect of every of the earphones has a touch-sensitive space which can be utilized to manage playback and quantity on the Blaupunkt BTW Pro; a single faucet on both aspect adjusts the amount, a double faucet will play or pause the music, and a long-press will skip to the subsequent or earlier monitor. You also can invoke the voice assistant on a paired smartphone by means of a triple-tap on the best earbud. The gesture controls had been easy sufficient for us to grasp, and we appreciated having the ability to management quantity on the headset itself.
It’s potential to make use of both earbud independently, however each will have to be individually paired with the smartphone for this to work. We discovered that this sometimes triggered connection points; at occasions, solely one of many earphones would work, with the opposite failing to latch on because the ‘slave’ earbud. Leaving just one paired with the smartphone yielded the perfect outcomes by way of connection stability and velocity.
While our evaluate unit was a grey-black one, the Blaupunkt BTW Pro offered on Amazon is on the market solely in plain black. The earphones are IPX7-rated for water resistance, and will be capable of comfortably deal with water publicity for lengthy durations. The dual-microphone system claims to enhance efficiency on voice calls utilizing environmental noise cancellation.
The charging case of the Blaupunkt BTW Pro is manufactured from plastic and would not look or really feel superb. The earphones sit snugly contained in the case, and a small indicator gentle on the surface exhibits the standing of charging, however the Micro-USB charging port is a giant downside right here. With many reasonably priced producers already having moved to USB Type-C, it is shocking that these earphones stick with the dated Micro-USB port at this worth.
The Blaupunkt BTW Pro makes use of Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, and helps the Qualcomm aptX and SBC Bluetooth codecs. The lack of assist for AAC is odd, and signifies that these true wi-fi earphones are extra appropriate to be used with Android smartphones which extensively assist the aptX codec.
Battery life on the Blaupunkt BTW Pro is spectacular, with the earphones operating for round seven hours at a excessive quantity degree earlier than needing to be charged. The charging case supplied three full fees, giving the earphones a complete battery lifetime of round 28 hours per cycle.
Blaupunkt BTW Pro efficiency
We fairly appreciated the Blaupunkt BTW-01 earphones, and so we had been trying ahead to seeing what the corporate may do with higher Bluetooth codec assist. However, though the BTW Pro is dearer than its predecessor and is healthier geared up on paper, our expertise with it wasn’t fairly as optimistic. The new earphones felt dated, awkward, and undoubtedly not as impressive-sounding as different merchandise within the worth section.
We primarily used a OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) because the supply machine to check the Blaupunkt BTW Pro earphones, which took benefit of the aptX codec. We used Spotify, YouTube Music, and our assortment of high-resolution audio tracks, and we additionally examined efficiency with movies and voice calls.
Starting off with Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix), we instantly discovered the Blaupunkt BTW Pro to be too boomy. The bass was aggressive, reverberating, and extreme with this punchy dubstep monitor, to the extent that it routinely overpowered different parts of the monitor. Some of the highs within the monitor had been fully misplaced because of the rumbling low-end. The sound was like what we might expertise in a nightclub standing proper subsequent to one of many large audio system.
Moving away from tracks with aggressive lows, we listened to Days To Come by Bonobo in FLAC format. The bass, whereas nonetheless aggressive and overpowering, felt a bit extra calculated because of the upper high quality of the audio monitor. It’s right here that we skilled the advantages of the aptX Bluetooth codec, as a good quantity of element could possibly be heard throughout the vary regardless of the extreme low finish. Some of the fainter devices within the monitor sounded respectable and distinct, giving us a great sense of path and soundstage.
That mentioned, the bass at all times had the ultimate say in any monitor, and it took some effort on our half to have the ability to respect the finer particulars of the music we listened to. While the earphones are detailed, the bass was nonetheless unduly punchy, which was fatiguing. We did not take pleasure in our music as a lot as we did when utilizing equally priced competitors such because the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones. If you do like your bass punchy, you would possibly take pleasure in what the Blaupunkt BTW Pro has to supply.
Watching an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on our smartphone with the Blaupunkt BTW Pro linked, we discovered that the boomy sound would not make for a really clear audio expertise. Voices had a rumbling after-effect to them, which rapidly grew tiresome. On voice calls at affordable volumes, efficiency was ample; noise cancellation did appear to assist make conversations a bit clearer, however we did not discover the sound to be as pure and detailed as on the Oppo Enco Free.
Considering how a lot we appreciated the Blaupunkt BTW-01, we had large expectations from its successor. The Blaupunkt BTW Pro sadly would not dwell up, feeling dated in design and poorly tuned in comparison with the ever-improving competitors within the section. Bass lovers would possibly respect the punchy low-end, however we discovered the earphones to be too boomy for our liking.
While there may be some element to be heard by means of the rumbling sonic signature, and battery life is superb for true wi-fi earphones, we really feel that the shortcomings of the Blaupunkt BTW Pro will outweigh its advantages for most individuals. This pair of earphones is value contemplating provided that you want your bass extreme; if not, choices such because the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones and Shanling MTW100 is perhaps higher bets at this worth.
Price: Rs. 6,999
- Good gesture controls
- Very good battery life
- IPX7 water resistance
- aptX makes for detailed sound (in case you can hear it)
- Bass is extreme and overpowering
- Average design, awkward match
- No AAC codec assist
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design/ consolation: 3
- Audio high quality: 3
- Battery life: 4.5
- Value for cash: 3.5
- Overall: 3.5