IKT J01 Wireless Earbuds
More Info and Purchase: https://amzn.to/3AmFoLa
It is good to see the latest tech can now be found even on budget priced headsets such as this new stem format set from IKT, which features Bluetooth 5.3, USB-C charging and IPX 7 water resistance.
I am not usually a fan of the AirPod style stem design but it usually does make for superior sound quality as well as a more secure fitting and this is the case here too. This new headset is compact in size, both the buds and case, with a black silk finish that is similar in design to the many rivals out there.
There was a time when you had to pay plenty to get decent quality True Wireless Earbuds but the introduction of Bluetooth 5.0 seems to have changed all that. Before Bluetooth 5.0 all but the most expensive TW earbuds would continually drop out, crackle, pop and generally prove more trouble than they were worth. As technology develops each headset is better than the last and this new set which features the latest Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity and USB-C charging has some of the hardware on board.
In the box were the two buds together with a short USB charging cable, a compact sized smooth black charging case, and a well written and easy to read User Guide. Despite the lightweight, everything has a quality feel to it but without the weightiness of some rivals.
First time pairing could not be simpler and took just a few seconds. Simply remove the two buds from the case and pair in the usual way to your phone looking for the name J01. Subsequently, taking the buds from the case powers them on, they connect to each other and to the phone automatically, returning them to the case turns them off and begins charging. The battery case can recharge the buds around 4 times, giving a total of around 30 hours of music. There are displays on both the buds and case to show charging and connection status with the buds will charge automatically when placed into the case. These stem format buds are easy to remove from the magnetic case and holding the stem prevents accidental button presses, for me a major selling point.
The earbuds use the latest Bluetooth 5.3 technology which is supported by the latest high-end smartphones but of course, they will also work with older Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth 5 adds a longer range o and greatly improves both the stability of the wireless connection and battery life.
The buds are small, neat and comfortable to wear and will deliver up to 7 hours of music per charge. Sound quality is excellent for a TW headset with a very decent level of bass together with clean mid-tones and a non-abrasive high end. Calls were clear to hear and easy to make. I found call quality to be fine at each end of the conversation with no dropouts or excessive background noise.
Each bud has a single soft touch button on it which can be used to end/reject calls, play/pause music, navigate tracks, alter volume and invoke your phone’s voice assistant. This works well and is easy to use. The buds are rated as being IPX 7 water resistant and so they should be fine for the rain and the pool but not for sustained swimming or diving.
Charging is good and fast with a full charge for the buds taking just one hour with the same needed to fully charge the case. The case LED display shows the current battery status of both the case and individual buds.
This is a good quality, lightweight headphone set, perfect for exercise and general use with decent sound quality and a good long battery life. A very worthwhile buy for the £25.99 price.
Good Audio Quality
Good Build Quality
IPX 7 Waterproof
No Apt-X Codec
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