Noise Shots X-Buds Review: Featured and Affordable
Audio startup, Noise, is now coming to limelight due to their efficient but budget-friendly audio solution lineup, Noise Shots has refreshed its line of wireless earphones with the launch of X-Buds. With all the fuss of the true wireless segment in the audio industry this year, consumers have entered this elusive segment in large numbers across multiple brands – well-known and fancy. Shots X-Buds tries to differentiate itself through “next-gener sound” and desirable features. Let us know what the new Noise Bud fare is like in our review.
Noise Shots X-Buds provide fairly efficient sound quality. However, where they do not tail back the bass responds. In such tracks Another bites the dust By The queen Or Uptown Funk By Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, The base thumps are rather muted which makes the whole track feel dynamically flat. Despite achieving a perfect fit with S (small) shaped ear tips, the bass response felt uncomfortable. However, switching from SBT to AAC results in full sound quality and deep bass.
Noise shots in the middle and height of the X-Bud are sculptural and full-bodied. In the electronic synth alloy Mindstreet in Mothergen Somewhat muted, most of the other instruments present on the track were also well presented and well preserved. Voices also shine on these earphones, which have a sublime sound. Billy Ilish’s bad guy Sounds crystal clear and ear satisfactory. The ‘s’ sound and Billy’s sporadic breaths never sounded harsh or ‘hisi’, which is admirable.
Inside Dream Theater Pool Me Under, The layout of the instrument sounds perfect, however, the separation of the instrument seems to be slightly missing here. The gaps between the instruments were also inefficient which caused noise shots to become noisy when playing on X-Buds. However, we are becoming extremely ruthless here, as it is expected, especially in IEMs where drivers push against your ear canal.
You can also achieve quite a bit of sound isolation by having an IEM snag fit in your ear. We couldn’t hear the constant chatter and clicks of our mechanical keyboards in our test labs, which is great. In addition, even though the music is off, the surrounding sounds seem to have subsided considerably. Word leaks were also minimal. We recorded a mere 50.9dB leak at 65 percent volume in our experiments.
Watching Netflix, YouTube and Hotstar using these earphones was a delightful experience and we did not encounter any major latency issues. We also played COD Mobile, and the footsteps and shots were loud and clear. The stereo sound in the game was also admirable in that we could detect directional footprints and gunshots.
The call quality in these earphones is strictly average. The microphone does not seem to pick up your voice easily and the receiver often complains that the voice is too loud. On the other hand, the receiver’s voice was quite clear.
Overall, the sound is detailed in mid-range and treble range, the voice is clear and the bass is irresistible, but not completely silent. Noise shots X-buds are bright-sounding IEMs, and they have tried to incorporate an audiophile sound profile into these buds. The alloy reaction is only a tiny bit more exaggerated if they will succeed. Still, the Noise Shots X-Buds are better than what you would expect from budget-friendly real wireless earphones.
Although the Noise Shots X-Buds are equipped with a number of features that are usually avoided at this price point, some of them are still somewhat hit and miss. In case, built-in touch control. The 1More’s stylish True Wireless earphones, which come with high price tags, don’t have the touch control features attached to the more ancient single-button controls. Touch control of Noise Shots X-Buds lets you control the volume, pause / play a track, skip tracks or go back to previous tracks, turn on the voice assistant and receive and reject calls.
Despite having an array of touch-capable controls, we noticed that the touch controls were somewhat retrograde and were turned off by some weird touch combo needed to perform a certain action. Stopping and playing a track was the only normal action, in our opinion, with a simple double-tap on both earphones. Let’s get the hard ones now. You need to triple tap on the left earphone to go to the previous song and triple tap on the right to skip to the next track. Volume up and down are achieved by single-tapping or sliding up or down on the right and left earphones, respectively.
What’s the problem, you ask? Well, performing this action is a task since sometimes, the touch panel registers it as a double-tap and pauses the track. Other times, the earphones register a triple tap as a single-tap and increase the volume. It became increasingly exciting and after the point, the reviewer resigned to avoid the tracks by whipping the test device instead.
Touch controls can also be used to activate your device’s voice assistant by touching and holding any one earphone. Take it with a pinch of salt as it worked about 50 percent of the time we tried. To answer a call, you need to tap any earphone individually and hold and hold any earphone for two seconds, the call will be rejected and double-tapping on any earphone will end the call. These actions worked well without any major hiccups. Although the touch controls are a bit hit and miss, we still use the break / play and volume touch controls extensively as they work almost flawlessly.
Noise Shots X-Buds are also IPX5 rated (sweat-resistant) which means they can occasionally dare light rain and sweat-induced workout sessions. The earphones have Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, auto power, pairing and power off capabilities and AAC codec support. However, instead of Type-C there is micro-USB charging, which is always a problem in 2019, because carrying almost two chargers is always a nuisance.
Construction and design
After unboxing the Noise Shots X-Buds, users will be greeted by the earphones themselves with a matte-black elliptical charging case, a micro-USB charging cable, a user manual and additional ear tips of different sizes (S, M and L). ) The matte finish of the Oval Charging Case is pleasing to the touch and feels quite premium in the hand despite having a plastic body. The ‘Noise’ logo is subtly embedded in the middle of the case and has a very minimal look. The case is closed magnetically but opens seamlessly without applying too much pressure.
The case is fairly pocketable, however, it has come out quite a bit in women’s jeans. It also weighs extremely light, weighing only 50 grams with earphones inside the case. The case has a charging indicator with four small LEDs that illuminate the rest of the charge in the case.
The design of the earphones is reminiscent of Apple AirPods as they also feature the traditional ‘pipe-style’ design with angled tips. As mentioned above, the box contains silicone ear tips of different sizes and the combination of the 45-degree angled earphone nozzle with it ensures a snag fit. Shots X-Buds are unusually comfortable to wear, even for long listening sessions and during running and light exercise, which is commendable. Be careful though, these earphones protrude slightly from the ears and when you have short hair or ponytail hair, they are quite noticeable, even from a distance.
The earphones have the same matte texture as the charging case with the golden magnetic point attached to the charging case. They have an LED that turns red when the battery is low, blue when the earphones are in pair mode, and white when connected. Overall, the design of the charging case and the earphones complement each other well, both in a minimalist, minimalist yet exquisite look.
The Noise Shots X-Buds offer an average of four hours of battery life on the earbuds, and the accompanying charging case is capable of turning off the earphones an extra three times. This gives it an overall battery life of sixteen hours, which is not too bad at this price point, especially when Apple AirPods only have the same figure which is almost four times the price.
We were able to extract about 3 and a half hours of juice from the earbud, which is close to what the company claims. The charging case, powered by a 650mAH battery, was delivered as advertised and was able to charge the buds three times. When the earphone’s battery reaches a critical stage, the earphones repeatedly ask you about it every 30 seconds and the LED indicators turn red.
The LEDs in the charging case turn white when connected to a micro-USB charger, and stop burning when the case is fully charged. It took about 2 hours and 15 minutes to bring the case from 0 percent to 100 percent.
The last row
There’s a lot to choose from in the case of Noise Shots X-Buds, the new true wireless entrant to Noise. At a fairly affordable price of Rs 3,999, the earphones offer balanced and detailed midrange and treble performance. Bus heads, however, should refrain from buying these earphones as the response has been significantly reduced in this range, where hip-hop, rap and EDM genres feel quite unlisted. Nonetheless, if bas-y ‘boom’ and ‘thumps’ aren’t key to your listening experience, the Noise Shots X-Buds provide excellent sound performance, IPX5 sweat resistance, touch resistant controls and much more, all in one big way. Without burning the hole. Your pocket