Originally rebranded Realme Buds Air 2s
Dizo, the first brand under the Realme techlife ecosystem, is still in its infancy. The company has launched two affordable audio products to boot this year and now has two more products in the audio segment – Dizo Gopods Neo and Dizo Gopdos. In this article, we will review the next one, an Active Noise Canceling Earphone in Sub 3K Price Bracket. At first glance the earphones undoubtedly bear a resemblance to another product we have reviewed in the past – the Realmy Buds Air 2. Upon further investigation, it is clear that Dizo Gopdos is actually a rebranded Realme Buds Air 2. Earbuds are feature-rich and great to look at, at least on paper, but do we need a rebranded Buds Air2 on the market? Find out.
Dizzy Gopads: Create and relax
Dizo GoPods look almost the same color as the Realme Buds Air 2. GoPods are available in two color variants – Smoky Gray and Cream White. We got the latter for review and were quite satisfied with the aesthetics. The charging case has a cobble-shaped design that is flat enough to easily fit into a pocket without swelling too much. The case is shiny so it can attract fingerprints, but they are not as prominent in the white case.
On the front, you have DJO branding and an LED battery indicator. Below is the USB-C charging port and on the right is a pair of buttons. The case can be easily flicked open with one hand. However, the hinge is not reinforced by metal, which is of little concern for long-term use.
The buds have a dual-tone finish – glossy white stalks and matte black buds. Overall, the language of design is quite aesthetically pleasing. The back of the stem has a touch-sensitive surface to control both music playback and call. Touch controls are reasonably responsive and work well 90 percent of the time, with some misreadings occurring occasionally.
As comfort and fit, Dizo offers a total of three pairs of silicone ear tips for users to choose from (S, M and L). Earbuds are a reassuring, snug fit and safe even during walking, jogging and other physical activities. These are quite comfortable, but if you stretch them out for a few hours, you may feel some discomfort over time. Overall, these buds look stylish, have a snug and comfortable fit and are also suitable for wearing while exercising.
DJO Gopods: Features
Since the Dizo GoPods have been rebranded as Realme Buds Air 2s, they have the same features, which automatically makes it worthwhile to offer an attractive, money offering. You get premium features like Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode in these earbuds which are priced very competitively. The ANC has been democratized by Realme, Oppo and a few other brands, and Dizo is doing the same by offering it to the public at an affordable point.
Now, let’s look at some more features. You can connect Dizo GoPods with a nice compatible app called Realme Link. The app’s UI is clean, easy to use, and has a fair number of customization options. You can toggle between noise cancellation modes, enable features like game mode, in-ear detection, and volume up, and you can customize the controls. In-ear detection works well in buds. During our testing, the feature worked about 80 percent of the time.
For touch controls, you can change the controls within the app. You can customize double-tap, triple tap, and touch and hold functions in both ears. Although there is no way to add volume control, which is very frustrating. Users can use the app to choose between three EQ presets, check battery levels, and update the firmware of buds.
Other features of Dizo GoPods include IPX5 water resistance, USB Type-C charging, and mono earbud use where you can use both buds independently of each other. Overall, dizzy gopads are highly featured for the price.
DJO Gopods: Performance
Uncompensated Frequency Response Graph of Dizzy Gopds (Light Blue) vs. Realm Buds Air 2 (Purple). They are almost identical.
Dizo GoPods The exact 10mm driver is available on Realme Buds Air 2 with DLC coating. They are even equipped with R2 chips and Bluetooth 5.2 as found in Buds Air 2. There is nothing to be surprised about. So, you get the same performance as Realme Buds Air 2 on Dizo GoPods. The earbuds have a consumer-friendly V-shaped sound signature with a slightly boosted bus response and height increase in the 2kHz-3kHz range of the frequency graph. In this graph, you can see that Realme Buds Air 2 and Dizo GoPods have created almost identical frequency response graphs. We use a measurement mic from iSEMcon attached to the adapter from SLS Audio to test IEM. For our audio interface devices, we use Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. All of this is integrated into a PC running SMAART-Di v2 software that generates frequency graphs for headphones.
Raw Frequency Response Graph of DJO Gopads (Light Blue) vs. Flat Response (Light Purple)
In addition to objective tests using our equipment, real-world experiments have shown that Dizo GoPods have a punchy and lively bus response that many will enjoy, although the bus lacks some detail and sophistication. Slightly exaggerated low-alkaline reactions occasionally bleed occasionally. For example, in Billy Hilsa is a bad guy, The bass beat sounds and interferes with the clarity of the voice. By itself, the mid-range is well-crafted although the instruments and voices in this range sound quite clear for the most part. The heights are also decent, though the drop-off rock from 4kHz to 8kHz symbolizes music and high-hat spoils some details, making the tracks occasionally dull. The soundstage is decent, however, the imaging can be a bit better. But for the price, Dizo GoPods comes with an enjoyable and lively word signature. They sound especially good with genres like EDM, Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop and Bollywood. Even without a volume booster the buds are incredibly loud and we always use them at about 50-60 percent of the volume.
For Active Noise Cancellation Performance, Buds offers an impressive experience for this price range. The ANC performance in these buds will obviously not compete with the premium TWS earbuds, but it does quite well in some situations. Constant, low frequency sounds such as an AC drone, aircraft roar and similar sounds are very well ruled out. If you spend 5K, the Oppo Enco W51 offers somewhat better ANC performance, but at this price point, the earphones perform as expected or even slightly better. Transparency mode is also available and it works quite well.
Now, going to the microphone at Dizo Gopdos, the performance is moderate, the best. Voices relayed to calls via built-in microphones sound a bit distorted and have some echoes. For wireless connection, the earphones come with Bluetooth v5.2 and we have not encountered any problems with the connection. There was no drop or lag in the audio and the wireless range is quite good. There are slight delays in watching videos or playing games, but you can turn on game mode to make it significantly better with the Realme Link app. When this mode is enabled, the company claims a low latency of 88ms
DJO Gopods: Battery Life
The battery life of the Dizo Gopads is rated at 25 hours with both the buds and the charging case closed with the ANC. According to the company, earbuds have a battery life of 5 hours and the ANC is off. In our experiment, the ANC continued and the buds lasted about 3.5 hours at about 60 percent volume. If you keep the ANC on, your mileage will vary depending on the volume level. The charging case provided buds with 4-5 extra charges, which is quite decent for the price.
The buds also support fast charging where just 10 minutes of charging will give users about 2 hours of play time including ANC off. Battery life is quite good overall and it surpasses OnePlus Buds Z and Oppo Enco W51 in terms of total playback time.
DJO GOPODS: Roy
Dizo GoPods is a solid, value for less than 5K TWS. Not only does it offer Active Noise Cancellation on a budget, but it also offers great app support, decent battery life and a great set of features. However, it is basically a rebranded Realme Buds Air 2 with each specification identical to the T. Realme Buds Air 2 was launched at Rs 3,299 but can now be purchased for Rs 2,999. Dizo GoPods are priced at Rs 3,299, the same price as when Realme Buds Air 2 was launched. We are not fans of rebranded products because we see no point in misleading the consumer by offering 2 correct offers with different names or price points. Additionally, Realme Buds Air 2 now sells for 2, 2,999 on the Realme website, so grab them instead of Dizo GoPods, since they are the same product. We really hope to see some originality from Dizo in the future, even if they are under Realme’s techlife ecosystem.