Indigenous audio company, Mivi has recently launched a new pair of truly wireless earphones, the Mivi Duopods M80, in the affordable TWS market. Priced at Rs 2,999, the Duopods M80 comes with Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity, IPX4 water resistance rating, aptX codec support, touch control, about 30 hours battery life, Type-C charging and much more. Let’s find out if these feature-rich earphones provide sound quality and build.
Construction and comfort
Featuring a primarily plastic build, the Mivi Duopods M80’s charging case features a matte black color, while the earbuds have their own glossy texture. The charging case has a pill-shaped design that has a fair amount of vertical life, which makes it a bit out of pocket. The front of the case has 5 LED lights indicating the charging status of the case as well as the buds. The back has a USB Type-C charging port, which is always great at this price point.
The earbuds have a pipe-style in-ear design that extends to fit the angular nozzle. The back cover of the buds has a metallic CD-like pattern with the MVI logo in the center. This part doubles as a touch panel to control playback and calls. At the bottom of the stretch pipe, there is a tiny metal part with an LED status indicator as well as a microphone. The design of the buds is more attractive than the smooth look.
Overall, the buds have an ergonomic and lightweight design and fit the ears quite nicely. The IPX4 rating means you can use these buds in the gym even if you sweat a lot, even in light rain. The buds do not cause any discomfort or pressure in the ear even after prolonged use. However, touch controls are extremely sensitive, where it becomes annoying. Even an unintentional slight tap causes the music to pause or play.
Despite being truly affordable wireless earphones, the Mivi Duopods M80 is equipped with a considerable number of features. Touch controls in the bud can be used to play / pause music, answer / reject phone calls, change tracks, and even call your voice assistant. However, the volume control is missing, which is a shame.
Earphones, along with the more standard SBC and AAC codecs, also support the aptX codec which translates to lower latency and improved sound quality. However, using this codec does not mean that the sound quality will be appreciated right now as it also depends on the driver and the tuning. We’ll get the performance later.
The Mivi Duopods M80 also comes with mono mode, which means both buds are master buds. So, you can simply pull an earbud (right or left) out of the case and just listen to the music in it. Powered by Bluetooth v5.0, earphones instantly connect to your device. However, we do notice occasional skip and lag in playback.
You will also get 30 hours of battery life as claimed by the company. However, in our experiments, we were able to extract about 25 hours from the earphones – 5 hours from the earbud on a single charge, and 4 extra charges from the case, which is quite good for this price point. You also get USB Type-C charging, which is also becoming more common in affordable wireless earphones.
The Mivi Duopods M80 features a pretty impressive build and is quite rich in features for the price point, however, the sound quality was somewhat disappointing. Now, unless you’re an extreme base head who likes to thump at the price of everything else, these earphones can frustrate you with their aggressive and muddy bus response that significantly cloudes the middle and height. Mids are actually quite detailed due to the APTX codec support but the external alloy response overwhelms the detail.
Such as base-heavy tracks Bad guy By Billy Ilish It has the characteristics of a large diameter thump, but the extra excess makes it quite muddy and distorted, especially in high volume. Keep in mind that these earphones are extremely loud, and we would not recommend that you exceed 40-50 percent of the volume, as this is not good for your hearing and these earphones start cracking and distorting sound at high volume.
Such as rock songs Popular monster By Reverse ejaculation And Pull me down By Dream Theater, The muddy bass completely occupies the intricacies of the song, the drums essentially drowning out the vocals and other high-frequency instruments. Vocal-centric tracks also sound a bit weak due to the lack of drive in the middle.
Now, as far as the quality of the microphone goes, it performs acceptablely in a quiet environment like your home, however, in a more noisy environment the Duopods M80 allows excessive amounts of background noise which hinders the calling experience.
The last row
The Mivi Duopods are feature-rich true wireless earphones that also include ergonomic and lightweight earbuds that fit well to most ears. However, the highly muddy alloy response envelops the details in the middle and height of most genre music. In addition, the bus is distorted by the high volume, which makes it difficult for music listeners to recommend these earphones. At Rs 2,999, there are some pretty decent options from other companies like Plago T44 and Bolt Audio Airbus Livebuds.