Indian audio companies have been successful in creating waves in the audio industry due to their noise and their lineup of affordable and efficient audio solutions. The company has an array of genuine wireless and wireless earphones that are reasonably priced, aimed at playing among the industry heavyweights. Most of the noise products we have reviewed in the past have provided more than our satisfactory results. The company’s audio products have somehow become go-to, especially in India, for those who want a pleasurable listening experience without breaking the bank. The Noise Shots Rush is one of the company’s latest genuine wireless offerings dedicated to those living an active life. Priced at Rs 3,999, these sports earphones include bells and whistles such as full touch control, voice assistant access, an IPX5 rating and more. So, let’s find out how real budget wireless earphones performed in our tests.
Construction and design
Noise has branded these earphones as sports earphones, especially for people with more active lifestyles. The earphones are equipped with what the company calls ‘Sports Ear Hook’. These are basically large silicone ear tips that loop around and stick to the back of your ear to give a more secure fit. Ear hooks are flexible and loop easily around most ears, however, if you have small ears, ear hooks can protrude above your ears. Either way, you’ll still get a pretty secure fit because of the ear hooks as well as the angular ear tips that sit firmly in your ear.
Alas, the snug and secure fit in these earphones actually hinders the overall comfort. Something about the shape of the earbuds and the extent to which they are angled creates extreme pressure and discomfort inside your ear. To make sure this wasn’t just a problem with the reviewer’s smaller ears than usual, we sent these buds to another person who had larger ears and, unfortunately, felt the same pressure and discomfort. About 15 minutes of use is enough to make your ears feel uncomfortable and one or two hours of listening sessions turn the discomfort into complete pain. We recommend that you try before you buy these earphones, if you can, to see if you face the same problem as it can seriously hamper your experience.
Aside from the obvious comfort issues, the earphones are initially made of plastic but still feel quite powerful and premium. The earbuds extend to the earphones, which are then attached to the ear hooks. Ear hooks, however, cannot be detached. The stem portion of the earphones has a touch panel that allows users to control playback and calls. They have a matte texture across plastic earphones and silicone ear hooks. The earphones also come in three color options – Charcoal Gray (almost black), Quick Silver (really gray), and Wine Red (more like Magenta). These are definitely eye-catching earphones, if they were as comfortable as they were attractive.
Due to the large footprint of the earphones due to the elongated stem and large ear hooks, the charging case also needs to be larger to include these earphones in them. The charging case is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, we’ve seen with real wireless earphones. The charging case has rounded edges and has a smooth matte texture that feels great to the touch. However, the case is far from the pocket and it will definitely come out clearly in most pants and jeans, if it fits in the pocket too, that is. They certainly don’t fit in women’s jeans pockets, which is notorious for small pockets.
There is a micro-USB charging port on the back of the charging case. * Sigh * It is not wrong to expect Type-C charging with a pair of earphones priced at around Rs 4,000. Inside the case, you’ll find huge indents for earphones and gold magnetic tips for holding and charging earphones. The case also uses a magnet to keep the lid closed, which snaps audibly satisfactorily.
Overall, Noise Shots Rush True Wireless sports earphones miss the mark when it comes to comfort. The huge charging case is also not very convenient, however, we can leave it at that as the huge sports earphones call for bigger than the normal case. However, the earphones themselves look aesthetically pleasing and if fitting is not a problem for you and you lead an active lifestyle, you may want to consider buying these earphones for a snap and secure fit while you are running or exercising.
For a truly affordable pair of wireless earphones, Noise Shot Rush has a fair number of features. First, they come with an IPX5 sweat-resistant and water-resistant rating which means the earphones can easily wick away sweat and even light rain. However, do not go around dipping them in water. They are powered by Bluetooth 5.0 and support AAC codecs According to the company, the Bluetooth range is about 33 feet or 10 meters. We weren’t able to fully test it because of the lockdown, however, they kept the connection intact when we moved to another room.
Noise shot rush is also equipped with full touch control as mentioned above. The controls are as follows – Single press on both earbuds to pause / play music, double-tap on the right to increase the volume and on the left to reduce it, long press on the right to avoid the next track and the same left side takes you to the previous track and a double-tap on both sides. Answers the call. A long press on both sides will reject incoming phone calls.
Additionally, three taps on the left earphone’s touchpad call your device’s voice assistant while three taps on the right activate game mode. When you hear the sound of gunfire you know that you have entered game mode. Noise claims that game mode latency is reduced to 75 mph. We played PUBG mobile with game mode on and there was almost no noticeable delay in the sound of firing, which is commendable. The earphones pack an EQ with three specific sound presets – pop, rock and classical. Four times tapping on any earbud touch panel will turn the modes. Touch controls are highly responsive and intuitive for the most part. We will discuss in detail the sound quality of the three EQ presets in the next section.
Finally, the battery life of these earphones is quite good. The company claims that the buds can power up to 6 hours of continuous use, while the charging case can lift the earphones up to three times. It has a total battery life of 24 hours which is quite respectable. In our tests, we found the company’s claim to be quite accurate. The earphones lasted a little less than 6 hours on a single charge (approximately 5 hours, 45 minutes) and we were able to charge the earphones 3 more times before the case ran out of juice.
Large 12mm driver packing, Noise Shots Rush has an overall warm and pleasing sound profile. However, their sound profile is actually divided into three variations. Noise Shot Rush has three genre-specific audio modes available – Pop, Rock and Classical. By default, the device is set to pop audio mode and tapping any one earbud 4 times will allow you to cycle through these EQ presets. Let’s look at the intricate details of each audio mode separately.
Starting with the default pop mode, in our opinion, this mode is the weakest link among the three presets. This mode has an A-shaped sound signature with pronounced middle and voice and pressed low and high. The idea was probably for the protagonist of the voice, which of course makes this mode better. The vocals on the pop track sound smooth, textured and full. The vocals have a vague intensity to them, which we really like. Sadly, pop mode lacks alloy response. Since most modern-day pop music has a healthy amount of bass, this can make pop tracks sound hollow at times. However, mainly vocal-centric tracks Hello By Adele And don’t worry too much about the pronunciation of the instrument, this is the right audio mode for you.
Coming in rock mode, it features a V-shaped sound profile that accentuates the bass response, low and high. The noise has made a good call here since the pronounced lows and highs really bring out the vitality and drive the bass guitar and symbols. Vocals take a bit of a backseat in this mode and the spotlight is mainly on all instruments, as it should be. However, lead guitars may sound a bit muted. Also, if you want to keep the volume high while rocking the tracks, the highs can be a bit short and shaky, while the lows can be a bit distorted and muddy. On the track Hysteria By MuseThe electric guitar at the beginning of the song sounds rather intense and unpleasant.
Classical mode has a more mid-focused sound profile with a bit of base punch. In fact, pop tracks actually sound better in this mode than in pop mode, which is the opposite. If you do not want to deal with the hassle of switching up the audio mode, which can be tedious as it involves tapping the touchpad 4 times, we recommend that you always keep the classical mode active. The bay is sharp enough, the voices are detailed and well rendered while the heights are emphasized a little less but not small.
Instrument separation and imaging in earphones is bad. In Celkis by Between the Buried and Me, the wide array of instruments present on the track sharply overlap each other, making the track sound even more chaotic than intended. The soundstage is not too wide, however, in classical mode, you will get a slight ambient sound effect.
Overall, we really like to include three different and very different sounding sound profiles in Noise Shots Rush. It offers users the choice of which resonates with the one that resonates most with them or switches between presets when they deem appropriate. Also, the sound isolation, due to the snag fit, is great on these earphones. It muffles out all the environmental noise to a great degree. The call quality in these earphones, however, is strictly moderate. The microphone also picks up the surrounding sounds, and the caller’s voice makes a slight noise to the person on the other end.
The last row
Conservatively priced at Rs 3,999, Noise Shots Rush True Wireless Sports Earphones are a decent pair of earphones. However, difficult comfort issues prevent us from recommending these earphones to people. The discomfort severely hampered our entire experience with earbuds and we were forced to take a break from earphones within an hour or so, sometimes even within minutes of using them. Still, if you get the chance to try them and don’t suffer from the same comforts, these 3 audio modes make them a very lucrative purchase because of the nice sound profile, snag fit and good battery life. . Unfortunately, due to pressing comfort issues, we can’t give Noise a thumbs up for this product.