Value for money TWS armor with a few chinks

‘Active Noise Cancellation Without Bank Breaking’ seems to have been the theme in the TWS market in 2021 and it has spread to 2022 as well. And boy, are we happy? We absolutely love that budget audio producers are taking on the responsibility of democratizing premium features like ANC for the public. DIZO, a brand under the Realme TechLife ecosystem, has already seen some success in the budget ANC TWS area with DIZO GoPods. However, those earphones were originally rebranded Realme Buds Air 2 earphones. We’re looking forward to some more originality from DIZO in the ANC space in the future, and we’ve got it now with the newly-launched DIZO Buds Z Pro. Priced at Rs 2,999, DIZO Buds Z Pro is an upgraded version of DIZO Buds Z which was launched in September 2021. The Pro variant comes with enhanced battery life, ANC support, Bluetooth v5.2 and slightly modified design. These buds compete against other budget Active Noise Canceling TWS such as Realme Buds Air 2 and Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro. Let’s see if DIZO, a company still in its infancy, can make a big enough splash in this segment.

DJO Buds Z Pro: Performance – Sound, Microphone and Wireless Connection

Equipped with 10mm dynamic drivers with DIZO Buds Z Pro 20Hz-20kHz frequency range, their non-Pro equivalent. Buds only supports SBC codecs, which is disappointing because most earbuds in this price range support SBC and AAC codecs. However, the company has definitely re-tuned these earbuds. They also offer a more balanced and smooth sound signature than the DIJO Buds Z. The bass is still boosted but the mids and heels are not so much emphasized, making the sound more pleasant to hear.

DJO Buds Z Pro Review - Sound Quality

Raw Frequency Response Graph of DIJO Buds Z Pro (Light Green) vs. Neutral Response (Dark Green)

The alloy reaction is slightly swollen and it negatively affects the accuracy and detail in the middle due to hearing masking. However, the mid-range from 500Hz-2kHz is very well produced, so while it is not damaged by auditory masking due to the boosted bus, the mids sound complex and detailed. The vocals are crystal clear and the lead instruments are primitive sound, which is great for sub-2K TWS earphones. Now, the height has been slightly increased from 2kHz-4kHz, so there is some sibling present, but nowhere near what was present in the DIZO Buds Z.

The DIZO Buds Z Pro is priced the same as the Realme Buds Air 2 and Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro. While they certainly sound miles better than the absolutely cluttered bus presentation from the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro, the Realme Buds Air 2 is definitely better tuned and more balanced sounding. None of these earphones are suitable for audiofiles or purists, of course. They are more ready for users who prefer a pair of base-forward earphones that work well with genres like Pop, Rap, EDM, and Bollywood.

Moving on to the imaging of these earbuds, it is quite good for the sub-2K price point. You can say that a word is coming from a general direction, but it is not very specific. The soundstage is quite narrow and the sound seems to be located in and around your head instead of being wide. Overall, these are decent, warm-sounding earphones with a punchy base that occasionally swells.

DJO Buds Z Pro Review

Moving on to microphone performance, the DIZO Buds Z Pro employs dual microphones with environmental noise cancellation. The microphone performs very well indoors to relay sharp-sounding voices, however, when you are outside with a lot of ambient noise, the microphone chats too much around and your voice may become distorted and faded. So, we recommend using a microphone primarily when you are indoors.

For wireless connectivity, the earphone comes with Bluetooth v5.2 which is one step above DIZO Buds Z’s Bluetooth 5.0. There was no stuttering or lag while listening to music and the connection process is easy and fast. Once you’ve connected the earphones to your source device, reconnecting to the device is almost instantaneous. Another advantage is the game mode which reduces the latency to 88ms. We used these earphones to watch TV shows and play games and noticed very little latency. The audio is almost completely synced with the video, so you won’t have too many problems on this front if the game mode is turned on.

DIZO Buds Z Pro: Active Noise Cancellation and other features

As an upgraded version of DIZO Buds Z, the Pro variant includes Active Noise Cancellation, which was missing from the older variants. The company claims to suppress ambient noise up to 25dB through this feature. In our experiments, Active Noise Cancellation performance has been shown to be quite decent. It suppresses low, constant noise such as the hum of an AC, the drone of an aircraft and the roaring sound of a PC. However, it will not reduce the human voice and high-frequency sounds like high-speed fans. For the price though, it’s pretty decent. If you are looking for an entry-level pair of TWS earphones with ANC, these earbuds work quite well.

DIZO Buds Z Pro Review - Features

Earbuds come with a transparent mode that amplifies environmental sounds so you can be aware of your surroundings while walking on busy roads or railway stations. Although the transparent mode is not very effective in these earbuds. The surrounding sounds are still quite dull due to the snag fit of the earphones.

DIZO Buds Z Pro Review - Realme Link App Support

A great feature of the DIZO Buds Z Pro is the Realme Link app support. The app is very versatile and offers a quick toggle for EQ presets, noise cancellation mode, customizable controls, volume up mode and game mode, and battery status for earbuds to choose from. You can choose between three EQ presets – Bright, Dynamic and Bus Boost +. We found the dynamic preset to be the most balanced. You can also perform firmware updates through the app.

Now, we had some problems with these earbuds. First, there is absolutely no response word to indicate that you have switched to noise cancellation mode or game mode. Especially when it comes to game mode, there is no way to know if the gesture is registered, so we have to open the app and check every time to see if the modes have been switched. DIZO has informed us that there is no notification word at this time but they have mentioned that earbuds will be available if available for purchase. We hope the word feedback will enter the final version because it is really inconvenient not to have them.

DIZO Buds Z Pro Review - Touch Control

Second, the earbuds touch controls are really unreliable and glamorous. We’ve encountered a lot of misreading, as well as a complete failure to read the controls at times. We hope DIZO can fix this with a firmware update, but we’re not too sure if this is something that can be fixed with a software update. Also, there are considerable delays in switching between noise cancellation modes. You may have to wait a second or two to register the switch, which can be annoying. These problems and annoyances prevent us from having a smooth experience.

Touch controls allow you to control music playback and calls, however, there is no volume control, which is frustrating. Finally, the earbuds are rated IPX4 sweat and water-resistant, making them suitable for use during exercise. Overall, we’ve got a pair of feature-rich earphones with the DIZO Buds Z Pro, although there are some drawbacks – hardware and software-related – that make the experience a bit bitter.

DIZO Buds Z Pro: Battery Life

Launched in 2021, DIZO Buds Z disappointed us with 16 hours of play time, however, Buds Z Pro fixed it. These buds come with a total battery life of 25 hours. With earbud you get 7 hours of wireless playback on a single charge. This is a huge improvement from its predecessor and we applaud the company for managing this while increasing the weight of the earbud by only 0.2g.

DJO Buds Z Pro Review - Battery Life

In our experiment, turning on the ANC and setting the volume to 60 percent, we received about 5.5 hours of playback from the earbud and about three additional charges from the charging case. If you turn off ANC, your mileage will definitely improve. Although there is no fast charging support. The battery life of DIZO Buds Z Pro is great though we missed the advantage of fast charging.

DIZO Buds Z Pro: Create, design and relax

The original DIZO Buds Z had an eye-catching design with matte case and attractive color options. At this point, the DIZO Buds Z Pro’s charging case and earbuds have a glossy texture that we think is one step behind. The glossy textured case attracts lots of fingerprints. In addition, it does not look as premium as the matte texture of Buds Z.

DIZO Buds Z Pro Review - Create Quality

The DIZO Buds Z Pro is available in two colors – Orange Black and Ocean Blue. We’ve got the next one for review. The outside of the case is a dark blue and the inside is a light blue, creating a dual-tone design. In our opinion, the orange black version looks clearer.

The charging case of the DIZO Buds Z Pro is very compact and can easily fit in small bags and pockets without turning too much. The front has a DIZO logo with an LED indicator light Below, you have a USB Type-C port for charging. The case opens easily and even with one hand without any problem. It closes with an audible, satisfying snap, which we like. In addition, the magnets that hold the earbuds inside the case are extremely strong. Even if you move the case with a lot of force, the buds do not move from inside the case.

DIZO Buds Z Pro Review - Create Quality

The earbuds have a stem design and are quite light. The stems have a glossy effect that must stand out in the crowd. The earbuds also have touch-sensitive areas for music and call control. As we mentioned earlier the controls are not very reliable, so keep in mind.

Since each of the earbuds weighs only 3.9g, they are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The angular earbud nozzle ensures that most users will get a snag and tight fit. DIZO has provided a total of 3 pairs of silicone ear tips of different sizes. Earbuds are stiff during most activities such as walking, running and even exercising. Overall, the buds are extremely comfortable and fit nicely, but the glossy finish makes them look a bit chic.

DJO Buds Z Pro: Roy

Priced at Rs 2,999, DIZO Buds Z Pro democratizes the ANC for the public. They compete with some other earbuds that have done the same thing like Realme Buds Air 2, Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro and Noise Air Buds. In terms of performance, DIZO Buds Z stands somewhere in the middle of the pack. With their booming base response, they don’t perform nearly as well as the Realme Buds Air 2 which costs just a few hundred bucks more, but they match most of the other competitors. With app support, IPX4 water resistance, USB Type-C charging and Active Noise Cancellation, the DIZO Bud Z Pro also gives you a bang for your buck.

However, some push-ups, such as unreliable touch controls, delays in switching to noise cancellation mode, and bloated bus responses, prevent them from being perfect for the price. In order to get as close to perfection as possible in this price range, we still recommend Realme Buds Air 2 over others. However, the DIZO Buds Z Pro will be available at a starting price of Rs 2,299 when it launches on January 13. So, at that price, we will ask you to take these earphones without thinking too much.

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