Sudio's very first wireless earbuds and I’ve had the opportunity them for a few months now (heck maybe longer but I wouldn't be able to give an honest tried and tested review if I didnt would I?).
I must say, it’s a great.. wait scratch that, definitely better option than the Apple AirPods’ price tag and also design wise.
It is retailing for S$165 which is about RM425, it's definitely a cheaper option than other branded wireless earbuds out there.
These earbuds exudes a minimal look as they have two colour options which are; matte black or white. The kit includes a selection of three different-sized rubber tips to get a comfortable fit in your ears. When in your ears, I love how they don’t look comical, and they fit me quite snugly. The earbuds are slightly larger than your standard earphones, but they are light enough that you will quickly forget that you’re wearing them, plis they don't just hang from your ears if you get what I mean.
Elegantly packed with a minimalist feel to it, it comprises of a charging case, two pairs of ear tips with different sizes, and a short Micro USB cable for charging. I personally love the leather rope attached to the charging case, as it allows you to carry it, or even hang it on to your bag if you wish! Plus, once the earbuds are in the case, there's no worrying of them dropping out or such as they stick like a magnet securely in it.
Each earbud has a single circular button on the outside, which are the only way for you to interact with the earphones from pairing them, to switching them on, to pausing the audio.
The process of turning on the headphones were a breeze to me as all I needed to do was to take them out of the case, press and hold the buttons on both of the headphones and wait for it to start blinking a blue and red light which shows that theyre ready to be paired.
If you've already connected them to your device before than you would not need to hold on to the buttons for as long, they'll find each other and connect automatically. The Nivas were easy to pair with other Bluetooth devices, with no additional app necessary to access all its features.
Type: 6.2 mm dynamic drivers
Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
Battery Life: 3.5 hours (Earbuds)
Battery Capacity: 55 mAh (Earbuds), 500 mAh (Charging Case)
Impedance: 32 Ohm @ 1kHz
Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 22 kHz
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
Despite its looks, the Sudio Niva features a dynamic 6.2 mm driver that is said to bring you clear and crisp sound while still allowing the bass to pack a punch. Plus, it is noise cancelling. Well least to me!
The Nivas were easy on the ears even with the secure fit, with no slippage during moments of physical activity. I'm talking about, gyming, running, rushing through the airport, falling asleep with them on; they would still be there! In terms of comfort, the Nivas did good on me.
Also being able to receive phone calls was also a fairly hassle-free experience, with the inbuilt microphones doing a reasonable job and none of my callers complained about me sounding bad or such, it could pass off as if I was holding my phone!
What comes in the box when you purchase a Sudio Niva?
1 x Nivå Earbuds
3 x Pairs of Ear Tips
1 x Charging Case
1 x Micro USB Charging Cable
1 x Manual
1 x Quality Assurance Card
To my surprise, the audio quality did not disappoint. The bass is punchy which I like, and it doesn’t crack under loud volume. The sound quality on the Niva are as good as you can get for the price range, and the sound stage is rather impressive with also how it helps cancel any outside noise.
The charging case is convenient, and holds enough juice to get you through a day and some – so battery life isn’t an immediate concern with these headphones as it is with other truly wireless offerings and it's simple and not bulky.
I would recommend the Sudio Nivas to people on the go who would appreciate good sound quality but also don't have the time or the time to figure out confusing wireless earbuds that might even need apps to be downloaded and such.
I also do appreciate the aesthetics of them being a great-looking pair of earphones with pretty good sound quality, one that provides wearers with the convenience of mobility and a decent amount of battery life to boot.
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