The wired wireless one
It is not prefect, the wire might put some off. But the SQ is very good for a wireless earphone and the wings provide exceptional stability inside the ear.
I have no doubts that for under $100 you will be hard pressed to find a better sounding wireless earphone.
Matching with sources
feel inside the ear
convenience to use
Coming out of the New York City Status audio founded by James Bertuzzi (who personally oversees product development and manufacturing) has made a name for their wireless earphones. They don’t sell fancy stuff with chrome or fancy metal on their product. Neither their products are endorsed by fancy artists. They make simple and functional products without any fuzz, keeping this tidy and interesting. They don’t make dazzling products but their designs are simple yet intriguing.
In their words:-
“Less is best”
“We believe in simplicity. Headphones should enable a great listening experience — no matter who is listening, or what is being listened to. Understated design, high quality materials, and a relentless focus on sound — no complications or gimmicks.”
One of their best sellers is the BT transfer. Priced at just $69 it houses a dual driver system and comes in two colours, midnight and gunmetal.
Get one for yourself from here:-
ACCESSORIES AND PACKAGING:-
Unboxing the BT transfer is fairly simple and straight forward. Opening the outer cover reveals the earphones with the remote module stuffed in foam. All the accessories are placed under the paper cover. Removing the paper cover unveils the carry case and both sets of tips and fit-wings are placed in a paper box under it. There are 4 sizes of tips and fit-wings to choose from. The cable manager is already on the cable and cable clip stuck to the cable. The micro USB cable and some documentation complete the list of accessories.
What is really impressive with the set of tips and fit-wings is that they are not made out of rubber but good quality silicone material. Unlike rubber, silicone is softer on the ear and is more comfortable for longer period of time.
HOW IS THE BUILD, FIT and CABLE:-
Build quality of the BT Transfer is a bit of a mixed bag. Where the ear pieces are build like a tank the cable is slightly on the weaker side. The ear pieces are built with metal shells, and feel very solid and strong in the hand. The slight heft to the earpieces can be a bit bothersome but the fit-wings are perfectly capable of handling the weight of it. The nozzle is slightly on the shorter side but with the right pair of tip it blocks good amount of ambient noise. There is one small vent just below the nozzle.
The BT transfer’s build is incomplete without the fit-wings. These fit wings complete the earphone while providing exceptional stability inside the ear. There is little to no movement even when walking. Without these wings the earpieces feels less ergonomically. The size of earpieces can be a bit uncomfortable if intended to be used while sleeping.
The cable of the BT transfer is slightly on the leaner side. The quality of the cable used is very good but I am not sure how much stress or force it can take. It will withstand some yanking but might not survive brute force. There isn’t much stress reliever on the cable but it is good enough to last long still I would have liked a bit more protection at the 3 button remote. The remote is made out of good quality plastic with rubber buttons and feels premium.
OPERATION AND CONNECTIVITY:-
Operating the BT Transfer isn’t different from other BT earphones. Pressing the middle button for a couple of seconds turns the BT earphones on, keeping the button pressed for a few more seconds turns on the pairing mode. The volume up and down buttons does what they are supposed to do and the centre button is used to pick and end calls. The battery low notification can be slightly annoying.
Equipped with BT5.0 the BT Transfer uses the latest codec and connectivity options available in the market. Just pair it with a BT5.0 compatible device and enjoy the full potential of it. You can connect it with two devices at a time but once you receive a call from a device you will not be able to receive a call from the other device. The thing is easier with music and calls, calls get the priority. Connection quality of the BT Transfer is as good as it gets, I have barely seen earphones or devices with better connectivity. It doesn’t drop any frames even with a wall in between but things get bad if the distance increases from 8-10m. Straight line range is fantastic at more than 10m.
The BT Transfer is said to have a battery life of around 8hours and I don’t find it doing lower than 8hrs and around 10 hours at times. It lasted me half an hour less than with a 10hours train journey. Taking into consideration that I barely use it with more than 60-70% volume and don’t use it with two devices simultaneously the battery life is decent. If you intend to use it with full volume and multiple devices you might see a battery life of around 7hrs at least. I never had to charge it twice a day but that’s just me with occasional calls and some music while on the move.
If you listen to music all the time.. You should carry a small powerbank with you.
The BT transfer equipped with a hybrid setup delivers satisfying level of clarity and details. For a BT device it manages to delivers good amount treble extension and energy. It has a well balanced sound with a bit more emphasis on mid range. I find the tonality very accurate and the timber very natural for the price. The sound signature is a bit coloured with a warm and darkish feel.
Burned for more than 60hrs I have used my Samsung M30s and Shanling M5s for this review.
Powered by the 9mm dynamic driver the lower end is voluminous and meaty. The sub bass has good extension with nice rumble and movement of air to it. The mid bass is a bit healthier than the sub bass region. It is nicely rounded with a nice slam to it. Notes feel fuller and full bodied. There is good amount of texture to the notes. The decay speed is slightly on the slower side making things boomier and a bit wooly. Upper bass has nice control over notes. Good thing is the BT transfer doesn’t try to restrict the notes and let them express themselves.
Quantity wise it lies some where in between the Form 1.1 amd DUNU DM480. Quality wise it is slightly inferior to both the wired IEMs but is very close to the Form 1.1 and is better than Revonext QT2s.
Even when the setup is hybrid the BT transfer’s mid range doesn’t lack with energy or forwardness. There is no crossover mentioned anywhere so it is difficult to say which driver is responsible for the mid range. Nevertheless the transition region of upper bass to lower mid feels well forward and transparent. There is bit of veiling in the region though. Vocals sound pleasing with very accurate tonality. Both male and female vocals have pleasing notes sharpness and good amount of texture. Male vocals have a nice throaty feel to them. Instruments have good clarity and details to them and are comparable to wired earphones in the price range of $50. A bit of micro details is polished and that can be forgiven because it is a crime to expect wireless devices to pickup fine details.
The stage is big and aptly spacious. Instruments have good amount of space between them. There is good amount of width and height but the depth is slightly lacking. Layering and separation is very good for a wireless IEM.
The upper end of the BT Transfer is considerably better than what I have seen with a handful of earphones and headphones using BT4.2 (EG. Brainwavz BT300). The BT5.0 definitely brings improvements to this region of the spectrum. Even when I use Revonext QT2s with TRN cable the Treble is not as extended or lively as the BT Transfer.
The treble region has good amount of energy and spark to it. It is not the liveliest but is more energetic than Form 1.1. I find the treble to be slightly spiky at the lower treble region. Notes can be a bit sharper then they need to, giving a perception of better detail. Micro details are slightly missing though. Treble extension is average when compared to wired earphones but is more than enough when compared to wireless earphones. Layering and separation is good, there is okay amount of air between instruments. The treble stage size is big enough to not to make it clumsy.
For a wireless earphone, I am impressed.
VS Signature Acoustics Ocean (with SA BlueLink 2pin BT5.0 cable) ($70):-
This one houses 2 dynamic drivers and one BA driver and is an OEM form BQEYZ. The best things about this combination are the level of micro details, clarity across the spectrum and battery life.
The bass is slightly less boomy and sounds more resolved with better details. The slam size or air is better with the BT Transfer. Mid range of the Ocean is less forward and slightly reserved with a metallic tonality. It does churns out better micro details where the BT Transfer sounds slightly less transparent and a bit blunt with notes sharpness. Treble region is where the BT Transfer struggles a bit against the SA Ocean and blueLink. The Ocean has better treble extension and energy. Stage size of the Ocean is more rounded where as the BT Transfer has a wider and taller but a shallower stage.
Connectivity of both the earphones is fantastic without much trouble unless the source is behind a metal sheet or wall or obstructed by bones. The range is very similar too. The buttons on the BT Transfer are more supple and soft to the hand.
Build quality of both the earphones is fantastic. With wire type cables both are easy to carry inside the pocket.
VS Brainwavz BLU300 ($30):-
The BT4.2 powered single dynamic driver IEM struggle a lot to keep up with the BT Transfer.
The bass is similar with slam size and air but has slightly slower decay and boomier mid bass. There lesser amount of details and texture. The mid range has lesser transparency and clarity with notes lacking depth and bite. Treble has considerably less extension and doesn’t have much energy. Stage size is acceptable but is smaller than the BT Transfer from every direction.
Connectivity wise the BT Transfer is much more superior while having lesser dropped frames and lag. Range of the BLU300 is similar though. Build quality of both the earphones is fantastic but I find the neck band of the BLU300 to be less portable. You cannot put it in a case and carry it in your pocket.
The biggest problem with the TWS earphones is the fear of losing them, if not both, one side. You might not be able to save the IEM if it falls out of your ear onto the gravel or marble floor. The next best thing is IEM with a supple cable which can be carried inside the pocket and that is what the BT Transfer is providing. Better security without missing out on quality and clarity.
The fit-wings do their job perfectly. The whole package feels very elegant and the battery life makes it a pure winner. You don’t have to worry about charging it twice a day, it easily lasts a day of work and play.
I totally recommend the BT Transfer if you are after an IEM for your Mobile phone which doesn’t have 3.5mm option.