@Stallion As Bob wrote, there was an easy fix for the not-charging issue, which I had with all 3 pairs I bought. With a fully charged case, you flick the earbuds on and off the contacts, which gives them a little jump start, kinda, that eventually bumps up the voltage high enough where they start to charge normally.
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I’m listening to the true wireless buds right now, got them last time these were sold.
Not bad. I’d say worth $19…
I can’t speak to the waterproof because
the actual packaging clearly says they’re IPX5 not the (STILL INCORRECT) IPX7 that meh put in the description
they don’t look like they’d survive a lot of water exposure or if you sweat a lot, so I haven’t bothered risking them failing from a shower or heavy workout
I can speak to how crappy they are to keep in my ears… But this is just par for the course with earbud that don’t have a hook that goes behind your ear! For one of my ears the thing falls out all the time even sitting still, it’s really annoying and I have to be careful not to take it anywhere… Like washing dishes with it in would be bad news.
The other ear is stable but if I was jogging it would definitely work its way out. So I don’t think you can use these for anything but sitting around the house, working on the computer. Tried all the different ear plug sizes… None improved it. Really need a larger ear “hook” because apparently one of my ears is big. But they only provide one size.
The quality of the sound is… Okay. It’s not great, and tends to lack in the higher frequencies (more bass-y). They also clearly limit the energy by not allowing them to get very loud. Good for podcasts and pop music.
I haven’t tried using it for phone calls, I’d assume the mic is comparable to a tin can and string…
But there are positives - they really do last the time they say they do. Around 10hrs. Sometimes more. I listen to podcasts a lot. These last all day. Just being on in standby they also don’t drain much at all, last a long time. I’d estimate three days if you just left them on.
I do feel like they need to be recharged a slightly noticeable amount more often after just a month of heavy use. Can’t say for sure. So maybe the batteries in there are crappy.
They charge pretty quick. Assuming you learn to work around the initial issues the charger case has. Read the thread from last time they were sold. When I got them they were not taking a charge. After I fixed that I have only had them give me that issue one time, when I left them dead and uncharged for a day… Only takes a minute to fix that issue once you know how though.
The range on them is par for the course for mid range wireless buds… Usually I have no issues in a normal size room, and even going one room over they’re still good but they can start to skip and cut out around there… So maybe a range of 20-30 ft clear. Sometimes they seem to have issues for no reason when the phone is two feet away, the audio starts stuttering, but it’s pretty rare and resolves by moving around a little. Happens more when the paired bud is getting low on charge and there’s some obstacle in the way.
The control buttons on them are completely worthless for anything but pause and unpause… Trying to turn the volume up and down is just asking to skip a track, pause, or even just turn off. And changing volume isn’t an option at all if you’re only using one bud. So just don’t expect to change volume with the ear buds.
As for pairing behavior… I had an issue with them not pairing when they arrived and figured out a way to do a full reset on them which fixed all my issues and I haven’t had any since. (again, see previous sales thread for an explanation of that fix). I keep the buds in the charging case and take them out and they turn on automatically and pair fairly quick. You pair the right bud to your phone first, then put it away and pair the left bud, then they work together or apart. If you take the right earbud out, it pairs. If you then take out the left ear bud it will add to the existing right after a few seconds, only get a little one second stutter in the audio. If you put the right bud away then, it will disconnect leaving the phone with no BT connection, and it takes a few seconds for the phone to see the left ear bud solo and connect / resume playing.
Again, overall I think it’s hard to find a pair like these for anywhere near this cheap, so they’re worth $19 to me. Plenty of same or worse quality for $50+. Just wish the IPX rating meh put wasn’t a lie.
@bobthenormal Hey, I just finished writing a long review myself, and after I posted it I saw yours and read it, and I agree with everything you wrote.
The fit is definitely a little insecure, which I’m pretty sure is because the in-ear components are on the larger size, but I’ve never had these fall out of my ears yet.
I wouldn’t be surprised if these do have battery issues, particularly considering that many of them were drained pretty deeply when we got them. It’s great that we could generally get them to charge and work normally, but the deep discharge isn’t good for their batteries. As best as I could find, these true wireless buds are from late 2019, meaning they were at least a year old when they were first sold to us on Meh.
As I wrote in my post, there are several other options for true wireless earbuds in the $20-30 range on Amazon alone (the cheaper ones, especially, regularly have “coupons” that you can clip to get sometimes significant discounts over the list price.) The cheap alternatives, compared to the Braven Flye, likely have tradeoffs in things like battery life, audio quality, mic quality, fit, etc., but I think that any of these are worth trying as an entry-level set.
@Atomizer nice information… I wasn’t really in the market for these when meh posted them, preferring the connected kind for greater battery life and harder to lose. But now I’m thinking I’ll stick to these separate ones, it’s nice to be able to use one or the other solo.
Sounds like you’ve tried a lot of these, have you tried the AUKEY ones with the ear loops? That’s what I’m thinking of when these inevitably stop holding a charge far sooner than they should, lol
I got pairs of the true wireless earbuds last time, and myself and two other family members have been satisfied with them. They function as any other new sets of these on the market, in that they connect together and to the source device quickly every time, and can be used individually (after pairing the set to your device, you perform a procedure as described in the manual to turn off the right earbud and separately pair the left one.)
I did have the issue with all 3 sets initially where the earbuds wouldn’t charge out of the box, but I did the “flick the buds on and off the contacts a few times to jump start them” thing as suggested, and that let them all start charging as expected and they work normally from that point on.
I think the in-ear-canal part of these is a little large, as compared to other examples of true wireless buds, but even though they felt like they couldn’t fit in my ears all that well, they’ve never fallen out and they otherwise work exactly as expected.
Audio quality is fine; I mainly use them for streaming Youtube as opposed to hi-fi music listening. I think these are a fine starter set, and you’d have to both: do research on what other versions sound good for the types of music you listen to, and likely pay more than what these cost to get something that sounds substantially better.
And that’s really the only thing against trying out the Flye true wireless earbuds: you can get other entry-level models for around the same price, in the $20-30 range. There are plenty from Mpow (M9, M12), Taotronics, Jlab, Soundpeats (Truefree 2), Aukey (EP-T21, EP-T25), Anker/Soundcore, Enacfire, etc., to choose from in that price range alone. You’d have your choice of in-ear or not, stem or no stem, and even ANC if you’re willing to spend a little more.
My very first pair of TWS earbuds was actually the Amazon Echo Buds, when they first went on sale about a year ago, and those sound excellent for music, are very comfortable, plus they come with ANC and a great passthrough mode; currently they’re still on sale for $80, which I think is worth it for the feature set, especially if you want to start off with a good pair and don’t want to spend money on multiple cheaper pairs to try them all out.
To reiterate, the Braven Flye true wireless earbuds are absolutely worth a shot if you only want to spend about $20, they’re just not an incredible deal considering you have other options around the same price. The 2-pack of the tethered earbuds are perhaps more compelling as they’re only $10 each which practically makes them disposable, although I didn’t get any last time because that version sold out right away.
They should’ve included the jump-start method in the manual, not their website FAQ. Pretty poor design decision all around.
Sound quality isn’t stellar, but acceptable for the price point. I don’t have golden ears, so take it with ample amount of salt.
Waterproof feature is rather confusing, as both IPX5 and IPX7 is used everywhere. If I’m not mistaken these two are different standards(water jet/immersion) so it’ll better for them to clarify.
Battery feels pretty decent. Unsurprising since both the earpods and the charging case are rather sizable.
Eartips and earwings are HORRIBLE to wear. They’re incredibly stiff. So the earwings hurt the hell out of your ears while the eartips gradually push the earpods out from the earholes. I changed the earwings with included plain silicone bands - which were awkward to install and not flush with the earpods, an additional minus - and eartips with third party foam tips I already had. It became tolerable to wear, but still felt like it would fall after some time.
Overall, I think it’s an okay pair of cheap wireless earbuds as an outdoor spare, but needs some tweaking and won’t be your go-to one. I almost immediately went to QCY HT01 which has noise cancelling and wireless charging features with similar price tag.
Got these the last time they were on sale here. Like other commenters said, they do not hold a charge. Specifically my right headphone doesn’t charge. The headphones come with bass guitar sounds that play when you turn the headphones on/off and connect to Bluetooth. My right headphone likes to play those bass sounds randomly (or maybe it’s because it’s constantly in a state of dying due to no charge). Either way, bought a different brand within weeks of getting these through meh as they were unusable.
I bought 2 pack wireless earbuds last time they were on sale and they are great. They have decent battery life and they are perfect for listening audiobooks. I like their quality better than JBL pair that cost me $40.