We’ve reviewed a few true wireless headphones here on Make Tech Easier, and the recent trend is for active noise cancellation to be added to the headphones. Tronsmart Apollo Bold is probably the company’s first attempt to include an ANC feature in their product. Are these headphones worth your money? Let’s find out.
It’s always a good idea to take the headphones out of their packaging to see what kind of case they come with. This case is a simple black round case with a single indicator light on the front. This is the first bumper I have with the product. The single LED indicator does not indicate the remaining battery life in the case. It will either blink white (meaning it’s active) or red (when it needs recharging). Most of the headphone cases we reviewed come with 4 indicator lights to indicate the battery level, and it is conspicuously absent in this case. On the back of the case is a USB-C charging port.
The first impression of the headphones is that they are big, probably bigger than most of the headphones I have reviewed. Opening the case will make it look like it contains two large earrings rather than wireless headphones.
When trying to wear the headphones one problem I have is that there is no guidance on how to wear them. It’s easy to ask, “How difficult can it be to wear headphones?“But in this case, whatever direction I tried to put them in, always causes them to fall out of my ears.” According to the instructions, you need to insert them into your ear and twist them to lock them in place. It didn’t work for me. After several tries, I found that an upward direction of 45 degrees worked best for me.
When removing the headphones from the case, immediately put them into pairing mode. Pairing with your computer / phone / TV is easy. Just turn on your Bluetooth, select the “Tronsmart Apollo Bold” entry and connect in less than a minute.
Here are the specifications of the headphones.
|Technology||Qualcomm® aptX ™ audio technology, Qualcomm® Active Noise Canceling (ANC) technology, Qualcomm® TrueWireless ™ Stereo Plus, Qualcomm® cVc®|
|Chip||Qualcomm® QCC5124, support aptX, AAC, SBC|
|Bluetooth compatibility||HFP / HSP / AVRCP / A2DP|
|Transmission distance||Up to 15 meters / 50 feet|
|Battery capacity||Earphone: 85mAh; Charging box: 500mAh|
|Break||Earpiece: ANC On: up to 7 hours (50% volume) ANC Off: up to 10 hours (50% volume); Charging case: more than 30 hours (50% volume)|
|Loading time||Earphone: 2 to 2.5 hours Charging case: 2.5 hours|
|Frequency range||20 to 20 K Hz|
|Pilot unit||10 mm|
|Impedance||32Ω ± 15%|
|Dimension||Earphones: 16.86 x 23.13 x 23.96mm / 0.66 x 0.91 x 0.94in Charging case: 29.45 x 19.03mm / 1.16 x 0.75in|
|Net weight||Earphone: Approx.7.0g / 0.24oz With Charging Case: Approx.54.0g / 1.90oz|
There are no physical buttons on the headphones, everything is controlled by touch gestures (or tapping on the back of the headphones).
- A single tap will increase / decrease the volume, while a single tap and hold will skip to the previous / next track. Holding it even longer (three seconds) will activate the voice assistant on your phone.
- Double tap play / pause music or answer / end phone call.
- Finally, a triple tap will switch between passive mode, ambient mode, and active noise cancellation mode.
One frustration I have had is that there is a one second delay before the tap registers. Several times I tapped once to turn up the volume, and it didn’t register immediately, so I typed it again, and it registered as two taps instead and turned on the music on break. It took me several trial and error to notice the lag problem.
As for the sound quality, they are of good quality. The highs are clear and there is sufficient bass. The best thing about them is that the active noise cancellation really works and has worked really well. You get immersive music with the noise canceling feature and can block out all outside noise.
Another feature is the intelligent in-ear detection. It automatically stops the music when you remove the earphone from your ear and resumes music when you turn it on again. There is, however, no way to disable this feature.
The headphones can play up to 10 hours of music on a single charge. Of course, it depends on whether or not the ANC is activated. The case can charge the earbuds from empty to full three times before needing to be recharged. So in total, you can get up to 30 hours of total usage before you need a charge. A 10 minute quick charge of the headphones can provide an hour of use.
Priced at $ 99, it’s not a cheap or mid-range option. It’s similar in price to the PaMu Unique, which also has active noise cancellation, but is more stylish. If you consider the active noise cancellation feature, which is really good, this product is worth buying. Just keep in mind that poor design can sometimes lead to frustration.
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