This is my review for the H1 SE Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. Sports Headphones c/w Mic. IPX7, Waterproof In Ear Earphones. 9 Hours Battery Life. Secure Fit for Exercise/Gym Compatable with most Smart Devices. Sold by HbudsDirect & Fulfilled by Amazon.

The goods arrived in a small cardboard box, within was the plain card retail packaging. All of which was recyclable.

So, what are we getting?

Package Includes:

The Hbuds H1 SE Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
A pair of  Small, Medium & Large Silicone Ear-tips
A pair of Small & Medium Memory Foam Ear-tips (these were not present in the box)
A Micro USB Charging Cable
The User Leaflet
A Cord Management Clip

Bluetooth: 4.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Bluetooth Profile: HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP.
Noise Cancellation: CVC 6.0
Ingress Protection: IPX7
Effective Use Range: 10 Meters (30 Feet)
Headset Power Usage: 5V, .05A
Power Supply: 2 x Lithium Polymer Batteries 110 mAh each.
Play/Talk Time: 9 Hours*
Standby Time 250 Hours*
Charging Time 1.5 – 2 Hours
Dimensions:- 4.8 x 3.3 x 4.6 cm (1.9 x 1.3 x 1.8 Inches)
Boxed Weight:- 59 Grams (2.01 Ounces)

(* Depends on volume used)

What are my first impressions?

Well, i have to say first of all, that i wasn’t impressed by the plain brown card packaging the H1 SE Model came in. Having said that, don’t let it put you off as there are good things to come. Beneath the lid, lies our Headphones and below that our accessories. A charging cable, a cord management clip, the Small & Large silicone ear tips and the Instruction Leaflet. There were NO Memory Foam eat tips as promised. All of these item’s were easily unpacked and once the Headphones were charged, we were ready tottery them.

Let’s look at the Technology Behind the Headphones.

Bluetooth 4.1

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group), released Bluetooth 4.1 as an incremental software update to Bluetooth 4.0 on 4 December 2013. This update incorporated the Bluetooth Core Specification Addenda (CSA 1, 2, 3 & 4) in this, new features were added that improve consumer usability. Including increased co-existence support for LTE and bulk data exchange rates.

The Name Bluetooth was borrowed from the 10th-century, second king of Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth; who was famous for uniting Scandinavia just as we intended to unite the PC and cellular industries with a short-range wireless link. Copyright © 2017 IDG Communications, Inc.

EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

EDR is a part of the Bluetooth specification that allows much faster file transfers. It is an optional part of the Bluetooth spec, and as such is not implemented by all devices. Connections between paired Bluetooth EDR capable devices can reach transfer speeds of over 2Mbps.

aptX

Let’s also look at aptX. Qualcomm® aptX™ audio enhances the wireless sound quality of many of the world’s finest smartphones, speakers, soundbars, headphones and tablets. With aptX, music lovers can enjoy wired quality sound – wirelessly. So aptX Low Latency enables high sound quality with Low Power and low latency when transmitted over a Bluetooth connection. Low latency, synchronized audio is vital for video, media and gaming applications. (Qualcomm Website)

CVC 6.0

Whether you’re at home or out and about, background sounds such as ambient noise, road noise and other people talking can make having a clear-sounding conversation difficult. Qualcomm® cVc™ noise cancellation technology brings advanced audio enhancements and noise suppression to the near and far end, and provides packet loss and bit error concealment. In combination, this delivers the best possible call quality on Bluetooth headsets, handsets, hands-free devices and automotive communication devices. (Qualcomm Website)

What about this IP rating, what does it mean?

The IP Code – also known as the International Protection Marking code – is drawn up by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to determine the dust and water resistance of devices.

The first digit marks the resistance to dust particles – so in the our case the ‘X’ means there is no certified protection rating. This doesn’t mean that the there is no resistance – it just means that the device hasn’t been tested and certified.

The second digit marks the water resistance or proofing of the water tightness – hence, the figure 7 means our Headphones can be totally immersed in 1 metre of water for 30 minutes. (However, i’m not saying go out and try it). But this does prove that the Headphones are definitely Sweat Proof.

Now to the Sound Quality.

Well, these are the good things to come i promised you. So, it’s time to really put them through their paces. Using a Benchmark test and some of my favourite listening tracks. How did they perform? Well let’s see.

Please Note:- I’m 58 now, since peoples hearing change as they get older, this is just the results that i found with my delicate ears. The Headphones were tested with flat equalisation. Tests performed using 24-bit/96kHz FLAC on a FiiO X3 2nd edition. 

Benchmark Test

Frequency response stated:- 20Hz – 20kHz.  I found i heard frequencies of 20Hz – 13kHz

Spectral Flatness:- Did the Headphones perform with equal volume across a full Spectral frequency sweep. The sound was centred across the full spectrum.

Dynamic Range:- 72 dBFS (decibels below full scale).

Quality Test:- (Bass Shaker) The sweeping test tone sounded clear across all frequencies. There was no parasitic buzzing or rattling, sometimes heard in lower priced end of the headphones range.

Driver Matching:- (All frequencies swept from 10 Hz up to 10 kHz. In addition, these were at exactly the same sound levels in both earphones) The tone held it’s central position throughout the test.

Correctly wired:- (left plays on left and right on right) Yes.

Polarity Preserved:- (wired in phase) The Headphones are wired in phase.

Binaural Test:- (a knock to a wooden door, first right then left) The Knocks were vivid and very life-like.

Listening Test.

Last but not least, I always listened to my favourite music. How does it sound? I know how it usually sounds. (Tracks used for this were as follows)

Izzy Bizu – Talking to you. Adele – Hello. Michael Jackson – She’s out of my life. 10cc – I’m not in love. Michael Jackson – Don’t stop ’til you get enough. A-ha -Hunting high and low. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t nothin’ going on but the rent. Al Jarreau – Where in this love together. Iona – Here i stand. Patti Austin/Quincy Jones – “Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me”. Phil Collins – In the air tonight. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Monique Miller – At last. Gino Vannelli – Black and Blue.

So how did i find it?

First of all, i need to say that these Headphones punch well above their price point. They sound Excellent. I know they’re only a budget pair of Earphones, but what a budget pair they are. The Bass is punchy and powerful, but not overbearing. The mid-tones are smooth and clear, well defined and warm. But the top end, was just perfect, not to bright, just well balanced, for a lovely, lovely sound. Of course, play around with the EQ and all that will change, but for me they are a great set of Headphones, at a brilliant low, low price.

Both my wife and myself used these to have conversations with friends and nobody noticed we were using a headset. Pam tried them inside and then she went out with them on (there’s a lot of building work going on at the back of our home at the moment), we were both surprised at how clear the call was. This CVC 6.0 really does work a treat. One thing you must make sure of though. You do need to have the right fit on the silicone buds themselves, as without that you loose a so much of the tonal quality these have to offer.

In Conclusion

How could you regret buying these. You would be proud to present them as a gift to anyone. The box looks plain, but they sound so much more expensive than they actually are. You can’t hang about though, as at this price, when people hear the quality, they won’t last long. 4 out of 5 (They lost one for the plain packaging and missing Foam Earbuds)

 

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