SoundPEATS Q9A Wireless Bluetooth Sweatproof Secure Fit Earbuds Review

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Editor rating

4/5 on December 10, 2015 Reviewed by: Peter Alexander

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891 reviews

PROS

  • Great sound with satisfying bass
  • Excellent value
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Voice confirmations for controls

CONS

  • The USB port cover is difficult to get out

VERDICT

SoundPEATS Q9A Earbuds are unprecedented value kings in the Bluetooth headphone category. They are comfortable, durable, sound great, and come with the high-end amount of accessories. They are a great choice for those who want to get the best bang for their buck.

Some manufacturers of Bluetooth earbuds would like you to believe that you can’t get a good quality sound and high performance for an affordable price. While this may have been true 5 years ago, it’s not today. SoundPEATS Q9A Bluetooth Earbuds are a prime example of what can be achieved current technology. These wireless earbuds offer a fantastic value for all fitness and music enthusiasts.

Design and build quality

SoundPEATS build their headphones and earbuds to be compatible with a wide range of devices such as smartphones and tablets. You can easily connect Q9A to any Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device and enjoy the benefits of fast Bluetooth 4.1 pairing process. The effective range of the Bluetooth transmitter is around 33ft, so you can leave your phone in your gym bag and not be burdened by the extra weight in your pocket.

The rechargeable Li-polymer battery that powers these earbuds is able to deliver up to 5 hours of continuous playback time and can be charged in under 2 hours. That should be more than enough for a whole week of gym use or running for the vast majority of people.

SoundPEATS Q9A Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones come in several stylish colors and color combinations to suit everybody’s taste. The earbuds are lightweight, sweat resistant, and designed to last a long time under heavy, continuous use. SoundPEATS stand behind their products by offering customers 12-months long worry-free warranty. The best news is that you won’t really have to worry about these at all thanks to the inclusion of ergonomic ear hooks and flat wire clamp. The ear hooks go around your ears and help to keep the ear buds in place no matter what you are doing and the flat wire clamp prevents the wire from moving around and potentially getting stuck on something.

The headset also comes with dedicated playback control buttons. These require some memorization as you won’t be able to tell which button does what by touch alone. You can control volume, play/pause, skip tracks, or answer or decline phone calls. The integrated voice confirmation is activated every time you press a button and a pleasant female voice informs you about the action that you have activated. A blue LED indicator light informs you about battery charging and Bluetooth status.

Three pairs of replaceable ear tips give enough choice to achieve a good fit and seal. The earbuds are small enough to be very comfortable even after longer periods of use and we appreciate the compatibility with aftermarket ear tips such as Comply.

Design wise, the SoundPEATS Q9A Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones Sweatproof Stereo Earbuds deserve nothing but a high praise. They have the look and feel of the high-quality device without the premium price tag.

Sound quality

Many audiophiles would like to believe that you simply can’t get a respectable sound quality with wireless headphones. They would also like you to believe that $5000 audio cable is the essential key to a great listening experience. Do yourself a favor and disregard all opinions of self-proclaimed Internet experts and your wallet will thank you. SoundPEATS Q9A come with Bluetooth 4.1 and the innovative aptX audio technology that together deliver a crisp sound unhindered by high levels of compression.

Just like many in-ear headphones, the Q9A require a good, sealed fit for best sonic performance. You can choose from three different sizes of included replaceable ear tips or opt out for third-party alternatives such as Comply foam tips. Once the proper fit is achieved, these earbuds open up and you are greeted with a spacious and well-balanced sound with a nicely textured low frequencies. They also offer a nice amount of passive noise isolation, which is especially useful inside a loud gym as it allows you to keep the volume down and protect your ears.

Let’s start from the bottom. Sub-bass frequencies have a good weight behind them and you can physically feel the impact of the sound. Mids are clear and well-presented without any sign of muddiness. The V-shaped sound signature is characterized by a very lively presentation that radiates energy and perfectly fits all contemporary music genres. Highs are not the highlight of these earbuds, but they still are comfortably above average when compared to other Bluetooth earbuds in this price range.

Their main negative is a lack of spark and crispness in the highest frequencies. There is not much you can do about this, however, the chances that you will notice this issue during regular listening are zero to none. The soundstage of SoundPEATS Q9A Bluetooth earbuds is fairly spacious and gives you the impression of being seated right in the middle of a playing band.

Overall, we have to say that these are very impressive earbuds. They have no problem standing up to much more expensive models and clearly show that great sound quality can be achieved even on a strict budget.

What is in the box?

These wireless Bluetooth earbuds come with USB cable for charging, three pairs of replaceable ear tips, a very handy hard-shell carrying case, one set of wire buckle of length adjustment, and also flat wire clamp that lets you secure the wire to your shirt.

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