Bluetooth already invades us when talking about headphones. Wireless options are no longer a matter of a few, and most users choose, for a non-professional use, Bluetooth headphones that allow you to enjoy your music or podcast comfortably. Those who want something else opt for "True Wireless", those headphones that are "authentically wireless" by not carrying the cable that communicates one headset with another. In this category they enter the new Sudio Niva, who want to offer us good headphones at a very interesting price.
True Wireless, transport box with integrated battery and physical controls These are the main features offered by these good headphones whose price has surprised me for good, and that occupy the perfect place between cheap but poor quality headphones and good but expensive headphones. I leave my impressions after a week of use.
Features and design
Sudio Niva have Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and a range of 3.5 hours on paper that in my daily use has been closer to three hours. They include a plastic transport box that also acts as a charging base and portable battery, including about four headphone charges for each full charge of the box. Therefore we can say that you can have about 15 hours of autonomy for each refill of the box. An important detail is that they do not include fast charging, so once downloaded completely you will have to wait to use it again.
The design of the headphones is good, and the finishes are at the level of other more expensive models. I cannot say the same about the box, which leaves a not-so-premium impression. Not badly finished, much less, but something as usual as opening or closing the lid does not leave a great impression, it gives the impression of flimsy. A magnetic closure allows the lid to be closed. In addition their size is somewhat large to wear in tight jeans. Several pads of different sizes allow them to adapt perfectly to your ear canal and isolate well from outside noise.
When the headphones are recharged they have two red LEDs that indicate it to you, and The box has four blue LEDs that indicate the remaining charge level in the same. There is no button you can press to see that charge, it only appears when you place the headphones to recharge. A microUSB connector on the back is the one that allows you to recharge the box by connecting it to any USB charger.
The headphones each have a physical button placed in a perfectly accessible area, it is really easy to press it and you do not need to make a lot of pressure, something that is appreciated to be “in-ear” headphones. With that button you turn on or off, pause or resume playback, answer or hang up a call and you can even invoke Siri, but you can't control the playback volume.
Sound settings and quality
The configuration is the common one that this type of headphones: you put the right one, you link it to your iPhone, then you place the left one that links to the right one, and ready to work. This whole process is accompanied by vocal indications in English You are told first that the headset has been turned on, after it has been connected, then the other headset that is connected and then ends up indicating which is the right channel and which is the left one. It is not possible to change the language of these phrases although I do not see it necessary either.
Once configured, you can enjoy its sound, which is what surprised me most of the whole set. They do not have flashy basses, something that many like but that many brands actually use to hide their shortcomings. Bass, medium and treble are quite well balanced and offer a different sound from the AirPods, but not necessarily worse. The volume is more than enough for me, without being able to use them at maximum levels.
The cuts are something very common in this type of headphones once low of the “premium” level, and in this aspect these Niva again meet perfectly. Only once, walking inside the electronics section of a large area I had connectivity problems, no doubt due to interference with other equipment. The only thing I don't like is the fact that when receiving calls the audio is mono, just for a headset. It's not really a big deal since I don't spend much time talking on the phone, but I was shocked at first. Otherwise the truth is that I can say that the audio is more than satisfactory.
True Wireless headphones are the best option for those seeking total freedom when enjoying their favorite music or audios. Finding a good balance between price and sound quality in this category is complicated, with Chinese brands that flood us with cheap headphones that lag in sound quality and autonomy. The Sudio Niva arrive precisely to fill that gap offering headphones with good finishes, quite satisfactory sound quality and a 3-hour autonomy which increases thanks to its box-charger. With a price of € 89 in large areas such as El Corte Inglés (in this link) and available in black and white, it is a perfect option for those who want to enjoy this type of headphones without having to spend more than € 100 but enjoying A quality product.
- Editor rating
- 4 star rating
- Sudio Niva
- Review of: Luis Padilla
- Good sound quality
- Comfortable with good noise insulation
- Physical controls
- Acceptable autonomy
- Mono phone calls
- Transport box and cargo improved
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