Two weeks ago, we gave you a video on some of the best deals you can find on Kimstore for less than Php 1000. One of the items on that list were the wireless bluetooth headphones from Elliot Audio, simply dubbed — Active. Priced at Php 850, do they make the perfect companion for Project: Balik Alindog after the impending weight gain from this year’s holiday season? Let’s find out in this review.
What’s in the Box?
- Elliot Audio Active Headphones
- 2 Sets of Silicon Earbud Tips
- 2 Sets of Ear Fin Tips
- Charging Cable
- Carrying Pouch
Easy Peasy Setup
Before we get to the sound quality, let’s talk about how easy these pair of headphones are to paid to your smartphone. All you have to do is hit the play/power button to make sure the device is on then press and hold it for a couple of seconds to make the indicator lights on the unit start flash blue and red to know its ready for pairing. All that’s left to do is select it on your smartphone — It should come under the name EA Active and that’s pretty much it. You’re pretty read to play songs off your phone or via Spotify for that run or getting them gains at the gym. Easy peasy.
Budget Headphones that Favor the Lows
One thing about in-ear headphones is that they require a snug fit, not only to actually keep them inside your ear canals, but to bring out the best in its sound quality as well. As you may have seen above, the Elliot Audio Active headphones come with two extra sets of tips in different sizes, so make sure you choose the one that best fits you. Sadly, the fins that anchor the Active to your ear when you run only comes in one size, so if doesn’t fit… You’re kinda SOL in that department. They are quite bendy so maybe you can manipulate them into staying put.
As far as the audio quality goes, the Elliot Audio Active’s tend to favor the lows; meaning it’ll be perfect if you’re into tunes with thumpin’ bass beats while you go about working out. The highs tend to get a little tinny, so we wouldn’t recommending exceeding 75 percent of the volume to avoid cringing at really high pitched notes in your tunes. Clarity isn’t the best, but it is better than most earphones bundled with mid-tier smartphones; definitely serviceable, given its price. You can also take calls with the Elliot Audio Active’s but, again, don’t expect top-notch voice quality.
It also comes to no surprise that since these wireless headphones are geared towards those looking to be untethered to their devices while working out that they are sweat proof plus water and dust resistant as well. We’ve definitely put it to the test given how much we sweat and every is A-OK in the two weeks we’ve been taking it to the gym. The Elliot Audio Active also has a magnetic housing so after sweating it out in the gym, you can link both earpieces together and wear it around your neck as you cool down before taking a shower.
As for its battery life, on the box its advertised playback time is 4 to 5 hours but we saw more 3 to 4 hours, which isn’t all that bad either considering the build of the Elliot Audio Active. Charging these headphones took about an hour/hour and a half when it gave us an indication that it was running low, so the advertised charging time of 2 hours isn’t that far off.
Verdict: Value for Money Wireless Headphones
As our Editor-In-Chief mentioned in his video. you definitely won’t be getting the same audio quality of a Jaybird X2 or the ones from Sony that we’ll also be writing about in a few days, but you won’t be leaving much of a dent on your bank account either; as a point of reference, the Jaybird X2’s cost Php 8,950. As mentioned above, the Elliot Audio Active only costs Php 850 and — at that price — we definitely think its worth it if you’re on a budget and looking for a decent pair of wireless headphones. You can grab the Elliot Audio Active Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headphones at Kimstore, along with the other four gadgets we shared in our article about 5 Awesome Gadgets Under Php1,000.
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