Bluetooth earbuds are pretty ubiquitous anymore – everybody has them, everybody makes them. And they’re not cheap.
Before the fire, I had a pair of Sony true wireless earbuds that were awesome – they were designed so that you could wear them and actually be able to pay attention to things going on around you. The sound quality was great, but they were expensive (I got them thanks to Amazon Vine, so I didn’t have to pay for them, but as I recall they were over $100). I also got a couple pairs of Billboard true wireless earbuds (one was a pair of AirPod ripoffs and one was smaller and black, which are the ones I’ve been using) – also thanks to the Vine program, which I am no longer in. The problem with this new set is that they don’t fit my ears well at all, no matter what ear cushions I use.
Then I saw the Buzma Elites, thanks to an ad on Facebook. They looked good, and they were priced at $40, so not too expensive (especially when you consider they’re the only pair that I’ve actually bought). And now that I have finally received them (after 3 weeks, so not TOO bad, but Amazon Prime has spoiled me), I’m going to tell you about them. I always rate headphones (whether earbud or over the ear, wired or wireless) on three criteria — comfort, sound quality, and usability.
FIRST – they are NOT comfortable. I’ve owned these type of earbuds before – the Sonys that were lost in the fire were the same design. I like the over the ear style because they stay in my ears better, but these are painful to wear for very long, and they don’t feel like they’re in my ears quite right, even though there’s really no other way for them to be used.
SECOND – the sound quality is NOT good if you’re listening to music. They’re fine if you’re listening to spoken word podcasts or sermons, things like that, but if there’s any dynamic range at all, they’re not satisfactory at all. I am NOT an audiophile, and I’m not a headphone snob, but these just really disappointed me completely.
THIRD – usability. They were not hard to pair, but right out of the box I only had sound out of one earbud – the right one. It’s a known issue, because the first FAQ in the (VERY tiny) owner’s manual is how to fix this exact problem. But it shouldn’t BE a problem. The range is not great – I walked from my desk to the bathroom and the audio started cutting out. I also had some signal drop while I was sitting in a chair WITH MY PHONE ON MY LAP. Battery life was also a little disappointing, but they charge quickly.
All in all, I am having trouble recommending these. I’ll use them when I’m working on my computer at home, but I really wanted them for when I’m walking or bike riding or things like that. For the money, they’re not bad, but if you want a decent pair of true wireless Bluetooth earbuds, you’re going to have to pay a bit more.