Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying out the new SoundPEATS Q12 bluetooth headphones. I already own a pair of the Q30 headphones which I use a lot with my Laptop and iphone. I wanted a more compact pair to grab on the go & use with my Apple Watch.
I’ve got a Nike+ Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular and I tend to use my watch a lot to listen to music on the go. It means I can keep my iPhone in my pocket or backpack & not worry about being disturbed. It’s also amazing to use the apple watch to work out. I already use the fitness trackers on the apple watch, but now combined with the SoundPEATS Q12 headphones I can listen to music and track my workout.
The Soundpeats Q12 headphones are a similar design to my older Q30’s. They still have the magnets built-in so they connect like a necklace when not in your ears, and the left & right headphones are still connected by a wire which I really like. The one thing which has stopped me buying Earpods is the thought of having nowhere to put them when I stop to chat.
The wire connecting the left & right earbud on the Q12 is a better design than on the Q30. The cable is flat and much less prone to tangling. It also sits comfortably around my neck when not wearing the earbuds, and looks a little slicker too.
The Headphones come with various sizes of ear bud and ear hooks, so you can customise the fit to your ears. I’ve found a really snug fit with the large hooks and medium earbuds, almost to the point where they are noise cancelling like earplugs. Much of the outside world is blocked out by the close fit, meaning you can keep your volumes lower & protect your ears.
Another major benefit of the SoundPEATS Q12 is the ability to pair via bluetooth with two devices. I’ve got mine synced to my apple watch & to my iPhone, and can easily switch between the two without having to un-pair & re-pair the bluetooth connection.
The sound is very good from these earbuds. They take a little getting used to regarding fit, you figure out the right angle and depth to insert these earbuds & when you do the bass response is great & even at low volumes the sound fidelity is good. On a song such as Trains by Porcupine Tree, there is a good dynamic range, and I can hear good seperation in bass and treble between the hand claps and bass lines. For the price (currently only £19.99) these headphones are a great choice for people who appreciate decent sound without breaking the bank.
There are a selection of colourways for the Soundpeats Q12 headphones, but I opted for black with luminous green earbud inserts. They really suit my colour pallete.
In the pack you get three sizes of earbuds, three sizes of ear hooks and two cord clamps for hooking them to your T-shirt collar. The headphones come in a small faux leather pouch for storage and transport, and the pouch works great to keep them clean & dry in my backpack when not in use.
The headphones themselves weigh only 15g and are sweatproof so have survived my 40km daily bike rides with ease. I’ve also worn them in the rain & cold and have had no problems. The headphones are an advertised 8 hours battery life from the built-in lithium-ion battery, but I’ve found they will do around 10 hours between a charge on the volume setting I select.
The SoundPEATS Q12 also come with a 12 month warranty, so I’ve not been afraid to use them as advertised, and I work out in them for a few hours each day. I’ve never had issues with pairing on sync and they always performed as expected.
These Soundpeats Q12’s also support AptX And are specced as Bluetooth 4.1, so if you have an android phone or device supporting AptX, you will benefit from a better audio/bluetooth compression codec & the headphones should generally sound better.
I would never expect in ear headphones to perform as well as full size cans, but these work well with my ios devices & I’ve not noticed a difference between them using bluetooth & my wired apple earbuds. When playing on the iPhone I use Tidal Hifi and the sound is rich & defined.
If you want audiophile quality sound i would always advise you buy wired full size headphones with a built-in DAC, but for the casual daily user or someone who needs a lightweight & versatile pair of headphones, I would fully recommend the SoundPEATS Q12’s.
I’m currently using mine predominantly with my Apple Watch Series 3. The in line controls work perfectly with the apple watch for volume, play/pause & skipping of songs.
Manufacturer specs as follows :-
Different eartips and hooks fit everyone
Customized Ear Tips and In Ear-Hooks give anyone a strong and comfortable fit
Magnetic design make it simple to carry
You can feel nothing when you wear in on your neck when not use. And the built-in magnets can keep it on you neck
More faster, More stable
- Bluetooth 4.1 technology enables quick transmission and smooth connection. CSR8645 Chipset with APTX codec enables headphones have high fidelity stereo and dynamic sound.
IPX 6 Water Resistant
- IPX6 Splash-proof technology with nano coating prevents damage from sweat, light rains and accidental splash. So you can freely enjoy running, jogging, hiking and other outdoor activities.
APT-X enhanced Codec with CSR8645 Bluetooth chip for CD like high fidelity sound.
SoundPEATS Q12 Bluetooth Headphones functions:
- Lightweight and built-in magnets bluetooth headphones, weighing 15.
- Advanced bluetooth 4.1 technology make wireless headphone contact and pair more quickly and easily. With APTX audio codec for stereoscopic sound.
- SoundPEATS Headphones with ergonomic and flexible in-ear design. 4 Pairs customizable EarTips and 3 Pairs In-Ear-Hooks give anyone a strong and comfortable fit.
- IPX 6 waterproof design, allow you to enjoy during strenuous exercise, resisting sweat after running or listening in the rain.
- In-built microphone (with CVC Noise Suppression) and 3-button remote enable you to manage more conveniently – from skipping a song, to answering a call without touching your phone.
- 1 x SoundPEATS Q12 Bluetooth Headphones
- 1 x USB Charging Cable
- 8 x Interchangeable Ear Tips
- 6 x Interchangeable Ear Hooks
- 2 x Line Buckle
- 1 x Line Clamp
- 1 x Leather Bag
- 1 x User Manual
These headpones are currently available on Amazon for £19.99 (price correct September 2018)