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3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds review: Affordable price but thin sound

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The 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds deliver an affordable and highly discrete listening solution, but they don't stand up well next to more expensive wireless buds for audio quality.

The good

  • Very comfortable
  • Hide well in your ears or under hair
  • IPX4 water protection

The bad

  • Pairing can be tricky
  • Treble-centric audio leaves a lot to be desired

With so many smartphone manufacturers opting to release smartphones that eschew headphone jacks, it's no surprise that there's something of a glut of Bluetooth headphones on the market. While you're still very much free to opt for over-the-head or behind-the-head style buds or cans, there's a definite trend towards entirely wireless, single bud headphones of the style epitomised by Apple's iconic AirPods.

The problem is that Apple charges its usual premium price for a set of AirPods, and that opens up possibilities for competitors to occupy the low-cost space. This is exactly where the 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds sit.

Design

  • Light and inconspicuous design
  • Charging case is a little on the large side

Performance

  • "Studio quality" audio is disappointingly average
  • Pairing with multiple devices can be tricky

Battery Life

  • 3-hour battery life is okay, but not great
  • Charging case provides 5 charges' worth of additional battery life

Verdict

The 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds aren't expensive wireless buds, and that's very much their selling proposition, because despite the use of the word "Studio" in their name, the actual audio output is only average at best.

Certainly, if you want both the convenience of light single ear Bluetooth buds you'll have to spend a little more, but if your budget is constrained, they're fine if not particularly exciting Bluetooth buds.


Pricing and availability

The 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds retail in Australia for $129.95 outright.


Alternatives

You've got quite a range of choices in the wireless earbud category at a variety of price points. If the appeal of the 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds lies in their low price, you should also consider Flowfonix's Buddies or Cygnett's Freerun headphones.

If you're looking to the 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds and your budget can push upwards, consider taking Jabra's Elite Sport or Bioconnected's HR+ headphones for a run.

In the more premium branded space, you could consider Google's Pixel Buds (even though they're not strictly speaking "wireless" in the same way), Samsung's Gear IconX or Apple's AirPods.


Specifications

3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds

Build

Category
In-ear Headphones
Colours
Black

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
True Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Features

Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes
Battery Life
Up to 3 hours
Battery Charging Time
1.5 hours

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