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Soul X-Shock Review: How Good Are Wireless In-Ear Headphones Really?

Sound Quality

The sound quality is also important for such headphones. Anyone who wants to listen to music during a training session is certainly not interested in being dissuaded from their actual activity by a bad sound. So wireless in-ear headphones like the X-Shocks are expected to deliver impeccable sound quality.

In the test the sound proves to be good. If the headphones fit correctly, they convince with deep bass and – depending on the genre of the music being played – a balanced sound experience. The sound can’t be described as outstandingly good, but it’s quite pleasant to hear and if the songs aren’t too dynamic, the drivers also come along.

The headphones can also be used as a hands-free kit. To do this, press a key on the side of the handset – the advantages and disadvantages of this key will be explained later in the section “Wearing comfort”. The sound quality during the call is weak. The conversation partner is hardly audible, which means that the volume of the headphones has to be turned up enormously. Only then can every spoken word be understood without problems. In addition, the words spoken by the wearer of the headphones are barely understood by the partner – the microphone picks up a lot of ambient noise, so you have to speak loudly to be understood. In addition, pleasant telephoning is only possible in quiet environments. Otherwise, both parties will hardly understand a word. However, it should be added that this function is only a nice extra. The headphones are mainly intended for music playback.

Battery and Charging

Battery life is also an important criterion for wireless headphones. Especially during long training sessions and daily use, it is annoying when the headphones need to be recharged after a short time. Even long charging times often cloud the joy of the users.

In this respect, Soul’s wireless in-ear headphones are a convincing choice. The fully charged battery lasts for about three hours – with continuous music playback. This should be sufficient for the average user. But you can’t get over a day’s work like that. However, they can easily be recharged using the charging station with integrated power bench. All you have to do is place them in the portable charging station. Thanks to the magnets installed in this station, the headphones sit very securely and do not fall out.

The charging process is relatively slow in the test. The charging station has 3,000 mAh and can withstand sixteen charges before it needs to be charged. So you can calculate that the batteries in the in-ear headphones are very small. Nevertheless they need about 90 minutes to be fully charged again. Fast loading in between is not really possible.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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