Many companies have made true TWS (wireless stereo) earbuds over the past few years. As a result, neckband wireless earbuds are rarely seen.
When the Sudio Elva came my way, I found it out of date.
They are designed for the active lifestyle. Even if they fell out of your ears while jogging, you have the neck tape that keeps them from falling to the ground.
That was helpful in my case, especially when tucking my hair behind my ears.
TWS earbuds kept falling with this movement, but the neckband didn't fall far and I could just pick them up and stuff them into my ears.
The last time we saw a design like this was in Sudio's Tre line 3 years ago.
No neckband was included, just a tangle-free wire that drapes around the neck and holds the two earbuds together.
However, you will see that I use Sudio Fem and Sudio Ett as a point of comparison in this article as these were their newest models this year and I also had access to their wireless earbuds.
Lots to unpack
It came in a compact box with lots of:
- Sudio Elva Neckband Headphones
- Sudio Flyg bluetooth flight adapter
- USB-A adapter for male to female (for Sudio Elva)
- USB-C to USB-A (for Sudio Flyg)
- 5 additional pairs of earplugs
- Instruction manual for Sudio Elva
- Instruction manual for Sudio Flyg
- Warranty card and information
The Sudio Elva has an interesting type of store. The left earphone must be detached from the cable using the three-button controller.
Hence it is impossible to use them while it is charging, but I normally wouldn't do that anyway.
To charge the device, you need to remove the left earbud
IPX5 is splash, rain and sweat resistant and is therefore suitable for workouts.
There are small magnetic rubber knots that plug the earphone cords together. It's adjustable along the length of the tangle free wires to ensure you have the option to connect them together in different ways.
On the left there is a control panel with 3 buttons. The middle button is used to turn the headphones on and off, pause playback, and answer calls.
Double-clicking changes the ANC (Active Noise Canceling) mode. The Bluetooth pairing is set up by holding it for 5 seconds while switching on.
Sudio Flyg comes with these headphones.
With this device you can connect any headphone jack on your phone, computer or TV for Bluetooth functionality.
This way you can pair not only the Sudio Elva but also all wireless earbuds with them, which makes this bundle an attractive proposition.
Sudio Flyg can turn any device into a bluetooth enabled one
It has 2 foldable connectors for connecting to an in-flight entertainment system and a stereo plug for normal audio devices with a 3.5 mm socket.
Given the current situation, it is unlikely that people would invest that much on flights. Therefore, it may not be very useful to do so until it is safe to travel again. Not to mention that most devices these days already have Bluetooth capabilities.
I tested the stereo jack with my computer and it worked as it should. To pair, I had to hold down the only button on the Sudio Flyg and place the Elva nearby.
How did they sound?
Magnets to make sure the headphones don't dangle too much
From my brief tests with Sudio Fem, there seemed to be a lack of definition in every area.
Sudio Ett, however, had a more balanced balance between higher and lower notes.
Remember, my musical tastes are mostly pop and musicals. To my great surprise, Elva did well for both of them.
You can choose between two modes: ANC-Off and ANC-On. I used them in the office all day.
The noise cancellation could drown out the sounds of my coworkers' loud, clicking mechanical keyboards as well as the hum of the air conditioning.
The ANC off mode was the best way to describe what my music sounded like like standing in front of a concert hall with the door closed.
It sounded similar to the Sudio Fem. The heights were metallic and undefined. The bass sounded a little better than the higher pitches.
However, after I switched to ANC-on, the tables were turned. Midrange and treble sounded much fuller and more balanced, but the bass became "thin".
The overall volume got louder, which feels like I've finally walked into the concert hall where the music was actually being played.
When it came to calls, I could hear the other person clearly and I was told I sounded clear, if a little muffled.
In terms of audio quality, Sudio Elva are good headphones for me. Especially when the ANC-on puts the emphasis on the highs of the music that I listen to frequently.
When I've changed the bud tips to the XS size, it fits comfortably and won't fall out of my ears even when jogging.
His neck tape grew on me. As someone who finds in-ear earphones that get tired all day, I loved that I could put them around my neck when I didn't want them in my ears.
The headphones are supplied with a practical neckband
Unfortunately, the neck tape made it difficult to keep in my pocket. I couldn't just pull them up like normal wired headphones because of their stiffness.
According to Sudio, the battery has a 15-minute quick charge for 1 hour of listening time.
With a fully charged battery you should have 11 hours of playtime for music and 10 hours in ANC-On mode.
It's worth noting that Elva can be paired with multiple devices at the same time, just like I did with my laptop and phone.
When switching on, a connection to the last connected device is established automatically.
However, in order to switch between devices, you must first unplug Elva from the device you are currently using and fix it with the next device you want to pair with.
When you buy a pair, you get free worldwide shipping and a 12 month international warranty.
|The neck tape with tangled cables provides a calming feeling||Treble sounds metallic without ANC, while bass sounds "thin" with ANC-on|
|Comes with a bluetooth adapter for all wireless earbuds||The stiffness of the neckband makes it difficult to keep in pockets|
- The Sudio Elva headphones + Sudio Flyg will hit the market on September 14, 2020 and will have a price of RM599, according to a Sudio representative.
- Every online purchase of the Buds from the official Sudio website comes with a free cardholder.
- For a 15% discount, enter the code WIRELESS15 at checkout.
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