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Edifier TWS6 earphone overview: Inexpensive audio for athletes

“Edifier has successfully developed affordable real wireless earbuds for active listeners.”

8 hours of playback

IPX5 waterproof

Exceptional sound quality

Comfortable

Limited touch controls

Ear wings required for proper fit

Edifier is committed to taking the world of affordable real wireless earphones by storm this year by releasing two products with identical prices: the TWS NB and the TWS6.

The TWS NB impressed us enough to be called our new favorite budget for real wireless earphones. As a result, expectations of the $ 120 TWS6, a pair of buds with similar functions, and some important differences that target an active audience were understandably high. After a week of keeping these earphones in my ears, you should consider that these expectations have been met.

Out of the box

In the last edifier buds I checked, I was impressed with the luxury of the packaging. It seems that this is a trend at the brand, as I came across the same takeaways when I opened the TWS6.

Edifier TWS6 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

Both the charging case with the buds and the four (!) Pairs of additional earplugs waited patiently in foam pads. Directly under the earplugs was a small box with a USB-C charging cable, installation instructions and silicone ear wings, as Edifier calls them.

There is a pairing button on the housing itself that starts the connection process. Following the standard procedures for locating the buds in my phone’s Bluetooth settings made setup quick and easy. The process is neither unusual nor unusual, but the ability to simply plug in a new pair of earphones is always appreciated.

However, I would like to point out that you will not find it in the compressed physical version of the manual if you are looking for more detailed instructions on the functionality of the earphones or the right way to attach the ear wings to the buds. You must venture online for the full edition to receive this information.

design

I am fascinated by the way the TWS6 looks, but also a bit perplexed. Because I liked the initial aesthetics of the buds so much, I have some concerns about the methodology of the overall design.

First, the TWS6 are elegant and simple and present themselves as buttonless buds in black (white is also available). They are not heavy in your ears and do not stand out like other options like the Sony WF-XB700. But they’re fat, something you should keep in mind when you’re stuck against a “clogged ear”. Regardless, it was pleasant to have it in my ears for longer test periods.

Edifier TWS6 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

There are both memory foam and silicone earplugs to choose from. In my tests, I chose a smaller silicone alternative to the one on the buds and found that it fits well. There are also the ear wings above that started my confusion. The TWS6 doesn’t come with ear wings that are already attached to the buds, but part of me really thinks this should have been. This is because if, like me, you just took the buds out of their suitcase, put them in your ears, and wanted to start listening, you would have a completely different experience.

This is important to note as the buds would not fit very well in my ears without these wings. Finding the right wings changed that completely, making the TWS6 much more suitable for the intense workouts and activities Edifier aims to do with this product. I accept the possibility that this is a user error and most buyers know how to attach the ear wings without referring to the instructions. But for those who have a similar attitude, I offer this advice: wrap the buds in your preferred ear wings and save yourself the hassle of constantly having to readjust yourself during a walk.

When we look at the case, it has the same black finish as the buds and essentially looks like a wider imitation of the case for Apple’s popular AirPods. I was initially worried about how the buds with the wings attached would fit in the case. I will say for the sake of clarity that they sit a little closer, but still sit tight and are charged without hiccups.

properties

When comparing the function sets between these buds and the TWS NB, it becomes clear that Edifier has taken two different demographic characteristics into account in these products. While the TWS NB was more geared towards the serious music listener, the TWS6 has features that suggest that it is much more geared towards lifestyle.

Edifier TWS6 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

The TWS6 supports 8 hours of playback with a total of 32 hours of battery life with the charging case. Technically speaking, the TWS NB can last 11 hours at a time, but only without active noise reduction (ANC) activated. With this coveted feature, playback drops to 5 hours.

The differences between the buds become clear when looking at the waterproof ratings. The TWS NB have IPX4 water resistance, which is reasonable but not special. The TWS6 has an IPX5 resistance that protects it from the continued use of moisture-like rain. Having gotten into a downpour the morning before completing this review, I can vouch for her ability to withstand harsh weather.

Both edifier buds we discussed here support Bluetooth 5.0, and I’ve found similarly strong connections with each pair. Where the TWS6 falls behind significantly, however, are the controls. The TWS NB have multifunction buttons for a variety of applications. In contrast, the TWS6 has touchpads, which unfortunately lack a lot of functionality.

I can pause and resume tracks with a double tap on the right bud and call up my voice assistant with two taps on the left side. There is no possibility to change tracks and to increase or decrease the volume. While asking Alexa to create a specific song or playlist helps, it still doesn’t relieve the pain of missing a couple of what I classify as both standard and important controls.

Audio quality

Edifier was not silent about promoting the Knowles Balanced Armature drivers built into the TWS6, and for good reason. With a diameter of only 12 mm for the entire bud, these drivers are rather small, but offer an exciting punch.

Edifier TWS6 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

Based on my listening experience, the TWS6 has all the audio qualities required to create solid buds for workouts and other activities. I’ve heard a healthy dose of soca music lately (it’s a long story), and the TWS6 has skilfully processed the bass-heavy Caribbean beats of Michael Montano’s Toco Loco.

They also go well with more mainstream genres. One of my favorite test tracks, Blues Travelers’ Hook, was once again a fun ride that demonstrated the ability of the TWS6 to dance through a range of frequencies. Other genres and tracks led to the same result: these earphones have a wonderfully pleasant sound that I think will satisfy most people looking for buds in this price range.

However, I would prefer the TWS NB to these buds in terms of sound quality. Although the TWS6 also supports aptX, the NB has an advantage in terms of definition and clarity, as well as ANC to support the listening experience. Thanks to its fit, the TWS6 has efficient passive noise suppression, but does not meet the advantages of ANC, e.g. B. listening to music or making phone calls without interruption.

Our opinion

Edifier has done it again with the TWS6, creating an affordable pair of real wireless earbuds with nice features and exceptional audio quality. This time they only did it for another listener.

Are there any better alternatives?

I would probably still choose the $ 120 TWS-NB for its audio quality and control benefits, though they are not ideal for active scenarios. Outside of the Edifier brand, the $ 130 Amazon Echo Buds or the $ 130 Sony WF-XB700 are solid competitors in this price range.

How long will they last?

The TWS6 has a build quality that feels solid and impressive water resistance to protect it from nature. It is certain that you will get your money’s worth with these buds.

Should you buy them

Yes. Restricted touch controls are crap, but they don’t interfere with what leads to a valuable pair of buds ready for training in the Edifier TWS6. Remember to attach these ear wings.

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