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SoundPEATS Q32  Bluetooth Headphone Review

There are a few truly wireless headphones on the market now and many of these are surprisingly inexpensive - especially when compared to the similar products being released by the major brands such as Sony, Samsung and of course Apple.

What makes the SoundPEATS Q32’s different from the competition? Well for one thing they’re using Bluetooth 5.0. Whilst this really makes little difference for me because my devices don’t have this latest Bluetooth version, however hopefully this new version will reduce the number of dropouts that you tend to experience with these types of headphone. Another thing which is different is that the case uses magnets to hold the headphones in - kinda like some of the more expensive versions - nice touch.

These headphones don’t feel particularly cheap. If they had Sony or Samsung written on them you wouldn’t think there was anything amiss. They both have just one multi-function button for Play/Pause and Power On/Off and that’s pretty much it. The buttons on the Q32’s are concave whereas the buttons on their nearly identical Q29’s are convex - and that’s pretty much their only difference. The Charger/Case is a little different though - it feels much more solid in its construction. It feels that there’s a much better battery pack in there than that found with the Q29’s as well. The magnets almost pull the headphones out of your fingers and into their slots - again another nice touch.

The Q32’s come supplied with six sets of tips - three regular ones and three fitted with wings which can help with the fit for some people. I personally got on fine with the regular tips and found it easy to get a good seal without any problems. In addition to the extra tips, you also get the world’s shortest USB charge cable and a neat string-pull bag to keep all the bits in.  You also get the world’s smallest instruction manual as well. The print in the manual is so small I had to use my phone to take a close-up shot of the various pages so that I could use pinch and zoom in order to be able to read it.

I tried a brief phone call with them and the person on the other end could hear me just fine. You should note that when you’re using them as stereo headphones, phone calls only come through the right ear.  Although for stereo use, you only need to pair the right hand earbud with your phone - the left one normally only connects to the right bud. However you can pair up the left bud independently so that it can be used on its own to make calls. Not up to the standard of the Apple Airpods but not bad. Phone calls on the Airpods come through both earphones.

Sound Quality

For me, headphones are all about sound quality. I’m not going to wear the most comfortable headphones in the world if they sound like crap. The good news is that the Q32’s don’t sound too bad at all. One thing I was really pleased to hear from a nicely controlled bass. A lot of inexpensive headphones tend to follow the Beats way of doing things with the bass - I like bass like the next ex-headbanger but I also like a balanced sound. One thing that I’ve grown to really like is a mellow tone - no extremes in either end of the spectrum - the Q32’s definitely meet this criteria. In fact I feel that the Q32’s are somewhat recessed sounding right through the frequency range. Whilst being somewhat lacklustre on first listening, I’ve found them to be fairly non-fatiguing and also surprisingly detailed considering they lack APTX. The top end could do with a little more ‘sparkle’ to it but not by much. There’s not much soundstage with these headphones - the sound tends to pretty much stay right inside your head - personally I don’t mind this too much because I think that soundstage on studio recordings is pretty much an artificial effect anyway.

Another pleasant surprise is that they have a pretty low noise floor. This is great when listening to music at lower volumes. I’ve noticed that on some of my older recordings, I’m using nearly full volume - they go loud enough but I always like the option to go to 11.

One thing that Bluetooth 5.0 appears to offer is connection stability. This is where the Q32’s really shine - they not only have an impressive range for this type of headphone, but they’re extremely stable - certainly on par with Apple’s Airpods - and they’re excellent for signal stability.  I have experienced the occasional dropout - but this only usually happens when you first connect them to your player and they recover faster than any other bluetooth headphone I have tried.

Conclusion

The more I listen to the Q32’s, the more I am beginning to consider these a kinda ‘closed’ version of the Airpods. That’s quite a compliment in my opinion because I love the Airpods and rate them very highly. I have absolutely no problems with using these for more serious listening sessions - I also own Sony’s WH1000XM2 and Sennheiser HD598SR full sized headphones which obviously sound better - but not by massive degree in my opinion.  Considering that the SoundPEATS Q32’s are a third of the price of the Airpods it’s a bit of a no-brainer to recommend them.