Amaya DarviJuly 19, 2021 09:48:02 IST
Realme recently launched a new sub-brand, Dizo, targeting budget-focused buyers. In particular, they have launched several wireless audio products under Rs 1,500. Realme has been doing very well in the budget audio sector for the past year or so. It’s interesting to see what you can do at a lower price.
The Dizo GoPods D are true wireless (TWS) earphones and the Dizo Wireless is a wireless neckband. Before analyzing the individual products, let’s touch on what they have in common. To get started, both products are Bluetooth 5.0 compliant and only support the SBC codec. You can’t expect aptX compliance in this price range, but AAC isn’t supported either. The sweat resistance of both earphones is IPX4 compliant. So it’s okay to wear it in the gym or in light rain, but don’t spill any liquid.
The wireless range is similar, with both products maintaining a stable connection at 10 meters and clear visibility. A little over half of them are obstructed by concrete walls. You can change the sound profile and button configuration with. Realme link App. There are three sound presets: “Bass Boost +”, “Dynamic” and “Bright”. We recommend sticking to “dynamic”. The “Bright” option makes the treble excessively heavy, and “Bass Boost +” adds more bass to the already heavy bass sounds of these audio products. It’s like selling water to a drowning person.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these earphones.
Dizo GoPods DTWS Earphone Review
The Dizo GoPods D is very similar to the Realme Buds Q2, with a similar shaped bud with a touch-enabled zone on the back and the same oval charging case. Beyond this, they are quite different products. The buds fit snugly in the ear, do not stick out, and provide proper passive noise isolation with a pre-installed medium-sized silicone chip (the bundle has two more pairs). Stay in place while jogging or sprinting. There is no active noise canceling (ANC) here. Also, at least for now, I didn’t expect ANC democratization to reach this price range.
However, I was surprised to see the touch control in this price range. There is a considerable touch zone on the back of the earphones, which is very responsive.In addition, the control can be configured with Realme link App. You can assign play / pause, previous / next track, voice assistant, or nothing to double-tap, triple-tap, or touch + hold. You can turn the game mode (low latency of 110ms) on and off by pressing and holding both buds at the same time. There is no volume control option. Also, you cannot assign anything to a single tap. The former was better, but the latter is fine as it eliminates unintended behavior when trying to adjust the buds.
Moving on to the sound quality of the Dizo GoPods D, which is decent for this budget, the 10mm dynamic driver produces a heavy bass sound. Those who like extra bass (a fairly common demographic) will probably enjoy the output. The emphasis is on low-end frequencies, but the high frequencies are reasonably well tuned and have a fair amount of sharpness. The mids suffer the most because of the abundance of less tight bass. Tracks with a lot of bass have a lot of auditory masking and the midrange frequencies are significantly suppressed.
Vocal clarity is less of a hit, as certain instruments do towards the bottom of the midrange spectrum. The sound stage isn’t too wide and the sound details are at best average. However, it should be remembered that this is an Rs 1,500 pair, which is better than most TWS buds in this price range, so it can be a bit generous for certain aspects of the output. Also, the buds are quite loud at 70% volume and the call quality is pretty good. People at both ends of the call were completely audible to each other and background noise was barely infiltrated. It deserves praise.
The Dizo GoPods D’s overall battery backup is decent, with a bud and charging case combined for nearly 17 hours of playback. The bud lasted about 4 hours and 15 minutes on a full charge. This is slightly below standard, but easy to handle. I hope the company chose the USB-C port on the charging case instead of the old MicroUSB. It takes less than 90 minutes to fully charge (case + bud). Another point I would like to emphasize is Bluetooth pairing technology. Unlike most TWS buds, which go into pairing mode when taken out of the case, you now need to do the same with the buds in the case, touching your back for 3-5 seconds. A pretty weird way, that!
Anyway, the Dizo GoPods D offers a good price with an introduction price of Rs 1,399 with a one year warranty. The price is expected to rise to Rs 1,599 soon, but it’s still fair. They may not sound spectacular, but at that price you get the value of your money and many won’t complain. Also, with this budget, it will be difficult to find another pair that sounds the same and shows off features such as programmable touch controls. One of the options that comes to mind is the Redmi Buds S. It sounds better than Dizo, but it has no touch controls and has a 25% lower battery backup. Beyond that, you need to extend your budget to 2K to get the Oppo Enco W11 for less bass and sharper sounds.
- Sound quality above average price
- Fits snugly and is comfortable to wear
- Programmable and responsive touch control
- Decent battery life; up to 17 hours in charging case
- IPX4 sweat resistance
- Good call quality
- Excessive bass
- Micro USB charging port
- No volume control option
- AAC codec is not supported
Rating: 3.8 / 5
price: From 1,399 rupees to 1,599 rupees
Dizo Wireless Neckband Review
The Dizo wireless neckband is well-built from the earphone shell to the band, but weighs only 23.1 grams. Nothing is impressive about its appearance, but nothing unpleasant. The presence of a rubberized band around the neck is barely noticeable, and the buds are helped by the horned tip to fit snugly in the ear without discomfort. They remain in place during the jogging. The control pod has volume controls and programmable multifunction buttons that can handle all its functions. It feels just right to press a key. You can assign play / pause, previous / next track, voice assistant, etc. to single-click, double-click, triple-click, and long-press. Realme link App.
Each earphone is fitted with a 11.2mm dynamic driver and has a magnetic chip on the back of the pad that doubles as an on / off switch. Off when sticking, on when away. The magnets were fairly strong and there was rarely an accidental separation. I’ve loved this feature since the days of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless, and it’s great to see it on an entry-level neckband. The sound characteristics are very similar to those of the GoPods D above. So I won’t repeat. The output gets heavier bass again, but there is one difference. The sound stage looks a bit wider when compared, giving the audio a richer feel with slightly higher resolution details.
Around 70% is sufficient for the volume of these earphones. If you need more, you can enable “Volume Enhancer” from the companion app. The call quality here is not as good as the GoPods D. The spec sheet states the existence of “environmental noise canceling”, but it doesn’t seem to work. It picks up too much ambient noise and people on the line can hear almost everything around you. On the bright side, the game mode latency numbers were as low as 88ms, and there was no delay between audio and video in normal mode.
Another advantage here is the presence of a USB-C port to charge this neckband, but it’s uncovered and can become dusty and moist over time. there is. Battery backup for this Dizo neckband is pretty good in nearly 15 hours when fully charged with 70% loudness. The company states that it takes two hours to charge a 150mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent, but I managed it in about 75 minutes using a Realme Dart (fast) charger. If you’re in a hurry, you can play audio for 2 hours with a 10-minute charge. This feature works as advertised.
The Dizo wireless neckband costs Rs 1,299 and comes with a one-year warranty. This makes overall performance and functionality fairly good, unless call quality is a priority. Compared to its similarly priced rival, the Redmi SonicBass wireless neckband, Dizo is at the forefront of almost every division, from sound and build quality to battery backup. I received several other budget wireless neckbands for review in this price range. Let us know how they are compared. In any case, this Dizo neckband remains a good choice for this budget.
- Decent sound quality of the segment
- Excellent build quality and comfortable wearing
- Magnetic on / off switch
- Programmable button
- Good battery life up to 15 hours.Fast charging support
- IPX4 drip-proof
- USB Type-C charging port
- Less than Percoll quality
- Excessive bass
- AAC codec is not supported
Rating: 3.8 / 5
price: 1,299 rupees