Truly wireless earphones are everywhere you look nowadays and they’re improving all the time. We’re seeing more affordable models pop up all the time too. But are they actually any good or do you need to spend big bucks to get anything decent? In this review, I’m taking a look at the Yinyoo Q70, a $30 earphone with Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls and up to 8 hours on a single charge. Let’s see how they perform.
This sample was provided for the purpose of an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Yinyoo Q70 Review
Excellent battery life
Bluetooth connectivity is really solid
Metal charing case with USB Type C
Smooth and detailed sound with punchy bass
The included eartips are limited in variety and size
Package and Accessories
The Q70 comes in a simple, small box with an image of the earphones and charging case on the front and some basic specs listed on the back. Included in the box are:
2 * wireless earbuds
1 * charging box
1 * USB Type C cable
1 * user manual
3 * eartips(S/M/L Size)
Design and Functionality
Right away I was surprised to see the charging case is metal and feels really robust. It’s capsule-shaped and silver in colour with a Yinyoo logo on the top. On the front side, there are 5 LED indicators which display charging and battery status. There is a USB Type-C port on the rear side of the case.
Looking at the actual earbuds, I’m immediately reminded of Airpod Pros. The Q70 has a similar shape with a glossy plastic body and protruding stems. I quite like this form factor as the stems give you something to grip on to and make it easy to adjust the fit in your ears. However, the plastic looks a little fragile but only time will tell how durable the materials are.
The shells have a minimalist design and are plain white or black (depending on which style you buy) with a small splash of chrome at the stem bottoms. There is a small LED on the bottom that shows when the buds are charging or in pairing mode.
Music playback and calls are managed by touch controls on the earpieces. I found them to be quite responsive and easy to use. The controls work as follows:
Music pause/play: During playback, double press the multi-touch button.
Previous song: Tap the right earpiece 3 times.
Next song: Tap the left earpiece 3 times.
Answer: Double press the multi-touch button.
Reject: When calling, press 3 times.
Hang up: During a call, press the multi-function touch button until you hear a beep.
Comfort and Noise Isolation
The 3 pairs of included silicone tips are all too small for my ears but thankfully, many of my personal eartips are compatible so it wasn’t difficult to find some that fit. The angled nozzles and lightweight earpieces feel really comfortable in my ears and I have worn them for several hours at a time without any issues.
Noise isolation is quite good, making these earbuds perfect for commuting and noisy environments. There is also almost no noise leak so you don’t need to worry about disturbing anyone nearby.
Bluetooth Connectivity and Battery Life
The Q70 has Qualcomm’s QCC3020 SoC with Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX support. In my testing, it has paired quickly and easily with everything device I tried, including DAPs, a laptop and my smartphone. It has very stable connectivity, never skipping or stuttering and I’m able to walk all around my house without a hiccup.
When it comes to battery life, the Q70 delivers an impressive 8 hours on a full charge. Additionally, it can be recharged using the case another few times so it really has some crazy longevity. Charging the case takes around 1.5-2 hours which is very reasonable too. What other surprises do these earphones have in store for us?
Sources used for testing include my Android smartphone, Windows laptop, FiiO M5 and Shanling M0.
Warm and smooth is the order of the day with the Q70 but that does not mean dull by any means. The tuning is typical of a Bluetooth earphone, with enhanced bass, smooth, rich midrange and a laid back, non-fatiguing treble. Clarity is moderate but more than acceptable and although rich, the midrange doesn’t sound muffled or veiled.
Although the bass is boosted it doesn’t dominate the overall presentation; it’s ideal for listening on the go and is the source of the Q70’s warmth. Attack and decay speeds are moderate, meaning it’s not the fastest bass but it’s still punchy and provides a good thump. It has a mid-bass focus but it can deliver a meaty sub-bass rumble too, perfect for some old skool hip hop like Too Short’s “In The Trunk” (explicit).
The midrange is buttery smooth and sits nicely in line with or just behind the bass on most tracks. Vocals are enriched with a lower-mid quantity that gives them plenty of body without muddiness. Male vocals have a fullness and female voices are vibrant and sweet. Instruments sound good too; the Q70 flows with musicality and even does a pretty good job with the instrument and vocal timbre. Ludovico Einaudi’s piano and the accompanying strings in “Indaco” sound far better than they should for a Bluetooth earphone with an almost throwaway price. Sure, the notes are too thick to sound totally natural but the effortlessness and emotive performance make me forget about technicalities and simply enjoy the music.
Q70’s treble is crisp but tractable. It sits further back in the mix, slightly behind the bass and the midrange and it’s never harsh or fatiguing. Despite the laidback nature of the treble, the Q70 still reveals lots of small details which is really remarkable given the warmth of its tonality. It’s not the most invigorating treble but it suits the overall presentation perfectly and it adds just the right amount of snap and lightness.
The soundstage is moderate in size with equal amounts of width and depth. Vocals take centre stage and instrument separation is fairly good except in very complex music where the bass can slow things down. Just like so many other aspects of the Q70, there’s nothing remarkable about the soundstage but it’s better than you would normally expect for a budget wireless earphone.
I must admit that I had low expectations coming into this review but in the end, I am thoroughly impressed with the Yinyoo Q70. The metal charging case, simple but solid construction and great battery life set it off to a very good start. But when you add the stellar connectivity, solid functionality and competent, pleasant sound, it’s clear that Yinyoo has created a little $30 gem. I don’t have a best wireless iems list yet but when I do make one (the number of TWS coming out demands it), there’s a good chance the Q70 will be on it.