Noise TuneElite review: Comfy earphones with punchy bass
The wireless earphone market is flourishing now and there are some really good options available from various audio gear makers. Yet, it also remains true that if you don't want to spend some Rs 10,000 or Rs 5,000 chances of finding a decent pair of earphones are slim. The problem is that these more affordable earphones invariably lack something or other, which holds them back. So when I picked up the Noise TuneElite wireless earphones I did so without expecting too much from them. By the time I was done reviewing them I changed my opinion about affordable wireless earphones.
Prices at Rs 1,499, the TuneElite promises an audio performance that is oriented towards bass and more bass. On paper, it also promises a couple of features that you may find on more expensive pair of neckband-style earphones such as splash-proof design and long battery life etc. And mostly the TuneElite delivers.
Build quality and design: Wear it and forget it
One of the most important criteria for a neckband style earphone is the comfort factor -- a headphone may offer an out-of-the-world audio performance but if it bothers you while you are wearing it that sound quality is of no use. The Noise Shots TuneElite is quite comfortable and is one of the lightest pair of earphones I have used in a while. The TuneElite is IPX5 certified, which means you can take it out in light rain or for your usual sweaty exercise sessions and it will hold up fine.
Whether I was using it outdoors in the scorching hot weather or just catching up on my Game of Thrones episodes before retiring for the day at my house, never did I had the urge to remove the earphones. The rubber material that the neckband uses is flexible which indirectly adjusts according to whatever position you are wearing it. There's a provision to adjust the length of the wire that connects the earbuds to the neckband. Although, the wires tangle easily and undoing them may test your patience after you leave them in the bag. But while you are wearing it around your neck -- but not using them -- the earbuds magnetically attach to each other so that they don't tangle.
Sadly, unlike the OnePlus Bullets Wireless, the magnets in the TuneElite have nothing to do with the playback controls or connection status.
There are three buttons for basic controls -- play/pause, and volume adjustment keys. An LED indicator is present to show connection status.
On the whole, the TuneElite is comfortable to wear and except for tangle-friendly wires, you could be happy wearing them all day.
Audio performance: Loves bass but can impress audiophiles
Noise says the TuneElite is meant for bass lovers and if you fall into that category, you won't be disappointed. With 14mm speaker drivers, the earphone delivers a bass-focused performance. I keep on shuffling through tens of punchy Bollywood songs and I was able to enjoy all the thump and low-end grunt that keep me refreshed in-between a busy day. Despite meant for bass lovers, the thump is kept under control.
However, at times when I preferred going through bass-free songs for my relaxation session, the TuneElite didn't disappoint. The mids are good while the highs are decent. You can distinguish between high-pitched guitar tones and the lighter ambient tones. There are earphones with better high-end audio performance but when you consider the asking price of Rs 1,499, I believe it's justifiable. The noise isolation is average as the TuneElite relies on passive noise isolation, which means you can hear the ceiling fan or someone's high-pitched voice while listening.
On the whole, the TuneElite impressed me with its performance and I believe it would suffice most affordable earphone seekers.
Battery: Fill it, shut it, forget it
The TuneElite is equipped with a 130mAh battery. On paper, it seems hardly enough to make it through a day before needing a refill. However, I used the earphones for close to 40 minutes at a stretch on my daily commute and used it for my morning walk sessions for an hour on the weekends -- the TuneElite lasted for an entire week before needing a refill.
Sadly, you will still need a micro USB cable to recharge the TuneElite. On top of that, it takes close to 3.5 hours to charge it fully. Therefore, when the battery dies down, you will have to leave it on charge throughout the entire night.
Should you buy Noise TuneElite?
The Noise TuneElite is quite a deal for the price it sells and there are certain reasons for its low price. Unlike other expensive neckband earphones, you don't get modern conveniences such as smart assistant integration and fast charging. Also, despite having magnetic earbuds, the lack of smart functions with regards to playback controls is a bummer.
But despite these features not making it to the TuneElite, you won't be disappointed with the earphones. The punchy bass will impress bass lovers while the overall audio quality won't leave the non-bass lovers looking elsewhere. The comfortable build also makes sure you can wear it for an entire day and won't be bothered by its presence.
In a nutshell, the Noise Shots TuneElite is definitely recommended if you are hunting for a quality bass-oriented audio performance from a pair of earphones that's comfortable to wear for an entire day. And want them to be affordable.