SoundPEATS have launched a number of Bluetooth headphones in recent months, and the QY8 are another set, this time sitting at the lower budget scale of the market. Costing less than £15 these still offer a lot of the high-end features that most costly models include.
Like the Q11’s, these sport both apt-X and CVC noise reduction which, for the money, are brilliant additions. apt-X, assuming you have a transmitting device with the same technology, provides an improved quality of audio via Bluetooth. CVC, on the other hand, provide noise assistance for phone calls – yes, you can use these headphones for taking calls as well!
As with the other SoundPEATS models, these come in a smart case complete with short micro USB cable (for charging), different sized earbuds and a clip and a special plastic tie so you can reduce the length of the cable that goes between the two ear pieces.
The right hand ear piece is essentially a large button and pressing it controls many functions, depending on usage at the time – power on, off, accept call, reject call, etc. It also lights up various colours to indicate the current status too. Voice prompts through the ear pieces – again standard for the SoundPEATS range – ensures you know what’s going on. On top of that ear piece is a small rocker for volume, moving through tracks, etc. The microphone is also present here.
The left hand ear piece is where you’ll find the charging connector. It takes about 2 hours to charge and you’ll then get about 5 hours of music playback from it.
Now, where this headset gets different from the others I’ve reviewed is how it’s kept in place. Instead of using a hard plastic loop over the ear, this uses rubber rings that sit inside your ear lobe. A number of sizes and types are included – some of which I think have been added since as they’re now shown in the instructions. Personally, it’s not for me and I much prefer the plastic loop method. Looks wise, they’re a little drab, made in a matt black plastic.
Connecting is simple, particularly as it’s set up for pairing the first time you use it. The sound quality is excellent for the money but if you’re hoping for something bass heavy, look elsewhere – these have a good, all-round sound.
Packaging consists of all the aforementioned items, all of which are included within the case and then placed in a small cardboard box. The smaller items, such as rubber rings and cable ties are included in a series of plastic bags, including the USB cable, which is a little excessive. A small, but adequate, instructions leaflet is enclosed.
For the money these represent excellent value with high quality Bluetooth sound. However, the method of holding these in the ears is an acquired taste – if it’s your taste then I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a pair.
Disclosure of gift - I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.