Problems With Meizu Pop
It’s no secret that the Apple Airpods are the next benchmark in terms of convenience, functionality and style. Already, many small Chinese companies managed to break out and go out with their copies: some were just gigantic in size, others worked for half an hour on a single charge, others did not have a case, and the headphones had to be charged one at a time. Now a new player has entered this field, who, like Xiaomi, has long and seriously established itself not only in style, quality and reliability, but also among connoisseurs of excellent sound. Because of what exactly Meizu pop They aroused genuine interest in me, and it is precisely about them that we will speak today.
- Communication: Bluetooth 4.2
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Power: 5mW
- Frequency range: 20. 20,000 Hz
- Headphone sensitivity: 101 dB at 1 kHz
- Microphone Sensitivity: 38 dB at 1 kHz
- Weight: 5.8g
- Capacity: 85 mAh
- Capacity: 700 mAh
- Weight: 48g
- Charging: via Type-C, wireless charging
The ears came in a sturdy white package with the company logo, model name and photo of the device itself on the front.
Below we are told that our model is called TW50.
Inside the box we are met with headphones in a special charging case, a piece of paper with information about updating the firmware, instructions for a huge footcloth, a small Type-C cable and two sets of ear cushions of different sizes.
Some ear pads are ordinary silicone tips in three sizes.
I mainly used them. really comfortable.
The second set is a kind of headphone cases. In my opinion, this is necessary if the former fall out of the ear for some reason (there is an additional holder) or maximum moisture protection is needed.
Such a small, but quite sufficient kit. And we, meanwhile, move on to the most interesting.
The first thing that catches your eye is the case. It is incredibly comfortable and fits easily in your pocket.
So when I went for a walk, I always took it with me along with the headphones. And not because I was afraid to scratch the headphones or might need to be recharged. no, it just opens so nicely that I can sit for hours and just click it as an anti-stress.
On the front, we see the company logo and 4 LEDs, indicating the current battery charge.
In order to activate the LEDs, there is a special button on the back side. Above it is a metal element of the latch.
The lower part of the case is probably what made me exclaim: “Well, how so?” The fact that the inscriptions here are easily erased is easy to forgive. But the fact that the Type C port is located here is the height of stupidity, because at the time of charging the case simply physically cannot stand on the table and must be put on its back.
However, after a short outrage, you find out that the case also supports wireless charging, which, of course, I immediately checked. And really, everything works great with my Nillkin Fast Charge.
A case with a little resistance opens, and it closes almost by itself. The thing is magnets, on which several more elements in the construction are based. In particular, when you start installing the headphones in the niches reserved for them, they will automatically be magnetized and, literally, will jump out of your hands.
There is another feature using the case: when you put the headphones in and close it, they will automatically turn off.
In total, it takes about 2 hours to charge the case, and it lasts for 4 full charge of the headphones. That is, if everything is charged for you, then you can enjoy music for about 15 hours, since the ears themselves work a little more than 3 hours on a single charge. It takes about 1.5 hours to charge the headphones in the case and this has its advantages and, of course, disadvantages. The pluses are that 3 hours is guaranteed to be enough for any type of training, and the downsides are that you still have to rest on the road from music and movies and do something else while the headphones are charging.
Headphones themselves, in my opinion, are simply a masterpiece of style and comfort. Unlike Airpods, they do not have long and uncomfortable horns, which rather spoiled the whole picture. We have everything according to the classics and in the best traditions of audiophilia: a rather voluminous barrel of an acoustic chamber and anatomically justified sound guide.
On the outside there is a circular indicator LED, indicating the status of the headphones, and the Meizu logo.
The part encircled by the LED itself is touch, and is responsible for the main control commands.
- Play / Pause. 1 tap on the right earphone;
- Previous track. 2 tapas on the left;
- The next track. 2 tapas on the right;
- Volume up. hold on the right;
- Volume down. hold on the left;
- Accept / end a call. 1 click on any;
- Reject a call. hold for 3 seconds on any;
- Voice assistant. 3 tapas on any.
On the inside of the earphone housing, there are 2 terminals for switching with a case (the same ones are inside the headphone compartment) and a letter that defines the location of the channel. Yes, you can stick your ears on the wrong side, I have succeeded repeatedly. And it was also comfortable to use, only the touch panel turned out to be inaccessible.
At the end of the sound guide you can see a special chamfer for reliable attachment of nozzles, as well as a compensation hole.
On the front side, the sound guide is covered with a metal mesh.
It is also worth noting that both headphones have a small microphone hole near the letter M. Yes, microphone 2, but they are located inconveniently and in public transport the interlocutor often asked me again.
In the ears of Meizu POP they sit perfectly, have a chic sound insulation and allow you to practice even the most active sports.
A few words about the headphones. Although they look like completely independent, however, the right of them is the leader and the headphones are paired first, and then connected via bluetooth to your device. Unfortunately, they do not catch headphones through 2 walls, because in this case there is a constant, but short-term signal loss. But through one concrete wall. calmly.
Also, in the Meizu POP model, IPX5 protection is declared, which guarantees operation in rain conditions. You can’t swim in them. And when you adjust the headphones, it often turns out to touch the touch panel, because of which you can switch the track or change the volume. Contrary to fears, when I watched the, I did not notice any significant delay. watching YouTube is quite comfortable.
And of course about the most obvious disgrace. firmware upgrade. Where exactly I need to take the application, I still did not understand and downloaded it from w3bsit3-dns.com, already with Russian translation. To update, you need to leave 1 earphone in the case and tap it 5 times, after which he will wink at us and go into the update. Next, repeat with the second earpiece. Why do I need a flashing? If everything works fine for you, then you have version 1.02 and you do not need an update. Well, the owners of the early parties received a device with firmware below, where there were obvious problems with the quality of signal reception. Here they need to flash.
Well, let’s move on to the most important thing, for which headphones are actually purchased.
Meizu POP only supports the SBC codec, so the sound quality is initially average. However, Apple’s similar ears are also not endowed with quality.
Inside the ears, in addition to the battery, there is also the entire analog filling, so in my opinion, something to demand from these babies is the height of sacrilege. Yes, inside there is a basic codec, a bluetooth 4.2 module and an amplifier. Well, or their SoC counterpart.
During testing, I paired the headphones with an Acer laptop, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 smartphone and Hi-Res xDuoo X3 II audio player.
In its advertising company, Meizu announces a fairly high-quality sound component of the headphones, and I tend to believe it. Timbre ears transmit a very correct sound picture. Of course, the SBC codec can neither in detail nor in transparency. Low frequencies are accented and served quite blurry, double bass differs slightly from the bass. High, although they reveal the idea of composition, they are not able to fully draw the textures of living instruments. However, at the same time, the instruments are quite recognizable, the vocals sound in the manner peculiar to him and are represented by the full set of necessary frequencies.
The tones are desperately trying to detail and even the landscapes of the growling synthesized bass are completely palpable, but the overall picture is somewhat blurred. It seems that the sound of the headphones is largely limited by the codec used and with the wires could well show a good result.
Regarding use, here the IPX5 protection standard and a working time of 3 hours hints that they are aimed mainly for sports. They are convenient to watch YouTube, listen to podcasts or enjoy your favorite audiobook. As for music, it’s only in the gym, where really the general presentation and timbres are more important than transparency and elaboration of details.
By style, in my opinion, any music will do. I listened to rock, electronica and pop, as well as ethnic music and jazz, depending on what you prefer as the rhythm for classes.
As a result, even for me, as a well-known connoisseur of sound, ears did not cause rejection: pleasant, good and very comfortable. Of course, I’m not used to putting the headphones on charge every 3 hours, and this somewhat confused me in exciting audio books, but for the sport it’s the most, the charge is enough even for a fairly long workout. For me, the headphones are very suitable: both a stylish design and a good sound for SBC, and do not forget about IPX5 protection and excellent workmanship. I think very many people and not only athletes will like headphones.