Betron YSM1000 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.4
Mixed Usage
6.0
Neutral Listening
6.7
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
4.8
Wireless Gaming
6.5
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Betron YSM1000 are average mixed usage in-ears headphones. They look good and are surprisingly well-built for budget headphones. They are breathable and stable for sports but aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tested so far. Unfortunately, they have a mediocre audio reproduction, but passively isolate a good amount of noise to be used in a daily commute. They are simple wired headphones which means you won’t have to worry about connection, battery or latency issues.

Test Results
Design 7.3
Isolation 7.8
Microphone 6.8
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Good noise isolation and low leakage.
  • Decently durable design.
  • Simple and easy-to-use controls.
Cons
  • Boomy and slightly dark sound.
  • In-ear fit might not be for everyone.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.3

Design

The Betron YSM1000 are in-ear headphones that are surprisingly well-built for their price and that can be a decent choice for sports since they are portable and breathable. They have a nice in-line remote that feels responsive and offers good feedback. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tested so far, and the fit might not be for everyone. On the upside, they have a sleek look and also come with a small pouch.

Style

The Betron YSM1000 have a premium look thanks to the silver buds and gold accents. They have a simple in-ear design that isn’t bulky and doesn’t stand out much; they look like bigger earplugs. They also have a transparent rubberized coating on the cables, which lets you see the wires inside and gives it a nice look. Unfortunately, they do not come in other color schemes to suit your preferred style.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

They aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tested so far, and the fit will depend on if you can find the right tip size for you. In-ears enter the ear canal and might not be as comfortable for everyone. On the upside, they come with foam tips that some may find better to achieve a better air-tight and comfortable fit.

7.5 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
iOS
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The control scheme of the YSM1000 is good and offers common functionalities like music/call control and volume control and track skipping (no rewind function on Android devices). The button layout is simple and easy to use, while buttons are very clicky and offer good feedback. However, the volume up button on our unit was a bit mushy, but we don’t know if this is common on these headphones or if our unit had a small defect. On the upside, you can trigger your device's voice assistant by a long press of the middle button.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the YSM1000 are very breathable headphones thanks to their design. They don’t trap heat under ear cups and won’t make you sweat more than usual if you use them during physical activity.

9.0 Portability
L : 2.0 "
W : 2.0 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most in-ears, these headphones are very portable and fit in most pockets. It is very easy to keep them on you at all times. You can also store them in the included soft pouch that doesn’t add too much bulk and will still be easy to have on you.

6.0 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

The Betron YSM1000 come with a small squeeze-to-open soft pouch that will protect the headphones against light scratches and minor water exposure. It does not add too much bulk, which is easy to fit in most pockets.

7.0 Build Quality

For budget headphones, the Betron YSM1000 are surprisingly well-built headphones. The in-line remote is made out of metal, like the 1More Piston Classic, and the earbuds are fairly dense and shouldn’t suffer too much damage if dropped accidentally. The cables aren’t too thin and are also rubberized.

7.0 Stability

These in-ear headphones are fairly stable. They don’t easily pop out of your ears, like the 1More Piston Fit do. They should be suitable for running and light physical activity. However, since they are wired, be careful not to get the cable hooked or stuck on something as it will yank the headphones out of your ears. This shouldn’t be an issue for casual listening sessions.

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Sound

Their bass is well extended and fairly flat, the mid-range is above-average and decently balanced, but the treble range is underemphasized and lacks detail. Also, the bass is overemphasized and sounds muddy, while the mid-range adds thickness to the vocals.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
4.6
Bass-Heavy
:
9.2
Warm
:
8.6
Bright
:
3.0
6.7 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.09 db
Dips
:
2.1 db
8.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.22 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user can achieve a proper seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get the same bass and treble delivery each time they use the headphones.

9.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.11
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.5
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.04
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.5

The imaging performance is excellent. Their weighted group delay is 0.11, which is very low. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay never crosses the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps), in the stereo image.

0.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.8

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

8.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.260
WHD @ 100
:
0.084
7.8

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Betron YSM1000 is great. They don’t have any ANC features but passively block a good amount of background noise, especially if you can get a good fit with the provided tip options. They are a decent choice for daily commuting as they have good isolation performance in the lower frequencies for passive in-ears. They also barely leak at higher volumes, which makes them good headphones to use in quiet environments without disturbing people surrounding you.

7.1 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.02 dB
Bass
:
-6.54 dB
Mid
:
-14.77 dB
Treble
:
-42.27 dB

The Betron YSM1000 have good isolation performance. Despite lacking active noise cancelation, they isolate a good amount of ambient noise. They achieve more than 6dB of isolation in the bass range which is about average, and good for passive in-ears. In the mid and treble ranges, they reduce the outside noise by 15dB and 42dB respectively, both values being very good.

9.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
25.47 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. These in-ears practically do not leak, so you don't need to worry about disturbing people around you unless you are blasting your music in a very quiet room. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages 25dB SPL and peaks at 43dB SPL, which is quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

6.8

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The in-line mic is decent. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound relatively thin, but fairly easy to understand. It may lack a bit of detail and brightness though. In noisy environments, the mic will do a good job separating speech from ambient noise in moderately loud places, like a busy street, but it will struggle in much noisier conditions like a subway station.

7.0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
269.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.93 dB
HFE
:
2673.34 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.106
Gain
:
20.9 dB

The in-line mic has an decent recording quality. The LFE of 269Hz results in a recorded or transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 2.7KHz suggests a speech that lacks detail and presence. This microphone could also be prone to lower frequencies noise and pops. However, the intelligibility of speech on this microphone will be decent in quiet environments.

6.6 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
17.62 dB

The in-line microphone of the YSM100 is average at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 18dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

0

Active Features

The Betron YSM1000 are straightforward wired in-ears that do not have a battery or a companion app.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A

These are passive headphones that do not require a battery.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

There is no companion app to enhance your listening experience.

3.6

Connectivity

The Betron YSM1000 are wired in-ear headphones that don’t have any wireless connectivity. Their 1/8” TRRS connection also has mic support on consoles and PCs which can be convenient. Since they are wired, their range will be limited by the cable’s length. On the upside, they do not have any latency issues and are suitable for watching video content and gaming.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are not Bluetooth compatible.

These headphones have a wired connection so don’t have any latency issues, which is suitable for watching video content and gaming.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 3.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms

These headphones have a 1/8” TRRS connection that has mic support on consoles and PCs. Also, the box of our unit says they are iOS specific, but they still work with Android devices. They simply don't allow backwards track skipping, which they do on iOS. This is the only difference between the two operating system we've found.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

The YSM1000 do not have a base/dock. If you want a versatile headset with a base that you can also use wired, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

In the box

  • Betron YSM1000 headphones
  • 3x tip options
  • 1x foam tip option
  • Carrying pouch
  • Shirt clip
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Betron YSM1000 are budget in-ear headphones that are fairly versatile for a variety of usages. They are surprisingly well-built for their low price point and have a decent performance-to-price ratio. The in-ear fit might not be for everyone, but they are very portable and decently stable for physical activity. They don’t have the best audio reproduction, but when compared to other models in the same price range, they are quite good and can be a decent pick. See our recommendations for the best cheap earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $50, and the best earbuds for bass.

Symphonized NRG 3.0
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Amazon.com

The Betron YSM1000 and Symphonized NRG 3.0 are very similar headphones and perform quite similarly. They have a similar in-ear fit, but the NRGs have more tip options. They also have better isolation performance and practically don’t leak at all. On the other hand, the Betron have a better in-line remote that feels more responsive, have a better microphone, and they have slightly less overemphasized bass.

KZ ZSN
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Amazon.com

The KZ ZSN are better critical listening in-ear headphones, but the Betron YSM1000 are going to be a bit more versatile for everyday casual use. The ZSN have a better audio reproduction and are noticeably better-built thanks to their detachable cable. On the other hand, the Betron have a microphone and their fit provides better isolation against ambient noise, which should be better for commuting.

1More Piston Fit
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Betron YSM1000 are better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. They are better-built, have a more balanced audio reproduction, isolate more ambient noise, and are overall more versatile headphones. Our 1More Piston Fit unit had mismatched drivers and high distortion, and these headphones don’t have volume controls, which is disappointing, but they do have angled earbuds that are more comfortable.

1More Piston Classic
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Betron YSM1000 are better headphones than the 1More Piston Classic. They might be a bit less comfortable because of their slightly bigger design, but they passively isolate more noise than the 1More and did not have mismatched drivers. On the other hand, the Piston Classic come with a hard case, which is nice considering their very low price point.

MEE audio M9B Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Betron YSM1000 and MEE Audio M9B are similar headphones, but the M9Bs are wireless Bluetooth headphones. They perform quite similarly with bass-heavy audio reproduction, but the M9Bs have a more sibilant treble range and worse isolation performance. However, their wireless design is convenient, especially for sports. Unfortunately, they don’t have a very long battery life, so the wired YSM1000 might be a better option if you often listen to audio content in a day.

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6.4 Mixed Usage

Average mixed usage headphones. They won’t be the best critical listening headphones because of their muddy bass and treble lacking presence, but they isolate a good amount of ambient noise to be decent for commuting and at the office. They are very portable headphones and shouldn’t pop out of your ears during physical activity. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long TV sessions, and their short cable won’t be long enough for watching on your couch. The in-line microphone isn’t the best option for gaming, and they won’t be as customizable as other gaming headsets.

6.0 Neutral Listening

Mediocre for neutral listening. Their sound quality isn’t great since they have overemphasized bass which sounds muddy and cluttered. The treble range also lacks detail and presence, and the overall sound might be dark for some. The in-ear fit might also not be the most comfortable for long listening sessions.

6.7 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. They passively block a good amount of ambient noise thanks to their in-ear design, and they barely leak, which means you can mask even more background noise by raising your listening volume, without disturbing people around you. The in-ear fit might not be ideal for long flights but should be fine for bus and subway rides.

7.0 Sports/Fitness

Above-average for sports. They are very portable headphones and can easily fit in your pockets or your gym bag. They are also fairly stable and shouldn’t fall out of your ears. The in-ear design isn’t too bulky which makes them a decent for sports since they won’t trap heat under ear cups. The overemphasized bass may also be useful to keep you going during your workouts.

6.3 Office

Average for office use. They barely leak so you shouldn’t bother your colleagues and their wired connection means you won’t have to worry about a battery life during your work shift. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit might not be comfortable enough for a whole work day.

4.8 Wireless Gaming

Average for gaming. While they don’t have any latency, which is good for gaming, their audio reproduction and microphone quality won’t be as great as gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. On the upside, the microphone works with console controllers and should be decent enough for gaming in a quiet environment.

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