Sabbat E12 True Wireless Headphones Review

Reviewed Aug 21, 2019 at 10:28 am
Sabbat E12 True Wireless Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.4
Neutral Sound
7.2
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sabbat E12 are budget truly wireless headphones that have a slightly excited sound profile but still offer good overall value. They come with more tip options than typical in-ears in this price range, have a fairly comfortable fit, and have a decent microphone recording quality for calls. They are also fairly well-built, although the case’s lid feels a bit cheap. They also won’t be the best option for commuting as they only passively isolate a bit of ambient noise. On the upside, their case supports wireless charging and holds 4 additional charges. These will be a good option for fans of bass-heavy music that don’t have a lot of lyrics.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. These headphones have an excited sound profile and their fit doesn't isolate enough to be a good option for public transit. On the upside, they can be used for sports since they are breathable, stable, and easy to carry around. They shouldn’t be used for watching TV content or gaming due to their very high latency and their integrated Bluetooth microphone.

6.4 Neutral Sound

Okay for neutral listening. They have a slightly excited and bass-heavy sound profile that will be better suited for bass-heavy music genres like hip-hop, rap, EDM, or dubstep. They lack a lot of detail in their treble range, which will affect high-frequency S and T sounds. The in-ear fit might also not be ideal for long neutral listening sessions.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.2 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. They are very easy to use, easy to carry around, and their battery life should be long enough for your daily commute. On the downside, they won’t be the best at isolating low-end noise like the deep rumbles of a bus or plane engine.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

Very good for sports. If you can find the right fit with their multiple tip options, they are very stable and won’t fall off your ears when being active. They also don’t trap heat and won’t make you sweat more. Their small design is very portable and easy to carry around to the gym.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.4 Office

Passable for the office. The E12 have good isolation performance against work environment noises like ambient chatter and A/C noises, but their fit might not be the most comfortable for a full work day. Additionally, their battery only lasts 4 hours, which most likely won’t be enough for your whole shift. You might have to take breaks here and there to charge them.

See our Office recommendations
5.1 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. True wireless earbuds shouldn’t be used for gaming. The E12’s integrated microphone can’t compete against the voice recording quality of a boom microphone from a gaming headset, and they won’t be as comfortable either. They also have way too high latency for gaming. Additionally, you can’t customize them with a dedicated app.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.1 Wired Gaming
6.5 Phone Call
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Neutral Sound
  • 7.2 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.1 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Call
Pros
  • Breathable and stable design for sports.
  • Many tip options to help you find the right fit.
  • Wireless charging for the case.
Cons
  • Excited sound profile.
  • Poor isolation performance.
  • Very high latency.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The E12 are fairly stylish truly wireless in-ears that have a glossy metallic finish that looks nice but is slightly fingerprint-prone. The buds are fairly small and don’t protrude too much out of your ears. They fit nicely and follow the contour of the inner ear shape. They kind of look like a truly wireless version of some KZ headphones. They come in multiple different colors, but their style and color scheme may vary depending on the seller/retailer you buy them from.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Sabbat E12 are fairly comfortable in-ears that come with a lot of different tip options to help you find the most comfortable fit. They don’t go too deep inside the ear canal, but their shape and size might put a bit of pressure on your ear, which can get annoying after a while. On the upside, using their control scheme is easy and doesn’t require you to push the headphones further inside your ear canal, which is nice. If you can get a nice fit, they are comfortable and very lightweight.

7.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
N/A
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons Voice enabled controls

The E12 have a very straightforward and intuitive one-button control scheme. You can play/pause or take calls with a single press, and a double-press make you skip tracks on the right earbud and go back with the left one. You can also control the volume with a triple-press on either bud; the left one decreases it while the right one increases it. They are very easy to use, but we did have to factory reset them first as they wouldn’t pair to our devices.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the Sabbat E12 don’t trap much heat and you won’t notice a big difference in temperature when wearing them. This makes them a good option for working out as you won’t sweat more than usual.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.0 "
H 0.7 "
Volume 1 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Thanks to their truly wireless design, the E12 are very portable and will fit in pockets or a bag. They are easy to carry around and come with a decently small charging case.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.5 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.7 "
Volume 6 Cu. Inches

The case of the Sabbat E12 is decent. It's fairly small and easily portable, but the materials used aren’t the best. The case feels plasticky with a glossy finish that's fingerprint-prone. The case will still protect the headphones against scratches and physical damage from falls, but the case itself doesn’t feel very durable. On the upside, it supports wireless charging, which is nice. These headphones also come with a small carrying pouch as well.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These headphones are well-built and the buds are dense enough to survive a few accidental falls without too much physical damage. Unfortunately, the case feels a bit cheaper than the headphones, but on the upside, they are rated IPX5 for water resistance which should make them slightly more durable than other in-ears we tested in this price range. However, we don’t yet test for water and sweat resistance on our current test bench.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Sabbat E12 are stable enough for a light run, but won’t be as stable as other in-ears with stability fins or ear-hooks. They stay in place during casual listening, but you may break the seal when moving your head, without the buds falling to the ground. On the upside, their wireless design gets rid of the risk of a cable getting hooked on something, which would yank the headphones out of your ears.

Design
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Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.52 db
Treble Amount
-2.58 db
9.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.07 dB

Like most other in-ears, they have an excellent frequency response consistency. If the user can achieve a proper seal using the assortment of the tips, then they should be able to get a very consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.23 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
4.25 dB
Mid-Bass
2.94 dB
High-Bass
3.73 dB

The bass performance of the E12 is good. It's well extended, but overemphasized over our target curve. The bump in low-bass will add excess thump and rumble, which are common to bass-heavy genres. The response is elevated throughout the range as well, meaning that the hyped high-bass will add boominess and muddiness to the overall bass.

7.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.92 dB
Low-Mid
0.66 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.96 dB
High-Mid
-1.95 dB

The mid-range of the Sabbat E12 is good. There’s a small bump in low-mid, which is the continuation of the overemphasized high-bass, which thickens vocals and lead instruments a bit. Also, there’s a broad dip in mid-mid and high-mid. This will push back the vocals to the back of the mix and negatively affect their projection. Overall, their mid-range is a bit recessed.

4.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.2 dB
Low-Treble
3.51 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.97 dB
High-Treble
-8.1 dB

The E12 have a poor treble response. While the response in low-treble is over our target curve, which gives too much detail and brightness to those frequencies, there is a deep and broad dip on higher sibilants (S and T sounds). This will make those frequencies lack detail and brightness and will make the overall sound a bit excited.

6.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.4 db
Dips
2.71 db
8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.91
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.0
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.79

The stereo imaging performance is great. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble. Additionally, the left and right drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude and phase but had a very small mismatch in amplitude; this won’t be noticeable for most people. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of object (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.0
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.5

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 2 2019, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.322
WHD @ 100
0.134
Isolation
6.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-16.37 dB
Bass
-4.6 dB
Mid
-16.54 dB
Treble
-29.15 dB

The Sabbat E12’s fit is sub-par at passively isolating ambient noise. They don’t do much against lower-end noises, which means they won’t be ideal for public transit as they won’t block out the deep rumbling of engines. On the upside, they do a pretty good job at blocking work environment noises like ambient chatter and A/C system noise.

8.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
29.4 dB

The leakage performance on the E12 is great. These headphones practically don't leak in the bass and mid ranges. The significant portion of their leakage is around the low-treble range, which results in a thin-sounding leakage. However, the overall level of the leakage is quiet. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away peaks under the noise floor of an average office, so you shouldn’t bother surrounding colleagues.

Microphone
7.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.38 dB
HFE
6933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
24.444
Gain
3.3 dB

The microphone on the E12 has a decent recording quality. This microphone performs better than most other Bluetooth microphones we have measured so far. Speech recorded and transmitted with this microphone will sound full-bodied and easily intelligible. It might sound a bit muffled and dark sounding, though.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
10.92 dB

The noise handling of the E12's integrated microphone is mediocre. It has trouble separating speech from ambient noise and won’t fare well in moderately loud situations like a busy street. This mic will be better-suited for quiet environments.

Active Features
4.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4 hrs
Additional Charges
1
Total Battery Life
8 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

We measured only about 4 hours of battery life on a single charge of the Sabbat E12 True Wireless Earbuds. This is about average for truly wireless headphones, but it’s disappointing considering that they were advertised to last 6 hours per charge. On the upside, they only take about an hour to charge fully. The case also holds up about 4 additional charges, according to the specs sheet, and it can be charged wirelessly, which is nice.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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

The E12 don’t have a dedicated companion app that would have allowed customization options.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
181 ft
Default Latency
326 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones support Bluetooth version 5.0, but unfortunately, they can’t be paired to multiple devices at the same time and don’t support NFC. We also had a lot of trouble with their pairing procedure when we first unboxed the product. We had to factory reset the headphones to be able to pair them to a device.

The Sabbat E12 have very high latency, which won’t be ideal for watching videos due to the delay between the sound and images. However, this might not be as noticeable on apps and devices that offer some sort of compensation.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
N/A
USB Audio
N/A
Detachable N/A
Length N/A
Connection N/A
Wired Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones can’t be used wired.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Sabbat E12 TWS come with a nice hard charging case that can be charged via their USB-C cable. The case doesn’t have any additional inputs, but can be charged with a wireless Qi charger, which is nice. It also holds about 4 additional charges.

In the box
In the box

  • Sabbat E12 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 7 tip options
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Sabbat E12 are okay truly wireless in-ears that set themselves apart by their design and comfortable fit. Unfortunately, they have a slightly excited sound profile and feel a bit cheaply made. Nevertheless, they offer good overall value, but won’t be the best option for most. See our recommendations for the best truly wireless headphones, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and the best earbuds and in-ears.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are better true wireless headphones than the Sabbat E12 True Wireless. Their sound quality is better and their fit isolates better against ambient noise, which is useful for commuting. They also have a good app with an EQ, and they can connect to 2 devices simultaneously. However, their design is pretty bulky and won’t be the most comfortable option. Also, the Sabbat E12’s case supports wireless charging and they have a pretty good Bluetooth microphone. They also come with plenty of tip options and will be more comfortable than the Elite 65t.

Creative Outlier Air Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Creative Outlier Air Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Sabbat E12 True Wireless. Their case is better-built and they have a better sound quality than the E12. The Outlier Air also have almost double the time of battery life than that of the E12, and they support the aptX codec. On the other hand, the Sabbat E12 come with more tip options, which is useful to find the best possible fit, and their case also supports wireless charging.

JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sabbat E12 True Wireless and the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless are very similar performing truly wireless in-ears. Both have a dark sound profile and will be better suited for bass-heavy genres, but the JBuds Air don’t lack as much detail in the treble range as the E12. Their fit is also slightly better at blocking out ambient noise. On the other hand, you’ll have slightly more battery life out of the E12 and their microphone recording quality is noticeably better. Additionally, their E12 case supports wireless charging, while the JBuds Air case has a short and integrated charging cable, which can be annoying to use.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Sabbat E12 True Wireless. They are more comfortable, more stable, and offer a better overall sound quality, on top of having a decent app where you can customize their sound a bit and have access to mappable controls, including volume controls. Their fit also isolates better against ambient noise and they have a noticeably longer battery life.

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