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SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Jan 24, 2019 at 10:41 am
SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
6.9
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
4.9
Wired Gaming
6.0
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SoundPEATS True Wireless are decent mixed usage truly wireless in-ears. They offer great performance for their affordable price. These in-ears are fairly comfortable and isolate a decent amount of ambient noise, making them quite versatile for commuting and at the office. Their sound signature might be better for bass-heavy music, but most users will be satisfied with these. Their small and compact design is easy to carry around, and they are also stable for physical activity. Unfortunately, their pairing procedure can be complicated sometimes, and you might hear some audio cuts from time to time while using them. On the upside, they are well-made for budget headphones and should satisfy most users.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. Their sound quality might not be the best for critical listening as they sound thumpy and boomy, which is better suited for bass-heavy genres. On the other hand, their truly wireless design is very portable, and the in-ear fit does a good job at isolating ambient noise, which makes them an above-average choice for commuting and at the office. They are also stable, even without stability fins, and breathable for sports. Unfortunately, their Bluetooth connection has higher than average latency, and they won’t be suitable for watching TV and gaming.

6.5 Neutral Sound

Average for neutral listening. The SoundPEATS True Wireless have a deep and powerful bass, a great and even mid-range, but a mediocre treble range. Their bass is thumpy and ever-so-slightly muddy, their mid-range is a bit recessed, nudging vocals and other instruments towards the back of the mix, and their treble lacks some detail and is a little uneven on S and T sounds. These headphones are better suited for bass-heavy music. Unfortunately, they don’t have any app to EQ the sound to your liking, and the in-ear fit isn't comfortable enough for long listening sessions.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.5 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting and traveling. They are very portable headphones and are easy to carry around, but the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long flights. However, you shouldn’t have any problem during short subway or bus rides. They have a short battery life on a single charge, but their case gives you about 12 hours of additional charges, which is nice if you don’t mind taking breaks to charge the headphones.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. Their small design is great for active people who don’t want big and bulky headphones. They don’t trap heat inside your ears, and they won’t pop out during physical activity. Some may also find their sound profile great for sports thanks to the extra thump and rumble of the bass.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.7 Office

Above-average for the office. The SoundPEATS True Wireless isolate a good amount of ambient chatter and will let you concentrate on your music and tasks. You also won’t bother colleagues around since they barely leak. However, their battery life is too short for a whole workday so you will need to take breaks to recharge them a few times during your shift. Also, the in-ear fit might not be comfortable enough to wear for several hours.

See our Office recommendations
5.0 Wireless Gaming

Bad for gaming. These headphones have way too high latency to be used for video games, and their microphone is sub-par for online gaming. You shouldn’t consider these even if you are not looking for a headset with a mic.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
4.9 Wired Gaming
6.0 Phone Calls
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.9 Wired Gaming
  • 6.0 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Great price to performance ratio.
  • Good isolation performance.
  • Excellent wireless range.
Cons
  • Inconsistent pairing procedure.
  • Sub-par microphone for calls.
  • In-ear fit might not be for everyone.
  1. Update 2/6/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The SoundPEATS TrueFree are very low-profile truly wireless headphones. They have a very small earbud design and don’t protrude too much out of your ears. They also only come in an all-black design which fits every style but might not be vibrant enough for some. They look fairly good for budget headphones and don’t feel cheap, which is nice.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These in-ears are fairly comfortable, and they also come with 4 different tip sizes for you to find the best and most comfortable fit. They are also very lightweight, and you barely feel them in your ears. However, the in-ear design may not be for everyone, and some may feel soreness after wearing them for a while. Also, their control scheme forces you to push the headphones deeper inside your ear to register a command, which can be annoying at times.

5.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The controls of the SoundPEATS TrueFree are fairly limited because of their one-button design on each earbud. They are easy to press, but you do need to push the buds further inside your ears, which isn’t comfortable. These headphones have call/music management, and track skipping (backward and forward), but they, unfortunately, do not have volume control. All commands can be done on either of the buds (other than track skipping, left earbud for going backward and right for going forward). You can also access your device voice assistant. Unfortunately, the soundpeats will not be as easy to use as the Treblab, or the Jabra Elite Active 65t.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the SoundPEATS TrueFree have great breathability performance. Their small earbuds don’t trap heat under an ear cup and don’t make a noticeable difference in temperature when wearing them. This means you shouldn’t sweat more than usual and are a good option for sports as well.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.0 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 0.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The SoundPEATS TrueFree are very portable truly wireless in-ears. The very small earbuds can easily fit in small pockets or a bag and are easy to keep on you at all times. Also, they come with a small case that can also easily fit inside pockets.

6.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.1 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 4.4 Cu. Inches

The SoundPEATS True Wireless come with an average case that acts as a charging station for the headphones. Unfortunately, the case is made out of lightweight plastic that feels cheap, and there is no lid on the case, meaning the buds are exposed to dust, water, and scratches. The case holds the headphones thanks to a magnetic force, but a small impact can make them pop out, which can damage them. There is a more expensive variant of these headphones that come with a better case with a lid that protects the headphones. However, the headphones on this model variance are called the Q32 but they seem to be the same earbuds as the TrueFree. If you want a pair of headphones with a better case that's Qi-enabled for wireless charging, check out the TOZO T10, though they don't perform quite as well overall.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The SoundPEATS True Wireless are well-built and are surprisingly solid for budget headphones. Their small design makes them dense enough to survive a few accidental drops without taking too much damage. They are made of plastic but don’t feel as cheap as their thin and lightweight case. These headphones are also rated IPX4 for sweat and splashing water resistance, but we do not currently have a test to accurately measure this.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones have a good fit inside the ears and come with 4 tip sizes. They are stable for physical activity like running and going to the gym. They do not have any stability fins, but they are small enough not to need them. However, if you do want fins, there’s also a model variant with accessories and a bigger battery case. This model is the Q32, and it seems like the earbuds are the same as the TrueFree, but we could not confirm this. Additionally, their truly wireless design also gets rid of a cable that could get hooked on something, which is good.

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In The Box

  • SoundPEATS TrueFree headphones
  • 4x tip options
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Charging case
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
4.77 db
Treble Amount
-3.19 db
9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.14 dB

The SoundPEATS TrueFree have excellent frequency response consistency. Assuming the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.41 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.99 dB
Mid-Bass
4.49 dB
High-Bass
4.5 dB

The TrueFree’s bass is good. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, and low-bass is overemphasized by about 5dB. This indicates a deep and extended bass with quite a bit of excess thump and rumble. Mid-bass and high-bass are relatively flat and even, but over our target by at least 2dB. Overall, their bass is quite heavy and thumpy, without being too boomy, and they may please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and Hip-Hop due to their excess thump.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.6 dB
Low-Mid
1.57 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.72 dB
High-Mid
-0.02 dB

The SoundPEATS True Wireless have a great mid-range performance. The overall mid-range response is even and well-balanced, which is important for the clear and accurate reproduction of vocals and instruments. However, mid-mid is recessed by about 3dB around 800Hz. This nudges vocals and leads slightly to the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to bass and treble frequencies.

5.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.69 dB
Low-Treble
-3.17 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.14 dB
High-Treble
-5.61 dB

Their treble performance is mediocre. Most of the range is underemphasized, and vocals, leads, and cymbals will lack detail and sound veiled. The dip is pretty broad, but the lack of treble doesn't sound as bad as it looks in the graph. Also, some sibilances (S and T sounds) may feel a bit sharp around 10-11KHz.

7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.34 db
Dips
1.88 db
8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.09
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.42
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.16
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.55

The imaging is great. The weighted group delay is at 0.09, which is excellent. The GD graph also shows the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass reproduction and a transparent treble. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video games effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.7

The soundstage performance is poor. Since creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is partially dependent on having a speaker-like pinna activation, and in-ear headphones bypass the pinna (the outer ear) and don't interact with it, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head. Their closed-back design also means that their soundstage won't feel as open as open-back earbuds like the AirPods and the Bose SoundSport Free.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
6.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.542
WHD @ 100
0.331
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Unknown
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated
Isolation
7.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.89 dB
Bass
-10.22 dB
Mid
-19.37 dB
Treble
-33.89 dB

Their isolation performance is above-average. Despite lacking active noise cancelation, the TrueFree passively isolate a good amount of ambient noise. They achieve about 10dB of isolation in the bass range, where engine rumbles sit, which is decent. In the mid-range, important to block out ambient chatter, they achieved an isolation of more than 19dB, which is good and useful at the office. In the treble range, responsible for sharp sounds like S and Ts and fan noise, they block 34dB, which is also good. These headphones will be a decent option for blocking noise in daily commutes or at the office. If you want slightly better isolation you can check out the Xfyro xS2, however, the rest of their performance may not be worth the extra cost when compared to the TrueFree.

9.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.8 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 33dB SPL, which is noticeably quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
493.51 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.28 dB
HFE
2091.41 Hz
Weighted THD
15.627
Gain
43.49 dB

The integrated mic has a poor recording quality. The LFE of 493Hz results in recorded or transmitted speech that is noticeably thin. The HFE of 2.1KHz suggests speech that lacks a lot of detail and presence. This result is worse than most Bluetooth headphones and will make speech recorded sound even more muffled.

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

The integrated microphone has poor noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 11dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise even in moderately loud situations such as a busy street.

Active Features
5.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
3.3 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
16.5 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The TrueFree offer 3.3 hours of continuous playback on one charge, which isn’t much, even for truly wireless in-ears. Thankfully, they have a standby mode to extend their battery life if you forget to turn them off without putting them in their case. They also automatically turn off and start charging when stored away. The 850mAH case holds about 4 or 5 additional charges, for an estimated total of about 15 hours. They can last you for a whole workday if you take breaks here and there to charge the headphones. If you want longer overall battery life, there is also a model variant with a 2600mAH battery case, which gives about 15-20 charges, and up to 55 hours of playback. The headphones on this model variance are called the Q32 and they seem to be the same earbuds as the TrueFree, but we couldn't confirm this. You can also check out another budget true wireless model, the EarFun Free, which have better battery performance and charge via USB-C.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones do not have a companion app.

Connectivity
6.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
167 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
289 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
232 ms
Android Latency
264 ms

The SoundPEATS True Wireless are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, so you might get better wireless range and connection stability if your source is 5.0 as well. They can only be connected to one device at a time as a stereo headset, but you can use the two buds as mono channels on two different devices; just be sure to connect the left one first. Their pairing procedure seems simple enough, but we had difficulty connecting our left earbud to the right one, which took several tries. You might also experience small audio cuts for no apparent reason during your listening sessions, which can be annoying if it happens often.

The latency of the SoundPEATS TrueFree is too high for watching videos and gaming. It is also higher than most Bluetooth headphones which usually average about 200-220ms of delay. However, some video content apps like YouTube and Netflix offer some sort of compensation so you may not notice the delay as much.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones do not have any type of wired connection.

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

The headphones come with a case that acts as a charging dock as well. The 850mAH case holds 4 to 5 additional charges but doesn’t have any inputs.

Compared to other headphones

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The SoundPEATS TrueFree are truly wireless closed-back in-ears with impressive performance for their very low price point. They have an average sound quality with powerful bass, but veiled treble, which isn’t that impactful. They create a nice seal and offer good noise isolation for commuting. However, their case doesn’t protect the earbuds, they have shorter battery life than most headphones, and their one-button control scheme is quite limited. See our recommendations for the best cheap wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, the best wireless headphones under $100, and the best cheap earbuds.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air are better truly wireless in-ears than the SoundPeats TrueFree. Their sound profile is more neutral, but some may prefer the thumpy bass of the SoundPeats. The Ankers also isolate a bit better, but not by much. The nice touch-sensitive control surface is better than the one-button layout of the TrueFree since you don’t have to push the headphones deeper inside your ear canal. The Anker case also has a lid that protects the headphones, which the SoundPeats’ case is lacking. On the other hand, the TrueFree feel better made and their matte design isn’t as fingerprint prone as the Liberty Air’s glossy finish.

JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The SoundPeats TrueFree and the JLab Audio JBuds Air are fairly similar headphones and perform almost identically when it comes to sound. However, the JBuds Air offer volume control on their one-button scheme, which the TrueFree are lacking. The recording quality of the integrated microphone is also better than the TrueFree. On the other hand, the SoundPeats don’t have an integrated charging cable which would force you to buy another pair of headphones if it was to break, although their case lacks a lid to protect the headphones.

EarFun Free Truly Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The EarFun Free and the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless are two fairly similar budget truly wireless headphones. The SoundPeats feel a bit better built and more stable thanks to their very small bud design, and they also isolate better against ambient noise. Although both headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile, the EarFun are a bit better balanced and more neutral. They also have better battery life and charge via USB-C.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The SoundPeats TrueFree are better headphones than the Apple AirPods. Their closed-back design allows them to block more ambient noise and be more versatile for everyday casual use. They are also more stable for sports, and their sound signature packs more bass. On the other hand, the AirPods have way longer total battery life and are better-built headphones. Their case also completely protects the headphones, and they are more comfortable for long listening sessions. They are also open-back headphones so can be better for monitoring your surrounding during outside runs.

TOZO T10 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless are slightly better truly wireless in-ears than the TOZO T10 Truly Wireless. The SoundPeats have a more accurate and better-balanced sound profile and are more comfortable. On the other hand, the T10 have a better case that features wireless charging, and the earbuds and the case are both rated IPX8 for waterproofing, though we don't currently test for this.

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
B&H

The SoundPeats TrueFree and Skullcandy Push are two truly wireless headphones that perform similarly, so the low price tag of the TrueFree make them a better choice for most users. They even feel better made than the Skullcandys and have better isolation performance, which is useful for commuting and at the office. They also have a more low-profile and compact design. Some may prefer having volume control directly on the headphones and longer battery life, which would then make the Push a better choice.

AUKEY Latitude Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The AUKEY Latitude are better headphones than the SoundPeats TrueFree. Their sound is more accurate, and their isolation performance is also better. They can also connect to two devices simultaneously, which is convenient, and support lower latency codecs. However, the TrueFree are more lightweight and more comfortable inside the ear. Some may also prefer the truly wireless design of the TrueFree and their charging case that’s convenient to charge the headphones anywhere.

Raycon E50 Truly Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless. They feel slightly better-built and also have an overall better sound quality. Their fit also isolates more ambient noise than the E50. On the other hand, the TrueFree lack volume controls and they only have a standby mode instead of an auto-off timer like the E50. Their case also lacks a lid, which doesn't protect the headphones as much as the Raycon's case.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The Anker SoundBuds Curve and SoundPeats TrueFree perform similarly for mixed usage, but overall, the Ankers have better sound quality and are more comfortable, making them better headphones. However, the TrueFree create a better seal inside the ear and isolate more background noise, which means they might be better for bus and subway rides. Those two budget headphones have a great price-to-performance ratio. The Ankers might be better for sports thanks to the ear-hook design and better sound quality, while the TrueFree are better for commuting and traveling.

Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless are slightly better performing earbuds than the Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless. The SoundPeats have a sound profile that's more balanced than the Monster. The controls on the SoundPeats are also fairly limited as they lack volume control but they offer decent feedback. However, the Monster's unique rotating case is more sturdy and magnetically holds the earbuds in better.

Ylife True Wireless Earbuds
Unavailable
B&H

The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless and the Ylife True Wireless Earbuds are two very similar budget true wireless earbuds. The SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless have better build quality and are more stable in the ears. Both have similar battery life, but the SoundPeats have a standby mode, so they won't lose their charge as quickly if you forget to turn the power off. The Ylife's case has a USB-A output, so it can be used to charge your phone.

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