TREBLAB X5 Truly Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.9
Critical Listening
7.3
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
5.6
TV
4.9
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Treblab X5 are decent mixed usage truly wireless closed-back in-ears that are great for sports. They have an unusual design that resembles Apple AirPods, but bulkier. They have decent sound quality that will please most casual listeners and they have good isolation performance. These are a budget option in the truly wireless earbuds category and it shows when it comes to their plasticky and cheap-feeling build. Also, they have a fairly short battery life that will need to be charged quite often. On the upside, their stability fins and breathable design will be great for active people on a budget.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Sound 6.9
Isolation 7.9
Microphone 5.7
Active Features 5.7
Connectivity 3.0
Pros
  • Breathable and stable for sports.
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Good controls for truly wireless headphones.
Cons
  • Bulky in-ear design.
  • Cheap build quality and feel

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7.5

Design

The Treblab X5 are truly wireless headphones with a unique design. They have a design reminiscent of the Apple AirPods, but they have a bulkier design. On the other hand, they look more sporty due to their stability fins. They are fairly comfortable and come with both silicone and foam tip options for you to find the best fit possible. Like most truly wireless in-ears, you can also control the volume directly on the earbuds. They’ll be great for sports since they are stable and very breathable, but unfortunately, they feel a bit cheaply made and their IPX4 rating is a bit lower than most sports-oriented headphones.

Style

The Treblab X5 are truly wireless in-ears that have an unconventional style. They have a design that resembles the overall look of the Apple AirPods or Anker Liberty Air, with long stalks that protrude out of your ears, but they are quite bulky and might look a bit out-of-the-ordinary at first. They also have a sporty look due to their stability fins. These come in an all-black or all-white design.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Treblab X5 are quite comfortable since they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply as typical in-ears. They also come with a good amount of tip options. You get 3 different sized silicone tips and 3 different sized foam tips, which some may find even more comfortable. You also get three different stability fin options, but these feel somewhat bulky and you might feel them inside your ears. While they are large for truly wireless in-ears, they still feel lightweight and you barely notice them once they're on. However, the in-ear fit might not feel as comfortable for everyone and some may feel ear fatigue after a while.

7.4 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
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 X5 have a good control scheme, but it might take a bit of time to get used to. Each earbud has two buttons that give you access to common functionalities. You can manage your calls and music, skip tracks, or access your device’s voice assistant. You also get volume control, which isn’t available on all truly wireless headphones, so that’s good. However, this control scheme has a few flaws. It might be a bit confusing to use at first. One of the most annoying commands was unpausing. To play/pause, you need to hold the upper button of either bud for a second. However, a single tap on the left button will go the previous track, which is frustrating when you’re trying to unpause your music.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the X5 don’t trap heat under ear cups, so you won’t feel a big difference in temperature when wearing them. You shouldn’t sweat more than usual, which makes them a good option for sports.

9.4 Portability
L : 2.0 "
W : 1.1 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 1.8 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Treblab X5 can easily fit in your pockets or bag if you want to bring them to the gym. They will be easy to carry around and they also come with a hard case that doesn’t add too much bulk. They will easily fit in your pockets as well.

7.0 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 2.7 "
W : 2.0 "
H : .9 "
Volume : 4.9 Cu. Inches

The charging case of the X5 is decent. It feels a bit cheaply made with thin plastic that could break. The case still fully protects the headphones against minor water exposure and scratches. It might also absorb a bit of damage from falls; however, unlike similarly designed headphone cases, the right earbud goes on the left side of the case, and vice versa.

6.5 Build Quality

The X5 don’t have the best build quality and feel fairly cheap. They are made out of thin plastic and feel like they would break if you were to sit or step on them accidentally. Their case also feels thin and lightweight, and doesn’t feel like it’s really protecting the headphones that well. On the upside, they are rated IPX4 for water resistance, but we currently don’t have a test to measure this. Also, IPX4 is lower than most sports-oriented headphones that we’ve reviewed so far. For better-built truly wireless headphones, take a look at the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air, who have a similar design, or the Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite for a denser and more solid overall build.

8.0 Stability

The Treblab X5 are very stable headphones and are a great option for physical activity. Their stability fins are great for more intense workouts and their overall fit feels tight. The earbuds don’t move around when exercising, even if the headphones are a bit bulkier than typical truly wireless in-ears. Also, the fit doesn’t change much when using their control scheme, which is good. Their wireless design gets rid of the risk of a cable getting stuck on something and yanking the headphones out of your ears.

Cable
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

These truly wireless headphones don’t have an audio cable but come with a very short micro-USB charging cable.

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6.9

Sound

The Treblab X5 are decent sounding truly wireless closed-back in-ears. They have an extended, consistent, and powerful bass, a fairly even mid-range, and a great treble. However, their bass is a bit overemphasized, which some people may like. Their mid-range is recessed, which will push back vocals to the back of the mix. Also, their treble is fairly uneven, and some S and T sounds will be too piercing for some. Overall, these headphones will be better suited for bass-heavy music and won’t be ideal for vocal-centric genres. 

8.7 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.86 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
2.75 dB
Mid-Bass
:
1.08 dB
High-Bass
:
2.18 dB

The bass performance of the X5 is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent for bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. The whole range is flat and even, and the slight overemphasis should barely be noticeable. Low-bass is slightly overemphasized by about 3 dB. This will add a bit of excess thump to the bass, which some people may like. Mid-bass is well balanced and the slight overemphasis in high-bass will be barely noticeable.

7.9 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.83 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.3 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-4.08 dB
High-Mid
:
-2.06 dB

The mid-range of the X5 is good. The range is fairly close to our target curve, but there is a 5dB dip in mid-mid, which pushes back the vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix.

8.3 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.09 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.6 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.34 dB
High-Treble
:
1.17 dB

The treble performance is great. The range before 5KHz is fairly flat and even, but gets a bit uneven in higher frequencies. The bumps around 7KHz and 10KHz will make these frequencies sound sharp and piercing. However, not everyone will hear this as sibilant.

8.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.22 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If 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.

9.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.78
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.35
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.05

The Treblab X5 has excellent imaging. Their weighted group delay is at 0.1, which is very good. This suggests that they have a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which ensures an accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
3.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.2
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage of the X5 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 the Treblab X5 have a closed-back design, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods or the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
6.304
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.176

The THD performance of the X5 is decent. The distortion in the bass range is within good limits, but it gets elevated in the mid and treble ranges. On the upside, THD at 100dB SPL is lower than at 90dB SPL, which could be due to the flexibility of the drivers under heavier loads.

7.9

Isolation

The Treblab X5 have an in-ear fit that blocks a good amount of noise passively. They create a fairly decent seal that prevents noise from seeping into your audio, especially when using the foam tips, but they won't be the ideal option for very loud environments. They should isolate well enough for most commutes via public transit, but don’t block engine rumbles that well. However, you should be able to block even more noise if you're playing your music at high volumes. Also, since they barely leak, you won’t distract those around you.

6.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-25.22 dB
Bass
:
-6.84 dB
Mid
:
-21.68 dB
Treble
:
-48.41 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.71 dB

The isolation performance of the X5 is decent. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they isolate by about 7dB, which is okay. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 22dB, which is great. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts and fan noises like A/C systems, they achieve more than 48dB of isolation, which is excellent.

9.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
22.39 dB

The leakage performance of the Treblab X5 is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is concentrated in a narrow band in the treble range. This results in a leakage that is very thin sounding. The overall level of the leakage is very quiet too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at around 22dB SPL and peaks at 27dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.

5.7

Microphone

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

The integrated microphone of the Treblab X5 is sub-par. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin and muffled. It will do decently in moderately noisy situations but will struggle to fully separate speech from background noise in loud places, like a subway station.

5.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
223.03 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
6.29 dB
HFE
:
2712.23 Hz
Weighted THD
:
4.683
Gain
:
0.39 dB

The recording quality of the integrated microphone is sub-par. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 223Hz indicates that speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 2.7KHz, which results in speech that is noticeably lacking in detail and muffled. This is expected from most Bluetooth microphones.

6.2 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
14.75 dB

This integrated microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB. This means that it will be able to separate speech from ambient noise in moderately noisy environments to a decent degree but will struggle in loud situations.

5.7

Active Features

The Treblab X5 have a disappointing battery life of only 3 hours of playback. This is about half the advertised battery life, which was 6 hours, but at least you get 4 additional charges from their carrying case. Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app and can’t be EQ’ed to your liking. They also have a very short auto-off timer of 3 minutes, which can get pretty frustrating.

6.3 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
3.4 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

We measured just over 3 hours of continuous playback on one charge, which is very disappointing considering Treblab advertises 6 hours of battery life. However, you can also get up to 4 additional charges from their charging case, which would bring the estimated total listening time to about 15 hours, taking some breaks here and there to charge the headphones. They also have an auto-off timer to save some battery, but it is set at only 3 minutes, which is fairly quick and might get frustrating. According to the specs sheet, the case also automatically turns off after being idle for 8 hours, after taking the earbuds out from the case or when the buds get fully charged.

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

The Treblab X5 don’t have an companion app that would let you customize their sound to your liking.

3.0

Connectivity

The Treblab X5 are pretty standard truly wireless headphones. They can’t be used wired and their latency is just about average when it comes to Bluetooth headphones. You might notice a small delay when watching video content. On the upside, they have a good wireless range and you also get multiple additional charges from their case.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.2
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No

The X5 are pretty straightforward Bluetooth headphones. Unfortunately, they only connect to one device at a time and don’t support NFC for easy pairing with mobile phones and NFC-enabled devices. However, you can connect each individual earbud to two different devices.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

These truly wireless headphones don’t have a wired connection.

2.1 Base/Dock
Type
:
Charging Case
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
No
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
USB
Dock Charging
:
Yes

The X5 come with a case that acts like a charging dock. It doesn’t have any inputs, but on the upside gives you 4 extra charges for the headphones. This brings their total battery life up to 30 hours according to their specs sheet, but we measured about half of this advertised battery life.

8.8 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
50 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
132 ft

They have a good wireless range. You’ll be able to walk to the next room without too many audio cuts. Also, you shouldn’t have any problems if you work out with these headphones and keep your audio source on you or very close. However, wireless range is very dependent on your device’s signal strength, so you might experience different results.

1.1 Latency
Default Latency
:
224 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency may be a bit high for watching video content or gaming. However, some devices or apps seem to offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay as much.

In the box

  • Treblab X5 headphones
  • 3 stability fins
  • 3 silicone tips
  • 3 foam tips
  • Charging case
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Treblab X5 are decent headphones that set themselves apart with their unconventional design for truly wireless in-ears. They don’t necessarily outperform other similar headphones, but they can be a decent budget pick. However, if you’re looking for the best options for this type of headphones, take a look at our recommendations for best truly wireless earbuds. See also our recommendations for the best earbuds with a mic and the best wireless earbuds under $50.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air are better truly wireless headphones than the TREBLAB X5. Their build is less bulky and their audio reproduction is more accurate. Their fit also blocks more ambient noise and their battery life is slightly longer. However, they have higher latency than the X5 and they don’t have volume control on the earbuds, which the X5 have. The TREBLAB also come with fins for added stability during physical activities.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TREBLAB X5 are more versatile headphones than the Apple AirPods due to their closed-back design which isolates more ambient noise. They also have better sound quality and pack more bass. On the other hand, the AirPods are more comfortable and don’t feel as cheaply made as the X5. The AirPods also have better battery life and their case is sturdy and gives you more additional charges. However, if volume control is a must-have for you, only the X5 have it.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

These two headphones perform quite similarly, but the Jabra Elite 65t might take the edge due to their durable build. They are better-made than the cheap TREBLAB X5 and they also have a nice companion app that lets you EQ their sound to your liking. They also have a better microphone for calls and have a better battery life. They can also connect to two devices simultaneously, which the X5 can’t do. On the other hand, the TREBLAB are more of a budget option, have better wireless range, and should still please most users.

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TREBLAB X5 are better truly wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Push. They are more stable in the ear thanks to their stability fins and have a more accurate audio reproduction that isn’t as bass-heavy as the Push. While they have lower battery-life on one charge, the case of the X5 can hold more charges than the single one of the Skullcandy’s case. On the other hand, the Push have amazing wireless range and will be better-suited for bass-heavy music. They might not feel very durable, but they feel less cheap than the X5. However, their latency is pretty high and you will notice a delay when watching video content.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite and the TREBLAB X5 have very similar audio reproduction, and if you don’t mind the bulky design of the TREBLAB, they might be a better option than the Ankers due to their better battery life and volume control. However, while they feel more comfortable, their build quality feels flimsy and plasticky when compared to the denser Liberty Lite. The Anker headphones are also Bluetooth 5.0 compatible if you have a 5.0 source.

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Conclusion

7.0 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. They don’t have the best audio reproduction due to their recessed mid-range and thumpy bass, but most casual listeners will be satisfied. On the upside, they are fairly compact and stable in the ears, which will be great for sports. They don’t isolate low-frequency noises like engine rumbles very well, so they won’t be ideal for commuting, but they block ambient chatter and will be suitable for the office. However, they have a relatively short battery life, so you’ll have to take breaks every 3 hours to recharge them. Like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency may be too high to watch TV or for gaming.

6.9 Critical Listening

Decent for critical listening. They have an extended, consistent, and powerful bass, a fairly even mid-range, and a great treble. However, their bass may sound overly thumpy but some people may like it. Their mid-range is recessed, which pushes back vocals to the back of the mix. Also, their treble is fairly uneven, and some S and T sounds will be too piercing for some. Unfortunately, they don’t have an EQ to customize them to your liking, and the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long listening sessions.

7.3 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. While they don’t isolate a lot of lower frequencies like engine rumbles, they are still compact and easy to carry around. They are fairly comfortable for short bus rides, but you might feel ear soreness during a long flight. Also, their battery life is a bit short for long trips, so you’ll need to charge them somewhat frequently during your travels or commutes.

8.2 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. These sports-oriented headphones are well-designed for their use, and their fins will help for added stability during intense physical activity. They don’t trap too much heat, so you shouldn’t sweat more than usual while wearing them. Also, some may like their slightly overemphasized bass to keep you pumped during your workouts.

7.2 Office

Decent for the office. They isolate a good amount of ambient chatter and block out higher-frequencies like A/C systems, which is great. They also barely leak, so you’ll be able to raise your listening volume to block even more noise. Unfortunately, their battery life isn’t long enough to last you a whole workday, and you’ll probably need to charge them during your launch break if you use them during the morning.

5.6 TV

Sub-par for watching. While they have good wireless range and you’ll be able to watch your favorite shows and movies from your couch, their latency might be too high. Some may notice a delay between what they are watching and the sound.

4.9 Gaming

Poor for gaming. Their latency is a bit too high and their microphone performance isn’t good enough for online gaming. Even if you don’t need a microphone, these won’t be suitable for this use. They also can’t be customized like most gaming headsets.

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