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Review: EZEAR Q70Y

I am back again to review another EZEAR product, the Q70Y. Let’s take a look at how it sounds like in this review!



Disclaimer: The earphones were sent to me by KeepHifi for reviewing. However, this does not affect my opinion on the product in any way whatsoever. I was told to give my honest feedback on the product.


QUICK SUMMARY

Sound: Mid and Bass focused with slightly more emphasis on mids


This graph depicts how the earphone sounds to me:


Driver: Dynamic Driver (6mm)

Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 5.0

Battery Life: 5 Hours per charge

Charging Time: About 2 hours

Waterproof: IPX5

Case Battery: 400 mAh (Claims to charge the earphone 3 times)

Price: 20 USD


Where to get them: KeepHifi via Aliexpress


Pros:

  • Discerns mids well

  • Lots of midbass for that kick

  • Lightweight

  • USB C charging port


Cons:

  • Highs get grainy depending on track


Suitable Genres: Pop, EDM


WHAT'S IN THE BOX

  • Q70Y Earbuds

  • Charging case

  • USB A to USB C charging cable

  • 3 x Eartips (One size)

  • User manual

It comes in a simple packaging with all the essentials required. Though I have to say that different sized eartips would have been nice for people with different sized ear canals. I like that the case now charges via USB C as that is what most people are using these days and they could just use the same chargers as their phones.


BUILD QUALITY

The Q70Y is made entirely out of plastic and this makes the earphones really light. A little too light in fact that it makes it feel slightly cheap. The case is well-built and could keep the earphones really safe. Given its price, I think it isn’t too bad actually.


COMFORT AND ISOLATION

Despite its airpod looking shape, the earphones are very comfortable and lightweight. It feels so comfortable that sometimes you barely feel that it’s there.


Using the default tips on the earphones provides a good seal and I never feel that the earphones leak sound. It never once broke seal while using it which I think is great.


EASE OF USE AND FUNCTIONALITY

Pairing of the earphones is easy: you simply take it out, wait for both sides to be paired with each other and then pair the earphones to your device. You have to ensure that both sides have paired with each other before pairing to your device else you will only get audio on one side. This would be indicated by a sound that would ring on both the left and right sides of the earphone.


By tapping the following number of times, you can activate the following functions:

  • 1 tap: Play/Pause music, Answer/Hang up calls

  • 2 taps: Next (Left side), Previous (Right side)

  • 3 taps: Start Siri/Google Assistant


Unfortunately, you are still unable to turn up or down the volume using the earphones which I think is more useful than toggling the songs. Personally, I would prefer to pick my songs manually as my tastes change mid songs too.


BATTERY LIFE

Through my testing I get approximately 4 hours of listening time on average depending on the volume that you listen to. Battery life might be lesser than this if you listen to it on higher volumes.


SOUND

The Q70Y has a sound signature that focuses more on the mids and bass while the treble is laidback. Bass on the Q70Y has a larger presence thanks to its midbass, which provides the bulk of the kick needed. Treble tends to be too bright at a certain frequency and hence it has that “grainy” sound in the highs. The mids are rather clear with a decent amount of separation between vocals and instruments.


Highs

The highs are ever-present and never fails to shine despite what the song may be. It is airy and crisp, providing an intense energy when the cymbals strike and for guitar solos. Whilst listening to “Fuyu no Hanashi” by “Given”, I noticed that the cymbal crashes sparkles and are very clear. However, there’s this constant grainy sound that I hear with each strike of the cymbal and it sounds rather unnatural then.


In John Mayer’s “New Light”, each note tends to stand out in the guitar solo and with great presence. Probably because in it, the guitar tends to be on the higher frequency range which this earphone does better.


Overall, highs are clear and bright but at certain frequencies, it tends to overshine and there tends to be a grainy sound to it for more high-intensity songs.


Mids

I think what I really like about the EZEAR sound signature are the clean mids that it provides. Instruments and vocals are very distinct and it never sounds distorted. Instruments tend to sound slightly laidback compared to the vocals, which is definitely more forward sounding.


In Given’s “Yorugaakeru”, the male vocals stand out really well from the rest of the instruments while the guitars and drums sounds a bit more tamed and not as aggressive. In the instrumental version of this song, the rhythm guitar tends to be a bit too mild but it does retain that separation rather well here too.


This however does not really work in favour of female vocals, where it lacks that clarity of the vocals at times. In this rendition of Lovers Tears, the female vocals lack that kind of resolution that my speakers and other earphones could provide.


In essence, mids have clear separation between frequencies but tend to lack the upper mids required in certain tracks such as the aggressiveness of electric guitars and female vocals.



Lows

Bass does not have much extension but has a lot of body in the midbass segment. What I am hearing from these earphones most of the time are the midbass and not so much the bass. It lacks the rumble that I like but you can still hear bass guitars and kickdrums rather clearly.


Also in Given’s “Yorugaakeru”, each kick of the kickdrum and strike of the tom-toms gives you that impact but it lacks a certain amount of depth to it. Bass guitars are alright here as they tend to be overshadowed by the drums a bit more.


In Parcel’s “Tieduprightnow”, the bass is really enjoyable as it tends to stand out and makes you want to grove with the music. However, when there’s a bass slide, it doesn’t go as deep as I would have preferred.


Shifting the focus to some EDM music, I realised that this earphone tends to excel with such genres instead. The focus on the midbass gives the music a lot of kick with each beat of the music. Coupled with the focus on vocals, it makes it really ideal for such genres, I was pleasantly surprised!


Overall, bass has a lot of kick thanks to the midbass but it lacks the subbass that gives the earphone more rumble in the lows.


OTHER NOTES

When using the earphones, I always encounter the issue where one side suddenly cuts off when I pause a music. It happens too many times that I find it quite annoying that I have to constantly put back the unpaired side into the case and remove it for both sides to be re-paired. I just hope that in future iterations of their earphones they would have resolved this issue.



CONCLUSION

After shifting my focus from my usual rock/metal genres to more electronic music, I realised that the EZEAR Q70Y is an earphone that’s targeted at the general consumer. It focuses more on the electronic music, vocals and midbass that most people might be listening to. However, the graininess in the highs feels very off for me personally. Pairing might be an issue as I needed to do it several times to get it working properly. Despite that, I would still recommend this earphone for the general consumer if you are in the market for some inexpensive earphones that are comfortable and have a decent sound for most music!


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