Can It Penetrate The Affordable Sound Market With Its Attractive Price And Premium Sound Quality? Let Us Find Out
Several consumers believe that premium sound quality can only be experienced if they spend a lot of money on sound peripherals. Bytes.pk, an emerging e-commerce store strives in providing its customers with products with the best possible price and performance and on this occasion, we received a pair of earphones called Bytes Overload. These happen to be the company’s first attempt at bringing affordable in-ear earphones at an attractive price. However, can they perform as well as those earphones that cost a fortune, let us find out.
Bytes Overload: Premium sound quality, or just an affordable product? Let us find out
Bytes Overload: First Impressions
While packing does matter to an extent, the real gem happens to be the in-ear earphones. Bytes Overload already came with earbuds attached to the sound piece, and in addition to those, you also get two more pairs of earbuds in order to accommodate different earhole sizes. However, most interesting thing that we saw from Bytes Overload was its in-built microphone.
Whether you purchase expensive earphones from companies like Logitech, Sony, JVC and several others, they might bundle the extra earbuds, but what companies forget to do is attached an in-built mic feature, which is really surprising to see in a 799 rupee product (approximately $8). That being said, Bytes Overload will come in very handy for laptop and desktop machine owners that currently do not have access to a microphone. Our first impressive has some really nice things to say about these earphones.
Bytes Overload: Cable Quality
The other feature that earphone manufacturers skimp out on is adding an extra layer of protection in its cabling. Protection of cables is just as important as delivering impressive sound quality and possesses not one, but two layers of protection that will prevent significant wear and tear to your in-ear earphones. The outer layer of the earphones is covered with a thin film while the inside layer features braided cables that provide twice the level of protection as compared to branded earphones.
Yes the shiny part that you can see is the film surrounding the cable
This product has started to grow on us already. There are very few companies that care about the build quality of its products and bytes.pk happens to be one of them.
Bytes Overload: Earpiece Quality
In addition to featuring two protective layers and an in-built microphone in Bytes Overload, the other thing that we came across was the quality of the earpiece. This happens to be the most interesting aspect of these earphones because unlike several earphone manufacturers, Bytes Overload uses a metal mesh inside its earpieces instead of a foam (which comes off overtime).
Not your average quality earphones. Bytes.pk have really impressed us with this feature
This helps to maintain the overall sound quality of these earphones. You will still be required to clean them up (using cue tips is the most efficient way of cleaning up your earphones) but we are really glad to see that bytes.pk has spared no expense in upping the build quality of its first ever earphones. Some companies take shortcuts in order to maximize profits but after looking at these important aspects, we have to say that bytes.pk cares more about customers than minting money off them.
Bytes Overload: Sound Quality
Now let us get down to the feature that will determine if Bytes Overload are worth your 799 rupees. Given below are common tests that we carried out by Audio Check:
Frequency Response: There are two tests carried out here. The first one tests your headphones’ bass extension while the second one tests treble extension.
Spectral Flatness and Earbud Insert Test: Ideally, you want your earphones to reproduce all frequencies consistently between the lower and upper limits, without a dip or peak in a particular frequency range. Absolute flatness is not exactly what you are looking for, though. Your hearing may not be perfect, and if you think about it, the best headphones are those that compensate for your particular hearing curve. It doesn’t matter if your headphones are not flat, as long as they sound flat through your ears.
Dynamic Range: Dynamic range represents the ratio between the loudest signal you can hear and the quietest. Dynamic range is not part of any earphone specification, but will help you when benchmarking the isolation offered by your headphone in a noisy environment.
Bass Shaker Quality: Poorly built or extensively worn headphones may start to rattle whenever loud or deep bass content is played. The next file scans bass frequencies and will literally shake your drivers when turning the level up. Adjust the volume in your headphone so that the test is made at a high level: the sweeping tone should remain pure and clear at all frequencies, without any parasitic buzz or rattle appearing in one earpiece or the other.
Driver Matching: Better headphones have tighter tolerances in the variation of their drivers’ frequency responses. To reproduce a faithful stereo image, the left and the right drivers must respond equally to every frequency in the audible spectrum. When this condition is fulfilled, the drivers are said to be “matched.”
Wiring: Headphones that are properly wired will route the left channel to the left earpiece, and the right channel to the right (this makes sense). More important, relative polarity between drivers must be preserved: when presented with the same input signal, both drivers should move in the same direction, not opposite of each other.
Binaural Test: Binaural recordings are made by placing microphones directly in one’s ear, capturing the sound that reaches the pinnae. By playing back the recording through headphones, one ensures that each of the listener’s ears get the exact same signal as originally captured. The result is immersive and truly surprising, but only works with headphones.
All tests have been carried out a total number of three times, and the average score (which has been graded out of ten) has been represented in the charts below:
Those happen to be really impressive scores, especially for a pair of earphones that cost below the 1,000 rupee mark
Bytes Overload: Conclusions
Well, there is nothing to say here other than the fact that Bytes Overload literally blew us away. Sure, if you look around carefully, there are better quality products available in the market, but absolutely none of them will come close to the price range that bytes is offering its customers. Expensive earphones will definitely cost an arm and a leg and if you are looking for a pair of earphones that combine terrible build quality, impressive sound performance and an affordable price tag, look no further than Bytes Overload.
- Stupendous sound quality
- Amazing price tag
- Double layered cable protection
- Passes sound benchmarking tests with amazing results
- Features in-built microphone for additional flexibility
- Additional earbuds included in packaging
- Cable length could have been a tad big better
- Not anything else that we can think of