Wireless listening technology has come a long way from when it began. The first wireless earbuds and headphones were spotty at best and didn’t do a great job of providing us with the same quality of music playback as wired devices.
Thankfully, time has marched on, and so has the technology that powers wireless earbuds and headphones. These days, you can find wireless listening devices that are just as good as wired ones, and they come with extra benefits. It’s a lot easier to pop a pair of wireless earbuds into your ears and head to the gym than it is to have to constantly worry about your cords getting tangled in the gym equipment or distracting you by bouncing on your chest.
However, the market is totally inundated with wireless earbuds and it’s tricky to find actually worthwhile options, instead of overly cheap buds that barely work. Today, we’ll be taking a look at two top wireless earbud choices, the EDYELL and Donerton Wireless Earbuds, to see what they offer. We can also see if one is clearly a better choice over the other or if they both work better for specific needs. Let’s begin!
EDYELL Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds
The EDYELL’s use Bluetooth 5.0 technology to its maximum extent, featuring specially designed microchips that can enable lightning-fast connection to any device you want to pair with the earbuds. In fact, this feature is so advanced that the earbuds automatically turn on and connect once you remove them from the charging case. The chips are sophisticated enough that they remember the device you previously paired them too. Grabbing your earbuds and going has never been easier.
The Bluetooth 5.0 connection is also excellent in terms of audio quality. Despite being fully wireless, these earbuds utilize a strong connection that doesn’t crackle or easily break.
The buds are IPX8-rated waterproof. In a nutshell, they feature special nano coatings inside the earbuds that provide them with anti-sweat and waterproof functionality. You’ll be able to use these in inclement weather or as you run and sweat up a storm without worrying about breaking them. They’re also really lightweight, so they don’t weigh down on your ears and become uncomfortable even after listening to them for several hours on end.
Speaking of long listening times, the earbuds charge quickly in their case and, when combined with the charging case’s battery, can play for 120 hours before both the case and the buds themselves need to be recharged. It’s easy to tell when you need to recharge the case since there’s a smart LED display on the top of the case.
The buds utilize built-in microphones to take phone calls; this is a standard feature in many wireless headphones these days, but it’s still nice to see. Voice calls are pretty clear for your end, although your conversational partner may have trouble hearing you if there’s lots of ambient background noise.
We also really like how easy it was to control these earbuds. Each earbud allows for touch control, allowing you to play or pause your tracks, answer phone calls, or adjust the volume of the current song by tapping an earbud a few times. In terms of comfort, the EDYELL’s come with three ergonomic ear tips. You’ll be able to fit these silicone ear tips into your ears and figure out which one fits best for your unique shape relatively easily. As you wear them more, they’ll eventually mold to the shape of your inner ear and become even more comfortable over time.
Noise-Canceling and Sound Quality
When it comes to sound quality, the EDYELL’s are excellent through and through. Each earbud is built with high-quality drivers and stereo sound functionality for a 3-D listening experience. Rich bass and deep notes are particularly robust and notable, so these are a great pair of earbuds for running or exercising, as exercise tracks tend to be heavy on bass.
The earbuds support several modes of playback, and utilize CVC and DSR tech. What are these? Basically, they work together to suppress ambient noise and act as noise-canceling functions for your listening and phone call experiences. They do a great job of suppressing background noise that would interrupt the quality of your listening experience.
However, these noise-canceling technologies are also excellent because they don’t completely block you out from the outside world. If you plan to use these earbuds while you run, it’s important that you can listen to your surrounding environment in case of hazards from the street. You can still engage the noise-canceling tech without completely barricading yourself. It’s a nice touch that we feel many will appreciate.
Donerton Wireless Earbuds
The Donerton’s are another excellent pair of wireless listening tech, utilizing Bluetooth 5.0 technology just like the EDYELL’s. These also feature a charging-case-centered design, meaning you can listen to the earbuds and only have to return them to the charging case with their own battery power goes low. The earbuds automatically connect to one another after removing them from the charging case, and you can pair them after a single step by using the included phone application.
You can also control the earbuds using the service of each earpiece. Simply tap or run your finger over their backs and you’ll be able to accept or reject phone calls, change the volume, or even dial Siri. This voice assistant functionality is an excellent bonus feature that the EDYELL’s don’t include. Like the EDYELL’s, these buds will automatically connect your device once you remove them and will remember the device they were previously paired with so you don’t have to reinitialize the connection every time you want to listen to your music.
Another interesting control choice with the Donerton’s is their split ear design. You can listen to one earbud at a time and adjust the settings so that your entire track is only played through one microphone. You can even play a track on one earbud and accept a phone call with another if you so choose. This brings a lot of battery, but you’ll have plenty to go around, given that the charging box and earbuds have 132 hours of continuous playtime split between them.
The charging box has an additional function in that it can work as a smartphone charger if your phone runs out of battery in an emergency. It also comes with a built-in LED display to let you know when the optimal charging time is, as well as a clock function.
The Donerton’s are fully waterproof and have a sealed outer casing with an internal nano coating. They’re an ideal choice for sports and long hours exercise, just like the EDYELL’s. They’re also fairly ergonomic and lightweight, and have three ear tips you can switch between until you find something that works perfectly for your ear shape.
Both buds are equipped with an individual microphone so you can make crystal clear voice calls to your friends and family. The buds make a noticeable uplink noise to let you know when a call has gone through, which we like for its user-friendliness. Passive noise isolation is included for voice calls, as well, which helps you to sound more stable to your conversational partner and block out unnecessary noise.
Noise-Canceling and Sound Quality
The Donerton’s also do a phenomenal job when it comes to general sound quality. You’ll be able to select from multiple playback modes, including a dedicated stereo mode that immerses you in your chosen tracks. Both earbuds can project high-quality hi-fi sound, which projects music all through the sound spectrum with phenomenal immersion and depth. Even higher-frequency sounds are great. The buds support AAC and aptX tech for a wider sound range than many other wireless earbuds on the market. They’re a much more well-rounded pair of buds in terms of sound design, though the EDYELL’s to a slightly better job in terms of flat bass projection.
Unlike the EDYELL’s, though, the Donerton’s don’t do as great a job when it comes to noise cancellation. They do have passive noise isolation for phone calls and for your music, but it’s just not as thorough as what’s offered by the former buds. Background or ambient noise is reduced somewhat but you’ll still likely hear the majority of surrounding sounds in your environment whenever you listen to music or take a phone call.
However, this might be a plus side if you plan to use these while exercising. The passive noise isolation does a good job of helping your ears to focus on the music if you pay attention to your tracks. But it never blots out the surrounding sounds of a busy street while you’re on a run or doing other exercises at a gym. In this way, such a low but manageable amount of noise isolation might be a better choice than full-on Bose level noise canceling.
Donerton has another pair of wireless earbuds that are practically the same for a slightly lower price if you want a better budget option, too.
So, when all is said and done, is there a clear winner between these two earbuds? We’d have to say that both are pretty good compared to others on the market, but that both have strong points and relative weaknesses.
As an example, the EDYELL Earbuds are the clear superior choice when it comes to noise cancellation, as they just do a flat better job of it. They’re also a little better when it comes to bass sounds, even if this comes with a slight sacrifice to sound on the upper and mid-range of a song’s frequency. But the Donerton Earbuds are much better than their competitors in terms of all-around sound quality and their split bud design. Listening to one song in one ear and taking a phone call with another is an excellent feature that we can’t imagine going without, now that we got used to it.
Ultimately, both are fine choices. Our recommendation is to go with the EDYELL buds if your music tends to be more in the bass range and you’re interested in slightly better noise cancellation, and to pick the Donerton’s in any other case.