Those that know me, know that I love my audio equipment, and today’s review is rather special, these Champ-Tech BassBuds are new to the market. In fact, so new that I’m the first reviewer to get my hands (or my ears on!) on them.
Champ-Tech officially opened their online e-commerce store January this year and have only just started trading. So, can a new company succeed in an already overcrowded market?
Champ-Tech are offering audio on a tight budget (BassBuds currently priced at £9.99, 24th January 2019), and that’s not all, they even through in free UK delivery!
So, will the newly launched BassBuds be any good? What do they sound like? Time to test them out!
Packaging & Contents.
Packaging is the first impression of a company, it’s their opportunity to showcase their brand and shout about it. The Champ-Tech BassBuds currently are sent in a plain White zip bag. I contacted them to see if this will be changing soon and yes it will. Future orders will come with leather cases and presumably better packaging.
Another thing you’ll notice is the lack of any additional contents, there’s no additional silicone ear tips, no wire clip, no instruction manual and no product specifications sheet. You get one set of earphones and that’s your lot. Maybe this could change in the future.
The BassBuds are White in colour, the ear bud area has a Chrome finish on each of the ends. The total length of the cable is around 118.0cm and they weigh only 10G.
You’ll notice the BassBuds have an in-line control area, I’ll go onto this in more detail further on in the review as it’s something I wasn’t expecting!
You get the standard 3.5mm jack so you can use it in almost every device known to mankind, but it’s worth noting it’s a Top Ring Ring Sleeve (TRRS) so left audio, right audio, and has a microphone function.
The supplied silicone ear tip did fit quite nicely into my inner ear canal, which was lucky as you don’t get any more supplied! I’d say they compare to the average medium ear tips from other earphones. So, if these usually fit you, then the BassBuds would be OK. But hopefully Champ-Tech will throw in a smaller and larger ear tip size in future releases. You can also insert any generic ear tips onto the ear buds if you wish, they’re a standard fitment.
Using the BassBuds.
Obviously using the BassBuds earphones are as straight forward as taking a breath of air. The 3.5mm universal jack will start to work straight away, unless of course you have an iPhone 7 or later (Like me) and you’ll need to use a lightning/3.5mm adapter.
The Champ-Tech BassBuds come with an in-line control, although this is an advertised feature on the company’s website, they fail to go into any real detail as to what this does.
There’re two controls, the first is a slider switch which controls the volume of your music, but can’t change the volume level on your device, it simply slides from maximum to mute using the volume set on your device. When I first started testing them out the switch was in the mute position and I thought they’re faulty! It took me a moment to realise this and once I slid the switch upward my music started.
The second control is a multi-function button, this button controls the following on an iPhone, although this might be different for Android users.
- Pressing it once: Will pause/play your music, and on an incoming call pressing it will also answer/end a phone call.
- If you press it twice: Will skip a track.
- Pressing it three times: Will go back a track.
- Press and holding the button: Will activate Siri.
I wasn’t epecting the BassBuds to have a multi-function control button, especially for the price, so that was a nice surprise.
And that’s not all, the BassBuds also have a built-in microphone and upon testing this on a phone call the receiver could hear clearly my voice and I was able to hear them too. So, the handsfree calling feature is top notch.
The most important factor of any piece of audio equipment is the sound quality. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much for a cheap, unpackaged and generic looking set of earphones. But…I’ll have to hold my hands up, the BassBuds sound OK, comparable with other earphones that I’ve reviewed on this site. Having the name BassBuds implies they’re intended for bass tone lovers, and I’m one of them bass fanatics.
The Champ-Tech BassBuds do have a noticeable bass tone but without losing any treble and vocal qualities. Overall, the sound is good, there’s some distortion upon increasing the volume towards to the maximum setting on your device. But generally, below that level they’re very good.
- Brand: Champ-Tech
- Model: BassBuds Earphones
- Model Code: N/A
- Manufacturer Code: 5051160068749
- EAN: N/A
- ASIN: B07N1Q6CVV
- Power Input: 15mW
- Frequency: 20-20,000 Hz
- Compliance: CE
Surprisingly I like the Champ-Tech BassBuds, I didn’t think I would, but I do. Although they don’t come with any packaging, or accessories they sound quite good. The supplied ear tips fitted OK for me, but without having additional sizes supplied could be an issue for other users, although you can use other standard silicone tips and they’ll do the trick.
Also, the in-line control surprised me, I didn’t think it would be upto much, possibly play/pause a track but it can also activate Siri and control your track selection. This feature needs to be advertised as for the price this is a fantastic feature.
Overall, I like these BassBuds and certainly would recommend them, especially if you’re on a budget.
I’ve got an exclusive 25% money off voucher code that can be redeemed on the Champ-Tech website for not only these BassBuds but for all their range. Simple enter code MHH25 by the end of 15th July 2019.
Product sample provided by Champ-Tech in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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