Today I’ll be writing a review for the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds. I’ve reviewed a few things for SoundPEATS over the years, always found them to be a high-quality, low-priced audio brand. So, when SoundPEATS approached me to review these Air4 earbuds I jumped at the chance.
The SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds feature LDAC audio codec, allowing for higher bit rate (maximum 990 kbps) and sampling rate transmission (up to 96 kHz), resulting in exceptionally clear and pure sound quality.
With official Hi-Res Audio certification, the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds accurately capture the original analogue audio source, with minimal loss. This enables users to experience the immersive ambiance of live concerts to the fullest by restoring intricate details in various sounds.
The SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds feature a 13mm dynamic driver for precise mid-range clarity, and an expansive soundstage that brings your music to life.
Need to make calls? You’ll be pleased to know the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds feature 6 in-built omni-directional microphones (3 on each earbud), for better call clarity.
A generous 30-hour battery charge case which provides 3 full 7 audio playtime hour charging cycles.
Are the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds any good? Time to test them out!
Packaging and Contents.
The SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds come packaged in a cardboard box, which shows product images and specifications printed on it. The box measures 11.5cm x 9.3cm x 3.4cm and weighs 139G.
Inside the box you’ll find the following: 1x Battery Case (with earbuds inside), 1x USB-C/USB-A Charger Cable, 1x Multi-Lingual User Guide.
The supplied USB-C/USB-A charger cable measures 27.5cm in length, you can use any generic USB-C type cable to charge your SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds. Charging takes around a couple of hours, once you power the charging case a breathing indicator light displays Green for battery 50%-100%, Yellow for 10%-49% and Red for anything under 10%.
You can also see how much approximate charge your earbud shave too with the charging case. Ensure you’re not charging the battery case, then pop in the earbuds, press the button on the front of the case. You’ll see a slow flashing Red light for anything 20% or under, 20%-69% you’ll see a slow flashing Yellow light, a Green slow flashing light indicates 70%-99% battery level and a solid Green light means 100%.
You can also see the remaining battery level via the SoundPEATS app (more on this later).
SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds.
The SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds measure 35.4mm in length and 18.3mm at the widest point, each earbud weighs 4.3G.
It’s very easy to pair the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds to your device via Bluetooth. Simply remove the earbuds, they’ll automatically enter pairing mode, then search for SoundPEATS Air4 Lite on your device, confirm pairing, and that’s it. They’ll then automatically pair to the last connected device each time they’re removed from the charging case. The SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds features a Qualcomm® QCC3071 Bluetooth V5.3 chip.
You’re able to control volume and track selection via the touch-sensitive control area (the rose gold SoundPEATS logo) of each earbud, below is what earbud can control.
- Play/Pause: Double tap either earbud.
- Volume Decrease: Single tap the left earbud.
- Volume Increase: Single tap the right earbud.
- Previous Track: Press and hold the left earbud for 1.5s (you’ll hear a confirmation tone).
- Next Track: Press and hold the right earbud for 1.5s (you’ll hear a confirmation tone).
- Answer/End Call: Double Tap either earbud.
- Reject an Incoming Call: Press and hold either earbud for 1.5s.
- Switch Between Two Active Calls: Press and hold either earbud for 2.0s.
- Activate/Deactivate Voice Assistant: Press the right earbud three times.
- Activate/Deactivate Game Mode: Press the left earbud three times.
I found the responsiveness of each earbud function to be very accurate with minimal mistakes occurring, which is very impressive.
You can utilise the free SoundPEATS app, from within the app you can custom select your audio equaliser to suit your own musical preferences. The app can be found on both iOS and Android app libraries.
Gonna say it right now, the SoundPEATS app is disappointing, like seriously a huge let-down. Firstly, the app wouldn’t send the code to the domain myhelpfulhints.co.uk within an acceptable timescale, rendering the supplied verification code useless as it had timed out, very frustrating, so I had to use another email address domain. This time the code was received within 5 minutes, and I managed to login to the app. Once logged in the app looks very basic and is glitchy, yes you can control some basic features such as equaliser, but unless you’re an audio coding expert you won’t know what it is you’re changing. I’ll pop a screenshot below to show you what I mean.
The rest of the app isn’t much better, it’s so basic, and feels like it rushed through development without considering user interaction.
SoundPEATS could most certainly improve the app for users. Better equaliser pre-set features such as bass, vocal, pop etc which could allow users to choose from, then a better customisation area for those that wish to tweak certain aspects for themselves.
I’ve always been a fan of SoundPEATS, but the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds just aren’t up to the usual audio quality that I’ve come to expect. They’re not terrible by any means, by certainly not up to what I was expecting. If you’ve been a SoundPEATS user before and then used these Air4 earbuds, you’d know exactly what I mean.
Noise cancellation is alright, nothing spectacular, but enough to be slightly immersed in your audio. Noise isolation however is dreadful, literally everyone can hear what you’re listening too.
I’ve been listening to the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds for a few hours per day, over a period of a couple of weeks, and I got to say, they’re seriously uncomfortable. After 30 minutes creeps in, the discomfort to my tragus is noticeable, the shape of the Air4 earbuds means there’s a slight raised lip area that hurts when inserted into the inner ear canal, this then continues to rub against the tragus area (the inner side of the external ear). Very disappointing if I’m being honest, it may just be me and my shaped ears, but I can’t be the only user to experience this unpleasant sensation.
You may be able to see what I mean from the above image, the rose gold area, there’s a raised lip around it, this is what is causing me the discomfort.
The in-built omni-directional microphones are great for phonecalls, I could be heard easily without any loss of sound.
- Brand: SoundPEATS
- Model: Air4 Lite Earbuds
- Manufacturer Code: N/A
- Manufacturer Reference: N/A
- EAN: N/A
- ASIN: B0C7G5MC2Y
- Driver: φ13 mm dynamic driver
- Frequency Response Range: 20Hz – 40kHz
- Profiles: A2DP/AVRCP/HFP/HSP
- Supported Bluetooth Codec: aptX Lossless/AAC/SBC
- Battery Capacity: 35*2 mAH(Earbuds) 330mAH (Case)
- Charging Time: ＜1.5H (Earbuds) <2H(Case)
- Charging Port: Type-C
- Waterproof Rating: IPX4
- Compliance: CE, UKCA, FCC, RoHS
It’s a mixed review for the SoundPEATS Air4 Lite Earbuds. Unfortunately for me, they’re simply too uncomfortable for prolonged use, the sound is alright, but certainly not up to the usual SoundPEATS standard. It’s a shame as there’s so much room for improvement, wouldn’t take too much to take the user experience from OK to good. Firstly, the app needs a rethink, adding some more customisable equaliser features would be a great start, that is if you can get logged into the app in the first place of course.
If you’d like to purchase this item, please check out the purchasing options below. The RRP for this product is £49.99.
Product sample provided by SoundPEATS in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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