Tronsmart’s new AirPod-Style Earbuds are a solid bargain

My job allows me to enjoy some incredible audio equipment, including some very unique earphones. The downside to this job is that I am often listening to mediocre earbuds. Some very cheap earbuds can be awful.

Imagine my surprise when I was sent a pair of wireless earbuds that were affordable and available for review. The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro was only $35.99, and they sound like they should cost three times as much. If you are on a budget (and who isn’t right now?), then these earbuds might be the best choice. These earbuds are so small that you can lend them to your ears and see what they think.

The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro is an AirPod-style earbud that fits in the ear. They don’t have silicone tips to create a tight seal with your ear canal. They fit well, with a slight twist, and although I don’t like earpod-style headphones, they are comfortable and secure.

The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro’s core is a Qualcomm QCC3040 Bluetooth chipet that supports AAC, SBC, aptX Adaptive, and a low latency mode for playing video and movies. The earbuds are AirPod-inspired and have four LEDs at the front that show how much charge is left. If there is a problem, the button at the base can be used to reset and repair the connection to the smartphone or other device. It’s a nice touch.

The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro can be charged for up to 6.5 hours. There is a reserve charge of 27 hour, which includes the charge in the earbuds. This is enough power to last for several weeks of commute. The case and earbuds are not wireless-chargeable at this price point. However, a two-hour charge using a USB-C cable can be enough to recharge the case.

The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro earbuds have touch controls. They can adjust volume, change tracks and pause the music. You can also accept calls and reject calls.

Tronsmart has removed active noise cancellation (ANC) from its Onyx Ace Pro. While some budget earbuds may offer this feature, they are hardly cost-effective or worthwhile at this price. It is better to have higher quality audio than trying hard to add ANC. It’s simply not possible to stretch your budget that far.

It is easy to pair the earbuds and a smartphone. Each earbud has a 13mm dynamic driver. This driver is powerful and can move a lot of air, creating a loud sound. These are very impressive earbuds, and the volume should not be a problem. These are the most powerful wireless earbuds that I have ever heard.

Two microphones are built into each earbud to pick up the user’s voice while making calls or sending commands to Siri and Google Assistant. I am very happy with the pickup quality and would happily use the Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro to make and take calls. The earbuds have an IPX5 rating for sweat and water resistance, so you can take calls even if you are running in the rain.

We now turn our attention to the sound quality of those 13mm drivers. Although the Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro has a large sound, it produces a rich sound with a powerful bass that doesn’t distort. Although the midrange has a slight nasal quality and is slightly recessed, it doesn’t spoil the music. The treble frequencies are also clear and sweet. Although the sounds of cymbals may sometimes be a little loud, overall the sound these earbuds produce is excellent. As I listened to Ze Amaro’s excellent Homem de Sonhos, I found myself tapping my feet.

If you don’t know Ze Amaro yet, he is “The Portuguese Cowboy”. His music is a perfect mix of country music and Portuguese folk music with a touch of Sertaneja. The feel of Bob Dylan’s Desire album is running through this album like an invisible thread. Many of the tracks are dominated by accordion and violin, which reminds me of Desire. The violin recalls Scarlet Rivera’s playing of “Hurricane”, while “Joey” is echoed by the gentle accordion.

The Tronsmart Ace Pro was able untangle all of the intricacies on this beautiful recorded album. It performed particularly well with “Tudo Se Paga”, a duet featuring Lucia Perez (Spanish chanteuse). This reminds me a bit of “Romance in Durango”.

Verdict The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro Earbuds are an amazing value for money. They produce a loud, clear sound but they’re not uncouth and unruly. The Onyx Ace Pro was great for me. I’m not a fan of earpod-style headphones. Tronsmart’s Onyx Ace Pro was a joy to listen to, thanks to its beautifully balanced sound and high volume. If you forget that you are reviewing a pair earbuds, and instead get into the rhythm of the music, then you know you have a great pair. This is what I did with these budget earbuds. The Tronsmart Ace Pro earbuds are great for those who want to listen to music and not have to worry about losing them.

Prices & Availability: The Tronsmart Ace Pro is now available and costs $35.99 / PS30.17/ EUR34.85.

More information: www.tronsmart.com


Tech Specs:

  • Model: E2031
  • Black and White are two color options
  • Type: Semi in-ear
  • Audio codecs: aptX Adaptive, aptX, AAC, SBC
  • Bluetooth version: 5.2
  • Bluetooth range: 10m/33ft (Open Area)
  • Microphones: 4
  • IPX5 rating
  • Play time: Maximum 6.5 hours (Single charge)
  • Charge for case: Maximum 27 hours (with the Charging Case).
  • Charging time Earphones: 90 min, Case: 120 min
  • Driver: 13mm dynamic
  • Frequency range: 20-20kHz
  • Voice assistant: Supports Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, etc
  • Weight: Earbuds 4g/Case: 37g
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