UNBOXED: Reviewing the AU-Stream Hybrid True Wireless Earbuds
With the amount of true wireless earphones I've reviewed, one would think they’d all start to blend together and sound the same. On the contrary, I actually feel as though this job has trained my ears to recognize different music frequencies and small details in design that might get overlooked. Although, there are times when I can't help but compare two earbuds, which is how my first impression of the Ausounds AU-Stream Hybrid True Wireless Earbuds went.
Upon initial unboxing of the Ausounds AU-Stream Hybrid True Wireless Earbuds, I was immediately reminded of the Strauss & Wagner TW401 Earbuds which I had previously reviewed—strictly based on the compact size and design of the case. But after opening up the earphones and playing around with them a bit, I realized the sound and fit were uniquely their own.
The first thing I always do after opening up a new pair of earbuds is check the fit. Almost 100% of the time, I need to swap the standard sized, out-of-the-box eartips for the smallest available, and the AU-Stream Earbuds were no different. After finding my fit, the earbuds felt pretty comfortable and at no point did I feel like they might pop out of my ears despite their size being on the medium to larger end. They definitely didn't sit totally flush on my ears but they don’t jut out too much either.
In terms of pairing, I’ve become a bit of a rebel and usually don’t read the directions for this step unless I face an issue. With the AU-Stream Hybrid Earbuds, pairing them via Bluetooth was impressively fast and completely seamless. Both earbuds paired with each other after being removed from the case and didn’t require any other steps beyond enabling Bluetooth and selecting them.
I then started flipping through my Spotify playlists for the songs that I always use as a baseline when comparing earphones. The AU-Streams offered a nice, smooth sound with a defined bass that made for easy listening. I also tested out the ANC function by tapping and holding the earbud for three seconds and I was no longer able to hear my TV at all, even on a high volume. I found that the AU-Stream Hybrid Earbuds also worked well for shows and movies allowing me to hear background noises that I never would have picked up on.
Some other nice features about the AU-Stream earbuds are the USB-C and wireless charging options, 25 hours of total battery life, and IPX5 rating. Overall, I thought the AU-Stream Hybrid True Wireless Earbuds were a likeable product with a lot of nice bonuses. The one minor gripe I have with these earbuds though is that they don’t offer touch control for volume but other than that I enjoyed the sound, the fit, and ease of use.