UNBOXED: Reviewing the Strauss & Wagner SW-TW401 True Wireless Earphones
Named after two famous composers, Strauss & Wagner is still somewhat new to the audio game. The NYC-based company offers a selection of wired and wireless headphones, and just last year, they marked their entrance into the true wireless earbud market with the SW-TW401 True Wireless Earbuds.
Undoubtedly the most-reviewed item in our Unboxed series, true wireless earbuds have become almost expected from headphone brands these days. Many of them run upwards of $100, but we’re starting to see more and more brands put out true wireless earbuds in the mid-range category, which is where the SW-TW401s fall at $59.95. You will get slightly less listening time (3-4 hours on 80% volume) but that really seems to be the only drawback in opting for a more cost effective option like this one.
The Strauss & Wagner SW-TW401 True Wireless Earbuds even put others in their category to shame in certain aspects like comfort and ease of pairing. The fit turned out to be the most standout feature to me. I was a little doubtful about them when I saw that they had a round and flat shape, but they ended up being the most comfortable pair of true wireless earbuds I’ve ever worn. I didn’t feel like they were extending far into my ears, but I also didn’t have the sensation that they were going to fall out either. The best way to describe them is that they felt like they were resting on my ears, not in my ears.
The SW-TW401 True Wireless Earbuds’ lightweight fit also didn’t seem to impact the noise isolation. The sound was totally immersive, a little deep on the bass albeit, but really nothing too extreme. What I liked about the SW-TW401s is that the mids weren’t completely lost despite their favorability on the bass.
Changing songs and adjusting the volume seemed to be a little tricky for me. As with all my true wireless headphones, I tend to forget what number of taps does what and which eachbud controls each function. More often than not, I just end up using my phone to perform these types of basic functions so the controls aren't a make or break for me.
One thing I really enjoyed about this product (which may actually be an unpopular opinion) is the small and simple charging case. It has become such a competition between true wireless earphone makers as to who can have the coolest, most unique charging case. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate creativity and multi-purpose cases are always nice, but sometimes I just want to be able to fit everything in my pocket. The pill-sized charging case is slim and only about 2-3 inches long weighing in a just a couple ounces.
All in all, I think the SW-TW401 True Wireless Earbuds are a strong product. The fit is extremely comfortable, the case is practical, and the sound is unique but still easy to enjoy.