Right when smartphones started ditching the ever dependable headphone jack there had always been that choice, to use some kind of USB type of dongle or to go for wireless earphones or in other words connected via bluetooth. This is my review of the Encore Spunky Buds by Tronsmart.
As most of you know, this trend all started a few years back when the iPhone 7 ditched the headphone jack. It was a sad day for most Apple users as they had to resort to using airpods which were relatively expensive considering the sound quality was really no different from the standard earpods.
Brands from all over started developing their own take on the Bluetooth earphones platform and Tronsmart was one of them. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one and here’s a quick overview before I get into the details.
The retail package comes with the following:
1. The charging case
2. A pair of Spunky Buds
3. A Micro USB cable for charging
4. Spare earbuds
5. Warranty Card
The Encore Spunky Buds is quite an interesting piece as it comes with a carbon like texture to give it a little extra in terms of its design which I think is a nice touch.
In terms of overall feel, the actual earbuds were adjustable with the interchangable earbuds to fit any earhole size which is always a great feature. As for it’s looks though, personally I found it a little strange as these aren’t exactly the most minimalist due to their bulky look.
An interesting feature of the Encore Spunky Buds is the touch sensitive panel on the flat side of the earphone. With a few tap actions, can answer and end calls to switching from back and forth tracks when listening to music. Pretty cool, though I personally would’ve enjoyed it more if there was a means to control the volume.
A light indicator turns blue to notify you if it’s ready for pairing and unlike other bluetooth capable devices, no switch needed here, it’s just a matter of having to remove them from the charging case.
Charging the case as well as the earbuds took roughly around 2-3 hours and would last around 3-4 hours of non-stop use. I, personally am a heavy audiophile, so yes, I can literally listen to music for hours non-stop, so battery life is very important.
Checking the back of the back I noticed that there were some features that was worth looking into, which is the “Operating Range”. The ideal way of using bluetooth earphones in general is to keep the device on you while connected giving you that hands free experience. Of course, that’s not always the case, there will always be instances where you just have to drop your phone real quick to grab a drink or tie your shoes, go figure.
The Encore Spunky Buds is also rated IPX5, which means, it can handle a few splashes here and there. I would not recommend diving in a pool that’s for sure, but the occasional light rain, you’d be fine.
The Tronsmart Encore Spunky Buds currently retails for roughly Php 3,000 pesos, depending on which online retailer you order them from. You can however get it directly should you consider this your new pair of earphones, by simply clicking the corresponding links below:
For a period of time that I’ve been using the Encore Spunky Buds, I’m pretty impressed. I’ve had my share of using earphonds/ headphones from different brands and I’m very particular with sound. The Spunky Buds did exceed my expecation and if you’re in the market for a new pair, do try looking into this, it is indeed a good purchase.
If Tronsmart were to come up with an Encore Spunky Buds V.2, I’d probably want a volume rocker feature or a more smaller variant, but that’s just my own opinion.