Ameya DalviJuly 19, 2021 09:48:02 IST
Realme recently launched its new sub-brand, Dizon, aimed at budget-conscious shoppers. Among other things, they launched a couple of wireless audio products for less than Rs 1,500, which we have under review today. Realme has gone pretty well in the budget voice department over the last year, and it would be interesting to see what it can bring to the table at an even cheaper rate.
The Dizo GoPods D is a true wireless (TWS) in-ear headphone, while the Dizo Wireless is a wireless lanyard. Before we cut individual products, I want to touch on what both have in common. First, both products are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible and only support the SBC codec. One cannot expect aptX compatibility at this price point, but there is no support for AAC either. Both headphones have an IPX4 rating for sweat resistance; so using them in the gym or in a light ooze is great, but avoid splashing liquids on them.
The wireless range is also similar when both products maintain a stable connection at a distance of 10 meters with a clear line of sight and just over half of it on a concrete wall. The sound profile and buttons can be edited Realme Link application. You get three sound settings – “Bass Boost +”, “Dynamic” and “Bright”; I suggest I stick to “Dynamic”. The “Clear” option makes it too treble, and “Bass Boost +” adds even more bass to the already bass-weighted sound of these audio products; it’s like selling water to a drowned man.
Time to get to know all these headphones.
Dizo GoPods D TWS Earbuds Review
The Dizo GoPods D has a striking reminder of Realme Buds Q2, and has similarly shaped loops on the back with touch features and the same egg-shaped charging case. In addition to this, they are quite different products. The loops fit snugly in the ears, don’t stick out and provide proper passive noise insulation with pre-assembled medium-sized silicone tips (there are two more pairs in the bundle). They stay in place even during a run or sprint. There is no active noise reduction (ANC) here, nor did I expect the democratization of the ANC to reach this Price Range, at least for now.
However, I was surprised to see the touch controls at this price point. The back of the ear pads has a considerable touch area and is very sensitive. In addition, the drivers can be configured Realme Link application. You can select play / pause, previous / next song, audio assistant, or nothing for double-tap, triple-tap, or touch + hold. By touching and holding both loops at the same time, you can turn the game mode (110 ms low delay) on and off. There is no volume control option and you cannot set anything for a single tap. Even if I wanted the former, I’m fine with the latter because it eliminates unintentional actions when trying to adjust the loops.
Switching to the sound quality of the Dizo GoPods D, while more than reasonable for this budget, the 10mm dynamic controls produce bass-heavy sound. Those who love extra bass (a fairly common population) are likely to enjoy the output. Although the focus is on low frequencies, the heights are reasonably well hardened and have a reasonable degree of sharpness. Midi suffers the most due to the abundance of bass, which is not very tight. The bass-weighted tracks have considerable hearing protection and the mid-range frequencies are significantly attenuated.
The clarity of the song doesn’t take as much of a hit as certain instruments towards the bottom of the mid-range spectrum. The world of sound is not too wide and the details of sound are average at best. But then keep in mind that this is a Rs 1,500 pair, and can be a little gentle on certain aspects of the output as they sound better than most TWS loops at this price point. The loops are also pretty loud at 70 percent volume, and the call quality is pretty good. The people at both ends of the call had perfectly heard each other, and very little background noise passed through; it is commendable.
The battery backup of the Dizo GoPods D is reasonable, and the loops and charging case provide nearly 17 hours of playback. The buds managed to last about 4 hours and 15 minutes on a full charge, which is just under a couple, but manageable. I wish the company would have chosen a USB-C port for the charging case instead of the older Micro USB. It takes less than 90 minutes to fully charge (case + buds). Another thing I would like to emphasize is Bluetooth pairing technology. Unlike most TWS loops, which go into pairing mode when you take them out of the case, here you have to keep the loops in the case and touch their back for 3-5 seconds to do the same. Absolutely strange method, it!
All said and done, the Dizo GoPods D offers a generous starting price of Rs 1,399 for a one year warranty. The price is expected to rise to Rs 1,599 soon, but it is still fair. They may not sound spectacular, but at that price you get your money’s worth and many don’t complain. It would also be hard to find another pair from this budget that sounds just as good and also has features like programmable touch controllers. One option that comes to mind is the Redmi Buds S, which sounds better than the Dizo, but lacks touch controls and a 25 percent smaller battery backup. On top of that, you need to stretch your budget to 2K to get the Oppo Enco W11 for sharper sound and less bass.
- The average sound quality of the price
- Comfortable to wear with a tight fit
- Programmable and responsive touch controllers
- Good battery life; up to 17 hours on the charging case
- IPX4 sweat resistant
- Good call quality
- Well priced
- Excessive bass
- Micro USB charging port
- No volume control option
- No support for AAC codec
Rating: 3.8 / 5
Price: Rs 1399 – R99 1599
Dizo Wireless Neckband Review
The Dizo Wireless Neckband is well built, right from the earbud shells to the band, and yet weighs only 23.1 grams. There is nothing striking in its appearance, but also nothing offensive. You can barely feel the presence of rubberized tape around your neck, and the buds sit well in your ears without the discomfort helped by the angled tips. They also stay in place during jogging. You get volume controls and a programmable multifunction button on the control panel to handle all of its functions. pressing the key feels just right. You can set play / pause, previous / next tracks, audio assistant, and more for one-click, double-click, triple-click, and long press Realme Link application.
Each in-ear headset has an 11.2 mm dynamic controller and the back of the loops has magnetic tips that also act as an on / off switch; off when they are closed and on when they are loose. The magnets are quite strong and accidental separation occurred infrequently. I really like this feature on the OnePlus Bullets Wireless days, and it’s great to see it on an entry-level lanyard. The audio signature is quite similar to the GoPods D above. So I’m not repeating myself. The output is again bass-heavy, but there’s one difference – the world of sound looks a little wider compared to it, giving the sound a more perfect feel with a little more detail.
These headphones are also loud enough around the 70 percent limit, and if you need more, you can enable a volume add-on from the app. Call quality here is not as good as GoPods D. Although the technical bulletin mentions “environmental noise cancellation,” it doesn’t seem to work. It collects too much ambient noise, and the person on the line hears almost everything around you. On the bright side, the latency rates in game mode are lower at 88 ms, and I couldn’t notice the delay between audio and video in normal mode.
Another plus here is the presence of a USB-C port to charge this lanyard, but it is undisclosed and can collect dust over time or be prone to moisture. The battery reliability of this Dizo neckband is pretty good in almost 15 hours on a full charge at 70% volume. Although the company reports a two-hour charging time to take a 150 mAh battery to 0-100 percent, I managed to manage it in about 75 minutes using a Realme Dart (fast) charger. If you’re in a hurry, a 10-minute charge will give you two hours of audio playback; this feature works as advertised.
The Dizo Wireless Neckband is priced at Rs 1,999 with a one-year Warranty, making it a fairly reasonable deal for its overall performance and features unless call quality is a priority. Compared to its competitor of the same price, the Redmi SonicBass wireless lanyard, the Dizo comes out in almost every department from sound and building quality to battery backup. We’ve got a few other budget wireless lanyards to review in this price range, and we’ll let you know how they compare. Either way, this Dizo necklace is still a good option on this budget.
- Reasonable sound quality for the segment
- Good construction quality and comfortable to wear
- Magnetic power switch
- Programmable button
- Good battery life up to 15 hours; fast download support
- IPX4 splashproof
- USB Type-C charging port
- Below call quality
- Excessive bass
- Not supported for AAC codecs
Rating: 3.8 / 5
Price: Rs 1299