True wireless headphones have had a tricky hill to climb of their first yr or so of existence. So you may argue that Yevo is taking fairly a bet by making the Yevo 1 its first—and to this point solely—product. At $249, the pair is priced much like top-rated merchandise within the class, specifically the Bose SoundSport Free and B&O Play Beoplay E8. Sadly, its efficiency is not fairly as much as par with these fashions. From a decent-but-not-great app, to decent-but-not-great audio efficiency, there are extra compelling choices for the value.
Out there in black with a gold band on the charging case, in all black, or in white with a gold band, the Yevo 1 presents a special look than lots of the true wi-fi designs we have seen up to now. The charging case is rectangular, and the charging cradle slides out the tip, like a tray. The case itself measures roughly four.four by 1.eight by 1.eight inches (HWD), and when you would not describe it as tiny, it is a bit of extra pocket-friendly than lots of the choices we have examined.
Sadly, it is comparatively straightforward to get an eartip caught contained in the case when pulling out the tray—one of many eartips I used was pulled proper off the earpiece once I opened the tray, and I had to make use of tweezers to take away it from contained in the case. It wasn’t a relentless downside with all the eartip sizes, however it was constantly a problem with the biggest pair of eartips, and it is an issue we’ve not encountered with any of the opposite true wi-fi merchandise we have examined.
The earpieces have a cool geometric contour to their outer panels, and are in all probability a number of the smallest we have seen on this class. Whereas they really feel safe, they do really feel barely much less firmly in place than, say, the Bose SoundSport Free.
Contact controls will be discovered on each earpieces, with every ear assigned particular capabilities. The left earpiece controls quantity (one faucet for up, two for down) and audio transparency (an extended maintain). The suitable earpiece controls name administration, playback (all single faucets), monitor navigation (two faucets ahead, three faucets backward), and your cellphone’s voice assistant (a protracted maintain). Each earpieces can be utilized to energy up or down, which requires a 4 second faucet and maintain. It isn’t probably the most swish format we have seen, because it requires you to memorize fairly bit, however you get used to it over time.
Yevo estimates the battery life to be roughly three to 4 hours—an ordinary, low estimate that’s widespread within the true wi-fi world. The case itself holds roughly 4 to 5 extra expenses. One notice: It is attainable to take the earpieces out whereas music remains to be enjoying and dock them within the charging case, which isn’t going that can assist you achieve a lot battery life. Moreover, you really want to snap them into place for the charging to begin, extra so than different pairs.
The mic presents above-average intelligibility. Utilizing the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 6s, we might perceive each phrase we recorded clearly, and there have been no actual audio artifacts. The general mic degree appears a bit of low, however not so low that it is going to be a problem for others to listen to you.
There’s an audio transparency mode that makes use of two omni-directional mics to watch your environment. Within the app, you may modify how a lot audio the mics enable in and mix it along with your music ranges.
The Yevo app provides some performance. You may examine battery life, modify the ear-to-ear stereo stability, and even reassign contact settings to a format you like. There’s an EQ part within the app that appears fairly detailed, however the changes do not appear to truly change a lot while you transfer the faders. There are presets that trigger a transparent change, nonetheless. There’s additionally a Bass Booster button that, certainly, boosts the lows, however does not push them ahead in a approach that will likely be sufficient to please these in search of a booming subwoofer sound.
Except for the charging case, the Yevo 1 ships with a really brief micro USB charging cable and 4 whole pairs of silicone eartips.
We examined with the Yevo 1’s settings at default, however it must be famous that you simply’re not going to get insane subwoofer-like thunder with the Bass Booster setting on. This can be a extra mids- and highs-focused pair.
On tracks with intense sub-bass content material, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the Yevo 1 delivers a robust deep bass response, and at prime volumes (that are loud, however not as loud as loads of earphones get), the bass does not distort. At reasonable quantity, the lows nonetheless really feel comparatively robust, however these in search of a bass-forward expertise will likely be upset.
Invoice Callahan’s “Drover,” a monitor with much less deep bass within the combine, provides us a greater sense of the Yevo 1’s general sound signature. The drums on this monitor can sound overly thunderous on closely bass-boosted earphones, however the Yevo 1 does little with the drums right here—they sound comparatively full, however there’s much less bass than we usually choose. A lot of the low frequency presence goes to the lows and low-mids slightly than the sub-bass realm, which finally ends up pushing Callahan’s wealthy baritone vocals ahead a bit, whereas the high-mid and excessive frequencies are boosted and sculpted, lending issues a crisp edge and brightness that brings out the upper register percussive hits and guitar strumming.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church within the Wild,” the kick drum loop will get loads of high-mid presence, giving its assault the best punchiness it wants to chop by means of the layers of the combination as a distinguished power. The loop additionally will get a delicate boosting within the lows, however the sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat sound dialed again right here and never as highly effective as they usually will be. The vinyl crackle that is usually relegated to the background is pushed ahead within the combine, and the vocals have glorious definition within the high-mids and highs. There isn’t any added sibilance, however all three vocalists have a crisp supply. Total, it is a clear and well-defined sound signature that, once more, is extra about high-mid and excessive frequency readability than it’s booming bass depth.
Orchestral tracks, just like the opening scene in John Adams’ The Gospel In accordance with the Different Mary, get a slight added push within the lows, although it is vitally delicate. The decrease register instrumentation is not actually moved ahead within the combine a lot—this can be a decidedly shiny sound signature that highlights the upper register brass, strings, and vocals.
The Yevo 1 delivers a pleasing, pretty correct sound signature that bass lovers will discover missing. The included charging case is compact and attention-grabbing, however the eartips are vulnerable to getting caught inside and it may be tough to begin the circulate of juice. For a similar or much less cash, the Bose SoundSport Free, JayBird Run, and JLab Epic Air all provide a greater expertise. And for a bit of more cash, the B&O Play Beoplay E8 can also be a winner. The Yevo 1 is not dangerous, it is simply expensive for what you get.