True wireless headphones are all the rage these days, but Wicked Audio is trying to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack with a new pair of true wireless headphones with a charging case that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker — the Wicked Audio Syver true wireless headphones.
The headphones are available at a reasonable price, coming in at $100. But are the headphones worth buying considering the built-in speaker? Or should you keep looking? We put the Wicked Audio Syver headphones to the test to find out.
The first thing to notice about these headphones is their design, and they’re not bad-looking headphones by any means.
The earbuds themselves are relatively small, which bodes well for making them more comfortable. They each have the Wicked Audio logo and a button on side of each. The button placement isn’t the best, and you have to push relatively hard to actually press the button. The result of that is that you’ll push the buds into your ears to control your audio, which can get extremely uncomfortable.
The charging case looks kind of like a small pod, which volume controls and a power button for the actual speaker on the front. On the back, you’ll get a MicroUSB port for charging — which was a little disappointing considering the availability of USB-C. The speaker grill is found on the bottom of the charging case. The lid of the case is a little frustrating to use — it has a latch on the side that you have to use to open the lid, and that makes for extra steps to use the headphones. A magnetic lid would have been a little more appropriate.
In the box, apart from the headphones themselves, you’ll get a charging cable and a total of four pairs of ear tips, including the ones that come pre-installed on the headphones.
As mentioned, the earbuds themselves are pretty small, and the end result is that they’re relatively comfortable to wear. They should fit easily into the ears of most.
The buds stayed in our ears pretty easily too, which was nice. Now, we generally wouldn’t recommend using these headphones for sports, as they will fall out with too much movement — but they’re more than good enough for day-to-day use.
The sound quality of the earbuds themselves is arguably more important than that of the speaker, and while it’s not terrible, it could certainly be better.
Let’s start with the bass, which is relatively powerful. Kick drums and bass guitars are able to punch through a mix, however there is quite a bit of mudiness during playback.
That mudiness extends into the low mids too, while the high mids seem to be pulled back in some areas and boosted in others — making for a slightly strange sound profile.
By far the worst thing about these headphones is the high-end response. Highs are relatively weak overall, resulting in a muffled-sounding listening experience. If you’re a fan of detail and clarity in your music, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.
The speaker seems to have different issues compared to the earbuds. While there are at least some high frequencies on offer in the speaker, there’s little in the low-end frequencies to speak of. That’s expected of a speaker this size, but still worth noting.
The battery life on these headphones comes in at 4 hours on a single charge, which is pretty lackluster. Most modern true wireless earbuds can last at least 5 or 6 hours on a charge — and the result of the low battery life is that you won’t be able to listen for extended periods of time without charging.
The Wicked Audio Syver headphones connect to your listening device through Bluetooth 5.0, and we found that they generally retained a good connection throughout testing.
Ultimately, the Wicked Audio Syver true wireless headphones offer a decent design and a comfortable fit, but are seriously let down by a lackluster audio quality.
As a result, there are other options that we would recommend before these. Most notably, we would recommend checking out JLab Audio’s true wireless headphones, like the JLab Audio JBuds Air Sport, which offer a more secure fit and a much better audio quality.
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