iKonex X7 Personalized Wireless Earbuds 2020 Detailed Review.
iKonex X7 Personalized Wireless Earbuds: In today’s modern world, there are thousands of different headphones and earbuds to choose from. Whether you’re an occasional music listener or an all-day audiophile, selecting the right pair can be a cumbersome task.
Introducing, the iKonex X7 Personalized Wireless Earbuds. Currently being funded through IndieGoGo, the X7’s seem to blend everything we typically look for with a price-point that makes sense.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on a pair to thoroughly test and review them for ourselves. We’ll be taking a close look to see how they perform, pros and cons and all of the important qualities that are worth mentioning.
“Your Portable Hi-Fi Theater”
Before we get started, it’s good to know the goal of iKonex with their X7 earbuds. They were specially tailored to simulate a theater-like environment into a compact, wireless earbud.
While this is usually much easier to achieve in over-ear, studio-grade headphones, it’s a challenge to convey this kind of sound quality in such a small form-factor like an earbud.
Typically, earbuds lack the sound clarity/quality of physically larger headphones. This is for the simple fact that a small form-factor can have a much tougher time resonating theater-like effects.
Opening the Box
Right when we opened the box, it was apparent that the iKonex X7 was unlike most earbuds. They come included with three color-options of face-tips for the ideal amount of visual personalization.
Red, gray or black, allows you to customize the external color of the earbuds to make them your own. Underneath the layout of face-tips, we found the power hub, three pairs of different-sized foam ear tips, an instruction manual, a USB charging cable, and the earbuds themselves.
Setting up the iKonex X7’s for the first time is actually quite simple. It sure helps that they’ve included such clear and concise instructions that direct you on all of the functions. After you’ve attached the properly sized foam ear tips and snapped-on your favorite colored face-tips, pairing it to your music-source is the next step.
But before we do that, we recommend leaving them in the power hub with the lid closed for a couple of hours to top-off the batteries. Although they come shipped with a partial charge, this will get them ready for continuous first-time use.
Comfort and Fit
Believe it or not, the comfort and fit of a pair of earbuds go hand-in-hand with sound quality. Why is this? If you don’t have a comfortable, snug, and sturdy fit to your ear canal, not only will it get on your nerves over the course of time, but it will ultimately affect the sound quality.
Creating a nice seal between the ear-tips and your ear canal is crucial for the sound to be as good as it can be. You’ll want to select the right set of foam ear-tips that offer a snug fit without pressure points or looseness. After you are done figuring out which set of ear-tips you prefer, you likely won’t ever need to go through this process again.
Although from first-glance you can’t see any buttons or controls on the external body of the X7 earbuds, there’s a reason for that. They’re equipped with an “easy touch control” feature that lets you handle all of the functions with simple short and long presses.
You have the ability to play, pause, skip forward/back, answer/redial/hang-up/reject phone calls, and even activate Siri and Google Assistant. While memorizing each of these controls can be difficult at first, all of these functions are clearly identified on the inside of the power pack case.
This simple touch-control feature is actually quite simple, especially when you have a legend on-hand that informs you exactly how to activate each one.
As we mentioned previously, iKonex’s goal was to create a set of earbuds that carry a balanced, theater-like experience. Looking at the specifications, it’s clear that they went above and beyond to attempt to make this happen.
They’ve equipped the X7’s with a Bluetooth 5.0 and CVC noise isolation chipset which is capable of encoding up to 192 kHz and 24-bit audio format.
Although it’s difficult to even notice, there’s a tiny microphone integrated into the design of the iKonex X7 earbuds. Located right next to the lithium-ion battery pack, this microphone is used for phone calls through your smartphone.
While it may not be a feature that everyone uses regularly, having the ability to use with phone calls is a definite bonus. In addition, the functionality of accepting and rejecting phone calls is simple.
With any wireless set of earbuds or headphones, the range between the audio-source and the earbuds is quite important. With the X7’s, we experienced around 30-40 feet of crystal clear, lag-free audio transmission before it began to cut-out.
While a lot of this is determined by the environment you’re in and how many walls or obstructions are in the way, this seems to be plenty of wireless range for most scenarios.
In addition to the wireless range, battery life is a crucial factor for most listeners. We were quite impressed with the advertised 9-hour battery life, which is much more than most earbuds currently on the market. However, this is a best-case scenario estimate that is subject to wireless range and volume.
In other words, if you have the volume cranked up near the maximum or if you’re a great distance away from your Bluetooth audio-source, you can expect much less battery life.
Since the iKonex X7’s are designed as an earbud for an active lifestyle, it’s critical to consider their durability. We were very pleased to find out that they’re equipped with IPX6 water-resistance for use in wet or sweaty conditions.
What exactly is IPX6? It’s a rating given to earbuds and other devices that prove they’ve been thoroughly tested for their waterproof ability.
To withstand this test, the X7’s endured a minimum of three minutes of being sprayed by at least 100 liters of water per minute.
With the inclusion of dual drivers, the latest Bluetooth version, and noise isolation, it’s safe for us to say that the iKonex X7’s will likely be a top choice for consumers looking to acquire the perfect blend of high-end features and sound quality.
On paper, they have more impressive features than other brands in the same category.