Bluetooth and true wireless earphones might well function as future of audio, and Xiaomi recently launched the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in India to capitalise on the trend. That said, the absolute entry-level segment is still alive and strong, and depends entirely on wires and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Xiaomi hasn’t forgotten concerning this segment at all; the business launched its Mi Dual-Driver Earphones earlier in the day this year.
Priced at Rs. 799, the Mi Dual-Driver Earphones is really a simple wired headset with a 3.5mm plug; there’s no fancy electronics or battery here, just good old-fashioned analogue sound. As the name suggests, the main element feature with this headset may be the dual dynamic driver setup in each earpiece, promising a bit more kick to the sound than buyers in this price segment could be used to. Do these earphones meet our expectations? Find out in our review.
Our review unit was black in colour, but we believe that the blue variant looks a bit better; it’s more striking, whilst the black is discreet and a bit harder to notice. Given how good these earphones look, we think it’s better to choose the option that stands out.
Mi Dual-Driver Earphones: Good looks, great build quality
We do not usually have lots of good things to state about the design and quality of affordable wired earphones, but the Mi Dual-Driver Earphones are impressive to say the smallest amount of. The earpiece casings are anodised aluminium, with clear plastic ends covering a carbon fibre-like design. An interesting touch here is that the plastic on the left earbud is convex, while the one on the best earbud is concave. This lets you identify which is which by touch alone. There are magnets inside the earpieces that keep them together when the headset isn’t used, and this design lets the 2 fit together precisely.
The cable on the Mi Dual-Driver Earphones is rubber till the Y-splitter, and braided fabric from there till the 3.5mm plug. This helps it be quite resistant to accidental damage from snags, and fairly tangle-resistant as well. We quite liked the way the earphones felt within our ears. We got a cushty and noise isolating match the largest of the three included pairs of silicone ear recommendations. There’s a three-button inline remote and microphone, which works to regulate playback and adjust volume on compatible devices.
While we’ve heard about plenty of multi-driver setups in more expensive pairs of earphones, a dual-driver setup on a headset priced at under Rs. 1,000 absolutely caught our attention. Each earphone has two dynamic drivers – a larger 10mm unit and a smaller 8mm one. Xiaomi hasn’t step by step how the drivers split sonic frequencies between them, but it’s likely that one of these is focused on the lows while the other takes care of the mid-range and highs. Interestingly, you get a protracted frequency response range of 20-40,000Hz with the Mi Dual-Driver Earphones, which isn’t common in affordable earphones.
Mi Dual-Driver Earphones: Punchy bass
Bass is a little bit of an obsession for the normal Indian earphone user, and the Mi Dual-Driver Earphones deliver generous helpings of it. The use of a dual-driver setup seems to help this along, and we found the low-end to be very distinct and focused. As is usually the case with multi-driver headsets, the Mi earphones also make for good instrument separation. Above anything else, this is a very loud set of earphones; we were comfortable listening at around the 50 percent level with these earphones, where we usually have the quantity at approximately 70 and 80 per cent.
Listening to Opposite Ways by Brasstracks, the rumbling electronic bass elements were aggressive and powerful, nevertheless the dual-driver separation meant that the vocals and smooth saxophone hooks were never overpowered and sounded in the same way distinct and ‘up-top’ since the strong low-end. This was evident despite the much busier Light It Up by Major Lazer, which also unveiled a fair level of detail in the fainter elements regardless of the forceful lows.
That said, the bass did sporadically feel a touch too much. In Fatal System Error by Notaker, the reverberations were exciting in the beginning, but the track soon converted into a head-shaking and slightly disorienting rumble that was usually unpleasant. It was possible to bring items to reasonable levels by turning the volume down, but this tended to take away detail and excitement in the sound altogether.
We were quite impressed with the degree of noise isolation on offer with the Mi Dual-Driver Earphones, which, with the loud volume, made for a reasonably immersive listening experience with both music and voices. Performance was decent enough on calls, and the earphones obtain the basics right in this department.
Is this the very best pair of wired earphones you should buy for less than Rs. 1,000? We think so. The Xiaomi Mi Dual-Driver Earphones offer a great combination of design, build quality, and performance. While the bass can occasionally be considered a bit a lot of, the detail and separation does replace this to a large extent.
Unless you truly dislike a lot of bass, here is the ideal set of starter earphones to buy. This is a technically advanced, well-built pair of earphones that is definitely worth the Rs. 799 price tag. If you want something a bit more balanced-sounding, the 1More Piston Fit is a capable alternative.
Price (MRP): Rs. 799
- Looks good, great build quality
- Detailed sound, good separation
- Great value
- Bass can sometimes be excessive
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Design: 4
- Performance: 3
- Value for money: 4.5
- Overall: 4
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