One minute reviewWhen the original Lypertek PurePlay Z3 true-wireless earbuds were first reviewed (then called the Lypertek Tevi), it was a complete surprise. We were stunned that headphones that sound as good and last as long as these could be made by a company we had never heard of could be so affordable. We voted them the best headphone product of the year. Fast forward a few years and we are now reviewing the Lypertek PurePlay Z32.0 true wireless earbuds. These earbuds are very similar to the originals but with a few key improvements. They also come in at a much more affordable price of $99 / GBP99. (Image credit to Future) The price is still very affordable and doesn’t detract from their quality standards. However, they are still essential earbuds that will last longer than headphones twice the price. You can get them now. Despite a host of new features, this is not one penny more than their predecessors. They aren’t as good as their counterparts, even though they don’t have active noise cancellation. These include the Apple AirPods Pro (249 / GBP249 / AU$399), and the Sony WF-1000XM4 (279 / GBP250 / AU$449.95). These are an incredible deal. The PurePlay Z3 2.0 is available in both black and white versions. Each model features USB-C charging as well as four LED indicator lights to indicate the battery level. The earbuds fit securely into the case using a magnetic snap. This will allow them to charge from the internal battery of the case. Once they are paired, you won’t need to do it again unless you want to pair other devices with them. The case is a little too large to fit comfortably in your trousers pocket, but it’s still very attractive and can hold a huge battery. The buds provide a solid ten hour playback, but the fully-juiced charging box can give you an additional 70 hours. This gives you a total of 80 hours battery life before you have to plug the cable into the case again. In a first for the brand, wireless charging support is also available. These are the best-quality battery specs. You can pair them with small, medium, or large silicone tips or Flexifit foam tips that expand slightly in your ear to achieve a tighter seal. This will allow for better passive noise cancellation. This is important because the earbuds are not active noise cancelling due to their budget price. The PurePlay Z3 2.0 was able to withstand ambient noise thanks to its high volume and snug fit. These earbuds are waterproofed IPX7, making them safe for quick showers. However, the case is not as well protected. (Image credit to Future) Both earbuds have physical buttons that control volume, track selection, play/pause, call response, and activate hear-through mode. They are far more reliable than touch sensitive buttons (and are preferred here as such). Both earbuds also have physical buttons that control volume, track selection, play, pause and call response. The Qualcomm QCC3040 chipset allows for SBC, aptX, and AAC codecs to be handled with no fuzz. This makes it possible to get a longer battery life, even with the addition of the LDX Audio mode. They were just shy of what we would consider audiophile or reference quality, but they were remarkable considering their price. This is still the same basic, out-of-the-box tuning. The Z3 2.0 uses 6mm graphene drivers. This gives it an identical level clarity. It presents an unbiased sound that favors studio intentions over amplifying individual frequencies. We’ll refer you to our original Lypertek PurePlay Z3 Review for a detailed review of the Z3 2.0’s out-of-the box sound. However, it may not be the right tuning for every situation. If you are at the gym and need a bit more bass, this might be a good option. Or if you want a more powerful sound, even if it means losing balance. (Image credit to Future) This is where the PurePlay Z32.0’s new LDX audio mode, which can be accessed via the accompanying app, comes in. Using the app to switch on LDX Audio is akin to hitting an overdrive button. This increases the volume of low frequencies (especially bass tones), and widens the soundstage. It is a noticeable departure form the stock tuning. Both sound profiles are distinct and each has its merits. I found myself switching between them depending on my listening situation. I preferred LDX Audio outdoors, while I listened to music and albums indoors, and opted for LDX Audio indoors. Clarity is what neither lacks – the PurePlay Z32.0 does a great job of highlighting details and avoiding distortion at high volumes. It’s a joy to listen to. FeaturesIt’s more mixed bag when it come to new features. The good news is that the LDX Audio mode is an excellent option and is accompanied by an equally impressive EQ option in the app. There are presets that favor bass or treble response, in addition to a variety of presets ranging from Rock to Jazz, Pop, R&B and Pop. These presets can be saved to your tunings in two additional slots. These features have a significant impact and allow you to personalize the sound to your liking. Other features are not as impressive. The “Hear Through” mode is supposed to allow you to hear more of your surroundings via the earbud microphones, but it isn’t as effective as the one that makes you more aware of the world around you. The app’s ability to find and connect to your headphones was also sporadic. The PurePlay Z32.0 manages to offer more than the previous models, and they still retain the same price point. You won’t need to reach for a charger if you don’t want a studio-reference-like sound.
The battery life of the PurePlay Z32.0 is so great that you’ll be surprised when you need to recharge it. You don’t have to spend a lot but still want high performance.
The PurePlay Z3 2.0 is a low-cost product, but it offers excellent build quality and superior audio performance.
This is the area where the earbuds’ budget nature becomes apparent.
The PurePlay Z3 2.0 claims that it has listening modes that help you get a better sense of your surroundings. However, we didn’t find them very useful in our testing.
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