BUDGET
IN-EAR

Version

5.0

Battery

8 h

Reach

10 m

TWS120

AVANTREE

Rating

Price

6

65 €

Review published:

04/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

n/a

Piezo

0

Sound

6.5

Bass

5.5

Mids

6

Trebles

Sensitivity

n/a

6

Handling

6.5

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

n/a

Intro


The AVANTREE TWS 120 is a 5.0 Bluetooth-In-Ear which brings aptX with it and has through its 4 microphones a really good speech intelligibility for calls, as well as a very good battery performance.
However, the sound is nothing to write home about and the operation is not always reliable.

Handling

The TWS 120 is based on Apple AirPods in its design, but is an in-ear, instead of Earbud.

The scope of delivery is small and consists of the charger box with USB-C, a charging cable and a selection of different silicone attachment sizes, which cannot be compared with normal silicone tips. They not only cover the sound openings but also the complete inside of the earpiece. They are too short and not "rigid" enough to provide good insulation, as far as I'm concerned. The TWS 120 lies more in the ear like an Earbud than in the ear canal like an In-Ear.
Of course this has immense effects on the sound. However, you can also use your own tips, but more about this in the SOUND section.

The operation is touch-based and a mixture between stroking and typing. If I stroke down on the right side of the headset, I can jump one song further and go back the other way around. This works very well. However, the TWS 120 reacts very unreliably to typing, which would allow me to pause the music or take calls. This turns out to be pure gambling.

The wearing comfort is pleasant with the included tips, but I don't have a secure feeling, because the sound keeps oscillating, depending on how accurate the isolation is. The problem is no longer there with third party tips, but you need to have them at hand.

If the headphones are put back into the charging case, music continues to play. This is only stopped when the flap is closed. Pairing when removing the headphones, however, works without problems.

Sound

The TWS 120 has two faces. If you use the supplied attachments, it is very difficult to get a good fit, because they are much too lobed and short. In the end they only lie in the ear, but do not really seal. This makes it a gamble on how the bass sounds and it can also fluctuate during use, because you always have to push the in-ear deeper into the ear to have satisfying bass, otherwise the TWS 120 just sounds very thin. At least that is the case with me.
But if you take off the whole attachment, which also covers the complete inner side of the TWS 120, and use your own, usual attachments, which is possible without any problems, you can tease out the complete bass performance of the TWS 120, which of course also affects the whole signature, and I will review according to this in the further course.

The TWS has a solid, thick and mid-bass accentuated low-end. It has a good punch and brings a lot of impact. However, it tends to roar a bit and is not very accurate or clear. But it's not too bad and the fun factor can't be denied, but it serves more as a quantitative beat generator. To me it is too much in the foreground and makes it difficult for the mid-range to unfold. If you like a lot of bass and warmth, you'll get that, too.

The lower mids are overrun without resistance. This is also due to the fact that the bass is not very tight, but resonates more than it should and therefore always produces a booming keynote. Of course, it depends on the music, but even with acoustic tracks guitars or strings are too voluminous. The mids clear up, but at the cost of sometimes more, sometimes less uncomfortable peaks and amplified sibilants.

It gets just as uncomfortable in the highs. With the surely well-intentioned ulterior motive of making voices clearer and crisper and lightening up the signature, the trebles have become quite sharp. Together with the bass they dominate everything, which is not unusual in a V-signature, but they are unfortunately not of very high quality. The details are rather simulated and the bright and sharp alignment quickly leads to fatigue.

The stage is okay, but nothing special.

To make the evaluation fair, a short detour to the sound with the original attachments, even if this is very vague and changes with me due to the bad fit.
The sound is a bit more "balanced" because the bass is not so thick anymore, but still it doesn't make it better in quality. Fatigue and peaks are also preserved. Basically the sound just becomes thinner and brighter.

Outro

For a little more than 60 € the TWS 120 is not a cheap TWS-representative and in addition it is also expandable in sound. Furthermore, the not always direct response to the touch operation is an additional factor.

But the call quality is surprisingly good and the TWS 120 is really useful for this purpose. It's okay for a little music in between with a good bang, without any pretensions, but nothing more than that. For me the product is not quite mature and sinks into mediocrity.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

TWS120

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Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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