BUDGET
IN-EAR

Version

5.0

Battery

3 - 4 h

Reach

10 m

T1

QCY

Rating

Price

7.6

25 €

Review published:

04/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

n/a

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

n/a

7.5

Handling

8

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

n/a

Intro

The QCY got into my hands rather accidentally. But I'm happy about it and would like to share my experiences with you, because the T1 is a fun allrounder in terms of sound, which has a pleasant and secure V-signature and doesn't neglect the mids and highs despite the potent bass.
For in-between without audiophile demands, it is a safe choice with a few concessions.

Handling

The QCY T1 comes unusually in an open charging case, where the handsets are held firmly in place by the magnetic contacts only, without the additional protection of a flap. But this is completely sufficient and also safe. I can't get the in-ears out even by very dedicated shaking, so there's no need to worry about the earphones accidentally falling out of the case.

The wearing comfort is basically good, but I get a slight pressure pain in the long run, because the T1 is a bit clumsy and presses slightly on my ear. Of course, this problem doesn't have to happen to everyone.
With the included tips, I can't get a proper fit where the isolation is right and the bass can develop. I use foam tips here (as with any review). These can be ordered on Aliexpress for one Euro especially for the T1, but of course they can also be used for almost any other in-ear.

With Foam-Tips, or correspondingly well-fitting silicone tips, the isolation is almost completely sealed off and the sound is powerful and voluminous.
The battery lasts 3 hours and longer at high volume without any problems and due to the battery in the case this can be extended to approx. 20 hours.
The T1 comes without APTX, but can still convince in terms of sound and the connection is also stable and reliable thanks to BT 5.0.

It is operated via push buttons directly on the earphones.
I find it much better to have a haptic confirmation of touch than to rely on touch and possibly trigger functions unintentionally.

Sound

Certainly not for audiophiles, but for good sound on the road, during sports or in noisy surroundings, the T1 is good to use, especially if you value true wireless.
I must mention that the T1 is very tip-dependent and I use it with NOT included foam tips to get the best sound for me.

The bass has steam and is predominantly in the middle bass. It doesn't drop very much in the upper bass, which sometimes makes it seem a bit bloated.
The fun factor is undeniable and yes, it annoys the midrange, but to the usual extent with a V-signature in the price range, even if the bass is sometimes a bit sluggish and tends to boom. Nevertheless, it satisfies me with a good punch and is very solid in its performance. There is still potential in the sub-bass extension, as well as in speed and clarity. The bass is the most difficult to evaluate, as it depends heavily on the right fit and isolation. It can handle everything from "shy mouse" to "I'm the boss here". Can be seen now as an advantage or disadvantage. With Foamtips he is in any case rather boss

Despite the V-signature and the quantitatively strong bass, the mids have quite a say and assertiveness. I actually find them to be the best thing about the T1. On the one hand because they provide an appealing resolution and detail reproduction, but also because of their relaxed, soft and warm nature. No sibilants, no peaks and still quite clear and not too dark. Men and women sound equally natural. In addition, the mids have a good body, which is particularly suitable for rock music, for example, as guitars, drums and vocals sound fuller and more crunchy.
But here, no special finesse or an outstanding sound experience is to be expected. The mids are simply good and bring liveliness to the music without overdoing it.

The highs don't stand out particularly, but blend in well. They are neither particularly detailed nor far-reaching, but in this context they give me full satisfaction and I'm not afraid of missing anything. On the contrary, sometimes they surprise me more positively than I expected.

The spatiality is really good and the separation works just as well in a good area. The stage is even quite wide and can convince in height and depth. The sound is by no means intimate, or just centered inside the head. If the bass wasn't a bit booming sometimes, it could be even better, but as already mentioned, you can play with the tips.

Outro

The T1 is a really good TWS in-ear not only for its price. If you're looking for a fun V-signature, where the mid-range doesn't come off badly and the sound is a bit fuller and warmer, you can get it here without hesitation. For example, I like to use the QCY T1 for cycling.
But if you want to use the in-ears for making phone calls, you won't find anything here, but this blog is all about the sound characteristics and not the call quality.

Another downer is the long-term unpleasant pressure in the ear due to the not very ergonomic construction. But of course this depends very individually on the respective anatomy.

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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​

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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