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The gap between 279.99 and 69.99 USD, Haylou T16 VS SONY WF-1000XM3.

The gap between 279.99 and 69.99 USD, Haylou T16 VS SONY WF-1000XM3.


In recent years, active noise-canceling headphones have entered the stage of popularization, and various new products continue to refresh at low prices. There is a Haylou T16 for 69.99 USD on Gearbest. 

After checking the relevant data, Haylou T16 uses the same MT2811SP main control chip as the unscented WF-1000XM3 noise reduction bean. Very interested, so I borrowed a pair in advance through a friend to experience it.

Appearance Gallery

I still have some doubts about the experience of using low-cost active noise-canceling headphones. The parameters of a TWS headset that refreshed the history of low-cost active noise-canceling headphones looked great. The actual experience can only be said to be disappointing, with rough workmanship and low-quality materials.

Haylou T16 accessories at a glance, basically conventional replacement earmuffs, instruction manual, warranty card, data cable, etc.

The detail is that the earmuffs are the same as dull and tasteless. Two types of six pairs of silicone earmuffs are prepared, which can be selected according to personal needs. One of the outlets has a small outlet hole, flat head, and medium and high frequency; the other has a large outlet hole, slightly pointed head, and low frequency. At the same time, the pointed tip can penetrate into the ear canal more, and the noise reduction effect will be better.

ABS material shell, matte texture, can effectively anti-skid. The pill-like design, with the haylou logo printed on the top, is a bit similar to the glorious flypods 3.

The charging box has a 600mah battery, which can be fully charged in about 3 hours. A single earphone has a battery capacity of 50mAh, and it takes about 2 hours to charge for one ear, and about 6 hours for both ears to listen to music continuously, and 30 hours with a charging box.

In addition to charging using the type-c interface, it also supports wireless charging. I have to complain that the included charging cable is too short, and it is estimated that it can only be used with a power bank.

The battery box, like most TWS earphones, has a magnetic design, which can be opened by gently pushing the groove.

The drop-shaped design of the earphone has a feedback microphone for monitoring and identifying noise on the front and the rear, and the charging contacts and wearing sensors can be seen on the inside. The workmanship details are not bad, the nozzle is flat, and the gap is tight. Generally speaking, it is not much different from the general middle and high-end TWS headphones.

feeling of using

The most concerned point is how far it is from the utterly tasteless WF-1000XM3, because both headsets use the Airoha AB1552A (MT2811SP) main control chip. Because they are the same chip, both support Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, master-slave switching, low latency and other functions, but do not support APTX.

In the latency test, the Sony WF-1000XM3 is 254ms and the Haylou T16 is 250ms. Excluding the error, the two are almost the same. It seems that the relationship between the delay and the master control is relatively large, and the master control is the same, the delay is very close.

In terms of appearance and size, the boring WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling bean charging case is a circle larger than the Haylou T16, its battery capacity is 700mAh, and the headset is 55mAh; while the Haylou T16 is a bit smaller, 600mAh, and the headset is 50mAh. Therefore, the battery life parameters are very close. The WF-1000XM3 is 32H when the active noise reduction is turned off, and the battery life of the Haylou T16 earphone and charging box is 30H. The WF-1000XM3 charging box supports fast charging, but Haylou T16 does not. Haylou T16 charging box supports wireless charging, but WF-1000XM3 does not.

Comparing the two headphones, the volume of the WF-1000XM3 noise reduction bean headphones is almost double that of the Haylou T16, and the sound tube is also relatively long. In operation, it is also side touch.

In fact, the size of the unscented odorless noise reduction beans and their wearing problems have always been more serious. When used as a girl, even the smallest earmuffs cannot fit the ear canal well and often fall out.

Haylou T16 is relatively friendly to wear, but not perfect. Maybe it's because my ear canal is relatively small, so I can't control this kind of TWS earphone with water drop shape.

The software interface of Haylou T16 is intuitive and concise, while Sony WF-1000XM3 has richer functions. Both have functions such as noise reduction, close noise reduction, environmental sound, and other functions, as well as custom operation buttons. However, Sony has to be more detailed, the noise reduction intensity of the ambient sound can be adjusted, and the language of the prompt voice can also be changed. As a new product, there must be a gap in software from the mature products of major manufacturers.

In terms of timbre, Haylou T16 is tuned in a positive tone and three-frequency balanced. The vocals are warm and pleasant to the ears, but unfortunately they are slightly remote and not very close to the ears. After opening ANC, this phenomenon will be more obvious. The effect of electronic sound is great, with full transient force and rich details. This should be the advantage of CCAW voice coil (copper-plated aluminum wire). It is necessary to know that the CCAW voice coil is different from the common OFC (pure copper) voice coil in lower density. The performance of a voice coil is improved. The basic direction is to reduce the voice coil core diameter and voice coil density, and increase the sensitivity to obtain better musical details.

Although the main control chip is the same, the noise reduction chip is different. Sony WF-1000XM3 uses its own D3781835 chip, which supports Digital digital noise reduction and Senseenging intelligent noise reduction; the chip of Haylou T16 is unknown, and the official only stated that it supports active noise reduction and voice call noise reduction.

In terms of noise reduction, Haylou provided the data from the professional sound hunting laboratory, which is more accurate than my own cheap artificial ears, so I didn’t put out my own data. In actual experience, the noise reduction of Haylou T16 and Sony WF-1000XM3 is the opposite experience. It is weak in high-frequency sound filtering such as wind noise, but strong in mid-frequency vocal noise filtering; as for low-frequency, both are not good.


Sony WF-1000XM3 VS Haylou T16:

Main control chip: Airoha AB1552A
Noise reduction chip: SONY D3781835 VS unknown
Battery box battery capacity: 700mAh VS 600mAh
Fast charging of the battery box: Yes VS No
Battery box wireless charging: No VS Yes
NFC quick pairing: Yes VS No
Single headset battery capacity: 54mAh VS 50mAh
Single ear battery life (close ANC): 8H vs 6H
Cooperate with the battery life of the charging box (close ANC): 32H VS 30H
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Audio decoding: DSEE HX, AAC, SBC VS AAC, SBC
Master-slave switch: support
Wear detection: support
Moving coil: CCAW voice coil VS 6mm micro-moving coil
Wearing method; in-ear
Operation method: touch

In general, Haylou T16 has a good degree of completion, close to SONY WF-1000XM3 in hardware. Some tests, such as delayed performance test results are very close. Some aspects are better, for example, the charging box supports wireless charging. The accessories and software have been carefully made, especially the accessories have prepared two types, a total of six pairs of earmuffs, to meet different needs. The software is not perfect, and there is a big difference in richness from the big ones. I don't know if it can keep up in the later stage. If the budget is limited or the pursuit of cost performance, Haylou T16 feels that it is a noise-canceling headset product worth considering.

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