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Thanks to recent improvements in battery life and Bluetooth technology, wireless earbuds and headsets have become a viable option to their older, directly connected siblings.
Last week I acquired and tested a headset and two pair of earbuds. These devices performed well, although each one comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses.
Today’s article features iTeknic’s new IK-BH001 earbuds. It begins the review process with one significant advantage. At $25.99, this device is far less expensive than either of its competitors.
The iTeknic earbuds are lightweight, weighing in at 17 grams (0.62 ounces). The device’s earpieces are composed of shiny black plastic, joined together by a 56-centimeter (22 inches) length of flat, rubber coated wire.
An oblong-shaped controller dangles eight centimeters below the right earpiece. It contains a microphone, three pushbuttons, an LED to indicate Bluetooth connectivity, and another light used in conjunction with battery charging. A cover on the controller’s edge, once prodded aside, reveals the mini USB charging connection. Two rechargeable lithium batteries provide 150mAH of power.
The center button turns the unit on or off and initiates pairing. The other buttons are used to control the volume of the device or, in some cases, for song selection.
Iteknic’s IK-BH001 is designed for use with Bluetooth 5.0 but is compatible with earlier versions. This device is rated IPX4 and is equipped with Digital Signal Processing Technology.
Accessories include a user guide, travel pouch, three sets of rubber ear domes, three sets of rubber in-ear hooks, and a cable used for charging.
- Brand: iTeknic
- Model: IK-BH001
- Type: Earbud
- Country of origin: China
- Weight: 17 grams (0.62 ounces)
- Color: Black
- Battery: 150mAH lithium rechargeable
- Battery life: 24 hours
- Charging time: Two hours
- Microphone: Realtek (Clear call quality)
- Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 (AVRCP/A2DP/HSP/HFP)
- Noise suppression: Digital Signal Processing
- Accessories: User guide, travel pouch, rubber ear domes, rubber in-ear hooks, and charging cable.
- Water resistance: IPX4 – Resistant to splashing water from any direction
Iteknic is trademarked by Shenzhen NearbyExpress Technology Development Company Limited which is a division of the Sunvalley Group.
Sunvalley was founded in 2007 and is the brand owner of RAVPower, VAVA, TaoTronics, Anjou, Sable, and HooToo. This company is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and has subsidiaries located in San Francisco, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hamburg.
Iteknic’s earbuds are Bluetooth 5.0 capable and compatible with earlier versions. This device paired to both my computer and MP3 player quickly and without complications. Due to the inclusion of a microphone, the headset can also be used with a smartphone.
The theoretical maximum distance for Bluetooth 5.0 is 240 meters (800 feet). During my tests, however, both my computer and MP3 player were equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 transmitters which, unfortunately, have one quarter the range and half the speed of the newest version.
While listening to music transmitted from my computer, the earbuds worked perfectly until I entered my kitchen. Then, as I neared the far end of the room, the reception would sometimes falter. This was due to my computer’s older Bluetooth version and signal degradation caused by the pair of outside walls that separated these devices.
When I paired the headset to my MP3 player, the reception was perfect throughout the entire house. In this case, the MP3 player was lying on my desk. Because this desk is situated alongside a window, the signal to the kitchen was obstructed by only one outside wall.
Digital Signal Processing
The IK-BH001 is equipped with Digital Signal Processing Technology. DSP improves sound quality by tweaking the original signal in several different ways. DSP generates wider frequency output, filters out reverberation, and includes both automatic gain control and dynamic adjustment.
Because this system cannot be turned off, I was unable to devise a method of evaluating its performance by comparison. Note, however, that sound quality was very good.
Both the IK-BH001’s earpieces and its controller are equipped with rubber strain relief connectors which help to protect delicate wire connections.
These earbuds are rated IPX4. While you cannot go swimming with this device, the IK-BH001 is resistant to splashing water from any direction.
I wore these earbuds while playing games, listening to music and watching Netflix. The device can also be paired with a Bluetooth capable smartphone.
Sound quality was good although the iTeknic’s headset, with its far larger speaker drivers, did provide more impressive bass. Size does matter.
I usually have a difficult time with earbud earpieces. They seldom fit correctly and are either painful to wear or tend to slip out at the most inconvenient of times. I was impressed with this offering from iTeknic because they fit comfortably and, even when I danced around the room like a madman, the earpieces remained in place.
During a four-day test period, with volume level set to 75%, this headset performed effectively for 23.5 hours before announcing a low battery warning. I was extremely pleased with this result.
Fit and finish are excellent. I found no problems related to quality control.
I feel that this device’s sound reproduction is quite good. The IK-BH001’s earpieces fit snugly and comfortably, and battery life proved to be outstanding. If you are in the market for a modestly priced set of earbuds, iTeknic’s IK-B001 would be an excellent choice. The manufacturer has supplied coupon code KUC95ULD.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Walter Shillington