More recently, QCY has unveiled new wireless earbuds called the QCY T9s.
Will inexpensive TWS Earbuds be able to overtake last year’s model in sales and popularity? Let’s find out in our detailed review.
Also, I can advise reading my other tests for various headphones from the QCY brand from the link here.
If you look at the price tag, the new QCY T9s model does not exceed last year’s price and now any user can grab the device for only $21.50.
The main improvements I can attribute are practical sports design with water protection. A proprietary application also appeared, where you can customize the sound to your taste. In addition, the manufacturer promises a minimum latency in sound and better sound quality.
So let’s check if everything is so good actually in the full text below.
QCY T9s: Specifications
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The QCY T9s earbuds come in a standard small white box, but on the front, you can see a bright pattern with a charging case and earbuds.
On the back of the box are two specification sheets in Chinese and English, as well as a variety of other information.
The quality of the box is pretty good, the cardboard is tight and reliable. Thus, the new TWS earbuds came to be safe and sound.
Inside the box is a charging box with earbuds inside, which was protected in foam rubber. In a separate compartment, you can find a charging Micro USB cable, an additional set of silicone ear tips, and ear wings of various sizes and instructions.
The package bundle is pretty good considering its price, but I would like to see Type-C connections in the 2020 model year.
Let’s talk a bit about the appearance of the new QCY T9s wireless earbud model.
The build quality of the earbuds themselves is pretty good. It uses black matte plastic, which is not so easily soiled and does not leave strong fingerprints. Given its cost, I’m pretty surprised by the build quality and materials used.
For ease of wearing, I also do not have any comments. The new generation of TWS earbuds received a very compact size, like their predecessors. But here there are some improvements – these are special ear wings that help the earbuds stay more firmly in the ear canal.
From this, it emerges that the T9s model can be used in terms of sports. For example, as my practice has shown while running or playing sports, the earbuds never fell out of my ears.
In addition, the QCY T9s earbuds received protection from water, which is splashes and sweat under the IPX4 standard. Again, as for an inexpensive model – this is a good indicator of protection and I’m glad that it is present at all.
There is a mechanical control button on the outside of the device and there is an LED indicator next to it. On the inside, you can notice two charging contacts with a magnetic connection and a channel designation.
The QCY T9s sound guide got the right angle with respect to the ear canal and there is a protective screen against extraneous debris at its base.
The charging box is made of a similar matte black plastic, like the earbuds themselves. On the front of the lid, there is a model name – QCY.
Assembly of the box is not the best since the cover has a slight backlash, but this is a typical phenomenon for most budget TWS earbuds.
On the front part, there is a LED indicator that lights up when the lid is opened and it reports the level of remaining battery power.
The back of the charging box received a MicroUSB port for charging. As I already wrote, this surprised me a little, since the model is 2020 and I would like to forget about the existence of a Micro USB connection.
Despite the slight minus of the charging case, the earbuds are definitely worth their attention, since they are quite comfortable to wear. I also want to note that the dimensions of the earbuds and the case are small, as are the dimensions themselves. Therefore, putting the device in your jeans pocket is not difficult.
Connection and Control
The QCY T9s earbuds use Bluetooth wireless technology with version 5.0 and have only the SBC codec. Onboard the device you will not find aptX and AAC codecs, which is a little frustrating.
Despite this fact, the signal with the smartphone was always stable and good during my testing. Also, I did not have communication failures or other troubles.
Also, the manufacturer QCY introduced a new mobile application in which you can adjust the sound in the equalizer, find earbuds, reconfigure the control, delete the connected device, and even receive updates.
As I already mentioned, earbuds use mechanical control, which has its pros and cons. For example, there are no accidental clicks at all, but there is a slight pressure in the ear canal during the switching of tracks.
- One press produces a play, pause, accept, or hang up.
- Double-clicking on the right earbud is the next track, and on the left – the previous one.
- Ahold of about 2 seconds calls the voice assistant function on your smartphone.
Of the minuses, I can note – this is the lack of a volume control function.
I assume that there is a 6 mm dynamic driver inside the case since I did not find official information about the driver on the site or in the instructions.
If you compare the sound quality with the previous QCY T2C model, then the sound of the QCY T9s is a little denser and bassier. The low frequencies are tuned quite dynamically and the presence of bass contributes to a pleasant listening to music.
Also, medium and high frequencies, although not as ideal as on more expensive versions of TWS earbuds, but also sound pretty good. Considering the low cost, I liked the sound quality of the QCY T9s.
When compared with other competitors of similar cost, the sound is almost the same for almost everyone. I do not want to say that the T9s sounds perfect. Here are some minor disadvantages. For example, the musical instruments are not quite clear and the vocalist’s voice sounds a bit distant.
If we talk about the quality of the microphone, then I can’t call the earbuds suitable and ideal for phone conversations. Yes, in a quiet place you can communicate without problems, but in noisy places, it will be problematic.
The QCY T9s received minor changes in battery life. Each earbud has a 50 mAh battery capacity, which can play for about 4.5 hours on a single charge.
The charging box received 380 mAh battery capacity and can provide about 3-4 recharges and give an additional 20 hours to battery life. I can note that on the previous version of QCY T2C, the charging box had a capacity of 800 mAh.
The charging time through a standard Micro USB port will be about 1.5 hours.
Conclusion and Reviews
QCY T9s – the new model of wireless earbuds has both positive and negative aspects.
I want to start with a positive one, first of all, I liked a comfortable fit due to additional ear wings that tightly sit in the ear canal. Also, despite the low cost, build quality and materials at a high level.
The sound quality has not changed much compared to its predecessors and competitors. But I can note that the signal is very stable and there is practically no latency in games and on Youtube.
By cons, I can include – this is a MicroUSB port, the lack of volume control, and not the best microphone quality.
Price and Where to buy cheaper?
After testing the new TWS earbud model, I was left with more positive impressions. Since the price tag for QCY T9s has not changed much when comparing previous models, it currently stands at $21.50 with a 50% discount.
If you need inexpensive, but high-quality wireless earbuds for sports, watching movies, listening to music, then the new model from QCY definitely deserves its attention.