I have previously tested wireless earbuds from Tronsmart several times. But today we will talk about the flagship TWS earbuds called Tronsmart Apollo Bold.
If you would like to know my opinion on other models of wireless earbuds, then you can follow the link here.
Now about the price. This is the main criterion when choosing any earbuds. It’s like flagship earbuds, so there can’t be a budget price tag. Apollo Bold is currently available for about $100.
If you want to understand what you are spending money. For example, TWS earbuds have ANC support, Qualcomm QCC5124 chipset and apt-X codec, six built-in microphones, and IP45 water and dust resistance.
Should you buy a new model of wireless earbuds from Tronsmart, what are the main features, advantages, and disadvantages of this model? You will learn about all this in a detailed review.
Tronsmart Apollo Bold: Specifications
|Tronsmart Apollo Bold:||Specs|
|Driver unit:||10mm Dynamic driver|
|Bluetooth protocol:||aptX, AAC, SBC|
Unboxing, packaging and what to expect inside the box
If you look at the appearance of the box, then Tronsmart has tried very hard here. It produced a device in a high-quality and dense box, and most importantly, the design of the box is quite premium.
For the test, I received a rectangular box, where on the front there is a pattern of earbuds and many main features. For example, this is ANC function, the battery life is about 30 hours, Qualcomm QCC5124 flagship chipset, and others.
On the back of the box is a large list, where you can find all the functions and main features of the new earbuds.
The box opens like a book and on the inside, there are active noise cancellation graphs. On the right are the earbuds themselves and the charging case under a protective plastic barrier.
Below there are other accessories such as a portable pouch, a set of additional ear tips, instructions, and a Type-C cable. As you might expect, the package bundle is very rich and everything you need to listen to music is present here. Even the quality of all components is at a good level. But let’s learn a little about design and what materials are used in the construction.
Appearance, assembly, and materials of manufacture
If you’ve been looking for flagship wireless earbuds with a compact size, then Tronsmart Apollo Bold isn’t for you. These are quite large earbuds and look quite big in the ears.
But in practice, the earbuds have a comfortable fit that does not cause extreme fatigue from prolonged use or wear. Yes, they sit comfortably in the ear canal, but due to their size, they won’t fit every user. In this case, the weight of one earbud was about 7 grams.
Yes, I can compare the size of the earbuds with the Sony WF-XB700 Extra BASS model I tested a few months ago. But I note that Tronsmart earbuds are a little smaller and several times more comfortable.
For example, if you have a standard ear size or even larger, then you will not have problems, but if you have small ears, then there may be discomfort. Also in terms of sports, Apollo Bold is a good fit. I ran several times in the stadium in them and there was no hint that they would even fall out. The same goes for exercising in the gym.
The combination of design uses black and gold plastic, which is very pleasant to the touch. The build quality is quite high and during my testing, I did not observe any squeaks or other extraneous sounds.
I can also note that the Apollo Bold earbuds have received IP45 protection against water and dust. Of course, you can’t swim in them, but they won’t be afraid of sweat or light rain during your outdoor runs.
On the front of the earbuds, there is a touch surface for control and an LED indicator. There is also an interesting drawing in the form of squares on the touch panel.
On the inside, there are contacts for charging, a channel designation, and an infrared sensor. This sensor pauses playback if you remove one earbud from the ear canal, or vice versa, when you insert the earbud into your ear, playback will resume. A convenient function and you get used to it pretty quickly.
The charging box has a round shape and is made of matte black plastic. The lid of the box opens easily thanks to the magnetic connection. I also want to note that the lid does not walk and has a good hold in the open position.
On the front of the charging box, there is an LED indicator that indicates the charge level of the box. On the opposite side, there is a Type-C charging connector.
Great, we figured out the appearance, but now let’s talk about the signal quality and the main functions of the touch control.
Connection, latency, and control
Tronsmart Apollo Bold is a very advanced headphone that has received a Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection. But the most interesting feature is the flagship Qualcomm QCC5124 chipset, as well as support for aptX, AAC, and SBC codecs.
During my testing, I was pleasantly surprised by the high-quality signal level, even at a distance of up to 15 meters from the source. The signal was always stable and I did not hear any jerks or interference thanks to the LDS antenna.
In addition, modern chipset has reduced latency to a minimum. For example, during the test, I did not hear the delay at all, both while watching videos on Youtube and during games.
Touch control is also a positive side. For example, many flagship earbuds lack functionality, but the Apollo Bold model offers everything there can be.
- One-touch on the right earbud increases the volume, and on the left one decreases it.
- Double-tap on any earbud – play, pause, accept, or put a phone call.
- Holding for about 2 seconds on the right earbud is the next track, and on the left – the previous one.
- Triple tap on any of the earbuds – enable or disable ANC mode.
- Hold for about 3 seconds – calls the voice assistant function.
Sound and microphone quality and how active noise cancellation works
Every Tronsmart Apollo Bold has a 10mm driver installed inside each earbud and in my opinion, this is a very powerful driver for small TWS earbuds.
The first thing you notice is the high volume level. Even at 50% volume, the earbuds play quite loudly. Therefore, be very careful with the volume level so as not to damage your hearing.
In terms of sound quality, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich and tight bass at low frequencies. It is well defined and does not overpower the mid or high frequencies. The last frequencies play at a decent level. Here I can note the presence of purity of sound, detail in musical instruments, and a clear voice of the vocalist.
Active noise cancellation does its job well. For example, I could easily listen to music in noisy places near the motorway or on the subway. Extraneous noise is well interrupted by 35 dB of noise, which makes a certain resonance of the sounds around you. Comparing the ANC performance of the Apollo Bold to the AirPods Pro or Sony WF-1000XM3, the difference is almost impossible to feel.
The presence of six microphones, that is, three microphones are installed in each earbud, will allow you to talk to your interlocutors without much screaming even in noisy places. Suppression of ambient noise will work 360 degrees and the other person will hear you clearly.
Battery and charging time
Each earbud has an 85mAh battery and a 500mAh charging box. The manufacturer also guarantees that Tronsmart Apollo Bold earbuds are capable of playing up to 10 hours on a single charge and up to 30 hours with a charging box.
As my practice has shown, the battery life at 50% volume level and with ANC turned off was about 9.5 hours, and the total battery life was up to 28 hours. Compared to competitors, the indicators are quite high.
The charging time via Type-C connection will be about 1.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Tronsmart Apollo Bold is definitely an interesting and very exciting TWS wireless earbuds. They received a large number of functions, such as active noise cancellation, automatic playback pause when the earbud is pulled out of the ear, high battery life, high-quality and pleasant sound.
I also liked the build quality and durable materials. But the dimensions of the earbuds are not suitable for all users. Therefore, when choosing this model, you need to take this into account.
Another positive side is the wide functionality of touch controls with volume control and much more.
Without any questions, I can recommend this model for purchase, since it has almost no strong drawbacks. But don’t forget about the price, which will be much less than flagship headphones from Sony or Apple.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
If you are interested in Tronsmart Apollo Bold earbuds like me, then I will leave a link to the official store below. Here you can buy earbuds at an attractive price for $ 99.99 with a 50% discount.
Of course, the manufacturer Tronsmart has tried very hard in the production of flagship earbuds and you will definitely not regret choosing this model.