Review of AlzaPower Shpunty: Quality headphones for the crap
Brand AlzaPower is no longer just about chargers, charging cables or similar accessories. Under this brand, you have been finding various audio accessories of various types and prices for quite some time. We will now look at one very interesting audio piece from Alza in the following lines together. The AlzaPower Shpunty wireless headphones have arrived at the editorial office, which attract interesting technical specifications in combination with an excellent price. So what are AlzaPower Shpunty headphones like?
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The technical specifications of the Shpunts are more than solid. These are classic True Wireless headphones with a microphone, which Alza offers in black and white. The headphones have a frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, an impedance of 16 Ohms and a sensitivity of 98dB / mW. Shpunts also have a very decent four-hour endurance when listening to music or calling on a single charge, while in combination with the charging case, they get a very decent 15 hours. In terms of connectivity, this is taken care of by Bluetooth in version 5.0, which ensures a very decent range in combination with high-quality audio transmission. The headphones are sold as standard for 890 crowns, but now they can be obtained in both colors for 690 crowns.
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Although Shpunts are made of classic plastic, I personally would not call them cheap. It works very lightly in the hand, but even so, one has the impression of it as a quality piece of electronics. The plugs are very small and light in themselves – each weighs only four grams. The charging box itself is also very light, on which you will find a microUSB port for charging. However, I will not forgive one digger at the box. I'm a little annoyed that it doesn't have a top cover. The headphones are attached to it with magnets, which are quite strong, so there is no risk of them falling out, but for a kind of inner feeling of safety, I would like if I could close the headphones completely in the box. However, some of you will certainly object to me that, due to the absence of a lid, at least access to the headphones is better, which is true. These are just the preferences of each of us.
I admit that I didn't know much about what to expect from the Shpunts. After all, these are just quite cheap wireless headphones, from which one should not expect much in general. On the other hand, I've had quite a lot of it from AlzaPower and I dare say that I haven't been disappointed out of nowhere. That's why I thought I wouldn't have to be sad about those headphones anymore. And also that it was not the result.
If I always appreciate something about electronics, it is gadgets that save a person certain steps in using it. I am thinking, for example, of the automatic pairing, which I fell in love with with my AirPods and which, with a bit of surprise, I found in a really reliable form even with the Shpunts. Once you connect them to the phone manually, they are then able to connect to it automatically when removed from the case, which is simply great. In addition, the connection itself, which of course takes place via Bluetooth, is very fast, thanks to which you are able to start using the headphones almost immediately after removing them from the box.
The most important thing about headphones is without a doubt their sound. I tried to test it really thoroughly, both on a huge amount of music of all genres, as well as on the spoken word or while playing games. Let's start with music first. I must say that it is really pleasant to listen to from the headphones. Shpunts have no major problems with depths, heights and even in the middle they are quite sure. For more complex songs, in which a larger number of tones intertwine, the headphones tend to distort the sounds a bit into one from time to time, but it's definitely not crazy. I was very pleased with the bass component, which is exactly to my taste – neither too muffled nor too overbassed. In my experience, headphones with similar price categories have problems with re-bassing quite often, which is why I am very glad that Alza avoided a similar mistake. If I had to compare Shpunty with AirPods or AirPods Pro, for example, they would not fail against any of these models in terms of sound. In short, they play well and I'm sure it's for the ear of an undemanding user as well as a moderately demanding user. Undoubtedly, the plug construction of the headphones also plays a role in the positive evaluation, thanks to which they can very well plug the listener's ear canal and thus de facto provide him with passive suppression of ambient noise. Thanks to this, you can enjoy the reproduced sound often even better than with classic AirPods.
As for the spoken word, I tested it both when listening to podcasts and watching videos and, of course, for phone calls. In no case can the headphones be criticized at all. If the other party has a good microphone, you will hear it clearly and distinctly – I would almost not be afraid to say that it is as if it is standing next to you. If you are interested in the quality of the microphone, you can also evaluate it quite positively. The sound is clearly recorded and no more disturbing elements such as crackling, murmur or similar nonsense can be heard in it. So you can handle calls with headphones without any problem, which I think is great – after all, a handsfree for less than a thousand will definitely please.
As I wrote above, I also tested the headphones with mobile and computer games. At the beginning of this paragraph, I must mention that I definitely do not recognize the use of pips or earplugs to play games instead of classic headphones, because it occurs to me that the user loses some comfort or if you want a feeling of comfort. However, as a kind of "emergency", when you do not want to bother the surroundings with your sounds, Shpunty will serve more than well. Both shooters and races, footballs or hockey sound very decent in the headphones, although, as with music, sometimes a little "flat" in the sense of merging the individual sounds into one plane. On the other hand, gaming simply revolves around other headphones, so I think the performance of the Shpunts is more than good, given this fact.
In short, to the controls. As I wrote above, the headphones can be operated using the "squeezable" sides, which serve as buttons. The controllability is not great in this case, as you only have to stop / play with one press and start the voice assistant with two presses. However, you can use it to set up your music exactly as you need, so you don't even need more headphone controls. Of course, rewinding songs or similar tweaks that AirPods can handle would certainly not be out of the question. On the other hand, since the headphones are click-based rather than tap-controlled, I don't think it would make sense to program them to receive multiple "clicks". Or can you imagine tapping your ear to rewind songs? Not really.
Choose cheap wireless headphones is a must. However, I dare say that if you reach for the Shpunts in AlzaPower, you will definitely not make a mistake, quite the opposite. Their processing in solid and sound, in my opinion, exceeds the headphones by several hundred crowns more expensive. Sure, the audiophile won't be out of them, but the average user will be thrilled. For the 690 crowns that Alza now charges for them, I will actually go to them now. A nice alternative to AirPods is always handy.
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