TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79

(Review) The SoundLiberty 79 are TaoTronics true wireless (TWS) answer to Anker's Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro and Aukey's Key Series T10. The SoundLiberty 79 might not be packed with all of the features of Anker's offering but that's okay. Tao's offering is one-third the price and, to my ears at least, sounds almost as good.

Technology & Connectivity


The SoundLiberty 79 are true wireless stereo ear buds that take advantage of the new Bluetooth 5.0 spec, work with the SBC and AAC audio codecs, and utilize some truly advanced noise cancelling technology from Elevoc. The onboard intelligent voice interaction tech allows for AI based noise-reduction and Acoustic-Echo Cancellation (AEC). What this means for you is crystal clear calls, in both ears no less, even while standing at the bus stop waiting for your ride. The new Bluetooth 5.0 chip means you can walk 30 meters (roughly 98 feet) from the source and not notice any drops. I'm happy to say my own tests prove this claim to be true. With these buds you can safely roam away from the source device with little to no worries.

Battery Life


So how long can these things go with out a recharge? Try 8 solid hours of play time before having to be placed back in their case. Speaking of the case, it's extremely small, charges via USB-C, adds up to 40 hours of playtime, and forces the buds into pairing mode when they're removed from the case. This is great if you want to pair them to something other than the last paired device.

Controls


There are no physical buttons to press. Instead, the surface of each bud is touch-sensitive and requires just a light tap, double tap, and/or triple tap to activate the controls. I won't cover every control available but here are the most important ones:

  • Tap left bud to lower the volume.
  • Tap right bud to raise the volume.
  • Triple-tap left bud to go back to the previous track.
  • Triple-tap right bud to skip to the next track.
  • Double-tap either bud to start or stop the music.

There are other controls for taking and receiving calls and controlling the AI assistant. You get the idea. Truth be told, I had some trouble getting the touch controls to work properly. When I thought I was turning down the sound I ended up actually pausing the music or at worst skipping to the next track. Take this with a large grain of salt, though, as I'm one of those people who simply prefers physical controls.

Sleeper Test


I’m a side sleeper and I had no problems wearing these when I went to bed. They fit flush with your ears, don't stick out like many other TRW buds, and don’t cause any discomfort at all. Bonus! I didn’t experience any accidental activation of the touch controls while doing the sleeper test. That's always a good thing.

Music/Audio Quality


When I review headphones I typically like to talk about things like driver specs, Unfortunately, I searched high and low and was unable to find any meaningful information regarding the driver tech used in the SoundLiberty 79. That being said, I admittedly wasn’t expecting much given their low cost and extremely small size. However, I, like many other reviewers out there was pleasantly surprised with the solid, unexpectedly low bass, satisfying midrange, and crisp highs. Overall, I’d rate the sound quality of these tiny buds as better than average. They don't sound as good as say, a $200 set might, but they still manage to sound pretty darn good, and at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

Pros


  • Super comfortable. They pass the side-sleeper test.
  • Minimum of 8 hours of playback time.
  • Super small USB-C case extends life of buds to 40 hours.

Cons


  • You must disconnect from the last paired device before connecting to another one. This is typical behavior these days but it shouldn't be. My Bose SoundSport Free wireless buds can connect to five different devices and switch between them with a simple press of a button. They're also three years old. There's simply no excuse for not including this tech in modern TWS earbuds.
  • The case was not designed for larger foam ear tips. You can force them in there, and they will charge, but it's not an easy task.

Conclusion


Overall, the SoundLiberty 79 is a solid entry into the field of TRW ear buds and should be high on your list if you're looking for a set of stylish earbuds that sound good, last most of the day, and that can easily take calls in noisy environments.

– Patrick


Share Tweet Send
0 Comments
Loading...
You've successfully subscribed to Geektonium
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to Geektonium
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.