The SoundLiberty 79 true wireless earbuds from TaoTronics come in at a reasonable price, offering comfortable listening and features such as Bluetooth 5.0 and one-step pairing.
The earbuds have a compact design that resembles the shape of an ear, which helps keep the earbuds comfortable for long listening sessions. The construction of the earbuds also helps with comfort, the plastic construction keeps the earbuds lightweight.
The SoundLiberty 79 have a matte black design which looks sleek and hides smudges and fingerprint marks well, the bottom of the earbuds is finished with a chrome tip which adds some flair to the otherwise plain design.
The outer side is a touch surface which is used to interface with the earbuds, the touch controls can be used to control volume and track controls, so there’s no need to get out your phone to make quick adjustments to your listening experience.
I found the touch controls to work well, but I do think that they could do with being a little more sensitive as I occasionally found myself needing to repeat the motion to register the function I was trying to perform.
The edge of the earbuds comes with ear fins on out of the factory, but these can be swapped out for a flat edge if you prefer. The microphones for the earbuds are found on the underside and an LED indicator light can be found on the top. The underside is home to the charging pins.
The earbuds feature a rubber-tipped design which provides a secure fit as well as passive sound isolation which can come in handy when listening in noisy environments. There are also two additional sizes of ear-tips included within the box, I found the standard ones to work well but if you have larger or smaller ears, there are sizes to accommodate.
Overall, I am a big fan of the design that the SoundLiberty 79 carries. It is compact and subtle, and the plastic feels high quality and soft to the touch – the build quality is fantastic for the price.
The charging case, like the earbuds, has a black plastic finish and construction. The plastic of the case doesn’t feel the same as the earbuds – it feels “scratchier” and of lesser quality, although for the price these earbuds come in at – this isn’t a problem.
The case uses a clamshell design that will pair the earbuds with your device as soon as the case is opened, this helps cut out the period of waiting that typically comes with true wireless earbuds that only pair once they are removed from their charging case.
The hinge for the charging case could be better, it is loose and can easily close as you’re trying to get the earbuds out of the case, I was recently impressed by the hinge on the case of Boltune’s true wireless earbuds that are similarly priced to these.
It’s not all bad about the charging case, though, the earbuds are easy to place into the charging case and it charges up using USB Type-C, which is fantastic to see. There are some status LEDs on the front of the charging case so you can see the charging status of the earbuds as well as the case itself.
For the money, these earbuds sound great. The warmer sound profile of the earbuds leans towards stronger bass, which is a trend with lower-priced earbuds, but this emphasis on bass doesn’t hinder the higher-pitched frequencies.
The bass frequencies are smooth and well pronounced and sound good. I do wish that there were a little more emphasis on the treble, but that’s me being picky. The out of the box sound for these earbuds is pleasant for on the go or casual listening. The mid and treble frequencies offer good clarity that fits well into the audio mix.
The passive sound isolation offered by the rubber ear tips is good. The volume offered by the earbuds is good, I found myself listening to music at just over 50% which provided me with a comfortable listening volume.
The microphone on the SoundLiberty 79 sounds good for making phone calls or quick voice memos. The earbuds feature background noise suppression which will help reduce background noise so your voice stands out, but it can be a little overpowering at times.
The earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity which will ensure that the earbuds support the latest Bluetooth technologies. The earbuds also have an IPX8 waterproof rating, which will come in handy if you want to wear the earbuds during exercise or out in the rain.
The pairing system that the earbuds have is excellent, I’ve been able to switch earbuds in and out of the case whilst listening without any connection drops or pauses.
The SoundLiberty 79 true wireless earbuds claim a battery life of up to 8 hours of listening on a single charge, this can vary due to listening volume. With the charging case taken into account, you can get up to 30 hours of total listening time, which will give you around 3 additional charges with the charging case.
When it comes to charging up the earbuds, this is done over USB Type-C, unfortunately, there’s no mention of any fast charging capability.
If you’re looking for a compact and lightweight pair of true wireless earbuds, the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 may be one of the best options out there that fall under the £50 price bracket.
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- Seamless one-step pairing
- Good sound quality
- USB Type-C Charging
- Flipsy case design
- Touch controls could be more sensitive
- No fast charging