LHBD S12 True Wireless Earbuds

This new stem design true wireless headset from LHBD is nicely presented with high-end looks and a classy feel to it But is it any good?

There used to be a time when you had to pay plenty to get decent quality True Wireless Earbuds but the introduction of Bluetooth 5.0 seems to have changed all that. Before Bluetooth 5.0 all but the most expensive TW earbuds would continually drop out, crackle, pop and generally prove more trouble than they were worth. As technology develops each pair is better than the last and this new set is well configured with some of the latest tech on board.

In the box were the two buds together with a short USB charging cable, cleaning cloth, charging case and a well written and easy to read User Guide. Despite the light weight, everything has a distinctly premium and upmarket feel to it with first-rate build quality but without the weightiness of some rivals.

First time pairing could not be simpler and took just a few seconds. Subsequently, taking the buds from the case powers them on, they connect to each other and to the phone automatically, returning them to the case turns them off and begins charging. The smaller than average 300mAh Lithium-ion case battery can still recharge the buds up to 4 times. There are LED’s on each bud to show charging and connection status and the buds will charge automatically when placed into the case. Unlike with many smooth-skinned rivals, these stem buds are easy to remove from the case and holding the stem prevent accidental button presses, for me a major selling point. Unlike most rivals, these buds are easy to reset by long-pressing the button on the rear of the case.

These earbuds use the latest Bluetooth 5.1 technology which is currently only supported by the latest high-end smartphones but of course, they will also work with older Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth 5 adds a longer range and greatly improves both the stability of the wireless connection and battery life.

The buds are small, neat and comfortable to wear and will deliver up to 4 hours of music per charge. Sound quality is excellent for a TW headset with a very decent level of bass together with clean mid-tones and a sibilance free high end. Calls were clear to hear and easy to make. Call quality was fine at each end of the conversation with no dropouts or excessive background noise.

Each bud has a single soft touch button on it which can be used to end/reject calls, play/pause music, navigate tracks, alter volume and invoke your phone’s voice assistant. This works well and is easy to use. They are rated as IPX6 water-resistant which means they should be fine in the rain but not for swimming.

For the £20.99 price (slightly dearer than when I bought it), this headset compares very well with the high-end rivals I have tried as regards sound quality and features. Indeed, you would have to go a long way to find a better True Wireless Headset

The Good
Good audio quality
Good Build Quality
Auto On/Off
Single/Dual Bud Modes
Bluetooth 5.1
Magnetic Case
IPX6 Water Resistant
Reset Button

The Bad
No Apt-X Codec

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