The Venstone X1 are low budget in-ear headphones that have a simple, stable design for sports use. Unfortunately, they have a subpar and uneven audio reproduction. They're a little cheaply built and let a lot of ambient noise seep into your audio, which is disappointing for an in-ear model.
- Stable ear-hook design.
- Lightweight and portable.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Poor audio reproduction.
- Cheap build quality
The Venstone X1 have a simple, straightforward aesthetic. They come with additional hook sleeves that transform the audio cables into an ear-hook design that's more stable than typical in-ear models. They're incredibly lightweight and easy to carry on your person. Unfortunately, they have a mediocre control scheme, and their build quality looks a little cheap. They don't seem as durable as some other in-ear headphones.
The Venstone X1 have a regular in-ear fit, which may not be comfortable for some listeners. They have an ear-hook design that's a little difficult to put on because of the soft malleable hook sleeves. This combined with the small earbuds can be a frustrating experience. On the upside, they have two extra tip sizes that may help you find a comfortable fit.
These headphones have a mediocre control scheme that only provides a call/music button. It's not optimized for all phones but does offer track skipping functionality on iOS devices. However, there is no volume control and the button doesn't provide good tactile feedback.
These headphones are moderately stable. The ear-hook design provides a bit more stability than typical earbuds. Unfortunately, it's cheaply made, and the earbuds have an awkward fit that sometimes slips out of your ears, even if the headphones do not fall off. They would be stable enough for your daily job but are not stable enough for high-intensity exercises at the gym.
The X1 comfortably fit in most pockets, bags or purses, and they're small enough to carry on your person without hassle. They're highly portable headphones, and although the hooks make them slightly larger than regular in-ear buds, they're flexible and can be folded to take less space. Sadly, they don't come with a case, which is slightly disappointing.
The Vensotone X1 have a decent build quality. The audio cable is rubberized and moderately thick, which should be able to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. However, the overall build quality feels a little cheap. The plastic used in the design is low grade and won't handle physical stress as well some other higher-end in-ear models we've tested. They do not seem durable.
The Venstone X1 are subpar sounding headphones with a poor soundstage. Bass packs a punch but its too pronounced and drowns the mid-range. That combined with the dip in the high frequencies, which pushes the instruments and vocals to the back of the mix, results in a boomy, muddy sound that lacks detail. They also have a poor soundstage because of their closed, in-ear design but on the upside, they have low harmonic distortion, even at high volumes.
Decent Bass Range performance. We had difficulty matching the low-bass and bass responses of our test unit. The right driver shows a few dB more of low-bass and bass compared to the left driver which measures more neutral. High-bass is hyped by about 5dB in both drivers, which can muddy-up the mix.
Poor Mid Range performance. Low-mid is a little overemphasized, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump. This adds a bit of a boxy quality to the sound. Mid and high-mid are underemphasized by 2dB and 8dB respectively. This significantly pushes the vocals/leads to the back of the mix, and gives more emphasis to bass and other low instruments.
Average Treble Range. The dip below 5KHz, which is the continuation of the dip in high-mid, hurts the clarity and detail of vocals/leads. The peaks at 5KHz and 8KHz, could add a bit of sibilance and harshness to the vocal/leads and cymbals.
Poor soundstage. Due to their in-ear design, these earphones do not interact with the outer ear, and therefore their soundstage may be perceived to be located inside the listener's head. Also, these headphones isolate the listener from the environment noticeably, which results in a closed-up and small soundstage.
Average Imaging. Phase response is pretty good, although it could be improved in the Bass Range. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were poorly matched, both in terms of overall level and frequency response. This resulted in a slanted and unstable stereo image.
Very good harmonic distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 90dB SPL is very low. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in the distortion, especially in Bass and Mid regions. However, they remain with-in acceptable limits.
These headphones do not isolate listeners very well. The in-ear seal is not as good as some the other in-ear models and still lets a lot of noise seep into your audio. This makes them unideal in loud environments. Unless you're listening to your music at high volumes, you will still be able to hear the rumbling noise of a train and even the chatter of a busy office. On the upside, they barely leak so playing your audio at high volumes, will not disturb the people around you.
Poor Isolation. Although these headphones isolate passively, the amount of Treble isolation they provide is very good. However, they fail to achieve more than 7dB of isolation in the Mid Range, and provide none in the Bass Range.
Very good leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is distributed between 2KHz and 6KHz, which is narrow and typical of most in-ears. The overall level of the leakage is quite low too, making these earphones very quiet even during loud playback.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Venstone X1 Headphones
- Earbud tips (x3)