Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones Review

first_imgThe sales package includes a total of three pairs of silicone ear tips (the Medium ones are pre-fitted on the earphones), but there’s no Micro-USB cable for charging. Even at this price, skipping a charging cable is unfortunate; not everyone necessarily has one at home, especially those buying entry-level affordable products..The Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones use Bluetooth 5, with support for only the SBC Bluetooth codec. AAC support would have been nice here, but I won’t go as far as to say that it’s a shortcoming, given the price. Interestingly, there is multi-point connectivity, letting you pair the Redmi SonicBass earphones with two source devices simultaneously. This worked well, and I was able to quickly switch between my smartphone and laptop while using the earphones.Battery life is decent enough for the price, with the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones running for around 10 hours per charge, and taking around two hours to charge fully using a wall adapter. The headset is IPX4-rated for water resistance, and should be able to handle sweat and light splashes of water.redmi sonicbass wireless earphones review magnet Redmi Redmi SonicBass Wireless EarphonesThe Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones magnetically latch to each other, but this doesn’t control the power Xiaomi’s strategy means that the company now has two key brands under its core banner – Mi and Redmi – with all of its products classified into either of the two families. The Redmi brand is positioned as the more reasonably priced of the two, while Mi-branded products are a bit more premium. Indeed the company’s most affordable smartphones and audio products have the Redmi badge on them. This includes a recently launched audio product, the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones, priced at Rs. 1,299.Following the launch of the Redmi Earbuds S and other competitively priced products, the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones promise a more traditional style of earphones at a popular price point, along with the bass-focused sonic signature that many buyers seem to prefer. How do these affordable wireless earphones sound? Find out in our review.- Advertisement – redmi sonicbass wireless earphones review logo Redmi Redmi SonicBass Wireless EarphonesThere isn’t much to talk about when it comes to design; this is just about the most utilitarian pair of wireless earphones you can buy Punchy bass on the Redmi SonicBass Wireless EarphonesThe product name itself is a big giveaway in terms of what to expect when it comes to sound, and indeed there are no surprises here. The sonic signature is tuned to give low-end frequencies a bump, and I could perceive this bass bias with pretty much everything I listened to using the Redmi SonicBass earphones. However, it’s worth pointing out that there isn’t much else to the sound apart from this bump in the bass; this is otherwise an entirely ordinary-sounding pair of earphones.That isn’t a bad thing though, since the Redmi SonicBass does have all the basics in place. You get comfortable sound that isn’t fatiguing or odd in any way. This makes for an adequate listening experience that lines up nicely with the price and functionality of the earphones.The Redmi SonicBass is a budget wireless headset and only supports the SBC Bluetooth codec, so the quality of the source audio had very little impact on the listening experience. Whether listening to high-resolution Tidal Masters streams or YouTube Music’s occasionally low-bitrate tracks, there wasn’t too much of a difference in how the earphones sounded.Listening to the beautiful Golden Brown by The Stranglers across streaming services confirmed this, but it didn’t actually take away too much from the quality of the sound given the price of the Redmi SonicBass earphones. The lows were expectedly more pronounced, with the drums in the track reverberating noticeably strongly. The mid-range and highs sounded a bit dull in comparison to the lows, but weren’t overpowered to an unreasonable extent; the earphones produced a safe sonic signature that was never offensive or muddy.Barry White’s Never Never Gonna Give You Up sounded similarly interesting, with hints of directionality throughout. Some of the gentler elements in the track did feel spacious, but the bass bias did tend to restrict the soundstage. There wasn’t much by way of good imaging or detail, with the tuning of the Redmi SonicBass earphones focused on keeping things clean and comfortable, rather than trying too hard to offer more and falling short.Although not exceptional for voice calls, the Redmi SonicBass Wireless earphones are adequate for the purpose. Environmental noise cancellation is present and permanently active when on calls, but didn’t seem to make too much of a difference in improving voice quality for people on the other end of the call, while they sounded a bit boomy and low to me. The earphones were good enough for the occasional call, and could be used reasonably well at distances of up to 12 feet from the source device.redmi sonicbass wireless earphones review single Redmi Redmi SonicBass Wireless EarphonesThe Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones offer decent sound for the price, making this a good budget pick VerdictOften, the biggest mistake that manufacturers of affordable audio products make is trying to offer too much, and getting the basics wrong in the process. Xiaomi hasn’t done that with the Redmi SonicBass; this is an entirely functional pair of wireless earphones that gets the basics right. The fit and design are workable, the strong bass will appeal to a lot of listeners, and multi-point connectivity makes the headset a whole lot more useful. There are only a couple of small drawbacks on the whole.Although priced at Rs. 1,299 officially, the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones are available for Rs. 999 at the time of writing this review, making this quite easily the best pair of wireless earphones you can buy for less than Rs. 1,000, and still a pretty good deal even for Rs. 300 more.Price: Rs. 1,299ProsMagnetically attaching earpiecesIPX4 water resistanceMulti-point connectivityStrong bass, comfortable sonic signatureConsAnnoying cables, lots of cable noiseNo charging cable in the boxRatings (out of 5)Design/ comfort: 3.5Audio quality: 3Battery life: 3.5Value for money: 4.5Overall: 3.5 There really isn’t much to the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones when it comes to design and styling; this is just about as straightforward and basic as it gets. The neckband is flexible at the back, with larger, solid ends which hold the Bluetooth hardware, battery, and audio circuitry. The left end has a barely-noticeable Redmi logo etched on, while the right has the power and volume buttons, Micro-USB port for charging, and indicator light.You can buy the Redmi SonicBass earphones in one of two colours, black or blue-black. While the black was a bit more muted and discreet, the dual-tone blue-black option might appeal to buyers looking for something colourful. Although the earpieces are comfortable to wear, the cables running between them and the neckband did tend to get in the way and brush against my face, which generated a fair amount of cable noise.The main button plays and pauses music, or answers and ends calls with a single press. You can invoke the default voice assistant on your smartphone with a double-press. A long-press powers the earphones on or off, and holding for a few more seconds when turning the Redmi SonicBass on puts it into pairing mode. The earpieces attach to each other magnetically, but this doesn’t control the power as on some other headsets; it’s just to keep the wires from tangling when not in use.- Advertisement – Simple, functional design on the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones- Advertisement – How to find the best deals during online sales? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Africa heads to coronavirus landmark with worse to come

first_imgAfrica is now edging towards a million cases of coronavirus, but experts warn far worse lies ahead in a continent struggling with fragile health systems and slender economic resources.Countries across Africa have recorded more than 850,000 infections and at least 18,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally as of Tuesday.The toll took a while to move into higher gear thanks to early restrictions on contact and movement, Dr Mary Stephens, an expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa office, told AFP. MadagascarPresident Andry Rajoelina has been vigorously touting an infusion derived from artemisia — a plant with proven anti-malarial properties — as a homegrown cure for COVID-19.But Madagascar has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks to more than 9,600 cases and nearly 100 deaths, and hospitals in the capital Antananarivo have said they are running out of beds.Last week, Health Minister Ahmad Ahmad made an “urgent appeal” to development agencies — his ministry is seeking oxygen bottles, face masks, gloves and medical blouses.Ahmad was reprimanded by the government for taking what it called a “personal initiative” without consultation. KenyaKenya has seen cases triple to 17,975 in the past month. However, as a percentage of its population of 47 million, the numbers remain low.Earlier this month government lifted restrictions that had cordoned off Nairobi and other hard-hit cities, while announcing that international flights will resume on August 1.But on Monday President Uhuru Kenyatta banned the sale of alcohol in restaurants after noting an “aggressive surge” among young people who were socializing “particularly in environments serving alcohol”.The country has declared the 2020 school year lost. South Africa  NigeriaAfrica’s most populous nation has registered 41,000 cases, the second highest tally south of the Sahara, with numbers rising by between 500-700 each day.But prevalence could be far higher, given the lack of testing.About 3,000 tests are carried per day on average in a country of around 200 million people — just a tenth of the number conducted in South Africa which has about a quarter of the population.”For every one case, there are a handful of cases that we are missing because we are not able to test everybody,” Sani Aliyu, the head of Nigeria’s virus taskforce, admitted.The epicenter is Lagos, the densely-populated commercial hub, which is also Africa’s largest city with a population of 20 million.Health officials in the crowded city are worried by the availability of space to isolate those found positive.”Through our modeling, we know we are going to exceed our isolation capacity sooner than later,” Lagos State health commissioner Akin Abayomi told AFP.Despite the swelling numbers, Nigeria is having a hard time convincing skeptics that the threat is for real.”We should not wait for such a time when we start picking bodies on the streets before we do what is necessary,” Nigerian Medical Association’s Innocent Ujah told AFP. TanzaniaTanzania has downplayed any threat from COVID-19 and stopped releasing official figures.The last tally — issued in April — stood at 509. By comparison, neighbors such as Kenya and DR Congo have recorded nearly 18,000 and 9,000 cases respectively.”That’s why we are all not wearing face masks here. You think we don’t fear dying? It’s because there is no COVID-19,” President John Magufuli declared on Monday. Cameroon Cameroon is central Africa’s most affected country with 16,708 cases. Only about 145,000 tests have been carried out among the 25 million population.Cameroon is past its first peak, which “occurred between the end of June and early July,” according to Professor Yap Boum of Epicenter Africa, the epidemiology branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders). But “this does not mean that the pandemic is over,” he warned.Cameroon did not impose strict lockdown measures as other countries have done. Although the wearing of masks is compulsory in public places, very few people bother to do so.center_img Djibouti Tiny Djibouti, with a population of around one million, has the second highest case rate in East Africa, with more than 5,000 infections. Government attributes this to aggressive contact tracing and the highest testing rate in Africa with more than five percent of the population having been tested. “I think we have passed the peak,” Dr Bouh Abdi Khareih, co-ordinator of Djibouti’s COVID response, told AFP. “We haven’t seen the peak yet,” she warned. “All countries in Africa are at risk because our health systems are relatively weak.”Here is an overview of key countries: Least-affected countries Figures from a number of African countries suggest they have so far escaped the full wrath of the coronavirus.Least-affected countries include the island nations of the Seychelles (114 cases) and Mauritius, with 344. Eritrea has 263 cases and Lesotho 505. The continent’s most industrialized economy has notched up more than 450,000 infections — the highest number in Africa and the fifth biggest in the world.It has recorded more than 7,000 deaths, although there is concern that fatalities are being under-reported.Last week, the respected Medical Research Council noted a nearly 60-percent jump in “natural” deaths for this time of the year compared with the historical trend.”The peak will come in July, August and September,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize predicted on Sunday.South Africa imposed one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in March.Measures included the closure of schools, factories, non-essential shops and a ban on sale of alcohol and cigarettes. The restrictions were lifted in June, but some were reinstituted this month. Schools shut again and the alcohol ban returned.The country also has more than 13,000 infected health workers, a record.  Topics :last_img read more

Blugolds invade Madison

first_imgFlowers speaksFlowers addressed the media Tuesday for the first time sincetaking a medical leave of absence from the basketball program Oct. 18.Flowers didn’t address the leave itself, instead keeping thefocus on basketball-related issues.”I was always a part of the program,” Flowers said followingpractice. “The coaches supported me well, my teammates supported me well, justbecause I was not on the court doesn’t mean I was not a part of the program.”Flowers sidestepped talking about numerous rumors thatcirculated during his absence, including some predicting his imminent transferto Winona State, where his brother Jonte plays.”People will talk, freedom of speech, they have theiropinions, but the truth is the truth,” Flowers said. “As you see I’m still herein a Wisconsin jersey … I signed a letter of intent for four years, so I’mhere.”In the exhibition opener against Edgewood, Flowers showed nosigns of rust, scoring eight points and making four steals.”It’s just like riding a bike, once you do it, you neverforget how,” Flowers said. “[Missing time] wasn’t a concern for me, or for thecoaches or for my teammates.” JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoMichael Flowers doesn’t know yet whether he will be on thecourt for the opening tip when Wisconsin takes on UW-Eau Claire in the Badgers’final exhibition tuneup tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center.”I will know probably 30 minutes before the game,” thesenior guard said.Not that it matters much to Flowers or his teammates.”I don’t think the starting lineup means anything to thisteam,” swingman Joe Krabbenhoft said. “That’s just the five guys that are outthere at that time of the game. There’s 40 minutes in the game, and there’sgoing to be multiple different lineups out there.”From a player’s perspective, I can speak on behalf of myteammates, we support coach’s decisions … and we’ll just go from there.” With that mindset ingrained in his players, UW head coach BoRyan uses the exhibition slate to get a feel for lineups that could be usedlater in the year, as unlikely as some combinations may seem.”You never know what’s going to happen during the seasonbecause of injuries … so you still have to look at different types of lineupsbecause the teams that we’re going to play vary,” Ryan said.And while the coaching staff tries different looks to seewhat works, the players are still looking to establish themselves as a team.”We’re still trying to find our identity out there as ateam, so it will come with time,” Flowers said.With one exhibition win easily in the books, Wisconsin nowturns its attention to another intrastate matchup against UW-Eau Claire.”It’s another team that wants to beat us very bad,” swingmanJoe Krabbenhoft said. “In-state schools want to take down Wisconsin. … Werespect everybody we play, and it’s no different with Eau Claire.”That point was emphasized twice in the past few days withconference cohorts Michigan State and Ohio State both losing exhibition gamesto Division II foes Grand Valley State and Findlay.”You can’t take any game lightly, even the exhibitiongames,” forward Jon Leuer said. “You saw what happened to Michigan State. It justgoes to show that on any given night, a team can get hot, step up and beatyou.” While the Badgers’ first priority, just like any othercontest, will be to win the game, exhibition games give the coaching staff anopportunity to critique how players translate practice themes to game actionand pinpoint areas for improvement.”Doing things that we’re trying to teach, are they able todo that? What’s good is it gets you a chance to hopefully expose some of theweaknesses you might have that you still need to work on,” assistant coach GaryClose said.According to Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, the importance ofthe exhibition schedule lies in the in-game situations that arise.”We worry more about what we’re doing, and what we’re tryingto accomplish,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “And then what I always like about theexhibition games is our guys figuring out things as the game’s going on.”last_img read more