In the market for a budget friendly pair of earphones? We got a chance to try out the Tekfusion Twinwoofers, which promise powerful bass and audio accuracy. It turns out that one of those two things is more true than the other. Read on to find out what we liked, and what could have been better with these earphones.
Specifications, design, and comfort
The Tekfusion Twinwoofers is a pair of in-ear headphones with a frequency range of 19-21,000Hz. It has an impedance of 160ohms and sensitivity of 113dB. It has a 3.5mm connector and a 1.2m wire. In terms of specifications, these are pretty much the standard numbers you would expect at this price point.
The earphones look basic, without too many fancy design flourishes, but they come with a couple of thoughtful features. There's a removable cable clip, and a cable slider that helps prevent tangles and allows you to adjust the length. These are simple features that are sometimes missing in cheaper headphones, and we're glad that's not the case here.
There are five different earpieces in the box - three are round earpieces, and two are triple flanged. In our experience, the large triple flanged earpiece provided the best fit, though this would of course vary from person to person. Having a good selection of earpieces goes to ensure that you have a comfortable fit no matter what. It's also thin and light, so we had no problems keeping this set on for long periods.
At an MRP of Rs. 1,550, the Tekfusion Twinwoofers is not exactly an entry-level pair of earphones, but it's not hugely expensive either. At this price, the most common use is likely going to be with mobile phones, and we used the earphones mostly with a Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime. To fully test it, we also connected it to a CD player, and listened to the Beatles' White Album, and the album Who's Next by The Who.
The opening part of Baba O'Riley by The Who is particularly fun to listen to with the Twinwoofers. Although the box promises powerful bass, it's the mids where this pair really shines, with a bright sound that is really enjoyable. Once the bass on the classic rock track kicks in, the drop in clarity is painful to hear - it might be that the headphones need more time to burn-in, but we used them heavily for more than a week. You're clearly meant to 'feel' the bass - but as a result, there's no tight kick to it, it's just saturated.
As a control, we tested the same songs, from the same sources, with a number of our regular headsets as well, and it was clear that the Twinwoofers, while really good for the price in the mids, deliver merely loud bass. Personally, we found the sound profile of the Twinwoofers to be quite enjoyable - the notes are distinct, and the the imaging of the guitars is distinct.
Listening to The Beatles, we felt the vocals came over nicely as well, and if the soundstage is a little cramped, well, you're not spending too much on the earphones either. All in all, the earphones sound pretty good for the price, though the sound won't necessary appeal to a basshead.
For day to day use on the go, the headphones were actually pretty nice. They're light and small, and come with a convenient carrying case that is small enough to unobtrusively slip into your shirt pocket if you want. Listening to streaming music, we found them to be a distinct step up from the free headphones we got with an older phone, but the lack of an in-line mic means that you can't use these as a hands-free headset.
The Tekfusion Twinwoofers has a mouthful of a name, but delivers decent sound. If you care more about the mids and want to hear the vocals over the drums, then you're going to like the sound. If you're looking for tight, powerful bass, keep moving. The earphones promised powerful bass and audio accuracy to begin with, and they deliver the latter part, which, at an MRP of Rs. 1,550, isn't a bad deal.
If you're looking for bass, you can get the Sennheiser CX-180 at around half the price - those earphones have been a big hit for a while now, and with good reason, as they offer some noise isolation and a bass-inclined sound. We've also noted that the Soundmagic E10S has a good bass-happy sound, at just Rs. 500 more than the Twinwoofers.
Price (MRP): Rs. 1,550
Ratings (Out of 5)