User Experience and Subjective Listening Test
To test the LUXA2 LAVI X, I will be using my Xiaomi Redmi 3 Android phone. See specifications of the phone below.
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Specifications
- OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616
- CPU: Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Adreno 405
Also, in testing the LAVI X, a 24-hour burning process was done to optimize the drivers of the ear buds.
Poorly built audio gears can rattle due to loud or deep bass audio. Cheap plastic materials doesn't only make for poor soundstage, quality can also be greatly affected. The LUXA2 LAVI X has a plastic construction but it is solid enough to hold the power of the 14.2mm drivers inside it without making rattling sounds at high volumes. Also with the plastic construction, it isn’t heavy to the ears and rather fits comfortably particularly with the help of the ear hooks. The ear hooks are tougher than what I expected unlike the ear hooks that came in with the DUNU DN-2000 IEMs, but it is comfortable enough that it wouldn’t bother much being there hanging on your outer ear.
As for audio quality, I would say it is a little heavier on the bass, not really that balanced. Audio clarity is around average and even at high volumes, the audio quality does seem to be sustained which is good. I ran it through some FLAC audio tracks and it does deliver nicely. Still incomparable to audiophile-grade gears but it you need a wireless earbud for sports and workout, the LAVI X will certainly suffice that need.
The LAVI X can be used as a communicator for phone calls as well as it has a built-in microphone at the rear with is the small opening near the micro USB port. However, only one earbud works as a communicator during phone calls not both. Having both working would have been perfect but at least it works for such purpose. The output however is not as clear as speaking through the phone’s microphone wherein the user’s mouth is near the phone. Due to the distance between the ear buds on your ear and mouth, the recorded audio from the user’s mouth has less volume. If speaking via the phone directly has a clarity of 10 out of 10, using the LAVI X would have a clarity of 8 out of 10 at maximum microphone output.
The LAVI X is a good communicator for your phone indoors but outdoors would be a different scenario. Sources of noise such as other people talking or even a breeze can decrease the clarity of audio picked up by the microphone.
Charging and Playtime
I was able to use the LAVI X for 5 hours straight at maximum volume which is pretty impressive. That’s close to the 6-hour playtime it offers if you use a lower volume I guess. Charging the LAVI X using a 0.15A 5V charger took me approximately 4 hours to charge both ear buds simultaneously using the provided charging cable. Using a fast charger should speed up the charging process but could also lead to added heat to the device.
Now let’s wrap up this review on the last page.