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Review + Discount Code – Sudio Tolv True Wireless Earphones: Much Better than the Nivå


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When it comes to wireless audio devices these days, let’s just say that true wireless headphones are the hottest trend right now. They are practical, less bulky and also offer more flexibility. Sudio’s next generation of true wireless headphones, the Sudio Tolv, landed on our hands and we took them out for a ride.

Here’s what you need to know about the Sudio Tolv. We will also be making comparisons between Sudio Tolv and Sudio NivÃ¥, as they are both very similar and come from the same company.

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Also, here is our video review of Sudio Tolv!

Unpacking

Sudio Tolv

Let’s take a look at the packaging first. The Sudio Tolv comes with the iconic Sudio packaging design. It’s elegant, simple and chic at the same time. The front of the package shows a few highlights of the TOLV itself and that’s it.

Sudio Tolv

On the back of the packaging are more highlights of the product. Sudio kept it clean and ruled out any spec lists. This is actually great because the Sudio Tolv is only buyable online and the specification list is already listed on the product page.

Sudio Tolv

Opening the lid reveals the Sudio Tolv itself next to the accessory box.

Sudio Tolv

Inside the accessory box is the user manual with the micro USB cable for charging, as well as the three additional tips in different sizes.

Sudio Tolv

And of course, the real wireless headphones themselves are inside the cradle.

Design

The Sudio Tolv comes in two colors Рeither black like what we saw in our Sudio Niv̴ test here, or white with a rose gold button Рwhich is the one we use to test.

Sudio Tolv

The obvious and most important difference here is the change in the size of the cradle. The Sudio Tolv has a a lot cradle smaller than the Niv̴, while promising to deliver a lot longer battery life Рmore on that later.

Sudio Tolv

The design of the cradle is quite strange to me as it is supposed to lay flat on its back, but the micro USB charging port does. This means the Sudio Tolv can never lie flat and will have to hang over a micro USB cable due to its design. Also, it will block the two battery lights next to the micro USB port, which show the battery level of the cradle on the left and the battery charge status of the headphones on the right.

Especially the left LED which indicates the cradle battery, I think it can be further improved by putting in more LEDs. Now the white / red LED uses these flashes to indicate the cradle battery status:

  • Solid white: 70% to 100% of battery
  • Flashing white: 40% to 70% battery
  • Solid red: 10% to 40% battery
  • Flashing red: 0% to 10% of battery

Sudio Tolv

Opening the cradle reveals the wireless headphones themselves which also have an LED indicator on each of them. These lights indicate several things: the battery charge status of the headphones (again) and the connectivity status.

Sudio Tolv

The headphones from the Sudio Tolv themselves look the same as the Nivå, which I really like. They are lightweight and fit comfortably over the ear without causing any kind of disturbance.

Characteristics

The Sudio Tolv actually got a huge improvement in terms of features over its predecessor. On the box itself, you might have guessed – the Sudio Tolv has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity that allows each earbud to be connected individually. Yes, that means the Sudio Tolv can only be used from one side, which is a big plus compared to its predecessor.

Sudio Tolv

Just like its predecessor, there is also a button on each earbud. Now there are also added features on the two buttons:

  • Press once on each side to play or pause music
  • Double tap the left side to go to the previous track
  • Double tap the right side to skip to the next track

The Sudio Tolv also has a built-in microphone on each side, making it ideal for calls. Plus, since you can wear the Tolv on one side only, it can become a wireless bluetooth headset.

Another major improvement over its predecessor is the lack of nice buttons to turn it on or off. The headphones turn on automatically and vice versa. Brilliant!

Using the Sudio Tolv

As we said before, the birthplace of the Sudio Tolv is very similar in size and weight compared to the Sudio Nivå which we loved. The Tolv comes with a total of 4 different eartip sizes, and I use size number 2 and it fits comfortably.

Sudio Tolv

I find it amazing that when I come down the stairs with a lot of jerking and even when I rock my head rigorously, the headphones are still on.

I can take the headphones off and put them in my ears in seconds. It takes about a few more seconds for the earphones to connect to each other and then to my phone. There’s a nice announcement on either side of what’s going on, and that’s something I appreciate.

Sudio Tolv
No, it’s not the Terminator.

Once I’m done using Sudio Tolv, I just put it back in the cradle and it will automatically turn off the headphones and start charging the headphones.

Listening test

In terms of sound quality, I connected it to my Samsung Galaxy S9. I really like the sound of the Sudio Tolv when compared directly to the previous Sudio Nivå.

The overall sound is just richer overall and sounds much better. I also realized that the bass is a bit more accentuated and the overall volume is louder than before.

This time, I listened to other music like Sing in the rain and it sounded wonderful. Voices were clear at comfortable volumes at around 60% of the volume. The extra headroom here is great because I can turn up the volume if I want to enjoy more powerful bass to pump my energy.

Sudio Tolv

Spine Transistor’s OST also sounded fantastic as the bass sends vibrations through my spine – pun intended. Then there is also We have become, which sounds good with the Tolv.

Of course, with the enhanced bass, the Sudio Tolv can also play pop and EDM very well. Party like it’s your birthday by Studio Killers sound great, and Adventure time by Snape sounds great too.

About the listening test, I also tested the Sudio Tolv with games like PUBG Mobile. Like any other wireless audio device, there is about half a second of delay, which makes it unsuitable for competitive gaming.

Battery life

Sudio claims that the Sudio Tolv can last a total of 7 hours per charge, and the cradle can charge the headphones a total of 7 times.

Thanks to our own tests, the Sudio Tolv can last 7 hours of playing time. And the cradle can also charge the two earbuds for another 4 times, which equals 35 full playing hours.

Sudio Tolv
The LEDs are red while charging.

The headphones themselves take a while to charge, but that’s okay as they’re in your ears or in the cradle anyway, always maintaining a full charge.

Conclusion of the Sudio Tolv review

The best way to wrap up this review is to say this Рthe Tolv has a lot of improvements over the Niv̴ in almost every aspect. The cradle is smaller and has a bigger battery. The earbuds themselves are similar in shape and weight, but they sound wonderful and with longer battery life. The Tolv also rings a lot stronger than its predecessor.

Sudio Tolv

Sudio outdid himself this time around – and for the price of RM549, you will be absolutely gorgeous with the Sudio Tolv in your ears. It might be a little more expensive – but I have a proposal for you.

Sudio Tolv
The travel case is free with the purchase of the Sudio Tolv!

Head over to the Sudio website now and make your purchase – and don’t forget to enter the code NasiLemakTech2019 at checkout to get 15% reduction!

You may also receive a carrying case which is actually quite spacious. Here’s a side comparison with Sudio Tolv’s cradle.

As part of the April 2019 special promotion, you can also get a free travel case and free shipping to all over the world!


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