Creative Outlier One Review | Sport Wireless IEM
Today we will be reviewing the Creative Outlier One, a wireless sport Bluetooth IEM. It has IPX4 rating, sweatproof and minor water resistance, thus washable after long hours in the gym. The package is complete with a soft carrying pouch, 2 additional size ear tips, 3 pair earfins (2 fins and 1 rounded), cable management and usb cable for charging.
The earfin does work if you’re doing high aggressive sport movement like running. If you don’t intend to use the the earfins, no worries it still locks in place because the tube diagonal width is wider than most sport bluetooth in the market meaning it fits fully in the ear for a better grip and sound isolation. The Sound isolation is superb. The ear tubes are slightly angled (roughly 45 degrees angle) to fit in your ear comfortably.
I wish it came with a better cable management solution as the clip provided, hold the cable in place but does dangle around a little. They should opt like how Jaybird does it, where it shortens the cable for better comfort during sport activities.
The control center house the mic, charging port and the button control (call,media playback, volume rocker). The button has tactile surface to help identify each button, pressing them has a nice feeling tactile feedback. Build quality is good, the overall look is modern with all black matte finish with the brush metal finish on the exterior bit.
For battery life we test it on the iPhone 6 by maxing the volume on the IEM first and set the volume on the smartphone to 3rd volume bar, which is loud enough lasted us 10 hours and 10 minutes which way more than the rated 9 hours and 30 minutes. The Bluetooth range is good up to 12 meter line of sight. Microphone sounds good no muffling sounds.
- Weight: 15g (0.5oz)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20,000Hz
- Cable Length: 0.5m (1.64ft)
- Driver: 6mm (0.23 inches) Neodymium magnet
- Microphones: Omni-directional, Frequency Response: 100 Hz ~ 10 kHz, Sensitivity (1 kHz): -42 dBV / Pa
- Charging Time: 2 to 3 hours
- Connector: Bluetooth 4.1
- Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth) v1.2, AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control) v1.4, HFP (Hands-free profile) v1.6
- Audio Codec: SBC
- Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
- Weather-proof Resistant: IPX4 (IEC60529)
Tiaan – Be OK
Low bass frequency is very energetic (in term of air pressure) and punchy even at lower volume. Zero distortion and no ear fatigue after long hearing sessions. Bass fade smoothly despite hearing at lower volume.
Pia Mia – Do It Again
Similar to the previous where the bass deosn’t eat into the vocals. Bass fade smoothly especially with the snare effect. Well bodied can you can feel the energy (pressure).
Ed Sheeran – Touch and go
Guitar tone sounds excellent as each note vibration can be heard clearly, vocals performs well not muffled sounding.
Violinder – Raindrops
Piano/Violin is good at the high frequency, adequate sharpness at the 1.35 mark. However the Bass/Drums overpowers the Piano/Violin tone. Common for a sport IEM that emphasize bass more.
In summary, it performs well throughout the range but its stronghold is from the low bass frequency to the mid frequency region. It can rival the famous and more expensive Jaybird X2 / X3 with slightly better bass pressure and good mids at the faction of the price.
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