Tranya T20 Wireless Earbuds
Tranya T20 Wireless Earbuds
What we like
With the T20, Tranya shipped a compact, attractive pair of earbuds that deliver a lot of value for their $69.99 price tag ($39.99 on Amazon). Start with a fully waterproof rating of IPX7. And for connectivity, they use Bluetooth 5.2, which is the latest version, offering expanded range and improved compression. They support AAC, Apple’s default for sound compression and SBC. The shiny black earbuds play for up to 8 hours on a single charge., which is 3 hours more than Apple’s basic AirPods.
In other Apple’s 2nd Generation Airpods comparisons, the T20’s features set looks pretty heady against Apple’s Bluetooth 5.0 and lack of waterproofing. Of course, Tranya doesn’t fit into the Apple ecosystem like the Airpods do. Being in Apple’s ecosystem is choice buyers need to make, and it comes with an Apple price tag.
The Tranya T20 soundscape
The 6mm graphene-coated dynamic drivers aren’t the largest in this device class, but they prove adequate for delivering expansive sound.
The T20 soundstage is uncontrived—feeling like sound painted against an extension of shared experience.
You can’t find more diverse openings than The Who’s Baba O’Reilly and Avril Lavigne’s Sk8tr Boy. The T20s handled the tinkling synths just as well as the grinding picks ripped down steel strings. From the firmly tapped opening piano of Hamilton’s It’s Quiet Uptown to the chorus reflecting on the aging Hamilton, every note rang true; every voice found its place, every harmony a crisp compilation, never a muddle. The T20s pulled the opening vibrato chords of Dido’s White Flag from right to left like an acoustic version of quantum entanglement.
The T20s make your head seem somehow larger. Your ears reach for auditory reverberations beyond the edges of anything physically attached to your body or even in spatial proximity.
Those who listen to EDM or other bass-heavy sounds will want to switch on Bass Boost mode. In addition, gamers will appreciate a special low-latency game mode that keeps the T20s synchronized to the action.
The T20s also handled every video feed I pumped through their diminutive aural orifices with clarity and crispness.
While the T20s don’t include Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), they do fit snuggly for respectable noise isolation. The package comes with six different sizes and thicknesses of ear tips. The T20s also support single-mode, which splits sound across the earbuds for a shared experience.
Tranya included four microphones for clear calls.
The on-device controls on the T20s come from tappable areas on each earbud. Since there is no standard for earbud taps, owners will need to remember how many taps or taps and holds they need to do something. Switching between normal listening and bass mode, for instance, requires five taps. If the T20s are secondary listening devices, owners may need to pull out the documentation when they put them in service to refresh their memory around tap quantity and associated actions.
The small 2.48 x 1.04 x 0.18-inch case easily tucks into pockets or the nook of a bag or purse. A USB-C charging port supports fast charging. A fully charged case delivers 32 hours of extra playtime from its 500 mAh battery.
We buy headphones and earbuds for the sound. The Tranya T20s simply sound great. The T20s work with Android and iOS.
What could be improved
As always, it’s hard to suggest improvements on a $40 pair of earbuds. The T20s don’t include motion sensing or active noise cancelation, but at this price point, why should they? Lower-end devices will include those features when the technology gets even cheaper, but we aren’t there yet.
Tranya also didn’t include wireless charging, but that’s fine too. The fast-charging USB-C connection is commonly available and faster than wireless.
Despite implementing Bluetooth 5.2, Tranya deferred to the older SBC codec rather than its successor LC3, part of the Bluetooth 5.2 core specification.
The all-black, unlabeled case I received didn’t come with the Tranya name emblazoned across it, so a missed marketing opportunity, at minimum.
Tranya T20: The Bottom Line
You can’t ask much more from true wireless headsets than the Tranya T20s deliver at a budget price. The Tranya T20s look great, fit well, and, most importantly, provide excellent sound at a reasonable price. Keep any concerns about missing features in perspective, considering the price. Those who buy the Tranya T20s as a backup may well find themselves donning the glossy black earbuds even when they haven’t lost their more expensive rivals.
Tranya provided the Tranya T20s for review. Images courtesy of Tranya.
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