Status Audio BT Structure Review - $80 Earbuds Worth It?
One of the rare dual-driver wireless earbuds with ear hooks that sound good but come with faults.
Status Audio BT Structure are ear hook headphones with dual drivers made for working out.
And while sound quality is better than with competition, it has its problems. Due to Bluetooth, there is a constant white noise that you can hear when listening to calmer music like classical.
The ear hooks are superb at keeping them in the ears, but after prolonged use (1h+), the eartips become slightly irritating for the ears.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for high audio quality in sports headphones with ear hooks, then they’re one of the best choices right now. More on it below.
PROS & CONS
- Quality sound with dual driver design
- Long battery life with 10 hours+
- aptX Bluetooth codec support
- Stable for all types of sports
- IPX5 waterproof rating
- Constant white noise in the background
- They get uncomfortable after an hour or so
Check the current price of the Status Audio BT Structure below.
Type: In-ear headphones
Connection: Wireless Bluetooth
Driver size: 9mm dynamic driver + balanced armature
Frequency range: n/a
Weight: 0.05lbs (24g)
Cable length: 0.4inches (57cm) between the buds
Microphone & controls: Yes (in-line)
Water-protection: Yes, IPX5
Battery life: Up to 12h, closer to around 10h on average
Charging time: Under 2h
Active noise-cancelling: No
Charging cable: Micro-USB
Bluetooth codecs: SBC, aptX
Wireless range: 33ft (10m)
Mic design: n/a
What’s in the Box?
- Status Audio BT Structure
- 4 pairs of silicone eartips
- 3 pairs of silicone ear hooks
- Short micro-USB charging cable
- Shirt clip
- Hard carrying case with a zipper
- User manual
Comfort & Fit – 3/5 Good
Status Audio BT Structure come with silicone ear hooks that keep the wireless earphones in place well. But the ear wings, that help with stability, create a tingling sensation after some time.
Stability is great for all types of sports as long as it doesn’t take too long because the wings tend to irritate the skin.
If you need earbuds for a shorter run under 1 hour or an hour of climbing on a rock wall, then these are great. For anything that takes longer, you should get comfier headphones.
Potentially you can remove the wings and use them without, but stability and noise isolation will suffer.
The earbuds themselves aren’t uncomfortable, but the size of the ear wings and hooks keep reminding you, you’re wearing something.
Noise Isolation – 4/5 Great
Passive noise isolation is above average, even for in-ear headphones. The ear wings combined with eartips block a good amount of background sounds.
In-ear earbuds are usually good at blocking noise, and Status Audio BT Structure are no different.
With the proper size of ear wings that fit your ear shape, you can isolate against unwanted distractions.
It helps with the audio quality, too, though you have to be careful if you use them in traffic when you need awareness.
Another thing worth noting is a slight cable noise. If the cable behind your neck flaps around you can hear it. To fix the problem, use the cable clip that’s included in the box.
Bluetooth – 4/5 Great
You get the latest Bluetooth 5.0 with typical performance, around 30ft of range, and reliable performance.
While it’s marketed, the wireless earphones are capable of 15 meters of range (45 ft). We haven’t noticed any difference. The buds start distorting at the usual 30 ft range.
Also, putting between 2 walls will make it impossible to listen to music due to the constant interruption of the signal.
Apart from that, Bluetooth works like it’s supposed to. No problems when you keep your smartphone close nearby.
Is there an audio delay when watching videos?
No, you can watch YouTube in comfort without the annoying feeling of late audio.
Additionally, the wireless earbuds support aptX codec for faster transmission of data over Bluetooth, if your device supports it too (only Android).
Battery – 4.5/5 Almost Perfect
Battery life is superb with comfortably over 10 hours of playtime per charge. That’s many workouts, and probably longer then you’d want to listen.
You charge them with micro-USB cable, which is the old standard, but it doesn’t take that long. In under 2 hours, they charge fully. If they supported USB-C, they’d get a perfect score.
Once the battery gets lower there’s a man’s voice prompt reminding you about it. After 20 or so minutes, they finally die out.
Durability – 4/5 Great
High-quality materials with IPX5 water protection offer a lot of flexibility. You can use them for extreme sports with ease.
Immediately when you take them in your hands, you’ll notice these are made up of quality. The plastics is sturdy and something you’d expect from premium Bluetooth headphones.
The eartips and wings are silicone, while ear hooks are made of flexible plastics.
Moreover, the cable isn’t the thickest but shouldn’t be the weak point.
Al in all, you can’t find any major weaknesses in the design.
Features – 3.5/5 Almost Great
Status Audio BT Structure come with the usual features: In-line controls and microphone for hands-free calling.
But while the features are basic, they’re done in the right way.
The control buttons are big and easily distinguishable with large protruding marks of “+, o, and -.“
You can change volume, songs, turn them on/off, answer and reject calls, and even call the last number.
And the in-line microphone is better than average. While you won’t have conference calls in a busy street, you can have a normal conversation without the mic reminding you you have low-quality earbuds.
It would be nice if you had equalization options, but for the price point, that’s rare.
- 4 sizes of single-flanged silicone eartips (S, M, L, XL).
- 3 sizes of ear wings (S, M, L)
- Hard zipper carrying case
Sound – 3/5 Good
Dual drivers noticeably improve the frequency response but the noisy wireless connection takes it all away. The earbuds sound good for popular music at louder but are no listenable at lower volumes.
It’s a bit of love and hate relationship. When a lot of focus went to sound quality with double drivers (dynamic driver + balanced armature) and it shows at delivering deep bass without taking away from other ranges, but then disappoints with background noise.
The white noise seems to be the result of the Bluetooth connection. Many wireless headphones suffer from it but usually in the cheaper price ranges.
Listening to classical or jazz is impossible without also hearing the static.
Now considering these are sports earbuds, you probably won’t be playing Bach when running on a treadmill, but for those that do, avoid these.
The way to dodge the white noise is to listen to “louder” songs with beats and lots of singing, the usual popular music. In that case, you won’t hear any difference. That’s also the reason for a higher score then we’d otherwise give.
The earphones have a balanced sound signature with good bass extension. There’s a bit of distortion in highs at higher volumes, but mostly you won’t notice it.
They come off as quite clear and detailed and perfect for all types of music (as long as it’s loud).
Moreover, the soundstage is rather small, as is usual for in-ear headphones.
In the end, if you’re not too fussy about static noise at low volumes because you always blast it higher, then the BT Structure won’t disappoint you with their audio response.
Why Buy Status Audio BT Structure?
Overall rating: 3.7 points (out of 5).
These aren’t perfect, but when it comes to ear hook headphones, they are a unique proposition.
Double drivers offer an improvement in details and clarity, even if just at higher volume, compared to the alternatives.
The fit is super stable, and you get a prolonged battery life with a high build quality at around $80. And if that’s exactly what you’re looking for, then Status Audio BT Structure are a solid choice.
But in case you want the best workout headphones (see here) that can be without ear hooks, look further.
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