Status Audio BT Transfer Review
Quality wireless earbuds for sports with a high-quality, balanced sound.
Overall score: 3.7 out of 5 points.
BT Transfer are dependable wireless Bluetooth earbuds for sports with a perfect fit, decent technology, and above all, a high-quality sound that’s rare for their type.
These are clearly workout earbuds since you get a wide selection of ear wings. 8 altogether, 2 types in 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL). They stick in ears like glue, even for the most extreme exercise.
While the charging technology isn’t the latest, Micro-USB charging takes only around 1.5 hours and lasts up to 8 hours. But we got about 7 hours out of them, still solid battery performance.
But what really stands out with the BT Transfer is their audio quality. Dual-driver design produces a highly balanced sound signature that’s clear, detailed, and bassy at the right times.
And, you don’t have to break the bank to make them yours. They cost under $70, which makes them one of the more affordable wireless workout earbuds.
PROS & CONS
- Great balanced sound quality with a dual-driver design
- Stable fit for vigorous exercise
- 8 different ear wings & 3 ear tips
- aptX support
- IPX5 sweatproof and water-resistant
- Big, user-friendly controls
- The rubbery cable might pull against the skin
- Hissing sound due to Bluetooth
- Micro-USB charging is outdated
If you’re looking for a great balanced sound in sports headphones, then consider the Status Audio BT Transfer.
Type: in-ear headphones
Connection: Wireless Bluetooth 5.0
Driver size: 9mm dynamic + balanced armature driver
Frequency range: 20Hz – 40,000Hz
Impedance: 16 ohm
Cable length: 1.8 ft (56cm from bud to bud)
Microphone & Controls: Yes (in-line)
Water-protection: Yes, IPX5
Battery life: around 7-8h
Charging time: 1.5h
Active noise-cancelling: No
Charging cable: Micro-USB
Bluetooth codecs: SBC, aptX
Wireless range: 33ft (10m)
Type: In-line microphone
Mic design: n/a
What’s in the Box?
- Status Audio BT Transfer wireless earbuds
- 8 pairs of ear wings (2 types in 4 sizes)
- 3 pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- Hard, zipper carrying case
- Cable clip
- Cable cinch
- Micro-USB charging cable
- User manual
Comfort & Fit – 4/5 Great
How comfortable are BT Transfer earbuds?
With a wide selection of ear wings, you’re sure to find a fit that works for you. They stick in ears great and don’t budge even at fast movement. And, due to their lightweight design you barely feel them on. Generally great for sports and activity, and would be perfect if not for the cable.
To be honest, the first time I tried them, they didn’t fit that well. The right side would frequently lose stability and fall out.
But that’s because I didn’t try any of the silicone ear wings you get in the package.
There are 8 of them, and the “sports” version is the best for stability.
Changing the ear wings that actually fit your ears will ensure you get a stable pair of workout earbuds.
You can run, jump, or lift weights, the buds stay put.
Plus, they feel quite comfortable doing that. The weight is minimal, so they don’t pull down, and the tips are correctly angled, so they don’t irritate your skin.
And, when you’re done, you can carry them around your neck like a necklace thanks to magnetic earbuds.
But there’s an annoying problem…
The only thing that takes points away from the fit is the rubbery cable.
When it comes in contact with your skin, it tugs and pulls on it, which is annoying.
In some cases, when you move your head to look to the side, the behind-the-back cable pulls so strongly, the earbuds fall out.
Thankfully, they give you a cable cinch to manage the problem better, but you always have to keep in mind the cable is kind of a problem.
Noise Isolation – 3.5/5 Almost Great
How effective is noise isolation?
Like with other in-ear headphones, passive noise isolation is above average. They block a lot of the ambient noise and let you focus on doing your thing.
While these aren’t amazing at passively blocking unwanted noise, they’re solid with the right ear tips.
You can easily take them to the gym, and you’ll be protected from most of the annoying gym music.
And, if you choose smaller ear tips, you can let in more noise if that’s what you want (usually for security).
Cable noise is not a problem.
Wind noise – since earbuds protrude out of the ears a bit, they make noise in windy situations.
Bluetooth – 3.5/5 Almost Great
How strong is wireless connectivity?
With Bluetooth 5.0, you get the standard performance.
We tested the connection with walls, and it works fine over 1 wall, but starts disrupting over 2.
So, keep in mind if you have many walls at home, you need to have your smartphone close nearby.
Nonetheless, the reliable range is around standard 33ft (10m) even though they claim it’s 50ft (15 meters). Also, occasionally you might get short disruptions of the signal without any reason, but it’s rare and not really a problem.
Is there a delay when watching video?
Since these are wireless Bluetooth earbuds, they have some delay compared to wired headphones, but it’s not bothersome. Probably you won’t even notice it.
What Bluetooth codecs do they support?
The basic SBC but also aptX.
If you have an aptX compatible device (most Android smartphones), you’ll get a higher bitrate, which means better sound quality, and shorter video delay.
It’s not a noticeable difference, but it’s good to know it’s an option.
Battery – 3.5/5 Almost Great
What’s the battery life in BT Transfer?
Solid battery performance that’s not the worst or the best. It’s about average, which isn’t such a huge disappointment considering the price.
BT Transfer still use the old Micro USB charging but do it in a timely manner, around 1.5 hours for a full charge.
Now, they promise the battery lasts 8 hours, which might be true in some cases, but you should expect more around 7. It depends on the volume, higher volume will empty the battery sooner.
Even so, 7 hours is plenty of time for a couple of workouts, a marathon, or a long hiking trip.
Durability – 4/5 Great
How’s the durability?
BT Transfer might look like simple wireless earbuds with metal casing, but they also have solid weak point reinforcement, sturdy remote control module, and IPX5 water protection.
You can’t sell workout headphones without water resistance, so these come with IPX5, which is quite decent.
You can wash them under tap water but can’t submerge them. This also makes them fully sweatproof.
Moreover, they seem well-built from quality plastics and silicone. The weak points are reinforced, and the in-line module is thick with big buttons.
Now, they look like simple earbuds, but simplicity probably makes them more durable than other way around.
Features- 3.5/5 almost Great
The only features of BT Transfer are the in-line microphone and controls. Plus, a voice assistant integration.
These wireless sports earbuds cost a somewhat basic price and come with basic features.
Holding phone calls, having controls for adjusting music, and voice assistant support are basic features.
Nonetheless, they work well. The remote buttons are straightforward to use because you can distinguish what button you’re touching from big, bulging signs. It makes it much easier.
How is the call quality?
The Bluetooth earbuds feature cVc 6.0 noise cancelling microphone, but that doesn’t mean it’s usable in loud places.
You can have normal phone calls in most situations, and the person on the other side won’t know you’re using a headset.
Quick tip: To active voice assistant, double-tap the middle (O) button and say your command.
You get 8 different ear wings and 3 silicone eartips, as mentioned before.
There are 2 types, one for “comfort” and the other for “sports.” The Sports ones are a bit bigger and seem to make more contact with your ears.
It helps stability but might irritate your skin a bit more. Though we didn’t really have the problem.
In addition, you get a cable cinch and clip for easier wire management.
Apart from that, you also get a nice, rectangular carrying case with a zipper. You can store your Bluetooth earbuds with the charging cable and all the accessories if need be.
Sound – 4/5 Great
How is the sound quality?
Sound is the best advantage of BT Transfer for people who prefer a balanced signature (audiophiles). The dual-driver design produces clarity, detail, and the right amount of bass. Considering the price, it’s hard to get the same natural sound in other sports headphones.
Status Audio is known for its balanced audio, and these are no different.
While most workout earbuds are bass-emphasized, these offer a different experience closer to the original.
They’re suitable for all music genres, including classical, jazz, and other non-bassy types.
Nonetheless, you’ll hear punchy bass with modern music as well, though won’t go as deep as with bass-heavy earbuds like PowerBeats Pro.
A quick tip: To get better bass use bigger size of eartips or switch over to memory-foam type (they’re the best).
Similarly to other in-ear monitors, soundstage is intimate, open-ear headphones still win in this regard.
The earphones can get quite loud and don’t become harsh in the treble, but you shouldn’t do that since you can damage your hearing.
In general, sibilance isn’t a problem either, and the music stays clear and detailed. They really sound like they cost more money.
But there’s a problem so common in Bluetooth earbuds…
You can hear a silent hissing sound when the headphones are connected. It stops eventually but comes back when you play music.
And while it’s not bothersome with most music, it does bother when listening to calm classical music. You can probably overlook it if you’re not an audiophile, but it’s not perfect.
Also, it’s not a problem of BT Transfer per see but a Bluetooth problem (many other models suffer from this too).
Why Buy Status Audio BT Transfer?
If you like natural-sounding music, then BT transfer are one of your better options for working out or casual use.
They’re well-built and come from a reputable company.
And since you’re not paying a premium price, you can’t expect the latest technology and premium features like EQ apps that more expensive earbuds offer.
These are made for audibly demanding users who don’t care about having the latest and best technology but don’t want to settle for cheap earbuds either.
They’re an in-between point for users with specific sound tastes.
But if you like emphasized bass, avoid these as you’ll probably the bass lacking.
For solid wireless workout earbuds with a balanced sound signature, BT Transfer are one of the best choices without breaking the bank.
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