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xFyro Aria True Wireless Earbuds Review

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Can the xFyro Aria true wireless earbuds really compare to reputable brands or are over marketed?

Update: We got contacted by xFyro after the first review due to low battery life in our testing. They sent us a new version that improved the battery life. We got slightly over 5 hours per charge (before only 3h) which is still not close to the 8 hour promise but comparable to what’s on the market.

Probably the most recognized crowd-funded true wireless earbuds, the xFyro Aria make a lot of promises.

Like the 8-hours battery per charge, plus 24 hours more in the carrying case is the best in class. Even premium true wireless headphones costing more can’t compare.

Featuring Bluetooth 5.0 for a stable and distortion-free experience.

Fully waterproof with the IP67 rating which means you can dip them in the water safely.

Connect to multiple devices, enjoy the speed of quick charging, durable and comfortable design, and clear hands-free calling experience.

But is all of it true? Or just a marketing over-promise?

Find out the truth in this xFyro Aria earbuds review as we take a look at all of the categories.

Click here to check them on the official site.

  • Enjoyable, balanced audio quality
  • Great fit that stays in
  • Fully waterproof IP67
  • Sleek, ergonomic design
  • Nice magnetic charging/carrying case
  • Affordable price (for early supporters, around $100)
  • Quick charging works, but battery capacity is lower
  • Over-promised battery life but still decent at 5h
  • Some connectivity issues
  • Push-in controls can be annoying
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    What’s in the Box?

    xFyro Aria true wireless earbuds unboxed
    • xFyro Aria true wireless earbuds
    • Magnetic charging and carrying case
    • 3 pairs of silicone eartips
    • 2 pairs of ear wings
    • Micro-USB charging cable
    • User manual

    Comfort & Fit

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    Getting a comfortable fit with true wireless headphones is tricky, but the Aria do a pretty good job.

    The buds are quite big but tend to stick in the ears well.

    You can easily use them for running and working out without worrying about dropping them.

    The earwings and lightweight design do a good job of keeping them in place.

    Now when it comes to comfort, things aren’t so great. The xFyro Aria are comfortable earbuds but not among the best in class.

    Once you get the right fit for your ears, you can wear them for hours without much discomfort, but you’ll always know you’re wearing them.

    It’s hard to forget about them because you’ll feel some pressure at all times.

    Also, the right and left ear buds have visible markings on them, so you always know which side fits where.

    Overall, the comfort is pretty good and doesn’t suffer from significant problems but isn’t the best you can get.

    Noise Cancelling

    Usually, we write about noise cancelling for headphones that actually have it.

    That’s not the case with xFyro Aria, but we have to clear some things up.

    On their official website they are claiming that these have noise cancellation but what they actually mean is passive noise isolation. For the real thing, see best noise cancelling earbuds.

    The difference between the noise cancelling vs. noise isolating headphones.

    There’s no active noise cancelling in the xFyro Aria, except for the microphone CVC technology.

    But CVC works only for the mics and not earbuds.

    So, in case you were misled by their marketing. Now you know the difference.

    xFyro Aria buds
    Passive noise isolation is good and will block out most ambient noise.

    Noise Isolation

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    So, we’ve cleared up the fact the Arias are not noise cancelling, but their passive noise isolation is pretty good.

    Like it’s usual for in-ear headphones they will block most of the background noise so you can enjoy your music in private.

    There’s almost no noise leaking outside and inside so you can happily blast your music knowing others can’t hear you.

    Now, keep in mind to get the right eartips. It’s crucial to use the tips that fit your ears. Without them, you’ll only get mediocre isolation.

    Bluetooth

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    The xFyro true wireless buds feature the latest Bluetooth 5.0 which supposedly comes with many upgraded features.

    Like extended battery life, better connectivity and safety and even longer range, this all sounds good on paper, but the reality isn’t “that much upgraded.”

    First, the Bluetooth range is only slightly improved from the standard 33ft to supposedly 35ft. We didn’t really test it because it wouldn’t make a big difference.

    You should expect the standard 30 something feet of uninterrupted range without obstacles.

    When you introduce walls, the xFyro Aria do well. The connection doesn’t get interrupted or distorted, as long as it’s just one wall of normal thickness. Multiple walls become a problem for all Bluetooth devices.

    Are they easy to connect?

    Connecting the Arias is super easy. Once the initial connection is established, the steps are in the user manual, you can easily turn off and disconnect the buds by placing them in the charging case (it has to be in charging mode).

    Similarly, once you want to use them, just take them out of the case, and they’ll automatically connect and pair (even if the case is turned off).

    It’s a good user experience once you figure it out and works as advertised.

    In spite of that, we did experience interference and distortion during our tests. The distortion appeared to come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason.

    While the buds never completely disconnected the occasional interruptions do take away from the overall impression. Might have been just our model, but it’s hard to say.

    What about Bluetooth codecs?

    Probably to save some money, they don’t support any special Bluetooth codecs as manufacturers have to pay royalties to use those.

    Nonetheless, a good codec is preferable but not a big problem.

    Battery

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    Now the supposedly best advantage xFyro Aria have over the competition.

    The promised 8-hour battery life on one charge is comparable to non-true wireless earphones, and it absolutely destroys the competition.

    If only it were true.

    The battery in xFyro Aria true wireless headphones doesn’t last up to 8 hours (for an average user).

    We didn’t even get to half that.

    Testing the second pair we got a better battery performance that almost fulfills the promises.

    xFyro Aria charging case
    The charging case is sleek and feels premium.

    So, we tested the battery. Got the buds to 100% battery life and went on a listening spree.

    We tested for multiple straight hours at mostly half volume—sometimes a bit more or a bit less.

    During the listening session, we tested mostly inside but went on a 1-hour walk outside. True, extreme temperatures have an impact on battery capacity, but it was well above freezing temperatures (tested in February initially and April the second time).

    It shouldn’t have a big impact on the battery.

    We got roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes out of both earbuds.

    The second (improved) buds delivered slightly over 5 hours of music per charge.

    Nonetheless, at 30% voice prompt started saying “low battery, please charge” every few seconds. It’s super annoying and makes listening for the last 30% unlistenable. They should fix this.

    We got to 30% after (less than 3 hours) about 5 hours. Now if they remove the annoying “low battery” voice prompt, they could easily claim 5-hour battery life.

    Moreover, after a couple more minutes the music stopped playing, and the right ear bud turned off and disconnected.

    The left ear bud stayed connected and showed 60% battery life. It “survived” for 40 minutes more until it shut down automatically.

    Listening to just one earbud isn’t much fun. I’d rather just turn on my cheap Bluetooth speaker and use that.

    So, in the end, you shouldn’t expect more than 5 hours of battery life from a full charge of the true wireless xFyro Aria.

    Sure, you can probably get a better battery if you listen at the lowest possible volume, but that’s not how people use earbuds.

    If you blast them at max volume, you’ll get even less out of them. It’s disappointing but not a huge deal since it compares to other premium true wireless buds.

    Remember the: “If something is too good to be true, it probably is.” It holds true in this case.

    xFyro Aria carrying case
    xFyro Aria buds come with a sturdy carrying/charging case.

    Durability

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    Now when you take the xFyro true wireless headphones into your hands, they feel like a premium product.

    Well designed and put together. No complaints here.

    You could be paying $300 for them and be happy.

    So, just like with the over-promised battery we tested the durability.

    The manufacturer claims IP67 rating which is equivalent to IPX7. It means you can put them underwater, more on IPX rating here.

    On the official site, you can see a nice picture of the xFyro Aria earbuds thrown into a glass of water.

    So, we decided to do the same thing.

    xFyro Aria true wireless earbuds in a glass of water
    The xFyro Aria survived the dip in the glass of water.

    You can do the same, you probably won’t make the same dramatic picture, but you’ll see water doesn’t harm them.

    The true wireless earbuds seem to be perfectly waterproof which makes them great for any water activity or sports. Check more waterproof Bluetooth headphones.

    But there’s more misinformation here.

    On their official website, you can see a picture of a swimmer implying these are suitable for swimming.

    They’re not, because they use Bluetooth which stops working when underwater. You’d get constant signal interruptions and distortion during a swim (unless you keep your head above water at all times).

    All in all, the xFyro earbuds do well in the build-quality and water-resistance category. You can easily use them for sports.

    Features

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    One of the standard features of the true wireless buds is built-in controls.

    In the case of xFyro Arias, the buttons are clickable and not tap-able. This gives good user feedback but also pushes the earbud deeper inside the ear canal. It can be uncomfortable and usually is.

    Both earbuds have 1 button, and you can control the usual features with the combination of both, like; play/pause, skip/previous, volume up/down, accept/reject/end calls, activate Siri or Google Assistant and turn on/off and connecting features.

    Additionally, each earbud comes with a LED indicator that tells you the activity. Are they pairing, are they charging or turned off. Taking a look at the light will answer the question.

    What about the microphone?

    Finally, how is the built-in mic quality? Well, it isn’t the best.

    Sure it features a CVC noise cancellation technology and supposedly offers a clear hands-free experience, but we got more complaints than usual.

    Most people often repeated they didn’t understand us and that the voice quality isn’t that good. Generally, it’s worse than just using your smartphone—most people will know you’re using earbuds.

    Accessories

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great
    xFyro Aria true wireless earbuds accessories
    All the accessories of the xFyro Aria true wireless earbuds.

    The only thing worth mentioning here is the sleek carrying case.

    It keeps closed magnetically and feels like a part of a premium product.

    The buds fit inside nicely, held in with a magnet, and you’ll have no problem using it as the charging station and carrying case.

    Sound

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    The sound quality of the xFyro Aria is good considering these are true wireless earbuds.

    The sound signature comes across as balanced and pretty clear. This makes it perfect for all genres of music, be it rock, classical or pop.

    An average user will be more than satisfied with them.

    That said, for an audiophile, it’s nothing special. You might hear some harshness (sibilance) and slight lack of details in the treble (for some songs), and generally, there isn’t much precision to the music.

    The bass can be quite deep if you get the right fit, but it’s usually more balanced with the other ranges, which is a good thing.

    Furthermore, soundstage is kind of private. All is happening inside your head which is the standard for this type of headphones.

    Overall, all of the ranges are lacking in some department since these aren’t audiophile headphones.

    Nonetheless, the audio quality is enjoyable and will satisfy most people looking for good sounding true wireless earphones. And, you shouldn’t be discouraged from buying them simply because they aren’t perfect.

    xFyro Aria true wireless ear buds
    A balanced sound signature will satisfy most users.

    Summary

    The xFyro Aria are decent true wireless earbuds that attract with good features and affordable price.

    And while the headphones look fantastic on paper (with big promises), they’re less exciting in real life.

    There’s nothing majorly wrong with them, they’re actually decent headphones but due to questionable marketing decisions makes them harder to recommend.

    The over promoted and over promised features that aren’t reality leave a bad taste in your mouth.

    Get them for around $100 if possible and don’t pay the full price and make sure to lower your expectations, according to our review, to not end up disappointed.

    Check them out on the official xFyro website.

    What are the alternatives?

    Best true wireless earbuds under $100

    Best cheap earbuds

    Specifications

    Type: True wireless
    Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Back design: Closed-back
    Drivers: 16mm
    Frequency range: n/a
    Impedance: n/a
    Weight: 10-11g both buds
    Mic & Controls: Yes
    Water resistance: IP67
    Battery life: 5h per charge (promised 8 hours)
    Charging time: 2h – Micro-USB
    Active noise cancelling: No
    Bluetooth codecs: n/a
    Wireless range: 33ft (10m)
    Microphone: Built-in
    8 Comments
    1. My personal experience is that the bass is lacking in a big way. Use them for TV that’s all. Embarrassing to buy and get something that does not live up to the sound hype. O, yeah, no volume control. UGGH Unbelievable. The Bose soundsport provides considerably more accurate sound and is a lot more comfortable to wear. Can wear them all day. These, no so much an hour and my ear aches.

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      1. With comply eartips, I find the bass exceptional. Double tap right volume up, same left volume down. I love these babies.

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    2. There is something major missing from your review. Go on the indiegogo page’s comments and you will see reams of backers who are very very unhappy.

      The reason is how long they are taking to deliver them and the total lack of information for backers beyond “ask us again next month”. The earbuds look nice but the company is very badly run and no earbuds are worth waiting 10 months for…! I’ve been waiting for 6 months for something that was supposed to be shipped in 2.. and there is no delivery date in view!

      Buy from someone else instead

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    3. I’m one of the backers. Waiting since Nov18. Have you guys manage to get refund from this project? I got in contact with them and they claim to only do 90% refund due to Indiegogo fees.
      Please help.

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    4. In your review you state “You can connect to your smartphone to accept phone calls while listening to videos on your tablet or any other combination. It’s a useful feature.” How? This was one of the main advertised features that sold me on these? I cannot connect to more than one device without first turning off bluetooth from the current connected device and then manually connecting on another. Am I missing something?
      And yes, the mic is BAD. Also I can’t hear myself, it would be great if my voice was fed into the earbuds so that I don’t yell.

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    5. I’ve been dealing with the company for nearly 3 months now regarding a purchase of their xs2 earbuds. I received a good product that sounded great for two days. When one bud stopped working (Left bud wouldn’t turn on nor will it charge). I contacted the company and explained in detail what was happening, what I was doing prior to the problem, and what TS steps I have taken (including a hard reset). It took days before they responded. Their response was to complete some TS steps (the ones I just completed and outlined in original trouble ticket) and respond. I explained the steps were already completed, so now I have to wait for them to respond to that email.

      So, I took to their FB page where they challenged me because I said they didn’t have a return policy. They did have a .jpg or .png that said 30 day returns no questions asked, but no page explaining how to make a return (i.e. no return policy). I was then contacted by Justin at xFyro and he said that they would send me postage to send the defective earbuds to them. He immediately rescinded that offer after finding out that I responded to their FB challenge. They deleted my posts and blocked me from commenting or posting on their page because I was “rude.”

      They said they would refund me if I sent the product back to them, but I would have to pay for the postage. So, since I was in the area, I drove to the address to which I was to return the item. They refused to accept the return because I wasn’t an authorized carrier. So, I called my bank and explained the problem. My bank processed a refund and told me to hold on to the defective earbuds. They now occupy a space on a shelf in case xFyro sends me postage for me to return them.

      Now, xFyro won’t stop emailing me regarding the return. I have told them they had a chance to receive the item, but refused. I have also told them if they send postage, I will send the product. I have no use for their defective gear.

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    6. Hi I have some issues with these buds, apart from the fact I was waiting for 10 months, I find they perform well sound quality is excellent and I’ve had no problem with the battery life, however, I wear them mainly for fitness training, they perform well in the gym but when I’m running after about 20 minutes when they get warm and the wings become softer they start to fall out, this becomes very annoying if you have to keep stopping to put them back in, not sure how this could be solved but I’d not recommend them for running

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    7. Sadly, I made the investment in the xFryo Aria earbuds. I must say the manufacture quality is significantly inferior. The charging case, especially the spring-loaded pins in that case, are not durable at all – failing in service after only very light usage. When I contacted xFryo for guidance, I got NO RESPONSE for months. I mean really — except that I continued to get bombarded with their emails to buy more products.
      After nearly 7 months, I finally heard from them. They dragged the dialog out, asking for pictures and narratives of my issues, until finally saying “oh, sorry, you are out of warranty”. Which I was not when I first contacted them.
      VERY poorly supported. They did offer me a deep discount to buy more (33%) which is an awful deal since I could get 50% off today at their web site.
      All in, I would NEVER buy anything from these crooks again. And I was a sponsor on Kickstarter. Odd how *they* can take over a year to deliver a promised product, missing date after date, but they hide behind their poor service model and the expiration of the 1-year warranty on a manufacturing defect. Very poor form.
      I bought Sony XMs to replace these. Real noise cancelling, amazing sound, and a name you can trust.
      xFryo — you are not a good company.
      So now, I ramp up the sharing experience on the review circuit. Everyone should beware, never buy xFryo!

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