July 27, 2021
2.4 x 1.1 x 1.65 in
It’s hard to imagine a pair of true wireless earbuds with active noise-cancelling being this affordable
I’ve been sent a lot of noise-cancelling earbuds to review over the years. It seems with each pair I receive the quality goes up and the price goes down. I expect with production technology being constantly improved, the potential for producing a global product is possible.
The UGREEN HiTune X6 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds are the latest pair I get to enjoy and enjoy I have.
In fact, they have been a solid companion for a long while now as nothing has knocked them off their perch until the Donner Dobuds One won the spot.
UGREEN HiTune X6 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Very affordable active noise cancelling earbuds with battery life and good quality sound
The UGREEN HiTune X6 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds are impressive for the price. Not only for the build quality and batter life but also for the fact that for this budget price they are actually active noise-cancelling, not passive/noise isolation only.
The quick charge of around 10 minutes can give up to 2 more hours of listening which is awesome if you forget to charge things, like I do some times…
I continue to be impressed by these each time I use them. I’ve extended the testing to see if these really are as good as I think. And they are. Other than a touch too much Bass pressure these are incredible value for money and would be my pick for budget ANC earbuds of the year.
- Driver: 10mm Dynamic Driver
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.1 – RTL8773BFE chipset (HSP, HFP, ACRCP, A2DP)
- Microphones: 6 Microphones (3 per ear)
- Battery Life: 6 hours (Single Charge) + 26 Hours (Recharges with Case)
- ANC: Yes – 35db Active Noise Cancellation
- Latency : 50ms
- Audio Codecs: SBC and AAC
- Water Resistance: IPX 5 water resistance rating – good for sweat and light rain
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Charging Port: USB-C
What’s in the Box?
- Instruction Manual
- Charging Care
- True Wireless Earbuds
- S/M/L ear tip options – they come with the medium pre-installed
Stuff I like
- Active Noise Cancelling – active at this price is impressive
- Sound Quality is great
- Good fit that sits well in the ear – comfortable for long listening periods
- 50ms Latency – this is low and helps to ensure no transmission lag in audio
- Battery life – 6 hours full out and up to 26 hours with the charging case
Stuff I like less
- If you’re running or doing intensive cardio maybe not the tightest fit
- Case too big for my pockets but I wouldn’t carry them around in my pocket anyway. I wouldn’t carry any of my wireless earbuds around in their case in my pocket.
UGREEN has been around since 2012 and have a long history of creating great stuff. They are now in 100 countries so if you’ve never heard of them, you have now. They appreciate making good products with great customer care.
The UGREEN X6 are a new unit that take the previous X5 model to the next level without increasing the price.
The market for active noise-cancelling earbuds has only increased in recent years. First, it was the need to avoid the chaos of open-planned offices and noisy commutes on trains, planes and buses. Then with the COVID era, a lot of us need the noise-cancelling to block out noisy home environments, whether that’s flatmates, roomies or family.
The thing that most impresses me about the UGREEN X6 is the quick charge feature where, if you can charge it for 10 minutes you can get up to 2 hours of listening. This is important as I hate showing up to the gym, or pulling them out in the office where I need to focus only to find they are flat.
The 10-minute quick charge gives me all the extra power I need to get through these short hits if I have forgotten to charge things up. Of course, if the case is charged I can get plenty of listening time. Once full charge gives 6 hours of solid listening and you can charge them up in the case up to 26 hours worth.
If you are using them in the office or home then it’s likely you’ll make some calls with these. There are 3 active noise-cancelling microphones in each earbud that act to reduce ambient noise when you’re on calls. Make it much better for the other party.
In my testing, this worked well. My office is a large, wooden, open space that has terrible echo which the X6 managed really well.
Operating each earbud
Each earbud offers tap controls to make things happen.
Actions for both earbuds:
- If you want to change between ANC mode and Normal mode just long press for 1 second
- If you want to active your voice-assistant e.g. Siri or Google or you want to reject an incoming call you can long press for 2 seconds
- A single fast tap will play or pause your music or hang up/answer an incoming call
Actions specific to an earbud
- Turn volume down, just double tap the left earbud. To turn the volume up just double tap to turn the volume up.
- If you triple tap the left earbud it’ll change to the previous track if you’re listening to music, then triple tap on the right ear bud to skip to the next track on the playlist.
- You tap 4 times you will switch from normal mode to Low Latency mode – low latency mode is perfect for gaming and similar apps on your smartphone that need fast audio speeds
The audio drivers are a typical 10mm driver which is really perfect for earbuds this size. It provides plenty of bottom end and punch without excessive size. This is a DLC driver which stands for Diamond-like Carbon. This type of dynamic driver has a tighter, harder sound making it perform better than more traditional dynamic drivers.
There is less unnecessary movement making for a punchier sound signature. Great for music but also good for movies and gaming.
Fit & Comfort
The fit and comfort have improved since the X5. I didn’t own the X5 but the X6 have better and improved ergonomics.
The come with 3 silicon tips, small, medium and large. Like more earbud manufacturers the medium tips are on by default as they’ll fit more people. For me this is true, it’s pretty rare I change the medium tips to anything else.
In saying that make sure you do try the other tips if in doubt. I have had many earbuds where I thought the medium was the right fit but after trying a small or large the fit and sound isolation actually improved. So, don’t be shy on playing around with the options.
I’d have no problems using these in the gym or out cycling, longboarding etc. For running they stayed in no problem but I always feel insecure running with true wireless earbuds in – it’s like they are going to fall out at any time, even though they don’t. These didn’t, but I still get wiggly over such things.
Here’s the quick TIkTok take:
Compatibility & Bluetooth
So, the UGREEN X6 ANC Wireless earbuds do have Bluetooth 5.1 which is awesome in terms of music quality but also connectivity.
These will connect to any source that has Bluetooth connectivity options. I’ve been using my iPhone 12 mini as the main source but also tried them with my MacBook Pro Air. They will also pair with Android or a DAP with Bluetooth. iPads or tablets obviously fit in to this category too.
Bluetooth range seems great. I can leave the office and head to the office kitchenette without any issues of range or dropouts.
The supported audio CODECs are AAC and SBC. You might be familiar with AAC, the default for Apple devices but SBC might be. a newer acronym. SBC stands for Sub-and coding. In an aptX test there was little between the two. SBC can handle audio transfers up to 328kbps and a 44.1kHz sampling rate.
So, how do they sound?
Enough about the statistics and features! How do they sound!
I’m not sure why this is always the last thing I talk about in my reviews but I like to get the ‘specs’ and ‘operating info’ out of the way before detailing the sound signature of earbuds like the UGREEN HiTune X6.
For the price, these sound great. As a budget set of ANC true wireless earbuds with a charging case? Hard to beat for under $50. I don’t like to use the word ‘cheap‘ because for me cheap means poor build quality and poor sound quality. These are neither of these.
Good bass response, made better when you ensure you have a good fit and the right tips. As I say, I used the mediums and they were fine for me. I didn’t have to play with them at all. The medium tips were a good fit and created an immediate and surprisingly comfortable fit.
The bass, especially sub-bass was really impressive as soon as these started playing. It felt faster than I expected and was very full. I had some dance music playing before reviewing them the first time and they just settled into that genre effortlessly. I was really surprised how round and full the bass is.
If you are a bass head, and you’re on a budget, then these are certainly worth a go. Rich and deep and above their price for sure.
If you find the bass a little overwhelming you can unseat the earbuds just slightly to let a little bass escape which might be more enjoyable for some.
The well-presented sound stage meant the mids were not lost in the bass at all. The mids were still present, spacious and enjoyable. Even though they weren’t lost in the bass, there were times I would have liked the bass to sit a little further back to let the mids, especially vocals, shine brighter.
Vocals, guitars, keys all sounded really good. Better than I expected.
Like all budget earbuds with ANC, there was some control on the frequencies that I can only describe as a noise-gate or limiter which kept any loose and wobbly noises getting through.
It’s there. I feel like the mid-treble isn’t as prevalent but the highs are good and match up OK with the mids. There is certainly a decent amount of high-end treble there but I’d be happier for a boost in the mid-treble and to bring the really high frequencies back a tad.
This can be achieved with EQ on your source device. I was still impressed overall that they have presented as much as they have.
ANC – Active Noise Cancelling
The noise-cancelling is very effective without too much effect on the audio performance. Music still sounds good in either normal or ANC modes. It’s better than any other cheap active-noise cancelling I’ve heard at this price point but it’s worth noting the fit of the earbuds is so nice and effective there is also very good natural sound isolation so I was happy to use them without ANC on for the most part.
Dynamic drivers typically have punchy mids and good highs, the DLC 10mm driver in these delivers that.
Summing it up
The bottom line on the UGREEN HiTune X6 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds – a great, affordable ANC unit that will provide plenty of listening hours with its accompanying case and comfortable fit.
Bass lovers will really enjoy more than most and over long listening sessions I found myself eventually becoming worn down by the ongoing deep assault. While some will love this it will also depend on the music you send to these.
Overall the mids and treble impressed me more than I expected and would recommend the UGREEN X6 to anyone looking for an affordable and cheap ANC set of true wireless earbuds.
If you have any questions – fire away in the comments below!
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