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Teufel Airy True Wireless review: the perfect headphones for training

Teufel Airy True Wireless
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A few months ago, Teufel introduced the Airy True Wireless. These are the first wireless in-ear headphones from Teufel. I could use the headphones for TechnikNews test generously for a long time and had them in daily use. Here comes my experience report.

Devil-Proproducts with Bluetooth are available here TechnikNews already tested many times. Be it Boomster Go last summer, the Rockster Go almost two years ago or the big one Devil One M. at Products had one thing in common: they completely won over my colleague David with their sound. In the summer/autumn of last year, Teufel also ventured into small TWS Bluetooth headphones, the Teufel Airy True Wireless. One thing in advance: They leave the competition in the shade, especially in terms of sound, but still have significant room for improvement in a few points.

Packaging & scope of delivery

As usual, Teufel delivers this one too Product again in the typical cardboard packaging. There you cut a few Proproduct details, but there is not much more to see. On the side of the packaging it is also stated how the headphones should fit for the best sound. If the attachment does not fit perfectly in the ear, important sound details such as the bass are lost. Among other things, the playback time of 6 hours is mentioned on the underside.

The scope of delivery includes the case for charging and packing the two headphones, attachments in three sizes, a micro-USB cable and a few more pieces of paper. Among other things, a quick start guide is included here. After you have given the foil from the case, you can start.

Processing & design

I was not entirely satisfied with the workmanship of the Teufel Airy True Wireless. Not with the headphones themselves, but with the charging case. That's why I divide the following part into the charging case and the headphones themselves.

charging Case

The high-gloss plastic used makes the charging case very susceptible to scratches and somehow looks “cheap”. This is probably due to the very low weight and the rather poorly processed hinge. The latter has little hold and "hangs" a little when opening and closing. When shaken or overhead, the lid does not open and the earphones remain securely stowed in the case. Anyone who often transports the headphones in a backpack will go crazy with the lint on the case. These tend to stick to the edges and corners, but can easily be wiped away with your finger.

A few scratches have also accumulated over time on the front, where the "Teufel" lettering is shown. Unfortunately, these are permanently present and can no longer be removed. Of course, I always treated the case with care and put it in its own compartments in the backpack. As well as David with other devil-Proproducts have already been criticized in the past, the obsolete micro-USB connection on the charging case should have been replaced with USB-C for a long time. In 2020, when headphones have come onto the market, this should no longer be the case.

Headphones

Teufel Airy True Wireless

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While the charging case did poorly, the workmanship of the headphones convinced me. Due to the plastic used, they weigh only 5 grams and are extremely easy to wear in the ear.

Carrying comfort & fit

My colleague David Wurm showed me how important it is to have a precise attachment and a perfect fit. He originally tested the headphones, but since they didn't sit well in his ear, he hardly noticed any bass. No matter what essay he proit just didn't work out right for him and the headphones just didn't fit. It can happen. He then handed them over to me and I was convinced otherwise. If the headphones sit just right in the ear, good, bassy sound is absolutely given. You may have to do some testing at the beginning to see which size of attachment fits your ear best. It should not be too loose, but not too tight either. Nevertheless, it should "lock up" so that the sound catches your ear.

I honestly have to admit that I wouldn't use it for running. They don't sit quite as tightly as Apple's AirPods, for example. The Teufel Airy True Wireless are perfect for a workout in the gym. In addition, they are also sweat, dust and water resistant according to IPX5.

The headphones do not have noise canceling, but they seal well when they sit properly in the ear. In general, an ANC would not be a bad idea for a successor.

Battery life

Overall, the headphones – as Teufel himself states – run for almost six hours. Of course, this varies depending on the volume, but you should generally not listen at the highest volume for six hours. For me, the runtime at medium volume was like verseprogiven. Together with the charging case, you get almost 24 hours, charging the headphones is just as fast. After just 15 minutes, the battery lasts for another hour. After about two hours you can listen again for a full six hours.

The current charge status is displayed on the case, which, by the way, is charged via micro-USB - as already mentioned above. Somehow you don't really seem to be able to get away from it at Teufel, my colleague David had already done that with various other Teufel-Products criticized for not yet relying on USB-C.

Features & controls

The manufacturer does without an app for the Teufel Airy True Wireless. This would have been a nice extra to adjust the equalizer, for example, or to set up the touch controls as desired. By tapping different combinations on the headphones, you can pause and continue a track, accept calls, pair the headphones and call up the smartphone's voice assistant. You can even get calls off hold. Controlling the volume directly via the headphones would have been a useful addition, which unfortunately is missing.

If you take the headphones out of the case, they are automatically active and start the Bluetooth pairing. In most cases, they are already paired with the smartphone from the time they are removed to the ear. That always worked really well. Apropos Bluetooth, the Teufel Airy True Wireless run on Bluetooth 5.0. The latency is also very low, at least so low that you don't notice it. It is not without reason that the manufacturer gives the headphones the title "lip sync".

Summary

Teufel Airy True Wireless headphones

The Teufel AIry True Wireless are not perfect, but almost. (Image: TechnikNews)

The Teufel Airy True Wireless are not perfect, but almost. For the perfect package, they still lack active noise canceling, USB-C and higher quality workmanship. In terms of sound, you don't have to make any compromises. Powerful bass, good mids and solid highs. Another possibility would have been nice to be able to adjust the equalizer yourself. Sometimes you want it - although the headphones are already well preconfigured by Teufel in Berlin - a little more bass-heavy or less.

Teufel did a lot right here for the first TWS headphones. Even if there is still room for improvement in a few points, you can access it without hesitation at a price of currently 130 euros. The colors "Night Black", "Silver White", "Steel Blue" and "Pale Gold" are also available.

In terms of sustainability, it is also very commendable: If you lose the charging case or an earphone, you can reorder them individually. An earphone and a charging case cost 65 euros each. I've never seen a manufacturer like this before. Thumbs up devil!

Many thanks to Teufel for providing the headphones! And thanks to David, who tested the Teufel Airy True Wireless with me.

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