Guys, I have a new obsession — my xFyro xS2 True Wireless Earbuds. Yes, I was lucky enough to be sent a pair by the manufacturer but no, this review is not a fluff piece to appease them. I genuinely love them and think they are worth every penny (they are priced around $175 on Amazon). They are truly wireless and even better are waterproof earbuds that come with a build in charging bank for your phone or tablet.
Let me start out by saying I lose everything - especially small objects. I leave stuff on planes, trains, and in coffee shops. It's a huge reason I stick to the cheap apple headphones that come with every phone. They are easy to replace and if I lose them I shrug it off.
This doesn't mean I've never tried nicer earbuds. My husband, Matt, loves quality earbuds — he swears by the quality of sound (something I shrug at) and hates having excess wires connected to his phone (something I see as high maintenance). I've tried various versions he's owned over the years and liked (but not loved) some of them. See, Matt loses things all the time also, even more so than me, so he has had quite a few different brands or earbuds all at a range of different prices.
A quick review of them?
I love my xFyro xS2 Earbuds...
Quick charge capabilities: around 30 minutes from completely dead to completely charged.
Long-lasting power bank/case: each headphone can be charged up to 6 times from one charge on the power bank/case.
Excellent sound quality: I tried many different types of music and even watched some shows on my phone during testing. All sounded fantastic and filtered out ambient noise around me.
Carrying case included: Which also doubles as a phone (or tablet) charger.
Comfortable fit in my ears: each earbud weighs 5.9 grams – even lighter than some coins. I don't exactly forget they are in my ear, but they aren't bothersome at all.
So, that's my personal opinion and review of the xFyro xS2 Earbuds - hopefully, it helped you.
If you're looking for a more technical review you'll find that below along with an overview of the different features that set these earbuds apart from the rest.
xFyro xS2 VS xFyro G - What's the difference?
The xFyro xS2 advances upon the original xFyro G. You will see improvements in battery life, comfort, and durability. The body is slimmer and includes waterproofing (more on that below). They are also equipt with quicker charging capabilities and a longer battery life.
Are the xFyrox xS2 Earbuds truly wireless?
The headphone industry is continuing the wireless trend we have seen over the past few years. While we started with a wide range of wireless headphones available, most still have a wire attaching the two earpieces together — Not truly wireless in my mind. Now finally, we are seeing a wider range of TRUE wireless earbuds being offered - Apple AirPods ($145) led the way, but we also have Bose SoundSport Free ($199), Jabra Elite Active 65t ($189), and Jaybird Run ($145) on the market.
Included in the box
When you get your xFyro xS2 you'll immediately notice there is more to these earbuds than just the buds. Included is a carrying case around the size of a tube of mascara. Gents, if you don't know what size that is the measurements are just under 6 inches. You can easily hold it in your hand or fit in a pocket (or small clutch).
What I love about the xFyro xS2 is that it's more than just a carrying case - it's a power bank. A powerful power bank at that, capable of charging your earbuds or anything that is USB powered (including your phone). One side of the case has an input (labeled as in for all us technology novices) where you'll plug the included USB cable to charge the case up. The other side has the USB-out port — again, labeled nicely with the word out.
Also included in the small box are all the accessories. You've got an instruction manual and Micro-USB charging cable. The earbuds come with a set of ear tips loaded on them so you can quickly get to using the buds. But, if those don't feel right in your ears you can swap them out for the smaller or larger ear tips included in the box.
Charge Life of xFyro xS2 Earbuds
I hate charging things and it's a huge reason I stick to corded headphones. I already have enough camera and phone equipment to charge while traveling — charging my earbuds is last on my mind. I was extremely impressed with the battery life of the xFyro xS2. The charging case will recharge each earbud a full 6 times before you need to charge up the power bank again. I found I could listen to 3-4 hours on a full charge. Not bad. But, even better, when docked the power bank refills the earbud battery in only 30 minutes.
Pairing the xFyro xS2 Earbuds - Quick and Easy
Each xFyro xS2 earbud nests within each end of the carrying/power bank case. They have a soft magnetic attraction to ensure they don't fall out but not strong enough that they are hard to pull out. Each earbud has its own power button, microphone, and LED indicator. They also have an "L" and "R", great for quick loading into the correct ear.
To pair them (aka establish a connection between the earbuds and your device) you'll hold the power button of a single earbud for 4 seconds. By the way, be sure to do this from the off position. The LED with blink red and blue - this is good - it's now in pair mode. Enable your Bluetook on your device and search. xFyro xS2 should pop up quickly, select it and notice the LED begins to flash blue, a connection has been established. To connect the second earbud simply hold how the power button of that earbud for around 2 seconds and it will pair with the first one. Both earbuds will now flash blue (around once every 4 seconds). This is an indication that both are properly paired and ready to go.
Pro Tip: If you want to pair each headphone to a different device hold down the second headphones button for more than 4 seconds. This will establish two different connections.
Sound Quality of xFyro xS2 Earbuds
Most important part right? I was extremely happy with the sound quality on the xFyro xS2, the listening experience was quite magnificent. I listened to a variety of songs (from classical to hip-hop) with them and all had clear and consistent tones from the beginning. They produce high-quality sound and I can see a clear difference between these and simple (aka cheap) headphones. The bass never overpowered things and was rich and enjoyable for sure. I also tested out podcasts and Netflix shows and found it easier to understand words than other headphones I've used in the past.
When it came to making and receiving calls I was skeptical. How does it catch my voice and deliver it to the other end? Each earbud actually has a small pinhole that is a built-in microphone. I really put xFyro xS2 to the test with calls to my parents (who are a little hard of hearing). Not once did they complain about the call quality or ask me to repeat things. Job well done!
Wireless Earbud Range
The xFyro xS2 earbuds use the latest Bluetooth technology (Bluetooth 4.2) and that means you can walk quite a bit away from your phone before hearing choppiness or cutting in and out. The optimal range is around 30 feet, but be aware that if you have any obstructions in the way, the range drops to 20-25 feet.
Are the xFyro xS2 earbuds waterproof?
I learned quite a bit when researching what exactly IP67 waterproofing meant. The “IP rating” is a classification rating. The first number, 6, indicates the unit is sealed from dust. The second number, 7, indicates the unit is sealed against the effects of immersion in water between the depths of 15cm (half a foot) to 1 meter (3 feet).
Apparently, this waterproofing is the huge step-up over the xS2’s predecessor. It’s more than enough protection in a downpour. You could even technically submerge them in water — but it's not advised. xFyro even warns against it, mostly because you risk them dropping out of your ears in water and sinking below 3 feet.
Final Thoughts on xFyro xS2 True Wireless Earbuds
Like I stated further up, I really like these headphones. They are on the pricer side (priced around $175 on Amazon). but I think they are worth the money especially considering the durability and sound quality. Add in the power bank/case and long battery life and you've got yourself an earbud meant to last.