Review of Nuheara IQbuds Boost True Wireless Earphones


Martin Wilson

Aug 03, 2022

Even at their present street value of $399 ($100 off the MSRP of $499), Nureaha's IQBuds Boost still costs significant money. However, $399 (or even $499) isn't excessive for hearing enhancement equipment.

However, hearing aids prescribed by an audiologist might cost several thousand dollars. With the IQbuds Boost, you may improve your hearing for a fraction of what it would cost with a standard hearing aid. This makes them an attractive option for those with hearing loss who aren't ready to invest in expensive testing and hardware.

It's up to you to decide if the IQbuds Boost can be used as hearing aids. How do these work as genuine wireless earbuds for music playback?? If you've ever wondered what it's like to wear headphones every day, you've come to the right place!

Specs and Size

The 0.8 x 1.0 x 0.6-inch size and 0.28-ounce weight of each IQbuds Boost earphones make them ideal for travel. In terms of wireless earphones, this one isn't particularly light, and you'll notice it right away if you hold it in your hand.

You may not feel their weight right away, but once they're in your head, you'll feel it. After one hour of usage, the IQbuds Boost started to irritate my ears and make my ears hurt.

Nuheara's IQbuds Boost has an enormous carrying case to match its oversized earphones. You won't be able to put this case in your hip pocket because of its size and weight. This is a bummer because their mobility lies in genuine wireless earphones' allure.

Nuheara, on the other hand, makes good use of the case's size: The charging case's 1140mAh battery can boost the earbuds' music streaming time to 20 hours and hearing augmentation time to 32 hours, respectively, from the standard 8 hours per charge.

Audio Quality in Music Playback

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This discussion begins with a discussion of traditional music playback. A seven-day period of listening to music from my audio test playlist and other sources yielded the Nuheara IQbuds Boost's best-sounding true wireless headphones, but they weren't the greatest.

The earbuds have a large soundstage and good audio separation. They sound great. There was no need to play the same melody for the tenor banjo and mandolin to have distinct voices. At high levels, lower frequency music sounded flat while being distortion-free.

It is possible that my 42-year-old ears, subjected to a lifetime of loud, low-frequency noises, might be to blame for this lack of bass. But wait for a second! According to the earphones' accompanying software, my hearing is great.

For this reason, it is unlikely that the IQbuds Boost will appeal to those who enjoy bass-heavy music or those who are seeking earphones to use while exercising.

I also have some concerns about signal disruptions that occurred during the test. My iPhone 7 Plus’s audio streaming would slow and ultimately cease altogether. My IQbuds Boost worked again once I put them all back in their box and turned them on again, which was the only solution.

Audio Augmentation

"Audio transparency" means you can hear what is happening in the area around you while listening to music with the IQBud Boost. With the function activated, I could hear my breathing via the IQbuSilences, exactly as with the other headphones.

A loud bang may be heard when one of the earphones is tapped to switch tracks. For the most part, the IQBud Boost has a fault with audio transparency that affects practically all of its audio enhancement functions save for one.

It is possible to use the earphones as a hearing aid while you aren't listening to music on your smartphone. Background noise is reduced in certain profiles, while audio levels are boosted in others.

In terms of noise reduction, the earbuds don't even come close to a good pair of ANC headphones, but the app's settings did make a noticeable improvement in noise levels. Nuheara's microphones are too small to allow for more realistic sounds, no matter whatever setup I selected.

The tin can quality that comes with audio transparency tech was always there. However, the IQBud Boost's ability to link with Bluetooth-enabled TVs was something I liked. TV audio sounded great with crisp sound and virtually perfect synchronicity with the action on screen.

A New Noise Cancellation

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The IQBuds' main attraction is their potential to improve hearing. This technique is called SINC by Nuheara. IQBuds provide many listening modes. Music is made for listening. The rest employ earphone microphones (a pinhole on each rear panel) to improve the ambient sound.

You may pick up four favourites from Driving, Home, Work, Plane, Restaurants, Streets, and Workout. Once selected, long-pressing the right earpiece toggles between them. Each location mode reduces background noise while allowing you to hear people speak.

It allows IQBuds to act like noise-cancelling headphones and causes hearing problems without their unique purpose and engineering. While noise-cancelling earphones block sounds accurately, IQBuds dampen them. IQBuds amplify particular frequencies to help you hear better, unlike hearing aids.

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