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OnePlus Bullets Wireless

Bullets Wireless: A good try by OnePlus

The Bullets Wireless is the first attempt at building the wireless earbuds by OnePlus and I have to say they are not that far off from building the perfect wireless earbuds. I say “not that far off” because these are not perfect. But, for the first attempt by OnePlus I have to say it is fine with me. The sound signature fairly neutral, which means it is flat in frequency response without accentuating any single frequency band.

Build:

The earpieces are made out of metal which is good but the strain relief is okay for the price. Wires from the neckband is a bit small for my taste but in turn it is less intrusive with collars. The quality of the wire is not up-to the standards for earphones priced at Rs. 3,990.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless
Exploded view for OnePlus Bullets Wireless

The Bullets Wireless is not a truly wireless design rather it is a neckband type earphone. The neckband itself is made of soft plastic which feels good on skin without drawing attention to it. The Neckband houses the battery, which provides up-to 8 hours of music playback. You can also find a 3-Button Mic for taking calls and to change volume.OnePlus Bullet wireless

The earbuds clamps together magnetically which cuts off power. Leaving them idle also shuts them down. In terms of accessories you get 3 pairs of silicon tips, three sets of wings for facilitate that perfect fit. A USB Type-C cable for charging the earbuds. You also get a small rubberized pouch with magnetic clamps for keeping your earbuds securely when not in use.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless comes with Type-C charging port and Cable
Soundstage:

Used the Bullets Wireless to listen music, watching movies and some YouTube. To my ears the soundstage is “alright”. Listening to David Gilmour’s “The Girl in the Yellow Dress” sounds like you are there but everything is panned to either channels. The wide soundstage does helps in movies and videos but everything is muffled in between.

Saw “Captain America: Civil War” with these and the panning helped for great ambience but was missing the middle section of the stage. Every dialogue was not as impactful as I wish it to be.

Adele’s “Live at Royal Albert Hall” is a great live album in its own terms. The ambience in songs like “Rolling in the deep” is breath-taking. With Bullets Wireless I didn’t felt the same magic I felt with Shure SE215 or similarly priced RHA S500.

A. R. Rehaman’s “Dil Se” was good, I say good because the overall layers of the songs were not as lively as they should be. The emotional cries and sadness that defines the song was not the same. Let’s talks about the Sound quality with the same song.

Sound:
Sub-Bass:

For this price I was not looking for a powerful sub-bass but I found some. The main rhythm for the song is done by a Bass guitar and the lower notes are in the sub-bass region. The Bullets Wireless is able to play those frequencies but the tightness was missing.

Metallica’s “Orion” is one of the greatest instrumental pieces I ever heard and Cliff’s Bass is just “Wow”. With these earphones the bass was all over the place. The Bass solo was not as tight as it should be.

Bass:

Metallica’s “Of Wolf and Man” is one of my favorites and the Lars’ work on drums is absolutely perfect throughout the “Black Album”. Playing the intro only made me switch the song. Reproduction of Bass frequencies is not that good. Everything is missing its spot, Mid Bass is muddled up with no detail at all.

I also tried something a normal person would listen to like A. R.Rehman’s “Behka” and it was somewhat better performance than previous fail. I could hear the electronic Bass clearly but the moment the Bass enters and leaves the beat, it effected the upcoming frequencies.

For a normal  ear the Bass reproduction is good but for a trained year as mine, I was not at all impressed. I think the driver is not built well or the diaphragm is a bit cheap like you find something on a 1000 to 1200 Rs. earphones.

Mids:

For the asking price the mids are a bit muffelled. James’ vocals on “Death Magnetic” album is not as punchy as they should be. The Vocals on Chris Cornell’s Live compilation album “Songbook” are absolutely amazing but with Bullets Wireless I was not satisfied. The harshness and depths in the album sounded un-natural.

Lata Ji’s singing in “Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum” sounded almost perfect, the highs of female vocals were not as perfect as they should be. I felt with the Adele’s vocals in “Crazy for you”. There is a vulnerability in the way Adele sings this song, the highs in her vocal performance can touch your heart and make you fall in love with her voice. The Bullets Wireless  does a good job representing those characteristics but not perfect.

The most perfect and accurate representation I heard was with Planar Magnetic drivers and I am not comparing these but I need to have a reference point to judge.

Highs:

With all the songs I mentioned earlier, I am going to say that the highs represented by these is hit and miss. These only supports aptX codecs which means the highest quality I can play on the Bullets Wireless is 320kbps, which does not provide great and extended highs.

The best Highs I heard in this range is by Beyerdynamic Byron and RHA S500, the Bullets Wireless is just behind them. The Timber in acoustic guitar is not expressive enough and the snares are too shallow. The decay of Cymbals in Coke Studio Season 5 “Panchi Hoon” is not accurate and dies early.

Verdict:
OnePlus Bullets Wireless
OnePlus Bullets Wireless

For the price of around Rs. 4,000 the sound quality alone is not worth the money. But let me say one thing more, I am listening these earphones as an audiophile. For a general consumer these are good for the asking price and the features they offer. OnePlus is targeting the general consumers for the Bullet Wireless.

If the small nuances is not as important to you as the comfort and features of these earbuds then get these. For the users who love to find a new nuance, a new detail every time they listen to their favorite song or artist then get a wired earphone in the same range instead.

Read about upcoming OnePlus Type-C Bullets here.

Reviewed by Vishwendra Singh