True wireless is getting easier to break into, with these small brands making their names known on Amazon. The affordable pricing also helps that notion, with most of these types of products costing less than a hundred bucks. Enacfire is one of these brands, and I got to try out their E60 model. This is advertised as a sports earbud and is priced affordably at $32.98. Can the E60 make a strong impression?
What You Get
The presentation of the E60 is neat and organized. Everything you need is displayed right there when first removing the box top. The first thing that immediately stood out to me was the assortment of ear tips layered across the top. Along with the ones you’ll already see on the buds themselves, there are 6 pairs of tips with three different sizes to choose from. I greatly appreciated this, especially considering how important tips are to sports earbuds. You’ll of course see your earphones and charging case below, but under the ear tip display is a small box containing the case’s charging cable.
Look and Feel
In terms of the overall design, the E60 sports an ergonomic architecture that aims for a tight and secure fit. They feature a solid body that makes up an all-in-one earpiece that comes in a variety of colors that include black, blue, grey, red, and white. My unit was the black version, which didn’t necessarily stand out to me as being original. For an earbud that claims to be for sports, there isn’t anything about the aesthetic of the E60 that makes it pop out that way. Maybe an added attachment like wingfins would help the earbud identify itself as more of a sports accessory, but for now, the design more resembles your standard Amazon true wireless. However the fit is quite secure, and the buds sit in your ear well. I’m not confident that they’ll be the most ideal for workouts, but walking around with them in my ear was a pretty seamless experience.
Design and Functionality
The interior design doesn’t have much going on in the way of driver technology, but it has some strong controls to commend. The earphones automatically turn on when you remove them from their charging case and will immediately pair with your device if you have Bluetooth activated. The E60 uses a touch-sensitive control surface to interact with its many actions. A series of taps is all it takes, and a single tap can be multi-functional depending on the circumstance. For example, a single press activates play/pause, but when receiving a phone call that single press is used to answer the call. These functions are accessible with the right or left earbud. You can also access your devices’ voice assistant by tapping the left or right bud three times, responding with a beep prompt sound. Holding down on one side will also adjust the volume, with the left lowering and the right raising. These controls are very responsive, but also incredibly sensitive. I found that sometimes removing a bud for a quick moment will play music without realizing I had touched the surface.
The Enacfire E60 supports Bluetooth 5.0, with SBC and aptX CODECs. High-resolution bandwidth is present, but the range can be improved, as I wasn’t able to walk away from my device very far without experiencing dropout.
8 hours is an adequate battery life for a single charge. Five additional charges are stored in the E60’s charging case, so the buds are sure to get you through a few commutes before you need to charge them. For the price point, there isn’t much to complain about.
There isn’t much in the way of a true wireless standard for a soundstage that even thirty dollar earbuds should aspire to, but the E60 doesn’t really make a case for one either. These earphones will house a bellow average stage, with a blended stereo field that struggles for clarity at times. They aren’t exactly going for accuracy, but the E60 is confined to such a small space that jumbles all the sound into appearing like it’s coming from one source. If you’re only concerned about the E60 as a workout earbud then none of this should bother you, as the tight imaging might make good use for a more focused, punchy sound that’ll get you through an intense workout.
As a workout earbud, good bass response is what a lot of people look for. In that case, the E60 will succeed, as the bass is fairly punchy. Especially in the low mids, the bass gains a considerable lift and emphasis. However, the textural quality isn’t very clean, leaving the timbre to be overall boomy.
I was expecting a more v-shaped signature, but I was quite surprised by the more mid-range presence. They can be a little bit harder to make out with the more bloated lower mids, but you can still find enjoyment in synths, pianos, and electric guitars. Vocals and lead instruments don’t really get a spotlight, and sometimes find themselves muddied in the mix.
You won’t have to worry about any brightness or sibilance on the E60, as the treble response is significantly recessed. However, this comes to the detriment of some fidelity, as cymbals and other high-end elements appear thin. It’s not terrible, but rather unexciting texturally.
If you’re looking for something cheap and casual with good bass, then the E60 might satisfy you. However, there are many true wireless earbuds for less than a hundred dollars that put a little bit more spice into their sound. As workout buds, the E60 is secure, but really needs that extra insurance when you’re dealing with true wireless. If you’ve never owned a true wireless system, this is an affordable and adequate jumping-off point.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Comfort, functionality, aptX
Cons: lacks clarity in some areas, tight stage
The Enacfire E60 is available on Amazon.
Update: If you’re looking for the best true wireless earbuds on a budget, check out our review of the new Strauss and Wagner SW-TW401 earbuds!
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