Fire Pods Rhythm ANC 901 | A satisfactory option for less demanding users – The Hindu

September 14, 2022 by No Comments

The Fire Pods Rhythm ANC 901 true wireless earphones are bold and experimental in design, but muffled sounds will be an issue for instrument lovers

The Fire Pods Rhythm ANC 901 true wireless earphones are bold and experimental in design, but muffled sounds will be an issue for instrument lovers

Before investing in true wireless earphones, it is essential that you understand your own needs (and dare we say ‘quirks’) as a listener and tech user. Are you a connoisseur of studio-quality sound who listens to Carnatic music and/or heavy metal to unwind? Or are you a gym lover whose earphones need to block out the groans of weightlifters while you train? Perhaps a mix of both?

When the Fire Pods Rhythm ANC 901 came to us from the electronic wearables company Fire Boltt, we quickly set about to testing its features. In particular, we tried to determine what class of users would make the most of this TWS product priced at ₹3,999.

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Design

The product ships in a sturdy box with two wireless earbuds, one portable charging case, two spare earmuffs in varying sizes, a user manual, and a USB charging cable. We received the black model, which arrived in a glossy black charging case. 

At first sight, we were pleased by the charging case, which has a digital meter to show its battery level and confirm that the right and left earphones are charging. However, the case is large and the plastic surface is prone to excessive scratch marks – even though it spent most of its review period resting on a desk. Though lightweight, it does not feel durable and looked weathered in less than a week.

The earbuds themselves have an in-ear design with a magnetic base, but with one key difference: the stems are so long that when inserted comfortably in the ear, they graze your cheek and are impossible to ignore or even hide. Any subtlety goes right out the window.

Stowing the Fire Pods back in the charging case is difficult due to the long stems. I tried doing this in the dark and storage was nearly impossible without some light, despite the magnetic contact points.

Fire Pods Rhythm ANC 901 | A satisfactory option for less demanding users
| Photo Credit: Sahana Venugopal

Overall, the design is bold, experimental, and takes some getting used to. The many scratches on the product – in spite of delicate handling – is highly disappointing.

Sound Quality

The Fire Pods Rhythm ANC 901’s 10 mm dynamic drivers and 13mm large bass booster drivers promised an exhilarating musical experience. Yet, the reality was that most sounds felt distant. While volume settings are normal and vocals are true-to-life, instrumentals were muddied, muffled and not as bright as music lovers would expect them to be. On the other hand, the bass was breath-taking. 

For this reason, the Fire Pods are not recommended for users who listen to instrument-heavy genres or layered musical arrangements, as the overall experience is distant.

While the company claims that the Fire Pods can reduce background noise up to 98%, this was not my experience with the product. In fact, the active and environmental noise cancellation features [ANC and ENC] …….

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/gadgets/fire-pods-rhythm-anc-901-tws-fire-boltt-sound-audio-battery-bluetooth/article65889240.ece

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