The QCY T18 earbuds are affordable, support QCY App, have different EQ modes, noise cancelling, low latency mode, and the sound quality is not bad. Although it can’t compare with the $200 earphones, as an entry-level earbuds, this earbuds is very effective. Ordinary office workers and students who do not have high requirements for sound quality and playability are very suitable for experience.
QCY T18 specs and features:
- Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive
- 7 hours playback of a single earbud
- Charging case can charge earbuds fully 3-4 times
- Qualcomm QCC3050 aptX Voice 32kHz
- Type-C charging port
- $40 – Check latest price on: AliExpress, Amazon US, other Amazon countries
Design & Comfort
The charging case is shaped like a pebble, with a glossy design, very smooth and comfortable to hold in the hand. Although it is easy to be contaminated with fingerprints, the QCY T18 MeloBuds uses a white color scheme, and it is not easy to see if it is contaminated with fingerprints, which is very similar to the Apple Airpods Pro. Of course, the design is similar to the Airpods Pro and lacks innovation.
But the QCY T18 has a great design. The switch buttons on the charging case are designed to look good, and there is also the QCY logo on it, which is very recognizable.
QCY T18 earbuds are in-ear design. The top half is very much like the Airpods Pro, and the bottom half has a prismatic design. The two are perfectly combined and have a very design sense.
The earbuds are also quite comfortable to wear. After choosing the right silicone eartips, it can fit the ear canal naturally. It is also relatively stable during exercise, and the earbuds will not fall if it is not very vigorous exercise.
The accessories in the package are relatively complete: charging case, earbuds, warranty card, manual, charging cable, 2 pairs of silicone eartips. A pair of eartips are pre-installed on the earbuds. There are three sizes of eartips to fit different ear canals. The texture of silicone is softer and more skin-friendly.
Connectivity & Battery Life
QCY T18 supports dual device connection. The connection method is to connect the first device to earphones, then turn off the bluetooth, then turn on the bluetooth of the second device to connect to earphones, and then turn on the bluetooth of the first device to connect to earbuds. At this point, a dual device connection can be achieved.
In addition to connecting mobile phones, dual-device connection can also connect smart watches, tablets, players, and more. Dual-device connection is a very useful feature, allowing you to switch between two devices at will. Its experience is not inferior to Airpods Pro. When you use it, play music with mobile phone A, and suddenly switch to mobile phone B to watch videos, the earbuds will automatically switch. Not only that, it can also automatically switch when a call comes, which is very smart.
In terms of battery life, the QCY T18 earbuds have a single battery life of up to 7 hours, and the combined battery life with the charging case can reach 30 hours. Basically charging once a week is enough.
Calling & Control
In terms of calls, the Qualcomm 3050 chip can adapt to the 32kHz of aptX Voice, and the clarity is much clearer than the previous generation chip, and the noise cancelling capability is further improved. In addition, this chip also improves the delay ability, and the phenomenon of out-of-sync video and game sound and picture is significantly reduced, which is basically not too easy to notice.
With the rapid iteration of audio products, users now have higher requirements for the voice call quality of wireless headphones. aptX Voice ultra-wideband voice 32kHz sampling rate, smooth 16kHz frequency response. At the same time, with the blessing of binaural four microphones + cVc8.0 noise cancelling technology, the QCY T18 earbuds call effect is clearer and more transparent, and the daily call experience is comprehensively upgraded.
Touch Control of QCY T18:
- Double tap L or R earbud: play/pause music
- Long press L/R earbud 1.5s: previous/next, lgnore call
- Double tap L or R earbud: answer/end call
- Triple tap R earbud: gaming mode
- Triple tap R earbud: wake the voice assistant
Sound Quality & QCY APP
The earbuds are powered by the Qualcomm 3050 chip, which is Qualcomm’s latest headphone chip. It supports 24-bit/96kHz audio, and the audio width is very wide, which can bring the performance that the sound quality tolerance is better. In layman’s terms, the ear can hear more things. For example, in a song, there are a total of 5 instruments. With other narrow audio headphones, you can only hear 3 kinds of instruments clearly, but with QCY T18 earbuds, you can hear more.
Among them, aptX Adaptive continues the high-quality audio of aptX decoder, which can bring users 24-bit/96kHz ultra-high-resolution lossless sound quality comparable to CD level, even in complex RF environments. This technology is combined with 10mm dynamic speakers, and you can enjoy the surging Live presence when you close your eyes.
In terms of sound quality, in addition to being equipped with a 10mm dynamic driver. QCY T18 also supports the QCY App for the first time. In the App, you can set the EQ mode of music and adjust the sound quality accordingly. Although earphones pay more attention to cost performance, the sound quality has not been compromised, and they are still tuned very carefully.
LE Audio Technology
QCY T18 will be the first earphone of QCY brand to support LE Audio’s new generation of bluetooth audio technology standard, which is full of expectations.
LE Audio is a new generation of bluetooth audio technology standards based on the Bluetooth 5.2 version specification. The main features are a new high-quality, low-power audio decoder LC3, which supports broadcast audio technology.
The follow-up QCY T18 MeloBuds can support LE Audio through OTA upgrade. At that time, sound quality, battery life, and low latency will be further optimized, and broadcast audio functions will be supported. This means that QCY T18 users can broadcast audio in public places such as airport stations, museums, conference halls, and movie theaters in the future, allowing people to receive different audio signals. It allows everyone to hear clear and accurate audio and provides translation services in different languages.