The EarFun Air is yet another contender for Best True Wireless Earbuds in the sub $100 price category.
I really can’t believe how cheap decent true wireless earphones have gotten over the last year or so. I remember when JLab came out with a pair around $100 a couple of years ago, and while they didn’t suck, you had to sacrifice quite a bit to come in under a hundo.
Fast forward to 2020, and I have come across no less than 5-6 models selling for around $50 that are pretty good. Now I can add the EarFun Air to that list.
The Air is a striking pair of True Wireless buds, with little stems that stick out at an angle similar to Apple Air Pods. Like the Air Pods, the Earfun buds also come in an all-white colorway, but unlike the Apple product, you can also get them in Black, which is the color they sent me.
In the box, you get the standard stuff. There’s the two earpieces, a charging case, a charging cable, four pairs of silicone ear tips, and a user manual.
The case is nice and compact, plus it’s capable of wireless charging, which is nice at this price. The charging mat is sold separately, but it should work with any Qi-compatible charger. You can get them pretty cheap nowadays, or you may already have one for your smartphone.
Of course, you can also plug in the included USB-C charging cable, which allows for fast charging. A 10-minute top-off provides two hours of playtime, which is cool, especially if you plan to use them on a daily commute. Just plug them in real quick before you take-off, and they should last the whole ride to work.
Battery life is decent, coming in at 7 hours on a full charge, with another 3-4 charges (28 hours of playback) coming from the charging case before you plug it back in. A single led light on the front of the case changes color to let you know how much juice you have left.
The earpieces are IPX7 Waterproof, which means they can survive a quick dunk or sweat from a workout. They are also motion-sensitive, which means you can start/stop playback by just taking one of the earbuds out of your ear.
I remember when this was a feature you only saw on buds/headphones costing a couple hundred dollars or more, to get this convenience on a $50 pair is excellent.
Along with the motion controls, you also get touch controls on the outside of the earpieces. As I’ve said many times before, I have a love/hate relationship with touch buttons. That means I love them when they work well, but I HATE them when they don’t, which is more often than not.
In this case, they were good. A couple of taps started and stopped the music, touch and hold on one earphone or the other raised or lowered the volume. A triple tap, which is a lot trickier, allows you to skip a track.
All of these worked well, even though at first, I ended up pausing the music half the time when I tried to change the volume. But eventually, I got the hang of things and did that less and less.
There are similar controls for hands-free calling, and they worked nicely when it came to answering or hanging up the phone, but the transfer/hold features were a little trickier to pull off. It was hard for me to remember how many presses did what, and then get the timing right. I would probably go to my phone to do that stuff.
Speaking of phone calls, they were clear over the Earfun Air. I was able to hear the caller well, and more importantly, they were able to hear me well. Nothing is more irritating than someone continually asking you, “huh? What you say?”
These earbuds use BT 5.0 for transmission, so the connection between the earpieces themselves and the phone was quality. I was able to walk all over my two-floor townhouse without losing my music. Each earpiece connects independently to the phone so that you can use either one on its own for mono phone conversations.
I have to say, when I first put the Air’s in my ear to listen, I was disappointed. The sound was thin, with no bass at all, and there was no detail. I thought something might be wrong with them. Then I realized that you have to turn the buds counterclockwise when you put them in so they fit correctly. At that point, it was like night and day, and I was able to hear what these earbuds were truly capable of.
Not to mention they were infinitely more comfortable.
If I had to pick one word to describe Earfun Air’s sound, it would be immersive. The music seems to envelop you, wrapping you in a full and rich presentation of the material. The overall sound signature is slightly v-shaped, like most earphones today, but the tuning isn’t very aggressive.
Listening to “These Things” by Luciana Souza, I was enraptured by the weight and clarity of the Bass and Guitar that anchor this song. The richness of the instruments added a nice scale to the music, making me feel like I had a pair of full-size headphones on.
It wasn’t really natural as you could hear some extra low-end emphasis on the instruments, but it was still lovely since it didn’t cloud the material and let details shine through.
In this song, Luciana’s vocal is delicate yet forceful at the same time, and it takes a quality earphone to reproduce the emotion. I wasn’t 100 percent sold in this case since the mids were pushed back in the mix a little, but they did much better than expected at this price point.
I just missed a little bit of the airiness and separation I’m used to getting from a more audiophile oriented TWS like the Shanling MTW100 (BA Version). That said, for the price, the Air did a surprisingly credible job of reproducing her voice.
On “Oct 33” by Black Pumas, again, I got the beautifully crisp but not overdone guitar, paired with a funky vocal that was also slightly pushed back in the mix, but still clear and enjoyable. The strings were big and exaggerated, almost like I had a 3D filter on, but they were also crisp and added excitement to the sound. I was able to get into the song.
The overall detail, air, and soundstage again didn’t compare with my favorite $100 earphones, the MTW100, but the warm, enveloping sound made the Earfun buds more…dare I say it…fun to listen to. They are also a headphone that sounds good with pretty much any music. If you are looking for accuracy, the MTW100 would be better, but if you want a fun, crisp sound, the Air is perfect.
The Wrap Up
For earphones that sell for between $50 and $60, Earfun Air has excellent build quality, great features, and a big, fun sound that brings life to your music. You can pick these up without hesitation.
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I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My thirst for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.