Although I rarely use hands free it was broken by an accident .The left ear has been damaged after my daughter carelessly broken it with her hands .Never mind , its quality was very bad with very dull sound .It was part of the smartphones pack, a cheap 60Eu 2-core model, used 13 months with now nearly defunct WiFi possibly because I used it quite close to the router. I used it about 1-1.5 meter far though not very sure if that really happens or is just my opinion. I sometimes use my smartphones for more than 2 hours instead of my tablet for just checking the mail, the news ,and the chats and posting photos on Instagram. Sometimes I use the earphone for experimental dictation.
Now back to my smart phone’s earphone. It is a typical old fashioned ear bud with mediocre fidelity and sufficient microphone sound and fidelity enough good for telephonic usage. There are no trebles but basses are right. As in result I decided to look for a new model again from Betron my favorite earphone company .
As you may know the B25 model had very good specifications (look on the previous post that tough written on may it was posted end of September due to many reasons ) Betron has a very broad line of in ear products with very low prices via Amazon.
I decided to look for a model that can also have volume control so that can be used for any other gadget say mp3 player or radio. Unfortunately the old fashioned way with the variable resistor is now extinct so that I could not have any fine adjustment on my smarthphone's volume. Finally I decided to order the Samsung version of GLD60 by chance for a price of 9GBP plus shipping a total of 17Eu.
Shipment was a very funny thing: The pack was sent registered and therefore was tracked by Amazon and then by the Greek post. It has been sent on 6th of Sept, arrived in Greece on 13, passed twice the customs, spent 3 days in Thessaloniki and received on 26. The time it arrived in Greece I have received an email message from the shipping company with the tracking number to check its route .
Finally on 26 th I took the small A5 sized parcel from Amazon. This is the favorite company of our post office.
Here you will look on several photos of the box and the accessories:
Later on the house I opened the parcel . Betron uses a 15x14x2.5 cm carton cassette to include everything . There are many things inside : the earphones located in between a foam sponge that keeps it quite firm two earphone replacements , a landscape sized pouch , a folded user guide, a discount carton and a cable holder. The carton top has also a metallic sheet in between the front part of the foam base and a magnet inside the box to keep the box firm.
The paunch is quite uncommon considering all other punches looked so far especially from mini Degen radios so far .Instead of a lace they preferred to use a metal foil that I suppose it will keep the earphone set even stiffer.
Earphones are kept quite stiff inside the protective foam on the box. Nice design huh ?Controls are in the front while buds are shown in the rear of the box. Plug is protected by a small plastic cover. As you will see the plug has three zones the added for the microphone sound. Also a flag is added to show the model type
These are the spare parts of the set . Two spare sets of ear plastics and one cable hook .There are two sets on gray color and only one in black .The gray colored are in two sizes: medium and small. Unknown why they didn't put a second small sized black set
The earphones have a nice slim size and are offered with the medium sized plastics. The cable uses tigray colored cables in all its length.
This is the control system based on three buttons and the mike in the rear shown as a very small hole. The guide shows just a centre button that totally depends to the smartphones' specifications .
The plug with its three bands of connection. Stereo plus mike's or control pass. And the protective plastic case.
This is the cable separator system made by possibly aluminum. The whole logic reminds me some models of A4 tech on middle 00's that use the same logic in their earphone design.A4 tech today is rather nonexistent here in Greece .
A nice close up of the ear bud .You may also see the drilled metal.
This was a short overview of the model. Now on its specifications as measured and compared by myself .
The immediate first test was using my Bolong radio, the B25 GLD60 earphones with a audio splitter for faster listening I don’t know if this can affect the operatively of the smaortphone ears but this is the only fast way to investigate the efficiency between various earphones or headphones without plugging and unplugging them. And also to check simultaneous cross-bud efficiencies. This is a way I do for more than 15 years. As noticed in other posts in this site this radio has the widest sound among my radios with increased trebles perfect for testing among headsets.
This was the burn-on text for the GLD60.Separate set listening shown the 60 have little less volume than B25, around 1-1.5 db only little less bass and little less trebles. If I can set B25 as perfect I can rate 60 as 4/5.But parallel listening with two LEFT ear buds shown the sound being in exactly the middle. This can mean sounds are exactly the same and there is no difference between the audio responses of these earbuds. Exactly the same happened testing then with the two RIGHT ear buds and then reversing them into my ears!
Next step was to use it alone into my smart hone and test the microphone with a short recording in a special app. Tested in a radio station with good sounds and into a mp4 that had also good sound and then tested the control buttons . I was surprised that the (+) and middle buttons stopped the player while the (-) button didn’t affect the smart phone! I sent a email message to the company who advised me that the model is compatible with Samsung models and the mode generic version could not possibly offer anything to my smartphone neither the microphone can work (??)
Later same night I continued me tests with other equipment.
- First I did some shortwave logs on the ICOM R75 comms receiver and listened to my previously fav radio station RTM Sarawak .The sound is extremely sharp in AM wide and also quite sharp with the narrow filter very close to the sound of ICOM's internal speaker . This sound annoys me quite much especially mixed with the local noise caused by various sources including DSL flat TV screens and LED lamps as example As in result I stopped listening after 20 minutes and lowering the sound with external attenuator and used again my20+years m@h40 Sennheiser headphones that are perfect to equalize the receiver's headphone sound .
- Next test was with my smartphone. But ... i was disappointed that the sounds between B25 and 60 were very different , less bassy less trebly and at least 2db lower.
- At next using them in parallel wit the audio splitter to the Q3 player recorder both sounded OK . Q3 is used primarily for recordings from the ICOM receiver but also as mp3 player.
- Once again I used both of them with the splitter and both sounded properly with the same audio . Tested in two online stream programs with mp3 and aac formats.
- And finally tested separate having almost the same fidelity. So possibly I can think that the buds were not properly fitted into my buds though I always try to do.
- And another day tested headphones working properly wit Samsung smartphone Both vol controls adjust the volume while the middle activate or stop the player.
Please look my previous posting. Considering a HiFi earphone model B25 relatively the same bass with model AKG518 ,higher audio volume by 2-3 dB and very sharper trebles . As 60 has nearly the same audio we can assure that it follows the same curve.
Verdict : 60 has quite good audio fidelity with sharp and bassy sound. At GBP9/Eu10.5 its specifications are well above its price. It is now decreased to7 GBP.
5/5 for this reason (quality vs. price )
4/5 comparing to B25
4/5 comparing to B25