The Pureplay Z7 is the most recent pair of wi-fi earbuds from the Chinese producer Lypertek. The firm got here into the limelight after the launch of its glorious Tevi mannequin, which has since then been changed with the largely equivalent Pureplay Z3.
I reviewed the Tevi and in addition the newer Levi fashions final 12 months and located them to be among the finest wi-fi earbuds of their worth vary. Compared to most different manufacturers of their worth vary, the Lypertek merchandise had extra concentrate on audio high quality over superficial options and to today stay two of my favourite wi-fi merchandise that I’ve reviewed.
The Pureplay Z7 is a extra premium entry within the collection, superseding all earlier fashions. This one claims to have an improved audio high quality expertise, with the addition of a triple-driver setup. The Pureplay Z7 additionally options Bluetooth 5.2 and Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec.
At a price ticket of $200, the Pureplay Z7 are a cool $110 costlier than the second-in-line $90 Pureplay Z3 mannequin. In reality, they value nearly as a lot as all different Lypertek fashions mixed. That’s fairly a premium from what continues to be a comparatively unknown model, as you might get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro for much less.
It appears then that the Pureplay Z7 have a reasonably arduous activity in entrance of them. Let’s see how effectively they carry out.
The Pureplay Z7 have principally fundamental packaging. Apart from the earbuds and the everyday three units of silicone ear suggestions, the one different fascinating bits are the three pairs of froth suggestions and three pairs of substitute mud covers for the speaker ports.
Unfortunately, there was a reasonably alarming problem with my packaging. For no matter purpose, the froth suggestions that I acquired had been too small to suit. The Pureplay Z7 has a wider than typical speaker port, which is not an excessive amount of of a problem for the silicone tricks to unfold over the small rubber insert inside the froth suggestions merely couldn’t. I attempted for a good bit of time to attempt to connect them and it was solely when it appeared that it was way more probably that I’ll rip the information than get them on did I let it go.
This looks as if a high quality management problem as there was one other downside, of kinds, with the packaging. The field had one other three units of silicone suggestions in a bag that weren’t purported to be there. Nowhere does Lypertek point out that the Z7 include six pairs of silicone suggestions, with every having an equivalent copy. It must be an error on the manufacturing unit, simply because it was an error to place the fallacious dimension foam suggestions within the field.
The Pureplay Z7 have the identical chubby earplug type design because the Pureplay Z3, née Tevi. It tends to stay out far an excessive amount of out of your ears and can also be a good bit heavy.
The outdoors of the earbuds has a bodily button for controlling playback. I’m not a fan of this design, because it requires urgent the earbud deeper into your ears each time you press the button, which may get fairly uncomfortable. As such, I nearly by no means used them.
The tube jutting out of the earbuds is thicker than typical as apart from serving as the driving force port it additionally helps anchor the earbuds in your ears.
Unfortunately, due to the mechanism by which they sit in your ears and the load of the earbuds, the Pureplay Z7 generate a form of pendulum impact, which causes them to bounce in your ears as you stroll. This tends to sound like audible shocks in your ears each time your heel touches the bottom.
The earbuds are IPX5 water-resistant, so they need to survive sweat, rain, and the occasional splash of water.
As for the case, it has the same look to that of the Pureplay Z3 case. The plastic physique is roofed in a cloth layer, which has an fascinating look and texture, though from expertise I do know can stain over time.
This case, for some purpose, replaces the multi-LED on the Pureplay Z3 case with a single, much less helpful one and the earbuds inside are positioned the other way up. Apart from that, there’s nothing significantly noteworthy about it.
The Pureplay Z7 had been comfy to put on over prolonged durations for me. The speaker tube goes deeper than typical contained in the ears however I did not thoughts it a lot because it additionally will get a superb seal within the course of. I might put on these for hours — and I did.
The problem, as talked about earlier than, is whereas strolling. The fixed oscillation of the earbuds within the ear makes for a reasonably disagreeable expertise the place there are audible shocks within the ear each time you are taking a step. I merely can not see myself utilizing them whereas strolling round, which is a reasonably huge problem for a pair of wi-fi earbuds.
The Pureplay Z7 make the most of a triple driver setup, consisting of twin balanced-armature drivers and a single dynamic driver of unspecified dimension. The dynamic drive makes use of mylar movie and excessive purity PPF titanium plating with N52 neodymium magnets. The BA drivers have had their nozzles eliminated to suit inside the confines of the earbuds and the tuning has been adjusted to compensate.
The Pureplay Z7 use Qualcomm’s QCC3040, which is designed for low-energy use in TWS earbuds. The chip helps Bluetooth 5.2 and Qualcomm TrueWireless Mirroring expertise. It additionally helps Google Fast Pair however the function has not been enabled on the Pureplay Z7.
The Pureplay Z7 assist SBC, AAC, and aptX Adaptive codec. The final one helps 24-bit, 48kHz audio at a variable bitrate of 279kbps to 420kbps relying upon connection energy and RF interference.
The Pureplay Z7 don’t assist lively noise cancellation. There is, nonetheless, a transparency mode out there, which will be enabled via the app.
The Pureplay Z7 have a suitable app for iOS and Android. The app is fairly easy, letting you modify the EQ, controls, LDX Audio mode, and replace the firmware.
The EQ function features a seven-band equalizer with two customized profiles and eight presets.
The LDX Audio mode does not actually do a lot. I observed a barely deeper bass and treble response nevertheless it’s so refined it is onerous to inform if it is on or off.
There can also be a discover my earbuds function nevertheless it does not truly make the earbuds beep. Rather, you may solely see them on a map primarily based on once they final interfaced with the app.
Audio high quality
The Pureplay Z7 have a laidback, mellow sound that emphasizes the bass and mid-vary with a dialed again treble response. It’s fairly the antithesis from what you usually anticipate from balanced armature drivers and in addition very completely different from the sound signature of the a lot brighter and extra balanced Pureplay Z3.
The bass response on the Z7 has a pleasant punch to it with out getting all in your face. The low bass is boosted however nonetheless feels effectively-outlined with nice heat and thump. The mid and higher bass intensify the heat additional, which introduces some muddiness to the sound.
The mid-vary appears to experience this wave of frequency increase because the decrease and mid-mids are fairly ahead within the combine. There is a slight honk to the mid-vary and consequently, male vocals sound barely nasal and the percussion devices sound equally unnatural. But for those who like your mid-vary then you definately won’t thoughts this a lot.
Past that, the frequency response form of goes downhill. It appears Lypertek went a bit too far whereas attempting to rein within the typical BA tonality and traits, particularly since additionally they chopped off their suggestions, which ought to have made them insufferable. But the results of that is that the treble is now pushed fairly far again into the combination.
The Pureplay Z7 have a reasonably darkish tonality. Treble element is respectable however quantity is dialed far again, which makes the sound fairly murky. You are likely to get used to it after some time however swap backwards and forwards between these and a extra balanced pair of earbuds and the distinction is night time and day.
The general mellow tonality of the Pureplay Z7 could also be to some tastes, particularly individuals who regardless of vibrant, shouty audio signatures. It makes for a clean, enjoyable sound which you could hearken to for hours with out a lot fatigue. However, it isn’t essentially the most balanced or impartial audio signature and people in search of such will certainly be disenchanted.
In phrases of technical efficiency, the extent of element within the sound is respectable. However, the dialed again treble takes the sting off the sound and makes it softer and unfocused. Imaging efficiency is common, and the soundstage is unremarkable.
One reasonably critical problem with the sound is the background noise. When the earbuds are powered on, the DAC/amp circuitry is engaged solely when there may be audio enjoying and powers down after a while of no audio. However, this circuitry provides a ton of very audible background noise to the system, which will be heard even once you’re in comparatively noisy environments. It’s particularly noticeable when it turns off after some time of no audio enjoying when issues instantly get quieter.
The Pureplay Z7 has beneath-common microphone efficiency. Voices sound quiet and vague. The earbuds can also’t deal effectively with background noise and it solely makes the voices tougher to listen to.
The Pureplay Z7 have nice latency efficiency for video. While watching movies, it was onerous to make out any latency within the audio and the expertise was practically indistinguishable from utilizing wired headsets.
The latency throughout gaming was extra noticeable however nonetheless completely enough for informal gaming. However, for aggressive titles, it is nonetheless advisable to make use of a wired headset with a constructed-in microphone.
The Pureplay Z7 had dependable connection efficiency throughout testing. Not as soon as did the earbuds drop connection or did any form of unusual enterprise that may warrant mentioning. They just about labored as they need to.
Noise cancellation and transparency
The Pureplay Z7 don’t have any lively noise canceling system. However, the earbud design supplies a superb seal creating an excellent passive isolation impact.
The Pureplay Z7 do have a transparency mode that may be enabled via the app. However, it sounds very robotic and unnatural. Having stated that, you should still need to use it as a result of the passive isolation is absolutely fairly efficient.
The Pureplay Z7 have a rated battery lifetime of 10 hours when utilizing the SBC codec. They additionally declare to final 2 hours after a 15-minute cost.
During my testing, I bought 8 hours of steady playback when testing with aptX Adaptive. While it is a bit off the mark, 8 hours continues to be very spectacular. Also, a 15-minute cost truly went on for the claimed 2 hours, which can also be fairly good.
The case helps Qi wi-fi charging, together with the usual USB-C connection.
The Lypertek Pureplay Z7 are deeply unimpressive wi-fi earbuds on the $200 asking worth. They have a lackluster function set, with basic items like in-ear detection being unavailable. They additionally miss out on different stuff similar to lively noise-cancellation that one expects at this worth level.
If the efficiency was streets forward of the others, then among the shortcomings might have been ignored. But the audio high quality is simply respectable and stricken by points such because the background noise. The microphone efficiency can also be poor and so they had been additionally uncomfortable to put on whereas strolling, which is only a deal-breaker for wi-fi earbuds.
There are additionally some simple high quality management points right here, from the non-becoming foam suggestions, an additional pair of silicone suggestions that should not be there, to the aforementioned background noise problem.
The solely good issues in regards to the Pureplay Z7 are the battery life, the latency efficiency, and the consolation once you’re simply sitting. Those, nonetheless, are ancillary issues and will not be ok to avoid wasting these earbuds.
Overall, I’d suggest patrons keep on with the less expensive Pureplay Z3 as they’re vastly superior in nearly each method.
- Decent audio high quality
- Great battery life
- Good latency efficiency
- IPX5 rated
- Wireless charging
- Uncomfortable whereas strolling
- Audible background noise throughout playback
- No in-ear detection
- No lively noise cancellation
- Poor microphone efficiency
- Quality management points
- Earbud controls are uncomfortable to make use of