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Su­dio Vasa Blå

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Bryan Chan

Judg­ing by the pop­u­lar­ity of music ser­vices like Spo­tify, and the fact that the app has been down­loaded 4.8 mil­lion times on Google Play, a lot of us love to lis­ten to music. With this in mind, Swedish com­pany Su­dio opted to in­tro­duce the Vasa Blå Blue­tooth in-ear head­phones.

The Vasa Blå is ac­tu­ally an up­dated ver­sion of Su­dio's rather pop­u­lar Vasa ear­phones, fea­tur­ing Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, rather than the stan­dard 3.5mm jack. This is a dou­ble-edged sword be­cause on one hand, you're get­ting wire­less free­dom, while at the same time, you're at the mercy of the recharge­able bat­tery.

With­out beat­ing (pun!) around the bush, let's talk about the sound qual­ity of these ear­phones. Dur­ing our time with these ear­phones, we played a num­ber of tracks that em­pha­sized dif­fer­ent

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APRIL 2016 things. Adele's 'Hello' sounded great, with solid vo­cals and dis­tin­guish­able in­stru­ments in the back­ground. With Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' how­ever, the highs were slightly over­whelm­ing. Over­all, we found that these ear­phones per­form well with in­stru­men­tal music, but suf­fer slightly when it comes to rock.

One thing's for cer­tain though, the sound pro­file is tuned for ac­cu­racy, which is some­thing that clas­si­cal and in­stru­men­tal lovers will ap­pre­ci­ate. If you're a bass head, you'll want to head to the equal­izer to boost the bass. It's also im­por­tant to note that it's best to pair these ear­phones with smart­phones with aptX tech­nol­ogy, for bet­ter au­dio qual­ity.

These ear­phones are also equipped with a mi­cro­phone, which is lo­cated in the in-line re­mote con­trol, al­low­ing you to re­ceive calls eas­ily, and con­tinue lis­ten­ing to your music af­ter­wards.

In terms of us­age and de­sign, the Vasa Blå looks great, es­pe­cially in the Rose Gold/Black color scheme that we re­viewed. They're light, and when placed be­hind the neck, feel al­most weight­less. There's an in-line re­mote con­trol close to the right earpad, and a small mod­ule for you to con­nect a Mi­croUSB ca­ble to charge it. Four dif­fer­ently-sized sleeves are bun­dled, so find­ing one that's com­fort­able is easy.

In a nut­shell, we found the Su­dio Vasa Blå to be a good pair of in-ear Blue­tooth ear­phones. They of­fer hands­free func­tion­al­ity, and have a fairly ac­cu­rate sound pro­file. At around RM400, they're also rea­son­ably priced, mak­ing this an easy rec­om­men­da­tion.

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