TCL MoveAudio S600 True Wireless Earbuds - High Fidelity ANC Buds For Much Less
We recently looked at OnePlus' $149 ANC wireless buds offering with the Buds Pro, and found them to be a quality set of wireless buds with a few caveats, most of which could be remedied in software or firmware. TCL's MoveAudio S600 buds were recommended to us as a follow-up product review, weighing in at a full $50 less and with wireless charging on board as a bonus feature over the OnePlus Buds Pro.
Though the company is a major display manufacturer, you may be more familiar with TCL as a relative newcomer in smart TVs and smartphones, but the Huizhou China-based electronics giant also manufacturers all sorts of products, including refrigerators, air conditioners, various small appliances and, yes, now earbuds as stand-alone or companion products to their smartphone lineup. But can a pair of $99 wireless ANC buds from a company that manufacturers everything but the kitchen sink (maybe that too) really measure-up in terms of sound quality, features and comfort? Let's dig in and find out...
TCL MoveAudio S600 Design, Controls And Build Quality
The bulbs themselves have a simple driver setup underneath the soft rubber tips and no porting that we could identify. There are five sets of rubber tips included, ranging in size. I had to specifically move up to the largest ear tip for the best fit and seal acoustically, and in general I had no problem having these buds staying put in my ear, once I had them setup for proper fit. All told, the TCL MoveAudio S600 are well-made, comfortable and their kit bundle is equipped for fitting a myriad of ear shapes and sizes.
Also included is a charging case that takes approximately 2 hours to charge over a USB-C connection. The buds support wireless charging with any Qi standard charger as well. The buds themselves offer a 10 minute fast charge time that gets you up to an hour of listening time, while a full charge is claimed to offer 5 or 7 hours of play time with ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) on and off, respectively. The charging case's wireless charging feature is a real plus, especially if you already have a wireless charger for your phone. These earbuds feature built-in 55mAh batteries while the case houses a 500mAh battery. The buds themselves also support Bluetooth 5.0 BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and are IP54 dust and water resistant. That is to say that they are not impervious to dust or water, but will resist a base level of debris and sweat, for active users in the gym or at the beach, for example.
TCL MoveAudio S600 Comfort, Noise Cancellation And Sound Quality
In terms of their Active Noise Cancelling (ACN) features, the TCL MoveAudio S600s do a reasonably good job of cutting out background noise, whether it be the crappy house mix at your local gym or your next door neighbor's lawn mower during a Friday afternoon attitude adjustment hour. They're not perfect in this regard but for $99 earbuds they're pretty darn solid. Transparency mode performance with the S600s is excellent, should you want to let the outside world in a little bit and not be a total anti-socialite. Noise Cancellation mode isn't exactly a complete block-out, with some external noise floor still bleeding through, depending on the environment you're in. TCL's MoveAudio S600s perform slightly better than the OnePlus Buds Pro in this regard, though what's satisfying about this feature is that it doesn't change your listening content audio quality much at all, unlike the OnePlus Buds Pro that do tend to sound really bass-heavy out of the box in this mode, unless you manually dial them back.
In terms of range, the TCL MoveAudio S600s offer an open, natural sound setup by default with tight low-end response that doesn't overpower and balanced midrange for clean and clear vocals. Many times in-ear buds are devoid of proper low-end or are conversely low-end heavy, and finding the right balance isn't always easy, even with a good EQ utility. These buds offer a generous, but not too heavy or loose low-end that reproduces the kickdrum of the chilled house jams of Sade, or the guttural punch of Velvet Revolver with proper accuracy. At the other end of the spectrum, high hat cymbals ring out crisp, clear and metallic, rather than the muddled bacon frying tones you can sometimes get from cheaper wireless buds. In short, the S600s are some of the best sounding wireless earbuds we've heard at their $99 price point and even higher into the $150+ range for that matter. We think most people will find the TCL MoveAudio S600s sound great for music, movies, game day or whatever else you throw at them.
Speaking of which, we also threw a little 2.5 Geeks livestream action at the S600s and, in addition to quality acoustics, Bluetooth latency was a non-issue. In terms of voice quality, for typical phone calls, the Move Audio S600 and its six mic setup performs decidedly better than the OnePlus Buds Pro we reviewed last month. And in fact, for Skype or Zoom calls, the mic sound quality of these earbuds is pretty great and totally serviceable in professional meeting settings. If your wireless buds need to serve as work from home or creator studio in-ear monitors for Zoom calls or podcasting, the TCL MoveAudio S600s can easily step up and address these use cases as well.
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