The fit is great and the controls are smart too, but the ‘superior bass performance’ was absent
Pros: Fit snugly, Irish made
Cons: audio quality is only average
We like to support Irish-designed tech in these pages. Happily, OneSonic has come out with some great audio products in recent years.
When it produced its budget-oriented €60 BXS-HD1 ear buds, we enthusiastically proclaimed it to be a superb choice. It remains so today. We can’t quite say the same for its new MXS-HD1 ‘noise-cancelling’ buds (€129).
Although the audio quality is OK, it isn’t quite on par with some of the best rival buds at around the same price. And as for the ‘noise cancelling’ claim, it just isn’t really there in any discernible way.
To be fair, few ear buds achieve any appreciable level of ‘noise cancellation’ – even the €270 AirPods Pro are a little mediocre at it. But you can usually hear some sort of difference; I couldn’t detect one when toggling through the modes on the OneSonic buds.
And the volume levels on my set were capped at a level that I found to be too low when out and about with street noise going on around me. I couldn’t get any of the “superior bass performance” the buds claimed, either.
Having said all that, I should add some context. Sometimes different buds have different audio effects on differently-shaped ears. For example, a couple of Samsung’s better-selling buds sound a bit tinny to me, despite others reviewing them as acoustically good.
So it is possible that what sounds tinny in my lugs could actually sound quite special in yours. Even still, this is what I found with these earbuds.
One positive feature is the fit. This is absolutely snug and, I found, reliable when you want to go for a jog or a long walk. OneSonic has gone for a rubberised-tip design (close to the AirPods Pro idea) over the simpler ‘stalk’ design of its excellent budget BXS-HD1 buds. This arguably makes them cosier and harder to displace from your ears. The MXS-HD1 buds also have an IPX4 rating, meaning that they’re splash and sweat resistant.
There are more smart controls, too, including nice, simple touch-sensitive panels on the exterior that let you tweak things like volume and voice assistants.
And the case uses USB-C, meaning it’s fairly quick to recharge. Battery life between charges is pretty decent, too.