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- Overview of QCY HT05
- Build quality
- Connection quality
- Active noise canceling performance
- Compatible Apps
- Sound quality
- Sound quality features
- General comment
- Purchase Link
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Recommended for people like this
- People who value communication quality
- People who like bright sound
- People who value manufacturing quality
- People who value cost performance
Overview of QCY HT05
- Total Score: 8.5 / 10.0
- Package: 8.0 / 10.0
- Build quality: 8.0 / 10.0
- Fit: 8.5 / 10.0
- High range: 8.5 / 10.0
- Mid range: 9.0 / 10.0
- Low range: 8.5 / 10.0
- Less distortion: 8.5 / 10.0
- Communication quality: 9.0 / 10.0
- Cost performance bonus: 10.5 / 10.0
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- Continuous / maximum playback time: 7h / 30h
- Waterproof performance: IPX5
- Supported codecs: AAC / SBC
Features of QCY HT05
- 40DB ANC – 3 Noise Cancellation modes
- Wind Noise Canceling Keep Quite even on windy days
- Up to 30 h without ANC mode, Super long battery Life
- 6 Mic & ENC – Noise Cancellation for calling
- WQ7003AR – Wuqi Flagschip
- Update Transparency Mode – Volume Control Vocals boosted
- 10mm dynaic driver – Advanced LCP graphence driver
The package meets the price level. The overall package is eco-friendly.
There is no shortage of accessories. The package contains the following:
- QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
- Charging case
- USB Type-C cable
Build quality meets price standard.
The case and earbuds have a matte white texture and are smooth to the touch.
The fit is good.
I tested it by connecting it to a Cayin N6II/E02 with AAC.
I don't know because I haven't been in crowds, but it is stable in the home. Distance tolerance is excellent, and the connection is seamless and intact even at a distance of about 5 meters. Communication was momentarily lost across the obstruction, but it quickly returned and I was able to listen to music consistently.
There may be a small amount of background noise, but most people probably won't notice it.
The operating interface is a touch type.
|Power ON||Open the lid of the charging case and take out the earphones|
|Power OFF||Store the earphones in the charging case|
|Pairing||If there is no connection destination when the power is turned on, pairing mode is automatically activated|
|Play a song||Tap the multi-function button twice|
|Stop playback||Tap the multifunction button twice|
|Forward song||Tap the right multifunction button three times|
|Backward||Tap the left multifunction button three times|
|Answer call||Tap the multi-function button twice|
|End call||Tap the multi-function button twice|
|Activate voice assistant||Tap the left multifunction button three times|
|Switch to gaming mode||Press and hold left multifunction button for 1.5 seconds|
|Switch between ANC and Hear-Through||Press and hold the right multifunction button for 1.5 seconds|
Active noise canceling performance
The QCY HT05's ANC performance is mediocre for its price range. However, it is quite effective at suppressing human voices and other sounds, as it reduces midrange frequencies considerably.
The QCY app is supported.
What the app allows you to do:
- Customize Sound Quality
- Customize Controls
- Tracking functions
- Firmware updates
- Factory Reset
- Verify device information
REW Frequency Response
Sound quality description
The following review was tested on a FiiO M15 with an SBC connection.
When ANC is off, the QCY HT05 has a bright midrange, flat, monitor-like sound.
Please see here for detailed reviews on sound quality.
Lows / Bass
When ANC is off, the QCY HT05's low frequencies are adjusted to be inferior to the midrange in presence and do not interfere with the midrange. Linearity is not bad, although it lacks depth and can easily sound shallow.
The bass drum kick is a little less impactful and tends to sound a little shallow and tap-like. The rhythmic feel is easy to understand, but lacks some rawness.
The electric bass is also a little short on blackness.
Basically, the low frequencies with ANC off are not at a level that will satisfy low-frequency enthusiasts. It also sounds slightly expansive.
Turning ANC ON improves the depth of the low frequencies and gives them a bit more weight. We recommend ANC ON for low-frequency lovers.
When ANC is off, the midrange is quite forward. It sounds brighter than neutral, with good perspective and detail, but is slightly more harsh to the ear.
With ANC ON, the midrange is almost completely near neutral, and the overly bright feeling will settle down to a reasonable level.
Texture expression and sound balance are clearly better with ANC ON, and a more natural sound can be expected.
When ANC is off, the sound image in the midrange is a bit larger, giving the music a sense of overhang and making vocals sound closer and louder, which can sometimes seem a bit harsh to the ear, thanks to the tendency to make them sound louder.
Wind instruments can sound a bit metallic and grating as well.
Overall, when ANC is OFF, the sound approaches a tinny sound that sounds too bright and glare, and most people will be more comfortable with ANC ON.
Highs / Treble
The high frequencies are fairly well tuned, pulling in the localization of the speakers so that they sound almost like flat speakers.
Localization is at an excellent level both with ANC OFF and with ANC ON, although the sound is brighter with ANC OFF, and some sibilance may be heard more strongly with ANC OFF.
There is no lack of detail, but the brightness of the midrange is slightly higher than the brightness of the high range when ANC is turned off, so the sense of detail is lower than when ANC is turned on.
Sound quality general comment
Overall, the QCY HT05 offers a well-rounded sound balance and above-standard audio specs for the price. If you like the bright Etymotic monitor-like sound, you may like the sound with ANC OFF, and the sound balance with ANC ON is quite suitable for everyone.
Sound quality features
- Good sound balance
- Good original sound fidelity
- Good texture
- Excellent localization
- Good focus on midrange
- Bright midrange
- Left-right agreement (excellent quality control)
- Good definition
- Lacks in low-frequency depth
- Sound not tight enough when ANC is off
The QCY HT05 is a reasonably attractive option in its price range, with ANC that effectively reduces midrange, good communication quality, and a fairly balanced and bright sound signature. It is not at the level of the best in its price range, but it is a better option.