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(True Wireless Earbuds Review) QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC: Monitor-like sound balance with bright midrange; ANC reduced mainly in the midrange. High functionality with supported applications.






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  • Functionality-oriented
  • People who value communication quality
  • People who like bright sound
  • People who value manufacturing quality
  • People who value cost performance


Overview of QCY HT05

This review will give an overview of QCY HT05. A complete review of this product can be found here.


audio-sound Score

  • 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
  • Active noise canceling: 6.5/10.0
  • Cost performance bonus: 10.5 / 10.0


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Basic Specifications
  • 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


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC



The package meets the price level. The overall package is eco-friendly.


Package contents

There is no shortage of accessories. The package contains the following:

  • QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
  • Charging case
  • Eartips
  • USB Type-C cable
  • Manual


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


Build quality

Build quality meets price standard.


The case and earbuds have a matte white texture and are smooth to the touch.


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC



The fit is good.


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


Connection quality

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.


Compatible Apps

The QCY app is supported.


What the app allows you to do:
  • Customize Sound Quality
  • Customize Controls
  • Tracking functions
  • Firmware updates
  • Unpairing
  • Factory Reset
  • Verify device information


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC
QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


Sound quality

REW Frequency Response

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


audio status

QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


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.


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


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.


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC



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.


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


Sound quality general comment
  • Original sound fidelity: A
  • Recommendation: A-
  • Personal preference: A-


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.


QCY HT05 Melobuds ANC


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


General comment

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.