In recent years, the truly wireless earbud market has grown exponentially. What used to be the domain of a few famous brands, selling relatively expensive products, has now expanded to include names you’ve probably never heard of.
Tranya is one such name that most people will not instantly recognize. Their mission is to reset the idea that you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive audio equipment to get the incredible sounds you desire. In other words, great-sounding products at low prices.
So do these Bluetooth earbuds live up to those lofty intentions?
We spent some time acquainting ourselves with these budget friendly earbuds to see if they’re worth your time and money. So, let’s find out if they are in our in-depth Tranya T3 Review…
|Headphone Type||True Wireless Earbuds.|
|Wireless Technology||Bluetooth 5.0.|
|Bluetooth Range||10 m (33 feet).|
|Battery Life||6-8 hours.|
|Charging case Battery Life||6-7 charges (approx. 50 hours).|
|Voice Assistant||Google or Siri.|
|Earbud Weight||6 grams.|
In the box
Upon opening the minimalistic packaging, you’ll find the charging case containing the earbuds, three sets of different sized ear tips, a micro USB charging cable, and the user manual.
Starting with the oval-shaped charging case, it’s a portable enough design that will fit comfortably in your pocket.
A four-light LED indicator on the side lets you know how much charge is left in the case. The flip-top lid is magnetized to keep it closed whilst on the move. To be honest, the magnet could do with being a little stronger as it opened up in our bag a couple of times on the daily commute.
This would be more of a problem if the buds came loose from their charging pins. Fortunately, they are well magnetized, and once docked, there’s no danger of them breaking free.
The lid is made from a smooth, clear plastic that allows you to see if the buds are still charging. This is a nice feature, although the lid did gather a few scratches in the first week of use. You have to wonder what kind of state it will be in after a few months.
The case is charged via a micro USB cable. It would be nice if this had USB-C capabilities, but it’s not too much of a deal-breaker.
The Tranya T3 buds have quite a chunky design and are completely made from plastic. Some sort of rubberized material might have been a better choice to help with grip. But this wasn’t actually a problem, as we will discuss later. The earbuds come with three sets of ear-tips and sit quite deeply in the ear canal, which helps keep them in place.
An LED light on each bud lets you know if the buds are still charging when they are in the case. An outsize button on each earbud handles the controls. The button has a kind of translucent quality to it, which gives the impression you’re sporting some seriously garish costume jewelry.
This may not be a problem for some, but we prefer a design with a little more subtlety.
Added protection without the added weight…
Furthermore, for being so chunky, the Tranya T3 are surprisingly lightweight earbuds, weighing just six grams each. Likewise, the Tranya T3’s have an IPX5 waterproof rating. This means they are excellent splash and sweatproof earbuds. Ideal for those long runs in the rain you’ll probably never get round to.
Comfort and Fit
For such large earbuds that are not rubberized in any way, the Tranya T3 fits surprisingly well in the ear. Once you’ve established the correct ear tip size, they sit in your ear rather nicely.
We really put them through their paces, including jogging and jumping around. It’s fair to say these earbuds stay firmly in place even when exercising. If you’re just sat around the house or office, then the Tranya T3 never feels like they are coming loose and don’t need any adjustments to keep them in place.
Comfort levels are also good, with no ear fatigue experienced, even after extended listening sessions.
If there is a downside to the Tranya T3 earbuds, then it’s with the rather clunky control system. The sequence of button presses for various functions was fairly easy to get used to.
One press on either bud controls play/pause. A long press on the right bud forwards the track, and the same on the left rewinds. Two clicks on the right bud raise the volume, and two on the left decreases it. A triple press on either bud will summon your personal assistant.
A slight flaw…
The only problem is that when you press the button, you end up pushing the earbud further into your ear canal. To avoid this happening, you can grip the outer edge of the bud with your thumb and middle finger while using your forefinger to press the button. It’s all a bit fiddly, especially if you are trying to exercise at the time.
On the flip side, actual physical clicks of the buttons are preferable to touch-sensitive buttons, which all too often don’t register the correct number of touches.
You’ll get six to eight hours of continuous listening time from the Tranya T3’s on a full charge. The charging case will provide an extra six full charges, giving you a total of roughly 60 full hours of playback. This is pretty impressive for such cheap earbuds, comparable and even beating a lot of the more expensive and well-known brands.
It takes 40 minutes to fully recharge the buds and just over two hours for the case. The buds can also charge at the same time as the case for added convenience. Once your buds and case are fully charged, they have built-in protection against overcharging or overheating. This is especially useful for overnight charging.
The Tranya 3 are Bluetooth earbuds with a good solid range and connection with less power usage. When taken out of the case, they automatically pair up with your phone if paired before. If unpaired, they enter into pairing mode on removal, and it’s an extremely simple process from there.
Unfortunately, Tranya did not include aptX compatibility with these earbuds. That means the latency when watching videos is not great. In other words, the audio and video will not quite be in sync, which gets quite annoying very quickly.
To be honest, expectations were not high for the Tranya T3 in the sound quality department. Therefore, we’re happy to report that we were too quick to jump to conclusions in this case. For such low-cost earbuds, they have a remarkably enjoyable sound.
A strong and punchy bass that stays distortion-free as the volume rises is the highlight of the sound profile. Fortunately, it never bleeds into the mid-range, which has enough space to do its own thing without getting swamped by all that boom. Vocals and lead instruments stand out nicely, with plenty of layered texture on offer.
It would be nice if the higher frequencies had a little more clarity and detail. That crisp sparkle in the highs isn’t quite there. This could be corrected through the equalizer settings on your device. Regardless, the overall sound profile is impressive and frankly superior to certain rivals (Airpods) that cost triple the price.
Although the Tranya T3 earbuds do not have any ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) technology, they create a very good seal that manages to passively block out a large amount of background noise. This helps to give you a consistent level of sound quality, especially in the lower frequencies.
The effective seal also means there’s little in the way of sound leakage going on. You can crank these earbuds up without disturbing anyone in the near vicinity.
Tranya has equipped the T3’s with a microphone in each earbud. This allows you to answer calls with one or both earbuds. The microphones work well enough, allowing for clear and easy communication in quieter environments. Step up the background noise level, and they don’t perform quite as well, but that’s to be expected without any ANC technology going on.
Tranya T3 Review – Pros and Cons
- Unbeatable value for money.
- A lively bass friendly sound profile.
- Solid Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
- Top-notch battery life.
- 1-year warranty.
- IPX5 waterproof.
- Stable and comfortable to wear.
- Good passive noise reduction.
- No aptX support.
- Awkward button control.
- Not ideal for calls in noisy environments.
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Tranya T3 Review – Final Thoughts
Tranya’s mission statement to provide quality audio products at a consumer-friendly price has certainly been encapsulated in the T3 earbuds. Whilst not particularly groundbreaking in any way, you’re getting the kind of features and sound quality you’d be happy to pay twice or three times as much for.
A stellar battery life, good comfort levels, and fit, coupled with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a mostly enjoyable sound profile, make the Tranya T3 an absolute bargain. It’s great to see companies willing to innovate for your average consumer.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these gems to the budget-conscious buyer who doesn’t want to compromise on quality. Good Job, Tranya!
Until next time, the beat goes on.