The new budget offering from Lypertek offer up an engaging and fun listening experience, without forgetting the finer details.
- Engaging sound signature
- Comfortable fit
- Easy to use
- Great features for the price
- Design doesn't stand out
Fit and Comfort
The SoundFree S20 have a smooth inner housing and slightly elongated nozzle which allows for a great fit with the right eartips. They are not heavy and sit securely, which is excellent if you want to use them for active sports use.
Comfort is excellent due to the lightweight design and smooth edges, they also sit fairly flush in your ears and allow for long listening sessions with ease. The angle of the nozzle really does help when it comes to the comfort of these.
The S20 has a claimed battery life of 8hrs, with an extra 40hrs from the charging case, I have found this claim to be quite accurate during listening sessions but it is of course volume dependent. The case supports wireless charging and has a USB-C port too. They use Bluetooth 5.0 and support SBC and AAC codecs, sadly there is no Aptx support in this budget offering. The S20 are IPX5 rated, this means you can use them in light rain showers but I would not advise taking them swimming or in the shower.
There is a small button on them, placed at the top so you don’t press them into your canals when using it. This button has multiple functions (play/pause/skip tracks/volume up and down) but also allows you to activate ambient mode which allows you to hear external noises. This mean you no longer need to take them out to listen to the outside world. There is a microphone on each earpiece for calls, I found call quality to be acceptable but not a stand-out feature of the S20.
Bass: Full bodied, punchy and fun is how I would first describe the bass on the S20, however they never become muddy or overblown. There is a subtle lift in the sub-bass and you can easily hear the rumble, yet it is well balanced with good punch and control. Those who found the PurePlay Z3 a little too neutral, will enjoy the extra warmth down low on the S20. Whilst the bass is certainly present and boosted, the S20 don’t sound overly bass heavy or dark.
Midrange: The bass is well controlled, which allows the midrange to cut through with authority and power. Male vocals sound clean without any added body, the detail inherent means you can hear all the emotion present in the vocals without much veil. Female vocals fare equally as well, without any real peaks in the upper midrange, guitars and vocals are well separated and each have their own space within the soundstage. Overall excellent performance in the midrange, that gives real insight into the recording.
Treble: Clean, precise and ever present the treble thankfully isn’t just an afterthought. Carefully tuned to be there, but without causing fatigue, often the most tricky part of a frequency response yet Lypertek have pulled it off. Yes, for this price you cannot expect the most faithful tonality but thankfully you can cleanly hear cymbal crashes and violins. They are not dull or veiled, instead they are exciting and add a bit of air to the sound, however they are not the most detailed in the treble region (partly due to bluetooth compression).
Genres and Soundstaging
The S20 lend their hand to most modern genres, bringing out the best in Rap and Hip-Hop whilst handling heavier rock with ease too. They wouldn’t neccessarily be my first pick for classical and jazz, but these are aimed at the active general user and the sound works well for that.
Soundstaging is actually rather impressive for the price and design, whilst not overly wide there is accurate placement of instruments and good layering between them too.
For everyday use the SoundFree S20 is a superb true wireless earphone, it’s comfortable and convenient to use with excellent sound quality and long battery life to boot. The sound is energetic and fun, whilst having good detail retrieval and separation too.