TOZO Golden X1 Review: One Step Closer to True Sound

People familiar with Amazon should know that there are five significant rankings on the site, among which the Amazon Best Sellers ranking represents the current best-selling products on the platform, and the products listed are the pride of their respective brands. When you open the Best Sellers in Earbud & In-Ear Headphones ranking on the Amazon US site, it’s easy to notice that three of the top 10 best-selling products are from the same brand – TOZO, a globally leading brand specializing in wireless audio.

Recently, TOZO officially announced its entry into the Asia-Pacific market, bringing a series of popular products and new releases. Among them, the TOZO Golden X1, which is the focus of this article, is a new flagship TWS earphone from TOZO’s X series. It features a combination of dynamic driver and balanced armature driver, LDAC high-definition decoding, -42dB deep active noise cancellation, LED display on the charging case, 32 hours of long battery life, IPX6 waterproof rating, and other highlights. All of these cater to users’ demands for high-quality wireless audio and provide a convenient user experience.

TOZO X1 Close Up

The charging case resembles a space capsule with a strip-shaped indicator displaying the device’s working status. It’s compact and can be easily held with one hand, and it is also small enough to be conveniently carried in a pocket. And the built-in digital screen shows the remaining battery life of the earphones and the charging case.

The earphones adopt a bean-shaped in-ear design that is small and compact. A mini stem resembling a “tail” is added to the bean-shaped structure, and the end of it houses the built-in microphone for call pickup, extending forward to enhance sound pickup. The interior of the earphones features nano-coating technology, providing IPX6 water resistance, making them suitable for sports and outdoor use. Thanks to its excellent ergonomic design, the TOZO Golden X1 can perfectly fit the ear’s contours, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit. The angle of the sound tube is accurate, adapting to the ear canal, improving the fit, and providing an immersive listening experience.

It’s worth mentioning that the TOZO Golden X1 has been awarded the Silver Prize in the 2023 Muse Design Awards and the Honorable Mention in the 2022 IDA International Design Awards, which is indicates the product’s excellence.

Regarding wireless connectivity, the TOZO Golden X1 uses the latest Bluetooth 5.3 technology, offering fast pairing, low power consumption, strong anti-interference capabilities, and stable connections. Once paired for the first time, the earphones will automatically reconnect when the case is opened for subsequent uses. Additionally, the earphones support dual-device connectivity, allowing seamless switching between devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The TOZO Golden X1 also supports LDAC high-definition audio decoding and has obtained Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification. It can wirelessly stream high-resolution music with a sampling rate of 24-bit/96kHz, with a maximum transmission rate of 960-990 kbps. This is three times higher than the standard SBC encoding, allowing for the preservation of more information during wireless transmission and delivering pure, high-fidelity sound quality.

Tozo Golden X1 App

The TOZO Golden X1 is also compatible with the TOZO app, which allows users to perform various operations such as Eartune hearing tests, noise-canceling mode switching, and preset EQ adjustments. Eartune is an exclusive sound enhancement technology developed by TOZO. It measures users’ sensitivity to different frequency ranges, records ear canal data, and customizes personalized frequency enhancements to enable users to hear sounds they couldn’t hear before, which creates an optimized listening experience and helps protect users’ hearing.

The key idea behind this technology is that users may not be sensitive to certain frequency ranges, so they subconsciously increase the volume to try to hear more clearly. However, when the volume is increased, it can inadvertently suppress the less sensitive frequency ranges, resulting in counterproductive outcomes. Moreover, excessive volume can also damage hearing. Eartune technology addresses this issue by selectively enhancing specific frequency ranges while maintaining the normal volume of other frequency ranges, allowing for clearer and more balanced sound reproduction while preserving hearing health.

In addition, with a full charge, the earphones provide 8 hours of playback time, and when combined with the charging case, the total battery life can reach up to 32 hours. Assuming a usage of approximately 4 hours per day, it can last for an entire week. And the charging case supports Qi wireless charging, making it convenient to use with TOZO W1 or other Qi wireless chargers. It can be charged whenever placed and taken for use immediately, providing great convenience.

The TOZO Golden X1 also offers exceptional noise-canceling capabilities, providing six noise-canceling modes: Noise Cancellation, Leisure Mode, Reduce Wind Noise, Transparency Mode, Normal mode, and Custom Pattern. In Noise Cancellation mode, the noise-canceling intensity is maximized to block out external noise as much as possible, making it suitable for high-volume noise environments like commuting on public transportation. With a maximum noise reduction depth of -42dB, the Golden X1 can effectively suppress external noise. In tests, the Golden X1 performs as expected in various noisy environments, filtering out most of the noise across different frequency ranges, meeting the noise-canceling needs in scenarios such as subways, buses, malls, and restaurants.

Leisure Mode is designed for relatively quiet indoor environments like libraries or cafes, providing a certain level of noise reduction while reducing ear pressure and ensuring long-lasting comfort. As their names suggest, transparency and Wind Noise Resistance mode are tailored for specific scenarios. Transparency mode allows users to hear ambient sounds while wearing the earphones, making it useful for situations where awareness of the surroundings is important. Wind Noise Resistance mode reduces the impact of wind noise, making it suitable for outdoor use in windy conditions.

Regarding call noise cancellation, the TOZO Golden X1 utilizes a combination of feedforward and feedback microphones, along with the dedicated call microphone, to achieve three-microphone ENC (Environmental Noise Cancellation) for calls, which effectively suppresses background noise during calls, accurately picks up the user’s voice, and ensures clear and pure voice transmission during conversations.

The TOZO Golden X1 also offers the option to customize the level of noise cancellation beyond the default modes. Users can freely choose from 1 to 10 levels of noise cancellation, allowing for a more personalized balance between noise reduction depth and comfort. This feature enables users to tailor the noise cancellation to their preferences and meet a wider range of noise-canceling needs.

In terms of sound effects, the TOZO Golden X1 comes with 16 built-in preset EQ modes in the app, catering to various music genres such as classical, dance, hip-hop, jazz, and pop. Users can easily switch between these presets with a single tap, providing convenience and versatility. Additionally, users can create their own EQ curves that match their audio preferences, save them for direct use, and enjoy a more customized audio experience. This feature adds playfulness and flexibility to the sound-tuning capabilities of the earphones.

The TOZO app also allows users to set custom touch controls according to their usage habits, providing a more personalized and intuitive user experience. Furthermore, the app facilitates firmware upgrades to enhance the device’s performance, ensuring users can benefit from future improvements and optimizations.

More importantly, the TOZO Golden X1 emphasizes sound quality, recognizing that the speaker unit is vital in delivering an exceptional audio experience. The earphones are equipped with a dual-driver configuration consisting of a 12mm large-diameter dynamic driver and a custom-made balanced armature driver, capable of meeting audiophile-level listening demands.

Tozo Golden X1

The custom-designed 12mm high-amplitude dynamic driver can reach a frequency response as low as 12 Hz, ensuring rich and powerful bass reproduction. Whether listening to music with prominent drum beats and bass or watching movies with complex and dynamic sound effects, the TOZO Golden X1 can accurately reproduce the audio, providing a satisfying sense of rhythm and atmosphere.

The balanced armature driver is equally impressive. The custom-made balanced armature driver in the TOZO Golden X1 can reach a frequency as high as 44.1kHz, faithfully reproducing high-frequency sounds such as guitars and cymbals during everyday listening. The combination of the dynamic driver and balanced armature driver enables a wide frequency response range from 12Hz to 44.1kHz, delivering a well-balanced and distinct audio reproduction with an authentic and lifelike sound signature.

Furthermore, TOZO understands that distortion is a significant concern in the process of audio reproduction, and this applies to headphones as well. In addition to its robust hardware configuration, TOZO incorporates OrigX Pro sound technology to achieve a golden frequency response curve that aligns with the natural characteristics of the human ear, resulting in detailed, precise, and clear sound reproduction.

When it comes to the actual listening experience, the TOZO Golden X1 delivers rich, solid, and vibrant sound thanks to its excellent frequency response, low distortion, and wide dynamic range. With its well-balanced audio reproduction, the sound feels natural and authentic, making it easy to enjoy various genres of popular music.

Taking AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” as an example, the TOZO Golden X1 authentically captures the style of this legendary rock band and wonderfully brings out the rock essence of the song. The symbolic powerful chords at the beginning are delivered without hesitation, instantly captivating the ears. The following drum beats do not disappoint either, hitting with impact and resonating deeply. As the lead singer starts, the headphones fully embody the feeling of Rock & Roll, immersing the listener in the rhythm and atmosphere of the song. The Golden X1 effortlessly handles every aspect of the song, delivering highly accurate and natural sound that faithfully reproduces the artistic intentions of the music. Combined with the 16 built-in EQ presets in the app, the Golden X1 is well-equipped to handle various music genres. Together with its outstanding active noise cancellation performance, it creates an immersive and captivating listening experience.

Overall, the TOZO Golden X1 is an impressive flagship TWS earphone that combines powerful performance, comprehensive functionality, and outstanding aesthetics, offering users an exceptional wireless listening experience.




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