Realme Dizo GoPods D True Wireless Earphones Review: Affordable and Powerful

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Realme, which started out as a brand itself under the support of the much larger and more established Oppo, has come a long way since its launch in India in 2018. Recently announced, Bud’s Q2 Neo, Realme has now endorsed a new brand called Dizo to support the same To compete segment. Dizo recently announced its first affordable audio products, including the GoPods D, which I am reviewing here.

Priced at Rs. 1,399, the Dizo GoPods D have a lot in common with the Realme Buds Q2 Neo, both optically and technically, but are only a touch cheaper in terms of price. The new earbuds will also face competition from brands like Redmi and Noise. Now is this the best pair of true wireless earbuds under Rs. 1,500 in India? Find out in this review.

The Dizo GoPods D have dynamic 10mm drivers and are IPX4 certified for water resistance

App support and low latency gaming mode on the Dizo GoPods D.

Let’s just get that out of the way early; the Dizo GoPods D look very similar to the Realme Buds Q2 Neo and Buds Q2. That said, I like the way the headphones look and feel. Each receiver has a patterned outer surface that also serves as a touch control panel. The earbuds don’t weigh much. They fit well in the canal and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

The Dizo GoPods D is available in two colors – black and white. You can use the touch panels to control playback, trigger a voice assistant and activate game mode with low latency. This control worked fine for me, mainly because of the large flat area of ​​each touch-sensitive zone. You cannot control the volume through the earbuds and must do so with your source device.

While the charging case is simple, it is well designed and small enough to slip into your pocket when you need it. There is only a single discreet Dizo logo on the lid and there is a micro-USB port on the back for charging. Even at this price point, the Dizo GoPods D’s micro-USB charging is disappointing. There’s no pairing button – the earbuds go into pairing mode by default when they’re not connected to any device. There is a small indicator light on the front that shows the charging status of the case.

In terms of specs, the GoPods D are almost identical to the Buds Q2 Neo, with dynamic 10mm drivers, a frequency response range of 20-20,000 Hz, micro-USB charging, and IPX4 water resistance. For connectivity, the earbuds use Bluetooth 5, with only the SBC Bluetooth codec supported, which is the only big difference between the GoPods D and the Buds Q2 Neo – the latter also supports the AAC codec.

The sales package includes a charging cable and a total of three pairs of silicone earplugs. There is no active noise cancellation, but there is ambient noise cancellation to improve the audio quality of the microphone during calls.

App support for budget true wireless earbuds is still quite uncommon, so the Dizo GoPods D headset stands out in this regard. Dizo’s connection to Realme is used well here as the earbuds work with the excellent Realme Link app. This only works in the Android app for now, with the iOS app not yet updated to support the Dizo GoPods D at the time of this review.

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The Dizo GoPods D work with the Realme Link app, which lets you customize controls, choose an equalizer preset, and more

There are only a handful of things you can do with the app, including showing the battery level for the earbuds (but not the case), choosing one of three equalizer presets, controlling the low latency game mode, and adjusting the Touch controls. This isn’t quite as extensive as you can get with high quality, feature-rich headphones, but far more than I would normally expect from true wireless earbuds at this price point.

The Dizo GoPods D has decent battery life for the price and feature set, with the earbuds running around four hours per charge. The charging case added three full extra charges for the earbuds, for a total battery life of 16 hours per charge cycle. There is also fast charging with a 10-minute charge that provides two hours of listening time on the earbuds.

The sound quality of the Dizo GoPods D is okay for the price

While the mid-range and high-end true wireless earbuds see big changes every few months, the budget segment has remained largely constant in terms of design, features, and audio quality. There are several options with prices around or below Rs. 1,500, but the Dizo GoPods D in particular will compete against the true Redmi 2C wireless earbuds.

There aren’t too many fancy features on the Dizo GoPods D, and the focus is firmly on design and the listening experience. In fact, at this budget point, the sound quality is completely satisfactory and pleasant. The sound is largely clean and free of significant defects in frequency range coverage and tonal signature. The sound fits most popular genres, with reasonable bumps in the lows and highs.

When listening to Fire from Ferry Corsten, the Dizo GoPods D were loud, aggressive and powerful (in a good way). Although the bass in this track’s fast, attacking electronic beats tended to drown out the rest of the frequency range at high volumes, most buyers on this budget will likely enjoy it. The volume combined with the noise isolating fit will help overcome most noisy outdoor environments.

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The sonic signature of the Dizo GoPods D is a bit bass-heavy, but that should please many buyers in this price segment

Despite the potentially overpowering bass, the sound never felt too muddy or uncomfortable, and details could be heard every now and then. With If I Were A Folkstar from The Avalanches, the GoPods D were able to capture some of the detail and definition that make this lovely sample-based track so enjoyable, but the soundstage felt a bit cramped and limited.

The sound felt a bit rough at very high volume, but setting the volume to around 50 percent made for a reasonably engaging and clean listening experience. Perhaps the support of higher quality codecs made a difference here, allowing a little more data to be used by the earbuds, but the sound is pleasant yet perfectly acceptable as long as you can handle some extra bass.

The Dizo GoPods D have a few useful additional functions: ENC for voice calls and a low-latency mode for games. As with the Realme Buds Q2, the low-latency mode improved response time slightly, but not significantly enough to really make a difference in delay-sensitive multiplayer games. Call audio quality was acceptable indoors and in more quiet outdoor environments, with the ENC reducing some environmental factors such as wind.

verdict

Most affordable true wireless products focus on form factor rather than features. Hence, the Dizo GoPods D stands out for several main reasons, namely app support and fast charging. As far as the basics are concerned, the GoPods D are competent and offer a decent overall experience for the price. You get a comfortable fit, good battery life, and acceptable sound quality. At Rs. 1,399, there are enough in this pair of earphones to be worth considering.

While there are some downsides – micro-USB charging, only SBC codec support, and a somewhat haughty bass attack – it’s worth overlooking these just because of the price and the fact that you’re getting a Realme-powered product . Options from brands like Noise and Redmi might also be worth considering, but the Dizo GoPods D offer a good overall experience for Rs. 1,399.

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