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Sudio Tolv True Wireless Earphones Review

Sudio Tolv Review with 15% Discount CodeSudio Tolv True Wireless Earphones Review, with 15% discount code.

An update of the older Nivå model, the Sudio Tolv comes with twice the power storage, a smaller charging case, and a superb soundstage.


Are wireless audio gear all the rage nowadays? They seriously look to be, going by how major smartphone manufacturers have all removed audio jacks from their latest products.

Lightweight and user-friendly, such products forever remove the chore of managing wires, whether they are trailing from your ears or bundled up in your bag. Long gone too are the days of faltering connections. Not only do wireless gear stay clear, they often sound as impressive as wired products too.

And oh, they can be great fashion accessories as well, when they look as cool as the white Sudio Tolv True Wireless Earphones. (Available in five other colours too, including pink and green)

You wouldn’t need to fuss over recharging too. In the case of the Tolv, you’d probably return from a short holiday, and find that they are still half-full of juice.


This review was written using a sponsored set of the white Sudio Tolv. If you’re just looking for the 15% discount code, scroll right to the end.


Sudio Tolv Specifications

The Sudio Tolv is the Swedish manufacturer’s second true wireless earbuds. One look and you would know it’s an upgrade over the older Sudio Nivå, and thus I’ll have a short comparison section later. For the moment, here are the official specs.

  • Weight: 4.5 grams per earbud
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS
  • Bluetooth Version: Version 5.0, Class II
  • Bluetooth Range: 15m
  • Music Time: 7 hours
  • Talking Time: 7 hours
  • Charging Time: 1.5 hours
  • Charging Case: 500mAh (case) rechargeable
  • Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 93±3dB @ 1kHz
Notable Features
  • Graphene driver for enhanced sound
  • Automatic pairing between earbuds and device
  • Microphone on both earbuds
  • Multi-purpose button on each earbud for music/phone control
  • Siri and Google Assistant enabled
  • Free shipping and one-year warranty

Unboxing and Contents

Like other Sudio products, the box packaging reflects the company’s Swedish minimalist design direction.

Sudio Tolv Specs.
The back of the box also lists the key specifications of the Sudio Tolv.
Sudio Tolv Box Contents
As for actual contents, there’s the charging case with the earbuds held within them. There’s also a USB charging cable, three sets of spare silicon tips, a guarantee certificate, an instructions manual, and an addendum containing important usage information.
Sudio Tolv White Charging Case.
The Tolv White within its charging case. Miniature lights beneath the buttons indicate battery and connectivity statuses.

Bluetooth Capabilities and Pairing

The Sudio Tolv is Bluetooth 5.0 capable, and very simply, this means each earbud connects individually. You could therefore only use one; for example, the right earbud as a Bluetooth talk device. This is, incidentally, a huge improvement over the earlier Nivå.

Special mention has to be given to the pairing process too. Previously, I wrote that you need to read the manual in order to know how to pair the Sudio Nivå. In the case of the Tolv, you just need to have a glance at the manual to know what you do not need to do. Pairing this time round is a simple matter of removing the earbuds and selecting the Tolv on your Bluetooth-enabled device. That’s all. No button presses necessary. No syncing or listening for prompts too. To say the whole process is a breeze is not an overstatement.

Audio/Talk Controls

In contrast to pairing, you do need to have more than a glance at the manual if wish to control audio/talk with the earbuds. Allow me to summarise the controls here:

  • Play or Pause: Press button once.
  • Next Song: Press R button TWICE.
  • Previous Song: Press L button TWICE.
  • Answer Phone Call: Press R button ONCE.
  • Reject Phone Call: Press and hold R button.
  • Volume Adjust: Three times on L to reduce, three times on R to increase.

These Sudio Tolv controls a bit of a drag to remember, at least initially. Increasing or decreasing volume quickly could also be quite awkward. But … I don’t know. I seldom control audio using earbuds/earphones, I near always do it on the phone.

If you’re unlike me, however, you’d probably want to take note of these controls. Truth is, once I got the gist of everything, I didn’t find them that complicated.

Note: For some reason, the instructions for volume adjustment are not in the manual. To get the most out of the Tolv, you have to pump up the volume from default.

Comfort of Wear

Like the Nivå, the trick to properly wearing the Tolv is to tilt the earbud then rest the body on the concha of the ear i.e. the curvy groove. As long as you do these steps right, the Tolv fits snuggly, on top of being incredibly comfortable. Yep, these are easily among the most comfortable earbuds I’ve ever used. I binged on two hours of Anime with them and didn’t remotely feel any strain or ache. In the area of comfort of wear, I will definitely rank the Sudio Tolv a winner.

Comfortable True Wireless Earbuds.
I … have to mention that the tips are very, very easy to change too. This was hardly the case with some other earphones I tried lately. I had to watch YouTube tutorials for those.

Sudio Tolv Sound Quality

On to the sound quality! For this review, I used music and movies from my old LG G6, my new LG V40, and an older HP X2 detachable. Tracks played were mainly my own Electone recordings and an assortment of different Anime ending songs.

Quite a few online reviews, at least those that I’ve read, describe Sudio gear as having a warmer or neutral sound. I myself used this description when I reviewed the Sudio Regent.

For the Sudio Tolv, I’ll say this signature is more noticeable than ever, in great part because of the enhanced bass (see next para). Everything sounds rounder, in some cases, heavier too. This is great for ambient and atmospheric music but as you can imagine, it does remove some punch from energetic tracks and highs. The bright side of this, on the other hand, is that there’s generally no muddling of sounds. When looping Home Made Kazoku’s Arigatou and 2PM’s Take Off, I could hear all accompaniments clearly. This includes respective instrumental nuances.

Bass, as mentioned, is enhanced, notably stronger and more emphatic than any other Sudio products I’ve tried. More enveloping as well. Odd as it is for me to say, I thought it was a tad overdone; I prefer neutral profiles. But I know I’m in the minority with this preference, so I believe the enhanced bass should go down well with most other listeners.

As for soundstage, stereo, etc, the Tolv is exceptional! Broad and distinct, making it lovely for watching a movie with. Together with the rounder sound, a good deal of that cinema hall Dolby feel is created. In fact, if your source has some sort of DTS capability, the experience gets even lovelier. While test-watching sports Anime, I could feel myself immersed within the make-belief auditorium. The experience was thrilling, to say the least.

Sudio Tolv Versus Sudio Nivå

A quick list of the differences between the Tolv and the Nivå, if you’re undecided over which Sudio true wireless earphones to try.

  1. The Tolv has 5 x 7 = 35 hours playtime at full charge, while the Nivå has 5 x 3.5 = 17.5 hours. In other words, the Tolv has twice the juice after a full charge.
  2. The Tolv’s charging case is smaller, although the earbuds themselves are marginally larger. The Tolv’s case also has a soft-touch feel, which I personally prefer to the Nivå’s.
  3. Music-wise, the Sudio Tolv sound quality, is superior in nearly all aspects. It has a far more reverberating bass. Spatially, it also sounds superior. Sounds are overall, richer.
  4. Both sound equally clear to me. Rounder sound, or not, vocals are not muddled.
  5. The Sudio Tolv has stronger and better Bluetooth capabilities. More range too.
  6. Being the newer model, the Tolv naturally costs slightly more. (There about 12 % before discounts)
Sudio Tolv Versus Sudio Nivå
Visual comparison.

Sudio Tolv True Wireless Earphones Review Conclusion – 5 Usage Scenarios

What would I use the Sudio Tolv for? What do I think it’s great or not-so-great for?

Traveling

It’s 35 hours of juice after a full charge. The way we travel nowadays, the lesser toys we need to recharge every night, the better it is, yes? Plus it’s lightweight. And it looks stylish. Perfect travel gear, if you ask me.

Street Listening

The Tolv blocks environmental noise pretty well. To the extent, I couldn’t hear other passengers talking when in a car. (And this is with the music at half volume on my phone) Great and cool looking audio gear, in other words, when you’re out by yourself.

Home Entertainment

I’m not sure whether Sudio intended the Tolv to be for movie watching, but for the moment, it’s my go-to earphones for Anime binging. Because the earbuds are so COMFORTABLE to wear. To share, I have a weird left ear and I’ve seldom been able to find earphones that wouldn’t hurt after an hour. For me to be able to wear the Tolv for 2 hours without feeling any strain, well, that’s spectacular to me.

Gaming

Comfort of wear, a great soundscape, and less aggressive highs make the Sudio Tolv suitable, or should I say healthy, for gaming. That is, unless you are competitive and mind the very slight lag from the wireless connection.

Exercising

I’ve mentioned the same when I reviewed the Nivå. The Tolv is comfortable, it’s secure too, but it’s not a clip on your ears. Therefore, while you can use these true wireless earbuds for light and indoor exercises, wet sporty activities such as running are probably a no-go.


Keen to own the Sudio Tolv? Head over to the official Sudio website today to place an order! You’ll enjoy a 15 per cent discount if you quote my discount code, scribblinggeektolv.

Update Jan 2020: Review of the new Sudio Fem True Wireless Earphones.

True Wireless Earphones from Sweden.
Sudio Tolv Black Version

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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

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