Tronsmart Apollo Q10 Over-Ear ANC Headphones

General Information

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Tronsmart Apollo Q10 ANC. Just Music. Just You.

Headset - 40mm drivers - Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology - Bluetooth - Enhanced soft earpads - Rechargeable battery - Up to 100 hours

If you want to listen to your music in the most comfortable way, the new Tronsmart Apollo Q10 ANC are a good bet. This headset will provide you with an unbeatable sound experience, partly due to its active noise cancellation technology and the best Bluetooth connectivity. Their incredible range will also leave you speechless. Read on to find out more.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Unbelievable Sound Quality

These headphones have a unique sound quality, so you can enjoy your favourite music in spectacular quality. They feature 40mm drivers that will give you a deep, powerful and clear sound, a superior listening experience for what you love most in the world, having a frequency range of 20 Hz - 20 kHz. In addition, it features professional active noise cancellation (ANC) technology, so you can enjoy the most spectacular music in all situations, whether on the plane or on the bus. Noise will not bother you.

Comfortable and Pleasant to Wear

Because what you want is to be able to enjoy yourself for a long time, this headset has improved soft pads, giving you the best connection capacity and that you will be able to use it for a long time. This model has a more stable and spectacular Bluetooth connection capacity.

Impressive Usage Time

Without a doubt, the heart of this headset is its impressive range. Its large capacity rechargeable battery gives you up to 100 hours of use — it's amazing! You can listen to your music for days on end without having to recharge it. However, it also supports quick charge, so recharging won't be a problem. With this technology you can, with just 10 minutes of charging, have up to 3 hours to enjoy your favourite music.

Technical Specifications Tronsmart Apollo Q10 ANC - Bluetooth Headphones:
  • Brand: Tronsmart
  • Model: Apollo Q10 ANC
  • Sound:
    • Drivers: 40mm
    • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    • Impedance: 32 dB
    • Sensitivity: 100 dB
  • Connection:
    • Bluetooth
    • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.5, HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2
    • Bluetooth frequency: 2.402-2480 GHz
  • Features:
    • Active Sound Cancellation (ANC)
    • Headband
    • Tronsmart APP (Android and iOS)
  • Battery:
    • Battery: 1200 mAh
    • Maximum use time: up to 100 hours
    • Charging time: up to 3 hours
    • Fast charging: with 10 minutes of charging you will have up to 3 hours of playback
  • Weight: 225 gr
  • Color: black
Box includes
  • 1 x Tronsmart Apollo Q10 ANC - Bluetooth Headphones
  • 1 x USB Type-C Cable
  • 1 x User Guide

Latest reviews

regancipher

100+ Head-Fier
Tronsmart Apollo Q10 - Comfy ANC Over-Ears at a Reasonable Price
Pros: Price, ANC, Sound Quality, Mic Quality, Ergonomics
Cons: Build Quality, No Apt-X, No Multipoint, No Hard Case
How I review:

Sound Quality


Subjective and objective assessments. I listen to a few key tracks, some FLAC, some bad quality mp3's, streaming services, audio books and tracks I know have been so badly produced they will probably clip the top or the bottom end. Usually I listen to one album in particular on FLAC as a reference class, and also Andre Rieu's Bolero, which again I also know inside out and has sufficient orchestral content for me to discern separation and sound stage.

I then test a few key variables such as FR and Spectral Flatness using an acoustic mic setup and a few different programs on my PC running Windows 10, which are not perfect but the results give me something to reference against. I may elaborate further with additional checks which are pointed out where applicable. I usually also check what's going on with the codecs using Bluetooth Tweaker.

I test on a Poco X3, Apple Iphone 8 and Windows. Mostly I'm reviewing bluetooth headphones so no need for any complexities. If there is an app, I'll test firstly how intuitive it is, and secondly review the EQ settings. If none are available, I'll use Wavelet and customise the EQ to try and get my signature sound, and also test how they perform with certain presets.

I do this just for confirmation of what I'm hearing. I'm not Scarbir, I'm not The Sound Guys. I have a demanding day job, study, and have three kids, so no long essays in these reviews.

I test earbuds using:

Stock tips
Spinfit Silicones
Tronsmart Apollo Bold tips (which seem to fit me perfectly)

INAIRS foam tips (where appropriate)
ikko i-planet foam tips (where appropriate)

Microphone Quality

I conduct a few different tests, as follows:

Indoor, static, silence
Indoor, static, ambient noise 40-60 dB-A
Indoor, static, high frequency ambient noise
Indoor, static, low frequency ambient noise

All of the above but moving
All of the above moving away from the receiver

Outdoor, static, ambient noise 40-80db
Outdoor, moving, ambient noise 40-80db
Outdoor, under a nearby railway bridge where lorries pass through
Outdoor, in the wind and rain when possible

On Zoom or Microsoft Teams
On IOS (Iphone 8)
On Android (POCO X3)
On Windows 10

All calls are recorded for 1-3 minutes for future comparisons. I look for voice clarity, voice clarity among noise and glitches, suppression, naturalness and consistency.

Where possible, I ask my kids to also test to see what sounds the CvC or MEMS compression method is really trying to stifle, and whether it succeeds

ANC (where applicable)

As per the call quality tests, I usually test the ANC at the same time, looking for low and high frequency performance. I simulate white noise, use a fan, then take them down to a railway bridge. PNI is also attributed and scored where applicable. Ambient mode is also tested, and particularly important for earbuds designed for exercise.

I suffer from vertigo, jawache and migraines when the ANC is really strong, so I will highlight this where applicable. To date no earbuds have induced this from the ANC alone and the last headphones to do so were the Sony WH-1000XM3.

Comfort

I use earbuds in four activities - calls, exercise, commute and relaxing. All three are taken into consideration to try to find the use-case, as finding the perfect earbud is, lets face it, probably never going to happen.

For fitness I am looking for the ability to stay in the ear, for commuter / home office use they would need good all-day comfort, and for relaxing they ideally need to pass the pillow test and stay in overnight, and at the very least provide comfort for prolonged use.

Connectivity

I find most perform almost identically, but do the usual walk test, especially around congested 2,4ghz wifi areas, putting as many barriers as I can in the way to . I leave a router on 40MHz just in case it messes with it, why the hell not?! When possible I would take them out and see how they perform in the pocket.

Other Features

Wireless charging, long battery life, a feature rich app, intuitive controls, good codec support, dual-mode and multiple latency modes are amongst the attributes that get the high scores.

Model: Tronsmart Apollo Q10
Price: €49
Distributor: Provided by Tronsmart for Review
Link: Available at Aliexpress and Geekbuying
Vendor Website: Here

Manufacturer Blurb:
  • Brand Name: Tronsmart
  • Model: Apollo Q10
  • With Microphone: Yes
  • Connectors: Type C
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Impedence: 32 ohms
  • Frequency Response Range: 24-24800Hz
  • Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio Decode: AAC, SBC
  • Bluetooth Profile: AVRCP 1.5/HFP 1.6/HSP 1.2/A2DP1.2
  • Bluetooth Chipset: BES Hengxuan 2300
  • Maximum Working Range: 10-15m(no obstacle)
  • Earbud Weight: 225g
  • Driver: 40mm dynamic neodynium
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Playtime: 100 hours
  • ANC: 35db, 3 modes
Includes:

1 x pair wireless headphones
1 x PU storage bag
1 x Type-C USB charging cables
1 x User manual, quick guide, warranty card

Real Life Experience

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Firstly, thank you to @Tronsmart Official for providing me these headphones as a review sample. It is always a pleasure to review Tronsmart products as they are a manufacturer that is always looking to push the boundaries of what is possible, as they proved with their Apollo Bold earbud release, and this follows a string of successful earbud releases, including the Spunky Beats, Onyx Neo, Onyx Free and Onyx Ace, all of which punched above their weight at an impressive price point.

I have had these headphones for about two weeks but due to some issues with my phones, I have not been able to upload a review until now. On a positive note, it has given me plenty of time to test them to their limits, and at the same time compare them with the Anker Soundcore Q30, TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 and Avantree Aria Pro, the latter two being my favoured headphones up until now for everyday use.

This is, I believe, Tronsmart's first foray into the over-ear marketplace, so they have a bit of catching up to do, with the likes of Anker, Taotronics, Avantree and Mpow having released many models already. But with Apple entering the market, no doubt the over-ear will gain popularity again, so not a bad time to launch your debut release.

Note, these are also sold under the brand names 'Suning Biu' and 'Hush 233621'.

The Unboxing - 7/10

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Whilst not up there with the Apollo Bold unboxing, Tronsmart always ensure to communicate exactly what you're getting - and the Q10 is no different in this respect, with the Hybrid ANC, 100 hour battery life and 40mm dynamic drivers the headlines.

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The back also elaborates further, with their smart touch controls, long play-time, 360 foldable design and 5-mic array clearly aiming this at the home office market - and who wouldn't, it seems this is going to be a lucrative market for a long time to come.

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Once past the somewhat cheap-feeling plastic crate inside, you are presented with the goods. It's a shame Tronsmart did not add a hardened carry-case, but I assume to keep costs down, they've settled with a PU bag, and it makes sense given the majority of us won't be travelling anywhere for a while to come yet.

The Ergonomics - 9/10

Usually I bundle ergonomics and build quality into one, but with over-ears I think it's important to differentiate them. With earbuds there is generally little difference in the build, but with headphones it can vary wildly.

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The Ergonomics are where the Q10 shine. There is little subjectivity here - they are so flexible in terms of adjustment that they fit practically any shaped head, and can even invert beyond themselves if that's what you prefer. This is an understated feature that really helps, especially if you wear glasses, to get the right fit, but whereas with the Q30 you hear endless creaking from the build, you can occasionally hear the foam adjusting on the Q10.

The band tracks the shape of your head really nicely, so there is no ridiculous protrusion like with the Soundcore Q30. If anything, these are more akin to the Sony 1000XM4 in design, with swipe controls also included.

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Whilst the padding on the headband doesn't quite reach the edges, leaving 1cm of plastic either side, this seems to be quite common now. It had no impact on the comfort, and the headband padding is one of the more comfortable I've tested, eclipsing the Soundcore and Avantree and matching the Taotronics TT-BH55.

The power and multi function button are on the right hand side, and the former is revealed by turning the cup inwards.

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The joints are sturdy and flexible and enable them to be highly portable.

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The soft memory foam cups, whilst thinner than 0.8cm thinner than the Soundcore Q30 at just 20mm at their thickest, are much firmer and make for far more comfortable prolonged use. They feel cooler than the Soundcore Q30 after 30 min use.

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Where Tronsmart nailed it was with the cup size. The inner diameter is more than sufficient room to breath for even those with big ears like me. Avantree and Soundcore felt a bit thin, most Taotronics models felt a bit crammed, but these were just right.

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Unfortunately the glossy headband is a little cheap looking, but who's going to see it anyway!

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The only negative really is the placement of the USB-C charge port. I'm not quite sure of the rationale behind it, but it makes leaving them to charge a bit strange as you have to actually spread the cup and preferably leave them flat, taking up a fair bit of room unnecessarily if you have limited desk space, like many of us do currently, working from makeshift workspaces whilst we see through the pandemic and adjust accordingly. Fortunately you don't have to charge them too often.

Build Quality - 7/10

Whilst most headphones around this price point are predominantly plastic, there is something a little cheap feeling about the Q10. On the Avantree and Soundcore you see a lot of supporting screws holding individual elements into place. On the Avantree they even reinforce the headband with a metal layer. This is not the case with the Q10, and both the headband, and in particular the joints holding the cups themselves, do not inspire confidence of longevity.

Tronsmart have sacrificed build quality in favour of comfort - the headphones weigh in at just over 220g, some of the lightest I've tested yet.

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Even retracting the cups a little, as pictured below, reveals it wouldn't take much force to break them off. Keep these away from your kids.

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That said, Tronsmart make up for it with very comfortable padding, which is more than sufficient to provide a comfortable prolonged use, and stays cool too.

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Audio Quality - 8/10 (for the price paid), 7/10 (raw score)

The Apollo Q10 uses dynamic 40mm drivers, and their signature sound - somewhat v-shaped and punchy - is still evident on the default setting, although it is more akin to the post-firmware - tweak profile of the Apollo Bold, with the bass rolled off much earlier.

The Tronsmart App allows the choice of three further eq settings: deep bass, hi-fi and vocal. Overall they respond well to EQ and whilst vocal mode elevates the mids, this setting does not detract from the detail too much. Hi-fi mode is more balanced, and is my preferred setting, with the treble rolled off nicely.

The headphones use the BES Hengxuan BES2300 chip. I haven't seen this variant used before but it's an iteration on that used by Honor in their Flypods 3, and the Oppo Enco Q1. The chip was unveiled in 2019 and has predominantly been used for, well, other stuff. The press release of the chip is here, and it makes for interesting reading, and is a welcome addition over the usual Airoha and Qualcomm chips we see flooding the market.

If you are expecting fine, precise detail and a wide airy sound stage then you should probably reign in your expectations a tad - the Q10 are aimed at the budget market, and in that price bracket they excel. The sound is 'good enough' but don't let that put you off - in the world of over - ear the chasm between the lower end price point and audiophile grade headphones is closing slowly.

Mic Quality - 8.5/10 indoors, 8/10 outdoors

Tronsmart have done a really good job here managing to find a healthy balance between compression and clarity. Indoors they performed very well, blocking simulated background noise out superbly indoors and retaining clarity and depth.

Outdoors there is more compression applied but your voice still comes across clearly, and there is no obvious difference with ANC on - which is often the case for some reason with headphones that seemingly 'try to do too much'.

Below is a link to the mic being subjected to a number different indoor scenarios on a recorded zoom call, with a comparison to the Soundcore Q30. It performs very well :

Here

ANC - 7.5/10

Just like the Apollo Bold, the Q10 punch above their weight at the price point, but at half the price of Apollo Bold, it's even more impressive. That said, the moment you put the Apollo Bold in your ears is like an epiphany - wow, how did Tronsmart do this?! With the Q10, it's definitely not the same feeling of being blown away.

There are three modes - ANC on, off and ambient. All work as expected - ambient is surprisingly not quite as clear as I expected, but it works well enough. Thankfully no jawache from excessive pressure, which I have suffered from many times with the likes of Sony and even Bose in the past, and feel ever so slightly in transport mode on the Soundcore Q30.

ANC seemingly works better outdoors, but I think that is likely more down to the maleability of the cans making them so flexible, that they can sometime lose a little passive isolation when your head is more mobile. When we are outdoors, we tend to keep our head relatively straight and our body moves, so I think this is a bit of a placebo. The ANC is general, not excelling at low nor high frequencies notably better than the other.

Tested against the Soundcore Q30 the ANC performed almost the same, with little difference other than the multitude of different modes on the Q30. Transport more was more effective on the Q30, but not by much. It did not perform quite as well as the Avantree Aria, and fell some way short of the Sony WH-1000XM4, but not by the same magnitude of cost difference.

Battery Life - 10/10

100 hours battery life is the headline here - and to put into context, this is three times that of the Jabra 85h and five times that of the Beats Studio3. Ten minutes charge alone gives you 3 hours playtime, and 3 hours for full charge may feel like a lot - but you won't have to do it very often.

I didn't do a full real-world calculation because I haven't actually managed to get them down to 'battery low', but pro rata it seems like I'll get around 65 hours with ANC on, which is still market-leading and a real stand-out feature. EDIT - I've now hit 65 hours use and still no sign of a dead battery.

Connectivity, Controls and Other Features - 8/10

As previously mentioned, two of the key features on the Tronsmart are the touch controls and app support.

The Sony-inspired swipe controls, in particular, are fantastic - intuitive and very easy to get used to. As you can see below, they can be customised, but the defaults are intuitive. I occasionally forgot they were there during testing and accidentally paused, so they do take some getting used to.

The two button, single pad control scheme is refreshing when contrasted against the likes of MPow, Cowin and Taotronics which seem to have a load of buttons on which you can never remember what does what. Everything on the Q10 is designed with simplicity in mind.

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Power on and pairing is through the power and MFB.

The rest is conducted through the pad on the right hand cup:

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The app shows the scheme, which can be customised:

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The swiping action is not exclusive to Tronsmart - we've seen it on Sony and more recently Taotronics earbuds - but it works really well here.

The EQ and ANC are also accessed through the app, and it is also possible to review the manual and update firmware. It keeps a track of all of your Tronsmart devices.

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Whilst not pictured, the app supports English, German, Polish, Italian, Chinese, French and Spanish.

The app has less customization than Anker and FIIL, but is pretty solid now, and you can see all of your connected devices to the left. With few options it reduces the confusion of clicking around wondering what random buttons do.

The Q10 don't have a 3.5mm jack output - it's Bluetooth only. Thankfully this performs well - distance easily eclipses most tws without LOS.

Final Comments

It is always a challenge reviewing over-ears for me - the bar is high as I've always owned Sennheisers. Thus, when I'm reviewing low-cost products I have to try to remember that they are just that - low cost.

The Apollo Q10 are amongst the comfiest headphones around. They are lightweight, follow the profile of your head well, and are flexible and reasonably built. The memory foam padding is amongst the comfiest I've tested, and the battery life is outstanding.

What I would like to have seen is multi-point connectivity and aptx-adaptive support. This is something I'm used to with my Avantree Aria - but again, it is worth remembering even they were double the price of the TRONSMART. The Anker Q30 have it, but it doesn't perform well, so it's clearly a challenge for audio vendors but one they would be advised to address given its popularity.

When you look at the price point and what they are competing against - the MPow H21, Anker Q20, TaoTronics TT-BH090 and others at a similar price, they punch above their weight comfortably. ANC is pretty good, sound quality is pretty good, and mic quality is also pretty good. So if good enough is, ermm, good enough - you can't go wrong with the Q10. It's testament to the design that they've quickly become my go to for long study sessions as I battle with ISACA-filled weekends.

Well done Tronsmart on a debut over-ear release, and we look forward to further additions to the portfolio in the future!

Price Weighted Score: 88%

Raw Score: 77%
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FYLegend
FYLegend
Are the hinges/headband creaky/clicky like the Q30?
regancipher
regancipher
The sound is pretty close to be honest. I'm a Sennheiser buff so I don't find either to be amazing. The q30 is a shade narrower but marginally more detailed after eq, there really isn't much in it.

And yeah, they creak. More the padding on the cups to be honest. I find them much comfier than the q30 though - the q30 get sweaty very quickly.

I've now updated with the m4a from a recorded zoom call to compare mic quality.
FYLegend
FYLegend
Will you be trying Tranya H10 and Monoprice BT-600? Have you seen anymore products on the horizon?

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