With the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth in-ear headphones, the Chinese manufacturer is expanding its Bluetooth headphone portfolio with another in-ear. This time around, this is a wireless version of the Piston series with the typical “piston design”. Thanks to a CSR8645 Bluetooth chip, ACC decoding and aptX Lossless are supported.
As “HokusLokus” noted in the comments, the in-ear comes in a packaging that is unusually cheap for Xiaomi. Much plastic, little content is the motto here. The packaging of the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth In-Ear LYXQEJ01JY includes only a manual in Chinese and English as well as a small plastic bag with in-ear pads as a replacement.
The Xiaomi LYXQEJ01JY Bluetooth In-Ear Necklace is available in both black and gray, and the headsets are made of metal, just like the Piston Pro. The choker, on the other hand, is rubberized to prevent it from slipping back and forth.
Overall, the Bluetooth in-ear is 40 g and 85 cm long , so he offered in the test enough freedom for a comfortable wearing. Personally, the listeners, if you let the Xiaomi Mi neckband in-ear dangle around their necks, are almost too deep.
Like the listeners of the Mpow Judge, the Xiaomi LYXQEJ01JY Necklace Bluetooth in-ear headphones are magnetic and cling to each other. If you wear the headphones around your neck, the risk of loss due to the magnets is lower.
As usual, the materials used and its processing, even with this Xiaomi headphones, absolutely high quality and there is nothing to complain about. For a price of around $40 but you can expect the same.
With a weight of just 3.6 g per handset , they are only about 0.6 g heavier compared to the handsets of the Xiaomi Piston Pro 2. Ear hooks or hooks, as used in many Bluetooth Sport In-Ears, are therefore not necessary. For me personally, the in-ears are very good in the ear.
However, the handle with a weight of around 33 g is not a lightweight. While running, he hops uncontrollably on his shoulders back and forth, which has already disturbed me in the field test. For this discipline he is not necessarily the best choice and I personally prefer the Mpow Judge.
Depending on which sport you are pursuing, the Xiaomi Mi Neckband In-Ear can also be an option. On the cross trainer or during strength training, I did not perceive the weight of the strap as unpleasant. Overall, the neck band is ergonomically shaped and you forget during normal use almost that it lies on the shoulders.
As with the Xiaomi Piston Pro 2, as already mentioned, this Bluetooth in-ear is also a hybrid headphone. A dynamic driver and a balanced armature driver are used.
With the built-in CSR8645 Bluetooth chip, the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth In-Ear LYXQEJ01JY supports lossless music playback thanks to the aptX lossless codec.
Compared to the Xiaomi Piston Pro 2, the sound of the Mi Neckband In-Ears is less precise despite the hybrid driver in the high frequency range . But the focus is more on the midrange, which unfortunately does not appeal to me so much. For my taste, the in-ear headphones sound so dull and can not match the very spatial sound of the Piston Pro 2.
Compare with the Mpow Judge Bluetooth in-ear, the mid-tone is a little less stressed, which I personally like better Well, that’s a matter of taste. In the area of the bass, however, a similarity to the Xiaomi Piston Pro 2 is quite noticeable. The bass comes with a powerful depth and is a little less intrusive than the Mpow Judge Bluetooth In-Ear I like it very much!
The control, which is located on the collar on the left side, is equipped with a total of three buttons. This allows the usual commands to be executed.
Unfortunately, while the buttons on the Xiaomi Piston series are only fully functional on Android, the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth in-ear LYXQEJ01JY will work with iOS completely. Even the battery level of the headphones can be viewed under Apple’s operating system.
The headset microphone is located directly on the left shoulder and thus has a good distance to the mouth. During the test calls my opponent could understand me basically well , by the comparatively rigid neckband the microphone rustles less than if it (as usual) is attached to a loose cable. As a result, noise occurs less frequently, only the wind here and there ensures a slight noise.
With the built-in Bluetooth 4.1 CSR8645 chip, the range is according to the manufacturer 10 meters in open space . In the test, this value could be approximately maintained. In closed rooms, it is less, as far as walls come into play. Since the smartphone and headphones usually do not move any further than two meters apart in everyday life, interference is virtually eliminated.
On the inside there is a micro-USB port with which the internal 137 mAh large battery can be charged. In comparison, the Mpow Judge In-Ear only has a battery capacity of 100 mAh.
While most of the Bluetooth In-Ears we’ve already tested run out of juice after 5-6 hours, the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth In-Ear (depending on the volume) will give you between 7.5-8 hours of listening pleasure. Depending on the charging adapter used, the subsequent charging process takes between 1.5 and 2 hours in the test.
The Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth In-Ear LYXQEJ01JY closes the gap between the Xiaomi Piston Pro 2 and the Xiaomi Wireless Sport Headset in the Xiaomi In-Ears range. Unfortunately, the Bluetooth headset does not quite match the level of the Piston Pro 2, which I had hoped for in advance of the test.
As with the Xiaomi Piston Pro 2, the packaging of the In-Ears produces much less than previous models. Apparently you start to save on Xiaomi currently, which I think is a pity. Fortunately, this does not refer to the product itself, here you get back to absolutely high quality materials that were processed immaculately.
With a price of around $40 is the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth in-ear headphones compared to Mpow Judge and Xiaomi Piston Pro 2 significantly more expensive and is, despite Bluetooth, the least suitable for sports. Whether it really has to be the Bluetooth in-ear of Xiaomi, everyone should decide for themselves. For my part, I would rather opt for the Mpow Bluetooth in-ear due to the significantly better price / performance ratio.