iLuv FitActive Air Bluetooth earbuds review

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I’m always on the hunt for decent Bluetooth headphones that are good to use while running, or sitting at my desk at work.  I have enough cords and wires working in a NOC (Network Operations Center), so wireless always seems like a good idea!  I recently got the chance to check out the iLuv AirFit Active Air wireless Bluetooth earphones (say that five times fast!), so let’s take a look.

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I received a nice black and red pair from iLuv.  The FitActive Air earbuds are compatible with pretty much anything out there – iOS, Android, or anything that supports Bluetooth.  I have an iPhone 6 Plus, so I paired it with that for testing.

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In the box came the headphones, booklet, microUSB cable, and two sets of earbud inserts.  I used the smaller set of earbud inserts, which were still a bit snug for my ears.

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The earbuds are made of plastic, and the cord is flat, which was nice to hold, and didn’t tangle in my bag.  This pair I was sent is black and red, but they are also available in all white.

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The FitActive Air features a patent pending ergonomic design called Fit-Tec so that each earphone is shaped to fit your ears, while the in-ear braces ensure that they stay in your ears securely and “comfortably”. They say “comfortably”, but no, they weren’t comfortable!

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There is a microphone, volume controls, and push buttons for pairing to a Bluetooth device.  Pairing to my iPhone was quick and easy.

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On the side of the controls, is a small flap for a micro USB plug to charge the earbuds.

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Near the middle of the earbuds is a nice slider that lets you adjust the length of the cord, if you want a tighter or looser fit. I found this pretty convenient for walking around and for my brief run with the earbuds on.

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Here is how the FitActive Air’s fit in my ears.  I think I have slightly smaller ears than the average person, since I found the inserts too big.  They also stick out a bit, which I’m not used to with normal earbuds.

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Here’s the back of the earbuds with the slider.  Convenient and easy to use.

As for the sound quality while listening to music, I found it pretty terrible. I’m no audiophile like Bill Henderson, but I know when I hear some tinny audio!  It was so bad I really didn’t want to wear them for more than a few minutes.  All I heard was really tinny audio, whether it was dance music, vocal podcasts, or hip hop music. No warm sounds, even with deep music.  I tested them while running on the treadmill, and I had to constantly adjust the earbuds since they felt tight in my ear, but not perfectly seated.  When testing with a phone call, the person on the other end said I sounded a bit underwater and “far away”. These Bluetooth iLuv FitActive Air earbuds are not something iLuv’ed!

Source: The sample for this review was provided by iLuv. Please visit www.iluv.com for more information or Amazon to buy a pair.

 

Product Information

Price:$39.99
Manufacturer:iLuv
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • iOS, Android, or device that supports bluetooth audio
Pros:
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to pair with Bluetooth
Cons:
  • Terrible audio
  • Uncomfortable inserts
  • High price
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