TOZO OpenReal Review – Bluetooth Neckband Headphones
TOZO OpenReal features an innovative open-ear design for comfortable all-day listening. With air conduction technology, they deliver clear and concentrated music. The Bluetooth 5.3 and dual-mic ENC ensure stable connection and clear calls. OpenReal comes with 16.2mm dynamic drivers.
The OpenReal is a Bluetooth neckband headphone with an open-air design. The speakers loop over your ears and play sound into your ears. There are a few buttons on one side that are multifunctional, but otherwise, the construction of the headphones is very streamlined. It has a classy, clean appearance, with a professional design. This is a one-size-fits-all deal, which might not work for some, but I had no issue wearing the OpenReal for hours on end.
There are 16.2mm dynamic drivers built into the OpenReal headphones, powered by TOZO’s in-house acoustic technology. It also contains air condition technology that keeps the sound isolated to your ears, preventing leakage. The sound is definitely contained when playing music even at high volumes. Someone sitting right next to you might be able to hear a little bit of sound, but nothing substantial.
The right side has a touch-sensitive panel that gives you easy access to most of OpenReal’s controls. These controls are very responsive and never gave me any issues. You also have TOZO’s companion app that gives you access to other features like EQ, which gives you a ton of customization options.
OpenReal comes with Bluetooth version 5.3. It has an incredibly stable connection and lightning-fast pairing. However, only standard SBC and AAC codecs are supported. And sadly there is no multi-pairing. On my OPPO Enco X2, I can pair both my Windows PC and Android phone same time. And be able to use the EQ on my phone while listening to music on my PC.
When it comes to battery life, you should be able to get 16 hours of playtime from the OpenReal. Ten minutes of charge should give you at least two hours of charge for playing your music.
I would like to thank TOZO for providing me with the review sample of OpenReal.
The open-air design of the TOZO OpenReal means they offer a remarkably spacious and wide soundstage, which you wouldn’t normally get from in-ear style headphones.
There are a few downsides to the open drivers, though. For one thing, they let in a lot of environmental sounds – which is exactly what these headphones are designed to do – and that means all the detail you’re getting from your music can be muddied by the chatter of people talking nearby, the rumble of cars driving by, and other ambient sounds.
The fact the headphones don’t create a seal against your ear canal also means the bass response isn’t particularly strong – and as such, you don’t get that highly emotive, chest-thumping experience from tracks that have a powerful low end.
Those are the tradeoffs you’re making for a pair of headphones that can be worn all day long and used for any situation – whether that’s taking calls, listening to podcasts, working out, or casually listening to music while working. The sound leakage you’d expect to irritate anyone in your immediate vicinity isn’t nearly as bad as we thought it would be, either.
The bass is okay, but it could be a lot richer and deeper. That’s to be expected from a pair of headphones with this open design, as earbuds that close off the ear canal completely elicit a more powerful bass response. If you’re listening to hip-hop, electronica, or anything with a big bassline, you may be disappointed by the sound of the TOZO OpenReal.
Even so, the excellent balance offered by the OpenReal means that the trebles and mids don’t sound overpowering in comparison to the bass.
You’ll get good clarity from the bass, but not much volume from it. With the right tracks, the bass can come out and show some organization, but you won’t get much weight from it. EQ doesn’t make too much of a difference either, no matter how much you boost. At best, you can achieve a just noticeable difference in tone, but not much else.
The vulnerable vocals sound clear and detailed as the instruments descend into the chorus, each playing to their own rhythm. As the different rhythms become more complex and more instruments and voices enter the mix, the OpenReal has the accuracy to ensure they sound distinct, without sounding disharmonious.
Everything mostly falls into the right place in the midrange. Instruments and other sound elements appear full in the mix, but there is some notable fogginess. It’s not always the most elegant response, but the presentation is lively enough to give the mids an edge. Using the EQ can bring out vocals quite significantly, giving them exceptional command and realism. It’s quite a feat for these headphones to accomplish.
Instruments are done justice mostly by the OpenReal’s roominess, making their appearance in the mix easy to identify. Aside from some instances of precision, the OpenReal doesn’t paint much detail beyond the surface of the tone. The actual timbre of the notes being hit is quite smooth though, as the OpenReal does the best it can to express things naturally.
Without EQ, the OpenReal doesn’t have the most vibrant treble, but the texture of it is very enjoyable. It’s a smooth response that isn’t too bright or relaxed, but rather somewhere in the middle. Using EQ develops the timbre into an airier feel, which compliments the openness of the sound signature overall.
TOZO OpenReal offers plenty of detail, excellent rhythmic accuracy, and a well-balanced soundstage that allows every instrument in your favorite songs to come through with clarity. The 16.2mm drivers are fairly powerful, while TOZO’s in-house acoustic technology ensures your music sounds authentic with minimal distortion.
In terms of the soundstage, I’ve never heard a Bluetooth neckband headset sound this open before. The open part of the OpenReal name should clue you in on what these headphones feel like. I’m struggling not to compare this to the feeling you get from open-back headphones, but it’s closer than you might think.
Everything about the OpenReal’s soundstage appears to me like the sound is coming from the open air rather than from drivers. Its spatial imaging gives you some surprising precision, with some impressive layering that adds dimension and separation to its sonic environment. You won’t get more outside headspace on any wireless headphones in this price range.
The audio quality is exceptional for an open design like this, with a remarkably wide soundstage that gives every instrument in your favorite songs the room they need to shine. Detail, clarity, and rhythmic accuracy are also very good.
The open fit does come with some drawbacks, though; the bass response isn’t particularly powerful, and being able to hear your environment means the detail you get from the OpenReal can be obscured by whatever’s going on in the background.
Still, those are the things you sacrifice for an open-air design. If you want chest-thumping bass and the sensation of pure isolation when you listen to music, look for a pair of noise-canceling earbuds instead. But, if you’re on the hunt for something a little different, the TOZO OpenReal is worth taking a chance on.