Silicon Power Blast Plug BP82 True Wireless Earbuds - Listening and Final Thoughts

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Silicon Power Blast Plug BP82 True Wireless Earbuds
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Listening and Final Thoughts

Listening to the Blast Plug BP82:

The process of testing earphones is probably one of my favorite things to do as of late. I get to put in some earphones, block out the world and lose myself in music, a great audiobook or even some great movies. Any earphones can pipe sound down into your ear-canal, but there are a select number of earphones that can do it well and make listening to music a pleasure.

I’m no audiophile, but I do love good audio and have a pretty good ear for music. With that being said, I have a hard time finding objective ways to test earphones. The experience is very personal and varies greatly between people. Everyone has a different idea of what sounds “good”. Some people love the bass-heavy “Beats” experience, while others insist that only something American-made is any good. I’ve listened to a lot of different earphones and headphones in the past and I would much rather listen to accurate audio, rather than have something that has crazy bass levels or is tuned to one particular genre of music. I listen to a wide variety of music and want something “flat” that works with everything - as intended.

As these are designed for use on the go, I did the bulk of my testing during a commute and while running. I did use these for Google Play Movies as well and rather enjoyed some vintage James Bond classics as I was gifted the entire collection for Christmas 2019. They remained paired to my Galaxy S9+ and then my shiny new Galaxy S20 Ultra for the remainder of the testing process.

The sound coming out of these is decent for an entry level set of wireless earbuds. In fact, they are surprisingly bright and quite full. The overall build quality an interface is pretty well thought out and it makes skipping songs, pausing, answering calls and more intuitive.

In terms of music specifics, I listened to a lot of different music genres as I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to music. I listened to some great 90’s alternative, a bit of modern pop, some classic hair-bands, classics from the 70’s and some new music by Manafest, Thousand Foot Krutch and more. Some of this music has been purchased as loss-less FLAC files.

I’ve listened to a bunch of music and this is how it all breaks down in my opinion. Please keep in mind that the scores are weighted to indicate how they sound on an $40 pair of earbuds. There is no direct comparison to $2000 IEMs, but value, price and performance are all figured in to the score.

Guns and Roses - Welcome to Jungle = 65% (Bass is a bit mushy and a tad lacking, high-end is a bit dull and the mid-range gets the job done - barely. Not their best showing).

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy = 90% (Solid bass track, balances into the tweeters and is clear and pretty crisp - not sharp. Mid-range vocals are a shade on the dull side).

Enya - Caribbean Blue = 80% (Well balanced. Surrounded with layers of sound. Clear, clean but not sharp. Lacking a little detail in the mid-range once again, but quite listenable).

Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey = 95% (Well-balanced all around. The bass isn’t overpowering and the treble is crisp without being sharp and the mid-range plays well as the bass isn’t overpowering).

All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience = 90% (Excellent channel separation as the song showcases the mixing technique. Clean, no distortion, overall a pleasant experience. Very acceptable, however the bass guitar was overshadowed by the treble and vocal tracks).

Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop Theme) = 80% (The bass, treble, mid-range and are well balanced, but it comes out feeling mushy without bright detail).

The Who - Baba O'Riley = 85% (Complex song that is surprisingly captured better by these earbuds than many others I’ve tried. I switched back and forth to make sure I was hearing it correctly. The fast piano melodies are clean and the raspy vocals are captured with only a minor dullness).

Chainsmokers (Remix) Tove Lo - Stay High = 100% (Techno remix sounds excellent. Bass is very full, mid-range is balanced and treble is pleasant and clean without sounding sharp).

Adele - Hello = 100% (Full sound. The piano track feels like you're in the same room. Vocal track is warm and full. Perfect reproduction. To be fair this song plays well on many earphones, and these are no exception).

Ed Sheran - Shape of You = 65% (Excellent channel separation. Very bright, but too sharp as this is a high-range track that has a mid-range line and minimal bass to balance it out. Excellent vocals, but very sharp).

 

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Final Thoughts:

Audio is a very subjective thing, but overall, I’m pretty satisfied with the BP82 from Silicon Power. They certainly aren’t up to the same performance in terms of audio quality that you’d expect from a big brand such a Sennheiser, Bose or Sony. What they do offer is a very adequate, and at times a very good audio experience at a fraction of the price. You also get decent battery life, a charging case, intuitive controls and a well-rounded experience for a fraction of the cost of the big names. I picked up a no-name set of true wireless earbuds and these performed just as well, but stayed in my head better in addition to the better controls. I’d expect to pay around $55 CAD for these - $40 USD and for that price, I think they offer incredible value.

They probably won’t blow you away in terms of skull melting audio performance, but they won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet either. While it’s hard to really put a solid number on these, I’d have to give them an 85% grade if I was forced to play teacher. They do lack in a few areas, but they excel in others. It balances out to a very acceptable score and our Silver Award.

 

I’d like to thank Silicon Power for sending these over for us to review. It was refreshing to take a look at a set of wireless earbuds I could actually afford. Many of the "good" ones are priced well above an impulse buy price. These land right in the sweet spot. If you’ve read through my music analysis and breakdown, you won’t be surprised, and if it’s something you can live with, I say these offer amazing value, great controls and a solid overall performance.