Silicon Power Blast Plug BP82 True Wireless Earbuds

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We follow up our review of the Silicon Power NVMe SSD with another product showing the diversification companies have done to stay current, and we are looking at a pretty small set of true wireless earbuds. These are not their first kick at the can and the Blast Plug BP82 is their sixth audio product and the second of their full wireless earbuds.

The market is crowded with brand name, and a lot of no-name earbuds of this style, so what does Silicon Power offer to set them apart from the $40 - $50 priced earbuds? We’ll going to find out, so stick around!

BP82

Product: Silicon Power Blast Plug BP82
Provided By: Silicon Power
Price: ~$38 USD at time of Publication

 

Introduction:

Silicon Power offers a wide array of products from memory sticks, flash memory, solid state storage, mechanical storage, power banks and audio solutions. They offer many consumer electronics and accessories that promise great value at an excellent price point. The BP82 is a pretty well-rounded set of wireless earbuds. They are the successor to the BP81. They’ve dropped the claimed IPX5 waterproof rating, in favor of a “water and sweat-resistant design”. They’ve also dropped the physical buttons for control and adopted a much slicker touch-sensitive pad on the outside of each earbud.

Box

 

While I think the sweat-proof rating on the first generation would be nice to have as I’ve been eating up the miles getting in shape over the past few months, the sweat-resistant design seems to be holding up well and I’ve ran close to 100km (60 miles) with these jammed in my ear-holes with no issues. I’m getting ahead of myself though. Let’s take a quick look and see what is up with the BP82.

 

First Look:

The BP82 comes with a nice little bundle to get you up and running. In addition to the earbuds themselves, there is the charging case that allows you to quickly charge the earbuds to extend your time from the wall plug. The BP82 come with different sizes of eartips that should work for almost everyone. The medium tips were installed and I had to use the largest ones to get a good seal on my ears. If you don’t have a good seal / fit, the audio quality and microphone quality will be quite poor.

 

Bundle

 

In addition to all that, there is a short micro USB cable to charge the case as well as a bit of a user manual. All in all, it’s enough to help you get things figured out, charged up and listening to your favorite music.

On the next page we’ll cover the features and specifications before we jump into testing and listening.


A Word from Silicon Power:

The following information has been pulled from Silicon Power’s product page and posted here for your convenience. For all the updated information, please check their page here.

 

An Enhanced Listening Experience
BT V5 technology provides better wireless connectivity for an enhanced listening experience versus BT V4 – that means a steadier signal, greater range, and clearer sound. Plus, the earbuds automatically pair with your device upon withdrawal from the case (after the initial but simple pairing set-up) for instant sound gratification.

Pairing

 

Hassle-Free Music Enjoyment
With truly wireless functionality, earbuds that magnetically pull into a lightweight case, and both auto-power and auto-charge functions, it really doesn’t get any easier than the BP82 earbuds. Plus, up to 3.5 hours of playtime per charge along with a water- and sweat-resistant design gives you plenty of places and time to enjoy your favorite songs.

A Thoughtful Touch
Away from your phone? Without being wired down, it can happen. Simply tap your finger once on either earbud to pause the music. Tap twice on the right earbud to skip to the next track. Tap twice on the left earbud to rewind to the previous track.

Comfort Meets Convenience
With 3 sets of ear tips, there's a perfect fit for you. These earbuds will seamlessly integrate into your daily life for a comfortable and convenient listening experience. Whether you're commuting to work via public transit, studying for the next exam at the campus café, or turning it up at the gym, turn off the world effortlessly with the BP82 earbuds.

 

Specifications:

 

Features:

  • BT V5 technology provides stronger wireless connectivity and easy auto-pairing for an enhanced listening experience
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  • Wire-free earbuds are equipped with auto-power and auto-charge functions that react instantly to withdrawal from and insertion into the case
  • Water- and sweat-resistant design allows for worry-free listening
  • Truly wireless design delivers strong bass with a rich and clear sound
  • Less than 1.5 hour charge time provides up to 3.5 hours of playtime, 4.5 hours of talk time, or 150 hours of standby time
  • Magnetic earbuds provide an easy, convenient, and secure closure within the case
  • LED lights allow you to know when the earbuds and charging case are charging or fully charged
  • Small and lightweight case is portable-friendly

 

On the last page we’ll take a listen to these earbuds, share our thoughts and wrap things up.


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).

 

BP82

 

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.