Lypertek’s first hybrid noise-canceling headphones are a triumph

When it comes to earphones, Lypertek probably isn’t the first brand that comes to mind, but it would be a mistake not to take a closer look at this company’s earphones that consistently knock the competition out of the park. I’ve reviewed quite a few Lypertek headphones over the past couple of years, but the new PurePlay Z5 headphones seem to be the brand’s best yet.

the PurePlay Z5 are the first pair of true wireless earbuds from Lypertek featuring Hybrid Active Noise-Cancelling technology as well as an all-new PureControl ANC app. What I love about this new app is how it has useful features like a safe mode where the user can assign double tap commands to touch controls to avoid accidental taps that can break the musical atmosphere when listening to a favorite track.

Another thing I love about Lypertek is how important sound quality is to the designers of these headphones. Open the box of the PurePlay Z5 and the first thing you will see is a note saying “THIS IS IMPORTANT”. Next comes a message explaining how important it is to choose the right size and type of earmold if you want the best sound quality. In bold, the message reiterates: “Bad Seal = Thin sound and loss of bass”. Alleluia! It’s time for every headphone manufacturer to clarify how important the choice of ear tips is if you want great sound. Lypertek provided an excellent selection of ear tips in the box, including silicone and memory foam types in a range of different sizes.

Pairing the headphones to my iPhone was simple and I then downloaded the Lypertek PureControl ANC app from the Apple Store. The app guides you through a simple setup process that lets you get the most out of the headphones. At this point, it’s worth pointing out that the PurePlay Z5s are well-built, but I wouldn’t describe them as luxury. If you’re the type of person who places great importance on the design and appearance of a pair of headphones, these won’t tickle your aesthetic pulse. While the PurePlay Z5 may not fulfill all your fashion dreams, you love to hear how great they sound…so stick with me.

As with most earbuds, the PurePlay Z5 can be controlled using touch control buttons on each earbud. The headphones also have built-in triple array microphones for making phone calls and using a voice assistant. The chipset at the heart of these headphones comes from Qualcomm, which means there’s also support for cVc 8.0 noise-canceling microphones, so phone calls have less background noise and clearer speech.

The Lypertek PurePlay Z5 headphones support Qualcomm’s excellent aptX Adaptive Bluetooth audio codec as well as a low latency mode for watching videos and gaming. There is also support for the AAC codec used by Apple in its iOS devices. Qualcomm chipsets cost more to buy, but the company has taken the Bluetooth audio standard to a whole new level. If your choice of true wireless headphones don’t use a Qualcomm chipset, you probably won’t get the best sound possible. Controversial point of view? May be.

These new headphones are the first pair produced by Lypertek to use Hybrid Adaptive Noise-Canceling technology. Noise canceling technology has come a long way in the past couple of years and the quality of ANC used on the PurePlay Z5 is exemplary. These headphones combine excellent volume levels, innovative noise cancellation and a brilliant ear tip design so that most unwanted noise is canceled and you can enjoy music without the irritating roar of a jet engine or the sound of rubber on the tarmac. I think the ANC used on the PurePlay is one of the best around and as good as the superb Technics EAH-AZ60 I reviewed in November.

These headphones have the usual ambient sound mode which lets some level of external noise bleed through the music. Lypertek has taken this feature one step further with its exclusive Auto-Ambient mode. This mode reduces the need to use headphone controls by automatically activating ambient sound mode whenever the user stops or pauses audio. This means the user can be instantly aware of their surroundings. When the music starts playing again, the headphones automatically return to the default listening mode. This feature can be set using the PurePlay ANC app and comes in handy if you’re listening to a travel announcement or need to hear someone talking to you.

The Lypertek app also has other handy features like customizable EQ controls and LDX audio mode. This is a special tone control specially designed to bring out the best sound from the PurePlay Z5. LDX mode takes already great sound to a new level, with added impact, increased energy and a wider soundstage. It’s kind of like a Loudness button on steroids.

Then we come to the all-important sound quality. To give these headphones a proper musical workout, I fired up TIDAL and picked up the latest album from the amazing Punch Brothers. “Hell On Church Street” is superbly recorded and provides the perfect test for these headphones. The sound was stunning and it’s all thanks to the powerful 10mm dynamic drivers that deliver rich, deep bass that’s beautifully controlled and never gets flabby or unruly. The highs are superbly clear and have a silky quality while remaining well above the front midrange. The sound produced by these headphones is simply outstanding. I was tapping my toes in no time and that’s always a sign of a good pair of headphones.

A full charge of the PurePlay Z5 provides up to seven hours of playtime before the headphones need to be placed back in the charging case for a recharge. With ANC on, that figure drops to four hours; not quite long enough to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The case can hold a total of 28 hours of playtime with the included headphone charge, but that drops to around 16 hours when listening with ANC always on. The charging case can be recharged using a USB-C cable or any Qi-compatible charging pad and Fast Charge technology is also supported.

Verdict: The Lypertek PurePlay Z5 might not be the prettiest pair of true wireless headphones, but most of the budget has gone into making them some of the best performing true wireless ANC headphones for the price. The Hybrid Adaptive Noise-Canceling technology is state-of-the-art and blocks out a large part of the sound without affecting the audio quality. Battery life is good, if not brilliant. That said, I’d rather have brilliant sound than listen to mediocre sound for longer. With the PurePlay Z5, Lypertek has managed to create a fabulous pair of true wireless headphones that will delight true music lovers who want the best possible sound quality, efficient ANC and excellent levels of usability. Highly recommended.

Price and availability: The Lypertek PurePlay Z5 will be available for purchase from Lypertek, United Kingdom, United States and Headphones from February 2, 2022. The price will be $129 / £119 / €129.

More information: www.lypertek.com

Characteristics:

● Lypertek PurePlay Z5 True Wireless Earbuds in Black

● Charging box

● PureSpace silicone tips in XS, S, M, L, XL

● PurePower silicone tips in S, M, L

● PureComfort foam tips in S and M

● USB Type-C cable

● Quick Start Manual

Technical specifications:

● Driver: 10mm dynamic

● Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz

● Microphones: Three-microphone setup for Hybrid ANC and cVc 8.0 (clear voice pickup)

● Bluetooth specification: Bluetooth 5.2

● Supported codecs: aptX/aptX Adaptive/AAC/SBC

● Playback time (max.): 7 hours with ANC off (4 hours ANC on), 35 hours (with case)

● Waterproof index: IPX5

● Features: music control, volume control, phone calls, voice assistant, ambient mode, auto-ambient, LDX audio, 7-band equalizer with dedicated presets, setup wizard, find my headphones

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