Review

Earfun Go Bluetooth speaker with TWS function for $19.99

Currently, the EarFun Go Bluetooth speaker is available for $19.99 from Amazon. Just use the coupon EARFUN28 and enjoy some music.

Small but nice: The EarFun Go Bluetooth speaker, in the size of a JBL Flip, is a small and compact speaker that is a real competitor to the popular Tribit XSound Go. With Bluetooth 5 and TWS function it even offers slightly better specs on paper.

Earfun Go at Amazon for $23.99

Coupon: EARFUN28

Technical data

Name Earfun Go
Driver 2 x 6 Watt
Connectivity Bluetooth 5, AUX
Battery capacity 4400 mAh
Weight 430 grams
Dimensions 171 x 62 x 58 mm
IP protection class IPX7
Protocols A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Packaging & Scope of delivery

The EarFun Go comes in a white/yellow box and was, thanks to Amazon Prime, with us within two working days. The scope of delivery includes, besides the speaker itself, a user manual and a USB-C charging cable. An AUX cable for wired operation and a charging adapter are unfortunately not included.

Design and processing

The Earfun Go, like most Bluetooth speakers, is finished in black. The body of the loudspeaker is completely rubberized, while a perforated grille is mounted on the front to protect the loudspeakers. The Earfun logo is emblazoned in dark gray letters on the front, similar to what we already know from the Tribit XSound Go.

When comparing the dimensions and weight of the two Bluetooth boxes, further parallels become apparent. With 58 x 171 x 62 mm, the dimensions of the Earfun Go differ only slightly from those of the XSound Go. The weight of the Earfun Go is 430g, and the two are only 50g apart.

Visually, however, the differences, apart from the color, are already there. While the Tribit XSound Go, with its rounded short sides, is a little bit like the Beats Pill, the sides of the Earfun Go are more angular. Because of these the volume of the speaker is a bit bigger, even though they are basically of the same length.

While the body of the XSound Go practically forms a frame around the perforated grille, the transitions between the body and the grille of the Earfun Go are fluid. Personally, I like this smooth transition with rounded perforated grille, which merges seamlessly into the case, a little better. However, this is simply a matter of taste.

The positioning of the rubber studs on the underside, which ensure a non-slip grip, is chosen a bit further out due to the angular shape. Connections, on the other hand, are almost in the same place.

The strap is not removable on the Earfun Go, but it is on the XSound Go.

There’s nothing to complain about in the workmanship, I can’t find any production errors. Overall, the speaker is in no way inferior to a much more expensive speaker from JBL or other manufacturers, at least in terms of external quality – very good!

Sound of the Earfun Go and comparison with Tribit XSound Go

The loudspeaker is equipped with two 6 watt speakers, which are positioned on the front side, left and right outside. In between there is a passive radiator, which gives the loudspeaker even more depth. At least to the naked eye the passive radiator of the Earfun Go looks slightly larger.

In my opinion, the Earfun Go resolves very well in the high-frequency range and offers more than one can expect from a loudspeaker of this size. Tronsmart, for example, a manufacturer that has been on the market for much longer, could cut a slice of the sound that is usually duller even with many larger loudspeakers. In direct comparison to the Tribit XSound Go the high frequencies of the Earfun Go are even a touch better tuned.

Midrange frequencies are also well matched to my taste (for a loudspeaker of this size). In direct comparison to the XSound Go voices sound a bit thinner, here the XSound Go produces slightly more fullness, so voices sound slightly more powerful.

As you may have noticed from my formulation, the differences in high and mid frequencies are so subtle that they are only noticeable in direct comparison. If you listen to the two speakers with a 10 minute time lag, I probably wouldn’t notice them either.

In low frequencies I can’t perceive any differences between Earfun Go and Tribit XSound Go, even in direct comparison. Both Bluetooth loudspeakers offer a considerable low frequency for their size and price. Nevertheless, the bass is of course not comparable with larger speakers like the Earfun UBoom. The lower the frequency, the quieter the bass becomes, because the frequencies simply exceed the performance of the speakers.

Depending on the light conditions, you can see the loudspeakers through the perforated grille.

Nevertheless, it should be mentioned positively that the loudspeaker is very well self-regulating and ensures that from a certain volume only high and midrange frequencies are increased. This way, scratching noises or noise are avoided, both with the Earfun Go and the XSound Go – very good!

Sound Conclusion

I really, really like the sound of the Earfun Go. Considering its performance and compact design, it is impressive what a wide frequency range the speaker can reproduce. Differences to the Tribit XSound Go are only marginal and only in direct comparison easily audible. If it’s only about the sound, I would therefore make the purchase decision dependent on the current price.

If you already own one of the two loudspeakers, a new purchase based only on the sound of a single speaker is in my opinion definitely not worthwhile. In that case I would rather go for an Earfun UBoom to get an upgrade.

For ~$30-40, if you take a look at the competition, you’ll find a JBL Go Ultra, JBL Go 2, JBL Clip 3 or Huawei SoundStone. The Earfun Go is definitely the best choice.

In my opinion, the price-performance ratio of the EarFun Go is simply outstanding. I would go so far as to say that the Earfun Go is more comparable to a JBL Flip 4.

Stereo pairing

Let’s get to the first real advantage of the Earfun Go over the XSound Go. While the XSound Go can only be used separately, the Earfun Go offers the possibility to connect two speakers together to use them as stereo Bluetooth speakers.

In the test the connection between two speakers works very easy and does not cause any problems. All you have to do is press the Bluetooth button on both speakers for 5 seconds and everything else works automatically.

I personally have to say that stereo pairing between two Bluetooth speakers is the most underestimated feature in mobile audio. Stereo takes Bluetooth box sound reinforcement to a whole new level.

One advantage of true wireless stereo is, for example, a differentiated sound, where you can hear whether an instrument is on the left or right, which makes the sound much more spatial. Another advantage is that the speakers can be used at a much lower volume or a much larger area can be covered with two speakers.

Bluetooth range and connections

As already mentioned at the beginning, the Earfun Go is equipped with Bluetooth 5 and thus the more current standard compared to the Tribit XSound Go. Although Earfun does not give any information about the Bluetooth range, we were able to achieve a stable range of about 15 meters in open space in the test – that’s something to be proud of. The connection between two loudspeakers in TWS mode remains stable at a distance of about 6-7 meters, which I consider absolutely sufficient.

The connectors for 3.5 mm AUX and USB-C charging cables are located behind a thick rubber cap on the back. Again, it should be noted that Earfun uses the new USB standard.

Operation

On the top of the Earfun Gos Bluetooth speaker there are a total of five control buttons. Some of these are assigned double functions.

Functions of the buttons

Button Press 1x Press 2x Press 3x Press 5 seconds
On/Off Switch on/off
Bluetooth Bluetooth pairing enabled TWS pairing
Play/Pause Play/Pause next track Previous track
Quieter Quieter
Louder Louder

Battery & runtime

The built-in battery has a capacity of 4400 mAh, so the Earfun Go has the same capacity as the Tribit XSound Go. The battery life is also supposed to be identical, at least according to the manufacturer, both specify a runtime of 24 hours.

In the test we could confirm this value with a loudspeaker at about 50% music volume, pretty good! In comparison, the larger loudspeakers, like the Earfun UBoom, only manage about 14-16 hours. The recharging process took about 3.5 hours after our tests.

IPX7 protection: Does the Earfun Go keep everything waterproof?

The Earfun Go is IPX7 certified to protect against temporary submersion. If it should get wet in the bathroom, on holiday, at the pool, by the sea or in the garden at home, it will not be affected.

In the test, we let the Earfun Go swim in the water for about half an hour, but it didn’t hurt him. Just dry it off and the Bluetooth speaker is as good as new – very good!

Conclusion – buy Earfun Go?

I really liked the Earfun Go in the test and I even see the loudspeaker slightly in front of the Tribit XSound Go. Both Bluetooth speakers are very well made, although I personally like the design of the Earfun Go even a bit more. Well, that’s my personal taste, as well as the sound tuning. If you reduce it to the sound, I would simply go for the better price, as mentioned above.

However, the Earfun Go supports the new USB-C port and also the newer wireless standard with Bluetooth 5. In addition, the possibility of connecting two loudspeakers together should at least not go unmentioned. Even if it’s probably not that relevant for most people, for me personally this is a big advantage, because stereo simply sounds 100x better than mono sound.

As with the Earfun UBoom, I’m also very satisfied with the Earfun Go and see here a still quite new up-and-coming manufacturer with exciting products. Recently Earfun announced a new wireless in-ear and ANC headphones at the CES. Products where I hope that Earfun can tie in with the good Bluetooth speakers.

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Comments (3)

  • Profile picture from Gurvinder Singh
    23.01.20 um 07:38

    Gurvinder Singh

    Send me product for review

    • Profile picture from renoboy
      25.05.20 um 03:12

      renoboy

      Really? Why are you always asking for free stuff. To cheap to buy one???

  • Profile picture from Bente lillian hovelsrud
    02.05.20 um 10:17

    Bente lillian hovelsrud

    The strongest

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