Sudio Niva Wireless Earbuds

Sudio Niva is Sudio first product into the wireless earbuds market.

It is retailing for S$165 and is available in either black or white.

Sudio Niva - Black & White
Sudio Niva – Black & White
Sudio Niva - Black & White
Sudio Niva – Black & White

Also, you will receive a complimentary tote bag with every purchase.

Sudio Niva - Tote Bag
Sudio Niva – Tote Bag

Shipping to Singapore is free via DHL, and it will take four to six business days to reach you.

If you need a 15% discount, you can use the coupon code: lesterchan15, and that will make the final price of your Niva to be S$140.25.

Specifications

  • Driver:
    • Type: 6.2 mm dynamic drivers
    • Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohm @ 1kHz
    • Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery Life: 3.5 hours (Earbuds)
  • Battery Capacity: 55 mAh (Earbuds), 500 mAh (Charging Case)

If you compare the price of the Soul ST-XS (S$199) vs. the Sudio Niva (S$165), I would say they belong to the same price range category. Regarding specifications, I would say the Sudio Niva is slightly better and at S$34 cheaper.

Unboxing

Sudio Niva - Boxes - Front
Sudio Niva – Boxes – Front
Sudio Niva - Boxes - Back
Sudio Niva – Boxes – Back
Sudio Niva - White - Box Front
Sudio Niva – White – Box Front
Sudio Niva - White - Box Back
Sudio Niva – White – Box Back
Sudio Niva - White - Box
Sudio Niva – White – Box
Sudio Niva - White - Box Open
Sudio Niva – White – Box Open

Packaging Contents

Sudio Niva - White - Box Contents
Sudio Niva – White – Box Contents
  • 1x Nivå Earbuds
  • 3x Pairs of Ear Tips
  • 1x Charging Case
  • 1x Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1x Manual
  • 1x Quality Assurance Card
Sudio Niva - Black - Box Contents
Sudio Niva – Black – Box Contents

Design
Having played with four wireless earbuds, I would say I am not a fan of the build quality of the Sudio Niva. Both the charging case and the earbuds feel plasticy and look cheaply made. Given that the price is at S$165, I believe, Sudio can do better.

Sudio Niva - White - Earbuds - Front
Sudio Niva – White – Earbuds – Front
Sudio Niva - White - Earbuds - Back
Sudio Niva – White – Earbuds – Back
Sudio Niva - Black - Earbuds - Front
Sudio Niva – Black – Earbuds – Front
Sudio Niva - Black - Earbuds - Back
Sudio Niva – Black – Earbuds – Back

The charging case is huge. I am sure it can be even slimmer if all the excess plastic can be removed. It weighs 54g and has a 500mAh battery inside it. If you compare it with the Soul ST-XS, it weighs 43g, maintains a small profile but still packs 500mAh battery inside it.

Sudio Niva - White - Charging Case - Top
Sudio Niva – White – Charging Case – Top

The faux leather string attached to the charging case is a nice touch.

Sudio Niva - White - Charging Case - Bottom
Sudio Niva – White – Charging Case – Bottom

There is no left and right marking on the charging case because the earbud can go to either slot for charging. I recommend charging it in the correct order so when you are taking it out, you do not need to check which is left and right again.

Sudio Niva - White - Charging Case - Open
Sudio Niva – White – Charging Case – Open

Similar to most earbud charging case, there are magnets underneath it to guide and hold the earbuds in place.

Sudio Niva - White - Charging Case - Front
Sudio Niva – White – Charging Case – Front
Sudio Niva - Black - Charging Case - Front
Sudio Niva – Black – Charging Case – Front
Sudio Niva - White - Charging Case - Back
Sudio Niva – White – Charging Case – Back
Sudio Niva - Black & White
Sudio Niva – Black & White

Each earbud weighs 5g and to start pairing it to your phone; you have to press the button on both earbuds at the same time.

The fit of the Sudio Niva is pretty ok.

Sudio Niva - White - In-ear
Sudio Niva – White – In-ear

Once fitted correctly, it will not drop off easily. So you can wear it for a run.

Sudio Niva - White - In-ear
Sudio Niva – White – In-ear

It comes with three sizes of ear tips. The default attached to the earbuds is Medium which is alright for me. My wife has to switch to the Small ear tips.

Audio Quality
Despite it looking cheaply made, the Sudio Niva features a dynamic 6.2 mm driver that is said to bring you clear and crisp sound while still allowing the bass to pack a punch.

To my surprise, the audio quality did not disappoint. The bass is punchy which I like, and it doesn’t crack under loud volume. Personally, I think the audio quality is better than the Soul ST-XS.

Sudio Niva - White - With Huawei P20 Pro
Sudio Niva – White – With Huawei P20 Pro
Sudio Niva - Black - With iPhone X
Sudio Niva – Black – With iPhone X

Conclusion
Sudio Niva sounded good, and the only thing that disappoints me is the design. Hopefully, in the next iteration, Sudio will revamp the design to give it a more premium feel.

If you are looking for earbuds that are relatively cheap and you can forgo the design, I would recommend Sudio Niva. If you are looking for something in the middle (design and audio quality), I think the Liberty+ is not bad too.

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