Realme itself, which started as a brand with the backing of the much larger and more established Oppo, has come a long way in India since its launch in 2018. After launching its popular line of reasonably priced but feature-rich audio products , including the recently announced Buds Q2 Neo, Realme has now supported a new brand called Dizo to compete in the same segment. Dizo recently announced its first affordable audio products, including the GoPods D, which I’m reviewing here.
Priced at Rs. 1,399, the Dizo GoPods D has a lot in common with the Realme Buds Q2 Neo in terms of looks and specs, but its price is only slightly more affordable. The new headphones will also face competition from brands like Redmi and Noise. This is now the best pair of true wireless headphones under Rs. 1500 in India? Find out in this review.
Application support and low latency game mode in Dizo GoPods D
Let’s just get this out of the way early on; the Dizo GoPods D looks a lot like the Realme Buds Q2 Neo and the Buds Q2. That said, I like the look and feel of the headphones. Each headset has a patterned outer surface that functions as a touch control panel. Headphones don’t weigh much. They have a snug fit in the channel and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
The Dizo GoPods D is available in two colors – black and white. Touch panels let you control playback, trigger a voice assistant, and enable low-latency gaming mode. These controls worked well for me, mainly because of the large flat area of each touch-sensitive zone. You cannot control the volume with headphones and will need to do so using the source device.
The carrying case, while simple, is well designed and small enough to fit in a pocket when needed. There’s just a single discreet Dizo logo on the cover and there’s a Micro-USB charging port on the back. Even at this price point, the Micro-USB charging on the Dizo GoPods D is disappointing. No pairing button – headphones default to pairing mode when they are not connected to any device. There is a small indicator light on the front, which shows the chassis charge status.
In terms of specs, the GoPods D are nearly identical to the Q2 Neo Buds, with 10mm dynamic drivers, a frequency response range of 20-20,000 Hz, Micro-USB charging and IPX4 water resistance. For connectivity, the headphones use Bluetooth 5, with support only for the SBC Bluetooth codec, which is the only big difference between the GoPods D and the Buds Q2 Neo – the latter also supports the AAC codec.
The sales package includes a charging cable and a total of three pairs of silicone headphones. There is no active noise cancellation, but there is environmental noise cancellation to improve the quality of audio picked up by the microphone in calls.
App support for true budget wireless headsets is still quite unusual, so the Dizo GoPods D headset stands out in this regard. Dizo’s association with Realme is put to good use here, with the headphones working with the excellent Realme Link app. For now, this only works on the Android app, with the iOS app not yet updated to support the Dizo GoPods D at the time of this review.
There are only a few things you can do using the app, including seeing your headphones battery levels (but not the case), selecting one of the three equalizer presets, controlling the low-latency game mode, and customizing the power controls. Touch. That’s not as extensive as you can get with full-featured, high-end headphones, but a lot more than I’d normally expect from true wireless headphones at this price point.
The Dizo GoPods D has decent battery life for the price and feature set, with the headphones running for about four hours per charge. The charging case added three additional full charges to the headphones, for a total battery life of 16 hours per charge cycle. There’s also a quick charge, with a 10-minute charge that provides an alleged two hours of listening in headphones.
The sound quality on the Dizo GoPods D is decent for the price.
While the mid-range and high-end true wireless headphones segments undergo major changes every few months, the budget segment has remained largely consistent in terms of design, features and audio quality. There are several options priced around or below Rs. 1500, but the Dizo GoPods D goes against the true Redmi 2C wireless headphones in particular.
There aren’t many fancy features in the Dizo GoPods D, and the focus is firmly on the design and listening experience. In fact, the sound quality is entirely satisfying and pleasing at this budget point. The sound is for the most part clean and free from any significant deficiencies in frequency range coverage and sound signature. The sound will suit the most popular genres, with reasonable bumps in the bass and treble.
Listening to Fire by Ferry Corsten, Dizo GoPods D were loud, aggressive and blunt (in a good way). Although bass in this range is fast, electronic attack beats tend to overwhelm the rest of the frequency range at high volumes, most buyers at this budget level will probably appreciate that. The volume combined with the noise isolation adjustment will help to overcome most noisy outdoor environments.
Despite the potentially unbearable bass, the sound never sounded too muddy or unpleasant, and there were hints of detail to be heard from time to time. With If I Were A Folkstar by The Avalanches, GoPods D were able to capture some of the detail and definition that makes this beautiful sample-based track so enjoyable, but the sound stage felt a bit narrow and limited.
At very high volume levels, the sound sounded a little harsh, but adjusting the volume to around 50 percent provided a reasonably immersive and clean listening experience. Perhaps support for higher quality codecs may have made a difference here, allowing a little more data to be used by the headphones, but the sound is comfortable and totally acceptable, as long as you can handle some bass extra.
There are some additional useful features in Dizo GoPods D: ENC for voice calls and a low latency mode for gaming. As with Realme Buds Q2, the low-latency mode improved response time slightly, but not significantly enough to really make a difference in lag-sensitive multiplayer games. Audio quality in calls was acceptable in rather quiet indoor and outdoor environments, with ENC reducing some environmental factors such as wind.
The most affordable true wireless products are simply focused on the form factor and not the features, so the Dizo GoPods D stands out for a few key reasons, namely app support and fast loading. When it comes to the basics, the GoPods D is competent and offers a decent overall experience for the price. You get a comfortable fit, good battery life, and acceptable sound quality. At Rs. 1,399, there’s enough in this pair of headphones to be worth considering.
While there are some downsides – micro-USB charging, SBC codec only support, and a slightly overpowering bass attack – it might be worth ignoring this just because of the price and the fact that you’re getting a Realme-supported product. Options from brands like Noise and Redmi might be worth considering as well, but the Dizo GoPods D offers a good overall experience for Rs. 1,399.