Anyone who ever searches online for audio brands other than the usual suspects and, in particular, for wireless in-ears, quickly comes across TOZO. This brand’s online presence is impressive, with hundreds of thousands of positive reviews on Amazon and other platforms. Let’s test the top model, the Golden X1 true wireless and hear what happens.
TOZO’s website states that it was founded in 2015 and is based in Seattle, USA. Not much more can be found about the brand. The Seattle business address is an apartment complex; thanks to Street View, we can note that there is no TOZO office in sight. In itself, that’s not surprising; the lack of further information just makes it seem a bit odd. Most audio brands tell us who the founder is and what drives that person to establish their own brand.
With TOZO, we don’t see that. We suspect that the brand’s products are OEM made in China and is aiming at an audience that is not yet ready to shop on Aliexpress but has more confidence in a US-based company.
At the time of writing this review, TOZO has no less than 26 models of wireless in-ears. The Tozo A2 and G1 models most closely resemble Airpods, are True wireless (TWS) and cost only $19 and $29. The TOZO in-ears are all priced up from 19 to 80-90 euros/dollar with the TOZO Golden X-1 tested here for 149 as an outlier.
Too good to be true? Judging from the many reviews, TOZO in-ears offer great value for money, good sound, good battery life and excellent ease of use.
TOZO Golden X1 TWS
This in-ear is a hybrid system; a combination of a dynamic driver (12mm) and a balanced armature driver (BA). The dynamic driver ensures sufficient low pressure. Balanced armature technology is a technique in which a conductor is placed in a voice coil, balanced between two magnets.
BA systems are very small and are therefore used in hearing aids and in-ear monitors. Multiple BA drivers are often used for music reproduction, each handling a specific frequency range. These are complex miniature structures, which in turn affects the price. Hence, manufacturers often opt for a hybrid solution like the X1.