If you are fond of bright colors you will appreciate the Xiaomi Piston Youth’s design, with these earphones available in light blue, pink and purple. The light blue looks to be a little less eye-catching than the pink version we review here, although none will go unnoticed.
There is a standard 3.5mm jack, which will fit every phone, tablet and laptop we can think of, and a 1.25m flat cable that’s also coated in pink soft-touch rubber. It does not feel particularly tough, but the cabling inside is made of durable Kevlon. This will come in handy if your phone is stowed away in a pocket, allowing you to mess around with media playback without touching the screen, but we’d like to be able to also control volume from the remote. The built-in mic also means you can use the Xiaomi earphones for handsfree calls. The small drivers on the Xiaomi headphones have white rubber grommets that fit nicely in the ear, with three additional pairs supplied in the box.
They are lightweight at 15g and won’t stick too tightly to your ear canal, making them suitable for use while exercising. On the opposite side of each earphone is a gloss shiny circular plate that gives the Xiaomi Piston Youth a somewhat sassy look, and a little less childlike for the grown-ups.
A small gripe is the buzzing noise sometimes heard in the background, particularly at the beginning of a song or when only instrument is playing. However, it is hardly perceptible as the song goes on. Bass is reasonably decent given the size of these little earphones, but it isn’t particularly detailed. When listening to bass guitar we found a lack of color, especially when compared to more expensive headphones. It’s fair to say the pink design of these earphones is not to our personal taste, but despite our reservations in this department we found sound quality to be very decent.
- In-ear headphones
- available in pink, purple or blue
- 20-20,000Hz frequency range
- 32 ohm impedance, 98dB sensitivity
- 5MW rated power
- 3.5mm jack
- 1.25m Kevlar wire cable
- in-line remote with built-in mic
Xiaomi’s Piston Youth earphones are a decent proposition for the money, and if you’re on a low budget or are looking to buy earphones for a child, they are well worth a look.