Recently, we have paid more attention to headphones. The supply is getting bigger, the number of variants is increasing and the quality is getting better. The range of wireless headphones is also increasing, especially now that the iPhone is losing its headphone output. In this review we look at a wireless model; the Sudio Vasa Bla bluetooth in-ear headphones.
What is the Sudio Vasa Bla?
As the name suggests, the Sudio Vasa Bla is an in-ear earphone made in Sweden. This ‘earphone’ connects wirelessly to your smartphone (or any other bluetooth device) thanks to Bluetooth and can therefore be worn wirelessly. Wireless means in this case, however, that the two earpieces are connected to each other by means of a neck strap. In the packaging we see a manual, a leather case, the headphones with control piece, 4 different earplugs, a microUSB cable and a clip for the cable. The whole package costs you 70 euros.
The Sudio VASA is named after the 16th century King Gustaf Vasa who led the Swedish war for independence against the Danish King Christian II. The VASA is one of Sudio’s premium models where a new generation 10.2 mm driver has been developed. This is our best driver so far. The user now hears every detail, of every instrument, in every song, for an unforgettable experience.
The first thing you notice is the chic and high-quality design. The Sudio Vasa Bla is packaged in a beautifully designed box, that’s where it starts. The headphones themselves are largely made of plastic; we have the white version of rose-gold pieces at the earplugs. On the cable of the headphones we see a battery (8 hours listening time) and an operating element with volume buttons, pause button and microphone back. Sudio supplies four different earplugs so the headphones should theoretically fit almost every ear. The leather case adds some extra premium look and feel to the whole. All in all, the Sudio Vasa Bla has been given a chic appearance and is therefore a strange duck in the bite in the product category of wireless headphones that are often focused on sport. We can appreciate this; it is something else and there is certainly a target group for it.
Before we pair the headphones with our smartphone, the right earplugs must be chosen. However, that was somewhat difficult because no ear plugs stayed perfectly. One was a little too big, the other just too small, and besides, there is no ‘wingtip’ integrated with which the earpiece stays firmly in place when you exercise. This is and remains a problem of in-ear headphones, and differs very much per person. My girlfriend thought it was the perfect earplug, so it certainly fits well.
Linking with the smartphone, however, runs smoothly. The headset is quickly recognized, the connection is made in a few seconds and – most importantly – the connection remains stable and in position. The integrated battery has to provide 8 hours of listening pleasure on paper and we came out at about 7.5 hours, perfect. You can charge the headphones using the included microUSB cable.
Once you have found a properly fitting earplug, then the headphones are nice and tight but if you exercise, you will soon notice that the weight (23 grams) of the cable (with battery and control) is going to pull. With a well-fitting ear, this does not cause problems quickly, but if it is not entirely appropriate, then suddenly your ears may fall out. Or, you get that feeling at least so that you keep pressing the earpiece automatically. The user experience really differs per person.
Looking at the audio quality, the Sudio Vasa Bla is above average good headphones. This model provides a wide range, with clear and tight highs, warm and lively midtones and a reasonably deep and accurate bass. There is enough dynamics to hear and music is full of subtle details. The wide sound field provides a lively view, with a well-separated soundstage.
- Type: 10.2 mm Dynamic Loudspeaker
- Sensitivity: 113 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohms @ 1kHz
- Frequency: 18 Hz – 23 kHz
If we add everything together, the design and audio quality are the main advantages of the Sudio Vasa Bla. In these areas, the headset performs above average, certainly also looking at the price range in which it is located. However, the earplugs do not always fit perfectly and if they do not fit perfectly, you get the feeling that the earplugs drop out during a lot of exercise (sports). We can not determine whether they fit for you, but for 70 euros we can recommend the Sudio Vasa Bla if you are looking for good audio quality in a chic look.