Teufel Move BT Review
Can Bluetooth in-ear headphones bring real hi-fi enjoyment for less than 100 euros? LowBeats author Emil Kafitz had the Teufel Move BT in an endurance test for two months and came to a clear result …
Data transfer via Bluetooth has not only been omnipresent since Apple did without a jack connection on the iPhone 7 and thus fully relied on music enjoyment via Bluetooth headphones. We listen to music by the lake with Bluetooth speakers, send data to our PC, or wear headphones that do not need a cable connection to the smartphone.
The technology behind it is not exactly new. The first Bluetooth version came onto the market as early as the 1990s when you still struggled with considerable connection and security problems. Originally developed for the mobile phone manufacturer Ericsson, the data transmission technology has been continuously improved and has actually managed to remain relevant for almost three decades in our fast-paced world – and now even to experience a high phase. The Teufel Move BT in-ear Bluetooth headphones, for example, show that Bluetooth is still more than contemporary today.
In contrast to Apple’s “AirPods,” for example, the Teufel Move BT’s two in-ear earphones are connected by a cable, so the headphones are not entirely “wireless.” On the right side, a small remote control with three buttons interrupts the cable. The headphones can be switched on and off, the volume can be changed, and a song can be skipped. You can also make phone calls using the built-in microphone. The remote control also connects the micro-USB cable, which is used to charge the headphones.
The Teufel Move BT is delivered in a small, minimalist, matt black box. Optimized for online sales, there is not much information to be found in the packaging. When you open the box, you first see the supplied black transport bag with a large Teufel logo on the front. This looks very large, which surprised me. After all, there are hardly any cables to accommodate. When you open the zipper, the reason for the size becomes clear: The entire bag is filled with a non-slip piece of plastic, in which the headphones are housed in a suitable recess for safe transport. The Move BT itself takes up no more than a third of the available space and is significantly lighter than the plastic device. This again bears Teufel’s lettering and logo. There is a circumferential slot for winding the connection cable. For the time being, it remains questionable for me whether this type of accommodation makes sense for headphones that you wear every day and therefore always have with you. But the headphones are well protected, and the bag looks high-quality. I also like the rather simple design very much.
The headphones themselves: The earphones are made of aluminum and look pleasantly robust – in contrast to the somewhat thin connection cable. The design of the headphones is kept simple to match the transport bag and box. Stylish gray and black with a white Teufel logo on the back of the earphones. Minimalistic and therefore very stylish.
The ear tips are very flexible and feel comfortable. The remote control is compact and has a practical effect. The buttons are a bit small and require a lot of pressure, which in my opinion, is much more comfortable than if they were too soft. The battery is also located in the remote control. According to the catalog, this should enable up to 20 hours of music enjoyment and be full again after just two hours of charging.
In addition to the transport bag, the accessories for the Teufel Move BT also include a plastic tube containing four pairs of ear tips and two “pads.” The pads are stretched directly onto the housing of the earphones under the ear tips. So if you want to take your time here, you can adjust the fit perfectly to your ears.
The tube also fulfills another function: Teufel calls it a “washing machine” for ear tips, in which they can be cleaned. Add lukewarm water to the tube of the ear tips, close them with two rubber caps and shake vigorously. You can stick the ear tips used on a plastic rod provided, attach a rubber cover, fill the tub with lukewarm water, and a little washing-up liquid. After attaching the second rubber cap, shaking it firmly, and then air-drying it, the ear tips are clean again. But cleaning also works quite well under running water … A fixing clip and a micro-USB cable are also included in the scope of delivery.
Practical test with the Teufel Move BT
When I tried it on for the first time, I was not particularly satisfied with the wearing comfort of the Teufel Move BT: the ear tips that were standard on the earphones were too small for my ears and often fell out. So get on with the other ear tips – after all, there are more than enough of them included. Removing and pulling on the ear tips was a little difficult at first, but you get the hang of it after a little trial and error. It’s even easier with the editions. The idea of making these interchangeable convinced me completely. After all, the earphones’ housing rests directly on the ear canal, and its covering is therefore also important for closing off the ear.
Ultimately, I opted for the largest editions and the second-largest ear tips so that the earphones sit firmly and yet comfortably in my ears. In my opinion, Teufel has done everything right when it comes to wearing comfort. The only point of criticism is the neck cable, which is a little too long.
When you switch on the headphones, you are greeted by an electronic woman’s voice: “Power on.” The connection with my current smartphone, the Huawei P8, was quick and easy. However, I immediately noticed positively: In the notification line of the cell phone, another battery icon was displayed next to the icon for the cell phone battery. This is marked with the Bluetooth logo and shows the current battery level of the headphones – very practical! An extra app for the configuration would have been a nice feature, but this display is completely sufficient.
Teufel promises that even CD quality can be achieved with Bluetooth 4.0 and “aptX.” The “aptX” technology makes it possible to transfer significantly more and larger data via Bluetooth, so you could even hear Flac files with the Move BT. But the Teufel also delivers music in MP3 or AAC format convincingly. It has good dynamics, highs and mids are balanced, the bass is pretty dominant. But that only makes current pop songs or hip-hop appear “stronger.” The goal of the Teufel Move BT is clear: to sound good and be fun to the ears of as many people as possible. And Teufel has unquestionably achieved this goal.
But now, enough of tests in the quiet little room, the headphones are not called “Move” for nothing. He accompanied me through my everyday life for two months – and did an excellent job. For example, the large transport bag turned out to be by no means as impractical as it was initially thought. With a little practice, you can dig out or stow the headphones within a few seconds, with the cable wound up so that no knots form. I haven’t subjected the transport bag to any extreme test, but I suspect that the headphones would withstand a lot in it undamaged. Certainly, you can carry it carefree and without extra protection in your bag together with books, thermos, and Bluetooth speakers. On the other hand, the transport box is too big for a trouser pocket.
As soon as the headphones are in your ears, the operation is largely problem-free. Activate the headphones by pressing and holding the middle button, after which they will automatically connect to the smartphone. Then select the music, and you’re ready to go. Adjusting the volume using the remote control is quick and easy. A beep indicates that the volume has been changed, which can sometimes be annoying when listening to music.
According to the operating instructions, you should be able to skip a song by pressing the middle button twice – unfortunately, this function was not available on my test device. Instead, for some inexplicable reason, the Google app with voice control was opened on my Huawei P8, but it did not implement the command “next song” either. Going back to the previous song is not possible with the Teufel MOVE BT anyway. At first, I attributed the problem to my Huawei smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S7 reacted the same way, and the iPhone 6S opened Siri with the same attempt. The iPhone spooled to the next song on voice command, but that’s not exactly straightforward either.
On the other hand, the Move BT has no problems making calls. A preset ringtone announces an incoming call, which can be answered by pressing the middle button. The person you are speaking to can be clearly understood, and the Teufel Move BT’s microphone is also of appropriate quality.
The Teufel is also well suited for sports with music. Even when jogging, I could wear it without worrying about my earbuds falling out of my ears. If you are still afraid of losing your headphones, you can easily attach them to the collar of your T-shirt with the included clip. And even if you sweat a lot or come into a brief rain shower, that is no problem: The small in-ear is splash-proof under the IP54 standard.
The promise that you could listen to music for 20 hours on one battery charge has unfortunately not been confirmed. With the volume slightly increased all the time, I got 10 hours. But the battery is fully charged again after 2 hours of charging. But these are still values that are fine.
As is the case with the whole concept of Bluetooth technology for in-ear headphones. What seemed a bit strange with the first models of this kind has been implemented well and practically in almost all respects with the Teufel Move BT.
But one question remained: Can Bluetooth headphones Iin low price range keep up with “normal” headphones in terms of sound? The brother of the Move BT, the wired Move Pro in-ear headphones, received almost only top marks in the LowBeats test. So how would the two compare? I tested both under identical conditions, with the same ear tips, at the same volume, and with the same songs over and over again. And what was to be expected: There are differences.
One advantage of the Bluetooth version is obvious: no cable can be touched, so there is less interference from the cable. With the Move Pro, this is a problem, especially at the connection itself, and can be quite annoying, especially when you are on the Move. On the other hand, the Bluetooth version occasionally had connection problems paired with my “Huawei P8”. However, this was not the case with the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. So: one to zero for the Bluetooth headphones.
In terms of dynamics, both versions don’t take many actions. However, there are differences in the sophistication and precision of the sound: In a direct comparison, the cable headphones can display sounds even more clearly and clearly. It presents a whole soundscape, while with the Move BT, the details are not represented quite as precisely: one to one. But that’s grumbling at a high level.
Hell’s little Bluetooth in-ear makes a very good impression. Processing and handling are great. A bit annoying, but anything but decisive for the purchase is the malfunction when jumping the title via remote control. The Move BT is only the second in terms of sound compared to the cable-bound Move Pro, but the bottom line is that both in-ear headphones have an excellent sound with powerful bass. The inclined music listener can choose: a little more precision in the sound or no annoying cables – both are available from Teufel. By the way, I would opt for the wireless solution.