Quick Look: Peacock Flight TWS Earphones 0

Quick Look: Peacock Flight TWS Earphones

Introduction

Peacock Audio Logo

Peacock Audio is a Chinese brand that made a colorful debut with the P1, a single dynamic driver set of IEMs that was all about a hand-painted custom shell design in various color offerings. It may not have lit the world on fire, but that did not stop Linsoul from collaborating with the brand to bring out a new set of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphones. Linsoul has gone the Kickstarter route for the new Peacock Flight, with the campaign already hitting the goal and due to end on December 12, with unit shipping scheduled for April 2022. There has been a dearth of objective testing of these thus far, so I offered to do a quick-look article of the same. Thanks to Linsoul and Peacock Audio for providing TechPowerUp a review sample!


I was in awe of the photos on the Kickstarter campaign showing how these earphones are made. It begins with clear medical-grade resin that is hand painted in different colors, allowing for a total of five color sets to choose from for the Peacock Flight, before charging connectors, the PCB with the Bluetooth chipset, and 6 mm compound diaphragm dynamic driver are all inserted and the shell closed off. The exterior then gets a similar paint and treatment for durability, resulting in an arguably gorgeous, extremely unique, and colorful set of TWS earphones in a market of primarily black and white units. I have the white/gold version here, and it is otherwise representative of the final retail samples due to ship out by April of next year. As with anything on Kickstarter, there are some associated risks to be aware of in terms of not getting what you paid for. However, Linsoul has typically used crowdfunding more as a means of marketing, with campaigns all pretty much guaranteed success. The same is the case here, and given Linsoul's good track record, I do not expect the campaign itself to be risky for backers.

Packaging and Accessories


So while I have no reason to believe the Peacock Flight won't be shipped to backers, the actual quality of the product is a whole other matter, which is what we take a closer look at and discuss today. There are some Kickstarter add-ons for backers, including a protective case in different colors, foam tips, etc. I only have the base package, a relatively small box that has the company logo and product name on a sticker, with a clear sign indicating this is indeed a demo unit. The box is otherwise thick cardboard in black with a textured finish, with the lid lifting off to reveal the contents inside. This demo sample did not come with any paperwork, be it a quick-start guide or otherwise, and held the earphones inside the charging/carry case in a thick foam piece. There are appropriately sized cutouts to hold the case and for fingers to reach in and grab it.


There is a cardboard box below the foam layer, and it holds all the accessories that came with the Peacock Flight demo unit. I imagine retail packaging will look very similar, but don't expect many goodies here. You get the expected set of ear tips, which came inside a plastic zip-lock bag, in two sizes and no doubt having an intermediate size pre-installed on the earphones themselves. However, I will say that these tips run small to where they are XS/S/M rather than S/M/L in size. Also included is a bog-standard, short USB Type-A to Type-C cable in black to charge the case itself.

Closer Look


The case is instrumental to true wireless earphones, providing storage and charging capability at the same time, and the Peacock Flight case is the smallest TWS set I have had my hands on to date. It is so small I can palm it in my hands as I would a prop in a magician's trick, and I don't have the largest of hands, either. It is also composed of metal on the outside, making it feel more premium for its size. Note that the case is a single black/gold color irrespective of the earphones you go with, although there are protective cases in differently matching colors, and a lanyard this smaller case would go into. On the front is a single indicator LED that displays the battery charging/discharging status, and a solid hinge on the back that does not jut past the case. Peacock Audio somehow managed to fit Qi wireless charging into this tiny thing, too. As such, you may, say, place it on a wireless charger at night and have a fully charged set ready to go the next day. Wired charging comes in the form of a Type-C port on the bottom, and the case has a 200 mAh battery, which is well below average, albeit somewhat justified given the increased portability.


There are similar LEDs on each of the earphones, which light up when they are in the case and charging. A vent used for airflow on top does double duty in letting the LED shine through. As per usual, the earphones are held in place by magnetic pins, and each earphone has a 30 mAh battery inside. This means the case can provide an additional three charge cycles with losses accounted for, which matches what Peacock Audio advertises well enough. When the earphones are removed from the case, the same indicator LED now flashes in green and red to indicate the Peacock Flight is in pairing mode, which will remain so for a couple of minutes to give you the chance to pair them to the source of your choice.


The Peacock Flight TWS earphones come in the five color options seen above, and I did find it funny that the Linsoul rep apologized saying they only had the white/gold set left for demo since they thought my sample had already shipped out, as I actually think this set looks the tamest of the bunch, but is possibly the cleanest and best-looking one in person. The swirls of hand-painted gold and white speckles adorn the inside and outside of the resin shell, and this set has a further trick up its sleeve with unique blue (dis)coloration in some places if exposed to UV light, including strong sunlight. So do be aware of this change you may or may not like; the other colors are darker and immune to the change.

These are otherwise relatively small, which also helps justify the smaller 30 mAh battery inside. There is a Peacock Audio logo applique on the face plate, but it is otherwise near-impossible to separate the face plate from the rest of the shell from a cursory look given the patterns flow cohesively all around. The single vent also makes for a more isolated set of earphones, but it may affect microphone performance. There are no L/R markings anywhere, which may confuse new users as they go about figuring it out with the angle of the nozzle as it exits the shell. As expected, the intermediate sized ear tips are pre-installed. A retaining lip on the nozzle helps keep the ear tips in place, and with this section unpainted, it was likely the support point for the shell painting and assembly. There is a mesh filter in place on the nozzle to prevent unwanted contamination of the acoustic chamber. The actual fit is fairly decent, although you may want to look at aftermarket ear tips. The nozzle is smaller in diameter than most IEMs, so get a ~4.5–5 mm bore tip if you go this route. The smaller size and lower mass of the earphones mean there is minimal physical fatigue, but also not much support from the concha itself. Having a secure fit with the ear tips is thus a must in more ways than one.

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