A new experience that confuses the brain! GENKI Waveform Completely Wireless Earphones Review / Mix two music with dual stream!

The real thrill of crowdfunding is being able to get “products that are not yet in the world.” However, even if we can actually raise funds, the road to commercialization, mass production, and delivery to investors is long and steep.

I myself have invested in more than 100 projects both in Japan and overseas, but the content is various, and it took many years to commercialize it, the manufacturer lost communication, and a delicate product far from the concept was completed. , I have some bitter memories, such as not sending it even though it was commercialized.

On the other hand, some manufacturers, such as Keychron and MOFT, have continued to grow steadily. And GENKI introduced this time is one of them. We have made small aptX Low Latency transmitters for Nintendo switches, made small docks, and steadily commercialized products that did not exist in the world before.

The product introduced this time is “completely wireless earphone” in the category, but the mechanism implemented there was a unique function that has never existed in the world …

Complete wireless earphone GENKI Waveform review

The completely wireless earphone “GENKI Waveform” introduced this time is accepting support purchases at Makuake. It’s cheaper than the retail price, so if you’re interested, I recommend buying it at Makuake.

* For this review, we lent out a product sample.

GENKI Waveform package has a three-layer structure

This is the GENKI Waveform package. It is eco-friendly with a paper package.

When you remove the lid, you can see the Waveform charging case.

Where are the accessories? It’s further down this layer.

In fact, the inner box is divided into three layers, each containing accessories.

Waveform is on the first layer, and earpieces are on the second layer. This earpiece is extensive, with 3 sizes of silicone ear tips (S / M / L), 3 sizes of memory foam with low resilience (S / M / L), and 3 sizes of stabilizers to fit your ears (S). / M / L) Included.

The third layer contains the user manual, USB cable (USB-C to USB-A), and audio cable (USB-C to 4 poles).

Let’s take a look at it step by step.

GENKI Waveform charging case is “smart case”

The charging case of GENKI Waveform seems to be called “smart case”. Why it’s smart, that’s later in the article. When I opened the lid, I could see the GENKI logo on the earphones. It’s playful.

When I took the smart case in my hand, I got a slightly oversized impression.

The GENKI logo is engraved on the top.

At the bottom left of the smart case is the microphone. Even though it’s a charging case, is it a microphone? ?? It is no wonder that he asks. However, if you know the secret of this charging case, you may understand why the microphone was attached here … (later).

The back of the smart case has a pairing button and a USB-C port. In addition to charging with a USB-C cable, the smart case also supports Qi wireless charging.

The weight is about 62.6g, which is heavier for a completely wireless earphone. The smart case also gives a big impression as a completely wireless earphone.

However, no matter how big it is, it is cute compared to BOSE QuietComfort EarBuds (lower left in the photo) and SHURE AONIC FREE (lower right in the photo), which are huge types of completely wireless earphones.

I will compare it with AirPods Pro (right photo), but it seems that there is no difference unexpectedly. The angular design of the GENKI Waveform makes it feel big when you pick it up.

Next is the earphone section.

GENKI Waveform has a mechanical design

I also felt that the GENKI Waveform body (earphone part) was a little large.

GENKI logo on the side.

GENKI Waveform has a hybrid configuration with a large-diameter dynamic driver with a diameter of 10 mm and a balanced armature.

There is a hole for the microphone on the back.

And the design feature of GENKI Waveform is the microphone part that protrudes greatly forward. While recent fully wireless earphones tend to focus on microphone performance, GENKI Waveform not only looks good, but also supports Qualcomm cVc 8.0 for high quality calls.

The GENKI Waveform has a slightly oversized shape. I fit it just right, but if it’s not stable, install the included stabilizer.

Now, let’s finally connect the GENKI Waveform.

There are 3 ways to connect GENKI Waveform

The unique feature of GENKI Waveform is that it has three connection methods even though it is a completely wireless earphone. Isn’t it just connecting with Bluetooth? You might think that. No, there are other connection methods. And that is the true value of GENKI Waveform.

Connection method 1: Connect directly with Bluetooth

When you put the GENKI Waveform on your ear, you will hear a bell-like rumbling sound, indicating that you are waiting for pairing. (I don’t want to listen to this sound for too long because it sounds a little in my head …)

I tried pairing with an iPhone. Let’s listen to the sound source of Apple Music. Since the GENKI Waveform has a hybrid configuration, it is well-listened, the bass sounds thick, and the treble has a nice edge. The tendency of the sound is closer to flat, and the impression is that the sound is straightforward and has no strange flavor.

Connection method 2: The case becomes a transmitter and is output by aptX Adaptive

The next connection method is to connect with a USB cable. Keep your GENKI Waveform earphones in your smart case and connect them to your iPad or Mac. The smart case will then be recognized as a “USB audio” device.

Then take out the GENKI Waveform earphones and they will be able to play music on your Mac while paired with the smart case (rather than the iPhone you just connected). In short, the smart case itself becomes the aptX Adaptive transmitter.

Since the earphones can use the aptX Adaptive codec via the smart case, even the same Apple Music sound source will change to a crisp sound, and the resolution will increase by about two levels. You will feel like you have broken through the Bluetooth wall on the top, bottom, left, and right. Clearly different from AAC, the bass sounds are richer and the treble resolution is higher. While listening to it, I thought that wired earphones look like this.

Connection method 3: Wired + Bluetooth, dual stream to play two music at the same time

The third connection method was unique and not yet in the world. When you open the Bluetooth settings of your iPhone while connected with USB audio, you can see “Waveform Dualstream” as the pairing destination. When connected to this, the iPhone will pair with the smart case itself.

What happens when you connect to the smart case, the sound of the device connected via USB and the device connected via Bluetooth are mixed. You may not know what you are saying, but you can hear the sounds coming from the two devices at the same time.

It may be difficult to understand, so I tried to illustrate the three connection methods so far. (Since iPhone only supports up to AAC, it is described as AAC for convenience)

As you can see from the dual stream diagram in 3, the smart case seems to mix the sounds of the two devices and send them to the GENKI Waveform earphones.

So what happens is that you can play music on your iPhone while web conferencing on your Mac, or talk on your iPhone while playing games on the Nintendo Switch. When I actually mix the sounds, I don’t understand the meaning so much that I laugh. It’s a new sensation that confuses the brain.

With a multi-point that can stand by for two devices at the same time, if you connect to one, the other will stop playing, but with this dual stream, you can hear the sound seamlessly. Isn’t it an epoch-making function that changes the usage of completely wireless earphones?

Does dual stream change the sound quality of AAC?

If you look at the figure above, the songs of the AAC codec sent from the iPhone will be sent by the aptX Adaptive codec via the smart case. Will the sound quality change? I listened and compared it just in case. Then, I feel that the sound is a little thicker, but maybe it’s because of my mind … Even if you change the dish, the deliciousness of the dish itself does not seem to change.

Can I use aptX Adaptive on my iPhone with GENKI Waveform? ??

Being able to connect with USB audio means that if you connect directly from your iPhone to GENKI Waveform via a Lightning OTG cable, you can use aptX Adaptive on your iPhone.

So, I tried using the Lightning OTG cable that I had at hand. Then, although the sound comes out, the sound stops in about 3 seconds (however, the song is in progress). I wondered if the lossless sound source of Apple Music was bad, I tried playing it on YouTube, but it also stopped in about 3 seconds.

However, in Makuake’s return, a GENKI-branded “USB-C to Lightning OTG cable” is available for iOS devices. It seems that this cable can also be used on iPhone, so please choose it.

Compare GENKi Waveform with Bowers & Wilkins PI7

The GENKI Waveform realized the groundbreaking idea of ​​dual stream of USB audio and Bluetooth, but the mechanism that the case became a transmitter was also used in Bowers & Wilkins’ completely wireless earphone PI7 (right photo).

I have Bowers & Wilkins PI7 at hand, so

Since the codec of PI7 is aptX HD, the performance and sound quality of earphones are better for PI7. However, the speed from being recognized as a transmitter to pairing is about 2 tempos faster with GENKI Waveform.

PI7 for sound quality and Waveform for usability. Of course, PI7 does not have dual stream function, so it can be said that Waveform is the overwhelming victory in terms of function.

What is the performance of GENKI Waveform’s ANC and external sound capture?

The characteristics of dual stream are outstanding, but the performance as a completely wireless earphone was also good. I tried using active noise canceling (ANC) and external sound capture in the city or on the train.

By tapping the touch sensor on the side three times, you can switch between “ANC-> transparent-> standard”.

ANC had sufficient performance for a product in this price range, which shuts out other sounds while listening to announcements even in a running train.

As you can see from the microphone protruding forward, the ability to capture external sound was excellent (it didn’t feel like it was captured by the microphone), and it was processed so that it sounded natural.

Unfortunately, at the time of the review, there was no companion app for smartphones, and it was not possible to operate / adjust or check the status from the app. Switching with three touches is surprisingly troublesome, and I want you to be able to operate it with the app.

There is no companion app for GENKI Waveform at this time, but when I inquired about it, it was “under development”, so I may be able to hear some progress during the execution of the Makuake project.

The microphone performance of GENKI Waveform can be used even in telework.

Finally, I tried using GENKI Waveform for web conferencing. The person at the meeting said, “I can hear you well,” which was a good response. However, since my voice echoes in my head, it is a little difficult to speak, and basically it seems that the correct answer is to use it in the state of capturing external sounds. (May be improved in the future)

Not just GENKI Waveform! GENKI Dock Mini is also available!

This Makuake project has another product to watch. It is a mini version of GENKI Covert Dock “GENKI Dock Mini”.

I also borrowed the product and reviewed it, so please take a look.

The GENKI Dock Mini is now available for purchase as one of the Waveform returns.

Summary of GENKI Waveform

GENKI Waveform is equipped with a new function called “dual stream” that is unprecedented in the world, as well as good performance as a completely wireless earphone. This feature, which opens up a new world, may change the definition of fully wireless earphones. I would like everyone to experience this new sensation of the intersection of two sounds, recommended!

If you want to get GENKI Waveform quickly and cheaply, don’t miss Makuake’s exclusive plan! (I want it too)