I have always considered Amkette as a company that strives to create products that don’t look like they are made in India. Their products might not be made in India but they also don’t look like what many Indian brands have been producing of late. The latest from this accessories company is a headphone that tries to satisfy Gen Y which wants to share everything. Yes, the Trubeats Tango lets you share your music through the headset.
Design: The Tango is very compact with small square earcups that can be pulled down from the headband. The headband and the earcups have soft leather making it very comfortable to wear. However, like with most closed headphones, the earcups tend to become a hot place for the ears are a few songs. While the Left earcup has the in-line, the right one has a 3.5mm port for you to connect another earphone. The Tango comes with long tangle-free cable with a gold plated connector at the end for better sound quality. But if you ask me, the best thing about the design is the fact that the headphone can fold into a size that fits in your palm. Good for people who are on the move.
Performance: Catering to the Indian audience, the Tango comes with Bass-rich Trusound, which thankfully is not overpowering. The 40mm drivers seems to do a good job with most types of music, not just Bollywood fare. It could hold itself even at high volumes. There is no spillover from the earcups, even when you have taken them off your ears. From the latest PK songs to the ethereal voice of YouTube sensation Amira Willighagen, the Tango seemed to have everything under control. So far so good.
But the tango part of the Tango is the real disappointment. There is a small, but significant, loss in audio quality when you plug in another headphone to the unit. You will not realise the drop if you haven’t heard the primary set first. But, yes, if you try the primary one first and the add-on next it will be like going down a couple of steps.
Verdict: At Rs 1,499, the Amkette Trubeats Tango offers a decent option for those who want something better than a pair of earphones. It is even better for those who like to share their music with someone close as they travel, or just hang around. But don’t but the Tango just for that feature, think of that as an add-on that you could use once in a while.