Amazon.com: Customer reviews: COWIN E7 PRO [Upgraded] Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone/Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear, 30 Hours Playtime for Travel/Work, White
Compared to the original E7, this newer model has better sound quality, improved build quality and overall is more appealing than the original E7.
WHAT'S INCLUDED Included w/ the headphones is a nice hard shell carrying case with a mesh divider inside to help keep cords/cables easy to get to. There's also a manual, USB charging cable and AUX cable which allows you to listen to these headphones even when they're not charged. The included cables are basic and nothing fancy here.
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY My first impression of these is that they have a bulky look to them. And this is mostly do to the size of the ear cups. The ear cups are made of a faux leather material which is comfortable feeling around the ears. They do allow you to swivel them 90 degrees so that they can lay flat for storage or for around your neck.
The headband has a nice amount of cushioning and can be stretched out quite a bit! This was impressive as you can really stretch out the headband w/out damaging or breaking it. One of the design upgrades with the E7 pro model is a brushed metal look on the outside of the ear cups, which does look sharp. And although the construction is mostly plastic, the headphones still have enough heft and weight to them so that you feel like they're a step up from less expensive plastic headphones.
COMFORT What I notice when first wearing these is how comfortable they are. While some have mentioned the clamping force is a bit tight, I would disagree. There's enough to keep the headphones from sliding off your head, they sit snugly around your hears, but yet they're not putting any excessive pressure against your head either. And the thick ear pads to work really well and giving a nice comfortable listening experience.
The challenge is that after about 45 minutes of wearing these or so you can start to develop a hot spot on the top of the head. And I believe this is due to the larger ear cups and the way the weight is distributed. This is one of those things that will affect each person differently, but if you're someone like myself who is prone to discomfort underneath the top of the headband, that's something to consider if you plan on wearing these all day long.
But still, whenever I first put these on they're always super comfortable and feel quite cozy around my ears.
SOUND QUALITY Compared to the original E7, you'll notice the sound quality has improved noticeably. The biggest difference is that it sounds less 'tinny' and music sounds more balanced overall. So you don't have some frequencies massively overpowering other frequencies. You also get a wider frequency response w/ the E7 pro because it now has 45mm drivers instead of a 40mm driver (which is what the original E7 had). So as a result you do get a fuller and more rich sound compared to the original E7.
Specifically, one of the most noticeable differences in the lows is that the bass is less boomy and cleaner sounding. This makes a huge improvement when listening to any contemporary genres of music that have more low end presence. Just this along would be enough of a reason to upgrade to the E7 pro as it's a really welcome improvement.
The mids are still the weak point of these headphones. Though slightly improved over the original E7, vocals as an example can sound a tad withdrawn and veiled. Still, compared to other ANC headphones in this price range, mid-range performance is still adequate.
BATTERY LIFE & BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY Although the E7 pro claims to have a battery of 30 hours, in my experience it was closer to 25 hours. But this is still very impressive considering these headphones have 45mm drivers to power.
Technology wise these headphones utilize NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. It would have been a real plus if they would have used the newer 4.2 (or even 4.1) Bluetooth technology as those are more efficient and can often be found on cheaper headphones. But I wouldn't consider that a deal breaker as Bluetooth 4.0 still works very well.
NOISE CANCELLATION The ANC feature is a big reason for getting these headphones and fortunately this is an area that the E7 pro also handles well. Though the ANC is not as good as Bose (Bose noise cancelling headphones are still the best in this regard), Bose headphones cost a lot more.
The noise cancelling is most noticeable when noise has a 'droning' type noise to it. So traffic driving buy, the whirl of a fan or office air conditioner as an example. Conversations around the office are definitely muted but female voices less so than male voices.
Also, another important improvement over the original E7 is that the sound quality isn't as poor w/ the ANC turned on as it was with the original E7 headphones. Here again, this could be a reason to upgrade if ANC is something you like to use quite a bit.
BOTTOM LINE First, if you're trying to decide between these and the original E7, these are absolutely work the extra money. The ANC and sound quality improvements alone make that a no brainer if you can afford to spend a little more. But what sets these headphones apart from all the other ANC headphones in this price range is their ability to deliver solid noise cancellation that actually works with a listening experience that's actually enjoyable as well.
I've listened to a number of ANC headphones under $100 that really disappointed in this regard. The Meidong E8 are the most recent example.
And not only do these sound good and have good noise cancellation, they also don't look offensive to wear. Granted they're a bit on the large size, but that's the trade off when you're getting such thick ear pads (to help w/ comfort) and larger 45mm drivers (to deliver improved sound quality).
So unless you have a reason you absolutely must have the newest bluetooth technology or if you need something that's less bulky to wear, for anyone wanting a solid ANC headphone under $100, these would be the ones to get!
I purchase this to replace the mpow that i recently purchase. I just receive this headset today and was excited to have a try. When I first open this package it come with a nice hard case bag. Then I notice the headset color is different from the picture and I'm sure it will get dirty instantly. After few try adjustment of fitment and put on and try. The button is so hard to reach. The put the next songs and volume on the same button. Long press for volume up or down and tap is for next songs. This is very inconvenience and it will easily skip the songs. The sound quality not as I expected, for $100 bucks I would just get another mpow for replacement. Which is less bulky and more value.
First and foremost, these headphones are fantastic! The audio quality and clarity are wonderful. That being said, they are not entirely as advertised. The short video (commercial) provided in the Amazon listing (which has since been removed) showed the user shutting off the noise of the world around them. Considering the extremely reasonable price for wireless headphones with active noise cancellation, I was expecting Bose quality noise cancellation, but I was hopeful. Sadly, the active noise cancellation doesn't cut out much because you can still hear and understand someone speaking at a normal volume from about 5-6 feet away. However, the surrounding ambient noises are reduced to barely a whisper. This allows for a great audio experience whether you're listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks or watching movies/videos. While these don't offer much in the way of a quiet world while you take a nap on a plane, train or automobile, they do offer an almost fully immersed auditory experience while enjoying your choice of audio entertainment. I ordered a black pair of these headphones to use on my daily bus commute and they are fantastic. I have been using them every day, turning them on and off multiple times daily. The battery life quoted is absolutely true. With daily use, I have only had to charge them once a week. The material/fabric covering the earpieces and the headband feels soft and supple, but also very thin and as if it's going to tear. No tear yet, so far so good. The positions of the volume buttons are very strange as to turn the volume down, you use the volume down button, positioned at the 'top' of the pad. To turn the volume up, you use the button positioned at the 'bottom' of the pad. Not sure how that made any sense during the design process, but it does the job. I also ordered a white pair for my fiancé so she has active noise cancelling headphones whenever we're on an airplane and let me just mention, the white pair look sexy as hell. Not my style, but the chrome accent pieces really stand out and look fantastic. Reasonably priced headphones with active noise cancellation. Great product, definitely recommend.
Now that I have spent some time with the headphones, I can update this review properly.
Bluetooth connectivity is much better if you connect it to your PC as Voice/Stereo. You may need to turn off/on your Bluetooth and then re-pair the headphones to get a good connection. That is probably a Windows 10 issue, not a knock against the headphones. Sound is great once you pair them properly and even without noise cancelling on, it muffles whatever is around you. Still works great with my Pixel phone.
Battery life is also quite good and the phones will give a warning beep when the level is getting low.
Bluetooth connectivity is alright. This pair really did not like to be near my PS4 when it was on despite my controller being in wired mode and would chop up and crackle. Wired mode is pretty good as you'd expect with no issues. BT to my laptop was painless to set up.
Sound quality is alright on Bluetooth (and excellent on wired) these are not 300$ studio headphones. Wired mode audio is much better with actual bass and treble, as expected. The cord that comes with it could be longer but it's fine. Get yourself a long 3.5 male to male and don't worry.
Phone audio is good whether cable or Bluetooth and it paired with my Pixel 1 no problem.
But let me tell you about the noise canceling. It's pretty damn good. There is a slight hissing noise as expected but it really filters out most if not all of the background noise. The audio quality suffers a bit as the bass drops somewhat but it's only a minor nitpick.
Honestly, not a bad pair of phones but not an excellent pair either. It's up to you whether you buy them or not.
I gave this four stars, although I probably would have given it 3.5 if I had to pay the $94 its usually listed at.
I got it the Cowin E7 Pros Black Friday for $65. They sound great, the noise cancelling works better than I expected, and the battery life is very good - they haven't died once on me.
The swivels for the ear pieces do feel a little cheap, so I can see where other reviewers could have been rough and broke them. Knowing they aren't made of steel is enough to take care of them. The Noise Cancelling can also "wobble" a bit if you are jogging or in a really bumpy bus. You can turn off noise cancelling easy and that goes away, but its there. Not really a problem for me - I'm not used to Bose so the sound quality is still amazing. They are also quite large. The pictures on the detail page suspiciously show the models from the side - they stick out kind of far. Works fine if you are sitting at your desk or on an air plane, but don't expect to be able to run, workout, or wear a hoodie with it.
Given the expectations (managed), and the price ("cheap" by headphone standards) I'm super happy with the purchase and would still recommend them to others.
Update: I love the sound and quality of these headphones. The first set I got ended up being defective and wouldn't stay synced then stopped playing music on the control side all together. I tried to return them but wasn't able to for various reasons. Customer service was intially not very helpful with this but then I was contacted again by customer service and they sent me a replacement set! I'm so thrilled! Granted it took a year to get a replacement but I'm very happy that customer service was able to correct the issue. I love the sound of these headphones and the noise cancelling is impressive; while it doesn't block all sounds it blocks a lot!
This was my second pair of Cowin NC headphones. Each around $100. I liked everything about them except the below issue so after getting first pair returned (no easy task), I tried a different model. Same issue.
To be fair EVERYTHING seems to work great EXCEPT noise cancelling.
If you try to use them in NC mode on a plane, you get this incredibly annoying "thrumming/beating" sound. It may go away for a few seconds if you adjust the earpads but it will come right back. Makes it impossible to relax or sleep with them on.
I have used others before (I had my Jabra for YEARS and they never did this). I can only assume that Cowin has never actually tested them on a flight.
Also Cowin Customer support stinks. Multiple attempts to contact them on this issue resulted in NO CONTACT back from Cowin. I finally had to get Amazon to step in and refund my money for failure to honor their warranty.
Update - out of the blue Cowin contacted me and wanted to make it right. They're sending me a replacement set of headphones that's supposed to solve the problem. Will update this once I receive them but I have to say I'm very pleased and surprised that they would extend this effort
I purchased these headphones to replace a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 15 which I had simply worn out. I was looking at the Bose new noise cancelling headphones but the price tag gave me a shock. I saw these and read numerous reviews and was leery at the relatively low price tag. I got my set (ordered the white/chrome ones) and from the fast shipping, well packaged (with a hard shell case) and the incredible sound (I use them paired to my iPhone 8) my initial impression was very good. The sound quality is a bit heavy on the bass but I resolved this by using the iPhone EQ bass reducer and the sound is very good. The noise cancelling seems to me to work just as well as the Bose Quiet Comfort 15's. I use them also when I mow my yard on my tractor mower, mower sound is almost completely reduced so I can hear music fine. The bluetooth connectivity was extremely fast to my iPhone. They are bigger in size and weight than the Bose. But overall I am totally impressed. The fully adjustable head band, articulated ear pieces and the look and feel of the covers are all well done. Finally, when I registered them with Cowin (I bought from them thru Amazon) they are going to send me a set of noise cancelling ear buds for free. We will see what they are like.
UPDATE: 10.30.18: I received the replacement headphones yesterday. The new E8 headphones work wonderfully and I am extremely impressed with the level of customer service. My stance on good customer service is that I understand that, especially with technology, there will be hiccups. Those hiccups provide and opportunity for seller and Lawrence did just that: took an opportunity. As such, I’m raising my review to 5 stars - great product and even better customer service. Well done, Lawrence!
UPDATE: 10.26.18: After reading my review, the seller reached out to me to inquire about how to remedy the situation. He offered me several options: (1) a full refund and I keep the headphones; (2) replace the headphones with the same pair I got, or (3) replace the headphones with the E8 model. I'd already tossed the headphones after I could not get them to work with the AUX cable. After several emails back and forth, the seller and I agreed that he would send me the E8 headphones as a replacement free of charge. I am currently waiting on the replacement to arrive but in the meantime I am updating my review to highlight the excellent customer service. I will update again once I received the new headphones. I understand that defects happen so I am wiling to give the product another try. However, in all fairness I want to call out the excellent customer service I have received and, based solely on that, I am upping to 4 stars. If the headphones work as advertised, I will go to 5 stars because I really appreciate it when seller own up to an issue and go above and beyond to make it right. ************************************************************************************************************************************** I was in the market for a solid, mid-range pair of headphones. These were stylish and offered what I needed: BT and AUX connections...or so I thought. I had zero problems connecting via BT. Pairing was easy. The issue is with the AUX connection which is vital for devices that don’t have BT. I was traveling and decided to watch a movie on my computer. I plugged in the headphones via AUX (the BT on my MacBook doesn’t work) and got no sound. I swapped out AUX cables. No sound. Assuming it was my computer (what kind of crappy headphones wouldn’t with a simple AUX connection, right?) I ran through some troubleshooting. Still no sound. I switched to my iPhone with the Lightning adapter. Not only was there no sound, I got a message saying the accessory wasn’t compatible with the phone. Weird, right? As a last try, I plugged the headphones in to my Nintendo Switch...again, no sound. I tried with the button in all 3 positions (Off/BT/NC). Nothing. Searching the Internet, I found multiple references to using the AUX cable. I did find that there was some production update that forced the headphones to be charged up even when using AUX (which I find ridiculous in and of itself since one of the reasons for getting a pair with AUX was so I could still listen if the batteries died - I have a cheap pair of headphones that do that).
Anyway, clearly Cowin has some QC issues. If you happen to get a non-defective pair, they’re great. The problem is - do you want to purchase from a company that does that poor of a job making sure that they’re products aren’t defective? I’ll be returning these and going with something I can text out in person before buying.