Amazon.com: Customer reviews: COWIN E8 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Headphones Over Ear with Microphone Hi-Fi Deep Bass 20H Playtime for Travel Work TV Computer Cellphone -Silver
I am in the market for a good quality BT headphone with ANC. I am not extremely demanding but do expect decent quality for any headphone > $100. My reference headphone is a very old (30+ yo) AKG that is physically falling apart but the sound quality is still superb. My normal headphone is an Audio Technica wired headphone that is almost as good as the AKG.
I was considering Bose and Sennheiser but the reviews for this Cowin E8 were glowing and so I gave it a chance. Physically, it is very well made and pairing with everything was easy and never experienced any issues. It was also quite comfortable wearing it, even for a long time. BT connection was very secure even at large separation. It is a large package that will take up quite a bit space in my carry on, but not a show stopper.
It was the sound quality that disappointed me. It was apparent immediately using it the first time. I gave it some time to "break in" but nothing changed. Sound was closed in, like in a tunnel. It could not adequately resolve complex music. Switching to wired connection was even worse. Sound was muddy, mainly midtone and some "cloudy" bass. I suspect the cable was the limiting factor but I did not have anyone to try. Or may be I had a bad copy.
I may be spoiled by my studio quality headphones, but the sound quality of the COWIN E8 is not acceptable to me -- the sound is just too "muddy", I can't listen to these. The COWIN and says "The superior sound quality of the E8 is 25% stronger than that of our earlier E7". I'm not sure what "stronger" means (maybe louder?) but these are horrible unless the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is turned on. When the ANC is on they are better, but still way too muddy in the midrange, the vocals do no stand out from the background at all. You cannot hear the individual instruments.
I will go back to my $130 "SMS Audio STREET by 50 Wired Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones" for airplane travel and keep my wired $220 AKG Sealed Type Over Ear Headphones K550MKⅢ for home use. Those AKGs are the best headphones I have ever heard -- better than Bose!
I bought these for traveling. I am on airplanes every week and thought these would be great for movies and music. I usually use high quality wired headphones with an OPPO HA-2 or FiiO Q5 headphone amp. I was trying to lighten my load by going this route. It is obvious, nor was I expecting these phones to compare to that However , when testing them against my wired headphones with the same source, I found that they didn't have the sound quality that my wired set has. They are not as detailed and the clarity of the different instruments is sub par. Maybe good for todays modern music but for Jazz and Classical listening, I would look elsewhere. The ear cups are quite comfortable, however they are large and heavy,...not a great pair for traveling. The blue tooth connects quite well but I don't think that is an issue with most wireless headphones these days. I can't comment on the noise cancellation because I didn't like them enough to want to take them on my next trip. You get what you pay for , that's why Sony and Bose cost 3 times the price. I personally would consider Master & Dynamics and Bowers and Wilkins over either of those.
These are very comfortable headphones with long battery life and decent noise-cancelling capabilities. However, there are some frustrating features built into the software. The headphones produce a loud tone every time you adjust the volume on the headset or your connected device. When using iTunes and other media libraries, the headphones produce a tone between every track. This can be distracting when you trying to listen to a playlist. The volume also does not have a good gradient for playing softly and tends to go from loud, to medium, to no sound at all. Furthermore, the case is cheaply constructed. The zipper started to catch after a week, and within two weeks the zipper broke off entirely, rendering the case unusable.
Bottom line: the headphones are comfortable and feature good noise-cancellation for the price point, but you are probably better off spending more for a more recognizable brand due to frustrating beeps at volume and track changes and the cheaply constructed case.
These sound good however when listening to music with these the music skips and it sounds like a scratch in a vinyl album's sound quality. I bought these for listening to music The older pair of headphones I have work fine and has no sound quality distortion, so it has to be these E8's , to me these Corwin E8 are a complete disappointment. I would stay away from these if you plan to use the E8 for music listening.
Worked great until they broke three months after purchase. They dont get handled roughly in anyway. But all it took was one plastic clip to crack while, IN USE and being worn at the time, to make them useless
Update: company held true to there warranty. they were replaced by the company quickly and easily. They didnt have the same color I had originally purchased. So they sent black and gold. Not a big fan of the gold. But it's better than nothing. Great customer service if nothing else.
I tried the E7 headphones first and they were terrible, so I upgraded to the E8 and had the same issues. The sound quality when sitting still at my desk was great, but the noise cancellation when walking or riding the bus was terrible. Every time I took a step or the bus hit a bump, the bump reverberated in my ears. It sounded like a loud thud every with every step.
Bulky... not strong enough . leather feels cheap . not that much better than Cowin 7 of which I bought two and already both broke at the headphone connection joints ... I keep buying then as they are relatively reasonably prices in comparison to.similar headphone
Pros: - The sound quality of these headphones is great. They produce a very full sound. - Cheaper than most ANC headphones - I really like the magnetically secured ear covers.
Cons: - The noise cancelling got a little annoying, as it produces a sound similar to that of what you hear from inside your home on a windy day. - They are REALLY tight. The force squeezing on my head was too much. I couldn't wear them for much longer than an hour or so. Not the most comfortable headphones. - The headphones did not play well with my Macbook Pro. The headphones wouldn't make any sound until my volume level was about 12% or higher. This caused the softest setting to be much louder than with any other headphones I've used.
I gave it 3 stars only because the price was right ( on sale) and sound when it did work was excellent. Only it would not hook up blue tooth to my gaming computer or my sony tv. Worked well with my iPhone, but then right speaker went out. going to try different brand!