Amazon.com: Customer reviews: COWIN E8 [Upgraded] Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear, Great Audio for Travel/Work/TV/Computer/Cellphone, Black
Downgrading this to 1 star. The company offered a refund if I changed my review to 5 stars. If you want good reviews, then make good products.
I bought these because after 2 sets of the Sony MDRXB950BT/B breaking due to their poor construction, I was tired of dealing with it. I also wanted to try out some noise-cancelling and see what the fuss was about. I bought these when they were at $150, they're even cheaper now so a pretty good way to try out the ANC features.
- The noise-cancelling is pretty nice. It's not industry-leading, but it works. I underestimated how important it was. I'm an engineer and I work in a production environment. There is a lot of noise, particularly a lot of low rumbling sounds. If you're not listening to anything and just turn on the ANC, it makes a noticeable reduction but of course you can still hear plenty of mid to high frequency noise. So you may think (as I did) "Eh, there's still noise. Whatever." When you're listening to something however, like a podcast or music, it makes a huge difference. You're no longer subconsciously struggling to hear through the noise. After experiencing this I'm a firm convert to ANC for headphones I'll wear out of the house.
- The sound is pretty good. Coming from the super-bassy Sony headphones (a feature I loved), these seemed a little more flat on the low end. However, I used the EQ settings on my phone to bump up the low end and get them to a place I was happy with. No real complaints here, I was a happy camper for the price.
- The price. These are significantly cheaper than some of the usual contestants for ANC headphones. If $300 for a set of Bose QC35s seems crazy to you, then paying 1/3 the price for 3/4 of the performance is a pretty good deal.
- Durability. I owned these for less than a few weeks. Never dropped them, sat on them, threw them around, etc. Kept them in the case when not in use. So far the headband adjustment mechanism on the right side has stopped working. It's just loose now with the detents having disappeared into Narnia. It will fall all the way down if you just let the headphones hang. I have a big head so it sort of works out but it's not a great sign. The adjustment on the left side has now become super stiff and is difficult to adjust without feeling like I'm going to break the headband.
- Battery life. With my old Sonys, I felt as though I had to charge them maybe every 2 days. I'm usually at work between 10-12 hours every day and wearing the headphones the whole time. I charge these every night, and start using them around 10am. By around 5-6pm the battery starts dying. This wouldn't be the end of the world except that for the last 15% or so of the battery life (at least an hour's worth) whatever you're listening to is constantly interrupted by a voice saying "BATTERY LOW" every minute or two. And it doesn't just overlay the voice, it stops whatever you're listening to, says "BATTERY LOW," then resumes playing. It's incredibly jarring, annoying, and totally unnecessary. Say it ONCE and then please shutup. It feels like you're constantly in a race against time before the battery dies.
- ANC on/off. This is more trivial, but still annoying. The ANC is turned on and off separately from the actual audio/bluetooth portion. This means that if you don't remember to turn off the headphones AND flip the switch to turn off ANC, then ANC will stay on and drain the battery. It's a minor nitpick but I would forget this all the time and just put them back in the case thinking they were off, only to put on dead headphones later. Fortunately though, you can listen to them while charging.
- Comfort. They're comfortable when you put them on, but if you're using these at work for 8+ hours a day you're gonna notice them.
- Weight. They aren't too heavy for me, in that I notice the weight but don't mind it. Where it's annoying is if you look down or up, they may try to fall off your head. I wear headphones at the gym, and anytime I would lay down on a bench they'd slip backwards off my head. The Sonys were lighter and never did that unless I shook my head. For most people this probably doesn't matter but if you plan to workout or run in these, you'll probably have this issue.
- No forward/back buttons. You can pause and play by pressing the power button, but you can't go to the next or previous track as far as I'm aware.
All in all they're not bad for general use. The $150 I paid isn't enough to demand perfection, but it's too much to accept these flaws, so these are going back.
After using a borrowed set of ANC headphones on an international flight, I decided to take the plunge and buy a pair to use at the gym. I selected the E8 because of price and reviews. I am not an audiophile but I like the sound. It has a nice solid quality about it. The ANC feature is excellent. It cancels virtually all of the background noise at the gym, music, machine noise, dropped dumbells and background conversations.
The headphones seem well built. It doesn't have a cheap feel to the materials.
Only two drawbacks so far--the headphones are a bit heavy compared to my old set but the added weight may be due to the ANC tech. I don't have a comparison. Because of the heaviness, the headphones sometimes slip when I am doing horizontal exercises such as sit ups. I can usually fuss to keep them from slipping. I wonder if I can tighten up clamping. The other drawback may be a feature for some. When the battery is low, you hear a voiced alert on top of whatever you are listening to that 10% of battery is left. The alert repeats until the battery dies. Once I know that the batteries are low, I would prefer the unit to shut up so I can enjoy whatever juice I have left.
sadly, I received a defective unit. cowin happily replaced it with a unit that was also defective. After two attempts, I asked for my money back and it was readily processed. Sad because I really liked the design, sound quality, etc. it would have been a great value.
I've had my E8s for just over a month. They are very comfortable and decently constructed. I find the noise canceling to work quite well. They were able to block out the furnace, dish washer, washing machine noise and the sounds of video games being played at the same time while I listened to an audio book(not loud music). They struggle to block out multiple conversations around me in the office though
However, I have a few complaints.
First, the micro-usb(not usb c) cable is only 2 feet long and doesn't come with its own
Second, the device voice isn't connected to the volume. So no matter what volume level you are listening at a robotic voice yells at you whenever you turn it on, pair or turn it off and the beep when you try to change the volume on the headset is ear splitting.
And 3rd, and most significant. 4 days after the ability to return them has expired the power button has ceased to function and is stuck in the depressed position.
I have emailed Cowin and may adjust my rating based on their customer service but for now... 1 star
I researched quite a bit before I bought these head phones in January 2019 it is now July 2019. I paid $149.99, not chump change for me. Around the first of June the noise canceling feature started working intermittently, then that feature completely stopped working in July. I specifically needed the noise cancellation feature because of my work. Once the noise cancellation feature stopped working I had to turn the music up so loud I thought I would go deaf. But that wasn't a problem for to long as a few days later I couldn't even listen to the radio because the headphones stopped working completely. Had the head phones had worked, that would have been great. but spending $150 for 6 months of use is unacceptable. What a waste of money. I'm very disappointed and would not recommend purchasing this product. If you do buy it all I can say is... Buyer Beware! [**** 1st UPDATE Several weeks had passed since my initial review. Today I received a offer for a refund or exchange. This was unexpected as the product return date already passed. In exchange for this update I was offered a refund. This action changes my over-all rating - I truly appreciate an honest company that provides excellent customer service and that is exactly what Corwin and Amazon have done. Thank you.*****] 2ND UPDATE Guess what I posted the updated review above and I received another text message from the company and told I would get a refund AFTER I changed my review to "good product" or something similar and removed my initial and follow up review Well I CAN'T BE BOUGHT again I say BUYER BEWARE! Shady seller!
These headphones are garbage. Save your money and buy a better name brand like maybe one that rhymes with “nose”. I wanted these to replace my quiet comforts at a more reasonable price point, but MAN are these a let down. I can hear so much static noise when the noise cancelation is on, and when On a call, the other caller can’t hear me. It sounds muffled they say. The sound quality is abysmal.
Cons 1. The active noise canceling sounds like a pot of boiling water. In other words, the "silence" is gargling white noise. 2. When the ANC is on, the music/podcast cuts out for about a half second approximately 1 or 2 times per minute. This problem has not occurred with any of my other listening devices. This is annoying and infuriating to listen to. 3. The automated sounds that occur when turning the headphones on/off or pressing the volume buttons is deafening. I purchased ANC headphones to protect my hearing from further damage due to loud noise, not make it worse. 4. The lowest sound that the headphones could possibly produce without going mute is the loudest that I would want to play my music/podcast. (I adjusted both my phone and the headphones to the lowest volume possible.) For casual listening, you would not want to play music/podcasts any louder than this lowest volume setting, which is restricting because it may still be too loud for some listeners. 5. They have a strong clamping force and do not extend out very far so I would not recommended them for people with larger heads otherwise you run the risk of breaking them which I have read is a common occurrence. 6. These headphones are advertised as "over-ear", whereas I would categorized them more as "on-ear". The ear pads themselves are huge. However, the center hole of the pad is smaller than most adult ears so it is quite likely that some part of your ear will be compressed by the ear pads.
Pros 1. More comfortable than I had anticipated, to be clear though, I set the bar at medium-low. I was concerned about them compressing the frame of my glasses into my ear and head which can be very uncomfortable. After wearing them for one evening I can confirm that they caused me no pain. 2. It was able to actively cancel out the noise from my refrigerator(... but not the fan above the stove). So you could say that the ANC works to a certain degree. 3. Sound quality was fine, I suppose. I was distracted by all the other issues that were apparent and obvious that I had little time to give thought to the balance of the sounds that were coming out of the headphones.
Pros-They are loud Cons-The bluetooth made a noise every 20 seconds or so and the Active noise Cancelling sounded like a breeze was blowing in my ears. when i tried to charge them while listening at the same time there was a loud electrical feedback noise. For the price of these i was really dissapointed.
Have had two sets now in one week. Without the noise cancelation they were fine but turn it on and the static in the first set right side was painful and with the second set the same thing happened but with the left earpiece. It didn't matter if using Bluetooth or wired music or non at all the static was horrible and painful. Turn the noise cancelation off then they were fine. If you want noise cancellation don't buy these. These seem to be a bad set of them. I have tried E7 and E7pro and the noise cancellation was fine.
Update 6/29/19 update
Owner comtacted me about my issues and is to give a full refund while keeping the headphones I have. The headphones work wothout the anc. The people behind Cowin do read these coments and contact you. That is much more than i had had with other customers. For that and told i will get my money back I give Cowin a 4/5 for support and backing
Well it is now the end of July the person from cowin called back and wanted to put the money back on my ebay account though I did not get them through ebay. It was a scam to change my rating. It was too good to be true. I refused to give any ebay information out and the caller said he would find away to get my money back. That never happened. Can't tell you if this really was a cowin rep or a scam but my rating of these headphones and service is back to 1 star because I can't give them 0.
Updated Review August 2019: After switching to the Cowin SE7 model, I am a convert! The SE7 is lightweight and foldable (similar to the cheaper Mpow H10 I had bought) but the Cowin SE7's performed better overall. On the airplane, the Cowin SE7 sounded only marginally better than the MPOW H10 (ANC worked the same on both - made it totally pleasant to watch a movie or listen to music)), but while cutting the lawn with my mobile phone in my pocket, the MPOW kept cutting out but the Cowin held the connection steadily. The Cowin E8 is possibly a better headset but they were too heavy for me and did not collapse for traveling. The Cowin SE7 is the perfect solution, and Cowin customer service is excellent. Note: Don't get caught up in Amazon's "there is a newer model" prompts if lightweight comfort and portability is important to you.
Original review May 2019: I guess they worked OK but they were uncomfortable and far too heavy. I returned them. Instead I got much less expensive Mpow H10 which really worked on several airplane rides. I am not really sure if the ANC/sound/battery were top notch. The weigh and bulkiness (the case is huge) were a deal-breaker for me.