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
I was looking for a noise cancelling solution to use my iPad while my wife watches TV at night. I already have a pair of Bose noise-cancelling earbuds, but the idea of a Bluetooth over-ear solution for this application prompted me to dig around and I decided to give these E8 headphones a shot. They arrived today and I compared them with the Bose earbuds.
The E8 headphones are comfortable. The controls are logically laid out and the tactile feedback is good, the build quality also seems good and the instructions are easy to follow. COWIN has obviously gone to great lengths to create a product with a competitive user experience.
Why three stars and why did I return the headphones? They simply didn't measure up to the Bose earbuds in the realm of noise canceling. I fired up a TV and went back and forth between the E8's and the earbuds. The earbuds suppressed a much wider frequency range than the E8's, which seemed to focus on lower frequencies. This might be fine and a good value for flying where the ambient noise tends to be a low frequency rumble, but sitting in front of a TV the E8's passed the mid and higher frequencies through with more of a discerned pitch alteration than actual suppression. The suppression performance difference between the E8's and Bose earbuds was immediately apparent.
It boils down to what you're looking for in performance and what you're willing to spend. The earbuds are three hundred bucks, the E8's are less than half that. The over-ear Bose headphones are a whopping three fifty, which I just can't justify seeing as I've already got the pricey earbuds.
If you're looking for a solution for flying and don't care that the E8's don't fold up (a light carry-on load is why I bought the earbuds in the first place), these might work just fine.
The first set I received had a bad ANC switch that caused severe static in the right ear. Amazon did a great job of exchanging them for a new headset. The new headset did not have any static issues. I give this headset a star for sounding good, not great, but better than my LG 750 earbuds. I give another star for the comfort and good phone conversation. Minus two stars because of the first set I received being defective, and I cannot activate voice control on my iphone. A call can be answered by pressing a button, but you cannot press a button to activate voice control on your cell phone. This was a show stopper for me. I don't want to stop working and pull my phone out to read my texts, or call someone. I returned them and purchased the Sennheiser Momentum M2 and couldn't be happier. An added note - the voice in the headset letting you know they are on is annoying. I could have lived with this headset if the buttons allowed for voice control of my cell phone.
Hi Good for music. HUGE and not good for traveling as they don't fold and the case is VERY rigid, a shell really. I really wanted to use them for the phone (Samsung Galaxy 8+) but EVERYONE I call asks me to switch them off so they can hear me well. So I am returning the, That is the main reason, that they are not useful for phone calls. NC seems to work well, but they are so BIG that they make it a bit tedious to travel with, otherwise a good product. Oh one more thing...the sound cable has one size jack on one end and another size jack on the other end. So you need to make sure you always have that cable with you which I have found inconvenient. In fact, when I went to return these I couldn't find the cable....lost somewhere.
I bought these and tried them out for a drive as soon as they arrived. I wore them for about three hours straight before taking them off. One the three hour mark hit, my head started to hurt and my ears hurt so badly I was forced to take them off.
These headphone have thick hard ear pads and they hug your head too tight. The quality of sound was good and the anc was excellent. I've used qc35ii and the Sony's and the anc on these are about the same of the Bose, but worst than the Sony's. The microphone also doesn't work if you are driving. I was able to hear the other person, but they said it sounded like I was in a long hallway and couldn't hear me. If you need to call somebody and need to use these look else where.
I bought these headphones because it was time for me to buy news headphones and better ones too, I used for basically everyday life besides the gym. So I bought these loved them but then when I fully charged them the battery life only lasted at least 9hrs for me basically the battery life didnt last long as it says. Plus the left side of the headphones where you adjust the size broke but the right side is fine and I never roughed handle them ever. The sound is great but felt quite even when the noise canceling was on too. The noise cancelling is great for the price but if you want better noise canceling headphones you might want to spend a little bit more. And I only had them for 14 days I was very disappointed when they broke on me out of know where because I'm the type of person that takes care of their thing which makes them last long.
Headphones sound good, but the wired connector is proprietary....What use is this??? Now instead of me using a standard connector in case the cord is damaged or too short( which it is) I have to try to find this STUPID CORD.
I will definitely not recommend this to my DJ friends or anyone who values their time.
I would love to give this a higher review but I cant. First off, the E7 is one of the best value BT headphones I've ever seen. Absolutely stellar. So I hoped their upgraded version would be better
Well, the audio is better. Darned good really. But past that...
The controls are simply not as easy to use as the E7, the lack of a power switch is a real drag. Similarly, while the audio is better, the noise cancelling has a very bad tinny static to it in a quiet setting when connected to my phone. Very frustrating. And, frankly, if you have big ears like mine, the cups arent as comfortable as the E7.
I want to give this a better review because the Cowin customer service is excellent. I sent them my complaints on the noise cancelling and they sent me a new pair without a second thought. Problem is that it had the exact same issue.
Anyways. Now I have 2 very good bluetooth headsets that cant really do noise canceling. Could be worse.
These headphones are massive, I have worn these headphones for about 3 hours and I have noticed a significant amount pressure from the band at the top. The overall weight is also less desirable, I feel these headphones pulling down on my ears and head.
These worked great on first use connecting to my Sony TV. But, no audio if either the headphones or TV is power cycled. The devices to re-connect but no audio unless I delete the pair and start from scratch. I got a pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 instead and those work perfectly. Just turn them on and done.
The noise cancellation is great, and the sound quality is fine, but I have a few complaints.
Firstly, the adjustable connectors broke after only a few adjustments, so they now slide freely in and out without "clicking". Luckily it still fits my head, but its a shame that it was so easy to break, and people who do need to adjust the size should take warning.
Also, you can't turn the power on or off while the USB charger is plugged in. If you are listening while plugged in and want to turn it off, you need to first unplug it, then hold the power button.
Finally, the "power on", "power off", and "low battery" messages seem to play at the maximum possible volume, which can be incredibly startling when you aren't expecting it.