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 have multiple sets of Cowin E7 Pro that I really have enjoyed so far. The sound quality and comfort on those is excellent.
I've been looking forward to comparing the E8 to the E7 Pro, and just got mine in the mail today.
My initial thoughts were "big!" Why is that? Well, the box was bigger, the hard case was bigger, and then I saw the ear pieces and they were also bigger. Bigger in this case, was great, as that means my large ears are more fully covered. Perfect.
Comparing the sets side by-side, I found that the E8's mostly look nicer. Where I found the E7 Pro to be better is in the ports. The ports are more polished in design on the E7 Pro. (I took pictures to show the differences)
Connecting the E8 to Bluetooth was different, but not hard. Turn the set on, press the power button, connect to the device to play audio. Nothing to it.
For the controls, I like the up down volume buttons, but I do not like how loud the tones are when these buttons are pressed. I liked the lack of tones on the E7 Pro, but it was sometimes hard to tell if the sound was adjusted. A beep about half the volume of the current on the E8 would be much better.
Comfort-wise, these are a step up. I like the tightness on the ears. Much better than the E7 Pro, which always had a loosish feel to it. This tightness also reduces the strain on the top of the head from the strap rest on your head to hold the set on. Much nicer.
Sound wise, the E8 seems to have a little less bass in my first impression, and the noise cancelling seems to be better.
Again, I tend to compare these units to my Jabra Evolve 80s, as they are the best noise cancelling devices I have used so far. I would say the E8 comes pretty close, at a fraction of the cost.
I have not yet tested calling with these, so I cannot speak (see what I did there?) for the quality of the built-in mic. I don't intend to as I don't typically use these for calls, but rather for listening.
In all, so far, I think these are a big step up in comfort especially!
Took a little bit of learning because I wanted to pair it with my iphone 6, Amazon fire tablet, and my MP3 player that has bluetooth capabilities. The controls are pretty well straightforward as to how to pair it with each device. The sound is GREAT from each of these devices. It is nice that I can operate my mower and cut out a lot of the noise and still hear crystal clear music. I have been using headphones for over 40 years and have tried a lot of different brands ( I still have 3 other pairs ) and they can't touch the quality and comfort of these headphones. I am an audiophile and also run a sound system for a small band, so I know how vocals and instruments should sound. You can't go wrong with these headphones.
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.
Sound cancellation is very good. Sync with phone well. I will use solely for travel and noise canceling. The headphone is larger than I expected. Follow-up 9/15/2018 Concerned about the size, I purchased a smaller (more expensive) headphone. After one trip, I returned to the E7. Battery life is far longer, build and sound quality are better. The real deciding factors are noise cancellation and comfort. This was a 9-hour flight. I was able to sleep for several hours. I no longer question the extra room required in my suitcase for the E7. I have a travel partner that will be with me for years. Very happy with this purchase
I purchased these Cowin E8 head phones from Amazon for a recent trim across the Atlantic (7 time zones). I was impressed both with the quality of the sound and with the sound cancelling ability of the headphones. I liked that they came with the cord and adapters so that I could go Bluetooth with my phone or wired to the Aircraft Entertainment system for the sound quality watching the movies or listening to music in flight. The built in microphones work well with my iPhone while connected through Bluetooth.
They are not light, but I found that they were comfortable even though I wore them for several hours, and the weight (could be an issue for some) actually gives me the impression of a quality build that would last me for years.
I found that the battery lasted for the entire trip without an issue, and had plenty of life left at the end of my three flights of the trip. It was especially nice in that I could always plug them into a USB port on the aircraft to charge while using them if necessary though I did not have to do so.
I now use these as my computer headphones on Bluetooth full time instead of the wired ones I was using. I highly recommend them, and have done so to my son and other members of my family.
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.
The headphones was perfectly cased and the Bluetooth setup was very simple and easy. The noise cancellation is works great and the quality of sound was excellent. The fitting over the ears is amazing. I would definitely recommend this who is thinking about getting one of those bigger name brand head phones. After 2 weeks of straight used still no problem with anything, battery life is amazing over 4 hrs of use daily without a charge for the week. Also receiving calls without problem either, daily connection wa simple turn on and auto connect. Would highly recommend to any one looking for a great headphones on a budget.
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.