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Mediocre, but alright for price if you're not picky at all.
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018
After trying these out for two days, I can say I, personally, am not a big fan of these.
Very comfortable and light: No pressure on head and I can wear it for hours without getting a headache, which is something that has been an issue with other headphones in the past. The pads completely envelopes my ears, so I don't have that 'is this really an over ear headset?' problem with these.
Battery life: More or less as advertised. I left it to charge for about an hour or so right out of the package as instructed. Since then its lasted me so far about 10 hours and still going.
Attachable cables: Always a great option when battery does run low. I haven't needed to use it, and I can't speak for the difference in quality between bluetooth and cable connection. Then again, I bought it for the bluetooth capabilities, so I'm not too concerned about it.
Build/Appearance: I'm really picky with how my headphones look, and I have to say that these ones look great. It doesn't look or feel cheap. Of course, I wouldn't throw it around haphazardly, but if I were to drop it, I don't think it would break. Be aware that the matte finish does make it easy for scratches and smudges to show up, so if that really bothers you, just beware.
Range: I can leave my laptop/phone downstairs and walk upstairs with no breaks or static in connection. My pair of bluetooth earbuds (which I've had for quite a while) do cut out and sometimes disconnect and that has always bothered me. I do expect the connectivity strength to decay after a while, but I won't be owning them long enough to test that out, unfortunately.
Oh and connecting to my laptop and phone was extremely fast and easy, so that's a plus.
Then falling into the 'meh' range, is the sound quality.
It's alright. It's nothing to write home about. It's definitely not awful per say, but I've had cheaper headsets sound better. I can't say I would call myself an audiophile or anything, but I am picky about headphones. The best way I can really describe it is that the music sounds very distant. I feel the need to really turn up the volume to get a more immersive feel. (which is something I'll address in my cons).
These perform best in the mid ranges. Don't expect great bass, and the high ranges can sound well...just off.
Noise cancelling: Alright so, I probably should've checked more before I purchased it but, these headphones offer almost no passive noise cancelling capabilities. It's bothersome since if I'm in the kitchen, I can still hear the hum of my refrigerator fairly clearly. To drown out noise, I need to turn up the volume, and therein lies my next problem.
Sound leaking: Oh boy do these cans leak noise. I don't know if its just me, but really don't like the noise leaking from my headset. I don't like bothering people and I don't want people overhearing what I'm listening to. But when I need to have the volume up to get a better sound quality and to block out some of the outside noise, the music leaks quite a bit. I've tested it. I'd say with the volume on my phone a third up, someone sitting near me in the library would be able to notice.
I might be too picky on this, but it's something that really bothers me. I don't enjoy feeling worry that my music might be bothering the people around me, even if the leak isn't as bad as I think it is. And since I'm a student, I'm often using them outside rather than in the comfort of my own home. It might just not be a good fit for someone like me. I would skip on this pair if you're planning to listen to some hard rock.
Strangely, the higher reviews mention how well the passive noise cancelling are on these cans, and I don't know, maybe it's just me. I know different people like listening to their music at different volumes. My roommate has her volume usually set the lowest and I can barely hear it when I tried to listen to something she was showing me. But honestly, if you don't go into these reviews knowing that people experience audio differently, then I don't know what to say.
A summary if reading all that is too much work:
If you're looking for an average pair of headphones that looks good, works fine, and the sound quality is alright, I would say go for it.
But if you're looking at these with some higher expectations, I would maybe look around some more and consider spending a bit more for a pair that better suits your needs. I've gone through dozens of headphones looking for a good pair and If there's anything I've learned, it's that trial and error is a good way to find out what you're really looking for.
These pair of headphones are by no means bad, and I would recommend them to someone who doesn't care too much about the cons that I thought were dealbreakers. I am by no means an expert or anything, I'm just your average college student who just wants a nice pair of headphones to enjoy music in my downtime. And I might be pickier than most....
I was dancing between giving this review 2 or 3 stars. I settled on 3 stars to take into consideration how others might perceive my review. Personally it's more of a 2 stars for me since I can say that I don't like it and that I won't be using it. Although if you took the time to read through it all, you could rate it 3 stars or even 4 stars if the cons I listed aren't things that bother you at all. If anything I hope this helps you better than a review just saying 'its bad don't buy it.'
(Although seeing that at this time I did splurge and buy myself a pair of higher end headphones, my review might be a bit more bias at this time since it's hard not to unintentionally compare the quality when I'm testing out both of them at the same time.)