Amazon.com: Customer reviews: COWIN SE7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Headphones Over Ear with Microphone/Aptx, Comfortable Protein Earpads, 50 Hours Playtime for Travel/Work, Black
I received these headphones several days ago and immediately and anxiously unboxed and charged them so I can test them out. I already have the Cowin E7 Pro, that I happen to love, so I was anxious to compare the performance to those. These new SE7's have a very simple and sleek look, I really like that. They may not be as "showy" as the E7 pro, but I like it that way. I started to charge them, and realized shortly thereafter that they were fully charged from the factory, so that was a nice surprise! I tried them on for comfort, and all I can say is WOW! They are sooo comfortable. They feel light and soft on your ears. The cups are angled in reference to the headband, so they fit perfectly over my ears, and give a perfect seal. They are MUCH more comfortable than the E7 Pro (and I thought those were comfortable!). My only complaint is that the pivot points for the ear cups seem to make a creaking noise when the headphones move around as I walk. It's not a big deal, I know I'm being picky, but felt I should mention it. I started off by testing the noise cancelling function first. As with other tests that I've done, I used different test noises such as Vacuum cleaner, fan, humidifier, lawn mower outside, etc. The noise cancelling function on these seem to be a HUGE improvement over the older headphones. Even though the older ones were also good at filtering noise out, these are even better, and more importantly, the noise cancelling function is practically silent when turned on! The E7 Pro's, as well as most other headphones (costing multiple times more) have a slight white noise hiss when that function is turned on. This was VERY impressive to me. I then made a phone call using the headphones. The person's voice was loud and clear, and they said I sounded very clear as well. I don't like using that function because I find it annoying when I speak and hear my voice muffled in my head because of the headphones. Just a personal thing for me, but if you like using them for phone calls, they will perform fine. And finally, I tested the sound. I tested them with a Bluetooth signal, as well as with a wired connection. I also did a wired back to back connection comparing them to the E7 Pro, using a high end pre amp and a good source. I listened to various types of music as well. At first they sounded VERY similar to the E7 Pro, but I tried very carefully to come up with differences. Initially the E7 Pros sounded like they had a little more pronounced bass, and possibly "better". However, as I listened more (especially with a wired connection and a good source), I started to realize that the Bass wasn't that much weaker with the SE7's, it was just more accurate. The mids seem to be more accurate and clear, and the highs were too similar to hear a difference. Overall, they both sound great, but I slightly prefer the sound of the SE7's if I had to pick. Taking everything into account. The comfort, the noise cancelling, and the sound, I honestly can't see how you can beat the SE7's. I HIGHLY recommend them if that is the price point that you are looking for.
Far cheaper than beats at only around $100. Material is good. Compactable. Comes with cord to hook up to your computer and a jack to hook into an amp. Carrying case is nice as well. I was impressed with the noise cancellation as well.
As someone who is an audiophile, I am pretty picky in selecting a set of Premium Wireless Headphones. This product is really great for me because of many reasons. The price is much cheaper than other premium headphones with similar features, the Bluetooth connects with my iPhone and other Bluetooth-equipped devices quickly, it comes in a sealed box and inside the box there is a leather case protecting the headphones (smelled good and new when opened for first time, made me feel this is one of the Premium Wireless Headphones in the market), and the Active Noise Cancelling feature really works. The Headphones had some battery power already during the first couple uses before it needed recharging. The leather quality of the Earpads must have been made of good materials as well, not causing me tired of wearing them for hours of use. The Earpads are very soft too. It also comes with a User Guide including FAQ written in four languages, a VIP card, a Thank you card, and a nice pouch with all the related cables. I have had nothing to complain about this product so far. Even if something may be wrong in a few months later, I have a “piece of mind” as it is covered by their 18-month warranty once I follow the steps written in the VIP card.
I've been using the new SE7s for over a week now. Both at home, office, and the library. The sound on these is really good. They are bass heavy for those that like that music with lots of thump. But they still give enough sound to the mids and highs that you can listen to most if not all music just fine. I was comparing these to my Sony MX1000 M2s. So a high bar to meet. These did hit harder than my Sony's in any hip hop or pop song and I kind of digged that. I could see how these would be good to wear when I need that extra BOOM when working out or just needing to get pumped up. As far as noise cancelling they are better then the older models Cowin has but not as good as the M2s. But that is not a fair comparison as one headphone cost me under 100 and the other 300. For the price these are really good and a great way for folks to get NC at a better price than 300+. As for the build quality I like the SE7s they feel sturdy and the ear cups are very comfortable. They are also just light enough that they feel great on your head but heavy enough to make you feel like you wont break them. I also like this design way better than the old Cowin E7 model. These are more sleek and understated as well as fit a lot better on my head. The E7 always felt a bit tight and looked so big I felt like they stood out for the wrong reason. The SE7s mean while are nice and minimal. I love the matted black and how it doesn't have the shinny chrome like the E7s. The controls are also better than the old E7s. They are more intuitive and easier to use. The battery life is also a lot better than the E7s and I was able to use these all weak before I had to charge them. I use them about 2-3 hours a day and about 5-6 on weekends when studying. I like how these come with a carrying case and that it has a nice internal pocket for the charging cable, inline cable, and airplane connector to be stored in. All in all these are a great value for the money. You won't find any better headphones in terms of NC, look, feel, and comfort for 100 bucks. If you want some great sounding headphones with solid NC features def check the SE7s out!
Cowin is my go to brand for Quality headphones that don't break the bank. And the SE7s are no exception.
First impression When I opened the box I was very pleased. These headphones come in a very nice case and include instructions and warranty information. Once I opened the case, the headphones were folded away and what really impressed me was that all the included cables were in a nice velvet bag. Nice touch! And these headphones just feel like quality headphones.
Fit These headphones are lightweight and comfortable. The headphones feel secure, but not snug. I wear a 7.5 size hat for reference. But, there's plenty of adjustments that should allow these to fit most heads comfortablly. The earcups are made of a very nice material that is well padded and the earcups themselves swivel for even more adjustment.
Sound These headphones can be used either with an included wire or via bluetooth, which syncs up quick and easily. Sound is always a personal preference. In my opinion, I think they sound great. They have nice bass without being overpowering. The music sounds clear and when you crank these babies up to 11 they don't distort, but they are loud! The sound is every bit as good as my Bose headphones.
Other things with mentioning The noise cancelling on these headphones are pretty good. I used these on my recent trip and they did help to drown out the aircraft noise. I will say that my Bose QC35 do a better job, but are 3x the cost the Cowins do a great job. The Battery life is outstanding. I dont know if they can go a full 30 hours, but they lasted all day for me.
These can also be used to receive calls. To be honest, I don't like to make calls using headphones, but the one time a call came through while I was wearing them, the caller didn't seem to notice.
Overall, I'm very pleased with these headphones. I think it would be difficult to find better headphones at this price.
The new SE7 head phones are light and super comfortable. I was working on a project for about 4 hours and almost forgot I had them on. The stereo sound quality is fantastic and they block out the surrounding noise. It was impressive considering our dogs make a ton of noise. I was able to take phone calls while working and according to a friend of mine they sounded great win their end. These headphones are as good as advertised and a great price.
Got my Cowin SE7's today and couldn't be happier. I was looking for a pair of headphones that had superior audio quality and build quality for my travels and one that would fold up and fit neatly into the headphone pocket of my Samsonite Travel Backpack (see picture) and this one fit nicely with plenty of room to spare. Cowin always makes top quality products and this pair of headphones is no exception. Clear, high quality audio, comfortable fit, long battery life, attractive appearance, and Active Noise Cancelling! All this for under $100! You can't go wrong! If you travel a lot like I do and your looking for a top quality Active Noise Cancelling headphones look no further than the Cowin SE7!
The best feature of these headphones is easy to describe: the Active Noise Canceling.
Truth be told, lots of features of these headphones are unremarkable, just as one would expect from a mid-range prices set of headphones. But this ANC is DYNAMITE! I’ve got 2 other pair of ANC headphones and they don’t even come close.
Next best feature, the fit. They fit snug and tight around my head and ears. The cups rotate in a way that I didn’t like when I was playing with them, but when I put them on my head, they felt great.
Audio is ok. I’m not an audio snob and I realize these are Bluetooth so they won’t be amazing. If you’re a bass head, these aren’t the headphones for you. If you listen to podcasts or acoustic stuff, they sound pretty good!
I just got these in the mail today, so I’ll update my full review after a few weeks, but overall, these headphones are a major go, ESPECIALLY if you have some loud kids or work in a noisy office.
UPDATE: My rating goes down from 2-stars to 1-star (purely due to unacceptable tactics of Cowin). I had already quickly returned Cowin SE7 headphone 6 months ago and Amazon had already refunded me (a fact that should be clear to Cowin, thru my purchase history). Yet previous day I receive a txt message at my cell phone from a CA phone number; (without any identification) someone addresses me with my name and mentions my Cowin SE7 purchase on Amazon... "They" are offering me a full refund or a free replacement. Which one would I like?... I immediately replied that; I had already returned it months ago and by the way; you don't have right to contact customers directly at their phone numbers. You are required to stop immediately, otherwise that'll be reported to Amazon... Few minutes later this time I receive an email from a guy at "Amazon Review Services" . He mentions that; they are a third party and they noticed my negative review. Same offer is repeated; "The manufacturer will gladly give you a 100% refund on the product or a FREE replacement. There is no need to worry about returning the original product. It's yours to keep!" (do I smell a bribe here?). At that point I took my time to report this to Amazon. Now listen to me Cowin very carefully; 1) My reviews can never be influenced with your "enticing offers". 2) don't you ever have nerve again to share my personal data (like my cell phone number and email) to your "third parties". This is simply illegal as I never provided my consent. Amazon provides customer data to you to only fulfill orders, never to harass them for their reviews.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My only criticism here will be on Active Noise Cancellation feature. Otherwise audio quality (if you listen without ANC) is good, as well as build quality, ergonomics, battery life. But then, (without ANC) you can buy a similar headphone at much lower price point.
Now to ANC : (after reading many glowing reviews and trying the product myself) I'm really surprised how majority of people can't correctly judge / describe what they are experiencing. A real ANC circuitry requires inverting ambient sound signal picked by microphones (on each ear-cup) and applying this to speakers. That process should never interfere with audio signal (your music) which is also driving the same speakers. So there should be two completely separate (for each L-R channel of course) signal paths / processing.
What this headphone circuitry seem to have is a "band-reject/attenuation filter" (tuned to around 60-200Hz, where most of real world rumbling exist). So instead of employing (such as above mentioned) separate noise inversion circuitry, engineers of Cowin must have opted for a much simpler band-reject filter. "Why" you would ask? Much cheaper to implement (fewer components). Yet it gets worse; they are passing the music signal as well thru that band-reject filter! How one comes to that conclusion? Simple; listen to details of your music crossings in such lower frequency region. Almost all reviewers correctly mentioned as; "you lose bass when you engage ANC". That's correct (as your bass range is below 200 Hz), but missing the critical design flaw. If you continue to pay attention; you (should) very quickly realize that also other dynamic elements of the song (in that frequency range) is fading in & out as it pass thru. It feels like there is a hole in audible range - and elements of your music (in that range) just disappear in that hole. That is simply that band-rejection filter butchering your audio. So design engineers must have opted out to use much cheaper/simpler chipset which gives the illusion of Noise Cancellation. One single signal pathway - cuts that low frequency band from your music AND some ambient noise from microphone. This is not real ANC and you get your music butchered. By the way; even if you try ANC itself (without playing any music); it's not really that effective.
There is a reason why higher-end Bose/Sony ANC headphones command a premium price.
BOTTOM LINE: When you read reviews as such "you lose bass when you engage ANC" simply run for your life; you are looking at another pretend-to-be ANC headphone with cheap circuitry.
For the reference; I did all my testing by playing FLAC files (lossless compression), to make sure that the source is pure.