Amazon.com: Customer reviews: COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear, Comfortable Protein Earpads, 30 Hours Playtime for Travel/Work, Black
Lots of rave reviews so I bought this for my daughter for her dorm use. I tested them before hand. For comparison, i have the Bose 35s. First, for those that claim this is comparable to Bose anc, it's not. Definitely not. But given the price, they're acceptable. BUT, these had that weird compression feeling when the anc was turned on...and a bit of hiss. I've had similar experiences with some other anc headphones (not Bose) which is why i'm a bit wary when it comes to anc cans. This compression sensation is even more prominent when flying and i end up getting a dull headache that lasts for several hours. I returned these.
I was going to get the Bose (Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Silver) when I was preparing for vacation and a 9 hour flight but I thought at 1/5th of the price and good reviews, these may be a good product to try. So I will say first a couple of things about the very expensive Bose earphones and then give you my experience with the COWIN E7.
It is easy to experience the Bose product by just walking in a best buy store where they have the Bose ready to sample as sound quality and noise canceling functionality. When I put on the Bose in the store, there was fairly loud music playing from the overhead speakers and amazingly the noise canceling function of the Bose made the overhead music magically disappear almost entirely and you really had to pay attention to listen to it. Also very important to note that although the Bose earphones are over-ear they feel more like on-ear and very, very comfortable.
Having said all that, I purchased the COWIN E7 earphones and at first I was impressed for the price point but I have to say that the noise cancelling feature of the earphones is not even close to satisfactory. First of all, they will only cancel constant steady noise like the sound of an airplane's engine but will not cancel the sound of a lawn mower engine to a large degree. The truth is that these earphones are relying more on the over-ear feature than the noise canceling circuitry. When you first put them on, you realize that they act like noise reduction earmuffs because even when they are turned off they reduce sounds by a lot. The disappointment comes when you turn them on and you realize that the noise canceling function adds very little to the sound reduction that already occurred when you placed them on your ears. During the flight, they proved fairly useless when a child would start to cry and that is something to be expected multiple times on a long flight. While I am writing this review, I have a fan on the window and I put them on to see if they are effective with the fan noise. The canceling circuitry adds to the reduction but the fan noise is largely gone just by putting them on.
Battery life is great and I used them for many hours without worrying about charging them but the triangle style buttons arrangement (see attached image) is disorienting and you will find yourself going to the next song or chapter of your audio book while you were simply trying to pause the playlist. The sound is nowhere near the quality of the Bose but acceptable nonetheless. The comfort is simply not there, they are a little bulky, a little heavy and in my case, they irritated my ears a little after a couple of hours. I am not a stranger to earmuffs, earpieces and earphones and I wear a Plantronics earpiece about 10 hours a day. You know that your earphones bother you if the thought of them being there keeps coming to mind and I am sure that you will not forget that you have these on.
In my opinion, If you are looking for Bluetooth earphones that are not too expensive and have acceptable sound quality, these may be a good buy. You should look at the noise canceling feature as an added bonus that may come a little handy in an airplane but nothing more. If you can spare the $350.00 for the Bose, there is no doubt that you will regret buying these and end up getting the Bose too.
UPDATE: Several months after my purchase, customer service reached out to me about the issues I was having. I increased my rating from 1 star to 3 stars for this reason, as the representative was very sweet and accommodating (Thank you, Lexi). I do not support the philosophy of this company, however, as they tried to coerce me into deleting my negative review for a free pair of upgraded headphones. Whereas I do appreciate the upgraded headphones I received (still not the greatest quality), I thought that was very duplicitous and could not in good faith support that kind of deception- especially as a customer who purchased this item BECAUSE of all the great reviews. That being said, if you are willing to spend a little more money but still not as much as a pair of Beats etc., Cowin's E8 headphones are a much better option (warning: they beep every time a song skips, every time you touch your phone screen, get a notification, touch a control button etc). ***************************************************************** Original Review: Oh my god I want to cry. I bought these headphones as a gift for my brother, who fortunately finds no issue with them (he is so excited to have wireless earmuffs) but when I tested them out for myself I immediately noticed they were NOT worth the sale cost. The basic Apple headphones I received with my iPhone 8 were better than these, and audiophiles do not speak very highly of Apple headphones.
So disappointed. Will not be purchasing anything from Cowin in future.
Pros: - Looks very stylish (silver details are plastic however, not metal) - Came with a soft carrying case - Contributes toward UNICEF fund - Simple to use - Very comfortable
Cons: - Sound is distorted (WHY COWIN, WHY? Is my item broken or what???) - LoFi audio (Sounds like cheap dollar store quality) - Noise cancellation is very minimal - EXPENSIVE for the above mentioned issues.
These headphones should not be marketed as HQ/HD music headphones.
These are fairly inexpensive noise cancelling headphones. I'm not a huge fan of the plastic silver or the big button, but that's subjective. They feel fairly sturdy and reasonably well made. I have large ears, unfortunately, so any around/over the ear headphones are generally uncomfortable for me. I wore these for an hour in my house and they did not give me a headache or pinch my ears as many headphones do.
I am not an audiophile, but the sound seemed a bit muddy to me. I did come from headphones which plug in and I understand that bluetooth degrades sound quality. There are evidently headphones which support higher resolution sound from bluetooth; I am not sure if these do or not because my Android phone doesn't support the standard anyway.
The huge problem with these headphones, and why I returned them, is the noise cancelling feature. When noise cancelling is on, just walking around my apartment would cause them to go in and out. Touching either headphone would cause the sound to go in and out. I thought maybe this was a noise cancelling problem until I researched and found that many noise cancelling headphones do not have this problem. Furthermore, the noise cancelling doesn't seem to do much. Because the headphones are like earmuffs, you can't hear much with or without noise cancelling, and when you turn on the noise cancelling, the music sounds even worse.
Finally, I didn't love the side button. It sort of wobbles, and it is not intuitive to increase/decrease sound or skip tracks. I frequently blasted or silenced my music. Also, when you're touching the button, the music cuts out if you're using noise cancelling. I think it would make more sense to spend a bit more on some alternate headphones if you're looking for noise cancelling.
*updated review after customer service provided a replacement for the defective pair that was originally received. I will still say that I find the controls to be not well thought out. The up (top) button is designed to either skip back or turn the volume down. This is a counter-intuitive design. I also dislike the main switch on the bottom that moves from the Off position to the On position (Bluetooth) and often slides right past the middle and all the way to the noise cancelation setting (which is a white noise that I find distracting due to the mic picking up subtle bumps and dimming the audio in order to squelch the noise). Moving that slider back to the Bluetooth-only (On) setting usually results in turning the unit off due to the same issue of easily overshooting the step of the switch. It also still appears that the power must be on in order to use the wired connection. The audio is still pretty clear and the headphones are quite comfortable. I don't think they'll stay on during heavy activity. I'm leaning towards keeping these dedicated to use while playing guitar, or some casual listening around the house, but I don't have much greater expectations or plans for these headphones.
Original review (in full): I expected a lot better quality from a pair of headphones at this price. The noise canceling is just simple white noise. The audio quality while noise cancelation is turned on is, effectively, like turning all of your bass off. The headphones don't work with the wired connection at all unless you turn them on. The volume / track up/down button design is opposite (up is down) and, on this unit, didn't even work! The only good thing I can say is the Bluetooth audio quality did not suffer, compared to wired.
UPDATE: Based on my review below, the seller reached out to me and provided a new set of "optimized" headphones. I'll upgrade my rating to 3 stars only because of the customer service response. While they do get an A for customer service, these new "optimized" headphones still do not provide any significant noise cancellation. For comparison, I sat in my living room with my tv on normal volume. I put on the headphones, but did not turn them on. I could still hear the tv about as well as before. I turned on the noise cancelling function and literally heard zero reduction in the tv volume. The headphones were NOT paired to the tv. I then got out those expensive ones my husband is so fond of and repeated the same steps. His reduced the tv volume by about 25-30%. I repeated the same experiment with both sets of headphones -- this time to listen to music on an Apple device. Same results -- the expensive headphones cancelled out a lot of the background (tv) noise while these did not. For the price, these are not bad headphones -- they just provide nowhere near the noise cancellation I've come to expect. Disclaimer -- the husband who is so selfish with his expensive headphones tells me I hear noises only dogs can hear. That might be the whole issue.
While the sound quality of these headphones is adequate, the noise cancelling is almost nonexistent. I bought these because my husband was tired of sharing his expensive ones and I was not looking to spend another $300+. I guess I got what I paid for.
I've had these headphones for about 5 months and want to make it clear...I really do like these headphones and would consider giving it 5 stars, but there are a couple of things that bring down the stars.
PROS: For the price you can't beat them. They look slick, came packaged well to avoid any shipping damage, are comfortable for me, have nice quality sound when they play, and the noise REDUCTION (not cancelling, will get to that later) is decent. I like to use these when flying to help reduce noise and they do a good job. The bluetooth set up is simple and the battery lasts a while on a full charge.
CONS: There are only a few. First of all these are NOT noise cancelling. I know that's the official name of the technology employed, but it's very misleading to use that name. They do not cancel out noise anywhere close to other high-end noise cancelling headphones. Then again, these are 1/5 the price of those others so I wasn't ever expecting that level of quality. But I just want anybody considering purchasing to realize these will do a nice job of lowering the noise level, but by no means will it cancel out. As long as you know what you're getting and are OK with it, then this is a great buy.
Second, and this is just an annoyance for me, the volume up/down buttons are reversed from what would be logical. To turn up the volume you push the down button, and to turn down the volume you push the up button. Not a big deal once I got used to it, but it was a head scratcher.
I honestly would've still given 5 stars despite those first two concerns, since for <$70 they're a great deal, but now I'm starting to have sound crackling issues. When I got them in January I was only using them while sitting at a workbench or painting doors, etc. So staying very still it works. But now that the weather is nicer and I'm using them outside...every step jostles them enough to make a crackle noise like the connecting wires are loose. They still work great whenever I'm sitting, but not moving around. That can't be good and I'm worried about how long they'll last.
1. Appearance -nice looking headphones, though the metallic portion loves to hold onto fingerprints 2. sound quality -seems to be pretty good, I like that I have been able to pair it with both my phone and my computer 3. noise cancelling function -I have not noticed any significant difference with the headphones on...I can still hear my coworking crunching on rocks. 4. Battery life - so far so good...I have only had these about a week and have not yet needed to charge them. I only use them at work for a few hours each day if that much. 5. Comfort -Initially they are nice, but within 30-45 minutes i have a headache. I have made multiple adjustments to try and get them more comfortable, but the piece that rests on my head is a bit of a tender spot.
Overall, they are nice to listen to music and use for computer tutorials...so long as I don't have them on my head for longer than 30 minutes at a time, they are okay. I was a little disappointed about not canceling out the noisy coworker, but they have helped a little.
I'm new to Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling headphones so I wanted to try these. What you should know is that the noise cancelling and bluetooth connection work great. The sound quality is ok but, the biggest negative for me was that when turned on, you can't adjust the sound quality (i.e., treble, bass, concert setting, auditorium, etc.l) from the receiver they're plugged into. It would have been nice if they just played as regular headphones when not on and then given me the option of using the noise cancelling if wanted. When using bluetooth and/or noise cancelling, you're going to get sound from these headphones but, you can't make ANY adjustments to it other than volume. The sound quality isn't bad . . . it's just that I would have liked to have a little more control of it. If that's not a factor with you, then they're pretty good headphones.
REASON: Some of the issues I was having with sound quality had to do with Bluetooth connectivity. Connecting the headphones with an audio cable greatly improved the sound quality. But it is still not great, so I am giving it only 3 stars.
ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW:
As a professional video editor, that has spent thousands of hours with headphones on listening very carefully to audio. I have used a plethora of headphones.
These headphones have over thirteen thousand positive reviews and one would think with that many good reviews, they would have to be good. Well, they are okay, but have some things that need improvement.
The main thing I hate about these is the sound quality. The volume of these headphones is so low that even after cranking everything up top maximum, the volume is still about 50% lower than any other set of headphones I have ever used. But the volume is not the only thing. The audio itself is horrible. These headphones have no treble at all. They are just pure bass with no treble, and the bass is soft. So, if you combine the low volume, the lack of treble, and the softness of the bass, what you get is audio that sounds like you are listening to music through a pillow.
Noise cancelation is achieved by creating a seal around your ears. Unfortunately, the side effect of this is that as soon as you put these things on, your ears stop up like you dropped 1000 feet in altitude all of the sudden and you feel like you have to pop your ears to hear clearly. I have used a lot of good headphones with excellent noise cancelation that did not create an airtight seal around your ears and make you feel like you have a head cold, as these do.
Another thing that is just inconceivable to me is that these headphones have no energy conservation mode. If you forget to manually turn these off, they will stay on until they die. Even when they are not connected to Bluetooth, they will still not turn off automatically. Every other Bluetooth headset I have will shut off after a period of inactivity or when they are not connected to Bluetooth. Not these. The just stay on until they kill the battery.
After two weeks trying these things out, I gave them away. All I can say is, there are a lot of people out there that like these things, but as a professional video editor, I hated them.