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've been using these headphones for about 3 weeks now. I'll start with the positives.
The noise cancelling is excellent. It's far better than I expected at this price. I've used them on airplanes (which is most likely the main target environment for them) and they are great. Of course, it doesn't cancel all the noise, but they compare favorably to headphones that are more than twice the price. I've compared them side by side with the Sony WH-1000 and they are comparable for noise cancelling in a datacenter environment. They're far better at noise cancelling that others I've tried in this price range.
The audio quality is good. I'm no audiophile, so I can't really comment thoroughly on this. One thing that is very noticeable is that the audio quality, especially the bass, is much less rich with noise cancelling enabled. This is true of every noise cancelling headphone that I've tried, including Bose and Sony, but it does seem more pronounced on these. Still, for my ear, these are very good.
I bought these primarily for the noise cancelling and the audio quality. I'm VERY pleased with both. But these do have some problems that let you know why they're half the price of the high end noise cancelling bluetooth headphones.
First, these are huge and heavy. The weight is okay for me, but the weight is noticeable. I've worn them for 4+ hours at a time without issue, so it's not a problem for me, but I could see how it would be for others. Also, the case is unreasonably huge. The other brands seem to compact much more for storage and carrying. These are incredibly bulky and leave little room for anything else in my laptop bag and add a good bit of weight.
Second, these are not really usable for phone calls. There is no mute button on the headphones and when I mute the call on the phone, there is a horrible echo after I unmute. Also, I've had people tell me that they can't hear me but then I turn on the noise cancelling and then they do hear me. The phone call use on these is pretty bad and doesn't work at all in wired mode. This feature needs a LOT of work.
Third, when I move my head, e.g. during turbulence on a flight, etc., if I bump the 3.5mm wired input, it makes a horrible noise. It doesn't happen often, but it could probably be avoided completely with a different location or with some protection on the input.
All in all, these are a GREAT buy. They're great at their main use, noise cancelling and music, but still need improvement in other areas to be on par with premium headsets. So, at this point, you'll know where the extra money went if you spend it on Bose or Sony. But the extra money doesn't really buy you more noise cancelling, better sound, or more comfort.
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!
I did so much research before buying these and am really questioning other reviewers’ understanding of bass. Where is it exactly? I’m left craving so much. I have cheap Bluetooth earbuds that have such better bass!! I don’t get it! These headphones are so treble heavy and there’s no way to change the EQ settings unless you download a sh** app and play Apple Music through it. Idk about you but I don’t exclusively use Apple Music. Consider your purpose and what kind of music you like before purchasing the E8’s. These will be primarily for traveling so I may not need so much bass but I’d love to be able to jam out with these and be blown away with deep house and reggaeton. The overall balance is okay and quality for the price but I’m left craving more from these....might need to splurge for the sound I really want. On another note, these E8’s are comfortable, fairly lightweight, and I could definitely wear them for a few hours.
I was looking for some noise canceling headphones to be used for a forthcoming trip to Europe. I looked at Sony and Bose both of which are great but pricey. So I surfed Amazon for a good deal on a pair of quality headphones. One day last month there was a lightning deal on the Cowin E8 for $118.00. I bought a pair.
When the headphones arrived I was surprised to see how large the headphones were including the carrying case. Both Sony and Bose are much more compact and easier to stow. The Cowin ear pads were soft and were comfortable. However, no matter how I adjusted the headphones they became uncomfortable after less than 30 minutes of use. The tension on the headphone connecting strap seemed too snug. Additionally, the weight of the headphones seemed excessive adding to the comfort problem. I tried repeatedly to see if there were any adjustments that could be made to make the headphones more comfortable but to no avail. The strap actually hurt the top of my head after about an hour of use.
The Cowin sound quality was very acceptable. I noticed little distortion and plenty of bass. The Bluetooth connection worked fine. However, when I turned the noise canceling on the sound quality really dropped. I know there is always some sound degradation with noise canceling on, but the Cowin headphones seemed excessive.
So after trying the Cowin E8 for over a week I opted to return the headphones. I need something that is comfortable for long periods of air travel. I kept thinking about how comfortable the Bose wireless headphones were and how easy they are to store while traveling. And of course, the sound quality of Bose is first class. So I am biting the bullet and buying Bose.
Cowin’s Customer service was second to none in my zillions of years as an Amazon customer. They replaced the headphones that came from a third party, standing behind their product beautifully. There might be a few technology tweaks I’d ask for, but overall, the quality and certainly support were great! Buy these directly from Cowin - it’s the only safe thing to do.
Unfortunately, because I bought them on Amazon, but didn't notice they were sold (new) by a third party, and not Cowin directly, Cowin wouldn't support them. When I first charged them, noticed that the headphones would beep between every music track played by iOS devices, and every time I changed the volume. Could never get a clear answer if that was a design (flaw) or a glitch. Also, possible buyers with this issue are receiving counterfeit units. Either way, buyer beware of 3rd parties.
Being an audiophile, I have a wide array of headphones with me and while looking for a new headphone on Amazon I came across this one and thought of giving it a shot. The package arrived the next day and here are my thoughts about these headphones.
1: Appearance: They are built in class. As you see from the pictures, the packaging was done in the most professional way giving it a very premium look and feel. The box is made of cloth and felt superior. The fine leather over headphone caps and over the headband makes it very comfortable while listening. The adjustable headband has numbering (please see the image) which makes it very easy to adjust and retain the settings when we use it the next time. The noise cancellation button is strategically placed, hence doesn't confuse with the other buttons.
2: Sound quality: These headphones are suitable for classical, jazz and country music and I have no complaints. However, when it comes to bass, the audio quality ain't good and the audio just flattens.
3: Mic quality: This is awesome. I placed four audio and two video calls using these and they completely isolated my voice from the surrounding sound, thanks to the strategic placement of microphones on the device.
4: Comfort: Owing to the premium quality of materials used, they are extremely comfortable to wear with no pain to the ear or the head while listening to music for a prolonged period of time.
5: Noise canceling: Noise cancellation is OK but not that great. I wish they had Low, medium and high levels for noise cancellation.
Things I love about this product: 1. Superior design and excellent quality of materials used. 2. Great packaging. 3. Good mic quality. 4. Good audio quality for classical, Jazz and Country music. 5. Extended warranty support by the manufactures.
Things that could have been better: 1. Audio quality for high bass music. 2. Noise cancellation. 3. Fast pairing from devices. 4. Pricing should be around $100-$120.
Overall, I am satisfied with this product in the mid-premium price range where it falls currently. Another upgrade to this device along the lines which I have mentioned above will definitely make this a best seller in the market.
When I received these the first thing that came in to mind was "WOW these are huge" because they don't fold down when storing them. They were very comfortable when I put them on and they didn't seem to be too big at that point. The headband adjustment is very stiff and clicks into each measurement so it stays where you adjust them to so that's good. Noise cancellation is on pay with some of the Boise headsets and I LOVE that you can turn it off and on even without music. Overall for the price I am very surprised of the sound and quality of these.
There are only 3 downfalls with these for me but none would stop me from buying these over the high priced Boise.
1. The arms do not fold down for easy storage and the carrying case is HUGE especially with traveling. 2. The fact that they only pair to ONE device at a time sucks a little if you work on a computer you have to choose. 3. The volume is a little low for me. It might be my hearing but I like them louder especially with certain types of music.
I bought this primarily for listening to podcasts in noisy environments. Now I use it frequently to listen to music, as the fidelity exceeds my expectations for Bluetooth headphones at this price. A quick comparison in a store with the Bose Quiet Comfort 25s made me even happier with the purchase; I think the Cowin sound better (though I cannot attest to the relative noise cancellation. Also, not in league with my $1000 Audeze LCD2s). The Cowins do an excellent job of reducing airline jet noise to a comfortable level, about as well as most ear plugs. Though the noise cancelling feature drops the bass and some fidelity out of the music. The battery life seems as advertised so far. Very solid build. Comfortable to wear.
These would get five-stars, except for the VERY ANNOYING and loud 'beeps' when changing volume. It is so annoying, I don't use it, using whatever device it is connected to instead (a hassle when the device is in my pocket!). Also, I find the controls too close together, it's easy to hit the wrong button (I mostly use the controls for skipping songs, NEVER for volume).
I have had these headphones for several weeks now. They work exactly like they are advertised. I use them while I am blowing glass. They completely eliminate the sounds of my torch and the exhaust fan. The sound quality is great for the money. The bass could be a little better but that is my only complaint so far. It's very hot when I use them and sweat doesn't seem to be a problem. I'm a large man and wish they were a little larger. They become uncomfortable after I've had them on for an hour or so and have to take a break. They're worth the money and I'm happy with them overall. They would get five stars if they were a little larger and had a little more bass.
The noise cancelling is not as profound as the Sony or Bose units I auditioned. But it attenuated sufficiently to allow mowing grass and other ear-damaging activities without worry. The sound quality, despite touting "Deep Bass" is adequate but does lack low end reproduction power. Considering the cost and intended use, not a bad tradeoff. But definitely not audiophile quality headphones! Initially I paired them with an iPad inside. Easy. But getting them to pair with my iPhone was a chore. I finally had to completely turn off the iPad and after numerous attempts, BT finally connected. I wore them about an hour and half mowing grass. Even in "feels like 98" temps, they were not excessively hot to wear and caused no hot spot, pressure problems. I had no dropouts the entire time and enjoyed the music. Interestingly, the noise reduction did not block so much that I couldn't hear traffic passing when I was out near the road. Unlike the Sony's, you can still make out conversations and other noises, although chiefly at a reduced level. These Cowin E8's supposedly fixed the problems consumers had with the E7's. They appear well placed in the market and hopefully can continue to improve subsequent models. Note that I had to return the $20, extra, replacement earpads (reviewed separately) as they did not fit properly and kept falling out when donning/removing the headset. I tried chatting with their support people but the tech couldn't understand my warranty extension question. I still have no idea if the warranty was extended as requested. They kept asking for my Amazon order #, perhaps because there is no serial number on the headset, only on the box! I recommend saving the box and writing down your Amazon order number... If you're willing to endure mediocre noise cancelling and AM radio-quality sound in the interest of saving $$, these are for you. If you are unwilling to compromise on both, better save for the Bose or Sony's...