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, Rose
Knocked of 1 Star for battery life, 1 Star for sound and 1 Star for foldability when storing for on the go travel.
So I bought this for my 4 hour round trip commute to work and back while in public transportation and electric scooter. And for $156, I expected more especially with the sound quality. My son has Scull Crushers. Think that's how it's spelled. I borrowed his for one day and I was so impressed with the base the very first song I played. So I was inspired to buy my own but thought I could save about $25 and buy these, the updated version E8. I was really disappointed.
Foldability This headset doesn't fold up at all so you can put them in a little bag and or pocket, purse etc. Only the ear pieces rotate out so they lay flat into the large semi hard case. And the case is necessary if you don't want to bend or break them because they don't fold up. The case is too big. A foldable device in a soft fabric little bag would be far more helpful. The earphones with or without the case take up a lot of space in my backpack leaving no room for storage of anything else in my backpack as I commute.
Sound As soon as I got it and opened it up, I read through the user guide, and charged my headset. It got a full charge and at 4 hours. I connected to it easily from my phone (iPhone X) over Bluetooth as that was seamless. Put them on, my backpack on, mounted my phone on my scooter, selected my play list, hit play and started towards my train stop. There was no base at all! Once I got on the train, I switched the position base button to on that's on the right side ear piece and played my playlist to see if I'd get what I was expecting. Base was added once I switched that button on but it was barely what you'd call base. I messed with the buttons, reviewed the user guide again but nothing helped. I don't know much about luxurious headphones, but I expected a lot more, at least killer base for $156. Maybe I'm asking for too much and I'll learn that as I try others. But I was really expecting more base. So if you want base and not just barely base, don't buy this one. For someone that doesn't care for playing music and sound, no problem as noise cancellation is great but so are others. Built in speaker for hands free calls works great too.
Battery I already stated above first time charging and first time use. The first and only time I used these was the day after they were delivered while on my morning to work commute. Which is a total of 2 hours but I didn't use them for 2 hours. I actually only used them for about 1 1/2 hours then put them on my desk at work. The entire day went by, and it was time to leave. I forgot my headphones at work. So I commutes home for 2 hours that night and the next morning, 2 hours to work without my headphones as they were just sitting at my desk overnight. The entire day went by and I'm ready to commute home and not forgetting the headphones this time. I'm outside, gearing up on my scooter, picking my playlist and hitting play, and nothing. Checked the headphones power and it was off. Ok let me turn it on I thought and tried, but it wouldn't power on. It was dead. So I charged it when I unpackaged it for 4 hours, used it for only 1- 1 1/2 hours first use and it died? Even if it was on not in use and not connected to my phone for at least 11 hours and it's dead already? And that's that about the battery life.
Other These headphones are not adjustable in the slightest. They are a L and I have a small head. They fit exactly with no room for a smidge to adjust. So sometimes I wear a fabric hat that is knitted and doesn't cover my ears or have any bulky protruding parts to it. Material or yarn is very thin and no visor. I'd say it's like a fashionable Beanie. Well these don't even give room for a fancy or non fancy beanie.
Unfortunately, I don't recommend this product and I really wanted to like them. But my reasons to me are deal breakers and I'll be sending them back.
I was so excited to find these on sale. I opened the box and they paired quickly with my phone (yes!). I was a bit concerned by the voice commands sounding like they were straight out of a McDonalds drive up from the 80's but figured I didn't care much about that feature. I then brought them to work and paired them with my Mac (again simple and flawless). The sound was reasonably full but very little low end (not a huge surprise there). However with playback from Spotify, I kept getting a brief pause in music. I first thought it was a Spotify issue but my wired headset didn't have the same issue (also ran these headsets via wire and the issue went away). Never did find the cause of that but an obvious wireless connection issue. I also noticed that there were times where there was a crackle sound (kind of like when you overdrive a speaker) but I had the volume fairly low. Not sure, but that is a deal breaker for me. I'm not looking for high end sound but I do want clean and consistent sound. The headphones are a bit heavy but something I could have overlooked with better sound and connection. Unfortunately I will be returning these and looking for a different option.
I've had these headphones for a little over 8 months. Bought them for an international flight. I am very happy with how the headphones work and they continue to perform well.
However, about a month ago the audio cable that came with them started failing and the audio began cutting in and out. It finally reached a point that I needed a new cable, so I called customer service. I told them that the audio cable has two different size jacks (the headphone side is smaller) and I didn't know if it was a proprietary size or 2.5mm. The girl I live chatted with (Stephanie) said she could not send me a free replacement (the simplest solution), but instead she would give me a $10 refund and I would have to purchase a replacement cable on Amazon covered by the refund.
She sent me a link to a replacement cable, but it was 3.5mm on both sides. I told her that was the wrong cable and informed her again that the headphone jack is smaller than 3.5mm. She then sent me a link to a USB-A to USB-micro charging cable. Really? I told her again that was wrong, and she said, "Well, those are the links we have for replacement cables. If this isn't what you're looking for, please contact Amazon." Wow. That's how much they care about your satisfaction? Did I mention that their customer service phone number goes straight to voicemail?
So I took a chance that the jack on the headphones is 2.5mm, ordered a couple cables, and I'll hope it's the right size. By they way, they cost $2 more than the $10 refund I'm supposedly getting will cover. Somehow I doubt I'll get one.
The bluetooth connection was spotty - It would sometimes stutter or disconnect even when I was sitting right at the computer it was connected to. Trying to leave the room was just a lost cause.
The noise cancellation didn't really work at all. At best it made things sound just different, not quieter, but I honestly didn't even realize I had noise cancellation turned on until I read the instruction manual. I could still hear even quiet things like pages in the instruction manual turning, with it enabled.
The worst part for me was that the audio jack on the headphones isn't standard, though. You will *not* be able to fit a standard 3.5mm cable in it. It's some smaller proprietary connector, so only their included cable will work with it. The other end of the included audio cable is a standard 3.5mm connector.
The microphone also flat out didn't work on either of my computers (Both running fully updated Windows 10). It was detected as an audio input device on one of my computers, but provided no actual input.
When it was working I didn't have any serious complaints about the audio quality, but I can't say I tested that aspect very thoroughly. The initial bluetooth connection was also reasonably simple and, when I used the included audio cable, things sounded fine.
Pros: They look Nice. They are Comfortable. It comes with a hard case. The buttons are easy to use. It has descent Noise Canceling.
Cons: They don't sound great. Not what I expected from $150 headphones. Even at the sale price of $109 I still don't think they are worth that price. I would buy them for $60.
They claim to be bass heavy but the bass weak. Better to get the Skull Candy headphones at that price.
They do NOT get loud at all. Not to the level I would like and have heard of other headphones at that price.
Overall they are descent at best.
I ordered the ORANGE colored ones on Amazon and then I was Smsent the ROSE colored headphones. I went to look at my order and it shows I ordered the Rose headphones and the Orange ones were no longer available, didn't even show as an option, but I specifically sought out the Orange ones.
The headphones are descent but I wouldn't purchase them for $109.
I did a side-by-side comparison of these with the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Noise Cancelling Wired Headphones. The Bose cans provided subjectively twice the noise cancellation and cost $20 less. Yes, they are wired and use a replaceable AAA battery. Nevertheless, I went for the far better noise cancelling. These are also really big and clunky. Less convenient to carry on a flight than Bose. I didn't bother to compare sound of music on either headphone because noise cancelling was my main concern. I have no doubt the Bose would have held up fine in this department as well.
Update 11/8/19 - Cowin suggested I try E9s for $20 more. They exceeded all my requirements: light and compact with great noise reduction and long battery life. I have not tried “updated” E8s, so I can’t speak to that.
First the positives, the sound quality and noise cancellation are both good, not perfect but better than I expected for the price. The quality of the parts was nice as well.
Now the negatives: - Weight - These headphones felt like they weighed 10lbs, they were honestly the heaviest headphones I ever have seen, before these I didn't think weight should even be a concern. - Size - I have a big head but these still looked out of place on me. I looked like I would have trouble walking through doorways they stuck out so far. - Case - I bought these primarily for travel. The case they come in would have easily taken up half my carry on.
I was very excited about this product based on multiple unboxing and comparison videos. I was looking to purchase these because my Sony XB950B1's broke, which I didn't like but it's what I had. I listen to music and watch videos for a good amount of time each week and I mix music in my home studio so I know decent to great sound when I hear it. What I like about these headphones is they are very comfortable and although they are plastic they feel like they will last for a long time and even take a beating. Outside of that I'm so disappointed in this product that I'm writing my first review and I've purchased 100s of items from amazon. After listening to the sound that these headphones produce they would be a very hard sale for me at $30, they sound that bad. I've purchased $30 earbuds that produce more bass, richer mids and more overall clarity. I literally couldn't enjoy any music I listened to through them. Not to mention the NC failed to cancel out much of anything. I'm so happy that I purchased these through Amazon because they have a no hassle return process. I decided to try the Bluedio UFO2's because the Victory's are hard to find unless you want to spend over $260. Buyers beware of the oversell, at this price point there is no excuse for garbage sound.
For the price of these headphones you would think that they would sound decent - unfortunately, they don’t. The noise cancelling does an OK job - not without an almost painful sound compression, that is uncomfortable even while listening to music at the same time. Having good low end bass is something they advertise...there was hardly any bass, mostly muddiness. The high end wasn’t too brilliant either - all in all it was a very muddy mid heavy sound. To top it off, to have an adequate sound level (music not sounding faint or far away) you have to crank the volume to almost max. Was excited for these headphones but they were a serious let down. Don’t spend $150 on this experience.
I use the Playstation platinum headset for ps4 and for my pc and when comparing the cowin to the platinum the sound quality of the playstation headset is just on another level. You can buy the playstation headset on amazon for $120 which is $10 dollars cheaper than the cowin. Really the only good thing i can say about the cowin is that it's noise cancellation is pretty good and the physical quality of the headset, like the ear muffs, seemed to be better. So if you only want good noise cancellation and not good sound quality than these are right for you.