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Have you ever been into a situation where ambient noise- the noise that comes from your surroundings- is just too unbearable for you to concentrate? I have, so many times.

It is quite frustrating to be doing a task that requires complete and total focus when your office mate or kid is making loud noises. Believe me, it is really frustrating.

Is there a way for you to somehow block the noise around you, allowing you to concentrate on your work? Well, look no further than the Quiet Buds!

What Are They?

Quiet Buds are specialized earplugs that you can wear comfortably at any time. They do an admirable job of making sure that ambient noise won’t distract you from the things that you need to do the most.

Unlike traditional noise-canceling headphones or earphones, they do a pretty good job of eliminating unwanted noise without compromising your safety.

How Do They Work?

Quiet Buds

What makes Quiet Buds special is its use of different ‘cores’ that will dampen or outright eliminate the sound that you hear from your surroundings.

The three cores are:

  1. Commute Cores- This is the core that you should use whenever you just want mild noise canceling. This is ideal for whenever you are commuting or you just want some peace and quiet in a corner room or something. You can still hear people talking around you, albeit noise is considerably lower than not wearing these plugs
  2. Concert Cores- Mostly intended for concerts and loud live events, the concert cores do a pretty good job of blocking almost all of the noise from your surroundings. You can still hear the loud sounds but it is so dampened that will not damage your delicate ears
  3. Ocean Quiet Cores- This is for the people that want complete and total silence because it blocks ALL incoming noise. This is perfect if you want to focus on an important task or if you want complete silence to help you sleep.

The cores are interchangeable and you can easily swap them depending on the situation. In most cases, the commute cores are what you need so that you can still hear ambient noise and so that it helps you go around without having to worry about your safety.

Concert cores serve as the middle-ground between the commute and ocean quiet cores. If you want an improved noise-canceling core, this is the one that you should use.

For people that are having trouble sleeping due to the sound that comes from outside sources, you can use the ocean quiet cores. I would not recommend using them when you are outside, though.

Key Features

  • Amazing ear protection that protects your delicate inner ear hair cells from loud noises, especially from concerts, construction sites, etc.
  • Great build quality. The company uses aircraft-grade aluminum that will not only improve its sound-dampening qualities, but also makes sure that you can use the earbuds for a really long time
  • Comes with three swappable cores and three different ear cup sizes to help you fit the buds inside your ears perfectly
  • Designed by audiologists
  • Comes with carrying case so that you can bring them with you anywhere, anytime
  • They are stylish and have a user-friendly design

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Quiet Buds Review 2020

There are a lot of products that claim that their noise-canceling feature is great. While there are some that actually do that, they are quite expensive and most people cannot afford them.

The Quiet Buds is not only affordable but they do a really good job of either reducing ambient noise or completely eliminating them.

In most cases, I find the commute cores to do a really good job of reducing ambient noise to a considerable degree. I can use it while I am commuting and I can safely use it at work without my co-worker having to shout at me if they want something.

I haven’t really tested the concert cores that much since I haven’t been to a live concert for a while now. But, I did pass by a busy construction site and I was really surprised that they almost completely blocked the noise from all the drilling and machines that were used.

And oh, the ocean cores. I don’t use them quite often because I can sleep soundly at night (I guess, I was blessed with quiet neighbors). But, there were a couple of times where I had trouble sleeping and putting them on allowed me to relax even more.

Verdict

While noise-canceling earphones or headphones are nothing new, the inexpensive ones rarely even work and the really good ones are quite expensive.

Fortunately, the Quiet Buds are affordable and they DO work. They are priced at $39.99 for one complete set, though I would recommend that you get at least two sets to give to your wife or friend.

Really, the Quiet Buds do a really good job of reducing or eliminating all distracting ambient noise. I can recommend this product in a heartbeat.

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Cowin E7 Headphones Review- Is This $50 ANC Headphones Worth It?

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Active noise-canceling headphones need not be expensive. There are certainly many budget offerings you can find out there, but are they really worth buying?

Today, I am going to review the Cowin E7. These are active noise-canceling headphones that you can buy for just under $50. Is it worth it or should you go for something else?

Design

As you can typically expect from a budget pair of headphones, the build quality of the Cowin E7 is not its strongest suit.

It has a predominantly plastic build that is supported by a metal frame just near the earcups. It should do the job of keeping things together but I’d recommend that you do not drop these things because there is a huge chance that it may break.

On the left side, you will find the active noise-canceling (ANC) button that you can press to turn the feature on or off.

On the right side, you will find a play/pause button directly on top of the earcup and situated at the bottom, you will find +/- controls for the volume (by tapping them) or for back/skip tracks (if you press and hold for 2 seconds).

I don’t know why but it seems that most headphone manufacturers think that all heads are created the same from an ergonomic standpoint.

I would say that these headphones were created only for those people with perfectly round heads. It is not ideal for people who have large heads like me.

In other words, this pair of cans fit perfectly for small or medium-sized heads, but they are certainly not meant for people with bigger noggins.

Because this is using faux leather earcups, it does a good job of isolating the sound inside the earcups, thereby minimizing the sound leakage, but they do tend to get warm after an hour or so of listening.

Connectivity

Cowin E7 Review 2020

The Cowin E7 is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. No, it doesn’t come with a companion app which means that you can simply connect these to your smartphone by enabling its Bluetooth functionality.

It cannot connect to multiple devices at the same time but it does a pretty admirable job of connecting to just one source.

In terms of range, it can reach roughly 10 meters away from the source which is pretty respectable and should be in line with other budget Bluetooth headphones.

The wireless latency of the Cowin E7 is 160ms which is okay, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you intend to play games on your mobile device.

It is also worth noting that if you intend to use this wired (because it comes with a 3.5mm cable), you will not be able to communicate with other people because the built-in microphones do not work while using the wired interface.

Noise Canceling

This pair of headphones has an ANC button located at the left earcup and you can enable it by just pressing the said button.

When enabled, I could barely notice that the feature was on in the first place. Technically, it can reduce ambient sound by as much as 8dB which is pretty weak in performance compared to other budget Bluetooth headphones.

Honestly, if you were to enable its ANC and you are inside a coffee shop with a lot of people, the active-noise canceling on this thing is just akin to wearing a pair of cans on your noggin and that’s it.

Audio Quality

As an audiophile, sound quality is always a very important matter and I have to say that the Cowin E7 is just so disappointing.

Sure, it heavily favors the lower frequencies which means that you get more thump every time the bass kicks in, but it is so overpowering that the mids and highs are simply muddied as a resylt.

I listen to rock and metal songs and the lead guitar solos just do not sound right. The vocals, while much clearer than the guitar solos, are also overpowered by the bass as well.

If I were to describe the audio quality, I would say that it is darker than your average pair of headphones.

I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone else other than people that want nothing but a good bass response and that’s it.

Battery

Cowin E7

The company said that these headphones can last up to 30 hours with active noise canceling on. In my testing, that is not the case.

Although, I do have to say that I was able to eke out 22 hours with ANC enabled and volume set to 75%. Your mileage may vary depending on the volume level you stick with, but at least you get a rough idea of how long-lasting this battery is when both of those things are factored into the mix.

It does come with an included microUSB cable for charging but I have to say that it’s a pretty slow one. To fully charge this thing, you have to wait for 3 hours or so for it to reach 0 to 100%, which is unacceptable for a lot of people.

Verdict

The Cowin E7 is a disappointment, to say the least. Its ANC feature is the weakest among the budget headphones I’ve tested. Its comfort is not suited for people with big heads like me and the charging time is just so slow by today’s standards.

Sure, it is a pretty enticing product since it is sold at just under $50, but you are better off saving a bit more to get a high-quality pair of ANC headphones.

I would suggest that you save up for the Sony WH-1000MX3 or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead as both of them have received major price drops recently.

If I were to be honest, I would stay away from the Cowin E7 like the plague.

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MPOW H10 Review- Best Noise-Canceling Headphones for People on a Budget

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Active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones are pretty expensive but one company tries to go against the grain and produce a somewhat affordable pair of headphones that can beat the competition.

In today’s article, I will review the MPOW H10. These are over-ear Bluetooth Wireless headphones that have active noise-canceling.

Does it have what it takes to beat the likes of the Sony WH-1000MX3 or other similar headphones?

Design

For a company to reduce the cost of their products, there have to be some compromises that have to be made in order to make that a reality.

The MPOW H10 has a predominantly plastic build and that can either be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because the material itself is lightweight by nature. It is a bad thing because it is not as durable as aluminum or metallic frames.

MPOW uses ABS plastic for this build and they went with a more polished look. For aesthetic purposes, it is actually welcome, but it might prove to be slippy, especially if you have sweaty hands.

I do love the fact that you get a lot of things included in the package. You have the 3.5mm cable, a USB charging cable, some documentation, and an included carrying pouch.

On the left side of the headphones, you will find the dedicated ANC switch. You cannot mistake it for anything else and you will definitely know if the feature is enabled or not.

On the right, you will find the media playback controls (back, play/pause, forward), and the charging port.

Despite the choice of materials, I am happy with the overall experience. The headphones are lightweight which means that it doesn’t strain your head and ears and the earcups themselves are plush and comfortable.

It gets warm after quite some time, but that is just the nature of leather earcups anyway. I think it is just worth mentioning.

The clamping force is okay. It is not too tight and it doesn’t fall off of your head at all. I also love the fact that it has a collapsible design so you can easily place them on your chest or inside the included carrying pouch.

Features

MPOW H10 Review 2020

These headphones can be paired wirelessly by using the Bluetooth functionality of your Android smartphone or Apple device. It doesn’t have a companion app which also means that it doesn’t have its own equalizer.

It does have an active noise-canceling feature that can be enabled by flicking the switch on the left earcup. I have to say that for a budget pair of headphones, the MPOW H10’s ANC is actually pretty good.

No, it is not at the same level as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony headphones mentioned above, but for the price, it is actually pretty respectable.

It can effectively cancel out ambient noise which can be pretty useful when you are commuting or if you’re in a noisy environment.

Because this thing pairs with your phone, you can expect to use this when you make some calls. Call clarity and microphone quality are really good on these.

Apparently, the company uses CVC (Call Voice Capture) technology that will effectively eliminate ambient noise when you are talking to someone. That means that the person on the other end of the line will be able to hear you clearly when you speak.

I’d have to say that having that feature is a godsend, especially since I take a lot of calls on a daily basis.

Audio Performance

So, how does the MPOW H10 sound? To be honest, it is an above-average pair of ANC headphones. It has a warm sound quality with a little emphasis on the lower frequencies.

If you play rap music or R & B, this thing can handle the kick of the bass without any distortions at all.

I would have to point out that these cans’ performance when it comes to treble is average at best. I’d like to have more clarity on the highs but the quality is passable.

The mids are okay. You can clearly hear the vocals and I am impressed that it doesn’t get muddied with the bass.

Battery

MPOW H10

These headphones are touted to last up to 30 hours but of course, I’d have to test this claim. Unsurprisingly, you can only reach that duration if you disable the ANC feature which I think defeats the purpose of getting these headphones in the first place.

With ANC enabled and setting the volume at 75%, I only got about 18 hours and 22 minutes of playback on this thing. It is still quite good considering that I’ve used its noise-canceling feature, but it is certainly a far cry from the purported 30 hours of battery life.

It is also a bummer that the company uses a microUSB charging cable for this one. This means that you cannot take advantage of any quick charging tech, so if you do intend to give this thing some juice, you’d have to be patient enough to charge this thing considerably.

I think that this is a fair compromise, though, given that its ANC feature is top-notch among budget headphones.

Verdict

I would say that the MPOW H10 is definitely one of the best budget active noise-canceling headphones on the market. At only $70, you are getting a pair of headphones with considerably good ANC performance. Plus, you also get a carrying pouch along with other goodies in the bag as well.

If you are on the lookout for ANC headphones that do not break the bank, I can wholeheartedly recommend these without a doubt.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Review- Class-Leading ANC Headphones

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There are a lot of different active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones on the market but one brand that you can trust is Sony.

In today’s article, I will review the Sony WH-1000XM3. Read further to find out why I think this is a class-heading ANC headphone.

Design

The design of the Sony WH-1000XM3 is quite similar to the previous version. It still has an all-plastic build but the thing is that the material choice is actually a good choice considering that plastic is a bit more lightweight than an aluminum frame.

True enough, the WH-1000XM3 weighs an ounce lighter than the XM2 which may not seem much, but every ounce counts (especially if you intend to wear these cans for prolonged periods of time).

The leather earcups do provide a good level of comfort but because of the said material, you may feel some warmth after an hour or so of wearing these headphones.

Its overall aesthetic is quite simplistic and I think that Sony deliberately did this because their target audience for this thing are professionals.

Apart from the two buttons for the power and active noise canceling, you cannot see anything else on the earcups themselves other than the charging port which is located on the right side.

Now, you might think that it is a bummer that the company didn’t include physical controls for volume and media playback but that is actually not true.

Instead of physical buttons, Sony has included touch-sensitive controls on the right earcup. If you want to skip forward, you just swipe your finger to the right. To go back, swipe left.

If you want to increase the volume, swipe up. If you want to decrease it, swipe down. If you wish to pause the track, double-tap on the right earcup. To resume, you do the same.

But, before you can take advantage of the touch controls, you must first tether it with the headphones’ companion app first. After that, it should be all smooth-sailing from there.

Audio Quality

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So, how do these ANC headphones perform? To be honest, they’re pretty good. By default, it supports the LDAC audio codec which provides unparalleled audio quality, but there is a catch: You have to enable the codec from your smartphone’s developer settings.

The reason why you want to set it to the said codec is that it enables the 660 and 990kbps modes. In layman’s terms, it means better audio performance, provided that the music you’re listening to can support the standard.

While 990kbps is ideal, using the 660kbps mode should be adequate for most users.

Now, when using LDAC, it is important for you to remember that you cannot use the equalizer to tweak the audio output. That is because by doing so, the codec will automatically be set to SBC which is the default one for Android devices.

The LDAC codec does all of the work already so there is no need for you to tinker with the EQ settings anyway.

About the audio performance, if I were to describe it with just one word, I would say ‘amazing’. These headphones do not have any problem with lows, highs, and mids at all.

If you listen to bass-heavy tracks, it will certainly give off that signature thump of that kind of music.

Listening to lead guitar solos or to the main vocals will not be an issue at all as the bass doesn’t drown them out.

For an ANC headphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is surprisingly good in the audio department.

Features

There are a variety of improvements being added to the Sony WH-1000XM3 over its predecessor. First is the active noise-canceling feature. I’d say that this pair of cans has a pretty good implementation of that.

To enable the feature, you can either tap the dedicated button on the headphone itself or use the application.

When turning it on, it does a pretty good job of eliminating ambient noise. You literally cannot hear anything but a faint sound from your immediate environment.

It also has a ‘quick focus’ feature which basically uses its built-in microphones to get some ambient noise in so that you do not have to take your headphones off if you want to tune in on what’s in your immediate environment.

One nifty feature that I wish other headphones would incorporate is the ability to lower the volume immediately just by covering the right earcup a bit.

This gesture-based feature is nice because you do not have to take the headphones off of your head at all.

Because of the built-in microphones, you can also use Google Assistant by saying the words “Hey Google’ or ‘Ok Google’. Alternatively, you can use the application to bring out the said feature.

While you can answer calls with this one, I’d say that microphone quality is average at best. People can still hear you clearly on the other end but when compared to other ANC headphones, it is okay.

Pairing these wireless headphones to your phone is easy. You can either manually connect it via Bluetooth or you can use its companion app to help you with the entire process. Once it is connected the first time, pairing it again is going to be quick and seamless.

Battery Life

Sony WH-1000XM3

The Sony WH-1000XM3 is touted to last up to 30 hours even with active noise-canceling turned on. In my test, I was able to get only 20 hours with the feature enabled, but to be fair, my volume was set at 80% anyway. Your mileage, of course, will vary depending on use.

I do love the fact that these headphones use a USB Type-C cable instead of a microUSB connection. Because of this, it can take advantage of fast charging.

Speaking of fast charging, you can actually use these headphones for 2 hours and 5 minutes by just charging it for 10 minutes. That is truly impressive, especially for people that are always on the go.

Verdict

These headphones are great. Not only do you get amazing sound quality, but its active noise-canceling feature coupled with the touch controls on the right earcup makes this quite a compelling product.

While I only got 20 hours of use at 80% volume, the ability to charge this thing quickly is a nice bonus.

Included in the package are a USB Type-C cable and its included carrying case and for the price of $350, they are okay.

It is a comfortable piece of hardware and with all of its features, I can confidently say that the Sony WH-1000XM3 is definitely a class-leading ANC headphone.

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Quiet Buds Review- How These Small Buds Can Help You Concentrate

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Have you ever been into a situation where ambient noise- the noise that comes from your surroundings- is just too unbearable for you to concentrate? I have, so many times.

It is quite frustrating to be doing a task that requires complete and total focus when your office mate or kid is making loud noises. Believe me, it is really frustrating.

Is there a way for you to somehow block the noise around you, allowing you to concentrate on your work? Well, look no further than the Quiet Buds!

What Are They?

Quiet Buds are specialized earplugs that you can wear comfortably at any time. They do an admirable job of making sure that ambient noise won’t distract you from the things that you need to do the most.

Unlike traditional noise-canceling headphones or earphones, they do a pretty good job of eliminating unwanted noise without compromising your safety.

How Do They Work?

Quiet Buds

What makes Quiet Buds special is its use of different ‘cores’ that will dampen or outright eliminate the sound that you hear from your surroundings.

The three cores are:

  1. Commute Cores- This is the core that you should use whenever you just want mild noise canceling. This is ideal for whenever you are commuting or you just want some peace and quiet in a corner room or something. You can still hear people talking around you, albeit noise is considerably lower than not wearing these plugs
  2. Concert Cores- Mostly intended for concerts and loud live events, the concert cores do a pretty good job of blocking almost all of the noise from your surroundings. You can still hear the loud sounds but it is so dampened that will not damage your delicate ears
  3. Ocean Quiet Cores- This is for the people that want complete and total silence because it blocks ALL incoming noise. This is perfect if you want to focus on an important task or if you want complete silence to help you sleep.

The cores are interchangeable and you can easily swap them depending on the situation. In most cases, the commute cores are what you need so that you can still hear ambient noise and so that it helps you go around without having to worry about your safety.

Concert cores serve as the middle-ground between the commute and ocean quiet cores. If you want an improved noise-canceling core, this is the one that you should use.

For people that are having trouble sleeping due to the sound that comes from outside sources, you can use the ocean quiet cores. I would not recommend using them when you are outside, though.

Key Features

  • Amazing ear protection that protects your delicate inner ear hair cells from loud noises, especially from concerts, construction sites, etc.
  • Great build quality. The company uses aircraft-grade aluminum that will not only improve its sound-dampening qualities, but also makes sure that you can use the earbuds for a really long time
  • Comes with three swappable cores and three different ear cup sizes to help you fit the buds inside your ears perfectly
  • Designed by audiologists
  • Comes with carrying case so that you can bring them with you anywhere, anytime
  • They are stylish and have a user-friendly design

Testing

Quiet Buds Review 2020

There are a lot of products that claim that their noise-canceling feature is great. While there are some that actually do that, they are quite expensive and most people cannot afford them.

The Quiet Buds is not only affordable but they do a really good job of either reducing ambient noise or completely eliminating them.

In most cases, I find the commute cores to do a really good job of reducing ambient noise to a considerable degree. I can use it while I am commuting and I can safely use it at work without my co-worker having to shout at me if they want something.

I haven’t really tested the concert cores that much since I haven’t been to a live concert for a while now. But, I did pass by a busy construction site and I was really surprised that they almost completely blocked the noise from all the drilling and machines that were used.

And oh, the ocean cores. I don’t use them quite often because I can sleep soundly at night (I guess, I was blessed with quiet neighbors). But, there were a couple of times where I had trouble sleeping and putting them on allowed me to relax even more.

Verdict

While noise-canceling earphones or headphones are nothing new, the inexpensive ones rarely even work and the really good ones are quite expensive.

Fortunately, the Quiet Buds are affordable and they DO work. They are priced at $39.99 for one complete set, though I would recommend that you get at least two sets to give to your wife or friend.

Really, the Quiet Buds do a really good job of reducing or eliminating all distracting ambient noise. I can recommend this product in a heartbeat.

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Cowin E7 Headphones Review- Is This $50 ANC Headphones Worth It?

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Active noise-canceling headphones need not be expensive. There are certainly many budget offerings you can find out there, but are they really worth buying?

Today, I am going to review the Cowin E7. These are active noise-canceling headphones that you can buy for just under $50. Is it worth it or should you go for something else?

Design

As you can typically expect from a budget pair of headphones, the build quality of the Cowin E7 is not its strongest suit.

It has a predominantly plastic build that is supported by a metal frame just near the earcups. It should do the job of keeping things together but I’d recommend that you do not drop these things because there is a huge chance that it may break.

On the left side, you will find the active noise-canceling (ANC) button that you can press to turn the feature on or off.

On the right side, you will find a play/pause button directly on top of the earcup and situated at the bottom, you will find +/- controls for the volume (by tapping them) or for back/skip tracks (if you press and hold for 2 seconds).

I don’t know why but it seems that most headphone manufacturers think that all heads are created the same from an ergonomic standpoint.

I would say that these headphones were created only for those people with perfectly round heads. It is not ideal for people who have large heads like me.

In other words, this pair of cans fit perfectly for small or medium-sized heads, but they are certainly not meant for people with bigger noggins.

Because this is using faux leather earcups, it does a good job of isolating the sound inside the earcups, thereby minimizing the sound leakage, but they do tend to get warm after an hour or so of listening.

Connectivity

Cowin E7 Review 2020

The Cowin E7 is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. No, it doesn’t come with a companion app which means that you can simply connect these to your smartphone by enabling its Bluetooth functionality.

It cannot connect to multiple devices at the same time but it does a pretty admirable job of connecting to just one source.

In terms of range, it can reach roughly 10 meters away from the source which is pretty respectable and should be in line with other budget Bluetooth headphones.

The wireless latency of the Cowin E7 is 160ms which is okay, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you intend to play games on your mobile device.

It is also worth noting that if you intend to use this wired (because it comes with a 3.5mm cable), you will not be able to communicate with other people because the built-in microphones do not work while using the wired interface.

Noise Canceling

This pair of headphones has an ANC button located at the left earcup and you can enable it by just pressing the said button.

When enabled, I could barely notice that the feature was on in the first place. Technically, it can reduce ambient sound by as much as 8dB which is pretty weak in performance compared to other budget Bluetooth headphones.

Honestly, if you were to enable its ANC and you are inside a coffee shop with a lot of people, the active-noise canceling on this thing is just akin to wearing a pair of cans on your noggin and that’s it.

Audio Quality

As an audiophile, sound quality is always a very important matter and I have to say that the Cowin E7 is just so disappointing.

Sure, it heavily favors the lower frequencies which means that you get more thump every time the bass kicks in, but it is so overpowering that the mids and highs are simply muddied as a resylt.

I listen to rock and metal songs and the lead guitar solos just do not sound right. The vocals, while much clearer than the guitar solos, are also overpowered by the bass as well.

If I were to describe the audio quality, I would say that it is darker than your average pair of headphones.

I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone else other than people that want nothing but a good bass response and that’s it.

Battery

Cowin E7

The company said that these headphones can last up to 30 hours with active noise canceling on. In my testing, that is not the case.

Although, I do have to say that I was able to eke out 22 hours with ANC enabled and volume set to 75%. Your mileage may vary depending on the volume level you stick with, but at least you get a rough idea of how long-lasting this battery is when both of those things are factored into the mix.

It does come with an included microUSB cable for charging but I have to say that it’s a pretty slow one. To fully charge this thing, you have to wait for 3 hours or so for it to reach 0 to 100%, which is unacceptable for a lot of people.

Verdict

The Cowin E7 is a disappointment, to say the least. Its ANC feature is the weakest among the budget headphones I’ve tested. Its comfort is not suited for people with big heads like me and the charging time is just so slow by today’s standards.

Sure, it is a pretty enticing product since it is sold at just under $50, but you are better off saving a bit more to get a high-quality pair of ANC headphones.

I would suggest that you save up for the Sony WH-1000MX3 or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead as both of them have received major price drops recently.

If I were to be honest, I would stay away from the Cowin E7 like the plague.

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MPOW H10 Review- Best Noise-Canceling Headphones for People on a Budget

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Active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones are pretty expensive but one company tries to go against the grain and produce a somewhat affordable pair of headphones that can beat the competition.

In today’s article, I will review the MPOW H10. These are over-ear Bluetooth Wireless headphones that have active noise-canceling.

Does it have what it takes to beat the likes of the Sony WH-1000MX3 or other similar headphones?

Design

For a company to reduce the cost of their products, there have to be some compromises that have to be made in order to make that a reality.

The MPOW H10 has a predominantly plastic build and that can either be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because the material itself is lightweight by nature. It is a bad thing because it is not as durable as aluminum or metallic frames.

MPOW uses ABS plastic for this build and they went with a more polished look. For aesthetic purposes, it is actually welcome, but it might prove to be slippy, especially if you have sweaty hands.

I do love the fact that you get a lot of things included in the package. You have the 3.5mm cable, a USB charging cable, some documentation, and an included carrying pouch.

On the left side of the headphones, you will find the dedicated ANC switch. You cannot mistake it for anything else and you will definitely know if the feature is enabled or not.

On the right, you will find the media playback controls (back, play/pause, forward), and the charging port.

Despite the choice of materials, I am happy with the overall experience. The headphones are lightweight which means that it doesn’t strain your head and ears and the earcups themselves are plush and comfortable.

It gets warm after quite some time, but that is just the nature of leather earcups anyway. I think it is just worth mentioning.

The clamping force is okay. It is not too tight and it doesn’t fall off of your head at all. I also love the fact that it has a collapsible design so you can easily place them on your chest or inside the included carrying pouch.

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MPOW H10 Review 2020

These headphones can be paired wirelessly by using the Bluetooth functionality of your Android smartphone or Apple device. It doesn’t have a companion app which also means that it doesn’t have its own equalizer.

It does have an active noise-canceling feature that can be enabled by flicking the switch on the left earcup. I have to say that for a budget pair of headphones, the MPOW H10’s ANC is actually pretty good.

No, it is not at the same level as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony headphones mentioned above, but for the price, it is actually pretty respectable.

It can effectively cancel out ambient noise which can be pretty useful when you are commuting or if you’re in a noisy environment.

Because this thing pairs with your phone, you can expect to use this when you make some calls. Call clarity and microphone quality are really good on these.

Apparently, the company uses CVC (Call Voice Capture) technology that will effectively eliminate ambient noise when you are talking to someone. That means that the person on the other end of the line will be able to hear you clearly when you speak.

I’d have to say that having that feature is a godsend, especially since I take a lot of calls on a daily basis.

Audio Performance

So, how does the MPOW H10 sound? To be honest, it is an above-average pair of ANC headphones. It has a warm sound quality with a little emphasis on the lower frequencies.

If you play rap music or R & B, this thing can handle the kick of the bass without any distortions at all.

I would have to point out that these cans’ performance when it comes to treble is average at best. I’d like to have more clarity on the highs but the quality is passable.

The mids are okay. You can clearly hear the vocals and I am impressed that it doesn’t get muddied with the bass.

Battery

MPOW H10

These headphones are touted to last up to 30 hours but of course, I’d have to test this claim. Unsurprisingly, you can only reach that duration if you disable the ANC feature which I think defeats the purpose of getting these headphones in the first place.

With ANC enabled and setting the volume at 75%, I only got about 18 hours and 22 minutes of playback on this thing. It is still quite good considering that I’ve used its noise-canceling feature, but it is certainly a far cry from the purported 30 hours of battery life.

It is also a bummer that the company uses a microUSB charging cable for this one. This means that you cannot take advantage of any quick charging tech, so if you do intend to give this thing some juice, you’d have to be patient enough to charge this thing considerably.

I think that this is a fair compromise, though, given that its ANC feature is top-notch among budget headphones.

Verdict

I would say that the MPOW H10 is definitely one of the best budget active noise-canceling headphones on the market. At only $70, you are getting a pair of headphones with considerably good ANC performance. Plus, you also get a carrying pouch along with other goodies in the bag as well.

If you are on the lookout for ANC headphones that do not break the bank, I can wholeheartedly recommend these without a doubt.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Review- Class-Leading ANC Headphones

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

There are a lot of different active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones on the market but one brand that you can trust is Sony.

In today’s article, I will review the Sony WH-1000XM3. Read further to find out why I think this is a class-heading ANC headphone.

Design

The design of the Sony WH-1000XM3 is quite similar to the previous version. It still has an all-plastic build but the thing is that the material choice is actually a good choice considering that plastic is a bit more lightweight than an aluminum frame.

True enough, the WH-1000XM3 weighs an ounce lighter than the XM2 which may not seem much, but every ounce counts (especially if you intend to wear these cans for prolonged periods of time).

The leather earcups do provide a good level of comfort but because of the said material, you may feel some warmth after an hour or so of wearing these headphones.

Its overall aesthetic is quite simplistic and I think that Sony deliberately did this because their target audience for this thing are professionals.

Apart from the two buttons for the power and active noise canceling, you cannot see anything else on the earcups themselves other than the charging port which is located on the right side.

Now, you might think that it is a bummer that the company didn’t include physical controls for volume and media playback but that is actually not true.

Instead of physical buttons, Sony has included touch-sensitive controls on the right earcup. If you want to skip forward, you just swipe your finger to the right. To go back, swipe left.

If you want to increase the volume, swipe up. If you want to decrease it, swipe down. If you wish to pause the track, double-tap on the right earcup. To resume, you do the same.

But, before you can take advantage of the touch controls, you must first tether it with the headphones’ companion app first. After that, it should be all smooth-sailing from there.

Audio Quality

Sony WH-1000XM3 Review 2020

So, how do these ANC headphones perform? To be honest, they’re pretty good. By default, it supports the LDAC audio codec which provides unparalleled audio quality, but there is a catch: You have to enable the codec from your smartphone’s developer settings.

The reason why you want to set it to the said codec is that it enables the 660 and 990kbps modes. In layman’s terms, it means better audio performance, provided that the music you’re listening to can support the standard.

While 990kbps is ideal, using the 660kbps mode should be adequate for most users.

Now, when using LDAC, it is important for you to remember that you cannot use the equalizer to tweak the audio output. That is because by doing so, the codec will automatically be set to SBC which is the default one for Android devices.

The LDAC codec does all of the work already so there is no need for you to tinker with the EQ settings anyway.

About the audio performance, if I were to describe it with just one word, I would say ‘amazing’. These headphones do not have any problem with lows, highs, and mids at all.

If you listen to bass-heavy tracks, it will certainly give off that signature thump of that kind of music.

Listening to lead guitar solos or to the main vocals will not be an issue at all as the bass doesn’t drown them out.

For an ANC headphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is surprisingly good in the audio department.

Features

There are a variety of improvements being added to the Sony WH-1000XM3 over its predecessor. First is the active noise-canceling feature. I’d say that this pair of cans has a pretty good implementation of that.

To enable the feature, you can either tap the dedicated button on the headphone itself or use the application.

When turning it on, it does a pretty good job of eliminating ambient noise. You literally cannot hear anything but a faint sound from your immediate environment.

It also has a ‘quick focus’ feature which basically uses its built-in microphones to get some ambient noise in so that you do not have to take your headphones off if you want to tune in on what’s in your immediate environment.

One nifty feature that I wish other headphones would incorporate is the ability to lower the volume immediately just by covering the right earcup a bit.

This gesture-based feature is nice because you do not have to take the headphones off of your head at all.

Because of the built-in microphones, you can also use Google Assistant by saying the words “Hey Google’ or ‘Ok Google’. Alternatively, you can use the application to bring out the said feature.

While you can answer calls with this one, I’d say that microphone quality is average at best. People can still hear you clearly on the other end but when compared to other ANC headphones, it is okay.

Pairing these wireless headphones to your phone is easy. You can either manually connect it via Bluetooth or you can use its companion app to help you with the entire process. Once it is connected the first time, pairing it again is going to be quick and seamless.

Battery Life

Sony WH-1000XM3

The Sony WH-1000XM3 is touted to last up to 30 hours even with active noise-canceling turned on. In my test, I was able to get only 20 hours with the feature enabled, but to be fair, my volume was set at 80% anyway. Your mileage, of course, will vary depending on use.

I do love the fact that these headphones use a USB Type-C cable instead of a microUSB connection. Because of this, it can take advantage of fast charging.

Speaking of fast charging, you can actually use these headphones for 2 hours and 5 minutes by just charging it for 10 minutes. That is truly impressive, especially for people that are always on the go.

Verdict

These headphones are great. Not only do you get amazing sound quality, but its active noise-canceling feature coupled with the touch controls on the right earcup makes this quite a compelling product.

While I only got 20 hours of use at 80% volume, the ability to charge this thing quickly is a nice bonus.

Included in the package are a USB Type-C cable and its included carrying case and for the price of $350, they are okay.

It is a comfortable piece of hardware and with all of its features, I can confidently say that the Sony WH-1000XM3 is definitely a class-leading ANC headphone.

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