I''m a pretty deeply experienced "prosumer". Based on my lifestyle - office, home, listen while I''m working, take calls, listen while I''m mowing the lawn, doing chores. I''m ridiculously invested in bluetooth sound. I like great sound - which means, deep, articulate bass as...
I''m a pretty deeply experienced "prosumer". Based on my lifestyle - office, home, listen while I''m working, take calls, listen while I''m mowing the lawn, doing chores. I''m ridiculously invested in bluetooth sound. I like great sound - which means, deep, articulate bass as low as audible, crisp and precise treble as high as is audible, and pronounced midranges and mid-bass. Meaning, I like more everything. I don''t want sub-bass electronic beats, bass guitar, piano chords, twang of guitar, or the whisp in a singer''s voice to disappear, ever. I need to hear it all, and I need to hear it wirelessly, whether with earbuds, headphones or speakers.
All that having been said, I''ve tried many dozens of wireless headphones. The most expensive and the least expensive, and a lot in between. I keep the ones I like - and I like a lot. I''ve sent many back. I''ve kept many. I tried another round here.
What I care about is, 1: connection quality. If bluetooth connection cuts out when my phone is in my pocket, they are absolutely unacceptable, and Bose QC35 and QC35II both did this, which was the absolute and unquestionable failure of both units - and I tried TWO of EACH of them to ensure it wasn''t a defective unit; I have never had so much garbage maintaining bluetooth connections with any model or brand, larger or small, headphones, or speakers, but here we are. Without a solid bluetooth connection, why bother enjoying anything else? 2: excellent sound quality. With or without ANC. They HAVE to sound better than the others. 3: comfort and ergonomics. I don''t want to wear something that hurts. When I''m wearing them traveling (airport), I need headphones that lay flat on my chest when they''re down around my neck. I don''t want a head band that leaves a sore spot on the top of my head. 4: aesthetics, ok, I care how nice it looks, and cheap clunky plastic vs. tight good looks, the right materials and colors, matter; 5: ANC. I''ve tried so many, and so many are "GOOD" or better, it''s hardly worth mentioning. Superb ones are rare, and good-to-great ones depend so much on their ergonomics that they''re largely covered under #2 above. What ANC needs to do is not ruin the sound quality, and that''s what finally kills Bose QC35s. 6: battery life - most of these have all-day battery, so shy of cross-world trips where you can''t find a USB port, I can charge it once per day or with a portable battery (and I always have one), so beyond that I don''t care; and 7: controls. Some controls are stupid and annoying (including on my favorite pair ever, the Bang & Olufsen H9s). But this is #5.
These are very good.
1: they maintain their connection.
2: Sound quality is great. These are measured, with enough bass to represent everything on the low range, just enough sparkle on the high end (OK, I''d prefer a little more peak above 10KHz), but these represent everything, miss nothing. Maybe a bit of warmth on lower piano octaves, which Bose does wondefully, but overall, fantastic.
3: they''re comfortable. They''re not Bose QuietComfort 35 or B&O H9 comfortable - none really are - but they are just above that. Properly comfortable and wearable. The ear cups do not rotate 90 degrees to rest on your chest when they''re around your neck; I can do that with my B&O H9s.
4: They''re aesthetically pleasing. Not B&O H9s, but very nice. Move on.
5: ANC works. It''s above average, but not absolute top of the line. Bose QC35s are the best noise canceling I''ve tried, and my all-time favorite bluetooth headphones, the B&O H9s. I tried these Edifier headphones with ANC on and off, and as with many very good mid-range headphones, a good portion of their ANC relies on how comfortably and ergonomically they sit on your ears.
6: Battery life, no idea.
7: The controls are simple, like any cheap, moderate, and most expensive headphones. Nothing good or bad here.
Overall, these equal Bose QC35s on every category except ergonomics (the ear cups don''t rotate), and trounce them on sound quality, both with the ANC on and off, and on connection quality. They are great headphones. Easy buy. I don''t think they''re game-changers by any respect (Edifier has several other models I''m sure are also very good - and these models are all copies of other lesser-known brands), but these are solid, very good headphones, you can''t be disappointed with. I''m keeping these, and I just sent back Bose SoundLink headphones, which simply did not measure up. By that yard stick, you should consider these lesser than the Bang & Olufsen H9, and maybe the hideous but great-sounding Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2, but very good, very comfortable, very solid, excellent-sounding headphones that sound great with ANC working - they do all they advertised, and do it well.