This one of Edifier’s affordable over-the-ears similar to the Edifier W820BT that we review, but this time it comes with an active cancelling, a minor upgrade from the previous model. The package comes included with the charging cable, soft carrying pouch and a male-to-male 3.5mm headphone jack if you’re going old school style. Yes, you can use the headphone cable in analog mode without powering on the headphones. Latest pricing here Amazon/Shopee/Lazada.

For I/O ports, the left side house the 3.5mm headphone jacks while the right side has the charging port. Button is located on the right side featuring your typical 3 button array. The headphone can be folded inwards to be store easily without taking too much space in your bag unlike the previous model. Activating the ANC is simple only via a switch toggle, this approach is a better idea as you are not required to power on the headphones unlike other high end brands.

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For ergonomic adjustment, there is a multi-direction swivel but its limited movement. I wish the newer revision would make it bend at wider angle for better comfort. The headband extends up to 3 cm which is reinforced with metal bands. The headbands has thin padding that curve well around the head. Looking at the ear cups size the overall size is 9.5 cm by 7.5 cm with the opening being 6 cm by 3 cm, depth of 2 cm.

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The ear cups is a soft type which is good for long listening sessions. I wish the padding was thicker as the passive sound isolation is decent but you still can hear a little background noise. I shake my head aggressively  and the headphone still grip on to my head. The active noise cancelling does work well, it most of the train tracks sound or car ride. You still hear some ambient sound since the ANC is a loose type whereby it cover a small range compared to the more expensive headphone brand but it is good for daily use and the headphone help the user to hear bass better.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Bluetooth version: Bluetooth V5.0
Bluetooth protocol: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Effective distance: 10m
Working hours: 25h (Bluetooth + noise reduction)
Charging time: 4h
Impedance: 24Ω
Frequency response range: 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity (SPL): 100dB
It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity.

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The headphone is powered by a pair of 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers. The battery is rated to last up to 25 hours with ANC ON at 50% volume onward or 80 hours without ANC on. Our battery life test is based on the iPhone 6 at the 5th volume with ANC on bar, it lasted us about 34 hours and 45 minutes, without ANC on it gave us the result of 98 hours and 10 minutes.

AUDIO QUALITY

POP/EDM:
Tiaan – Be OK (Low bass frequency – 6th Volume)
Low bass frequency is highly energetic and superbly notable, you can feel the air pressure movement in your ears. Low bass frequency is also well bodied. It doesn’t eat into the vocals and has zero bass distortion. The subtle bass vibration fades a bit smoothly. The low bass does overpower the vocals, but not to a point it muffles or pushes back the vocal behind too much.

Pia Mia – Do It Again (Standard bass – 5th Volume)
The bass has moderate energy and notable, you can feel the air pressure but at moderate feel. The bass fades smoothly at the 2:05 mark but it is a bit fast for my taste, the vibrations is a tad soft and it needs more strength. Bass slightly overpower vocals and eats a bit into the vocals. EDM tone sound safe and reserve.

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Vocals/Instrumentals :
Violinder – Raindrops (High frequency instrumental – 8th volume)
The Piano/Violin tone sounds right and natural, sit in between crystal-clear-type and warm-sounding-type, personally I prefer full crystal-clear type. I wish it had more shine at the highs as it feel under powered. The Bass/Drums does overpower Piano/Violin in term of audible levels in huge amount, when both combine the piano/violin is a tad muted.

Pentatonix – See Through (Hi pitch vocal/separation)
Mitch Grassi’s High-pitched-male Tenor vocals perform good at the highs more shine would be nice. Each singer can be identified easily. Every diction and pronunciation is crystal clear. Vocal beat-boxing, echoing and humming is eargasm but does slightly overpower Mitch Grassi’s vocal in the song.

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FINAL VERDICT

The headphone performs well from the ultra lows to the upper middle range. It is basically identical sound signature to the Edifier W820BT just with the addition of ANC function. This model gives people a competitive affordable option to own an active noise cancelling headphone. The consumer no longer limited to higher expensive range of brand.

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