Edifier W860NB Review | Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
This is a major update from the W800BT and a minor upgrade from the W830BT that we had review earlier. This time it features active noise cancelling and also touch gesture control similar to what you find on the Sony Headphone at the faction of the price. Latest pricing here Amazon/Shopee/Lazada.
The package comes with a hard carrying case, charging cable and male-to-male 3.5mm headphone jack if you’re going old school. Yes, you can use the 3.5mm cable without powering the headphones. It has Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX support basic, you can pair up the headphone the old fashion way or faster with the NFC tap. Which work well if you have multiple devices.
For ergonomic adjustment, there is a 2 way swivel and the headband that extends up to 3 cm which is reinforced with metal bands. The headbands has some padding that curve well round the head, the ear cups padding is thick but bit softer than the Edifier W830BT, I wish it have same structure as the Edifier W830BT does. Back to the ear cups, the size is 9.5cm by 7.5cm big, with the opening being 6 cm by 3.5cm with a depth of 2cm. The feeling is better than the W800BT reviewed in the past and this has same experience as the W830BT.
Overall it grips the head tightly, but most of the grip pressure is more on to the back of the ears. Shaking my head aggressively the headphone manage to held on to my head. Sound isolation is good for a headphone but can be improved further with the use of thick and slightly solid ear cups.
The features active noise cancelling that work very well to cut low-frequency noise without the addition of the the low-humming noise back into your ears unlike other low end brands. It does help with the audio quality listening experience especially in busy or noisy environment like public transport and a kid name Jammy in the library whisper to his girlfriend, bad Jammy!
The left side of the headphone has the charging port and the 3.5mm jack. While right side has the power button, the active noise cancelling switch and the gesture control. The noise cancelling does not need the headphones to be turn on and connected to your device, it has its own dedicated function and it is very good implementation by Edifier as you can on it anytime you prefer. The gesture controls is simple and easy, with the usage of one finger, one can swipe front for next song, swipe back for previous song, swipe up or down for control and double tap for media control or call function.
For battery life comparison we tested it on the iPhone 6 at the 4th volume, I noticed that the headphone need more power to drive them to equal the audible level of the W830BT for fair comparison. The battery lasted about 117 hours and 35 minutes which is way more than the rated 95 hours. More than the previous record holder 83 hours of the W800BT. The Bluetooth range is good up to 11 meter line of sight.
NO NC 4th V : 71 hours 55 minutes
ON NC 4th: 59 hours 20 minutes
● FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz～20kHz
● Bluetooth: V4.1
● Impedance: 32 Ohms
● Sensitivity: 100dB
● Supporting Protocol: HSP HFP A2DP AVRCP
● Connecting distance: 10m
● Battery capacity: 1400mAh rechargeable battery
● Working time: 35 hours
● Standby time: about 800 hours
● Charging time: about 3 hours
● Charging input: DC 5.0V=500mA
Tiaan – Be OK (Low bass frequency)
Low bass frequency is well bodied and full, it fades smoothly as you can feel bass vibrations at the end. The low bass frequency is highly energetic (air pressure) without any distortions, you can feel it booming in your ears, one of the best we have felt in a headphone. Superb feeling. Bass doesn’t eat into the vocals.
Pia Mia – Do It Again (Standard bass)
The Bass is well bodied and eargasm with fades butter smooth with the snare effect. Especially the vibration at the 2.05 mark. The bass feel super-mega energetic even nicer if you bump the volume by 2 bar. The Bass does not eat into the vocal and more importantly it is only slightly overpower the vocal by just a tiny bit, overall the song feel balance.
Violinder – Raindrops (Instrumental)
The Piano/Violin tone sounds right and natural, it is more toward the warm sounding with the right amount of shine or sharp at the highest where is needed (high frequency). Bass/Drum and Piano/violin tone sounds the same neither tries to overpower one or the other, it is a good indication of a balance headphone. Tones overall feels well bodied and not half hearted.
Pentatonix – See Through (High Pitch Vocals / Group Separation)
The vocals performs is very good, every diction and pronunciation sound right and clear. The sound is leaning toward the warm side, wishing for little bit more shine. Mitch Grassi’s hi-pitched male tenor voice, perform well at the high frequency tho I which for little bit more shine/sharpness. Group vocals is good you can identify each singer, vocal beat boxing and humming is top notch.
Active noise cancelling helps a lot by cutting the environment sounds so you can hear clear minds and feel better bass at the lows. Overall audio quality is identical to the W830BT that had review so your wont go wrong with both. Hoping further active noise cancelling headphone that Edifier produce would have thicker padding say 2.5cm to 3 cm with noise cancelling foam that has some structure so it does feel soft to cut environmental noise further. The touch control is a user friendly than the button press, the gesture allow the user avoid getting frustrated over pressing the wrong button and it is very innovative way to adjust your volume and skip the song track.
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