Firstly, the headphones are nicely presented in retail packaging. Inside the box is a hard storage case, inside the case is the headset, a USB to Micro USB charging cable, a double ended 3.5mm AUX cable (for connecting directly to an audio device that doesn't have Bluetooth), a handy Airplane adapter and a warranty card, there is also a small but chunky User Manual, however only the first 10 pages are in English, but the information provided is sufficient.
The headphones are fairly lightweight, this can be attributed to the fact that they are predominantly manufactured from glossy plastic, except for the headband which is made from flexible steel, they look modern in design and feel relatively sturdy and well made. The oval ear cups are quite large and comfortably cup the ears, they measure approx. 10cm long x 8.2cm wide, they are not fixed but hinged, they can also be rotated and placed flat against the chest when worn around the neck. Each ear cup is made from dense foam and covered in soft faux leather, I found them to be very comfortable, even after prolonged periods of use. The headset is a good size and suitable for most head sizes, the headband can be adjusted by sliding the ear cups down, each side has approx 2.8cm of travel, which is reasonable.
The headphones were fully charged right out of the box, there is a battery indicator displayed on my iPhone which displays the current level of charge. They were very easy to pair with my iPhone, simply turn them on, hold down the power but until the tiny led flashes quickly and select device Mixcder E9 in your Bluetooth settings, there are audible voice prompts to confirm when pairing and connected.
Most of the controls are found on the right headphone, which includes; chunky power and volume buttons, the Active Noice Cancelling on/off switch is located on the left earphone. All the controls are easy to access and simple to use.
I listened to music on the Spotify & Amazon Music apps via my iPhone 7. I thought the sound quality was very impressive, the sound has a certain warmth to it, and the bass is punchy enough to satisfy most tastes. The sound clarity is also very good, it was easy to pick out individual sounds and instruments. I listened to various genres, and the headset continued to impress me. A selling feature of these headphones is the Active Noice Cancelling (ANC) function, there is a switch to turn it on and off, by default it is set to the off position, but when switched on I thought that the sound quality improved, it somehow sounded less muffled and much crisper. While listening to music through the headphones I sat next to a pair of external speakers playing a different song on full volume, and I could not hear any invasive sounds what so ever. If someone tries to talk to you while wearing these headphones, you won't hear a word that they are saying!
Overall, these headphones sound great, I can't find fault the way they look, or the sound that they project - thumbs up from me.
The headphone come in a nice strong storage box. This is very useful as I don’t have to worry about keeping it clean or prevent it from damage. It’s also big enough to hold all the cables and adapters.
The headphone is well build and looks very smart. You can also fold the ear pieces inward making it very compact for travel storage which is great. The ear pads are very comfortable and I have comfortably used it to watch a film with no problem. I also didn’t come across any lip sync issue with watching a film via Bluetooth. I had this problem with my previous headphone.
The noise cancellation is very good and effective. Turning on noise cancellation (ANC) and I noticed that it blocked out the computer fan noise. I have also tried it in the kitchen and it significantly reduced the noise of the extractor fan. It does a good job at blocking out low frequency noise. Adding music with ANC on will mean you won’t hear much surrounding noise. You can also use ANC even without music.
Overall sound quality is excellent. The music is so much clearer when using this headphone Bluetooth connection worked with no problem and it charged in about 2 hours. It also hold its charge very well. I have not used it for a while and it still works without having to charge it first.
Overall this is a really nice headphone that is comfortable, has effective noise cancellation, long battery life, good for travel use and is well price. I am impressed with it and would definitely recommend.
Update: I have now used this headphone on a plane and the noise cancellation worked really well by reducing the humming sound. I tested it without music on and there was a big difference between when the noise cancellation was on and when it was off. Still very please with this purchase.
Bought on prime @ 12:30 and was delivered before 7. Always impressed with how quick the delivery is.
To the headphones, they come well packaged and you 1st see the outer box. Inside you are welcomed by the branded case. It's lightweight and feels quite sturdy. Inside there is a small bag containing the manual, usb cable, and 3.5mm jack cable. You also get an airplane adapter which is different and useful. Then of course the headphones themselves being held down with a strap.
They are all black with a nice cd effect on the ears. It's quite an understated look and I would say quite stylish. The build is light as it's a plastic frame. They feel a nice quality which should be able to take a drop.
The headband has a nice comfortable feel and the ears are very comfortable. The cups cover the whole ear and are memory foam with leather effect outside. They feel light on as you are going about your business and for me easy to wear for hours.
Battery is a 500mah which it said should last 20-30 hours depending on use. This should last you for a week between charges if you use them for 2-3 hours a day.
The Bluetooth works well and is easy to connect. You press the power button and hold. This will take you into pair mode. On your phone, tablet, ect search and pair, your done. The controls are all on the ears with your power button and your + and - buttons, these are large, well spaced and seem well made. You also have your usb port for power in here to charge. The power % will display on your phone in the Bluetooth drop down. On the other ear you have the ANC which is a slide up for on and the headphone jack. Both the power and ANC buttons glow a blue led for on but the power led will go red when charging or to indicate low battery.
Sound quality, 1st on Bluetooth. The sound on standard mode is ok but I find a little low where it is more bass and less treble. It sounds like to me like a headphone in its price range. This however is completely transformed with a magic button.
The ANC turns the sound into a much lighter and crisper sound. The bass is still there but complemented by a much fuller and lighter sound which really shines through listening to music. If you have a graphic equaliser app you can fine-tune this to get the nicest tones for your type of use. As for the ANC's main job it works well. Even with no volume when you put the headphones on you hear a drop in ambience sound and when you turn on ANC you can hear how it changes to compensate. You can still hear things when no sound is on but once you start your music you don't have to turn your volume up that high to drown out the rumbles of engines while traveling or noisy city background. If you put the wire in then I notice the sound slightly increased clarity and can go louder, however at max volume on cable it starts to distort, this does not happen on Bluetooth.
After playing around with them and getting them tuned to my liking I have to say I am impressed. They cant compete with your Bose or Sony ANC technology but these for me cost £55 which is what 1/6th the price. The branding are at the bottom of the headband on both sides which looks nice and you have a nice voice to confirm power on/off ect.
Overall, they are light comfortable and have a nice sound and range. The Bluetooth works well and you have the option of a wired connection. The case is nice and will both look good and be functional. The headphones bend easy to both fold up and cups can be rotated if wearing on neck. The headphones key feature however is the ANC, it works well to cancel noise but the change to the pitch of the sound you hear to me is where these headphones sound best.
Complaints, em not much on 1st impressions. For the build its good, it's easy to use and sounds great. They look just like the picture and the cd effect catches the light nice. The case is nice and not a cheap add on and comes with usb, aux and plane adapters. For £55 I see it as a good purchase.
These headphones are great value for money. They don't feel "premium", but they certainly don't feel cheap and nasty. The sound quality is pretty good; comparable to headphones that cost a lot more.
For me, where these shine is the noise cancellation. I've directly compared these with a set of Sony WH-CH700N, which cost nearly twice as much, and the noise cancellation on the Mixcders is leagues ahead. They don't cut out talking etc, but do remove a lot of background din, as well as most of the noise from typing and mouse clicking.
They also sit well on my average-sized head - they don't feel like they're at risk of slipping off, nor do they feel like they're trying to pop my skull.
If you're looking for a cheap set of Bluetooth headphones, you could do much worse than these. Highly recommended.
Update: After nearly 6 months of ownership, these are still going strong. I've done (short tow path) bike rides and gym sessions whilst wearing them and not once have they felt like they were going to slip or fall off. Battery life is fantastic, though I do wish they'd turn off both noise cancellation and the bluetooth if not being used. I've forgotton on a couple of occasions and come down to find them flat. But that really is my only, very minor, gripe with these.
A little while back I bought a pair of Bose Bluetooth headphones but shortly afterwards I realised that I should have splashed out a bit more cash and bought the sound cancelling ones. So I saw these and thought they could looked similar in design but at a price that I could take a chance on. I am really surprised at the difference the sound cancelling makes. It certainly reduces ambient noise (on a Cardiff council bus!) but the effect of that is to improve the quality of the music. It seems to give it more depth and richness. Quality wise they aren’t as nice as the Bose but they aren’t bad. The bits that cover your ears are slim with a nice grooved design on them. They are also quite slim. They look like very good. For some reason the ear pieces aren’t marked left or right but younsoon get familiar with them. I can’t fault these at the price.
I'll quickly go through the unboxing experience. It's a standard experience. It is on par with what you expect at this price range. It does have everything u would generally want though.
Now the actual headphones. Let's start with the active noise cancelling feature. Mixcder have made a good effort I think. This most definitely isn't anything to challenge the premium ANC headphones but it does cancel out low frequency noise. So you can still the sound of people talking and a bit of traffic noise at a lower level. What this does mean is that you won't need to turn up the volume as high as you would otherwise. In an office environment it would cut out most of the background noise like the sound of computers and air conditioning. I have to say I didn't realise how loud these things were until I put these headphones on.
Tonally the headphones sound noticeably different with the ANC on versus it being off. When it's off the headphones sound muffled. When ANC is on the midrange and highs are boosted and significantly less muffled. In both cases the bass is on the weak side. Overall I would just have the ANC on all the time. Its also worth mentioning that in the past ANC headphones like the Bose QC35 have put an uncomfortable amount of my pressure on my ear drums but it's not the case here.
The build quality here is good. It doesn't feel like anything is going to fall apart after a week. I've had other pairs of Mixcder headphones and they've lasted a couple of ears and then usually broken by myself.
The headphones are over ear but the cups may be on the small side. They just fit my ear and I've worn them for a couple of hours without any discomfort. The foam is firm but from previous experience I expect this to soften with wear.
Battery life is good. So far I've charged it a bit on the day I got it but I don't think to full. I only charged it for about half an hour and I have been using it lightly for 4 days now (an hour a day).
It may be worth noting that if you turn the ANC on there a little blue LED that lights up. However this LED stays on even when u turn the bluetooth connection off.
So to sum up I think this is a decent pair of ANC headphones. I would prefer something with a bit more bass but it's not a deal breaker for me. I would still consider this an upgrade over my previous Mixcder headphones. At this price range I don't have an issue recommending it.
Having previously owned and used Mixcder E7 headphones since March last year (they are now going to my girlfriend), I can say my initial impressions of the E9 headphones are very positive.
The packaging is very similar (includes the headphone carry case, charging cable, aux cable etc.) and the design of the headphones follows in the same suit. I will say that the E9's design feels more premium to me and the headset feels tighter and comfier on my ears than I ever remember the E7 feeling (although it may be because I have had the E7's for a longer period of time). The headphones also adjust from different points with the E7 adjusting at the top of the ear cup and the E9's adjusting half way along the headband.
Doing a side by side sound comparison my initial impressions are as follows
E7: When I reviewed the E7 headphones I found the bass to be a bit muddy in places
E9: In comparison, the E9's bass feels punchier in a good way, you can hear beats with a bit more clarity but without it sounding too tinny
Mids and highs:
Both mid's and highs come across clearer on the E9 due to the improved bass sound on the headphones
I am not one for using Active Noise Cancelling very much but I notice that it effects the sound a lot more on the E9, I am not sure if that is because of the tighter grip or if they use a different method/upgraded method on the E9 vs the E7
Overall I am very impressed and can't wait to try the Bluetooth functionality out more, I look forward to less charging! If it doesn't fail to live up to the 30 hours then I will come and update this review, otherwise presume it has worked well!
Should anything go wrong I will be sure to come and update the review to reflect those changes, but the E9's have so far impressed me when compared to the E7's which I was already very pleased with.
Edit: After further usage I can confirm that the above is still true and that the battery life is still going after many hours of use
I've only had these for two days so can't speak to the longevity or batter life, but so far so good! Easy to pair with my Android phone and tablet, as well as my Windows laptop - I'm even able to use them for Skype calls on the laptop, which I can't do with my Sony Bluetooth headphones! Mic sound quality is okay. General sound quality is great for both spoken word and music, and they're comfortable on the ears - I have a few piercings and on-ear headphones hurt, so these over-ear ones are ideal! One point though - I have a pretty large head and wear these on the smallest setting, so if your head is small they may be a little big. Noise cancellation I wasn't bothered about and haven't really tested. If you want to know more than this page provides before you buy you can Google Mixcder E9 and download the full user manual, which will give you the full spec and instructions. I did so to make sure I'd be able to answer calls/control music without having to get my phone out (which you can!) as it wasn't clear from the photos.
I got a pair of expensive Sony noise cancelling headphones for Christmas but unfortunately left them on a plane. I was looking for replacements when I saw this come up on Prime day and thought I'd give it a shot, given I'd never heard of the brand worst case I thought I could return them if they were rubbish - but there was absolutely no need. These things are absolutely as good as the Sony ones at 3 times the price. The sound quality is fantastic, the battery lasts a long time and the noise cancelling is extremely effective. If you're considering a good set of headphones, don't be put off by not having heard of the brand - these are fantastic!!
My last set of Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones were stolen during the Easter holidays. These we were bought to replace them. My last pair seems to have increased in price recently so I decided to try this instead. I reckon that the Noise Cancelling technology on these budget headphones should be of similair quality. This comes with a case, cables and plane adaptor. They fold to half its size. They sit over and cover the whole of my medium sized ears. I ran them in for 24 hour by playing some music on a loop. The sound is clear and quite bass heavy. NC makes things clearer and sharper. There is a very slight hiss. The NC is pretty good in blocking out constant sounds. They are certainly as good if not better than my last pair. I think the NC technology is tricking down from more expensive versions. Battery life seems good and I've charged it twice over the last week and it's still at 40% and that's with an hours use everyday and the period of burn in. I'll update in a few months on the battery life. All in all another enjoyable affordable headphone!
Update #1: 6 months and the headphones and battery is holding up well.
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