- £46.99, $59.99, 55.99 €
- Compatibility: Bluetooth audio devices
How much do you pay for your headphones? There are devices to suit all pockets, from cheap Chinese knock-offs from the Pound Shop that sound terrible and fall to bits in weeks, to top-of-the-range audiophile quality headsets that can easily cost four figures. Mixcder’s E7 Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are at the cheaper end of the spectrum, but this doesn’t imply poor quality.
As soon as you take them out of the box, you can see there’s nothing shoddy about them. Mostly plastic but built around a metal frame, they look and feel like they cost considerably more than their actual price, especially when you factor in the bundled carry case. They can be used through a Bluetooth or cabled connection, and a single charge lasts around 20 hours if you turn the noise cancelling off.
They don’t sound cheap and nasty either, though at the price, you wouldn’t expect – and don’t get – top-quality hi-fi audio. Bass is reproduced with power and clarity, though is perhaps a little too overbearing, unless you switch the ANC on. The mid-sections are clear and lively, though the vocals seem a little distant at times, especially on more intense tracks.
Audio perfectionists will probably want to spend more and look elsewhere, but if you’re on a tighter budget, you’d be hard pressed to find a better set of cans than these, especially at this price.
Mixcder E7 Wireless ANC Headphones
Comfortable cans with a decent enough sound that belies their low price.
+ Low cost
+ Well built
+ Good sound for price
– Vocals imperfectly reproduced