Top positive review
Absolutely Phenomenal Value Proposition.
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
I am absolutely stunned by what Taotronics has managed to accomplish here at this price point. I paid $45 for these and couldn't be happier. I own a lot of headphones. They almost all serve a specific purpose or have been replaced by an upgrade. All of them are in ear models. This holiday season I purchased the Sony WH1000 over ears for my wife. I was blown away by the sound, comfort, noise cancelling, and battery. I REALLY wanted to find a way to justify a second pair but, alas, common sense finally won out. I already own the stellar in ear Sony's. Owning both would be absurd, at least for me.
Fast forward a month or so and I was still haunted. I decided on the compromise of finding an inexpensive set of over ears. I actually had some experience with Taotronics and, like their competitor Anker, found that they did a credible job of replicating more expensive tech for less money. So, given the stellar reviews, I plunked down $45 with no expectations for how they would compare to the Sony model.
After 24 hours of ownership I can say without hesitation that Taotronics has a homerun here with one caveat: They do everything well but they are most certainly not Sony or Bose quality. Here's the breakdown:
- They feel right. Plastic but a quality build. They have a nice weight and feel for sure.
- The noise cancelling is really good. Maybe not up to par with the big boys but you will not be disappointed. When on with the ANC switch engaged, the outside world is pretty much gone.
- Battery life seems solid though I only have about 8 hours on them so it is to be determined. I will update as we go on that front.
There isn't anything bad so we will jump to the only thing that is really mediocre here and that is the sound. If you are getting these strictly for music, are a BIG music fan, and really love loud clear thumping sound, save your money and grab either the latest Sony or Bose models. You just won't be happy here. That said, if you are like me and have some other options for music and / or plan on using for podcasts and video in addition to an occasional jam session, then you really should pull the trigger here. The sound is good. It's a B minus. Just not great. Also, the aren't really loud either. Not horrible just not super loud. Again, sound all the way around isn't a negative to me it's just that you need to curb your expectations and know what you want. These are $45 headphones after all!
I am traveling soon so I will really get some time with these and will update as I learn more but, at this point, these Taotronic cans fall into the absolute no brainer purchase category for me. Nice work Taotronics!