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Bass Heavy, slightly muddy sound. Review compares five different headsets
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
I've tested a bunch of headphones in the $40-100 range so I may come back and review this with others in mind. looking to find a pair that I like best. Prices shown are the actual cost at Amazon including coupon discounts but excluding tax; all got free Prime shipping.
Srhythm NC25 headphones $38.29 The least of the ones I've tested so far, the bass was overdone and overtopped the treble and mids; rendered a bit of a muddy sound. Not bad really but I would suggest you can do better for the money.
Srhythm NC35 headphones $46.49 Clear, really good sense of position for every instrument and voice, good battery. I bought these right after buying the earlier/lower line Srhythm NC25 headphones. Compared to those these feel and look about the same but sound noticeably better. Understand I like a strong bass but the NC25 boomed enough to drown out some of the other sounds especially the treble. Overall they gave a muddy sound to a lot of music. By contrast while that can happen with these any well-produced track has far less booming and just a good base, and the amount of separation, the precision with which sound location varies on these is really quite good.
Monoprice BT-300ANC – $39.99 I tried these as Consumer Reports rate them a best buy. Not as comfortable or as solid feeling as the Soundcore but not bad. Less effective ear seal. Not as solid feeling. Very good treble response and generally pretty well balanced sound. If you want booming bass this not your choice, but if you are looking for “fidelity” and balance these are pretty good. Tempting at the price a good buy for the money.
Soundcore Q20 – $59.99 Most comfortable, seems to be the better made, bass not as boomy as on the NC35 good fidelity but the bass is still too a little too hard. I used my equalizer to tone the bass down and liked these a lot. I wanted to like them better than the Monoprice set but honestly the Monoprice is so close it's very subjective. I liked the heavier feel and better fit, the sound once I equalized it was pretty good.