|Manufacturer||Fantasia Trading LLC|
|Special Features||Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, Noise Cancellation, Crystal-Clear Calls, Volume-Control, BassUp Technology, Hi-Res Audio, Foldable|
|Mounting Hardware||Headphone Accessaries|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Microphone Form Factor||Built-In|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Polymer|
|Total Usb Ports||1|
|Connector Type||Bluetooth, RF|
|Form Factor||Over Ear|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||Yes|
|Product Dimensions||19.5 x 18 x 7.8 cm; 263.08 Grams|
|Item Weight||263 g|
|Manufacturer||Fantasia Trading LLC|
|Item Model Number||AK-A3025011|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Date First Available||2 July 2019|
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Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wireless Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones, 40H Playtime, Hi-Res Audio, Deep Bass, Memory Foam Ear Cups, for Travel, Home Office
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- Soundcore is Anker’s audio brand, our signature sound is loved by 10 million+ people around the world.
- Hi-Res Audio Certified: Custom oversized 40 mm dynamic drivers produce Hi-Res Audio—a certification only awarded to audio devices capable of producing exceptional sound. Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones reproduce your music with extended high frequencies that reach up to 40 kHz for extraordinary clarity and detail.
- Reduce Ambient Noises By Up to 90%: Our team of engineers conducted more than 100,000 tests in real-life scenarios to fine-tune Life Q20’s 4 built-in ANC microphones and digital active noise cancellation algorithm. As a result, the hybrid active noise cancellation can detect and cancel out a wider range of low and mid-frequency noises such as cars and airplane engines.
- 100% Stronger Bass: Our exclusive BassUp technology conducts real-time analysis of the low frequencies to instantly strengthen the bass output. Double press the play button when listening to bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop for an amplified listening experience.
- 40-Hour Playtime*: Up to 40 hours of non-stop playtime in wireless active noise cancellation mode (at 60% volume) is extended to an enormous 60 hours in standard music mode. A single charge gives you enough juice to listen to over 600 songs or soundtrack multiple long haul flights. And when you’re in a rush, charge Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones for 5 minutes and get 4 hours of listening.
- Universal Comfort: Memory foam earcups gently mold around your ears, while the headband’s rotating joints automatically adjust the angle of the earcups to fit the shape of your head. Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones offer maximum comfort and a secure seal—making them ideal for when you’re working at home, taking online classes, or traveling.
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Block Out the World, Immerse Yourself in the Music
Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones pull out all the stops to ensure the music you love listening to always sound its best. Certified Hi-Res Audio with extended treble, enhanced clarity, and fine detailing are further optimized by our exclusive BassUp technology. And to stop ambient sounds from disrupting your listening experience, simply activate hybrid active noise cancellation mode to instantly immerse yourself in the song.
Certified Hi-Res Audio: Oversized 40 mm dynamic drivers produce certified Hi-Res Audio with treble extended to 40 kHz for exceptional clarity and details.
Hybrid Active Noise canceling: Four microphones and a digital active noise cancellation algorithm detect and filter out up to 90% of low- and mid-frequency sounds.
BassUp Technology: Our exclusive technology conducts real-time analysis of your audio’s bass frequencies to instantly strengthen it by up to 100%.
All-Day Comfort: Memory foam earcups gently mold around your ears and the headband’s rotating joints adjust the angle of the earcups to fit the shape of your head.
40-Hour Playtime: Life Q20 active noise canceling headphones power multiple long haul flights from a single charge with up to 40 hours of playtime in wireless ANC mode. Increase to 60 hours in standard wireless listening mode.
AUX Cable: Use the included AUX cable for unlimited listening in wired mode.
Built-In Microphone: Make convenient, hands-free calls.
Note: According to regulations, the maximum volume of headphones should not exceed 100dB. In order to protect your hearing, Life Q20’s maximum volume has been set to around 95dB. It is recommended that you do not listen to excessively loud volumes for long periods of time.
For optimal noise cancellation, make sure the earcups create a tight seal around your ears.
Playtime varies according to volume and audio content.
Driver (Full Range) 2 × 40 mm
Frequency Response 16 Hz - 40 kHz
Range 15 m / 49.21 ft
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Soundcore Life Q20 Active Noise Canceling Headphones
3.5 mm AUX Cable
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My issue with these headphones is the build quality. Being so affordable, these headphones are (understandably) made of plastic. And although the plastic does not feel breakable, it is ironically noisy; the plastic build causes the headphones to creak and click when I move my head. So, even though you have this amazing sound quality and excellent noise cancelling, the plastic around your ears will make noises when you move, which is really annoying. What’s the point of building such excellent noise-cancelling headphones if the build quality is so poor? In this regard, perhaps there is no such thing as “cheap” noise-cancelling headphones. And it does make me want to save up and purchase a pair of more expensive, well-built ones.
Bottom line … if you don’t move around much, and just sit there, these are great headphones.
I put these on while my washing machine was running and turned on the Noise Cancelling function and ...... nothing no washing machine noise! I am sure these are going to be a god send on a long haul flight I will be taking soon.!!
Drops out every hour or so and I need to switch off/on to reconnect.
And when I do reconnect the volume goes to full level and blast the hell out of my ears.
Works better with my iphone but still drops the connection occasionally.
Noise cancelling is decent.
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UPDATED I used these on a couple of 2.5hr flights and the NC was effective (maybe not quite as good as the Sonys but not side by side so can’t be sure). The sound level was fine for watching downloaded tv even when taking off and engines at full throttle! Comfortable to wear as well and possibly breath a bit better than the Sonys. Also used on an intercity train and they were very good. Its a shame that Anker do not provide a hard-shell case as they did with the previous model, as the pouch provided is pretty pointless and offers no protection. I contacted Anker to see if they did the case as an accessory and No....Not helpful!
So, May 2020 update. These are still rocking with great battery life and very solid Bluetooth connection. For music, in the house, side by side then the Sonys win hands down, a different league. But for tv/movie and travelling for £40 these are astonishing value.
Still very happy and have recommenced these to several friends looking for good over ear ANC headphones at a budget. No bluetooth signal loss, no signs of wear at all (but I do look after my gadgets) and ANC is decent enough blocking I'd say 80% of noise. Bose QC35 block probably 90%, Sony XM3 I'd say 95% but you do have to spend around £200 more to get that extra 10-15% - you have to decide for yourself if it's worth it. But having had the Bose they weren't comfortable for me, the Soundcore were better. I had to bent them out a bit to have less clamping force but after that I wore them on several 6hr+ flights and had no fatigue. As far as improvements go, I wish they were less bulky and that Soundocore provided a hard shell carry case (Taotronics do).
This is my second go at reviewing these headphones.
Initially I bought several headphones to compare and decide on my new pair of ANC headphones, having lost my original Taotronics Bh22 at the airport. I wanted a step up in terms of ANC quality and comfort. I got these Ankers and the 2019 version of BH22 at the same time. Whilst the Ankers were better than the TT, I found that the ANC was a bit too sensitive leading to wind noise and internal sound pick up issues. I ended up returning them both and decided to spend much more money on Bose QC35 - had them for about a week but wasn't that impressed with them at all especially for the money, and the cabin pressure sensation I got from them made me return them too. But that experience also made me think again about the Ankers. In the meantime Anker customer service got in touch and I ended up giving them another chance.
I found that the ANC on the Ankers is actually not that far behind the Bose (and definitely better than TT). Obviously it depends how you use it, but I found that in my commute on London Underground, both the Bose and the Ankers let it some of the high pitched sounds. The Bose probably a bit better and removes a bit more of low humming noises, but the Ankers are pretty impressive especially as they are nearly £200 cheaper! Neither removed 100% of the noise so you still hear maybe l5-10%. The hybrid noise cancellation on these with external and internal mics (a major difference vs most other cheap ANC headphones) works well in my opinion. Plus if you have a larger head, a lot of the cheaper headphones in the £50 ish price range are just far too small. With the Ankers I have room to spare and I can bend the headband to fit me even better so they are not too tight. I found the pads actually more comfortable than the Bose, very similar to Sony 1000xm3.
The initial complaint I had about wind noise pickup, I also experienced with the Bose. The difference with the Bose is that you have an app with the option to turn ANC down. But with the Ankers you can simply switch the ANC off with a button, which is much easier than the app, and even with ANC off the passive isolation of the ear cups works very well to remove a lot of the annoying sounds.
Turning the ANC off also removes the problem I had with feedback from the cups when running / walking fast. The ANC is simply very sensitive - so keep that in mind. But it's not a big issue for me.
The battery life is great too. Also I like that Anker have come up with an original design and colour which is very dark matt grey as opposed to a lot of other models on Amazon that all look the same cheap glossy black.
My only real gripes are that I wish they were less bulky, and that the sound is too focused on mids and lows - if you like base you will like these, but I wouldn't use them for critical listening at home (which is fine, I have my Grados for that).
But the comfort, ANC and general quality can't be beat for this price in my opinion. Plus, Anker customer service is outstanding. I am happy to recommend them.
- as noted, nice sound quality, with some reinforcement in the mid-bass frequencies, but the bass is tight, and the mids and highs are mellow
- almost inaudible difference to sound quality with noise cancellation enabled, and no notable hiss with ANC on
- ANC is not 'make the world go away' levels, and lets some higher frequency sound through; this is great, as I am looking to cancel out midrange and bass sounds like an air conditioner, nearby dogs, and the wearing rumble of airplane engines during long flights
- aside from the slightly too small earcups (for my tastes), they are comfortable to wear - neither too loose nor too tight
- the various audible and voice prompts are pleasant and at a reasonable volume
- big problem: can't charge and listen at the same time
- big problem: no ability to use as a phone headset in wired mode (these are headphones only when used with the cable, with no mic available)
- the earcup material is too insulative, resulting in unpleasant warmth and sweating under fairly normal circumstances (74F / 45% RH, just sitting at computer doing work, so these would suck for truly warm, humid, and and/or strenuous activity)
- when switching ANC on and off, the enhanced bass enables momentarily, which is just sloppy design, and rather jarring
- they have stiff creaky hinges and pivots, which is emblematic of inexpensive plastic-on-plastic construction
- they have a light but unpleasant chemical smell, which I suspect is from the earcup material, and it's not dissipating any too quickly
- a general lack of build refinement - they're nice enough, but the point where the earcup cushions meet the body was wrinkled and unevenly finished
All this said, I can't really recommend these, since I think refinement and solid build quality should be reasonable expectations at a $70 price point. If I could give them 3.5 stars, I would, but since their core functionality is great, I'll go with 4 stars instead of 3.
Anker's Soundcore Life Q20's met my expectations on all counts save for somewhat dated styling.
Noise-cancellation. Excellent. Honestly you might find slightly better NC in the high-end market, but it'll cost you five to six times the price. These "hybrid" NC headphones feature good quality NC that has little effect on overall sound quality.
Sound-quality. Pretty epic for the price. They're bluetooth, and obviously not made with all the hi-end components, so they don't reproduce sound perfectly. That said they feature nimble bass with balanced mids. Overall sound clarity is good given the price point.
Bluetooth. I've owned several pairs of Bluetooth 4 headsets and all seemed to suffer a degree of on-the-go signal loss, particularly when around other Bluetooth signals during my commute. These apparently use Bluetooth 5 and seem to perform better with more reliable signal strength and quality.
Battery-life. Excellent. I use them wirelessly 5-6 days a week with NC on, drawing them down to 60-70 percent capacity. I've never run them down to nil so I couldn't tell you how long they run, but a solid week of use, 3 hours per day, with plenty of juice remaining seems pretty good to me.
Styling. I wish they were a little more minimalist and/or contemporary. That being said the branding is generally muted, and they're colour (black) non-discript, and they don't look bad by any stretch. So for all the other features, I'll deal with a slightly dated look, and enjoy listening to music and podcasts in peace and tranquillity on my way to work.
I hope you've found this review helpful.
- highs are 'okay'
- mids are almost invisible
- lows are murky and very hard to divorce from the highs when tuning the sound via EQ
The fit is fine with adequate clamping force, and they are nice and light - so if you have weak neck muscles, these are definitely for you
Truthfully, I can only recommend these based on the ANC and the price - as they will be torturous for anyone who considers themselves any sort of audiophile
EDIT: Anker really tried to make me happy by sending out an alternative product at no cost to me - and while it wasn't a good fit for various reasons, I would recommend you give Anker a fair chance if you're not as particular as me (and I've always had success with their various peripherals)