Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth Headphones with Travel Case, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling, 40H Playtime, Hi-Res Audio, Deep Bass, Wireless Over Ear Headphones for Travel, Work
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After WAY TOO MUCH research, and returning 3 different brands, I settled on these and they'll do for now.
There is no perfect headset out there so look in stores with your own eyes and check return policies. For me these are just a tool that does a job; and for that they'll do just fine.
I really only wanted wireless for conference calls and long walks. These headsets work fine for that.
The noise compression doesn't work like you'd expect. Basically with NC on, the audio is slightly compressed and the hi/low pass filters don't attenuate enough. IN ENGLISH...the noise compression only works a tiny bit. I could still hear cars and birds. NC really only cuts out the ambient "surrounding air" sound.
These have Bass Boost which I don't care about.
I bought the case (extra) and it's good quality for the money. The headset overall is "good quality for the money as well. I take care of my tools so these will likely last me a good few years; I hope.
I have a very small/narrow head so these fit loose. If I go jogging they will surely slide around and probably fall off.
Connecting to BT was super easy. No app, no BS. I can switch btwn my phone and my laptop within seconds without disconnect from the other device.
I wish there was an audio track FWD & REV button but would of bought something else of that was important.
Overall, the conference call and mobile phone calling is clear (better than my wired earphones while driving) and works over 50ft away before it starts crackling. I don't know what the distance rating is because the user manual sucks, but I can walk all over my 1200sq/ft apartment and to the mailbox outside without the BT connection dropping out.
FINALLY, they are comfortable. All the Cowin models look huge, the Bose "over hear" Soundlink felt like I was wearing them backwards, and a set of similar Sony over ear felt like I was wearing backwards with the same stupid headband. Bose and Sony head bands were curved on the bottom; the part that touches your head so it didn't distribute the weight. I felt like a narrow ridge was pressing on the crown of my head and wasn't comfortable.
This q20 model is the way to go excellent audio rivaling the exalted sony 1000xm3 headphones which I briefly owned. The value versus the price is nothing short of astounding. I consider myself qualified to make this judgment being a former musician and audiophile. The ANC is also very good in my opinion there is no need to purchase bose or sony they are overpriced and to tell you the truth I expected the sound to be better based on reviews I was surprised that I actually prefer the comfort and performance of the anker q20.
I travel for work, loud airplanes and such 😉. I am married to a very sensitive sleeper. I am a night owl. I watch TV on my iPad EVERYWHERE! I hate inner earphones, but need both. Must have comfy over ear noise cancelling is my preferred method for me my friends and we have found a WINNER!! I am able to comfortably lay in my bed (even fall asleep in them), husbands Cpap on (also tuning out the teen and pets), watch a move on my TV, phone, or iPad in peace, travel the world in style, babies crying on the plane (much love to the mamas), and sleep in an airport on exhausted nights all with these amazing headphones. Anchor is my fave brand. I buy the cords, portable chargers, earbuds, and over ear headphones every single time!
I needed noise cancelling headphones I could use as a headset and these fit the bill. Sound quality is respectable for music, podcasts, and for phone calls (on both ends), the battery charges quickly and lasts a long time, and the earpads are very comfortable. I can wear it all day without issues. The only downside is that it may not be snug enough if you have a smaller head, as even the smallest setting is a little loose for me. This won't be an issue for most people.
In short, Anker knocked it out of the park again with the Q20 headphones.
Decided to upgrade my headphones after working from home for a few days due to COVID. My other headphones worked great but did not have noise cancellation. After reading many reviews I decided on the Anker and have not been disappointed. The noise cancellation works great even if you are not playing any audio and the microphones pick up your voice while cutting out the background noise and doesn't make you sound as though you were in a cave. I have used these via bluetooth on my Android devices and by audio cable on my laptop and both work above expectations.
I've actually never owned a great pair of headphones. I use the ones that come with my phone. I have wanted a good pair of noise canceling headphones for quite a while though, because I'm a mom. And my kids are annoying. But they're so expensive, I didn't want to splurge. Enter these Anker headphones. I can crank up Rocket or Gods of War with these babies, close my eyes, and pretend I'm at a Def Leppard concert. (I should mention there aren't many places I'd rather be.) My family has to stand in front of me waving their arms to get my attention. I am not a person who walks around town in headphones, but if I did, I wouldn't wear these, for fear of not hearing a car or bike about to run me down. I do like to listen to audiobooks, or if I'm reading, sometimes classical music to drown out said annoying kids. And dogs. When I work out, I use earbuds because they don't get sweaty, fall off, or get in the way, but I'd definitely use these for activities involving less movement (spinning or weights). When I put these on solely to drown out external noise (without listening to music), they are OK, though I can't compare them to really expensive noise canceling headphones, having never tried them. Bottom line: for $60, these are fantastic. I did get the case to go with them, and I'm glad I did. These are not space-saving headphones, but the case is protective and holds the charging cable and audio cable. I do actually use that sometimes, so I can plug it into my Roku remote and listen to the TV through them. So happy with this purchase--if they last as long as I hope they do, I highly recommend!
I had bought some Anker earbuds and they were awesome. But I lost them. So I decided to try a headset for my husband. This headset is amazing and I can’t believe for the price. He used them for meetings. When you have them on, you can’t hear anything only what is coming through the speaker. Connects well no issues. This product is #1 in my book and it gives me confidence to purchase other Anker products. Thanks Anker.
After months of research and watching YouTubes, I found these headphones and I won't be looking back. They're not perfect but I can't reasonably expect anything else from these headphones.
I purchased them for business travel and work-from-home. I need to sound good on the other end of a call, but don't want to carry 2 devices (one for calls, one for music).
PROs: - Impressive sound quality listening to music and conference calls. - Excellent sound isolation (attenuation due to being over-ear). - ANC (Active Noise Canceling) is effective for constant noises like a furnace fan or refrigerator running. - Easy pairing to multiple devices (no dongle needed for PC as long as the PC has bluetooth capability internally) - SEAMLESS SWITCHING between devices. If I'm listening to the computer and receive a phone call, I simply mute the computer speakers (if in a Skype or Teams meeting) or pause the video or music app and answer the phone. Sound on the headphones switch immediately to the phone without doing ANYTHING. This seems to be a major complaint of other headsets. - There are controls to answer phone calls or start/stop music from the headset buttons as well. - The microphones (which are very important to me but rarely reviewed thoroughly) are quite good for a headset without a boom mic. My wired $15 Plantronics headset with a boom mic sounds better on the other end, but people report these sound better than any other Bluetooth headset they've heard when on a call. The call recipient can still hear outside noises through the mic but I am told it's not difficult to understand me, even if I am in a noisy / crowded coffee shop. - On a full charge I used these for 6+ hours of music and phone calls; the battery still says "high" which indicates they will last a long time. - The case is form-fit and decent quality. It's worth a few extra bucks if you're traveling. - I can wear glasses under the earcups without pain from pressure.
CONs: - For me, the headset is a bit too big. On the smallest adjustment, the earcups still pinch the tops of my ears slightly, making them uncomfortable after about an hour of use. If they were just a little smaller they'd be perfect. - I wish the ANC was better but based on tests I see for other headsets, I think it's on par with the current technology. The Bose 700s are likely a little better but not 6x better as the price would indicate.