Edifier W800BT Headphone Review
We’ve had a few Edifier products in the office recently, mainly speakers, such as the impressive Edifier R2730DB‘s, but now we move onto the next chapter, headphones. Yes Edifier make headphones, they have a few pairs in fact and all with one noticeable trend, they are very affordable. Now the speakers are very competitively priced for the quality but the headphones seen a little to affordable to me, so will they be any good? They sent over a pair of the W800BT bluetooth headphones, which we’ve seen online for between £30 & £40 and that’s VERY cheap for a pair of bluetooth headphones. Let’s open the box and find out if they are any good!
Pretty standard box, its sturdy enough and is covered with the usual design/specification information. Inside the box you get the headphones, a USB cable, a 3.5mm cable and instructions. They come in either a black, white or red finish. Spec wise, it includes both bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity, 40mm drive units in each earcup, built in lithium battery (35hrs playback) and on board buttons to adjust volume, playback control and answer calls. We got a black pair and I think they look really smart. They are mainly constructed from a matte/shiny plastic, but not the tacky looking type, has some silver trim and cushioned earcups/headband. They are very lightweight, feel relatively robust and have a good amount of flex to them. As always, the headband is adjustable and can be adjusted to suit your head. On the right earcup, there is the on/off button and the up/down buttons, plus the micro USB port and microphone. On the left is the 3.5mm input, in case your battery dies. Overall, it’s got quite a luxurious look and feel to them, which I did not expect when I found out the price tag.
Setting up headphones was easy, simply turn them on and then pair them to your bluetooth enabled music player. There is an indicator light on the on/off button to help ease the set up. Don’t forget to charge your headphones before hand! Plug them into the wall or your PC, the indicator light will go solid red, telling you they are charging. Charge time for me was about 3 hours and playback has been 15hrs plus, and still going strong. Don’t forget, if carry that provided 3.5mm aux cable, just in case your battery does die when you are on the move. Controlling your device via the headphones is easy, thanks to the push to use buttons on the ear cans.
As for sound performance, its good for the money and by that I mean, the sound quality is enjoyable, but it’s not great. The sound is clear, dynamic and loud, but its a little muddy in places and lacks a bit in the low end. The headphones soft padding make for a comfortable wear, over long duration’s and they offer a decent level of sound isolation, even though this isn’t a design feature. It’s worth noting the ear cans do not fold, nor is their a carry case provided.
We’ve been spoilt recently with the Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless & Bose Quietcomfort 35 ll but we’re talking big money with them, which the W800BT which are not. At a mere £40(ish), they are an absolute steal for what you get! Bluetooth connectivity with a very good battery life, comfortable, light, premium look and are enjoyable to listen with. If you are on a tight budget, I highly recommend these.
For more info, check out the official Edifier website.