I generally carry a “Premium Headphone” in my rucksack, especially when it comes to cost. However, premium doesn’t always mean best, so I was intrigued to try these Soundcore Life Q20s.
I’ve used these headphones daily for a couple of weeks, and I generally start my day on a busy train commuting to work, of which I’ll either listen to a podcast, watch youtube or stream music.
After the train stops its a brief walk to work along various roadside routes… so the noise can be quite loud! I then usually chuck them on for an hour at lunchtime, then repeat the train journey home at the end of the day.
One thing I can say is these headphones instantly impressed me. The audio sounded good, and I could hear a lot of the notes, both highs and lows pretty clearly. I switched the ANC on and noticed a decrease in surrounding noise, audio levels were balanced slightly with the ANC on, but for my liking the audio wasn’t loud enough even at max volume. I want my ears to bleed when it cranks up to 11.
The other morning, for example, I was squished between a heavy breather and some poor bloke screaming down the phone, but with the ANC on, I was quietly watching the new Joker trailer I’d missed from a few days ago. Now sometimes, certain frequencies can slip through, but they aren’t enough to distract you.
The headphones themselves are comfortable and fit well around my ear, sealing in the audio and feel snuggly attached to me. I didn’t need to adjust the band along the top, even across the top of my baseball cap. These headphones are also light; they do feel a little plasticky, along with the volume controls and power buttons. However, they have a satisfying click when pressed. I did find the button placement a bit odd, I was always rocking the volume up rather than play/pause, but that’s probably just me.
The big feature of these headphones is the “BassUp” mode, which does exactly what it says on the tin, it cranks the bass up, and pretty much kills everything else! Unfortunately, as much as I like a good bit of bass, it drowns out the rest of the audio and spoils the enjoyment. So I didn’t use that again.
So what’s in the box?
Well, the headphones come in a nice fabric bag, with an internal velcro pouch for the micro USB- cable and the auxiliary lead. They then fold snuggly into this bag and tie together with a string cord.
As of this review, I’ve not charged them since I started using them and they still ping in at “battery high” whenever I turn them on, easily the best battery on headphones I’ve come across in a while.
These headphones are comfortable, and they have impressive audio, are coupled with decent noise cancellation and what seems like a massive battery life so far. I would definitely prefer a higher maximum volume and a better audio balance when you use BassBoost, but for £51.99, you would struggle to find a better product for less and in some cases, a lot more.
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