Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

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Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review


Mentioned this before, but I feel like headphones are some of the most useful devices when you really consider everything they’re used for; gaming, movies, listening to music, etc.

Even when it comes to home theater, they’re particularly helpful for when you can’t exactly play your stuff out loud (especially if it’s late)

But being that they come in so many shapes, sizes, and form factors, choosing can be a bit of a hassle admittedly.

And while I’ve covered how to choose one before, today I wanted to specifically highlight a pair of headphones that I thought were a hidden gem of sorts.

They do some pretty interesting things that I honestly wasn’t expecting.

What was that?

Well we’ll get into it. This is the Cowin E7 active noise cancelling bluetooth headphones review.

 

 

Appearance

 

What’s In The Box/Unboxing

 

Features & Specs

 

Operation & Setup

 

Comfort & How They Fit

 

How Do They Sound?

 

Noise Isolation & Battery Life

 

Connection Quality

 

Call Quality

 

Likes

 

Dislikes

 

Final Thoughts

 

 

 

 

Appearance


Right off the bat, I think one of my favorite parts about the Cowin E7 has to be how they look.

To be honest I’m not even sure how to best describe them, but if I had to sum it up in a word, it’d be shiny.

Whether it’s the metallic black ear cups, or brighter metal trim around the first part of the headband and hinges, these headphones are really shiny.

But the great thing is it doesn’t look tacky either, they actually look and feel premium.

The one caveat though is that they pickup finger prints super easily so you’ll need to wipe them off regularly if that’s something that bothers you. But they come off pretty easily so it’s not that bad either.

The right ear cup also has the Cowin logo located on it on the right side, with an NFC logo situated off to the left.

Something else that’s kind of cool is that there’s a blue LED that acts as an indicator light for when the Bluetooth is connected. Though I will note that once it connects, it stays on, and once it’s on, it’s pretty bright honestly.

This might not matter to some people, but others might find it distracting so just figured I’d mention what I noticed.

The headband and cushions are plush, and they even look great too. I’ll get into that more in depth in the comfort & how they fit section though.

Overall from a purely cosmetic standpoint, these are a very attractive looking pair of headphones that have a very professional look about them.

It’s just that to maintain that look, you’ll often have to wipe them down to remove the barrage of fingerprints they often accumulate.

Still though, they look awesome, and if anything, looks even better in person.

Big thumbs up from me. 👍

 

 

What’s In The Box/Unboxing


So what exactly do you get when you open the box for the first time?

Well besides the headphones, you get a USB to mini USB charging cable, user guide, a 3.5mm headphone cable, and a nifty little drawstring canvas carrying case that you can use to store your headphones in.

As for the box itself, it’s pretty simple in presentation. The box is in matte black, with a shimmery outline of the headphones themselves on the front.

There’s also the E7 notation placed prominently in the middle, and the Cowin logo placed off to the left. On the inside of the box, the headphones sit in a soft black foam cut out that’s intended for additional protection.

It’s a simple but aesthetically pleasing box in my opinion. Nothing overly ostentatious or gaudy — just a simple, clean packaging. I think it looks really good personally.

 

 

Features & Specs


Features


So what features do the Cowin E7 have to offer?

Well quite a bit actually.

The first thing I think you’ll be happy to hear is that these headphones have full Bluetooth capability meaning you can listen to all of your favorite content wirelessly.

Better still, is the fact that you also have the option of using them wired since they come with a 3.5mm cable too.

Another really cool feature that these headphones have is Active Noise Cancellation technology (or ANC for short)

By using special built in circuitry, the E7s have the ability to cancel out loud background noise allowing you to hear more of what you want to hear and less of what you don’t.

In fact, this noise cancellation even does a great job with reducing the loud roar of an airplane cabin, making them great headphones for travel.

Even the loud hustle and bustle of traffic is greatly reduced, leaving just you and your content.

Plus the noise cancellation can be used in both wired and wireless modes.

There’s a a built in microphone so you can easily take your phone calls hands free without having to pause your music, and the built in NFC allows you to easily pair your headphones by simply being close to the device.

Battery life is great too, with a 750 mAh providing for about 30 hours of playtime per charge — meaning that much more time you get to enjoy your favorite content.

Quick charge is also a helpful feature supported here with a mere 10 minutes of charging giving an impressive hour of playback time.

The ear cups, which feature a professional protein ear pad can swivel 90 degrees and are placed over your ears, making these over the ear headphones.

There’s also proprietary 40mm large aperture drivers for truly deep and accurate bass.

 

Specs


The specs are as follows:

Impedance: 16 Ohms

Signal to noise ratio: >85dB

Frequency: 20 Hz – 20kHz

Power Supply: Lithium battery or Micro USB cable

Bluetooth 4.0

NFC Capability

Product Dimensions: 6.54 x 3.62 x 7.13 inches

Weight: 13.6 ounces

Charging times: Around 4 hours

Battery Depletion: Using Bluetooth without noise cancelling lasts around 30 hours

Using Bluetooth with noise cancelling lasts around 20 hours.

 

LED Colors & Their Meaning:

Blue & blinking means it’s turned on

Solid blue light means it’s paired

White means noise cancelling is active

Red means it’s charging

When the light is off, that means it’s fully charged

 

 

Operation & Setup


When it comes to using these headphones, they’re pretty easy to understand control wise. The controls are located on the right ear cup and are as follows:

Media Playback & Volume Functions


Function                                   How To Use It


Play/ Pause:                             Short press the multi function triangle button

Skip Forward:                           Short press the ➖ button

Skip Backward:                        Short press the ➕ button

Volume Up:                               Long press the ➕ button

Volume Down:                          Long press the ➖ button

 

 

Call Functions


Function                                     How To Use It


Answer a call:                           Short press the triangle button

End a call:                                  Short press the triangle button

Decline an incoming call:        Press triangle and hold 1-2 sec

 

To Answer a second incoming call & put the first call on hold:

While on the call, press the triangle button twice

 

Decline second incoming call & stay on the first call:

While on the call, press triangle & hold for 2 seconds

 

Switch Between Two Calls: 

With two active calls, press the triangle button twice

 

 

How To Use The Headphones & Noise cancelling modes


Noise cancelling mode               Description


Turn Noise Cancellation On:     Turn the switch on the bottom of the right ear                                                                      cup all the way to the right (NC)

Turn Bluetooth On:                     Turn switch to middle position (BT)

Turn Headphones Off:               Turn the switch to the right to turn off (OFF)

 

 

Setting Up The Headphones


In terms of how to put Cowin E7 headphones in pairing mode for use, this is also a fairly simple process luckily.

To turn on the headphones and use the bluetooth or noise cancelling feature, flip the switch on the bottom of the right ear cup to the appropriate position (the middle for Bluetooth & all the way to the right for noise cancellation)

Then make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your device and find the headphones in the menu of that device. Then simply click on the name to to pair the two.

The light will be blinking at first but will become a solid color when paired.

When using Bluetooth, this LED will be blue, and when using Bluetooth & noise cancelling simultaneously, this light will be white.

For setup using NFC, if the device supports NFC and it’s turned on in its respective menu, simply tap the device to the underside of the right ear cup (where the NFC logo is)

It may ask if you want to pair the headphones. Accept and it should pair the two.

To wipe the pairing history from all previously connected devices, press and hold the volume up and down buttons for 5 seconds. Then delete the headphones from the Bluetooth list in the menu of the primary connected device.

 

 

Comfort & How They Fit


The one thing I really love the most about these headphones is just how comfortable they are even after an extended period of time.

The ear cups are made of a plush protein leather-like material that feel soft to the touch, but aren’t too mushy to the point where they don’t offer much in the way of comfort at all. I’d say they’re right in the middle.

The major benefit of this material when compared with something like foam is the fact that it’s a lot more durable over time, meaning they should last a lot longer overall.

The downside of that though is that this durability comes at the expense of breathability.

After a few hours I’d notice my ears getting really warm and I’d have to take them off for a bit. I suppose that’s kind of a moot point though when considering the fact that every 1-2 hours it’s actually recommended that you take off your headphones for a few minutes so there’s that.

But I just thought that was something I’d point out.

However even during extended listening sessions, never once did they actually feel uncomfortable which is definitely a plus. The padded headband is made out of the same material and feels rigid and sturdy (in a good way)

In the past, I’ve had headphones where the headband would actually feel uncomfortable after just a few minutes due to not having enough cushioning but I’m happy to report that this certainly isn’t the case here.

It offers support, but is never overbearing to the point where you want to take them off. If anything I’d sometimes forget I even had them on so that’s certainly a testament to their quality

The headphones themselves feel pretty light too, but they still feel like a quality pair of cans. There’s unquestionably a high level of attention to detail here when it comes to the build quality which is very satisfying.

The ear cups also swivel 90 degrees and can be extended or shortened to accommodate a wide variety of head sizes.

I found that I didn’t really need to adjust them too much out of the box myself. They also didn’t press down on my head like some headphones can, which can introduce an irritating pressure over time.

These instead, sat over the ears comfortably without any issues.

So if you’re someone who values comfort when it comes to headphones, rest assured that you’ll find these very comfortable to wear.

 

 

How Do They Sound?


But the most important thing, how do these headphones sound?

To be honest, I would say that they definitely sound great. They also do favor the bass side of the spectrum so keep that in mind.

The full answer as to how they sound though is actually pretty multifaceted so let’s dig a little deeper to get a better idea of what I mean exactly.

 

Bass/Sub Bass


So I just made mention of this before, but the bass in the Cowin E7 is very pronounced make no mistake about it.

If you prefer a neutral sound signature this certainly isn’t that. However if your you’re a basshead or even just enjoy an extra oomph in the low end from time to time then you’ll really enjoy these.

The E7s are a very fun pair of headphones with characteristically punchy mid bass and a very substantive amount of sub bass.

The bass isn’t sloppy either, it’s tight and controlled but has just enough kick to be really satisfying.

Even with that in mind, it’s never overbearing to the point where it becomes fatiguing or anything. The other frequencies shine too, it’s just that the low end helps round it out in a hearty way.

What I found particularly interesting about these headphones though was just how well they responded to EQ.

Using a music player with equalization settings really makes these headphones come alive with bass sounding stronger, and a more engaging soundstage overall.

So if you have the ability to do so, definitely recommend EQ’ing them.

Still, right out of the box, the different layers of bass that these have to offer sound great, and at higher volumes it becomes something that’s actually tangible rather than audible.

Even movies sound awesome with these, with the action on screen really making you feel like you’re actually there.

 

Midrange & Vocals


Another interesting tidbit when it comes to these headphones is how they handle voices.

Whether it’s movies, music, etc, voices tend to have a very warm tone to them but still manage to sound clear without sounding muffled.

Now some may be conflicted when it comes to this, especially if you happen to be an audio purist, but I personally feel as the midrange is handled adequately.

Funnily enough, when the active noise cancellation is turned on, this warmth is actually dialed back a bit causing the headphones to have a slightly more neutral sound signature.

But regardless, the quality of the voices themselves is very detailed, and doesn’t get lost in the mix at all.

 

Highs & Treble


The higher end side of the frequency is also interesting because while it sounds good, the highs can sometimes pretty recessed admittedly.

More intricate sounds certainly come through loud & clear, but at the higher ranges, it misses that sparkle that a more neutral or even brighter sounding headphone would have.

There’s certainly more than enough clarity to immerse you, and it’s probably something you may not even notice. But to the trained ear, it’s perceptible.

But like I mentioned before, and what’s particularly great about these headphones is how well they respond to equalization.

A few tweaks and these sound absolutely phenomenal with a lot of the darker tint now gone and more resolvable clarity when it comes to the treble.

 

 

Noise Isolation & Battery Life


How well does the noise cancellation work though? I’d say it works really well actually.

Wearing them around, I’d notice voices completely disappeared even when nothing was playing. Ambient noises in general were reduced immensely, and all but the loudest of noise were audible.

That’s the thing too, if someone’s shouting or a car is beeping a horn close by, you’ll still hear it — it’ll just be dampened a lot. It certainly makes a difference though and it’s something you really grow to appreciate.

When it comes to tamer noises at lower decibel levels like conversations or the hum of an AC, they’re reduced to essentially silence — making these a great pair of headphones for when you need to study in peace or want to read a book for example.

The noise cancellation is actually really impressive.

Even without using the noise cancellation feature, the fact that these are over the ear headphones and not on ear variants gives a sound isolation advantage by proxy.

With NC turned off, ambient noise was still mitigated a good amount when compared with not wearing them, so even using them as standard headphones will provide for a quieter experience.

I will say though that at very high volumes there is a little of sound leakage, but it was only noticeable when really cranking it.

At moderate volumes, it was pretty much a non issue.

Battery life was something else that I was also quite impressed with as with moderate use, they’d last me a few days before I’d need to recharge.

Quick charge worked well too, with a ten minute top up giving me an hour of playback time. Even on those days where I didn’t have time for that, the fact that I could still use them wired via the 3.5mm cable was pretty awesome.

 

 

Connection Quality


As for the the actual connection quality when connecting via Bluetooth, I had no issues there either. It connected fast and maintained a stable connection even from 35 feet away.

Would have nice if it supported Bluetooth 5.0 or even 4.1 though since those are a little more efficient when it comes to battery life and the distance you can be from a device.

But with regard to being stable, the connection itself was maintained without issue.

 

Call Quality


Lastly call quality was pretty clear too. It wasn’t as clear as using the phone’s speaker, but the other person on the line had no issues with hearing what I was saying.

The voice on the other side sounded decent too, and I was able to make out their words easily.

All in all, call quality worked well.

 

Likes


  • Noise cancelation that actually works
  • Clear sound quality
  • Strong bass
  • Great battery life
  • Can be used wired or wirelessly
  • Attractive appearance & comfortable

 

Dislikes


  • Picks up fingerprints very easily
  • Highs can sometimes be a little recessed
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • No USB C

 

Final Thoughts


Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this Cowin E7 active noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones review and with it, now have a better idea of whether or not these are the headphones for you.

In my opinion they offer superb sound quality, great bass, and a useful noise cancellation that actually silences ambient noise —making them great for those moments when you just want some time to yourself.

They definitely get a huge recommendation from me.

But if you have any further questions or comments, definitely feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to help.

That’s it for this one though.

Until next time.

Make it easy, keep it simple. 😁

 

Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

 

 

 

 

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