March 12, 2018 by
When it comes to headphones, there are many camps: on-ear or over-ear, wired or wireless, flat or tuned, active or passive noise cancellation. Another big one is based on name brands and price. If you want the Beats logo on you ear cups, you’re going to be shelling out about $350 for a pair of Beats Studio3 over-ear wireless headphones.
Mixcder MS301 wireless headphones seem solidly built, and offer premium design touches like aluminum ear cups.
Mixcder offers an alternative for those who hesitate at dropping that kind of money, in the MS301 wireless headphones.
These are over-ear headphones with a solid and functional build. Ear cups are aluminum instead of plastic and they’re mounted to metal swivels that feel as though they’ll last. The adjustable headband and ear cups are well-padded and covered with black protein leather. Power buttons and music controls are mounted on the ear cups. Everything folds up for easy carrying, and a solid, zippered carry case came in the box.
The $59.99 price includes audio and USB cables, and a zippered hard carry case.
The kicker is the Mixcder MS301 headphones are priced at just under $60.
When headphones are that affordable, there’s a natural tendency to dismiss them as cheap knockoffs, but the Mixcder MS301 headphones are worth looking further at. First, the quality build is a good sign. I wasn’t able to find any points where I’d be concerned about premature failure or breakage. They aren’t as adjustable as some headphones --the ear cups swivel nearly 180-degrees and have a little room to pivot, but don’t rotate at all. However, they are comfortable to wear and the controls are easy to find and use.
Using my iPhone 7 Plus, wireless connectivity was almost instantaneous, and reliable. If want to connect with a cable, you have the option of doing so (assuming your smartphone actually has a headphone jack or you have the right dongle).
What About Sound Quality?
The Mixcder MS301 headphones are tuned to appeal to bass lovers. If you like the low end to always be the star attraction in the mix, you’ll probably be happy with these. The bass is pronounced, even at low volumes. Vocals weren’t drowned out, but high frequency details quickly disappear, especially with volume.
Listening to Roxy Music’s “Avalon” you get a pretty good feel for the approach. The bass line is strong, as are Bryan Ferry’s vocals and the drums. The guitars and horns are there, too but the really high frequency detail is lacking. Up until about 50% volume, everything is pleasant enough --although definitely bass-heavy and on the warm side. Beyond that, the bass increasingly takes over. Get up to about 70% volume and the bass overwhelms the mix with guitar, horns and synths mashing together unpleasantly.
Keep the volume down below 70% (which is still quite loud, frankly) and the audio is pretty decent. Definitely better than expected in this price range.
Ear cup-mounted audio controls are easy to find.
Mixcder MS301 Wireless Headphone Key Specs:
· 40mm drivers with 20Hz-20,000Hz frequency response
· <3% THD
· Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX support
· 500mAh Lithium battery rated at up to 20 hours play time
· Integrated microphone for phone calls
· Earcup-mounted audio controls
· Aluminum ear cups with swivel, padded protein leather covers
· Folding design
· Micro USB charge port (cable included), 3.5mm headphone jack (cable included)
· Hard carry case included
· MSRP $59.99
In terms of battery life, Mixcder says up to 20 hours of playback. That’s about right, although playback volume is going to have an impact on that. Standby time is claimed to be 2200 hours --however I wasn’t able to put that to the test... Charging from near zero took just over two hours.
Should You Buy Them?
You aren’t going to confuse the Mixcder MS301 wireless headphones with a pair of Beats, whether we’re talking design, looks, battery life or audio quality. And you won’t get advanced features like active noise cancellation or multi-device Bluetooth connection. But...
They aren't perfect, but the Mixcder MS301 wireless headphones are good value.
A pair of Beats Studio3 wireless over-ear headphones retails for $350, while the Mixcders have a $59.99 price tag. If you’re looking for a pair of wireless headphones that are comfortable, durable and sound decent (so long as you keep the volume reasonable) --with more than a hint of Beats inspired low end thump-- then these might just fit the bill. And save you nearly $300 in the process.
Disclosure: Mixcder provided headphones for evaluation but had no input into this review.
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Original Article: Mixcder MS301 Wireless Headphones Review: Big Bass At A Low Price
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