Bluedio has been making some fairly inexpensive, yet also underrated headphones for some time now. When I bought these I was looking for something that had Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) but didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I honestly had pretty much given up my search when I found these. The funny thing is the main thing that made me buy them wasn’t even that they had ANC. It was because they charge via USB-C. Oh did I forget to mention they are currently under $25 on Amazon. Should you rush out and get these? Let’s find out.
Normally when I do a review I like to include the unboxing experience. Well, there wasn’t much of an experience there. It was a brown box with the headphones inside and a couple extra pairs of ear tips. Nothing special, which is ok. I will say I was extremely unimpressed with the initial build quality. They feel very cheaply made, the ‘chrome’ on the earbuds is very obviously cheap plastic. As is the entire speaker housing. My first thought was ‘wow these feel every bit as cheap as a $20 pair of Bluetooth earbuds’. The cord is flat and goes into a neckband with the controls on the right side. You have your power, volume controls, and your ANC switch.
That was about 3 months ago. I have put these headphones through hell. Sweating, working, moving a lot, tossing them around, stepping on them (it was an accident), just about anything you can think of outside of running them over. Hell, my 1-year-old daughter thought they stretched. Ok maybe she didn’t but she was treating them like a Stretch Armstrong. Through all that, they have held up beautifully. Based on my initial thoughts I am pretty damn impressed.
Part of the user experience of using a pair of Bluetooth headphones is the initial pairing. It’s pretty much standard. You hold the power button until the light starts flashing and you pair it with your phone. The main reason I’m giving this its own section is the voice. I don’t know a whole lot about this, especially if my wife is reading, but the voice sounds like she should be on one of those 1-900 numbers you see late at night on Comedy Central. It’s not horrible, but the first time I heard it I was like ‘Woah…how you doin?’
Active Noise Cancellation
The original reason for my search was noise cancellation. We had just moved into a new building that had more of an open working environment. Noise cancellation was a must. I’ll be honest, my expectations were low. It had nothing to do with the brand. It had everything to do with the price. These have Bluetooth, ANC, and charge via USB-C for under $25. I definitely wasn’t looking for Bose quality noise cancellation. These were about on par with my expectations. Not a crazy amount of noise cancellation, but it did cancel out the hums of the fans and some of the busy noise. The sound quality takes a bit of a hit, but nothing too bad. I like the fact that it is toggled on/off with a switch, makes finding it that much easier.
This is pretty huge for a pair of Bluetooth headphones. At least for me. I don’t want to have to charge my headphones every time I want to use them. Bluedio claims a 12-hour battery life, and they’re not lying. While I didn’t actually time these, I would say 12 hours is probably a safe bet. I wouldn’t be surprised if they last longer than the advertised number. Very happy with the battery on these!
The sound quality on these both surprised me and met my expectations. Let me explain. The Bluedio TN has really good bass, that really wasn’t expected. I expected some obviously, but the ability to hit the deep notes surprised me in a very good way. It’s not ear drum rattling mind you, but definitely worth the price of admission. The mids and highs were just fine. Nothing mind-blowing, but that wasn’t expected. They do sound a bit muffled, something like if you were to cover your ears lightly. You can still hear everything, and it’s fairly clear, just not as crisp as it is when you uncover your ears. All that said, I have no real complaints with the sound quality. If you expect them to sound like say a $50 pair of earphones, you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for a decent cheap pair of Bluetooth headphones that have noise cancellation, I honestly don’t think you can do much better at under $50. Sure I have my gripes, but they are few and the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. Even take out the ANC, just having a pair of Bluetooth headphones that charge with a USB-C is awesome! I would definitely recommend these. If they ever break on me, I’ll buy another pair. I think it’s fair to say Bluedio has a winner. So to answer my original question of ‘Should you rush out and get these?’ Yes. Yes, you should.