If there is a manufacturer of audio accessories for smartphones and tablets that has made great strides in quality in recent years, it is certainly MPOW. There are many headphones from the manufacturer that the Cyberlayman editors have tested over the years, but probably the one we are about to tell you about is really one of the best, if not the best. For everything, for value for money, for construction, for sound quality. Certainly not perfect, but for what they cost we have one word: incredible.
MPOW is a manufacturer that has always offered users well-made, not high-end products, but at an absolutely reasonable price. With the H16 ANC headphones, in our opinion, it has really taken a step forward. The sales package does not reserve any particular surprises, and in addition to the charging cable and the jack cable, it offers a soft velcro case for transport, useful if you have to put it in a suitcase or inside of a backpack. The headphones are foldable and therefore are particularly suitable for transport, taking up very little space.
The design of the MPOW H16 is particularly successful. Certainly not original or too sophisticated, also because within this crowded market it would be really difficult to propose something new. At sight, however, these are headphones that can be looked at well, with elongated ear cups, which we can immediately label as comfortable, enveloping, to be kept in the ears even for the entire viewing of a film.
Obviously, the main material is plastic, although we would like to specify that it is a good plastic: sturdy, well assembled and particularly comfortable to the touch, so much so that it turns out to be headphones of medium-high quality.
The lightness of the headphones and the elongated oval pavilions are immediately appreciated, with a weight of just 259 grams absolutely well distributed. Nice looking, well built, but how do they sound?
Probably even better than you might expect. Even if the aesthetics and construction bode well, when worn they give back a feeling that is not expected from a product of this price.
The audio quality and power delivered are remarkable, more the quality than the power. The volume is still very high, but what is most surprising is the composure of the sound, where there is nothing out of place. Obviously they are not headphones for audiophiles, but the sound result is exceptional. The headphones, turned on, create an almost total isolation effect, no longer being able to understand a single word of the speaker standing next to us or in front of a few centimeters. The clean high tones, the distinct and perfectly perceptible mids and lows that pump clearly, but without being too intrusive and annoying. The sound is, therefore, particularly balanced, in all, and overall the quality is excellent.
Even at the maximum volumes you never run into any sound distortion, everything remains extremely clean and composed, with present and incisive medium and low highs, but never invasive.
There is also the button dedicated to noise cancellation, which on a low cost headset always generates a certain curiosity. As easy to understand, this is not the key feature of the headphones, even if the activation of the audio profile significantly changes, with evident loss of bass. The sound seems almost duller, less enveloping, but this mode manages to reduce sound in the lowest and most constant tones, while leaving other sounds audible. If you are looking for headphones that have noise canceling as your favorite quality, then the H16 may disappoint you, but overall the sound quality of this device is exceptional.
Probably, the H16 will prove to be a valid ally on the train, plane or bus, both with the ANC mode, and without, where the sound is so enveloping and full-bodied that it will completely isolate you from the surrounding buzz. To tell the truth, we are “attacking” noise cancellation as “against”, because we would have nothing else to report to you in the negative. This is just a small note, which we cannot fail to do, but on which in fact we cannot bet too much, considering that H16 cost less than 50 euros.
Instead, we prefer, with extreme sincerity, to recommend them unreservedly: if you are looking for a good pair of over-ear headphones, we can only indicate these MPOWs as soon as you try them.
MPOW H16 are competitive noise canceling headphones with exceptional audio quality. We would like to recommend them to those who need basic noise canceling functions, to work in the office, to travel by train or plane: the isolation effect is almost total, and in most situations you will be able to completely alienate yourself from the surrounding environment.
Of course, we also recommend them for watching movies: during the tests we tested Netflix with excellent results, with the headphones that were up to par, also from the point of view of comfort, as well as from the sound one, able to emphasize the better background sound effects.
Price and availability
The MPOW H16 ANC headphones with noise cancellation and soft case included in the package, are available at a price of 49.99 euros starting from this Amazon page.