Today I opened my mailbox to another wireless audio product from our friends at ZENBRE. The ZENBRE H6 Foldable Bluetooth Headphones. These are full old school looking over the ear padded earmuffs designed for the audio enthusiast who wants clear sound with almost complete outside noise reduction. Let’s take a closer look…
In The Box:
When one opens the ZENBRE H6 Bluetooth headphone retail box, the first thing one sees is the Black semi hard shell carrying case. It’s about purse sized, and with a strap which makes it even more purse like. I don’t think that’s ever going to leave the house. Unzip that and inside you will find the ZENBRE H6 headphones, as well as the ubiquitous USB charging cable which can plug into a pc, laptop, or any USB charging block then attach to the H6 foldable headphones to charge. Charging is about 3 hours for the initial charge. The ZENBRE H6 headphones are rated at up to 20 hours play time (24 hours at 50% volume), up to 400 hours of standby time, and when battery power is low, the LED will blink red. The LED is blue when the headphones are fully charged.
If you are out and about when the power dies, you can attach the ZENBRE H6 to your audio device using the 3.5 mm auxiliary cord included in the package. While this allows you to continue to use the headphones to listen, all of the function buttons are disabled in this mode. I’ll talk about any obvious audio differences later. The headphones do have the ability to fold either flat as you can see in the photo to the left, or curled up like a ball. (they need to be flat to fit in the carrying case properly). The case also has enough extra room and an elastic netting to add an audio or video player, or a portable video game system if you like. There is also the multi language instruction book in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as a card inviting one to review the product or join their club. I’ll mention the club details at the end of the article but if you read my earlier ZENBRE H4 Speaker review you are familiar with the offer.
But, But, Buttons
The ZENBRE H6 Foldable BT headphones have some really simple controls which should be familiar to anyone using Bluetooth headphones or earbuds in the last year. There is an actual On/Off switch instead of a button, click it “on” and let’s start: The LED will start blinking Red/Blue.
That means it’s ready for pairing with your various devices. The ZENBRE H6 Headphones use Bluetooth v4.2 so it’s easy to connect to just about anything (note: unlike other Bluetooth Headphones which I’ve tested lately, the H6 does not support multi device connections). I paired it easily with my various phones, and tablets easily.
Get your device ready to pair by scanning: when you see ZENBRE H6 on the list, click it and the pairing was fast with everything I used. iPads, Android, Kindle Fire HD, or various Android OS tablets, they all connected easily and quickly. My Samsung Galaxy phone was no problem, and it allowed me to not only listen to music, or video content, I could answer those annoying telemarketing phone calls which always interrupt me. And it also allowed me to REJECT.
Like every headphone, earbud, or similar I’ve tested in the last several years: the controls are on the right earpiece. Starting front to rear that includes The power switch, the microphone (for phone calls or Skype/Facetime), the USB charging port, the LED indicator, volume down or previous track, volume up or next track, and the play/pause button. The left earpiece has the 3.5 mm aux input jack for powerless listening.
The buttons of course have multiple functions when using your phone. play/pause one click answers or hangs up the phone and a long press on that button will reject an incoming call. Two fast clicks on the play/pause will redial last call, and two clicks on the volume down button will mute the microphone. Finally, if you push volume up/down, and play/pause at once, all call records are cleared on the ZENBRE H6. That’s the details: how do they sound?
No Harsh Words
I found the sound quality of the ZENBRE H6 Foldable Bluetooth Headphones in Bluetooth mode to be better than average. They are utilizing a 40mm driver which seems to be able to I can hear the highs and lows, clearly and cleanly. The stereo imaging is obvious. There is definite bass enhancement, most likely from the “resonance chambers” in each earpiece of the ZENBRE H6 Headphones. No matter which device was paired, no matter the volume, they were never going to tear my head off. That has both benefits and drawbacks. When directly connected through the included aux cable, they definitely get louder, to the dangerous and potentially harmful levels. The noise reduction seems to be working well in Bluetooth mode.
I listened to rock, rap, pop, metal, jazz, classical, old school, new school, and no school. They sound good with every flavor and the bass is kicking. The H6 headphones lasted for hours longer than I was able to wear them. They aren’t really heavy, but they aren’t really light, either. The very adjustable headpieces allowed for a very comfortable fit and I could wear them during my daily life without feeling overwhelmed by the weight. I usually only wear over the ear headphones when mixing either live sound or in the studio so I am used to wearing devices like this for hours and hours. The ZENBRE H6 Foldable headphones could easily be worn for hiking, exercising or even running, but I did find that the earpieces got a bit warm and sweaty if I was moving too much.
End of the Day
The ZENBRE SoundBank H6 Foldable Bluetooth Headphones will meet the needs of many audio enthusiasts for several reasons. The first being that they don’t cost 300 dollars. At just under 70 dollars you get a nice, comfortable pair of over the ear, wireless headphones with noise reduction, which you can still use if the battery dies. They have full range sound with some bass enhancements like most consumer Headphones and for most consumers that’s exactly what they want. There is a large difference between the volume levels between the Bluetooth signal and the direct connection via the aux input which is important to understand if one was listening at full volume when the battery died. Turn it down before you plug it in directly for the sake of your ears. I’ll give them a 9 out of 10 for the few issues with a reasonable price. I won’t be carrying the purse any time soon.
Join the Club
ZENBRE has a unique offer for its customers: You can join the ZENBRE Exclusive User Club and potentially receive new and exciting free merchandise as a member of their customer based focus group. All it requires is an active Amazon account. Seems like a great opportunity for the motivated electronics consumer to stay on the cutting edge and save money.
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*Average price is based on the time this article was published
|Package Dimensions||9.6 x 8.4 x 3 inches|
|Item Weight||1.72 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
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