Bluetooth audio products can take different forms at different prices, offering consumers several options to meet our needs. While some may go for Bose's top dollar, high-end items, others need a little under $ 100 or even $ 50. Affordable audio may be lucrative, especially if a customer can find it at their next Walmart. Growing up, the only name I knew in this particular market was Skullcandy, an edgy company focused on decent headphones and headphones that looked nice / cool but did not cost a whole ton.
Now we have come to another brand trying to grab the same kind of consumer. Wicked Audio has a growing line of wired and wireless audio devices, all geared to different price and application demographics. Today I have the Endo, a pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones under $ 50 (to be exact). Unfortunately, the low cost and the design are the only true salvation qualities ̵
I urge you, dear readers, to look elsewhere for affordable wireless headphones. There are many good opportunities out there.
Building quality and comfort
When talking about $ 100 on headphones, the quality of workmanship is often a major concern; It's one of the places where manufacturers tend to start cutting. It's not always bad, as in the case of the Phiaton BT 390, but this is the first place Endo uses the saying "you get what you pay for". Before we set off, let's briefly look at the design of this headphone.
The whole unit is a solid, dull black with the logo of Wicked on each cup. The simplicity of the design helps to suppress the nervous feeling when you say the company and product name. The endo is actually pretty harmless; it does not draw attention to itself or to you. The microUSB charging port, call / play buttons, power button, and 3.5mm port are all located on the bottom frame of the right cup.
Now back to workmanship. For one, the endo is made of cheap plastic, which is good because there is nothing really wrong with it. The real problems, however, are the hinges and the extensions in both arms. Since the Endo is technically "compact" because it can somehow fold, the first is the most frustrating. There are two points of articulation: one on the arms themselves, which allows the lower parts to fold in, and another on the part that holds the pinnae. Neither part is stuck, which means that the endo just flies around when held, and the earpieces do not stay in place because they are constantly swinging in their hinges. It reminded me of a very old pair of Skullcandy headphones (with the built-in, battery-powered AA subwoofer) after they reached a very venerable age and started snooping around when I picked them up. Considering that the Endo is a good ten years younger and brand new, I was incredibly disappointed. Locking hinges improve the impression of the quality of a product … who knows?
The other problem I have is that the arms do not stay in place after you have extended them. This means that both arms can become uneven, resulting in an uncomfortable fit and an undeniable feeling of frustration. While perhaps not the same solution as locking the hinges in place, I can not imagine that fixing this problem is so difficult.
Next, comfort is another aspect to consider, especially with headphones. My problems with the on-ear type are well documented at this time, but for those of you who do not know, I wear thick-framed glasses. These are usually fine, but if they are pressed under headphones that sit directly on my ears, discomfort is inevitable (headaches are not uncommon either). Therefore, I usually do not mind the headphones because they feel uncomfortable in this regard.
Thanks to the general lightheartedness of the Endo, the auricles are rarely left on. Whether they fidget in their hinges or the arm extensions do not stay in place, I had more moments when the headphones fell off than I would like. Even as they progressed, I noticed that they were worse in terms of sound insulation than other products of the same type.
Sound & Battery Life
No one expects affordable headphones to sound great, but surprises happen. For less than $ 100, I think the Phiaton BT 390 is an example of one of the better products. Wicked Audio did not manage to reach the level of Phiaton with the Endo – the best I can say is that the sound quality of the Endo is just boring. It is far from good.
Hollow and unbalanced are some of the best descriptions for the Endo, though things improve a little with the 3.5mm cable. The bass was too lean and gave no depth to the various audio files I tested (subgenres of metal, EDM, synthwave, podcasts, audiobooks). Mid and highs were out of balance and badly tuned, leaving a boring impression that continued throughout the audio I tested. Again, the Endo is not bad tonal, it's just boring.
Battery life is constant, but nothing special. Wicked Audio claims that the Endo will go about eight to nine hours, which is pretty accurate, but after the thirty hours after the BT 390 I was left disappointed. Although I've come to appreciate the battery life of wireless products after my recent audio review, the Endo has just that.
It takes me about a week to train eight to nine hours, even though I had to charge half of the headphones, because I also used them in the house and on walks / bike rides; Due to the problem that the endo did not stay on my ears and head, I decided that it would not be best to use it for walking. How much you can achieve in these eight to nine hours depends on how / when / where you use wireless headphones.
I suspect that some of them might be awarded for the price, but if there are other options that exceed the Endo for a little more money, it's hard to recommend what Wicked Audio offers here.
I have mentioned it several times, but Phiaton BT 390 is still the pair of headphones I would recommend for under $ 100. At $ 79.99 or $ 35 more than the Endo, you get triple the battery life, better sound, a more compact body, and superior build quality – even battery life makes the BT 390 better than the Endo.
I respect what Wicked Audio is trying to do, and I understand some of the attraction of the Endo, but that does not mean it's without flaws or cuts. It's hard to wear a headset with a clear conscience, which was a disappointment from the moment I took it out of the box.
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