Edifier is not a well-known brand in the US but the Chinese manufacturer produced some decent audio products and you can easily buy them in the States now. I’m more surprised as their headphones and speakers are highly rated on Amazon and most of them have very affordable prices.
The Edifier H840 is my first product from the brand and I’m really curious to figure out how the low-budget headphones perform.
Design & Features
My initial impressions of the product are quite terrible. Firstly, I don’t like the clear plastic packaging because it is not so environmentally friendly and its sharp edges almost cut my fingers. Later when I took the headphones out of the box, I’m a little disappointed as the headphones feel cheap as most of the exterior are plastic. Besides, the audio cable is connected to both of the earcups, so the whole unit looks more cluttering when you place the headphones on the table. Notably, the cable is undetachable, so you will be in big trouble when it is broken.
Although Edifier stated that these are over-ear headphones, the earcups are not big enough to cover my ears and earpads are also thinner than most other headphones in the category. Fortunately, the H840 is extremely lightweight, so my ears are still comfortable after wearing it for about 1 hour.
After a lot of disappointments in design and build quality of the Edifier H840, my level of expectation dropped dramatically when testing the sound quality. Surprisingly, the H840 doesn’t sound that bad.
I used the H840 in the last 2 weeks with my Macbook and iPhone 6S Plus. This is absolutely not producing a life like music experience, but it is quite fun to use, especially after you’ve used headphones with neutral tones for a while.
There are a lot of bass responses coming from the 40mm drivers and as you expected, the bass is totally overwhelming the mids and highs. Besides, the bass is not so tight and punchy. Therefore, you shouldn’t look for a clean and clear sound here. However, I know that a lot of music listeners will enjoy the sound and you also can use EQ to lessen the bass.
- Low price
- A lot of bass
- Cheap materials
- Undetachable cable
- Not suitable for long listening session
The Edifier H840 targets the low-end market but it still has a lot of tough competitions from more popular brands like Sennheiser or Sony. The headphones are not bad but I will absolutely prefer a more fashionable pair.