Edifier has been a well-established brand in the audio industry, however, most of their successful products are speakers. The manufacturer has made some headphones and they have actually received quite positive reviews on Amazon. I had a chance to review the Edifier W860NB active noise-canceling headphones without the knowledge of their price. Let’s see how they perform.
Design & Features
The Edifier W860NB comes in a nice carrying case, along with accessories like the audio cable, a micro-USB charging cable, and an airplane adapter. They are quite good-looking at first, especially in the gold color and creamy leather. The earcups can be folded flat for easier storage. However, after some examination, I found out some problems in the design and build quality.
Firstly, the earcup and headband housing is made of plastic and the painting might get scratched easily if you’re not careful when handling the headphones. They might look terrible after a few months of normal usage, especially when you toss them in your backpack without the protective case. However, these are very durable headphones as I can stretch and twist the headband without damaging it.
The earcups are well-padded and although they use synthetic leather, they still feel very soft on my head. Having said that, the leather is not breathable, so it can make your ears sweat after a while. If you plan to use the headphones in an air-conditioned room or in any cool place, you won’t have any complaint since the headphones are lightweight and comfortable.
Besides, I really hate the rubber flap covering the charging port and the power button. The flap is inconvenient when I need to recharge the headphones, then I need to look carefully to plug the micro-USB in the right direction. I have to press and hold the power button to turn on the headphones, and if I hold it too long, it could turn to the pairing mode and I will need to repair the headphones again.
The W860NB feature touch controls on the right earcup. They really help reduce the number of buttons around the earcups and make the look much cleaner. I can double tap on the earcup to play/pause, swipe left/right to skip tracks, and swipe up/down to adjust volume. Everything works pretty well.
The battery life of the W860NB is truly amazing. According to the manufacturer, it could last up to 25 hours with enabled active noise-cancellation and 45 hours in the wireless mode only. In my test, I can use the headphones for 2-3 weeks without recharging.
The Edifier W860NB has some similar sonic characteristics as the previous Edifier H840 that I tested a few years ago. It produces a neutral tone with a slight boost in the lows. The bass is not really tight and punchy as I expected, it is slightly boomy but still doesn’t make the sound muddy. In fact, the lows are way better than most cheap bass-heavy headphones on the market, at least, they are not overwhelming other frequency ranges.
On the other hand, the mids and highs are very well presented. The mids are clear and warm while the highs are just bright enough to reveal details while not causing treble spikes. The soundstage is fairly good for closed-back headphones.
The performance of active noise cancellation is impressive and you even don’t need to play music to block noises from the outside. Moreover, I don’t hear any hissing sound when music is not playing, everything is silent as the W860NB effectively reduce low-frequency humming noise of machines, air conditioners, fans, or vehicles on the street.
Again, I didn’t know the price of the headphones during the test. Later, I searched for them on Amazon and was quite surprised that they cost just over $100. I guessed that they would cost somewhere in the $200 range because they are quite capable wireless headphones with active noise-cancellation.
- Clean look
- Excellent battery life
- Neutral sound
- Reasonable price
- Good noise-canceling performance
- Plastic housing
- Boomy bass
The Edifier W860NB headphones are a great deal for the price, considering the fact that some other wireless noise-canceling headphones might cost $100-$200 more. We at TechWalls highly recommend the product.