OneOdio is not necessarily a household name in the audio space, but the company has shown dedication and commitment to producing products that excel in delivering good sound quality at an affordable price. The OneOdio A10 headphones are a testament to this fact, offering an impressive feature-set and performance that makes them an intriguing option for music lovers on a budget.
Disclosure: We received the headphones directly from the manufacturer as a courtesy for review purposes. However, the review is intended to provide honest, unbiased insights about the product, based on personal experiences and observations.
Design & Features
Out of the box, the A10 headphones immediately draw attention with their sleek, minimalist design. The headphones come in a neat, matte black finish with well-placed silver accents that give them a professional and somewhat premium feel. The inclusion of a foldable design is a nice touch, making the headphones portable and travel-friendly. They can be stored compactly in a solid carrying case. In terms of build quality, it is quite impressive for such budget headphones, with no creaking while wearing the headphones.
The comfort factor has been clearly considered during the design process with soft, plush earpads and an adjustable headband that can easily accommodate various head sizes. However, these are absolutely not the most comfortable headphones on the market as I start feeling the heat and pressure on my ears after just about 30 minutes.
On the functional front, the controls are conveniently placed. Three buttons on the right ear cup manage volume, power, and pairing, while a single button on the left ear cup controls the ANC. The headphones also offer two ports – a headphone jack on the right and a USB-C connection on the left, for both wireless and wired modes.
One of the key features of the A10 is the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) technology. At this price point, one might expect this feature to be gimmicky, but surprisingly, the ANC on the A10s is rather effective. While it might not rival high-end models like BOSE QuietComfort 35 II, it does a respectable job of reducing ambient noise in various environments.
Another useful feature is multi-point connection which allows me to connect the headphones to my laptop and iPhone at the same time. I no longer have to repair every time I need to switch an audio source. Unfortunately, somehow the connection to my MacBook is inconsistent as I experience interruption very often; The connection to my iPhone doesn’t have this issue.
Battery life is one of the strengths of the OneOdio A10. OneOdio boasts up to 40 hours of battery life with ANC and Bluetooth on and real-world usage gets very close to that, sitting at around 35 hours. That’s quite a good achievement, especially considering the price.
The OneOdio A10 headphones are equipped with 40mm drivers, which is standard for full-sized headphones. The sound quality of the OneOdio A10 might not satisfy audiophiles but it is still smooth and enjoyable for the majority of listeners. Many actually prefer the warm and rich sound like what the headphones deliver.
They have a strong V-shaped signature with boosted bass and treble. The bass is not as fast and punchy as I expected while the soundstage is not really impressive and the mids often sound slightly recessed and distant. My ears often get fatigued only after 45-60 minute listening sessions.
In conclusion, the OneOdio A10 headphones are a mixed bag. While their sleek design, solid build, and impressive battery life make them a contender in the budget headphone market, they fall short in terms of comfort and sound quality. They are not comfortable for prolonged wear, and their strong bass and treble might not appeal to everyone. However, these are among the most affordable ANC headphones on the market and we can’t complain much at the $79 price tag.
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