Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones are expensive. If you are checking out some options on the market, you might end up seeing a price tag of a few hundred bucks. The Topdon TP550 Bluetooth headphones cost just $59 and were just released a few months ago.
However, they are already pulled out of Amazon. What went wrong with the product?
Design & Features
The Topdon TP550 are circumaural headphones, so the earpads will enclose your ears, instead of sitting on them. I’m quite impressed with the build quality of the headphones, taking into consideration the fact that they cost less than $60.
The exterior is made of plastic mostly but it still looks great because it uses a soft-touch material. You can also see fabric with carbon fiber pattern on the outside of earcups and headband. Therefore, they look much more appealing than other Chinese headphones.
I also appreciate that the headphones are extremely lightweight. Honestly, I could wear them for hours without sweating or hurting my ears.
On the left earcup, we can spot a noise-cancelling switch and a microUSB port for charging. On the right earcup, there are a volume rocker, a multifunction button, and a 3.5mm AUX-in port. In case the battery is dead, you still can plug in the audio cable and keep enjoying your music.
The battery life of the Topdon headphones is impressive. The built-in 500mAh battery could power the headphones for up to 18 hours of music playback. The battery life is shorter when you turn on the noise-cancelling feature.
The most interesting feature of the Topdon headphones is, of course, noise-cancelling and I was so excited to test it. I couldn’t believe such cheap headphones could be equipped with the feature. Unfortunately, its performance is underwhelming. I tried comparing the noises when turning on/off the feature but I can still hear a lot of noises after enabling this feature. Probably it could block about 10% of ambient noises but the difference is insignificant.
Another problem is that the music sounds worse when turning on the noise-cancelling feature. It sounds muddy, boxy and congested and you will absolutely want to turn it off immediately. I’m quite disappointed as I have to disable the most interesting feature of the headphones.
The music is much better after that. However, the sound is still too flat and makes the headphones less enjoyable. The bass response is nearly non-existent and the treble is not really bright. These headphones are not suitable for bassheads or anyone listening to modern genres like EDM.
Another issue of the headphones is that the music experience is ruined by occasional interruptions. The Bluetooth receiver of the headphones is obviously a bad one. The Bluetooth range is not as long as other wireless headphones and it is also inconsistent even when I stay close to my smartphone.
- Clean design
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Long battery life
- Noise-cancelling feature doesn’t work well
- Inconsistent Bluetooth connection
- Flat sound
The Topdon TP550 Bluetooth Headphones are no longer available and we also don’t recommend this product because the most important features don’t work like expected.