If you are gearing up to get your new iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, or just enjoy wireless headphones, but don’t want to spend a small fortune, you should check out 808’s Audio Ear Canz.
An affordable pair of wireless headphones that only cost $49.99, the Ear Canz I had the opportunity to review are great if you’re going to gym, walking to work, or just even your casual listen at your desk. The look and feel of the Ear Canz are everything that you’d expect from a brand of headphones not made in an odd fashion such as the Airpods, and easily fit my ears on the first try. 808 was nice enough to include three ear tips as well as three custom in-ear holders that keep the earphones themselves stabilized when you’re in motion. The cable itself is flat which is a which means there will be no tangling while in your bag, and the soft material makes nice with your neck during a run, and is resistant to sweat like standard cables on the market. Rather than put the volume control in the earphone themselves like most companies are now doing, they stuck to leaving them on the wire, which I think should just be standard. An added bonus is the fact that 808 has their own volume control, which means you can raise the volume on the headphones themselves without raising the volume on the phone which actually can distort the listening experience.
The Ear Canz promise to give you up to six hours of battery life on a full charge which is what you’d pretty much get across the board for all “wired-but-Bluetooth” headphones out there. I used the Ear Canz for a solid week every day while running, and they worked perfectly for about an hour or two run at a time. Obviously if you’re prone to listening to your Bluetooth headphones from the point you wake up for your commute and throughout the day, your listening experience could change, but still six hours is just enough to get you through a flight, or at least the bulk of your day without needing to grab the included charger cable. Obviously, if they die out on you, 808 has included a carrying pouch that’s a nice material and will house them when they are not in your ears.
Overall listening with the Ear Canz is what you would expect from an earphone that is in the $50-below range, but that’s actually a good thing. Listening to music doesn’t sound muffled, and when sweat gets into the ear piece there’s no warped feedback while listening to music. The calling feature works as expected, and if you have to be hands-free, they are a great audio quality to have while on the move. I personally use my 808 Ear Canz now daily while on my runs, and for $49, if I ever lose them, I know I would easily be able to replace them. Can’t say the same about those marked up Airpods though.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: Sweat resistant, and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time
What Needs Improvement: Bass could be a little heavier (personal opinion)