P6 Wireless On-the-Ear Headphones: Wireless headphones that provide you more than you paid for.

One thing I have learned over the past few years is that you often get what you pay for. That is, quality and cost tend to correlate with one another. However, what if you could get quality and affordability In one package? I have had the pleasure of testing numerous pairs of headphones: over-the-ear (circumaural), on ear (supra-aural), in ear (intra-aural), stereo/mono, wired/wireless, cheap throw away to expensive. It is by personal preference, that I often choose the Apple EarPods vs my Bose supra-aural AE2 for music. I like them for their portability and their sound quality/noise reduction. They also do not tend to be as bulky. I have been given the pleasure of reviewing the P6 Wireless Supra-aural Headphones. I was very surprised with the value of these headphones, they truly do provide you more bang for your buck.

P6 Wireless On-the-Ear Headphones Review

The P6 stereo Bluetooth headphones arrived in an eye catching cardboard box, with clear plastic display. I am a fan of the packaging that allows you to see the product and to appreciate the device you are purchasing. The black headphones with blue accent, stand out from the white backing and are quite impressive. The outer clear plastic is easily removed and the headphones can be lifted from the underlying cardboard. Beneath the cardboard, you will find the USB charging cord, auxiliary line cord and the users manual. The users manual is written in both English and Chinese. The English is passable, yet obviously not the primary language. This is not a big deal. As stated, it is passable and understandable.

I am a fan of over-the-ear or on-ear headphones. I tend to prefer these for longer use than earbud style earphones. I find it difficult to find earbuds that remain in the ear and are comfortable for long periods of times. I do like the Apple EarPods and I like the tree style inserts on some of the earphones. When I want to listen in comfort I have turned to my AE2 Bose wired headset, as they have not failed me yet. I honestly feel that the P6 has quite a bit of similarity to the AE2. The ear cuffs are very well padded, they cover the ear well without compressing the ear too much. This will likely not be as comfortable as around the ear style (circumaural) if you have earrings or if you wear glasses. I do not have either so this is purely speculation.

P6 Wireless On-the-Ear Headphones Review

There is a listed L and R on the inside plastic of the headphones allowing you to properly position the set. There is also a hinge on either side which allows these to fold into a more compact and portable system. This is convenient and honestly I was impressed that this was an option on these headphones. I really like the folding nature of the P6 as they can be more easily put into a backpack or bag for storage. Honestly, it is these small inclusions that I look for in products. These are the small details that separate the good companies and the good products form the mediocre.

The buttons are clearly and conveniently marked on the outside of the left ear cuff. I like that when you depress and hold the power/mode button you are greeted by a female voice stating “Bluetooth mode, connected.”. Hold this again and it alerts you “Power Off.” Have you ever tried to find out if your set is actually off? Some products do not make this easy. I like the power save feature that this provides. Knowing the device is powered off, helps you to conserve power for later use. Again, another feature that is greatly appreciated. The buttons on the outside of the left ear cuff include power/Mode, volume/forward/rev buttons, pause/play/skip button (music) and answer/end phone calls options easily accessible. They have a very responsive click feel to give you some haptic sense that you are pushing a button.

P6 Wireless On-the-Ear Headphones Review

I don’t know about you, but it never fails that my wireless devices run out of power. I forget to put them on charge, or overestimate how much battery is remaining. The company seems to have thought about this too and included an auxiliary input at the base of the left ear cup. Even more importantly, they include the cable for you. This is yet another really nice feature that is included. I have used this device both in wireless and wired mode. The sound is just amazing.

These headphones are quite comfortable, using foam around the ears and along the top of the headphones. I tend to be rather disappointed with headphones that fail to pad the plastic piece that rests on the top of your head. These headphones do not let me down. The P6 headphones tend to adjust nicely, sliding into themselves. I have had these headphones on for 2 hours now without any sort of fatigue from them.

There is a little LED light just next to the Aux Input port on the bottom of the Left Ear cup. This was not immediately noticeable with the lights on. When I turned off the lights, I noted a blue LED and found it to be the “on” indicator. While charging this LED is RED and will turn off when completely charged. It is uncertain how long it takes for these to charge. I noted the light remained on at about 2 hours of charging and it was off at 4 hours, when I checked again. The instructions note charge time 1.5 hours with muscle time of about 5hours and standby time of 30 hours. Remember to turn off the device to conserve power.

P6 Wireless On-the-Ear Headphones Review

I am not an audiophile by any means, but I do appreciate some good mucus. I absolutely love this pair of headphones and they are incredibly comfortable. I do like the foam cups on the Bose AE2 a little better, yet the sound is a really closely comparable. When I get a new set of headphones I love to test them against a few songs. One of my all time favorites is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen as I love the play on stereo with the call/response jumping between the ear cups. If you have not experienced this feature, I highly recommend it.

I like to listen to a few songs to test out some of the sound features of my headphones. Having  played Euphonium (Baritone Family) in music ensembles for 8 years, I have come to appreciate instrumental music. I find that cheaper headphones sound tinny when the volume is increased and are really lacking in quality in the bass arena. Also they are hard to differentiate individual sounds. My favorite 3 sound tracks are “Far and Away, Braveheart, Gladiator.” These sound tracks tend to have some fantastic bass, drums, instrumental, which will allow you to test the natural sounds of the head phones. I was really impressed with the bass of these speakers. If you don’t believe me, check out “Why So Serious? The Joker Theme The Dark Knight soundtrack. From 3:27 the music builds and builds like a train. I have had speakers that you cannot hear anything up until about 4 minutes. A good test of the bass of your device is to listen to this track or to listen to the Gladiator soundtrack, which both are glorious on the p6. As stated above, with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” you can also get the call response like process with “Why So Serious? The Joker Theme the Dark Knight about about the 1:30 mark. This is yet another great showcasing of the quality of these speakers. The p6 passed all of my micro tests. On an interesting note, these beat some of the more costly speakers that I have tested previously.

P6 Wireless On-the-Ear Headphones Review

For the money, these are well worth the purchase and I am really happy that I was able to test them. So far, everything I listened to sounded clear, smooth and wonderful. I would not classify these as noise cancelling but they do reduce background noise pretty well. Overall for the value, for the quality, for the comfort, I would rate these at 4.5/5 stars. I was not as much a fan of these for phone conversations, but loved watching movies on my iPad Air 2 and listening to music on my iPhone 6s Plus. It also has a flash card slot to play directly from the inserted media card. It will also pick up radio and can be used for phone calls. This is a very versatile system.

Cons:
I received a call from the headset and my wife noted that it sounded like I was using speakerphone. She and I were able to communicate pretty well using the headphones. To prove that it was not my phone microphone, I put the phone into a different room (still within the Bluetooth capable range) and used the device. It worked pretty well. However with the microphone on the ear cup, it does pick up increased background noise.
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