- Good build quality
- IPX6 Water Resistant
- Magnets in housings
- Auto connect to source
- USB type-C
- Long cable
- The control panel distracts with its weight.
There is no shortage of affordable Bluetooth headphones on the market, while affordable does not mean bad. One of the companies that feels great about it is Aukey. She does not have as much money on advertising as industry monsters, but this does not mean that her products are not worthy of attention. We already listened to the EP-B80 and were satisfied, so we decided to listen to the Aukey EP-B60 to find out what they could at a modest price tag of $59.
Who is the Aukey EP-B60 Wireless designed for?
- For athletes. The headphones are IPX6-certified against water, which, combined with powerful low frequencies, makes them great candidates for sports.
- For those who value comfort. Looking ahead, I’ll say that the older model EP-B80 sounds better, but it does not have magnets in the headphone housings, which, when connected, automatically stops the sound.
Aukey EP-B60: Construction, materials, and build quality
The build quality of the Aukey EP-B60 headphones was above average but not excellent. Although I can’t name any specific reasons for this, the headphones’ overall impression was normal but not enthusiastic or surprising. Yes, I often listen to a lot more expensive headphones. Still, for this very reason, I’m already used to high quality, and I can immediately determine the model in which the overall impression differs from the premium one, which is stated on the package.
On the other hand, the materials used are not cheap. There is no gloss or discomfort from touching them. When compared with other headphones in this price range, everything is more or less normal. There are no bright flaws, no noticeable advantages.
But, unlike competitors, inside each of the headphones, a magnet attracts each other, stopping the playback of music with joint contact. It is convenient, simple, and you quickly get used to this chip.
The appearance of the headphones does not raise questions. They can be worn both in the gym and on the street. They everywhere look appropriate and stylish.
I have already mentioned that they are protected against sweat and splashing water, have received the IPX6 certificate, so they are ideal for sports applications.
The only problem from the point of view of convenience was the control bullets, which hangs on the wire near the earpiece. He noticeably pulls one of the headphones at the bottom during intense sports exercises, distracting from them. From a positive impression of the remote control: the buttons are easily distinguishable, have a nice tactile move, so I instantly understood whether I pressed the button or not.
I also note an excessively long wire connecting the two headphones. It is equipped with a special limiter that can be used to adjust its length, but when I set it to the position I need, a tail from the rest of the cable formed in the back, which did not look very pretty.
Aukey EP-B60: Wireless connection
Headphones Aukey EP-B60 equipped with a wireless module Bluetooth 5.0, supported codecs: SBC and AAC.
The distance at which the communication stably works is up to 10 meters in an apartment and up to 13 meters in open space.
Turning the power on and off of the headphones is done by connecting two headphones. If they are connected, the power turns off. When disconnected, it turns on. At the same time, connecting to the sound source is fast. In my practice, it was about 2-3 seconds.
If you use one phone or player, there will be no problems with automatic connection, but if you use several devices, then the Aukey EP-B60 will annoy you because they only remember one device – the last. If you connected them to the phone, and in the hall you want to switch to the player, you will have to carry out the pairing procedure. And when you return, you will again have to carry out the procedure for the phone.
Sometimes the headphones, for a split second, lose contact with the phone while listening to music. This is expressed in stuttering. This does not happen often but regularly. Simultaneously, the phone lines in the pants pocket, i.e., the distance from it to the headphones, is not more than a meter. This indicates a low-power transmitter built into the headphones.
Aukey EP-B60: Battery life
The manufacturer claims about 8 hours of continuous operation. During testing, I managed to reach the value of 7 hours and 7 minutes. Provided that the volume was set at about 75% of the maximum possible, listening to music at such a volume is hard for a long time. No one will do it. At the usual volume level, the headphones will get pretty close to the stated eight hours of work, which is good.
Aukey EP-B60s support the fast charging function. After spending 10 minutes on the wire, they get the energy to work for about an hour.
Aukey EP-B60: Sound Quality Aukey EP-B60
You won’t have to talk about the sound of the Aukey EP-B60 because it is simple and straightforward. Looking at the frequency response, you might have the impression that the headphones thump powerfully and sing modestly – it is.
Seriously, the sound of the Aukey EP-B60 is uniquely aimed at reproducing the amplified bass, which masks the details on the lower part of the mid frequencies and embellishes the mid frequencies as a whole.
There is a noticeable peak at high frequencies that gives the music the illusion of great detail, but this is just an illusion. If you listen to the sound more carefully, it will quickly become clear that the headphones’ main purpose is to play music to accompany sports.
The sound has a lot of energy, drive, and pressure, but few details and nuances. Therefore, they are perfect for the gym, but for a quiet listening to music in the evening at home, sitting in a soft chair, they are suitable with a big stretch.
Conclusion: Should you buy Aukey EP-B60?
While the older Aukey EP-B80 boasts that it makes sense to listen to it for pleasure, the younger Aukey EP-B60s are uniquely designed for sports. When you’re running the tenth kilometer or lifting a heavy barbell, it’s not until you listen to the nuances and shades of the artist’s velvet baritone. It would help if you had power. You need pace, you need energy, and the EP-B60 provides it. Simultaneously, they are not expensive, and for those looking for headphones for sports, they will fit well. For the rest, I recommend a closer look at the EP-B80.
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