Mpow H12 Hybrid ANC Headphones 2020 Updated Review.
Going in search of a headphone, it could be very hard to find comfort, noise isolation, and portability to all work together. You will surely find one in that headphone to sacrifice the other features. In this article, we have made a detailed review of the Mpow H12 Hybrid ANC Headphones.
About Mpow H12 Hybrid ANC Headphones
In a lot of ways, these headphones are just an upgraded version of what Mpow has created in the past. More specifically, the H12 features some fairly compelling ANC alongside some decently protective passive feedback.
The Mpow H12’s are made from matte plastic and have a rubberized band on the top, and large, soft ear pads, that fit snug over the ear. They’re simple, but sturdy-made headphones that didn’t give me any reason to doubt their durability.
Their design is simple to the point of being utilitarian, which is how I like my devices. There are no unnecessary design elements and the controls are nice and simple – the ANC switch on the left cup, the three-button controls on the right.
Mpow H12 does not make use of touch controls. Instead, they’ve gone with traditional analogue control buttons. More specifically, there’s an ANC switch on the left ear-cup, and some play/pause and volume buttons over on the right ear-cup.
The volume buttons are also multi-function buttons to help you handle incoming calls. Since they’ve shoved several functions onto the volume buttons, you do have to be a little careful when turning up or down the volume. One wrong move and you might accidentally hang up on someone.
- Newly Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation Tech Reduce Ambient Noises By Up to 90%: Mpow hybrid active noise-cancelling headphones combines feedforward and feedback ANC by placing a microphone inside and outside the ear cup, which enables to cancel out a wider range of low and mid-frequency noises such as cars and aeroplane engines. Immerse yourself in the world of music, even in a busy street/office/café/bus/train/car etc. Note: the human voice can not be eliminated.
- Hi-fi Sound & Deep Bass: Mpow H12 active noise-cancelling headphones equipped with 40mm large-aperture drivers to deliver hi-fi stereo sound and powerful deep bass for you. And Latest Bluetooth Tech provides unbreakable connection and stream rich, dynamic audio.
- All-day Listening & Independent ANC Switch: A single charge for 2-3 hours gives you up to 30 hours of music/talking time. Non-music ANC mode enables you to enjoy your personal time. Note: turn off ANC when not in use to saving power.
- Unmatched Wearing Comfort & Foldable design: adjustable headband and 90° rotatable ear cups, soft memory-protein ear pads of Mpow over-ear Bluetooth headphones can fit the shape of your head. Folding space-saving design with a carrying bag makes it a great travel companion. Note: Please note Mpow H12 is designed a little oversized for fit in most people’s head and long-time wear comfort.
- CVC 6. 0 Microphone & Hands-Free Call: built-in CVC 6. 0 noise Cancelling microphone lets you take/make hassle-free calls and access your voice assistant. Compatible with Android/iOS smartphones and tablets; MP3, MP4; iPod; PC; TV and other Bluetooth enabled devices. The most ideal noise-cancelling headphones for the home office, online class.
Mpow H12 Hybrid ANC Headphones Comfort Concerns
Over-ear headphones are nearly always the best option for comfort. So out of the gate, the H12 are going to end up scoring pretty high marks in this category. But beyond that strong baseline, these headphones don’t go out of their way to greatly expand on a good start.
Their comfort design is pretty standard stuff. For starters, they’ve decided to use memory foam inside the ear pads. The memory foam cushioning is everything people have come to expect from headphones, and it’s wrapped in a fairly breathable audio fabric. Depending on how you treat them, these ear pads ought to be able to hold together for at least 3-4 years of consistent use.
The depth of the ear cups isn’t that large. Shallower ear-cups is actually a pretty common design decision for portable wireless headphones like the H12 these days. Because it makes them less bulky. But at the same time, people with larger ears may find them squished slightly by the inside of the ear cup. Though it doesn’t cause immediate discomfort, it could become a problem after several hours of consecutive use.
Mpow suggests you take these headphones off every hour or so. That’s good advice in general, for almost any pair of headphones. But it’s especially good advice for these headphones because the memory foam isn’t good at dissipating heat.
The fabric is breathable, sure. But memory foam is memory foam – it’s going to have a hard time getting rid of heat. So intermittent breaks aren’t such a bad idea, especially if you’re using the H12 in a warm environment.
The H12 headphones make use of Bluetooth version four to handle their wireless connection. Though it’s not the fifth version, this is still sufficient to guarantee a pretty smooth connection between peripherals. You even get essentially the same auto-pairing features as with Bluetooth 5, and compatibility is essentially identical as well.
Things remain consistent when you look at the rest of the wireless connectivity as well. For instance, when it comes to connection distance, you can expect a maximum of 33 feet. That’s terribly average, and for good reason. It’s more or less all that the average user will need.
Onboard the H12 you’ll find a pretty sizable 500mAh lithium-ion battery. With it, the H12 are supposed to be able to withstand 30 hours of playtime between charges. That’s a claim being made more and more often by over-ear headphones. It’s especially prominent on ANC headphones because developers slightly increase their battery size. But their estimates rarely go on to accommodate ANC as a consideration.
Assuming you’re going to be running the ANC on a regular basis, you’re not going to end up with the advertised 30-hours. You’re going to get much closer to 20-hours, depending on your volume levels, and whether or not you’re willing to make a wired connection.
Swapping over to a 3.5mm cable instead of running Bluetooth can extend your battery times by several hours. The included cable only runs about 30”, so that’s not ideal for stretching from a couch to a TV. But it’s about perfect for carrying on you and running it from the phone in your pocket up to your head.
For sound, you’re looking at a pair of 40mm audio drivers. That’s one of the more common sizes for wireless over ear headphones because it’s a nice compromise between 30mm and 50mm. Behind that, there’s an advanced CSR chip to help keep your audio transmission lossless. For people who are interested in using higher quality audio codecs, that’s a pretty important inclusion. If you stream all your music off the web, you probably care less about that. But it’s nice to have support for higher bitrate files.
Every pair of ANC headphones will sound best while you’re using the ANC. That’s because even while the ANC is off, many factors about their design were made intending the ANC to be turned on. For instance, these ear-cups let-in a small amount of ambient noise intentionally. That helps the ANC work more effectively. But when the ANC is off, that just means you have somewhat lousy passive isolation left over.