TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones 2020 Updated Review.
Hybrid active noise cancelling technology effectively reduces up to 96% of low-frequency sound for pure HD audio with no distractions. Enjoy life to the fullest with TaoTronics. In this article, we have made a review on the TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones.
About TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones
TaoTronics’ SoundSurge 46 are the latest over-ear headphones from the Chinese audio brand. Sliding in at a budget price, these headphones come with active noise cancellation (ANC) and Hyper-Speed Charging.
First and foremost, these headphones have an above-average battery capacity. That’s really important for someone who intends on making heavy use of active noise cancellation features.
Which brings us to ANC, which is actually the second strong-point for the Surge 46. Though this ANC isn’t the best on the market, it’s rather competitive for this price range. And it outcompetes basically all of the other lower-tier brands when it comes to clarity.
The third thing the Sound Surge 46 do well is calling features. They’ve got a pretty solid microphone backed by the right noise-cancelling technologies for great call performance. Those features are also terribly intuitive and easy to use. But when it comes to the rest of the attributes of the Surge 46, everything tends to be pretty middle of the road.
- Just You & Your Music: Adopts Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling to effectively reduce the noise produced by planes, cars or trains by up to 96%
- Hi-Fi Audio Soundstage: aptX coding delivers an immersive listening experience, with Bluetooth 5.0 creating an unwavering, uninterrupted connection
- Incredible Fast Charging: Plugin for only 5 minutes with a USB-C connector and get 2 hours playback; only 45 minutes charging time for an ultra-long playtime up to 30 hours
- Hassle-Free Clear Calls: cVc 8.0 noise-cancelling microphone means you can be heard clearly on the phone no matter the level of background noise
- Customizable Comfort: Soft protein memory foam earpads reduce pressure on your ears, while an adjustable headband length & earphone angle increases comfort for long-time wear
- Active noise cancellation
- 30-hour battery
- Hyper-Speed Charging
- Travel case/aeroplane adapter
- Good ANC
- Fast charging
- The battery can drain fast with ANC
- A bit bass-heavy
- Can lack dynamics
The headband can be pulled up or down to add another two inches or so to the total size of these headphones. Since these are supposed to be portable, they’ve gone with a thinner headband that’s only lightly padded.
Given the generally lightweight deign, this light padding is still good enough to maintain comfort. But it’s not on exactly the same level as a pair of wired headphones that don’t care about portability.
Past that, the cushioning is pretty standard. It’s a basic memory foam lined with a black fabric that’s intended to approximate faux leather. Aesthetically, these could easily be mistaken for about a hundred different pairs of headphones. But in terms of comfort, they’re a little bit smarter than they initially let on.
One thing that’s not easy to notice is how there’s an adjustable headband that allows for a 90-degree rotation both left and right. For wearing them comfortably on your head, that rotation allows for heads of different shapes and sizes to still end up with a cozy fit. It also makes these headphones a bit more resistant to damage during transportation because they store away a lot safer.
When you’re trying to make headphones more compact and portable, you usually want to make them a bit smaller. You want to cut back on the foam padding a little. And that’s exactly what TaoTronics has done with the SoundSurge 46. The ear cups are actually pretty deep for a pair of wireless over ear headphones, but the size of each earcup leaves a little to be desired. If you have large ears, you may find these slightly smaller ear cups will press against your ear lobe, which may not be comfortable for long listening sessions.
As mentioned earlier, there are some rapid recharge features. The battery can recover two hours of playtime from around five minutes of charge time. So if you forgot to recharge your headphones but you need to head out the door, even giving them a couple of minutes of recharging at the last possible moment can really squeeze in a lot of extra playtimes.
A complete recharge can be done in around 45 minutes. That’s more than twice as fast as it takes to recharge a typical pair of over-ear headphones. The full battery is supposed to be able to accommodate around 30-hours of playtime. How often do you really reach the 30-hour mark?
That partially depends on you. Are you listening to your music at very loud levels? Are you taking many calls? Or are you outside in a snowstorm? Different types of use will drain the battery at different rates. Nevertheless, the 30-hour estimate is actually pretty close to home. At least, until you start thinking about the ANC.
The biggest battery variable for an ANC headset is whether or not you’re using the ANC. Because running ANC takes about as much power as running Bluetooth. So that 30-hours of playtime can be shrunk towards 20-hours if you’ve always got the ANC running. Notably, the ANC can be utilized even while you’re not listening to music. So it’s important to always remember to turn off the ANC after you’re done using it.
Audio Quality & ANC
The 40mm audio drivers are about averagely sized for over-ear headphones like these, though for wireless cans, manufacturers often go with slightly smaller 35mm drivers. These full-sized drivers are better at capturing deep bass performance.
As is true with nearly all ANC headphones, the SoundSurge 46 will perform their best while the ANC is engaged. The ear cups don’t squeeze that tightly against your head, by design, so that the ANC is able to work more efficiently. But comfort aside, intentionally letting-in noise isn’t great for those times you don’t feel like running the ANC.
Why Choose TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 Hybrid ANC Headphones?
The SoundSurge 46 are partially defined by their ANC. Without the ANC, these headphones end up sounding pretty close to average. With the ANC running, the battery lifespans start to slip lower than advertised values. But not so low that they become problematic.
Using CVC noise cancelling goes a long way towards creating smooth and clear calls. Though there aren’t any fancy multiple microphone configurations at play here, it’s more than enough for the kind of circumstances these headphones will be used in. Another thing that helps to define these headphones is their rapid recharge. These kinds of features are still pretty uncommon on midrange headphones.