Wireless & Noise Cancelling? Meet Encore S6: Well-Designed Bluetooth Headphones That Costs Just $60
Tronsmart Encore S6 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
A good set of headphones has almost become an essential necessity to experience the virtual world around us. From the immersive virtual reality to games and entertainment, everything depends of the sound quality of this accessory. Tronsmart recently unveiled their latest Encore S6 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones that promises to tune you out of your surroundings and transport you to the audio wonders with a comfortable leather design.
Unpacking Encore S6 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
The Encore S6 comes in a pretty standard, premium packaging. The box includes the set itself along with a Micro-USB charging cable, one 3.5mm AUX cable for wired connectivity, and a user manual. While the design is on the bulkier side, the headphones can be folded taking less space.
Before we dive into the experience the latest Encore S6 promises to offer, here is the complete list of specifications:
- Dimensions: 190 x 164 x 75 mm
- Weight: 270g
- Bluetooth version: 4.1
- Play time: 24 hours (with ANC 20 hours)
- Standby time: 900h
- Impedance: 32 Ω
- Wireless range: 10m
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Soft Memory-Protein Earmuffs
- S6 can block out 98% of noise
Design, productivity & comfort
A relatively new comer from the growing Chinese market of mid-range and premium products, Tronsmart appears to be directly competing against the likes of Aukey and Anker. Offering a number of different charging and audio products, the company uses high quality of materials and design is very well finished than what many expect from a Chinese accessory maker.
But then at the price tag of over $60, it isn’t a cheap pair of headphones. The headphones are made of plastic, but still give a premium look and feel, with ear pads made of leather. The manufacturer has also added a cushion on the top to make the use a little more comfortable. While this product is definitely not here to replace your bedtime music routine that only works with in-ear accessories, it still offers a very comfortable wear even if you use it for several continuous hours.
To add more tailored comfort, the Tronsmart Encore S6 also allows the handles to be adjusted in height by up to 2.8 cm per side. Unlike some other products, this extension is actually made of metal, making it quite stable even when they aren’t fully extended. Once you raise or lower this extension, it stays in place without having the need to readjust it over and over again.
Since the product offers active noise cancellation, there are chances you will miss hearing that doorbell or the oven timer going off especially if you are listening to music at near-maximum volume. But that doesn’t mean you will need to keep taking them off, as you can flip its ear pads outwards to temporarily expose your ears. Sounds weird, but works like a charm…
Now to the most important part – does the ANC actually work? How about the audio quality? Keeping the pricing of Tronsmart Encore S6 in mind and making sure we aren’t comparing it to something like Bose, I was definitely sold on the sound quality of Encore S6, making it the perfect partner for your running or gym sessions.
The product lacks slightly when you are listening to slower tunes or classical music, but you will probably only feel that if you have been using a pair worth over $250. It definitely doesn’t annoy you or sound wrong to your ears – just that rock or heavy music works almost perfectly here.
The comfort that it offers for longer period of time, the sound quality that doesn’t unnecessarily promote bass (but isn’t bass-deficient – if there’s a term like that), and the high volume that doesn’t kill your ears makes Encore S6 a worthy choice in $60 - $80 price range that does the job for an average user who isn't an audiophile.
As for the ANC, it does work beautifully. You will feel the difference when you aren't playing any sound, you click on the NC button on the headphone itself and it tunes out any ambient sound. However, since the pads are very well designed, even if you don’t turn on the ANC, it still reduces a lot of background noise.
The functionality, buttons, battery, and more
The product comes with buttons to tweak volume levels, play/pause music or answer/end calls, go to next or previous items, and turn the ANC on or off. It could get a little confusing at first, especially how you pair it with a product (by the way, it supports two devices simultaneously), but the user manual is a big help in that case.
While the Encore S6 does support calls and comes with a built-in microphone, I didn’t actually like this functionality. The person on the other side was getting slightly unclear sound. Good for quick calls, but not something for long conversations. Considering Encore S6 isn’t primarily designed for calls, it does this job, just not very perfectly.
As for the battery life, it works almost exactly what Tronsmart promises: nearly 24 hours with ANC off, and 16 hours with it turned on. Since the Encore S6 also comes with an AUX cable, you can connect it when you are out of charge. On an iPhone, it also shows the battery level of S6, but the Android devices aren’t supported for this one functionality.
In my multiple tests, the Encore S6 took nearly 2.5 hours to fully charge. But considering it fulfils the promise of 20+ hours of playtime, I didn’t really mind it.
The product is a worthy contender in its price range, offering pleasant sound and delivering on its promise of longer playtime. Encore S6 also offers a comfortable design with a working active noise cancellation that should make any gamer and music lover happy who is not looking to throw in $150+ for a pair of headphones. Considering its comfortable design and promise of tuning you out of your surrounding, Encore S6 also makes a great, affordable holiday gift for teenagers in your family.
- Active noise cancellation works perfectly
- Dual connection over Bluetooth and AUX
- Playtime of nearly 20 hours
- Comfortable design
- Could be lacking on low frequencies
- Pairing is a little difficult at the start
- Sound quality over calls isn't very great