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Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Review

A good, inexpensive way to get rid of wires and enjoy your music
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Price:   $80 List | $39 at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable, inexpensive
Cons:  Weak bass, mediocre noise isolation
Manufacturer:   Mpow
By Max Mutter ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 7, 2018
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RANKED
#11 of 12
  • Sound Quality - 30% 5
  • Noise Isolation - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • User Friendliness - 10% 6
  • Portability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

If you're on a tight budget but want the comfort, privacy, and freedom offered by wireless over-ear headphones, the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear checks all the boxes. Offering decent sound quality, great comfort, and a solid Bluetooth connection, you can step into the wireless realm for a list price of just $80. Plus, we've seen these headphones selling online for nearly half of their list price. If you're looking for a better sound quality to price ratio, we would recommend the TaoTronics TT-BH22US. However, if you want to get the freedom of Bluetooth for less than $50, you can't go wrong with the Mpow.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear is a set of low budget wireless headphones that still manage to provide a good level of convenience and comfort. If you're ok with somewhat average sound quality, the Mpow is an inexpensive way to get rid of those pesky headphone wires.


Performance Comparison


After our grueling series of side-by-side tests, the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear ended up towards the bottom of our overall scoresheet. However, due to their low price, they still represent a great value for those looking for a bargain. Below you can read about how they fared in each of the tests we conducted.

Sound Quality


The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear shared the score of 5 out of 10 in our sound quality testing with multiple other headphones.


That score of 5 out of 10 corresponds to the lowest score in our testing, but that doesn't mean it's bad, These headphones have enough clarity and can produce enough bass to create a fairly full sound. However, they're kind of akin to those $10 earbuds you keep buying at Best Buy (because you keep losing them). They don't sound great, but they sound good enough.

Obviously paying more can get you much better sound quality. For $350 the Bose QuietComfort 35 II can make you feel like you're constantly sitting in a concert hall. For budget minded shoppers the next logical step up from the Mpow is the TaoTronics TT-BH22US. These headphones sell for around $70, whereas the Mpow's price usually hovers somewhere in the $40 range. The TaoTronics headphones add active noise cancellation, which can make any headphones sound better. They also provide noticeably better bass and much better clarity than the Mpow. If you want the most sound quality per dollar, you may want to consider the TaoTronics over the Mpow.

The Mpow doesn't sound amazing  so it's not for audiophiles  but the sound quality isn't disappointing either.
The Mpow doesn't sound amazing, so it's not for audiophiles, but the sound quality isn't disappointing either.

Noise Isolation


With a score of 4 out of 10 the Mpow was again towards the bottom of the scoreboard in our noise isolation testing. However, we would still call this score not great but good enough.


The Mpow generally delivers the kind of noise isolation one would expect from a set of over ear headphones without active noise cancellation. When listening to loud music the outside world is almost completely drowned out, with quieter music you'll notice some of the louder sounds happening around you, and with no music you'll hear pretty much everything but in a more muffled tone.

If you're looking for great noise isolation on a budget, the TaoTronics TT-BH22US is again a worthy upgrade. For about $30 more than the Mpow you get active noise cancellation that can block out most ambient noise. This noise cancellation can't compare to that of the much more expensive Bose or Sony models, but it's a huge step up from the Mpow.

Comfort


The Mpow was one of the most comfortable pair of headphones that we tested, earning a high score of 8 out of 10 in this metric.


The Mpow has large ear cups with nice, supple padding. The headband also has just enough padding that it's comfy but not bulky. This is also one area where it outperforms the TaoTronics TT-BH22US, which have comparatively shallow ear cups and slightly thinner padding. They're not uncomfortable, but the Mpow is a clear step up.

The Mpow's deep earcups make for all-day comfort.
The Mpow's deep earcups make for all-day comfort.

User Friendliness


The Mpow was fairly average in our ease of use testing, picking up a score of 6 out of 10.


The Mpow offers the standard on headset controls: play/pause, volume, and track forward/back buttons. We found Bluetooth pairing to be quite easy. It also has a microphone for making phone calls. It missed out on a higher score because it lacked an app that lets you fine tune EQ settings (something most higher end models have) and a way to summon virtual assistants like Siri and Google Assistant directly from the headset. The Mpows's main rival, the TaoTronics TT-BH22US, is almost identical in this respect.

The Mpow's controls.
The Mpow's controls.

Portability


The Mpow was one of the lower scorers in our portability testing, earning a 5 out of 10. The headphones don't fold up in any way and only come with a thin drawstring pouch. On the plus side, they are relatively light at 9 ounces. The TaoTronics TT-BH22US outdo the Mpow in this metric, weighing in at just 7.5 ounces and coming with a padded travel case.


Value


Though it lists for $80, the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear generally sells in the neighborhood of $40. At this price they represent quite a good value. If you can stand to spend a bit more the $70 TaoTronics TT-BH22US provide a better overall value, but if you're not fussy about sound quality you won't be disappointed by the Mpow.

The Mpow's carrying bag.
The Mpow's carrying bag.

Conclusion


The Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear is a decent set of wireless headphones that can accomodate budget shoppers. If you're willing to spend a bit more the TaoTronics TT-BH22US provide a better overall value.


Max Mutter