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If you’re on the market for any sort of headphone, be it in-ear, over-ear, etc, you’ll most likely have come across the Mpow brand. Mpow has risen to popularity over the last few years with their quality range of budget headphones. The Mpow Bluetooth Headphones (059 model) is their most popular over-ear headphone coming in at a little under $40. Is the Mpow 059 popular just because of the low price point or is there more to these budget headphones? We’ll answer that question in this Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones review.
At a Glance
The Mpow 059 is constructed of plastic and pleather with aluminum finishes in places. Even though these headphones are plastic, the build is somewhat rugged and it appears as though the Mpow 059 can take a few bumps and knocks. One downside regarding the build is that the plastic is a gloss finish. This tends to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet.
The earpads and headband feature a soft foam covered in PU leather. While the foam isn’t memory foam, it does offer a good degree of comfort and you’re able to wear the Mpow 059 for a couple hours with minimal wear fatigue.
The Mpow 059 offers the choice of connecting via Bluetooth (version 4.0) or a standard ⅛-inch cable. This is especially useful when you run out of battery but still need to use your headphones. The battery itself has a 20-hour life and can fully recharge from flat in around 4 hours.
Having the cable also means you can use the Mpow 059 with in-flight entertainment. Keep in mind you will need your own in-flight adapter as Mpow do not supply this with the 059. Mpow does, however, supply you with a ⅛-inch to USB adapter for use with your laptop. As the majority of laptops come with a ⅛-inch output (and even Bluetooth), I fail to see the value of this USB adapter. Still, it’s included for free so can’t complain there.
The Bluetooth connectivity on the Mpow 059 is really good, with zero dropouts when staying within the 33ft wireless range. Initial Bluetooth connection is quick and simple and the Mpow 059 will automatically connect to your paired device every time you power on the headphones and the device is within range.
The Mpow features several buttons on the right ear cup. There are separate buttons for volume up, volume down, next track and previous track. There is also a multi-function button in the center for power, play/pause, Bluetooth pairing, and call management. Below the right ear cup is your microphone, for hands-free calling. The multi-function button allows you to answer, reject and end calls without needing to touch your mobile phone. Double tapping the multi-function button with no audio playing will dial the last number you called. All the buttons work as advertised so, no issues there.
Noise Reduction Technology
The Mpow 059 features CVC 6.0 Noise Reduction Technology. This is a noise-isolation technology opposed to active noise canceling. With CVC 6.0 you can enjoy a superior passive noise isolation experience but it won’t be enough to cancel out in-flight noise. Having said that, the Mpow 059 does deliver a significant amount of attenuation which is great for general use in public areas and public transport. CVC 6.0 also improves call quality by canceling unwanted background noise, which may be picked up by the 059’s built-in microphone.
Lastly, sound quality. How does the Mpow 059 stack up to the competition? Really well. Surprising well in fact for a $39 Bluetooth headphone. While you won’t get audiophile quality audio from the Mpow 059, for the general consumer, there isn’t a lot to complain about. While I wouldn’t call the Mpow 059 a “bass headphone”, they do produce a generous amount of bass. The mid-range and highs offer good clarity for both music and spoken voice listening applications (like use with podcasts for example). The lower mids are a little loose and wooly but this isn’t a major issue for general use.
There isn’t any real sound stage or separation to speak of from the Mpow 059 but you wouldn’t expect this from a budget pair of headphones anyway. Call quality from the built-in microphone is better than expected which is mostly to do with the CVC 6.0 Noise Reduction Technology. Overall, the Mpow 059 is a good sounding headphone, far better than you would ever expect from the low price point.
What’s in the Box?
Included with the Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones:
- Mpow Bluetooth Headset
- 4ft ⅛-inch audio cable
- Micro USB charging cable
- USB – ⅛-inch adapter
- Drawstring carry case
The only group of individuals who may not like the Mpow 059 is audiophiles and perhaps those who prefer to stick to brand names. Other than that, the Mpow 059 is a great choice for an over-ear headphone. When you consider the price difference between premium brands of wireless headphones like Sony, Beats, Sennheiser, etc which can range between 5 – 10 times or more, the Mpow 059 starts to look like the better option. Granted, the premium brands do sound better but are they worth the extra cost? I’d say for the average consumer, no. If you like those brands or prefer superior audio quality, then you might not like the Mpow 059.
While the Mpow 059 does have CVC 6.0 Noise Reduction Technology, it’s not an active noise-canceling headphone. So, you might be disappointed if you’re looking for a proper noise-canceling headphone to block out in-flight noise. For general use and noise isolation, the Mpow 059 works just fine.