Editorrating 4.1 SoundPEATS Space surprise with a very balanced sound, excellent comfort, and one of the longest-lasting battery lives, making them perfect for travelers and students. While they offer fantastic value for money, they don’t have the best call quality and app stability. Details below. SoundPEATS’s Space wireless headphones are a welcome addition to the “under $100” market. Despite competing with a few beloved alternatives from Soundcore, Edifier, and 1MORE, these are overall better. They have an outstanding battery life of more than 65 hours with noise cancellation enabled, robust Bluetooth connectivity, multipoint support, and an effective Game mode. Moreover, they’re comfortable enough to wear for an entire day thanks to thick and spacious ear pads. Sound quality is also a highlight, although that is where their price of $80 starts showing. Long-term durability is slightly concerning, too, but more on that later. 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SoundPEATS Space Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Over Ear Headphone… SoundPEATS Space Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Over Ear Headphone… $69.99 $79.99 in stock 1 used from $55.99 as of March 1, 2024 3:44 am Buy now Amazon.com Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless – Space Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless – Space out of stock Buy now eBay Pros & Cons: Balanced sound with slightly boosted bass Excellent comfort & great stability Battery life of over 65 hours per charge with ANC Better noise cancellation than competitors Non-removable ear pads & no included carrying case Muffled voice during phone calls Category ratings: Editorrating 4.1 By HeadphonesAddict Userratings 0 User Ratings: 0 Category Sound Comfort & Fit Durability Battery Features Noise Isolation Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Value Our rating 4.0 4.5 3.5 5.0 4.0 3.0 3.5 5.0 4.5 User rating 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RATE THIS MODEL User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic User Rating _._ No Rating 1.0 Bad 1.5 Meh 2.0 Acceptable 2.5 Average 3.0 Good 3.5 Almost great 4.0 Great 4.5 Almost Perfect 5.0 Fantastic CONTENTS (show more) Sound 4.0 Great SoundPEATS Space have a very balanced and smooth-tuned sound, especially after custom equalization. They’re perfect for all music genres, but as expected at $80, they aren’t quite as detailed. Hear the difference: The SoundPEATS Space – A/B sound test: SoundPEATS Space Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict Learn how to understand sound comparisons. The Space model continues with the “signature” SoundPEATS sound tuning. It has a slightly boosted bass, balanced midrange, and smooth treble. While there are some peaks and dips, you can iron them out using the custom EQ in the app. However, the next step for SoundPEATS would be to improve technical performance, which negatively affects certain aspects of audio. More on that below. Bass: Decently controlled and extended By default, the lower frequencies are slightly boosted, mainly in the sub-bass region. The latter results in a pleasant rumble when a song asks for it, although don’t expect a skull-rattling sensation. Moreover, the boost ends way before 200Hz, so the bass from the 40mm dynamic drivers never bleeds into the midrange. As for control and detail, headphones do a decent job. While the punch could be tighter, you can still enjoy music genres like rock and metal, which have a lot of double-pedal kicks. Plucks from bass guitars are audible but not very detailed. In general, the bass performance is better for more casual pop listening than for searching for finer details. SoundPEATS Space frequency response Learn how to read audio charts. Midrange: Excellent balance, apart from the upper part dip Midrange frequencies are very well-balanced right out of the box. As mentioned, there’s no bass bleed present, so every sound gets its chance to shine. Vocals are particularly natural and full, while the instruments are a tad quieter and less crisp. The reason is the dip in the upper midrange at 2.5kHz. While it doesn’t drastically alter the sound, you can hear less energy (loudness) in the midrange. Boosting 2kHz and 4kHz frequency bands in the EQ helps but doesn’t fix the sound entirely. Treble: Smooth and decently textured Higher frequencies are really smooth. They avoid boosting particular frequencies, which makes for a balanced, unfatiguing sound. Cymbals have a decent texture and are pleasant to listen to. There’s also no splashiness and metallic sizzle, so they sound good even when you raise the volume or listen to rock. The only problem with the default sound signature is the lack of air, which would counter the otherwise quite full sound. As a result, music can feel slightly congested. But I’m nitpicking. Listen to our custom EQ, and EQ presets available in the SOUNDPEATS app: SoundPEATS Space Custom EQ & Presets Comparison – HeadphonesAddict The soundstage is decent. It has some depth and equally as much width so that you don’t feel as if the sound is playing inside your head. Adding some airiness would prevent it from sounding that small, but the custom EQ settings can help a little bit. Continuing with a decent performance, the imaging is only good in the left/right image. On the other hand, it could be more defined near the center image, where you don’t quite know where the sounds are coming from. Using a custom equalizer, I reduced the bass and added a bit more energy in the upper midrange and treble (blue line). What about wired mode? SoundPEATS advertises wired mode as the “Hi-Res Audio” option for listening to the Space. However, frequency response measurements and subjective listening show a different story. Plugging the included cable into the headphones bypasses the built-in DSP, which is also responsible for tuning corrections. As a result, you get a raw response, which is muddy and bleeds into the midrange. Furthermore, headphones turn OFF when you use the cable, so you can’t use ANC while listening via a 3.5mm port. The only redeeming thing is that you can still listen to them when the battery runs dry. Here’s a comparison of the sound frequency response in Bluetooth and wired mode: The red line is Bluetooth mode with our EQ, but you still see that the blue line noticeably emphasizes bass and lower midrange, which doesn’t happen in any other measurements above. My conclusion The SoundPEATS Space are well-tuned Bluetooth headphones that deliver balanced and non-fatiguing sound. They’re an easy pick for most casual listeners. The only area where they could be better is technical performance. This means detail retrieval, control, and imaging accuracy. However, at $80, that’s understandable. Headphones are best for: Casual listeners, commuters, anyone who appreciates natural sound, and students. Possible alternatives: Anker Soundcore Life Q30, 1MORE SonoFlow Comfort & Fit 4.5 Almost Perfect SoundPEATS Space have enough room for your ears and thick enough earpads to ensure long-lasting comfort. Stability is great, too, but it’s only ideal for commuters and light exercisers. SoundPEATS put some effort into making the Space as lightweight and comfortable as possible. I have zero complaints, as they’re the best headphones in this regard for the price. Placing 3 knuckles into the earpad should tell you whether it can fit an adult ear or not. Earpads, dressed in soft protein leather, are thick and big enough to fit my entire earlobes (my ears are medium-sized). Despite using the unbreathable leather imitation, I don’t need to take frequent pauses due to excessive sweating. In combination with the lightweight frame and a padded headband, you can easily wear these headphones for hours. Earpads perfectly encapsulate my ears, so I can wear them for hours. Stability is great, as well. Headphones stay in place, even if you’re a gamer who vigorously shakes your head left and right or you’re running to catch a bus. On the other hand, they aren’t as resistant to tilting the head backward. This means they aren’t suitable for outdoor exercise and workouts that involve laying on the back. Check which headphones are the most comfortable, in our opinion. Durability 3.5 Almost Great SoundPEATS Space are built quite well for the price and can even fold to save space in the backpack. However, they lack an IP rating, a carrying case, and a pouch. For $80, SoundPEATS Space deliver good build quality. The plastic used feels decent quality and doesn’t have that cheap hollow sound when knocked on. Unlike in Edifier W820NB Plus, the headband also has an aluminum plate to give it rigidity. The size adjustment mechanism is reasonably stiff, although less clicky than in more expensive headphones. Ear cups are foldable and are fully plastic, yolks included. Faux leather earpads feel smooth and soft, while the filling is made of memory foam. Headphones can fold but don’t arrive in a case, so you could store them folded. Earpads should hold their shape for about a year or two of constant use (learn how to clean headphones to extend their longevity). However, since they’re glued to the cups, you can’t (easily) replace them. Another longevity issue is the lack of an IP rating and protective case. That said, official water or sweat resistance is rare among headphones. On the flip side, protective cases aren’t rare. While that’s a cost-saving measure from SoundPEATS, they could’ve offered a carrying pouch. Now, users need to buy a third-party case. Overall, the SoundPEATS Space are well made and feel great in your hands and on your head. However, storing and repairing them might be a bit more challenging. Battery 5.0 Perfect SoundPEATS Space have more than 65 hours of playtime on a single charge and over 120 hours when turning ANC OFF. Furthermore, you get an additional 12 hours after a quick 10-minute charge. Tested battery life (ANC on)65 hours 5 minutesOfficial battery life (ANC on)61 hoursDifference4h 5min (+6.2%)Quick chargingYesQi wireless chargingNo SoundPEATS Space battery comparison: The Space headphones are truly hyped up when it comes to battery. Officially, they should last up to 61 hours with active noise cancellation enabled. In our battery life test, where we leave headphones playing music at 50% volume, we got: Approximately 65 hours and 5 minutes with active noise cancellation enabled. That is also the longest battery life we got in our tests (second place belongs to 1MORE SonoFlow with 61.5 hours). You can hook up the Space via AUX cable if the battery suddenly dies. Furthermore, if you don’t need to use active noise cancellation (which is preferred, as it offers a more balanced sound response), you can use the Space for around 123 hours. With numbers like these, you don’t need to charge your headphones for an entire week, if not more. Great specs don’t end there, as SoundPEATS Space also promise really fast charging: You can listen to music for 12 hours after a mere 10-minute charge. Features 4.0 Great SoundPEATS Space have a good selection of features for costing under $80. Most work great, while the custom equalizer tends to be laggy and occasionally unresponsive. Mic quality could also be better. Space headphones have a similar set of features as any other SoundPEATS product: Adaptive EQ EQ presets (sound profiles or modes) Custom EQ Game mode Dual connection All features and settings in the SOUNDPEATS app for the Space. Fixel physical controls Headphones use only physical controls or buttons. There’s no touch-sensitive area like in Life Q30 or some older Sony WH-1000XM4. Gestures stay fixed, so you can’t customize them in the app. Fortunately, there is a gesture for every command so you don’t need to operate them via smartphone. Here’s a quick overview of controls: Play/pause – single press on the Power button Next song – long press on the Volume + button Previous song/repeat – long press on the Volume – button Volume up – single press on the Volume + button Volume down – single press on the Volume – button All buttons are located on the bottom of the earcups. They’re nice and clicky, albeit the Power button is a bit wobbly. Adaptive EQ The Adaptive EQ feature is interesting because it consistently delivers different results. Even though I heard all frequencies at every loudness setting, the app still reduced the bass and mids. It works by playing different frequencies at different intensities, and you select whether you still hear them. In the end, it creates a personalized frequency curve. Unfortunately, in my case, it made the bass boomier and midrange heavily recessed. Your results may come out better, but I generally recommend using their custom EQ to get better results. Custom EQ The app offers a 10-band audio equalizer with +/-6(dB?) adjustments. It gives good control over sound, although you can’t make drastic changes to it. You have my custom EQ settings on the right, whereas the left shows my EQ’s visualization. Sometimes, EQ changes glitch out, and you don’t hear any differences between various EQ settings. If that happens, go into custom EQ and boost one frequency (like 500Hz). When you hear the sound changing, continue tweaking the EQ. I recommend lowering the bass and giving more energy to the upper highs. Here’s my custom EQ for SoundPEATS Space headphones: Frequency bandAdjustment31Hz-362Hz-4125Hz0250Hz0500Hz01kHz02kHz+44kHz+18kHz016kHz+5 Microphone quality is mediocre SoundPEATS Space have a mediocre call quality that is mostly usable for making quick phone calls in quieter places. SoundPEATS Space microphone test: (no noise test from 0:00-0:22, with background noise test from O:23-0:47) Your voice appears muffled and unclear even when speaking in a quieter room. You sound echoey and thin, albeit still understandable to others, although barely. Main microphones are hiding under the “grills”. Walking into a noisier area makes your voice even quieter, as the noise cancellation for calls struggles to block unwanted noise. It does the latter with good effectivity. However, it also further muffles your voice, making it even harder to understand. This means you should avoid noisy places when answering calls with these headphones. Noise Isolation 3.0 Good SoundPEATS Space have a pretty effective passive noise isolation above 800Hz. However, they actually boost lower frequencies, making the engine rumble louder. Measured average noise isolation17,52 dBA Like any headphones, SoundPEATS Space are the most effective at passively reducing higher frequencies. They start reducing early at 300Hz, while they are the most effective in the lower treble region. On the flip side, the headphones seem to have some resonance, as they actually boost the lower frequencies between 70Hz and 300Hz. That means you might hear the engine noise and other low-frequency sounds a tad louder. That said, the boost is small, so it shouldn’t be too noticeable. Nevertheless, at that point, you need to enable the ANC. Here’s a table of how effective is SoundPEATS Space’s passive noise isolation at blocking specific frequencies: FrequencyNoise reductiondB SPLNoise reductiondBA (A-weighted)100 Hz+2 dB-17,1 dBA200 Hz+4,7 dB-6,1 dBA400 Hz3,6 dB-1,2 dBA600 Hz9,3 dB7,1 dBA1 kHz14,6 dB14,6 dBA2 kHz29,3 dB30,5 dBA4 kHz34,2 dB35,2 dBA6 kHz35,9 dB36 dBA10 kHz33,7 dB31,2 dBA15 kHz26,6 dB20,6 dBAAverage17,52 dBAA-weighted values from the International standard IEC 61672:2003 What about sound leakage? Sound leakage is relatively quiet, especially if you’re riding on noisy public transport. However, raising the volume above 60% is enough for others to faintly hear your music. Noise Cancelling 3.5 Almost Great SoundPEATS Space ANC cancels a good amount of lower frequencies and does so quite evenly. While it can’t reach the effectiveness of premium models, it’s still good enough for daily use. Measured average noise reduction with ANC on21,84 dBA SoundPEATS Space active noise cancelling test: SoundPEATS Space ANC Test – HeadphonesAddict Enabling ANC helps to noticeably reduce lower frequencies, which are otherwise slightly boosted (see the passive noise isolation measurement above). While you can still hear the bass rumble, it’s less distracting, especially when listening to music. Only the loudest sounds still come through. Here’s our noise cancelling measurement. The thick blue line shows the room response without headphones, whereas the red line shows how much noise SoundPEATS Space reduced (lower means quieter). The Space have a very consistent ANC and do a great job at 1kHz, where most headphones barely reduce anything. Learn how to read ANC charts. While I like the headphone’s consistency, they could be better at lower bass frequencies responsible for engine rumble. That said, they’re better than Edifier W820NB Plus, which also sell for $80. Based on marketing on Amazon, these headphones should have 4 “Noise Reduction Modes” accessible through the app, but I haven’t seen them. Here’s the table with SoundPEATS Space ANC test results: FrequencyNoise cancellingdB SPLNoise cancellingdBA (A-weighted)100 Hz21,5 dB2,4 dBA200 Hz17,8 dB7 dBA400 Hz25,7 dB20,9 dBA600 Hz22,2 dB20 dBA1 kHz21,4 dB21,4 dBA2 kHz23,5 dB24,7 dBA4 kHz33 dB34 dBA6 kHz35,9 dB36 dBA10 kHz33,8 dB31,3 dBA15 kHz26,7 dB20,7 dBAAverage21,84 dBAA-weighted values from the International standard IEC 61672:2003 Ambient sound mode performance You only get one strength of the Ambient sound mode, which overly boosts the sound, especially the midrange. While that contributes to hearing sounds clearer, they also appear thin and distractingly loud. Hopefully, SoundPEATS will reduce the loudness of the ambient sound mode by a few dB via a firmware update. It would help enormously. Ambient sound mode overly boosts bass and especially midrange region, which creates a very thin sound. Bluetooth 5.0 Perfect SoundPEATS Space have a robust close- and long-range Bluetooth connection, lasting around 60 feet indoors. On top of that, they have an effective Game mode and Bluetooth multipoint support. Bluetooth version5.3Bluetooth range(no obstructions)200ft+Bluetooth rangethrough a wall60ft (18.3m)MultipointYesAudio latency(audio delay)120ms70ms (Game Mode) I didn’t experience any audio stutters (Bluetooth interference) during my testing of the Space headphones. Thanks to using Bluetooth 5.3, they provide solid close-range connectivity. The long-range indoor range is also strong. I was walking across the house while moving away from my smartphone. SoundPEATS Space lasted 60 feet (or 18.3 meters) before cutting the audio completely. They stuttered a few times at 50 and 55 feet but continued playing. That’s excellent performance and way above the average, albeit some headphones lasted even more (Apple AirPods Max or Sony WH-1000XM5 (with Connection priority)). SoundPEATS Space have a stable Bluetooth connection, so you shouldn’t have issues using them in a place with lots of other Bluetooth devices. Furthermore, headphones support Bluetooth multipoint for connecting up to 2 devices simultaneously. That way, you can connect them to your phone and a laptop and seamlessly switch the audio depending on the device you’re using. The feature only offers ON/OFF settings, so if you have them paired to multiple devices, you can’t choose which two devices you want them to connect to. How to pair SoundPEATS Space Headphones initiate pairing mode when you turn them ON for the first time or right after resetting them. When pairing them to another device, they either jump into pairing mode automatically (if they can’t connect to any other device) or manually (by turning them OFF and then holding the Power button for at least 8 seconds or until you see the LED blinking). In most cases, the pairing mode is activated automatically. What Bluetooth codecs do they use? SoundPEATS Space use a standard set of Bluetooth codecs: That is SBC and AAC, with the latter being a preferred choice on iOS, and LC3 (only with devices with Bluetooth 5.2 and above). SBC (standard) AAC (best on iOS devices) LC3 (only Bluetooth 5.2 and above devices) Is there any audio lag? As expected, there’s no visible audio lag when watching videos through YouTube and social media apps, regardless of whether you use Android, iOS, or Windows 11 machine. Video latencyNot visibleGame latency120msGame mode latency70ms Enabling Game Mode significantly reduces lag from 120ms to 70ms (close to the advertised 65ms) while playing mobile games. That’s still visible, but barely. And will only matter to diehard competitive players. Should You Get SoundPEATS Space? 4.5 Almost Perfect If you’re searching for great Bluetooth headphones under $100, then the SoundPEATS Space represent a lot of value. I would easily recommend them to: Money-cautious students who want comfy, well-made headphones with a punchy yet balanced sound and good noise cancellation. Commuters for much of the same reasons as students. People who often forget to charge their electronic devices and wish to have a reliable battery life. SoundPEATS likes to put its slogan “Hear Your Imagination” onto its products. On the other hand, users who might want a bit more are: Audiophiles that look for a cheap yet excellent-sounding alternative with a detailed response. Sportspeople who perform exercises that make them sweat extensively. SoundPEATS Space Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Over Ear Headphone… SoundPEATS Space Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Over Ear Headphone… $69.99 $79.99 in stock 1 used from $55.99 as of March 1, 2024 3:44 am Buy now Amazon.com Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless – Space Headphones 123H Play, Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless – Space out of stock Buy now eBay How do SoundPEATS Space compare to the competition? Space sound a tad more balanced than competitive headphones under $100. They have a longer battery life of over 65 hours on a single charge than most Bluetooth headphones on the market. Earpads are thicker and comfier than in most other competitors. ANC performance is slightly better than in other headphones under $100. Game Mode actually lowers latency to a playable level, which is something most competitors can’t do. In contrast, the call quality is more muffled compared to the competition. Most competitors come with a carrying pouch or a protective case, whereas the Space don’t. SoundPEATS Space alternatives Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Q30s are older headphones that are still a great alternative if you want a livelier sound. They need extensive EQ to sound like that, but they’re worth checking if you want sound quality. Moreover, they’re strong in ANC and battery life, although not as much as the Space. They’re also less comfy and bulkier than the Space, but the latter is a matter of personal preference. Anker Soundcore Life Q30 review What’s in the Box? SoundPEATS Space Bluetooth wireless headphones USB-A to USB-C charging cable 3.5mm to 3.5mm (3-pole) audio cable User manual Specifications Type: Over-ear Connection: Bluetooth 5.3 Back design: Closed-back Drivers: 40mm dynamic Frequency range: n/a Impedance: n/a Weight: 9.31 ounces (264 grams) Mic & Controls: Yes Water resistance: None Battery life: 65 hours (with ANC) Charging time: Quick charge – USB-C Active noise cancelling: Yes, hybrid Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, LC3 Wireless range: 60 feet (or 18.3 meters) Microphone: 4 mics Peter SusicFrom a childhood fascination with sound, Peter’s passion has evolved into a relentless pursuit of the finest headphones. He’s an audio expert with over 5 years of experience in testing both audiophile and consumer-grade headphones. Quote: “After many years, I can confidently tell which headphones are good and which are terrible.” Find his honest opinion in his reviews.