Do these cheap wired noise cancelling earbuds live up to expectations?
TaoTronics noise cancelling earbuds (model TT-EP002) have basic functionality, decent active noise cancellation, and belong to cheap earbuds. Offering the best price/performance in its range. Let us dive into the details.
- Lightweight earbuds
- Cheap for ANC
- Good build quality
- ANC is less effective
TaoTronics TT-EP002 related:
What’s in the box?
- TaoTronics ANC earbuds (TT-EP002)
- 3 pairs of silicone ear tips
- 2 pairs of silicone ear hooks
- Micro-USB cable
- Airline adapter
- User guide
- Travel pouch
Comfort & Fit
The TaoTronics ANC buds TT-EP002 are pleasant to wear. The buds themselves are of average size and sit nicely in your ear. You can combine different eartips and ear hooks to find the fit for your ear shape.
Overall, they stick in your ears nicely, and you can wear them for hours without discomfort.
The only thing that’s a bit cumbersome is the packet where the active noise-cancelling circuitry is working its magic.
It’s slightly pulling down which might be annoying if you’re moving.
Since you’ll probably use them while commuting—meaning sitting down—this isn’t such a huge issue.
They are light even though you are wearing a battery on the cable. Their weight is 0.88 Oz (25g).
So, comfort and fit are a non-issue, and you’ll soon forget you’re wearing them.
TaoTronics headphones have decent noise isolation by themselves since they’re in-ear monitors. The design “forces” you to put the silicone ear-tips deep in your ear canal. It’s still comfy though.
Now, as for the noise cancellation, it’s noticeable and works immediately after you press the ANC button. But, it’s less effective compared to more expensive noise cancelling buds.
The price does matter here, and these are so cheap they probably didn’t put in the best technology. Nonetheless, it works well enough for the price and noticeably lowers the unwanted background noise.
On one charge you’ll get 15 hours of power and charge to full capacity in about 1h.
Supposedly, it reduces ambient noise up to 25dB (which doesn’t tell the whole story).
Related: Check the best noise cancelling headphones.
The housing is plastic and metal. The ear hooks and ear tips are made of soft silicone. And, the wires are tangle-free and rubber protected. Overall, they are well-built buds.
Also, the in-line microphone is located on the right side together with the remote control. You get 3 buttons to control: play/pause, pick up/decline phone calls, volume +/-, and next/previous for songs.
There’s also the switch for noise cancelling (marked with A) and the “monitor mode” button (labeled with M) for when you want to hear your surroundings.
On the module, there is also a light that glows green when Active Noise Control is active. The light switches to red when the battery is low.
Moreover, when you press the M button, it pauses the noise canceling and lowers the volume, but only works in Noise Control mode.
You charge them with a micro-USB cable. The battery case is metal 2.16 inches (5.5cm) long and 0.71 inches (1.8cm) wide.
On the end, you can find a straight 3.5mm plug protected by a metal layer.
You get a few extra things. Like the usual, you get 3 pairs of silicone ear tips (small, medium, large) and 2 pairs of silicone ear hooks (big and small).
Since these are noise cancelling earphones you also get an airline adapter and a travel pouch in case you take them on your trips. It’s a welcome accessory that will be useful if you fly a lot.
First, you need to know that the sound of these TaoTronics noise-canceling earbuds isn’t expected to be high-end, because it’s not. These are budget earbuds after all.
Nonetheless, they sound well enough to enjoy music and movies without major earache.
Plus, they get very loud–you can make yourself deaf without a problem.
There is a noticeable difference in sound quality when you turn on the noise-cancelling. It becomes louder and also a bit muffled.
Lows are there but don’t get too strong. Bass isn’t their strong suit.
An audiophile will hear a slight lack in detail and some distortion, but for what they are, they sound decent.
In conclusion, the budget TaoTronics TT-EP002 earphones have a nice sound with a balanced sound signature that’s suited for all genres.
And, considering the price, comfort, build quality and the fact they are active noise cancelling, they are the best choice for a price-conscious buyer right now.
|Connection:||3.5 mm (strait plug)|
|Frequency response:||15–22,000 Hz|
|Weight:||0.88 Oz (25g)|
|Cable length:||3.94 ft (1.2m)|
|Microphone & Controls:||Yes|
|Battery life:||15h for ANC|