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An Affordable Xiaomi ANC Neckband Bluetooth Headset

An Affordable Xiaomi ANC Neckband Bluetooth Headset

True wireless or neckband headset, which one is better?

Although true wireless headsets are in fashion, they have issues about connectivity and latency. Active noise-canceling (ANC) is nearly out of the question for these small headsets. High-end true wireless headsets such as AirPods 2 and Sony WF-1000XM3 are costly.

In comparison, the left and right earphone are connected by wire. Thus, the size of a neckband Bluetooth headset is larger for more possibilities. Therefore, it is easier to make a neckband headset with noise-canceling and high audio quality. Meanwhile, like other kinds of Bluetooth headsets, it is tangle-free and noteworthy.

This Xiaomi noise-canceling neckband Bluetooth headset is produced by iMore. iMore also offers similar products. The entire headset is in black. The upper part uses skin-friendly silicone material like most Bluetooth sports headphones. 

In comparison with the leather neckband of Sony WI-1000X, the Xiaomi neckband headset offers more comfort.

The lower part of the neckband is the control interface. On the left, there is the on/off button and vol+/- button. Long press the button to turn on/off, short press to play or pause. Long press the vol+ button, and you can switch to the next song; long-press the vol- button, and you can switch to the previous song.

On the right is the button for ANC. Short press, and you can choose the noise-canceling level. The function is off by default, so you need to enable it manually whenever necessary. 

The cavity of the in-ear headphones looks similar to 1More Piston 2 and Xiaomi Mi In-ear Headphones Pro. Its magnetic structure facilitates storage, whereas, it can't control the music. It's better to pause manually before the absorption.

The headset comes with a pair of ear fins and three pairs of ear tips. It requires USB Type-C cable for charging and supports 5V 1A input.

Regarding dry specs, the Xiaomi ANC neckband Bluetooth headset is outstanding among headphones under $70, because it features:

√ Hybrid digital active noise-canceling technology;
√ Bluetooth 5.0 protocol;
√ Dual speakers (moving coil + moving iron);
√ Sony's LDAC audiophile-grade Bluetooth codec;
√ Up to 15 hours of battery life (ANC On).

How about the actual performance? After using it for a while, I am impressed with the noise-canceling performance of the Xiaomi neckband headset. In the subway, the product can suppress most low-frequency noise when the train is moving in powerful mode. 

Indeed, you can still hear the announcement and people talking nearby. In general, it provides you with a comfortable, quiet environment. Its noise-canceling effect is 70% to 80% as powerful as Sony WI-1000X. 

As for the sound quality, it is not bad. The Xiaomi Neckband Bluetooth headset doesn't produce a powerful bass, not as layered and detailed as WI-1000X. I think that the tuning can still be improved since it uses moving iron and LDAC codec. Of course, you can adjust the EQ to your preference. 

I didn't test the battery life on purpose. However, I felt it long enough. Used 1 - 2 hours per day, it doesn't require charging in a whole week.

There are a few downsides of the product, all associated with the interaction. First, the headset doesn't turn on ANC by default, and I need to enable the function every time after power-up. Second, there are no voice prompts, such as "Power Up," "Noise Cancelling On," as a result, you might be confused. 

At last, you need to long-press to turn off the headset, which is a bit inconvenient.
The Verdict

All in all, the noise-canceling neckband Bluetooth headset at only 499 yuan ($69.65) is the right choice. 

When it comes to noise-canceling neckband Bluetooth headsets, Bose QC30 and Sony WI-1000X come into mind, whereas, their prices are above $139. Xiaomi offers a comfortable, long-lasting, cost-effective solution to those who don't have a large budget. 

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Currently, we recommend this excellent alternative to you, the 1MORE E1024BT Neckband Bluetooth Earphone.

1MORE Stylish E1024BT Neckband Bluetooth Earphone In-ear Stereo Eabuds ( Xiaomi Ecosystem Product )



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