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PlayGo BH70 – A Clear Winner in Budget ANC Headphones

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There is no denying that noise-canceling audio products certainly have taken precedence over regular headphones. In the past few years, that can clearly be noticed with many brands jumping on the bandwagon. That brings us to a rather new but promising player on the market, called PLAY and its latest noise-cancelling headphones, the BH70. These headphones come with ANC capabilities, at a compelling price too. Combinations like these surely make us smile.

Design

Here’s the thing, these may not be the best-looking headphones on the market but manage to deliver quality and comfort which many good-looking headphones out there fail to. The BH70comes with a case, with a single Velcro band that holds the headphones and a small pouch for the USB Type C cable. The thin layer of memory foam-type material on the headband makes it easier to stay on the head. There’s a sort of plastic-ey feel at the point where the headphones touch the ears, but these are minor hiccups and can be ignored.

 

The earcups are designed to rotate by about 90 degrees with an adjustable headband to fit any head size. The earcup cushioning is spot on to mask the entire ear.  However, one thing that raises a flag for us is that the BH70 cannot be folded to make it more compact and easier to carry.

Features

Touch controls are replaced by physical buttons for basic functions. The right ear cup has three buttons play – pause music, volume and a skip track or go to previous track. The infrared sensor on the headphones automatically pauses music when you take off the headphones and resumes playing it when you put them back on – this is hands down our most liked feature on these superbly user friendly headphones. The left earphone has the power button which also acts as the Bluetooth pairing button and then there is the ANC button which boast of three modes – Noise cancellation on, Transparency, and Noise cancellation off.

 

The overall the wearing experience of the BH70 is quite comfortable which we feel is one of the key functions of a good set of headphones. This allows the user to enjoy long hours trouble free and enjoyable audio experiences.

Performance

Coming to the sound quality the combination of AI and ANC, it uses its proprietary algorithms to optimize the listening experience that is capable of delivering the sound that gets in tuned to what your ears are capable of hearing over time. So basically, the headphones’ audio algorithms adapt to the users unique hearing condition overtime, but there is no clear mention of how much time is required to see the desired results. We couldn’t tell much difference in our short-duration usage, but that may change after prolonged use.

 

Users can download the The PLAYGO app on their smartphones which allows them to test the Golden Hearing Curve. Basically, creating an optimized hearing curve by playing sounds at increasing frequencies on both ear cups allowing the user to decide which ear the sound can be heard However, no significant difference in sound was noted.

 

PLAY’s active noise cancellation is what draws attention to these headphones, a key selling point for the product! Job well done there. While not in the same league as bigger brands out there, but given the price point its available at, it’s certainly a great pair at an entry level ANC headphone. The Bluetooth connectivity is 5.0 and they don’t have a 3.5mm or 2.5mm headphone jack, which I think would have made a good difference if it did have it.

Battery

Coming to the sound quality the combination of AI and ANC, it uses its proprietary algorithms to optimize the listening experience that is capable of delivering the sound that gets in tuned to what your ears are capable of hearing over time. So basically, the headphones’ audio algorithms adapt to the users unique hearing condition overtime, but there is no clear mention of how much time is required to see the desired results. We couldn’t tell much difference in our short-duration usage, but that may change after prolonged use.

 

Users can download the The PLAYGO app on their smartphones which allows them to test the Golden Hearing Curve. Basically, creating an optimized hearing curve by playing sounds at increasing frequencies on both ear cups allowing the user to decide which ear the sound can be heard However, no significant difference in sound was noted.

 

PLAY’s active noise cancellation is what draws attention to these headphones, a key selling point for the product! Job well done there. While not in the same league as bigger brands out there, but given the price point its available at, it’s certainly a great pair at an entry level ANC headphone. The Bluetooth connectivity is 5.0 and they don’t have a 3.5mm or 2.5mm headphone jack, which I think would have made a good difference if it did have it.

Verdict

One thing for sure, The PLAYGO BH70 does gets several things right here. A good ANC, crisp sound quality and comfortable to the use. Not to forget, the long-lasting battery life sure earns these boys some extra brownie points. Overall, I’d certainly see myself owning one these, for the simple fact that the brand has delivered a good product at a decent price.

Pros

  • ANC on point
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Comfortable and user friendly.

Cons

  • No 3.5 mm jack
  • AI-based algorithms could be better and need improvement

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