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New Voxoa HD Wireless Headphones Thread. Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 16 hours of battery!

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Voxoa is a new company that recently launched a line of wireless bluetooth headphones.

http://www.voxoa.com/home.html

 

About myself: http://www.head-fi.org/t/674373/story-of-a-new-reviewer-kimvictor

 

Pics from Voxoa's website.

Pics (Click to show)

 

Spec/Technology

Spec/Tech (Click to show)

Basic Specs on them:

Color: Black or White

Style: On ear

SPL: 108db

Impedance: 68ohms

Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz

 

Fancy Technologies:

Bluetooth 4.0

NFC: For easy paring with smartphones

Built in microphone with Echo Cancellation. HD Voice technology.

aptX for 16/44.1 CD quality playback

AAC support

16 hours of battery with 3 hours charge time.

Folds for portability and a pouch is included.

 

I feel like Voxoa has some confidence in their new headphones. They seem to be more audiophile than most main stream brands at least. In fact, they were confident enough to provide me with a frequency response graph of their new headphones. IDK what exact measurement tools/compensation were used for the measurement though.

 

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Now my pics! They have arrived. I received a black version.

My Pics! (Click to show)

 

I should have reserved the second post of this thread for this review, but it's too late now.

 

Anyways, here's the review!

 

Part 1:

Form Factor/Usability (Click to show)

Form Factors:

Portability: Highly portable. The fold so they fit in jacket pockets and the wireless feature adds to portability.

Comfort: Good. Some find on ears uncomfortable, but these are definitely one of the more comfortable on ears I've tried. They are also comfortable around the neck, if you like keeping your headphones around your neck.

Build Quality: Very good. These are surprisingly super flexible, and they take drops well. My friend and I dropped them from head height(180cm, 170cm) about three times, and they survived all drops.

Aesthetics: Well, as the pictures show, Voxoa's are visually appealing. I got the black version, so IDK how white version might be, but black version looks premium and simple.

 

Features:

3.5mm jack: Voxoa has the capability to bypass all of it's internal components(amp/bluetooth) and just be used as a passive headphone. This means even if your battery dies, you can use them cabled. They also sound bit better when used through cable as it bypasses the internal amp.

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 works great. Easy connection, good connectivity, and convenient as hell. I, as an audiophile, though I would never admit this, but it is absolutely like the best thing. No cables! OMG. If you haven't tried wireless headphones, try them. It makes life easier. I will cover the sound through bluetooth in the sound part of the review.

Remote: Remote is functioning. As expected, there are some delay when the button is pressed, but my phone/computer both responded to all button press. Voxoa has volume control/track control feature on the right side.

Mic: Mic is functional. I made 3 calls with them on, and they were all working. One complaint though. It picks of outside noise really well, which I suspect is because the mics are facing outwards.

NFC: If you are setting up connection between Voxoa and an android with NFC capability, you don't have to go into setting. Turn your NFC on, and place your phone where NFC marking is on the headphones(they have to be on too). It will pair itself automatically. Tested with Samsung GS3.

Battery: Although I never fully drained the battery, I have ran it for 12 hours without charging. You get at least 10hrs of battery, which is awesome.

Earpads: Believe it or not, the earpads come off and are replaceable. Bonus for long time use

 

Part 2:

Sound! (Click to show)

The sound of these Voxoa's are worthy of some praise, especially when compared to many main stream headphones(aka beats, soul...). Overall signature is a bassy sound with slightly recessed lower mids.

 

This review will be divided into parts as always. 

 

Gears/References: iRiver AK100, Leckerton Audio UHA-6S.MKII, Samsung GS3. ATH-M50, Sol Republic HD Tracks, Beats by Dr.Dre Solo.

 

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Sub-Bass: As with a bass oriented headphone, bass is strong and prominent. I would mind it being slightly tighter and faster, but the impact is good.

 

Mid-Bass: Powerful. It's not total bass head level, but there's enough bass for me to call it bass oriented headphone. Again, they are very punchy, but I wouldn't mind bit more tightness.

 

Lower mids: Slightly recessed(less recessed than M50 though), but still present and enjoyable. Bit of grain.

 

Upper mids: Overall good. Smooth and present upper mids. There's bit of grain though.

 

Lower treble: These aren't dark headphones. They have present treble. It doesn't sound bright, but just warm/natural.

 

Upper treble: Super extension! My UERM cuts off around 18k, but I have audible hearing range above 20k(Surprising! But I've tested with Voxoa's). This surprised me a lot. I could actually hear 20k sine wave. But this

means that upper treble of Voxoa's have some serious extension. Upper treble is present again.

 

Detail: Fair. Better than beats and tracks, but worse than M50.

 

Clarity: Fair. Lacks slightly when compared to M50.

 

Soundstage: Better than all three references.

 

Imaging: On par(or slightly lacking) with M50.

 

Smoothness: While overall smooth, there are some grain in the mids. Voxoa's are smoother than all three

references though.

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Bluetooth:

The review above has been done through the 3.5mm cable that came with the headphones. But how's the wireless sound? Well, thankfully, they don't lack too much even when compared to wired mode. Little bit of clarity and imaging is lost, but the sound sig remains fairly similar and the sound quality is still respectable. I used a apt-X enabled GS3 for this evaluation. If you have an apt-X enabled device, the sound quality should be fairly good even through bluetooth.

 

Part 3:

Final Words (Click to show)
To give my honest opinion on the Voxoa Wireless HD Headphones, I must admit that I did receive a review sample from Voxoa. I did not buy the headphones myself. Anyways, for the three weeks I've had it, I've enjoyed them a lot. I learned how easy wireless headphones are and how wireless headphones can sound good. I am confident to recommend these to my friends(and I have) and give Voxoa credit for making a good product. Voxoa is still not so well known in the head-fi world, but I think they deserve some more recognition. 
 
But obviously, these are not perfect. Let me list few things that Voxoa can fix.
1. Cable. The cables are short. Probably 1m or less. I find that to be long enough, but I can see that it could be a problem for many. But it's a 3.5mm male to male cable, which are easy to find. It will be nice if Voxoa included a longer cable.
2. Mic. The mics are perfectly functional. But considering that these are portable phones, I feel like the mic should be less prone to outside noise.

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Currently willing to lend my Voxoa HD Wireless to those that might be interested! 12/2/13

http://www.head-fi.org/t/693456/lending-out-gears


Edited by kimvictor - 12/8/13 at 5:08pm
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Yikes, that treble! Not sure what compensation they used, but usually for neutral/slightly dark headphones, there's roll off after 2khz, correct? But these have a peak O_O


Edited by thegunner100 - 10/16/13 at 6:21pm
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Yikes, that treble! Not sure what compensation they used, but usually neutral/slightly dark headphones after 2khz, correct? But these have a peak O_O

Yup. These do have a small peak and a dip, but it's not worse than H-200. At least that treble extension surprises me. If it does have full 20k extension, that is better than UERM! But yeah. These are more V shaped phone, rather than warm or neutral headphone. I guess I'll mess around with EQ to see how they turn out to be.

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Yup. These do have a small peak and a dip, but it's not worse than H-200. At least that treble extension surprises me. If it does have full 20k extension, that is better than UERM! But yeah. These are more V shaped phone, rather than warm or neutral headphone. I guess I'll mess around with EQ to see how they turn out to be.


Hmm I see... no V-shaped cans for me please. But that's quite a bit to have to EQ if you want them to sound somewhat neutral.

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Hmm I see... no V-shaped cans for me please. But that's quite a bit to have to EQ if you want them to sound somewhat neutral.

Yeah. I guess I will have to use foobar to EQ for this one.

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I don't use EQ but when I want to play around with EQ on loaned headphones, I use EasyQ VST w/ foobar. So many more options than the banded EQ on foobar.

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I don't use EQ but when I want to play around with EQ on loaned headphones, I use EasyQ VST w/ foobar. So many more options than the banded EQ on foobar.

Alright. I will take note of that.

 

BTW, the drivers are also very well matched according to the graph. It's a new brand, and I feel like they are a brand that might care about sound quality, but I can't judge until I hear them.

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Frequency response can not tell everything, I am curious about the sound quality difference since they are bluetooth headphones with aptX and also, they provide detachable cable.

BTW, the impedance is 64 ohm, is it helpful to control the treble? let's see.

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Frequency response can not tell everything, I am curious about the sound quality difference since they are bluetooth headphones with aptX and also, they provide detachable cable.

BTW, the impedance is 64 ohm, is it helpful to control the treble? let's see.

These headphones do seem pretty interesting. I am fully aware that the frequency graph cannot tell everything, so I'm still making assumptions, until I get a review sample.

Why would the 64ohm impedance control the treble? Unless these headphones have a really weird impedance curve and I use a high impedance source, the treble shouldn't be changed.

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Some pics from Voxoa website has been added.

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The package from Voxoa(CA) arrived! Expect pics within 2 days.

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Pics came! So for satisfied.

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the build quality seem studier in your pic xD... [using iPhone sorry xD]
Edited by BillsonChang007 - 10/21/13 at 3:03pm
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the build quality seem studier in your pic xD... [using iPhone sorry xD]

They are pretty sturdy. They were bit more about light weight and comfort. They are super light and flexible.

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Quick Impressions:

 

So for so good. The bluetooth SQ... idk. I really haven't tried any other bluetooth hps, but it's poor when compared to wired phones. But when I use the Voxoa wired, it becomes very good. Overall sound is warm and bit bassy without any big recession in any frequency.

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