Soundcore Life 2 - Review
I've had these headphones for about 2 months now and absolutely love them for so many reasons. I'll explain at the end how they helped my son.
This is my first pair of true noise cancelling headphones. I've actually only tested out ones that my friends have, but haven't truly been able to just chill out and enjoy some good music with a pair of my own.
The sound quality on these is fantastic! I'm no audiophile, but I do enjoy good sounding audio. The rich bass and crisp, clear audio from these is great! I mainly use them for music, but I've also plugged them right into my Nintendo Switch and streamed some YouTube from my phone. They boast "40 mm drivers to reproduce distortion-free music with enhanced clarity, accuracy, and detail" and they support hi-res audio! (borrowed that line from: https://www.soundcore.com/products/variant/life-2/A3023011)
Video games and movies: There doesn't seem to be any sort of lag from what I could tell. Quiet moments and large explosions are all balanced out nicely and I feel more immersed in the content since the outside world is blocked out.
How well does it cancel out noise? On a scale from 0 to 10 (0 being the equivalent to hearing everything around and 10, where you can't hear a thing), I'd probably rate these at 7.5-9. Where there's silence in the content I'm listening to, I can still make out what's happening around me, but it's not distracting. When there is any sort of audio playing through them, it's very, very difficult to hear anything from the outside world.
They are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time as well. The headband is padded and the ear cups have a soft protein leather covered memory-foam. It's like two clouds gently resting on your ears.
Check out this fun fact! The battery lasts for 30 hours of continuous playtime when going wireless and 60 hours when wired! WHAT?! I truly cannot tell you how accurate that is. Mine went dead after they sat for a couple weeks of not being used over Christmas, but they charged back up quickly. I'm only on my second charge since getting them, but I'm also not using them ALL the time.
I was fortunate enough to get the Life 2 Gift Set that came with a bunch of amazing stuff! We're finally taking our honeymoon in March after over 7 years of being married. I can't wait to take these on the plane with me! The gift set came with everything I need to travel with. I'll just copy and past the Amazon description: "Gift Set: This limited edition gift set combines Life 2 over-ear headphones with exclusive Anker accessories. Charge on the go with a PowerCore 5000 and PowerLine+ Micro USB cable or use the Premium AUX cable and airplane adaptor to listen to music in wired mode while you travel." That's a lot of stuff, right?! Check out the photos below of the box contents.
So, now you're probably wondering how on earth these helped my son make it through Aquaman. He's 7, and for awhile we thought he may be autistic and on the spectrum. He was later diagnosed with SPD, which is Sensory Processing Disorder. His main SPD speciality is touch. He loves the feel of things and loves to chew on things, especially LEGOs. However, sound plays a big role in his life as well. Anything too loud causes so much pain to this amazing little kid. We went to see Aquaman at the IMAX and they had the volume cranked up past 11! It was at a 15 and was even too loud for me at times. There are a lot of action scenes in that movie, so you don't get too much of a break from the silence. I looked over at him in the beginning and he was hunched over shaking. I thought he was going to vomit. Turns out the sound was causing him that much pain. I opted to miss the first 20 minutes of the movie to run home and grab my Soundcore Life 2 headphones for him. When I made it back, I powered them on and put them on his head. It worked! The noise cancelling functions as well as the soft ear cups did miracles for him! He was happy again and would take them off and put them back on as needed. He was able to make it though the rest of the movie pain-free and living for every single superhero moment that happened! These headphones will be coming with us to all the movies we see in the future. Whether he needs them or not, I'm glad to know that I'll have something on hand that will help him should he need it.
I'm a fan of these and look forward to continued use I'll get from them!
P.S. Aquaman is B.A.!