Anker Soundcore Life Q20
Hello / Greetings To Everyone, So Today I am going to put my true views on Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Review.
Generally speaking, you shouldn’t expect much from a Bluetooth 60 headphone, especially a kit that claims to have active noise cancellation. But Anker’s SoundCore Life Q20 surprised us with its rich, realistic sound and comfortable fit that allowed for extended listening sessions.
Active noise cancellation, meanwhile, filtered out the low-end motor and background noise well, and we were also impressed with the headset’s battery life. That said, we could have gotten away with the Life Q20’s over-the-top “BassUp” bass boost, while the tunes sounded flat (and not very good) when played over a wired connection.
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So Anker really gets going on paper, especially since the headphones can not only transmit via SBC, but also via AAC for improved audio quality. I received a corresponding warning when establishing the connection, as allegedly there could be compatibility problems with AAC, but in the end everything went smoothly.
I will now first introduce you to the processing and equipment of the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 before I write something about the sound. Then I’ll briefly discuss wearing comfort and battery life before I offer you my personal conclusion.
Equipment with Anker Soundcore Life Q20
The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 shows at first glance that it is not in the same price range as the Jabra Elite 85h, Sony WH-XB900N or Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 – you cannot realistically expect that. How can you tell? The enclosed bag, for example, is just a limp bag and the auricles are loose, so they have a lot of play instead of staying firmly in one position, as is the case with the Jabra Elite 85h. Overall, the look is of course much more interchangeable and the adjustable ear hook only use a very thin metal strap, behind which there is again plastic.
However, these savings are understandable given the sales price. Especially since you use synthetic leather for the top of the ear hook and the padding on the underside looks a bit thin, but is sufficient when worn. The scope of delivery also includes a micro-USB charging cable, a cable for 3.5 mm audio and a user manual – so nothing special.
The buttons for noise suppression and the power button are located on the left auricle. On the right there is the volume control and a button to stop or continue playback or to accept calls. The micro-USB charging connection and the port for the 3.5 mm jack are located underneath.
What I personally like are, on the one hand, the clearly visible markings for left and right in the auricles and, on the other hand, the flexibility. The auricles are adjustable in angle, the ear hooks in length. The brands Anker / Soundcore have been made relatively discreet by lettering on the sides. For the price, everything fits here in my opinion.
Design : Anker Soundcore Life Q20
So now it’s time for design.Weighing just 9.3 ounces, the SoundCore Life Q20 features an adjustable, padded headband and foldable earbuds that swivel 90 degrees for easy tucking into a backpack or purse. The memory foam earbuds fit comfortably around my big ears and the headband has never had a headache; indeed, I wore the headphones for several hours right during the coast to coast flight without any pain or discomfort.
The SoundCore Life Q20 folds flat for easy storage.
The power button is located on the left ear cup and acts as a Bluetooth pairing button when pressed for a long time. Pressing the second button on the earbud turns on the headset’s noise canceling mode, which (according to Anker) is designed to block 90 percent of low to mid-level noise with a quartet of built-in microphones. (I’ll dive deeper into the noise canceling capabilities of the Life Q20 shortly.)
The volume rocker on the right earbud has a built-in play button that lets you play and pause music and answer calls. You can also activate the headset’s BassUp bass boost by pressing the play button twice, or you can press and hold it to bring up Siri or Google Assistant. Next to the volume control is a Micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm audio jack for wired listening with the supplied 3.5 cable. 3.5 mm.
Overall, the Life Q20 felt a little flimsy but pleasantly light, and the headset didn’t seem to suffer any side effects from being put in a backpack, which I then tucked under the airline seat.
The right earbud of the Anker SoundCore Life Q20 has a volume rocker and a Play button that allows you to activate BassUp mode or call the phone’s digital assistant. There is also a Micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Sound Quality & Noise cancellation
Anchor may have spilled over with material and workmanship, but the sound was pounded – at least on paper: The product description states that the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is capable of high-resolution audio. That would be a hammer in this price range. Unfortunately, the music is only transmitted with the SMB and AAC codecs, high-res sounds different. The exaggeration would not have been necessary, because the headphones do their job quite well even without aptX.
Let’s start our soundcore playlist with a classic. Massive Attack’s album Mezzanine was completely remastered for its 20th birthday. With the Life Q20 on your head, you wo n’t hear much of that at Teardop . The song seems powerless, the beat has no steam. Although the classic is presented very transparently, the energy of the song does not come across – as if a sports car were driving with the handbrake on. It’s a shame, because the song deserves a big stage and not an acoustic flip book.
There is also no lack of transparency in Madison Cunningham’s Pin it down . The blues guitar comes clearly from the right, the singers come pointedly from the center, the remaining instruments surround the sound structure. But there is no need to be close, you are just there instead of in the middle. A feeling that is confirmed by Low from The Slow Show: Rob Goodwin’s voice sounds as if the sound file has been edited. Weak highs, dull mids and a powerless bass ensure acoustic arbitrariness.
And on the dance floor? Nuutri by Smoke is one of those tracks that gets you carried away with its fat beats. Actually. The soundcore is honest, but the piece doesn’t really get going. On the contrary: The high synth sounds in the background sound too shrill and annoying in the long run, in the middle it looks spongy without corners and edges. The bass is there, yes, but as if you don’t want to disturb the neighbors while practicing. Overall, the sound is best described as average – and in this case that is a compliment. Because we had already tested significantly more expensive headphones that did not necessarily sound better.
And in this price range, it is also rather unusual to equip the headphones with noise suppression. This only knows two operating states: on and off. If ANC is activated, lower humming tones in particular are filtered out in road traffic, making the outside noise less dominant. This becomes particularly clear when buses and trucks drive by. But in principle it was already there: the traffic noise itself is softened a little, but remains clearly audible in the ear. Of course, we didn’t expect the headphones to be able to keep up with our previous test winners Bose NC 700 (test report) and Sony WH-1000XM3 (test report) – but a little more would have been possible. If you put your fingers in your ears, you will shield yourself better than with the Life Q20.
Anker is familiar with batteries: According to the manufacturer, up to 30 hours are possible with the ANC switched on. If the sound activation is deactivated, it should even be up to 60 hours. If the battery is empty, five minutes of power is enough to listen to up to four hours of music. These values were not quite achieved in practice, but the Life Q20’s battery lasted longer than the competition.
Control : Anker Soundcore Life Q20
The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 offered stable scopes of up to 12 meters in the field when tried with an assortment of Android and iOS gadgets. Blending is accomplished by squeezing and holding the force button, which dispatches the gadget itself and naturally starts Bluetooth matching. At the point when effectively associated, the 3-button distant on the right-hand side of the earphone lodging can be utilized for key gadget control.
The focal multi-useful catch controls play/stop usefulness, just as call acknowledgment and end. A different in addition to and less image can likewise be found for dealing with volume changes. These additionally bend over as title route controls. To the extent ease of use goes, there’s nothing to grumble about truly.
A few shortcomings do introduce themselves with regards to discourse clarity during calls. While the lucidity of the voice of the guest was consistently acceptable, the voice of the client is by all accounts sent in a fairly tranquil and dull manner, with foundation noise having an undesirable impact.
So lastly, The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 are inexpensive over-ear headphones with noise canceling that offer good sound, excellent wearing comfort as well as good battery life and solid workmanship for around 50 dollars. So right away I would like to recommend this model as a price / performance hit. Unfortunately, this is prevented by a bug in the noise suppression: It transmits wind noise, so that the ANC outside in its current state is unusable. Should Anker take it again, the headphones would be an absolute buy tip from my point of view.
As it currently looks, you get good headphones, but the ANC can only be used sensibly indoors. Should Anker soon support the Life Q20 in the Soundcore app and fix the ANC bug, then the headset would be a real tip.