For a number of us, the pandemic has meant working from residence, and this example is constant nicely into 2021. An integral a part of a number of our jobs is attending on-line conferences and video conferences. However, this entails with the ability to hear and communicate clearly; you want pair of headphones for this. Most headphones right this moment are centered extra on the music expertise, and business-friendly choices for voice communications are significantly much less widespread, significantly in India.
That modified with Epos, a Danish enterprise and gaming centered audio model, launching in India. One of the corporate’s first merchandise is the Epos Adapt 560, a pair of wi-fi headphones that’s centered on voice communications and co-developed with Sennheiser. Priced at Rs. 29,990, that is an costly pair of headphones, particularly provided that it is made for a really particular use case. Does it ship sufficient by means of options to justify the value? Find out in our overview.
Foldable increase microphone and ANC on the Epos Adapt 560
While the value would counsel that you just’re shopping for over-ear headphones, the Epos Adapt 560 has an on-ear design that is sometimes seen on extra reasonably priced fashions. There’s additionally lively noise cancellation, which generally advantages from the higher noise isolation of over-ear match headphones, so the design does come throughout as a bit odd, all the things thought-about. The Adapt 560 is comfy due to smooth padding and its low weight, however I wasn’t too impressed with its capacity to isolate background noise.
The headphones have been co-developed with German specialist model Sennheiser. You can see its logos proper beneath the Epos logos on each side of the scarf, and certainly Sennheiser’s distinct styling and ergonomics are evident within the headset itself. However, that is a completely plastic headset, and appears far too primary given the Rs. 29,990 price ticket.
The Epos Adapt 560 has all its controls and ports alongside the underside of the appropriate ear cup. There is a sliding button to manage playback and quantity, a devoted button for answering calls, the facility button, a devoted button for ANC, and a USB Type-C port for charging and wired use. I discovered all of them a bit exhausting to handle at occasions. Even after a number of days of use, my muscle reminiscence nonetheless wasn’t educated to search out the appropriate button once I wanted it.
Unlike most common music-focused headphones which have microphones throughout the ear cups, the Epos Adapt 560 has a foldable increase microphone that extends outwards when wanted, and could be stowed away virtually flush with the ear cup when not in use. It’s plastic like the remainder of the headset, and clicks into place when stowed. This guarantees to make voice pickup clearer and extra correct, and I’ll get into the precise efficiency of the microphone a bit later on this overview.
Connectivity is thru Bluetooth 5 for smartphones and tablets. The gross sales package deal additionally contains an Epos BTD 800 USB dongle for units akin to computer systems and laptops that may not have Bluetooth inbuilt. This additionally permits the headphones to take care of simultaneous connections with a smartphone and a USB gadget. You can join to 2 Bluetooth units concurrently, with or with out the dongle, together with laptops with Bluetooth inbuilt.
A button on the dongle is alleged to permit fast launching of the Microsoft Teams app, however I could not get this to work on my MacBook Air. The headphones instantly and routinely related to the dongle for me with none pairing course of. Apart from Microsoft Teams certification, there’s additionally assist for the SBC, AAC, and aptX Bluetooth codecs.
The Epos Adapt 560 provides wonderful battery life, operating for round 34 hours with music enjoying when related to a smartphone, on a single cost. With on a regular basis use for round 6-7 hours a day of music, calls, and different audio, I estimate that the headphones will run for round 4 days on a single cost. Charging is gradual although, with the headset taking practically 4 hours to cost totally.
The Epos Adapt 560 is nice for calls and productiveness, not too good for music
Most of the headphones we overview are music-focused, and the Epos Adapt 560 is a uncommon exception, meant for issues aside from music. With the first use case for such a headset being calls and voice communications, that is what I focused on for this overview. I examined the headphones with iOS and Android smartphones, and likewise used the dongle for connectivity with my MacBook Air laptop computer. While I used to be ready to make use of Bluetooth to hook up with my laptop computer, I discovered that utilizing the dongle made for faster connectivity.
The Epos Adapt 560 is superb as a hands-free headset, and I had good experiences with each a smartphone and a pc. The sound tuning makes for clear voices, which have been straightforward to listen to and perceive no matter whether or not I used a mobile or fastened residence Internet connection. The increase microphone proved to be wonderful, making certain that my voice was picked up precisely and clearly for the particular person on the opposite finish of the decision.
This voice-focused sonic signature additionally makes the Epos Adapt 560 excellent for dialogue-heavy content material, akin to educational movies, podcasts, and even many varieties of films. I discovered this fairly helpful as my job typically entails watching this sort of content material, and having the headset at all times related to each my smartphone and laptop computer made this a part of work rather a lot simpler. Furthermore, gadget switching was virtually seamless, and the headset managed to modify the audio sign to the gadget I needed to listen to from practically each time in simply a few seconds.
While the Epos Adapt 560 handles communications capably, the identical cannot be mentioned of the music listening expertise. Interestingly, the aptX Bluetooth codec is supported on this gadget and I did strive it with a suitable Android smartphone to see if this made a major distinction to the music expertise, however this wasn’t the case. The sonic signature made for a fairly plain and bizarre sound that’s workable for the occasional observe you may need to take heed to, however the Adapt 560 actually is not meant for use for lots of music.
Listening to a high-resolution model of Golden Brown by The Stranglers with the aptX Bluetooth codec in use, I discovered an absence of character within the music, and not one of the element and drive that I’d normally anticipate from a high-end wi-fi headset. The instrumentals firstly of the observe, which sound fantastically cohesive and detailed on the Sony WH-1000XM4 have been far more plain on the Epos Adapt 560.
Active noise cancellation on the Epos Adapt 560 is respectable; there was a noticeable discount within the typical background sounds I hear in my residence workplace, and even a faint drop in sounds akin to voices and the tv within the background. That mentioned, this is not class-leading lively noise cancellation by any means. It’s extra carefully similar to the mid-range ANC supplied by headphones and earphones priced at round Rs. 15,000. It’s additionally price mentioning right here that the on-ear design reduces among the effectiveness of the lively noise cancellation.
Given that almost all wi-fi headphones are music-focused, Epos has a fairly distinctive product on its fingers with the Adapt 560. This is a headset that’s unashamedly meant for communications, however is not as particular in its design and have set as most enterprise or enterprise audio merchandise. Instead, it is a productivity-centric gadget that appears, feels, and works like every retail wi-fi headset. It’s wonderful for its core function of communications, with nice connectivity choices and battery life that’s among the many finest in its phase.
However, all of this nonetheless is not sufficient to justify the Rs. 29,999 price ticket, in my view. The on-ear design, bizarre ANC efficiency, and lack of flexibility for music makes this a distinct segment product that not lots of people will really see the purpose of. Even those that do may assume many occasions earlier than spending this a lot cash on such a purpose-built product. It may maybe be extra price contemplating an all-round headset such because the Sony WH-1000XM4, which provides higher worth for cash and can work fairly nicely even for productiveness.
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