Groov-e Zen ANC Headphones – Review

Groov e Zen ANC Headphones   Review

Good Points:

  • Price
  • Battery life
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Good mid-range sound quality
  • Lightweight

Bad Points:

  • Plastic build quality
  • Sound distortion at high volume
  • Bluetooth 4.1

Design:

The Zen Wireless ANC (active noise cancelling) headphones are the latest in the budget range from Groov-e. Coming in at an MSRP of £49.99, these are an upgrade from the Groov-e Fusion headphones. Although the Zen headphones are packed with features, to keep the price down they are constructed mainly from plastic with fake leather ear cups.

Groov e Zen ANC Headphones   Review

Being made of plastic is not a bad thing, as the headphones are extremely lightweight and therefore very comfortable, but I did find the fake leather ear cups did make my ears sweat after a long period of use. The headphones have swivel earcups that allow ease of storage when not in use, but they do not fold as with other Groov-e products.

In the box you get a storage bag as well as a micro-USB cable, and 3.5mm headphone jack for wired connection, should your batteries go flat or for those times when Bluetooth connection is not an option.

Groov e Zen ANC Headphones   Review

For controlling the headphones, everything is all on the left cup, such as is the 3.5mm jack, ANC on/off button, volume/track control buttons. On the front of the left cup, is the power button that is also used to take/end calls and play/pause your music. On the right cup, you do have the micro-USB port and a small built-in microphone.

Groov e Zen ANC Headphones   Review

In Use:

Paring the Zen headphones is the usual affair. Once you turn the headphones on they enter pairing mode. You can see this via the little LED flashing red and blue – this is located next to the 3.5mm port. On your phone make sure you connect to the “GV-BT1100″ from the list of available devices.

The headphones connect with Bluetooth 4.1. I would’ve like to have seen Bluetooth 5.0, but again these are in the budget range. They have a claimed range of 10 meters, and in my testing it was pretty close to that.

Groov e Zen ANC Headphones   Review

The headphones are fitted with 40mm neodymium drivers, and I found that the sound quality was excellent, with great bass in the low to mid-volume range. However, when ramped up to full volume they did start to distort a bit and this affected the overall sound quality. So keeping them at a medium level and protecting that hearing is the way to go.

The Groov-e headphones also provide ANC technology and when using these on an everyday basis, I noticed they did remove most of the outside noise. They aren’t perfect, but that comes out only when you compare them to more expensive headphones like my Bose QC35’s.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a pair of headphones for everyday use, with the added benefit of Active Noise Cancelling Technology, but on a budget with up to 10 hours of playback and the chance to take calls and with decent sound quality, they are well worth considering.

Get more information on the Groov-e website.