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AmazonBasics Lightweight On Ear Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Oct 10, 2016 at 01:13 pm
AmazonBasics Lightweight On Ear Picture
Test Methodology v1.3.1
5.5
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
5.2
Commute/Travel
5.7
Sports/Fitness
5.5
Office
3.9
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
2.0
Phone Call
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The AmazonBasics Lightweight On-Ear are a decent low-budget pair of headphones with a satisfying sound quality. Unfortunately, they're not the most versatile. They struggle in loud environments, and their build quality feels a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear. They're also a bit uncomfortable.

Our Verdict

5.5 Mixed Usage

The AmazonBasic Lightweight On-Ear mediocre mixed usage headphones. They have a surprisingly decent sound but feel a bit cheap and poorly isolate listeners from ambient noise. They're a low budget pair for casual or critical listening but lack too many features to be versatile enough for all use cases.

6.5 Neutral Sound

AmazonBasic Lightweight On-Ear, have a well-balanced and unexpectedly decent sound quality. The bass is punchy, and instruments and vocals are not drowned out or pushed to the back of the mix. They won't offer as much detail, and clarity as some the better performing neutral listening headphones but their audio reproduction is more than sufficient for casual listening.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.2 Commute/Travel

Not ideal for commuting. The small ear cups don't efficiently prevent ambient noise from entering your audio.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.7 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre at best for sports. They're lightweight, and stable thanks to their tight fit. However, They don't have a decent control scheme, and the non-detachable cable could bothersome during strenuous exercise.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.5 Office

Below-average for office use. They're slightly leaky at higher volumes, which is not ideal for quiet offices. They also, don't block enough noise for lively offices either.

See our Office recommendations
5.7 Wired Gaming
2.0 Phone Call
  • 5.5 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 5.2 Commute/Travel
  • 5.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.5 Office
  • 3.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 2.0 Phone Call
Pros
  • Above-average audio reproduction.
  • Lightweight, stable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The AmazonBasics On-Ear as the name implies, have a minimalist design with no controls or a detachable cable. They're entirely made out of plastic and have a build reminiscent of the Sony MDR-ZX110NC. They have small circular ear cups and a fairly ordinary but thin headband. They're lightweight and come in three varying color schemes; white, black and blue. These headphones won't stick out in a crowd and don't look especially eye-catching, but the understated aesthetic will work for some.

6.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.21 lbs
Clamping Force
0.84 lbs

These headphones are uncomfortably tight and not sufficiently well padded. They're lightweight but they're too tight out of the box, which coupled with the on-ear design makes them exert a painful amount of pressure on the ears.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control N/A
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No
7.9
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 2.4 C
6.6
Design
Portability
L 7 "
W 5.63 "
H 1.38 "
Volume 54.4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

The AmazonBasics on-ear are mid-sized headphones that somewhat portable but are a still a bit of a hassle to carry around. The ear cups swivel and lay flat to take less space, but they don't fold into a more compact format and won't be easy to transport without a bag.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

Comes with a straightforward fabric pouch that will protect the headphones from minor scratches. However, it won't shield them from water damage or hard falls.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of these headphones feels cheap and plasticky. They're marketed as low-budget on-ear headphones, which is reflected in their all-plastic design. They're lightweight and the plastic is sufficiently dense to withstand a couple of drops without getting damaged. However, the cheap plastic build is not as durable as some other on-ear headphones, even within the low budget price range. This means they won't handle physical stress as well and shouldn't be put under too much strain because they will break. The audio cable also feels thin and susceptible to wear and tear.

7.0
Design
Stability

Although they're a bit uncomfortable, they won't slip off your head during casual listening sessions thanks to their tight fit. Unfortunately, they won't be the most stable under strenuous conditions. You should be able to jog with them, but they won't be ideal for strenuous exercise. Also, the non-detachable cable will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • AmazonBasic Lightweight On-Ear
  • Carrying Pouch

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.5 db
Treble Amount
-3.5 db
6.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.89 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Lightweight On Ear is mediocre. These headphones showed inconsistencies in bass delivery across our human subjects. The maximum amount of deviation in the bass range is more than 5dB, which is noticeable. In the treble range, they show better consistency but seem to be sensitive to positioning and placement.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.96 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.89 dB
Mid-Bass
3.82 dB
High-Bass
0.78 dB
8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.37 dB
Low-Mid
-0.45 dB
Mid-Mid
3.17 dB
High-Mid
-0.35 dB
6.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.94 dB
Low-Treble
-4.88 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.99 dB
High-Treble
-5.75 dB
6.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.92 db
Dips
1.83 db
8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.3
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.79
Weighted Phase Mismatch
10.04
3.2
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
5.38 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
-0.73 dB
PRTF Distance
3.74 dB
Openness
5.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.7
7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.153
WHD @ 100
0.179
Isolation
4.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.16 dB
Bass
0.68 dB
Mid
-8.71 dB
Treble
-26.25 dB

Poor isolation. These on-ears provide no isolation in the Bass Range, and achieve average isolation in Mid and Treble Ranges. The overall amount of isolation achieved in the Mid Range is about 10dB, and in the Treble Range about 27dB.

7.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
39.09 dB

Average leakage performance, which is expected of on-ear headphones. The significant portion of the leakage is between 600Hz and 2KHz, which is about average. The overall level of the leakage is also about average compared to the other on-ears.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
N/A
In-line
N/A
Boom
N/A
Detachable Boom
N/A
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4.16 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

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