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Reviewed on Oct 10, 2016

AmazonBasics Lightweight On Ear
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
5.6
Mixed Usage
6.5
Critical Listening
5.1
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
5.3
Office
5.5
TV
5.3
Gaming
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.

Test Results
Design 5.9
Sound 6.6
Isolation 6.0
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Above-average audio reproduction.
  • Lightweight, stable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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5.9

Design

The AmazonBasics On-Ear have a very simple and straightforward design reminiscent of some low budget Sony models. They're lightweight and decently stable. However, they're a bit too tight, which combined with the small surface of the on-ear pads makes them uncomfortable for long listening sessions. They're plasticky and cheaply built, which is to be expected for their price but this also means they're not very durable.

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 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 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No
7.9 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.4 C
6.6 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 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 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 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.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 4.16 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
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6.6

Sound

The AmazonBasics Lightweight On-ear are an average sounding pair of headphones. They have a very good and extended Bass, and a very good Mid Range. Their Bass is noticeably heavy but not overdone, their Mid Range is slightly forward sounding, and their Treble is a bit recessed and lacks brightness. Additionally, they are prone to inconsistencies in their performance from person to person, and don't have an open and spacious Soundstage.

8.0 Bass
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 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.37 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.45 dB
Mid-Mid
:
3.17 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.35 dB
6.2 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.94 dB
Low-Treble
:
-4.88 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.99 dB
High-Treble
:
-5.75 dB
6.1 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.

8.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.3
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.79
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
10.04
3.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
5.38 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
-0.73 dB
PRTF Distance
:
3.74 dB
Openness
:
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.3
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.23 dB
8.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.413
Weighted THD @ 100
:
2.297
6.0

Isolation

These headphones are not ideal to use in loud, noisy environments. They only provide passive noise isolation through the quality of the seal the ear cups can create on your ears.  Sadly, this won't be sufficient for the noise level of a busy commute that involves public transit. Also, they're a bit leaky at higher volumes. However, It shouldn't be enough to distract anyone around you, unless you're in a quiet setting.

5.5 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-11.16 dB
Bass
:
0.68 dB
Mid
:
-8.71 dB
Treble
:
-26.25 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 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 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.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 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 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : 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.

4.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  • AmazonBasic Lightweight On-Ear
  • Carrying Pouch

Conclusion
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

5.6 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 Critical Listening
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 critical listening headphones but their audio reproduction is more than sufficient for casual listening.
5.1 Commute/Travel
Not ideal for commuting. The small ear cups don't efficiently prevent ambient noise from entering your audio.
6.0 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.
5.3 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.
5.5 TV
Average for Home Theater use. They have no latency since they're wired and they sound decent enough for watching movies. Unfortunately, they have a short audio cable, so they won't be the ideal headphones to comfortably watch movies with from you couch unless you have an extension cord for the audio cable.

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