The Anker SoundCore Space NC are decent, mixed-usage, wireless over-ear headphones. They are also noise-canceling and provide a good isolation performance, which makes them suitable for commuting and at the office. Unfortunately, they have a dark sound profile and should be mostly used for bass-heavy music. On the upside, they are well-built, and their 21-hour battery life will satisfy most users. They also have a nice touch-sensitive control scheme for music, and have dedicated buttons for power, calls, and ANC, which are very useful.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC are well-built headphones. They have comfortable padding on the ear cups and headband, and you’ll be able to wear these for a while before feeling any ear soreness. They are great-looking headphones, but are made out of plastic with a shiny metallic finish, rather than actual metal. They have faux leather on the back of the cups for a high-end look, and this area on the right cup is actually a touch-sensitive control scheme as well. Even if they are decently stable, they aren't very breathable, so they won’t be ideal for sports. On the upside, they come with a great hard case to protect the headphones when you’re on the move.
The SoundCore Space NC are comfortable, and you’ll be able to wear these for a while before feeling any ear fatigue. The headband and the ear cups have thick padding, which is a bit stiff but should soften up with time. The headphones are fairly lightweight and apply a good pressure on your head. They might be a bit too tight for people with larger heads, and the cups might be a bit small for larger ears.
The SoundCore Space NC have touch-sensitive controls on the right ear cup and some additional physical buttons. You get play/pause, volume control, and track skipping on the touch-sensitive surface. You can manage calls on a physical button and have a noise canceling switch. You can also access your device’s voice assistant by holding the call button.
For the volume, you can swipe up or down and keep your finger on the surface at the end of the movement to register the same command again. This means you can go from no volume to max volume with a single swipe. The physical buttons offer great feedback, but you might cover the LED indicator when powering on/off the headphones. Also, you need to be slow and precise with the touch-sensitive area. A quick press or swipe won’t necessarily register, so be sure to put enough pressure on the pad.
Like most over-ears, the SoundCore Space NC are not the most breathable headphones. They trap heat under the ear cups, and some may feel a difference in temperature after a long listening session. These won't be a good option for working out, since you'll sweat a bit more than usual.
Like most over-ears, the SoundCore Space NC are not very portable headphones. However, their cups swivel, making it easy to slide inside a bag or to wear around your neck. Also, they fold into a more compact format and fit inside their great hard case, which doesn’t add too much bulk.
The case of the Anker SoundCore Space NC is great. It is a hard case that protects the headphones well against scratches, water exposure, and impact. The interior of the case is molded to fit the headphones perfectly and gets rid of any wiggling room. The headphones lay flat in the case, and the drivers are also protected.
These headphones have a surprisingly good build quality for their affordable price point. The ear cups feel dense enough to survive a few accidental drops without breaking, and the headband is mostly made out of metal. Unfortunately, the cups aren’t made of metal and are only plastic with a shiny metallic finish. The weakest point of the headphones seem to be the hinges that hold the ear cups, as they feel a bit thinner than the rest of the build.
The SoundCore Space are fairly stable headphones due to their good clamping force. You should be able to jog with these, but their bulky design might not be ideal for more intense physical activities. Their lightweight design doesn’t fall off when tilting the head forward or backward, and since they are wireless, you won’t have to worry about a cable getting hooked on something.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC are average-sounding closed-back over-ear headphones that are more dark-sounding. They have a deep and powerful bass, but it is overly thumpy and slightly boomy. Their mid-range is even but recessed, which pushes the vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Also, their treble is underemphasized and lacks detail and brightness. Overall, these headphones will be better suited for bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop, but won’t be great for classical or vocal-centric music.
The bass of the SoundCore Space NC is mediocre. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. However, low-bass is overemphasized by about 9dB which will result in excess thump and rumble. Mid-bass, responsible for bass guitars and kick drums, is also overemphasized by about 6dB. High-bass, responsible for warmth, will be slightly boomy due to the 2dB overemphasis. If you'd like a less hyped bass but still want to feel the thump and rumble of it, take a look at the Plantronics Backbeat Go 810.
The mid-range performance of the SoundCore Space is above-average. The whole range is fairly even, but is noticeably under our target curve by 4dB. Vocals and lead instruments will sound rather thin, and since mid-mid is also recessed, they will be pushed to the back of the mix.
The Anker Space NC have mediocre treble performance. The range is flat before 4kHz but gets underemphasized and uneven after. This results in sharp S and T sounds (sibilances) to lack detail and brightness. This will be most noticeable on vocals, instruments, and cymbals.
The frequency response consistency is very good. They seem to be using their noise canceling system to check for bass consistency. Therefore, in the bass range, they perform extremely consistently across our five human subjects. In the treble range, they are decently consistent, but not as much as the bass range, showing a maximum deviation of about 6dB under 10kHz. This results in a consistent delivery of bass and treble across multiple users and re-seats.
Their imaging performance is good. Weighted group delay is at 0.27, which is very good, but the GD graph shows that the response crosses the audibility threshold around 30Hz, but this shouldn’t be too audible. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency and phase response but had a bit of mismatch in amplitude. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects (like voice, instruments, and video game effects) in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.
The SoundCore Space NC have a sub-par soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a decent amount of pinna activation. However, the interaction is not accurate, and there's not a 10kHz notch present either. This and their closed-back design suggest a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in front of it.
The total harmonic distortion performance of the Space NC is decent. The graph shows that the right ear cup produces more distortion, which correlates with the small phase and group delay mismatch, especially in the bass range. THD is elevated, and the peaks around 4-5KHz could make these frequencies sound harsh and impure.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC are noise-canceling headphones with good isolation performance. They isolate a great amount of lower frequencies like engine rumbles, which is great for commuting. They also don’t leak much, so you’ll be able to raise your listening volume to mask more ambient noise, making them a decent choice for a daily commute and office use.
The Anker SoundCore Space have a good isolation performance. With the ANC (active noise cancelation) enabled, they achieve more than 18dB of isolation in the bass range, which is quite good. This means they can cancel out the rumble of airplane and bus engines to a good degree. In the mid-range, important for blocking out ambient speech, they isolate by 18dB, which is also very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts and fan noises like A/C systems, they isolate by 36dB, which is good. They isolate quite more than the Anker Soundcore Life 2, but don't have their good audio reproduction.
The leakage performance of the SoundCore Space NC is good. The significant portion of leakage sits between 1kHz and 5kHz, which is a relatively narrow range. This results in a leakage that sounds fuller and more comprehensible than the leakage of in-ears and earbuds, but not as much as open-back headphones. However, the overall level of leakage is not too loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 33dB SPL and peaks at 50dB SPL, which is just about the noise floor of most offices.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC have an average integrated Bluetooth microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, noticeably muffled, and lacking in detail. In noisy situations, it will struggle to fully separate speech from background noise, even in moderately loud places like a busy street. However, they do come with an in-line microphone on their included audio cable that we expect to perform better than the integrated one.
The Anker Space NC’s integrated mic has an above-average recording quality. The LFE of 281Hz results in recorded/transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 3.7kHz suggests a speech that lacks detail. Overall, the intelligibility of speech on this microphone will be decent since it depends on the 500Hz-3kHz range.
The noise handling performance of the integrated microphone is mediocre. The mic achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 14dB, meaning they will have a hard time transmitting clean and noise-free speech even in environments that are moderately loud.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC have a good battery life that will last you more than a workday without any problem. You can also use them with an audio cable and use the ANC feature if the battery isn’t dead. If it is dead, you still can use the headphones, but without noise canceling. Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app to customize the sound to your liking or to control ANC levels.
The SoundCore Space NC have a great 21-hour rechargeable battery life but take about 3 hours to charge fully. We couldn’t really find what was the real advertised battery life, since Anker shows 12hrs, 20hrs, and 25hrs on the product page and specs sheet. They also say you can get 50 hours of continuous playback if you use the ANC feature when the headphones are wired, but we couldn’t confirm this. You can use the headphones with an audio cable, even when the battery is dead. However, when you plug the audio cable, be sure to turn off ANC if you want to save battery life, as the headphones will automatically be turned on and use the ANC feature. Note that if you are charging the headphones and plug in the audio cable, you’ll have passive playback, but as soon as you connect the cable, they stop charging.
Anker doesn’t have an application to enhance your listening experience with customization options.
The SoundCore Space NC are straightforward Bluetooth headphones. They have a great wireless range and lower latency than the average Bluetooth headset, which is good as you may not notice the delay as much on video content. They can also be used wired with the included 1/8” TRRS audio cable and are compatible with gaming consoles and PCs.
These headphones are Bluetooth compatible but don’t support NFC for quick and easy pairing, and they can’t be connected to 2 devices simultaneously, which would have been useful at the office to switch between your phone and work computer. Unfortunately, these are not Bluetooth 5.0 headphones so if you have a 5.0 source then you may get a slightly better wireless range performance with the Cowin SE7 (see our recommendations for the best wireless over-ear headphones).
You can use the headphones with the included 1/8” TRRS audio cable. It also has an in-line microphone that will be supported by PCs and console. You can also use them passively even if the battery is dead. If there’s still power, you can use the ANC feature while being wired too. If your ANC switch is on when you plug the audio cable, the headphones will automatically turn on.
These headphones do not have a base/dock. If you’re looking for headphones with one, we suggest the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.
The Anker Space have excellent wireless range. With 53ft of distance when the source was obstructed by walls, you should be able to walk around a small office or go to your next-door room without too much problems. You should get any audio cuts if you keep your source close or on you. However, the wireless range is dependent on your device’s signal strength, so your experience may vary.
With 154ms of delay, the SoundCore Space NC have better performance than the average Bluetooth headphones, which usually get 200-220ms of latency. Their number might still be a bit high for watching video content and gaming, but some devices and apps offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay as much.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC are decent noise-canceling headphones that set themselves apart by their dark sounding audio quality. However, they have great isolation performance and outperform some high-end models in that category. See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones, the best noise cancelling over-ear headphones, and the best over-ear headphones under $100.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC. Both headphones are better suited for bass-heavy music, but the Plantronics have better overall audio quality. They also have a great 30-hour battery that only takes 2 hours to charge fully and can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously. They also support aptX Lower Latency if your source can support it as well. However, their ANC isn’t the best, and the Ankers are better in that category, making them a better option for commuting. They also have a better microphone for calls, and their in-line one should be even better.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC. They are one of the best noise-canceling headphones we’ve tested so far, and they have an excellent design with a very comfortable fit. They also have a neutral audio reproduction that will be suited for a wider variety of music genres than the Ankers’ dark and thumpy sound quality. On the other hand, the SoundCore Space NC have an in-line microphone that we expect to perform better than the integrated ones, and their latency is lower than most Bluetooth headphones. They are also less expensive, and fans of bass-heavy music might even prefer them.
The Anker SoundCore Life 2 and the Anker SoundCore Space NC are very similar headphones in design. However, the main difference between the two is sound. The Life 2 have a more balanced and flat frequency response while the Space NC have overemphasized bass and a recessed mid-range, which is better suited for bass-heavy genres. The Life 2 also offer more battery life and take less time to charge, but this may be due to the better noise cancelling performance of the Space NC. The Space NC are more versatile since they block a good amount of noise while commuting and at the office.
The Mpow H10 are better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC. Their audio reproduction isn’t as dark and warm as the Space NC, which is the biggest difference between these two headphones. On the other hand, the Space NC are very comfortable and suit most head sizes. Their overall build quality feels sturdier than the plasticky H10. The ANC feature of the Space is also better against high frequency noises, but both perform quite similarly. If you’re looking for wireless headphones with a microphone, note that the H10 don’t have an in-line microphone on their cable, while the Space NC do.
The Anker SoundCore Space NC are better headphones than the Cowin SE7. Their ANC does a good job at isolating out background noise, making them more versatile for everyday casual use and especially for commuting. They also have an in-line microphone on their included audio cable which we expect to perform better than Bluetooth-integrated mics. On the other side, the Cowin might sound better for some, especially if you don’t use their lackluster ANC feature, which negatively affects their sound profile. They are also Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, which can give you better range and connection stability performance if your source supports it.
The JBL E65BTNC are better sounding headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC but don’t isolate noise as well. Their sound profile is suitable for a good variety of music genres but will still be better suited for bass-heavy genres. They can also be connected to 2 devices simultaneously and can be used while charging, which can be very useful at the office. However, the Ankers block out more noise, especially in the bass range, which makes them a better option for commuting.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC. While the Space NC feels better-built and slightly more comfortable, the Go 810 have a great neutral audio reproduction that is versatile for a wide variety of music genres. The Space NC’s bass is overdone and will be better suited for bass-heavy genres. On the other hand, the Ankers have about more than half the latency of the Plantronics, and their ANC feature blocks out a great amount of ambient noise. They also come with a nice hard case and an in-line microphone. Critical listeners should go towards the BackBeat Go 810 while fans of EDM, hip-hop, and rap who like to listen to music while commuting might feel like the Space NC is a better choice.