The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are noise cancelling (ANC) headphones with quite a few extra features packed into their design. They're the next generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless but have adaptive ANC instead of ANC presets, meaning that their noise cancelling system automatically adjusts to your environment. You can switch to manual ANC if you prefer more control over your noise isolation. Like their predecessor, they support LDAC and multi-device pairing, and they're also compatible with the Anker Soundcore app, which offers a graphic EQ and presets, among other handy features, to help you get the most out of your headphones.
The Anker Space Q45 aren't the best choice for neutral sound out of the box. They have a pretty v-shaped sound profile with extra thump, rumble, and boom, as well as bright and sparkly sibilants. However, they also have a peak in their high-mid, which makes vocals and instruments sound harsh, while the dip in the low-treble veils their details. You can adjust their sound to suit your tastes using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also support LDAC codec if you want to stream hi-res audio.
The Anker Q45 are very good for commute and travel. These comfortable and well-built over-ears have a fantastic adaptive ANC system. It can easily cut down annoying noise like the hum of a bus or plane engine as well as ambient voices so that you can focus on your trip. The headphones also have a long continuous battery life, which easily lasts long days on the go, and you can use them wired if necessary. Their carrying case helps protect the headphones from damage, but remember that they're still over-ears and will take up room in your bag.
The Anker Q45 aren't the best choice for sports and fitness. They're over-ear headphones, and while you can use them wirelessly to avoid snagging something and pulling them off of your head, they're still not the most stable choice and can fall off with moderate head movements. They also lack an IP rating for water resistance, but that's to be expected for over-ears.
The Anker Q45 are very good for office use. These over-ears have a comfortable fit and have enough battery life to last you through long days at your desk. Thanks to their ANC system, they can also block out a lot of the common noise you'd encounter at the office, like coworkers chatting and the high-pitched hum of AC units. They also don't leak very much audio at high volumes and support multi-device pairing, meaning you can connect them to your computer and smartphone simultaneously.
The Anker Space Q45 are Bluetooth-only headphones. Their latency is too high for wireless gaming, as your audio and visuals will be out of sync.
The Anker Q45 are decent for wired gaming, though this isn't their intended use. Since they come with a TRS cable, you can use them with any console with an AUX port. However, you'll only receive audio and can't use their mic. If that's not an issue, their excited sound profile delivers extra bass to your gameplay, which can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. They're also well-built and have a comfortable fit that won't be fatiguing for long gaming marathons.
The Anker Q45 are decent for phone calls. Their integrated mic does a great job of separating speech from noise, so you're heard clearly, even if you're calling from a busy office. The recording quality is passable, though, as your voice lacks body and brightness. These over-ears are equipped with an ANC system that can block out an outstanding amount of ambient sound around you, making it easier to focus on your call.
The Anker Space Q45 come in three color variants: 'Black', 'White', and 'Blue'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see our model's label here. There isn't a difference in performance between the color variants.
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The Anker Space Q45 are the next generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. Like others in the Q lineup, they're noise cancelling and come with a ton of extra features like multi-device pairing and robust sound customization via their companion apps. However, the Q45 stand out from previous models thanks to their adaptive ANC technology, which performs on par with some of the best noise cancelling headphones, like the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are better headphones than the Sony WH-CH720N Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Anker are better built, come with a carrying case to protect the headphones when not in use, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. However, the Sony headphones have a more neutral overall sound profile, which some users may prefer.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better over-ears than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, better built, and have a more neutral overall sound profile, which some users may prefer. Their ANC system blocks out significantly more ambient noise too.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless have a slight edge over the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Anker are more comfortable, and their ANC can block out significantly more ambient noise. They're also advertised to have a longer continuous battery life than the Sony headphones. However, the Sony have a more neutral sound profile, though it's still pretty bass-heavy, which some users may prefer.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are better over-ears than the Sony WH-XB910N Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Anker headphones have a more neutral overall sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out significantly more ambient noise. However, the Sony headphones are more comfortable.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are better headphones than the Anker Soundcore Space One Wireless. While both headphones look similar, the Q45 are more comfortable, have a hard carrying case to protect them on the go, and have a superior noise isolation performance. Their mic also offers a better overall performance.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are the next generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. Unlike the previous generation, the Q45 have an adaptive ANC system instead of three ANC presets, and overall, are significantly better at isolating you from ambient noise than their predecessor. Their headband padding is a bit thinner though, and even though they're advertised to last 50 hours continuously, we measured just under 28 hours.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are slightly better over-ears than the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. The Q45 are better-built, are less prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and leak less audio at high volumes. They also have an adaptive ANC system instead of three ANC presets, and it offers a slightly better noise isolation performance.
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones Wireless are better-over ears than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. The Bose are premium headphones with a more comfortable and well-built design. They also have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, can access an Immersive Audio feature, which allows audio to follow your head movements, and they support aptX Adaptive, a codec that automatically adjusts to your content, ensuring either low latency or high audio quality. That said, the Anker are still worth considering if you're looking for significantly cheaper over-ears. They have better noise isolation in the bass range, which is where sounds like rumbly bus and plane engines reproduce, and can be used completely passively.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless have the edge over the Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless. The Anker are more comfortable, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and support LDAC, which is Sony's proprietary codec for streaming audio in higher resolutions. However, the Sennheiser have a more neutral sound out of the box, and their continuous battery life is longer.
The Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 Wireless are better than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. The Shure are better built, have a slightly more neutral sound out of the box, and have a longer continuous battery life. They also have a USB DAC mode, which allows you to stream higher-resolution audio via wired USB. If you're shopping for something cheaper, the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are still worth checking out, especially as their noise isolation performance is superior.
The Anker Space Q45 look similar to other headphones from Anker's Q lineup, like the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. Overall, the design is quite simple, though the manufacturer's logo is found on the center of each of the ear cups. The outward edge of the ear cups is glossier than the rest of the frame, which has a satin finish. They come in three color variants: 'Black', 'White', and 'Blue'.
The Anker Q45 are comfortable headphones. They don't clamp very tightly on your head and feel lightweight and airy. The ear cup padding also feels soft against the skin. Unfortunately, the padding on the headband is thinner than that of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless and can put pressure on your head over time.
These headphones have a good control scheme. The physical controls are split between both ear cups and are intuitive to use. The buttons are also clicky and easy to press. There are voice prompts for switching between ANC modes, but there aren't any other sound prompts for other commands.
On the left ear cup:
On the right ear cup:
These headphones aren't very portable. Like most over-ears, they have a bulky design and take up a lot of room in your bag. Luckily, the ear cups can swivel to lay mostly flat, and the headphones can fold to help reduce their overall footprint.
The carrying case is good. It's similar to the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless with an oval design and a fully-closing zipper. There's a cloth-like fabric inside, but unlike the Q35, there isn't a diagram as to how to place the headphones in the case.
The build quality is good. They're mostly made of plastic, but there's less padding on their headband than on the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless, which is a little disappointing since it can make the headphones a little less comfortable over long listening sessions. When storing our unit, we noticed that the yokes didn't allow the ear cups to lay flat on the table. It also seems like pressing them down puts pressure on the yokes, which can mean that this part may get damaged over time if you're constantly folding and unfolding them to store in their carrying case. However, overall, they feel better built and sturdier than the Sony WH-CH720N Wireless.
If you're sitting at your desk or couch listening to audio, they'll stay in place on your head. However, if you're headbanging to your favorite tunes or want to wear them while out on a jog or run, they can easily move in positioning and even fall off of your head.
These headphones have a V-shaped sound profile that's well-suited for genres like rock and pop. They deliver intense thump, rumble, and boom, while sibilants like cymbals are crisp and bright. However, vocals and instruments sound harsh and lack some detail. Luckily, their companion app supplies a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound.
Note: These headphones have a high noise floor. This is the sound naturally created by electronic devices, and in most headphones, the noise floor is low enough that you can't hear it. The high noise floor in these headphones is caused by the ANC if it's set to 'Adaptive' or 'Max' once turned on. Over time, the noise becomes less noticeable, but it's still present, which is a bit annoying.
These over-ears have good frequency response consistency. Although they're prone to inconsistencies in treble delivery, once you take the time to ensure a good fit and positioning, you'll achieve a more consistent sound each time you use them.
These over-ears have decent bass accuracy. They deliver extra thump, punch, and boom as the response is quite overemphasized across the range. This kind of sound is well-suited for bassy genres like EDM and hip-hop.
The Anker Space Q45 have decent mid-accuracy. The low-mid is very flat and neutral, so vocals and instruments aren't cluttered or muddied by extra bass. However, there's a significant bump in the mid to high-mid, which makes vocals and instruments, like Paul McCartney's voice in the chorus in the song Hey Jude by The Beatles, sound forward and harsh.
The Anker Q45's treble accuracy is fair. They're less harsh-sounding than the Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 Wireless, but still have some over-emphasized treble, particularly in the mid-treble. This makes sibilants like cymbals sound harsh and piercing. In contrast, the dip in the low-treble veils the upper harmonics of vocals and instruments.
These headphones have a mediocre peaks and dips performance. They struggle to control their sound profile well, which results in a few notable deviations in their sound profile. A peak between the mid to high-bass adds extra punch and boom to mixes, while a dip between the high-bass to low-mid thins out vocals and instruments. A large peak in the mid to high-mid makes vocals and instruments harsh, but a very deep dip in the low treble hurts their clarity and detail. Another big peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.
The imaging performance is excellent. Although other headphones from this manufacturer, like the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless and the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, show L/R phase mismatch, which can cause inaccuracies in the stereo image, these over-ears don't display these issues. This may indicate better quality control with this model, but imaging varies between units and can also be related to headphones' ergonomics. That said, our unit's drivers are well-matched, which ensures that sound objects like voices are accurately reproduced in the stereo image.
The Anker Space Q45's passive soundstage performance is poor. They're closed-back headphones, so their soundstage doesn't seem as open or spacious as open-back headphones. Their soundstage is also perceived as unnatural, small, and as if sound is coming from inside your head rather than from speakers in the room around you.
The weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. There are a few small peaks in the low treble at moderate and high volumes, but they're very hard to hear, even with real-life content, as they affect very narrow frequency bands. As a result, most frequencies fall within good limits, which results in relatively clear and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.
The Anker Q45's noise isolation performance is fantastic. Unlike previous headphones from this manufacturer's Q lineup, they have an adaptive ANC system, so the ANC dynamically adapts to your surroundings to give you the best isolation possible. If you're on your daily commute or a noisy flight, they can easily cut down the low rumbles of engines. They can also easily reduce ambient chatter and higher-pitched noise like the hum of computer fans. As a whole, the ANC blocks out slightly more ambient noise than the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless and a lot more noise than their budget-friendly sibling, the Anker Soundcore Space One Wireless.
In addition to the adaptive ANC, you can also turn on manual ANC via the companion app. There are five modes with varying strengths, which is nice if you don't want full noise cancellation but still some degree of isolation.
These over-ears have a good leakage performance. Most of the leakage is found in the mid-range, so escaping audio sounds somewhat full-bodied. That said, if you're in a moderately noisy environment like an office, you can raise the audio volume without others around you hearing it.
The mic's recording quality is mediocre. Your voice sounds thin, dark, and lacking depth. While the recording quality isn't as good as the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless, your voice still sounds somewhat clear to the person on the other end of the line.
The integrated mic's noise-handling performance is great. If you're taking a call in a noisy environment, the mic can keep the background sound low so your voice stays understandable and clear.
These headphones have an excellent battery performance. Anker advertises them to last 50 hours continuously with their ANC on, but we measured significantly less than that. However, this may be attributed to the volume at which the Anker tests, which could be lower than our test volume. Battery life varies depending on which features you're using (like ANC or the mic) as well as use, though, so if you're looking to extend your playback time, you'll want to utilize their auto-off timer, which you can adjust in their companion app. You can also use them passively if you run out of battery life via their TRS cable.
The Anker Soundcore app is great, and you can see a video of how it works here. You can toggle between ANC on, 'Normal', and transparency mode as well as switch between adaptive noise cancelling mode and manual ANC, which has five different strength levels. You can also set a volume limit and a safe volume. The app provides an 8-band graphic EQ and presets if you want to adjust their sound.
The Anker Q45 have excellent Bluetooth compatibility. They support multi-device pairing, meaning you can connect them with up to two devices at a time, and they also support NFC pairing for quicker pairing. You can't use multi-device pairing if you're using LDAC, though. That said, they have high latency on PCs, so your audio and visuals fall out of sync while streaming video. Their latency via LDAC is better, but latency isn't really noticeable if you're only streaming audio. Latency can vary depending on the device and app.
Unlike the Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless, the Anker Space Q45 support analog audio and come with a 1/8" TRS to 1/8" TRS cable. This connection only supports audio, though, so you won't be able to use their mic. They also have a USB-A to USB-C charging cable for recharging the headphones.
These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. If you want to use them wired, you can also use their TRS cable, but you'll only receive audio.
The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 only support audio via their 1/8" TRS cable plugged into your PS4 or PS5 controller's AUX port.
You can only use these headphones to receive audio when connected via analog to your Xbox console.