The Mpow 059 Over-Ear are average mixed-usage wireless headphones. They're decently comfortable, they have a good control scheme and a long battery life. They won't be the ideal headphones for working out or for blocking the noise of your commutes, but their sound quality and features are surprisingly decent for their price range.
- Good battery life.
- Efficient control scheme.
- Poor Noise Isolation.
- Plasticky build quality.
Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
The Mpow 059 look somewhat similar to the Noontec Hammo Go. They have the same two-tone color scheme and glossy finish that stands out but have slightly larger ear cups than the Hammo Go. They're also wireless so they have their control scheme on the right ear cup which is efficient and easy to use. Unfortunately, they're not the most stable so they won't be ideal for sports and they don't fit properly on larger ears, which may get fatiguing after wearing them for a while. They also feel slightly cheap and plasticky, which might be a deal breaker for some.
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth Over-ear look like a wireless version of the Noontect hammo go. They have slightly larger ear cups, and since they're wireless, all the buttons and controls can be found on the right ear cup instead of an inline remote. They have a stylish two-tone red and black design but also come in other color schemes to better suit your taste and preferences.
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth have a decently comfortable over-ear fit. The ear cups are well padded and the headband doesn't exert too much pressure on your head. However, the ear cups are a bit on the shallow side, they're also somewhat small so they won't fit perfectly for every listener.
The Mpow 059 have an above-average control scheme that gives you all the basic functions; track skipping, call/music, and volume controls. The buttons are also decently well laid out on the right ear cup making them easy to use. They don't have the best feedback but the buttons are easy to get accustomed to once you've used them once or twice.
These headphones, like most over-ears, are not the most breathable option for running and working out. They seal the ear fairly well within the ear cups which obstructs a good amount of airflow causing your outer ear to warm up relatively quickly. They're not as bad as some of the other over-ear headphones we've tested like the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro but they also won't be the best choice for sports.
These headphones are somewhat portable thanks to their foldable design. However, they still take a fair bit of space in your bag and won't be the ideal headphones to carry on your person. They also do not come with a case, which is slightly disappointing.
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth are decently well built but feel a bit cheap and plasticky. They have almost the same build quality as that of the Noontec Hammo Go with slightly larger earcups. This means they have the same issues with their build quality. The design is reinforced with a metal frame but the plastic coating over the headband and ear cups feels susceptible to cracking under physical stress.
These headphones are decently stable. They're wireless so they won't get yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. However, since they're not too tight on the head they won't be the ideal headphones for running or working out. They're stable enough for casual listening sessions but the ear cups will sway a lot under physical activity.
The Mpow 059 is an average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. These headphones have a deep, consistent, and powerful bass, a decently balanced mid-range, and a decent and even treble. This makes them suitable for those who prefer a bass-heavy sound to a neutral one. However, their bass can sound boomy, and their mid-range tends to sound muddy and cluttered on vocals. Also, their treble lacks a bit of presence, especially when considering their heavy bass. Additionally, they have great imaging, but like most other headphones, don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.
The Mpow 059 has a decent bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music is over our neutral target by 2dB, which fans of bass may like. However, mid-bass, responsible for punch, and high-bass, responsible for warmth, are overemphasized by 4dB and 6dB respectively. This makes the overall bass of these headphones deep and heavy, but also noticeably boomy and muddy.
The mid-range is decent. Low-mid is overemphasized by about 3dB, which is going to add thickness to vocals and an overall muddiness to the mid-range. Mid-mid is recessed by about 4dB, pushing vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix. High-mid, occupied by the upper harmonics of vocals and leads is virtually flat and within 1.5dB of our neutral target.
The treble range performance is decent. Low-treble is relatively flat and balanced, which is important for the detail and articulation in vocals and lead instruments. However, the broad 10dB dip surrounding 6KHz will have a negative effect on clarity and presence of vocals, leads and cymbals.
The frequency response of the Mpow 059 has great consistency. These headphones have a surprisingly consistent performance across multiple humans and re-seats. This probably due to their small and shallow ear cups, which makes them perform more like on-ears. The maximum amount of deviation between 20Hz and 10KHz is around 2dB which is excellent.
The imaging performance is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.22, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched, resulting in an accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image.
The soundstage performance is sub-par. The PRTF graph shows that these headphones don't interact with the pinna that much, and don't activate its resonances. Therefore, their soundstage measures more like an on/in-ear. This results in a soundstage that is perceived as small and located inside the listener's head.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Mpow 059 is below-average. The amount of harmonic distortion in the bass bange is elevated, even at 90dB SPL. In the mid and treble ranges, however, the amount of produced THD is within acceptable limits, but the peak around 5KHz could make the sound of that region a bit harsh. Also, the overall amount of THD is not affected much by higher volumes, which is good.
These headphones are not ideal for loud environments. The ear cups do not quite fit properly on all ears, so a lot of ambient noise seeps into your audio, especially if you're not listening to music at high volumes. This means they won't be the best headphones for commuting but on the upside, they don't leak much. At moderate volumes, you will rarely distract those around you, but at higher levels, there will be some leakage.
The isolation performance of the Mpow 059 is sub-par. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they don't achieve any isolation. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they isolate by about 4dB, which is inadequate. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they achieve 29dB of isolation, which is above-average.
The leakage performance of the Mpow 059 is decent. The significant portion of the leakage is spread between 500Hz and 4KHz, which is a relatively broad range. However, the overall level of the leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 39dB SPL, and peaks at about 55dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of an average office.
The Mpow 059 has a below-average microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this integrated mic will sound relatively thin and noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. In noisy situations, this mic will struggle to fully separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud places, like a busy street.
The microphone has a sub-par recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 277Hz indicates a recorded/transmitted speech that sound a bit thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 2.4KHz means that speech will sound noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. However, it will still be relatively easy to understand, since speech intelligibility is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-4KHz range.
- 100% SpNR
The integrated microphone of the Mpow 059 is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 12dB, suggesting that they are best suited for quiet environments and may struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise in loud or even moderately loud places.
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth Over-Ear have a long lasting battery life but no app support. They lasted up to 24hrs, which should be more than enough for most users but unfortunately, they do have an auto-off timer to conserve power when inactive. They also take considerably longer than average Bluetooth headsets to charge at 4.5 hours, which is not ideal in case you forget to plug them over-night. Unfortunately, they also have no app support for added customization options which makes them less versatile than some of the other wireless over-ears we've tested like the Sennheiser HD 4.50.
The Mpow 059 Over-Ear have a great battery life but take too long to fully charge. They lasted up to 24 hours at average volumes in our battery test, which is a lot higher than expected from their specifications. Unfortunately, they also took slightly longer to fully charge too. At 4.5 hours they won't be the ideal headphones if you need a quick charge for the day.
These headphones do not have a comptible app for Android, iOS, Windows or Mac OS.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The Mpow 059 have a decent wireless range and support multi-device pairing with up to 2 Bluetooth sources. They do not have NFC however, and like most Bluetooth headphones they have a bit too much latency for gaming and watching movies. On the upside, they also come with a simple audio cable with no in-line mic that will provide audio for consoles and PCs but no chat or voice support.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
These Bluetooth headphones support multi-device pairing but not NFC.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The Mpow Blutooth Over-Ears come with an audio cable with no in-line microphone or USB adapter. This means they do not have mic support on consoles and PCs.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
These headphones do not have a base/dock. If you want a versatile headset with a base that you can also use wired, check out the Arctis 7 by SteelSeries.
The Mpow 059 have an above average wireless range. They reached up to 37ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed and 133 ft in direct line of sight. This makes them better than the average headphone to use at home or at the office.
These headphones do not support any additional codecs. This means their base SBC latency is 165ms which is fine for streaming music but maybe become an issue when watching videos or gaming. The slight sync issues are even more prominent on high frame rate content.
In the box
- Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear Headset Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable
Compared to other Headphones
The Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear are decent mixed usage headphones. They don't have the most durable design and won't be ideal for commuting since they don't block as much noise as some of the noise cancelling models in their price range compared below. However, they're easy-to-use, comfortable and sound good enough for most listeners. This makes them a decent option for most use cases and a good choice if you are looking for a budget wireless over-ear.
The Cowin E7 are average mixed-usage wireless headphones. They do not sound quite as good as the Mpow 059, but they're noise-canceling, so they're a bit more suitable for commuting and traveling. They also have a slightly better performance in terms of wireless range and battery life, but they're not as easy-to-use. They're also not as comfortable. If you're looking for a cheap over-ear headset to cancel the noise of your commutes, the Cowin are a decent choice, but the Mpows are the better-sounding alternative.
The Bluedio T4 are wireless noise-canceling headphones with a surprisingly good build quality for their price. They have a more exciting sound than the Mpow 059 that packs a bit more bass. They also perform much better under noisy conditions since they are noise canceling headphones. They have a sturdy and durable build, but unfortunately, they have an odd ear cup design that makes them a bit uncomfortable to wear for long listening sessions. They also have way too much latency to watch videos which may be a deal breaker for some. If you mostly listen to music and podcast then get the T4s. However, if you often watch videos on your phone, then the Mpows would be the better option.
The Skullcandy Hesh 3 are decently versatile headphones with a great wireless range and a lightweight, understated design. They have a better sound quality than the Mpows and pack enough bass and treble to sound exciting with most tracks. They're fairly easy-to-use and decently comfortable but a bit tighter on the head than the Mpow 059. The Hesh 3 have a much faster charging time so you can quickly plug them in before leaving your house, although both headphones would not be ideal for commuting since they do not block a lot of noise. The Hesh 3 are the better headphones overall, but the Mpows are a bit cheaper.
The JBL E55BT are decent wireless headphones for most use cases. They have a more compact and polished design than the Mpows, and they're about as easy to use. They have an audio cable that's a bit more suitable for gaming thanks to the in-line microphone that's compatible with most consoles. They also have a much more balanced sound quality than the Mpows which tend to send a bit more cluttered with instruments and vocals. Overall, performance-wise, they are fairly close although the Mpows are much cheaper. However, the better build quality, sound, and comfort of the JBL makes them the option we would recommend if you have the budget.