The Mpow Bluetooth 059 Over-Ear are an average-sounding pair of 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 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
The Mpow 059 Over-Ear look somewhat similar to the Noontect 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 over-ear 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 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 Bluetooth are decently well built but feel a bit cheap and plasticky. They have almost the same build quality as that of the Noontect 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.
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth Over-Ear are average sounding headphones with a heavy and consistent low-end. However, their Bass is rather excessive and boomy, their Mid Range is slightly muddy, and their Treble lacks a bit of presence. They also image decently but their distortion and Soundstage performance is sub-par.
Average Bass Range performance. Low-bass is deep and extended down to 10Hz. It is also over our target by about 2dB which is going to add extra thump and rumble which some may like. However the 4dB and 6dB bumps in bass and high-bass, respectively, are going to have a negative effect on the overall sound by making the Bass too heavy and boomy.
Decent Mid Range performance. Low-mid is overemphasized by about 3dB, which is going to add noticeable muddiness to the Mid Range. Mid is recessed by about 4dB, pushing vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix. High-mid is virtually flat and only slightly recessed.
Decent Treble Range performance. Low-treble is relatively flat and balanced, however, the broad 10dB dip surrounding 6KHz will have a negative effect on clarity and presence of the reproduction.
Very good frequency response consistency. These headphones have a surprisingly consistent performance across multiple humans and re-seats. The maximum amount of deviation between 20Hz and 10KHz is around 2dB which is excellent.
Poor Soundstage. Due to the shallow and small ear cup design, these headphones perform more like on-ears and don't interact with the pinna like loudspeakers do. This will result in a Soundstage that will be perceived inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front. Additionally, since they have a closed-back enclosure, they isolate you from your environment and won't sound very spacious.
Average Imaging. There is considerable phase shift present here, but most of them won't be audible to humans. However, our test unit showed significant mismatch in phase and especially frequency response which will have a negative effect on the stereo imaging of these headphones.
Mediocre Harmonic Distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Bass Range is elevated, even at 90dB SPL, which is not good. In the Mid and Treble ranges however, the amount of distortion is within acceptable limits. It's also not as heavily affected by higher volumes.
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.
Poor Isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling, and isolate passively using their ear cups. They do not isolate at all below 1KHz. In the Treble Range however, they achieve more than 28dB of isolation, which is good.
Decent Leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is spread between 400Hz and 4KHz which is a relatively broad range. But the overall level of leakage is low.
- 100% SpNR
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth Over-Ear have a long lasting battery life and a decent wireless range. However, they take too long to charge and don't have any premium features. They lack NFC for easy pairing and do not support any low latency codecs so they won't be ideal for watching movies and gaming. They also take more than 4 hours to charge which is not ideal for listeners often on the move.
The Mpow 059 Bluetooth have a slightly above average wireless range. They reached up to 37 ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed and 133 ft in direct line of sight. This makes them a better than the average pair of headphones to use at home or at the office but the lack of an NFC chip makes their pairing procedure a bit tedious.
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.
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.
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In the box
- Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear Headset Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable