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Mpow 059 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Updated May 15, 2018 at 04:25 pm
Mpow 059 Wireless Picture
6.5
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
6.3
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
6.8
Wired Gaming
5.9
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

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.

Our Verdict

6.5 Mixed Usage

The Mpow 059 are average mixed usage headphones. They're above-average comfortable, they have an efficient and easy-to-use control scheme and they don't leak too much. Unfortunately, they do not block enough noise for commuting, they feel a little cheap, and they're slightly too unstable for sports. However, sound-wise, they have a sufficiently adequate audio reproduction for most casual listeners, especially at their price range, although they won't be ideal headphones for more critical listening.

Pros
  • Good battery life.
  • Efficient control scheme.
Cons
  • Poor Noise Isolation.
  • Plasticky build quality.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Mpow 059 are decent for neutral listening. They have a moderately well-balanced sound that unfortunately overemphasizes high-bass. This makes them sound a bit muddy, and since they don't have the best treble range, they may cause some instruments and vocals to lack detail. They also don't have the best soundstage for more neutral listeners but have a suitable sound for casual use, especially for their price.

6.3 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting. The Mpow 059 are fairly eay to use and decently comfortable but let a lot of noise seep into your audio, which is not suitable for the loud environments involved in commuting.

7.0 Sports/Fitness

Average for sports. They do not get as hot as some of the other over-ears and they're also wireless with an easy to use control scheme. However, the ear cups sway a lot while running which is not ideal for sports.

6.5 Office

Average for office-use. They do not leak much, they sound decent and have an efficient and easy to use control scheme. However, they won't block the noise of a particularly noisy office.

5.2 Wireless Gaming

Subpar for gaming. The Mpow 059 have too much latency, they're not compatible with consoles via Bluetooth and cannot be customized to the extent of other gaming headphones. They also have a mediocre-at-best integrated microphone.

6.8 Wired Gaming
5.9 Phone Call
  • 6.5 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 6.3 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 5.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.8 Wired Gaming
  • 5.9 Phone Call
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

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.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.55 lbs
Clamping Force
0.8 lbs

The Mpow 059 Bluetooth have a decently comfortable over-ear fit, better than the Cowin E8. 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.

7.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

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.

6.7
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5 C

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.

6.0
Design
Portability
L 5 "
W 7 "
H 3 "
Volume 105 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

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.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

They come with a carrying pouch that will shield the headphones from minor scratches but will not protect them against impacts, drops or water damage.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

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, although they feel slightly sturdier than the Plantronics BackBeat Go 600.

7.0
Design
Stability

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.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear Headset Headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • Audio cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.1 db
Treble Amount
-3.87 db
8.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.37 dB

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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.26 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.26 dB
Mid-Bass
4.05 dB
High-Bass
6.47 dB

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.

7.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.44 dB
Low-Mid
2.47 dB
Mid-Mid
-4.17 dB
High-Mid
-1.36 dB

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.

6.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.37 dB
Low-Treble
-0.64 dB
Mid-Treble
-6.89 dB
High-Treble
-3.62 dB

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.

6.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.97 db
Dips
1.94 db
8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.22
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.39
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.88
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.82

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.

4.9
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.75 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
-0.16 dB
PRTF Distance
11.75 dB
Openness
6.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.6

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.

6.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.403
WHD @ 100
0.774
Isolation
3.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.68 dB
Bass
0.03 dB
Mid
-3.5 dB
Treble
-28.57 dB

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.

7.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
38.85 dB

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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A

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.

5.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
276.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.99 dB
HFE
2381.68 Hz
Weighted THD
1.938
Gain
28.12 dB

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.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
11.59 dB

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.

Active Features
7.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
24.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0
Total Battery Life
24.3 hrs
Charge Time
4.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

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.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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

These headphones do not have a comptible app for Android, iOS, Windows or Mac OS.

Connectivity
8.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
133 ft
Default Latency
165 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

These Bluetooth headphones support multi-device pairing but not NFC.

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.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms

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.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

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.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

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. See our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones under $50 and the best wireless headphones.

Mpow H5 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mpow H5 are better headphones overall when compared to the Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear. The H5 have a more premium look, a better-balanced sound quality, and a more compact form factor. They're also noise cancelling headphones, but their ANC is not very strong. On the other hand, the Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear have a more comfortable fit that's not as tight on the head. They also have a longer battery life on average and do not leak as much as the H5 since they create a better seal around your ears. They're also a better value for your money at their current price point.

Mpow 059 Wireless Price

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