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Mpow CH1 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Nov 11, 2020 at 09:12 am
Mpow CH1 Picture
4.0
Mixed Usage
5.1
Neutral Sound
3.2
Commute/Travel
4.5
Sports/Fitness
3.8
Office
3.1
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
1.1
Phone Calls
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The Mpow CH1 are on-ear headphones designed for kids. These brightly-colored on-ears have a 3.5mm port on the right ear cup so you can connect them to another pair of headphones and listen to the same audio. They don't have the most versatile performance, as they don't have a microphone and struggle to isolate against background noises. Their unbalanced sound profile may not be ideal for all listeners, either. However, thanks to their wired-only design, listeners don't have to worry about latency or running out of battery, which is nice.

Our Verdict

4.0 Mixed Usage

The Mpow CH1 are poor for mixed usage. These kids' headphones have an unbalanced sound profile that's lacking a bit of low-bass, so they aren't suitable for listening to bass-heavy music genres. They also struggle to block out background noise, so they may not be ideal to wear while traveling or working in an office. They aren't stable enough to wear to the gym, and they don't have a microphone for making phone calls. Fortunately, their wired design offers negligible latency for wired gaming.

Pros
  • Brightly-colored design for kids.
  • Negligible latency.
Cons
  • No microphone.
  • No sound customization options.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
5.1 Neutral Sound

The Mpow CH1 are inadequate for neutral sound. Their sound profile is pretty unbalanced, and while vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, they're also a bit honky and harsh. These headphones are lacking a lot of low-bass, too, so audio doesn't have a thumpy, punchy quality. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features.

Pros
  • Brightly-colored design for kids.
Cons
  • No sound customization options.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
3.2 Commute/Travel

The Mpow CH1 are bad for commute and travel. They struggle to block out background noises, so listeners may hear bus and plane engines and the sounds of fellow passengers talking. Their bulky design isn't very portable, and they may not be comfortable enough to wear for long bus rides.

Pros
  • Brightly-colored design for kids.
Cons
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
4.5 Sports/Fitness

The Mpow CH1 are poor for sports and fitness. They aren't designed for this use, and they aren't stable enough to stay on listeners' heads during workouts. Their bulky on-ear design isn't very portable, either. Listeners with larger heads may also find these headphones uncomfortable.

Pros
  • Brightly-colored design for kids.
Cons
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
3.8 Office

The Mpow CH1 are poor for office use, though they likely won't be used in this context since they're designed for kids. They don't isolate against a lot of background noises, and they leak a bit of sound, which may be distracting for people working nearby. They're passably comfortable, but listeners with large heads may feel fatigued after long listening sessions.

Pros
  • Brightly-colored design for kids.
Cons
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
  • Terrible noise isolation performance.
3.1 Wireless Gaming

The Mpow CH1 are wired-only headphones, so they aren't suitable for wireless gaming.

5.1 Wired Gaming

The Mpow CH1 are disappointing for wired gaming. Listeners can plug them into their PC or PS4 and Xbox One controllers, and thanks to their wired connection, they have negligible latency. However, they don't have a microphone, so you can't communicate with your teammates. They also don't have a very comfortable fit for listeners with large heads.

Pros
  • Negligible latency.
Cons
  • No microphone.
  • Not comfortable for all listeners.
1.1 Phone Calls

The Mpow CH1 don't have a microphone, so they aren't suitable for making phone calls.

  • 4.0 Mixed Usage
  • 5.1 Neutral Sound
  • 3.2 Commute/Travel
  • 4.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 3.8 Office
  • 3.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.1 Wired Gaming
  • 1.1 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Mpow CH1 are colorful headphones designed for young children. They have small ear cups with a panda design on the side, and they come with lots of different stickers so young listeners can decorate them. They come in blue, pink, blue and green, and cherry pink variants.

6.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.20 lbs
Clamping Force
0.3 lbs

These headphones are passably comfortable. They're lightweight, and they have plush padding. However, the headband and the ear cups don't have a wide range of motion, so listeners with larger heads may not find them very comfortable.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
No Controls
Ease Of Use No Controls
Feedback No Controls
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

These headphones don't have any physical controls.

6.2
Design
Portability
L 6.5 "
W 5.8 "
H 2.3 "
Volume 87.5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are passably portable. They're a bit bulky, and they don't fold down into a more compact format.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The Mpow CH1 don't come with a case or a pouch.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

The Mpow CH1 have a sub-par build quality. They're mostly made of soft, matte plastic, and there's faux leather padding on the ear cups and the headband. The cable is made of silicone. However, the hinges seem like a potential weak point.

5.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have middling stability. They don't clamp very tightly on the head, so they move around a lot. Their audio cable could also snag on something. They aren't suitable for use during workouts.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Mpow CH1 headphones
  • Stickers
  • User guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-18.11 db
Treble Amount
-1.62 db

The Mpow CH1 have an unbalanced sound profile. They're lacking a lot of low bass, which may be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop. Vocals and lead instruments are clear and present, making these headphones suitable for vocal-heavy content. However, these instruments may sound a bit honky or harsh.

6.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.9 dB

These headphones have a mediocre frequency response consistency. They have inconsistent delivery across the range, especially if the listener has long hair or wears glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
1.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
14.29 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
162.33 Hz
Low-Bass
-27.09 dB
Mid-Bass
-11.16 dB
High-Bass
-1.12 dB

These headphones have terrible bass accuracy. The entire range is underemphasized, so audio lacks thump and punch. However, their audio delivery is dependent on fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

5.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.85 dB
Low-Mid
-0.0 dB
Mid-Mid
4.13 dB
High-Mid
8.25 dB

These headphones have middling mid accuracy. Vocals and lead instruments are clear and present, but the overemphasis in the mid-mids and high-mids make these instruments sound honky, harsh, and boxy. There's also a bit of a mismatch between the L/R drivers. However, their audio delivery is dependent on fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.87 dB
Low-Treble
-0.62 dB
Mid-Treble
3.14 dB
High-Treble
-11.48 dB

These headphones have decent treble accuracy. Instruments are present and detailed, but the overemphasis in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing and painful. However, their audio delivery is dependent on fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

5.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
3.33 db
Dips
1.95 db

The Mpow CH1 have sub-par peaks and dips performance. There's a bit of a mismatch between the left and right drivers throughout the range, so objects may not be accurately placed within the stereo image. The peak in the high bass adds a boomy, muddy quality to the mix. The dip in the low mid thins out vocals and lead instruments, while the peak in the mid and high-mid makes those same instruments honky, harsh, and boxy. The dip in the low treble hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments, and the peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants piercing and painful.

5.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.27
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.93
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
4.34
Weighted Phase Mismatch
43.12

These headphones have a disappointing imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. However, the L/R drivers are mismatched in amplitude, frequency, and phase, so objects like footsteps and voices may not be accurately placed in the stereo image. These results are only valid for our test unit, and your experience may vary.

4.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.14 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
-1.69 dB
PRTF Distance
2.46 dB
Openness
9.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.9

These headphones have poor passive soundstage. Like most closed-back headphones, their soundstage doesn't seem very large or natural. Audio seems like it's coming from inside the listener's head rather than all around them.

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Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.370
WHD @ 100
0.183

These headphones have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. Aside from a small peak in the high treble, most of the frequency spectrum falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

While the manufacturer advertises that they have a volume limiter at 85db, we were able to reach 100db in our tests.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
No Microphone

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid with this configuration. While these headphones are advertised as restricting the volume level to 85db, we were able to reach 100db in our tests.

Isolation
1.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-3.14 dB
Bass
0.38 dB
Mid
1.57 dB
Treble
-11.02 dB

These headphones have a terrible noise isolation performance. They don't block out any sounds in the bass or mid ranges, so listeners can hear noises like voices and bus or plane engines. They perform a bit better with higher-frequency noises like AC units, but they still struggle to fully block out these sounds.

5.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46.37 dB

The Mpow CH1 have a sub-par leakage performance. Audio may be noticeable to people nearby, especially if the user is listening at higher volumes.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Mpow CH1 don't have a microphone.

0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A

These headphones don't have a microphone.

0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A

These headphones don't have a microphone.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

The Mpow CH1 are wired-only headphones with no battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don't have a companion app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 3.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Mpow CH1 come with a flat, silicone 1/8" TRS cable.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones receive audio support when you plug them into your PC or PS4 controller.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can be plugged into your Xbox One controller, however, you can only receive audio.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a base or dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Mpow CH1 come in several different color variants: Blue and Yellow, Pink, Blue and Green, and Cherry Pink. We tested the Blue and Yellow variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly. If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Mpow CH1 are on-ear headphones that come in lots of bright colors for young listeners. Like many kids' headphones, the manufacturer claims that they have an 85db volume limit, however, they can reach volumes of up to 100db. Their sound profile isn't very balanced, and they don't come with a microphone. If you're looking for more headphones, check out our recommendations for the best on-ear wireless headphones, the best on-ear headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Mpow CH9 Wireless

The Mpow CH9 Wireless are better headphones for kids than the Mpow CH1. The CH9 are better-built, and they have a more stable fit. They also delivery audio more consistently. Unlike the CH1, you can use them wirelessly, and they come with a microphone.

Mpow CH6

The Mpow CH6 are better headphones than the Mpow CH1. The CH6 are better-built, and they have a more stable fit. Their sound profile is much more balanced, too. They leak less noise, and they come with a microphone and a volume limit switch, which the CH1 lack.

JBL JR300BT Wireless

The JBL JR300BT Wireless are better headphones for kids than the Mpow CH1. The JBL are more comfortable, more stable, and better-built. Their sound profile is more balanced, and they leak less noise. They also have a microphone, which the Mpow lack. However, the JBL are wireless-only headphones, while the Mpow are wired-only.

Puro JuniorJams Wireless

The Puro JuniorJams Wireless are better headphones for kids than the Mpow CH1. The Puro are better-built, and they can be used wirelessly, unlike the Mpow. They also come with a microphone and they leak less noise. While their sound profile is bass-heavy, it's ultimately more balanced than the Mpow.

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