Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Mar 17, 2020 at 08:04 am
Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless Picture
6.4
Mixed Usage
6.0
Neutral Sound
6.6
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
4.8
Wired Gaming
5.8
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Mpow Flame Pro are a very good pair of sports truly wireless headphones. Their comfortable ear-hook design ensures a stable fit that'll keep these headphones snug in your ears regardless of how strenuous the workout. Their nearly 12-hour single-charge battery life should easily last a full day, and you get nearly 50 hours when you count their charging case. Their bass-heavy sound profile may not be the best choice for fans of all genres, but it will help keep you pumped up when listening to dubstep or hip-hop at the gym. Unfortunately, they do a bad job of blocking out background noise, so they may not be ideal for your daily commute or to help keep you concentrated in the office.

Our Verdict

6.4 Mixed Usage

The Mpow Flame Pro are mediocre mixed usage headphones. They do a bad job at blocking out background noise, and their bass-heavy and dark sound profile means they aren't well-suited for a very wide range of genres. On the bright side, their 12-hour battery life is good, especially for a pair of truly wireless headphones. They're also comfortable and feel very stable in the ear, making them a good choice for taking to the gym.

Pros
  • Outstanding total battery life.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Very stable fit suitable even for strenuous workouts.
Cons
  • Very bass-heavy sound profile may not be suitable for a wide variety of genres.
  • Bad noise isolation.
6.0 Neutral Sound

The Mpow Flame Pro aren't recommended for neutral sound listening. Their bass-heavy and veiled sound profile is very inaccurate and extremely lacking in treble. They also don't come with a dedicated companion app, so you can't change their EQ. While they should please fans of EDM or hip-hop, they aren't well-suited for genres like classic rock or even some pop.

6.6 Commute/Travel

The Mpow Flame Pro are alright headphones for commuting or travel. They're comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, and their battery should easily last through even the longest of flights, especially with the extra three charges from their case. Unfortunately, their noise isolation is bad, so they won't help block out the rumble of bus engines or the chatty person next to you on the plane.

7.9 Sports/Fitness

The Mpow Flame Pro are very good truly wireless headphones for sports. Their ear-hook design makes them very stable, and they should stay comfortably in your ear during even the most strenuous of workouts. Their bass-heavy sound profile is well suited for songs with a lot of kick that will help you stay motivated in the gym, and their easy-to-use controls make it easy to skip tracks or adjust the volume. They're also rated IPX5 for water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for.

6.1 Office

The Mpow Flame Pro are mediocre headphones for office use. While they should be comfortable enough for most people to use all day, their bad noise isolation means they won't help block out chatty coworkers. Their battery performance is decent overall, and they should easily last an entire work day without needing a charge.

5.0 Wireless Gaming

The Mpow Flame Pro aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with either PS4 or Xbox and while you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, their latency is likely too high for gaming.

4.8 Wired Gaming

The Mpow Flame Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.

5.8 Phone Calls

The Mpow Flame Pro are sub-par headphones for phone calls. While they have an integrated microphone to allow you to take phone calls while on-the-go or at the gym, your voice will sound thin and lacking in detail. It'll also be hard for the person on the other end of the line to hear you in even moderately loud environments.

  • 6.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Neutral Sound
  • 6.6 Commute/Travel
  • 7.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.1 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.8 Wired Gaming
  • 5.8 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Mpow Flame Pro have an identical design aesthetic as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. The entire headphones are covered in a matte black plastic that's prone to smudging. They look very non-descript and could easily be confused for the Beats if it wasn't for the small "Mpow" branding on the side.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.05 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Mpow Flame Pro are comfortable in-ears that most people should be able to wear for long periods comfortably. They're a bit bulkier than the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, and their ear hooks are a bit tighter and may pinch people's ears a tiny bit more. Overall, however, this isn't too noticeable, even when doing a side-by-side comparison.

6.9
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Great
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The control scheme is decent overall. The controls are very intuitive and easy to use thanks to having two buttons on either earbud. Their physical, clicky buttons also give good feedback.

8.6
Design
Portability
L 2.5 "
W 2.0 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 6.0 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Due to their ear hook design, these headphones are a bit bulkier than most truly wireless in-ears, though they're still quite portable overall. You can easily toss them into any bag or purse, though they may be a bit too bulky for some pockets.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.0 "
W 3.0 "
H 1.6 "
Volume 14.4 Cu. Inches

The case for the Mpow Flame Pro is good but quite bulky. It's a similar size to the case for the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, but is slightly narrower and taller, making it even more difficult to put into pants pockets. The matte finish is worse than the finish on the Powerbeats, as it's much more prone to smudges and fingerprints.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of these headphones is good. The headphones and the case are both made of solid and dense plastic that feels quite robust. They should be able to withstand a few accidental drops and bumps without sustaining any damage. The earbuds are rated IPX5 for water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are very stable, provided you achieve a proper fit. Thanks to their ear-hooks, they shouldn't move at all, even during intense workouts or heavy head movements.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Mpow Flame Pro headphones
  • 4x tip options
  • Charging case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.36 db
Treble Amount
-6.97 db

The sound profile of these headphones is very bass-heavy. Overall they sound quite dark and veiled. While they're suitable for genres like EDM and hip-hop, instrument-driven or vocal-driven genres will be lacking in brightness and detail.

9.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.06 dB

Like most in-ear headphones, these headphones have excellent frequency response consistency. Assuming you achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, you should get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.37 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
17.31 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.13 dB
Mid-Bass
3.18 dB
High-Bass
2.73 dB

The Mpow Flame Pro's bass accuracy is great. It's only slightly overemphasized throughout the entire range. However, while the bass range itself isn't too overemphasized, the recessed mid and treble ranges will make their sound profile come across as very bass-heavy and boomy.

7.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.41 dB
Low-Mid
0.03 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.68 dB
High-Mid
-4.19 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is decent. The recessed mid-mid and high-mid ranges mean that vocals and instruments will sound distant and pushed back in the mix. On tracks with a lot of bass, instruments and vocals will likely be overpowered.

1.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
11.24 dB
Low-Treble
-7.48 dB
Mid-Treble
-15.91 dB
High-Treble
-11.91 dB

The treble accuracy of the Mpow Flame Pro is awful. The entire range is recessed, and some frequencies are lost completely. Music will be lacking in brightness and detail, and some instruments, like cymbals, will be overpowered by the bass and get lost in the mix.

8.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.15 db
Dips
1.45 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is very good. There are barely any major spikes or dips, other than a major dip in mid-treble, which will result in a lack of detail and brightness. It's worth noting that only our left driver saw a dip in the mid-treble range, while the right driver of our test unit actually had a peak. This will likely vary from unit to unit, and yours may perform differently.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.12
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.79
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.17

The imaging of these headphones is great. The GD graph also shows that the group delay response never crosses the audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. While the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude and phase response, we did some deviation between the drivers in frequency response. This means that while localization of objects (like voices and video game effects) will be good, you may notice different frequency reproduction in each ear. Note that these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
5.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.0

The soundstage is poor. Since creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is partially dependent on having a speaker-like pinna activation, and in-ear headphones bypass the pinna and don't interact with it, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head. Their closed-back design also means that their soundstage won't feel as open as open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

The Mpow Flame Pro have no virtual soundstage feature.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.436
WHD @ 100
0.160

The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is decent. While they perform well at higher volumes, and you shouldn't notice any distortion. They don't perform as well at moderate volumes and you may notice some slight distortion, particularly in the treble range. Overall, however, it's likely that most people won't notice this.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
aptX, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when the Mpow Flame Pro are used with these settings.

Isolation
4.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-9.92 dB
Bass
-0.15 dB
Mid
-5.81 dB
Treble
-24.15 dB

The noise isolation performance of these headphones is poor. Even with a good fit and seal from the provided ear tips they won't do anything to block out the low rumble of engine sounds, and will only slightly help with background chatter. On the bright side, they do a decent job at blocking out higher-end frequencies, like the sound from an AC unit.

8.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
32.22 dB

The leakage performance of these headphones is great. You should be able to play your music fairly loud without bothering those around you.

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

These headphones have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.

6.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
198.7 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.3 dB
HFE
4832.64 Hz
Weighted THD
3.815
Gain
1.77 dB

The recording quality of the microphone is only okay. Your voice will sound noticeably thin and lacking in detail, like with most Bluetooth in-ears.

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

The noise handling of the microphone is mediocre. While the person on the other end of the line will hear you if you're in a quiet environment, your voice will get lost in even moderately noisy situations.

Active Features
6.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
11.8 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
47.2 hrs
Charge Time
1.0 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance of the Mpow Flame Pro is decent. Their single-charge battery life of almost 12 hours is great for a pair of truly wireless headphones and among the highest we've measured, even beating out the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless by about 30 minutes. The Mpow Flame Pro also fully charge within an hour, so you can top up their battery very quickly. Their case holds three additional charges, giving them a total of nearly 50 hours of battery life, which is outstanding. Unfortunately, they don't have any power-saving features, so you'll have to make sure to remember to put the headphones away in their case so you don't drain their battery accidentally.

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

There's no dedicated companion app for the Mpow Flame Pro, so you can't adjust their EQ or customize the headphones in any way.

Connectivity
6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
208 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
329 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
340 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
126 ms
Android Latency
110 ms

The Mpow Flame Pro use Bluetooth 5.0 but unfortunately don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their PC latency is high, but on both Android and iOS it'll likely be low enough that you shouldn't notice too much delay when watching videos.

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

The Mpow Flame Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Mpow Flame Pro can't be used wired, like most truly wireless headphones.

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

The Mpow Flame Pro aren't compatible with the PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency will likely be too high to recommend them for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The Mpow Flame Pro aren't compatible with Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Mpow Flame Pro come with a charging case that holds an additional three charges. The case charges via USB-C but doesn't have any other inputs.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Mpow Flame Pro are a good pair of sports truly wireless headphones with an ear-hook design. They look and feel almost identical to the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless and have an even longer battery life. Unfortunately, their bass-heavy sound profile is very dark and better suited to genres like EDM and hip-hop. Check out our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best wireless headphones for working out.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless
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The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better sports headphones than the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless. The Powerbeats have a better-balanced and more accurate sound profile that's suited for a wider range of genres. They also have better overall battery performance thanks to their standby mode and ability to use while they're charging. On the other hand, the Mpow have a slightly longer single-charge battery life, and the case holds three additional charges, as opposed to only one with the Beats.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless and the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless are both very good headphones for sports. The Flame Pro feature an ear-hook design that will be more stable in the ear, they're also more comfortable and have a much better battery life overall. On the other hand, the T6 have a better-balanced sound profile, block out background noise significantly better, and have a much smaller and more portable case.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019
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Amazon.com

The Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 Headphones are slightly better sports headphones than the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless. The Anker have a better-balanced sound profile, isolate sound much better, have a slightly better microphone, and last longer off a single charge. On the other hand, the Mpow are truly wireless so they don't have a wire connecting the two earbuds. They also have a longer overall battery life, thanks to their charging case with three additional charges.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple feel much more premium, have a smaller and more portable case, and feel practically just as stable, despite not having an ear-hook design. The Apple also have a much more accurate sound profile, ANC for significantly better noise isolation, and their case features wireless charging. On the other hand, the Mpow have a much better battery life and may represent better value for people just looking for a pair of wireless headphones to take to the gym.

EarFun Free Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless and the EarFun Free Truly Wireless are both very good pairs of headphones for sports. The Mpow are more comfortable, have better controls, are more stable in the ear, feel more premium, and have a much better battery. On the other hand, the EarFun have a better-balanced sound profile, block out more background noise, and are more portable.

Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless are better sports headphones than the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless. The Vista have better controls, are smaller and more portable, have a better case, feel better built, have a more accurate sound profile, isolate background noise better, and have a dedicated companion app with EQ settings. On the other hand, the Mpow have a much longer battery life and a better microphone.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018
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Amazon.com

The Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are very different pairs of wireless headphones. The Mpow are truly wireless headphones with ear-hooks that are much more portable, and feel much more stable, making them a better option for taking to the gym. On the other hand, the Bose are wireless over-ears that are much more comfortable, have ANC to block out background noise, have a much more accurate sound profile out-of-the-box, and a longer battery off a single charge.

Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless
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BestBuy.com

The Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless are better sports headphones than the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless. The Jaybird feel better built, have a better-balanced and more versatile sound profile, much better noise isolation, a longer single-charge battery life, and a dedicated companion app with customizable EQ settings. On the other hand, the Mpow charge faster, have a longer overall battery life thanks to their charging case, are more comfortable, and have a better carrying case.

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