Mpow H10 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.2
Critical Listening
7.1
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
6.3
TV
6.0
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Mpow H10 are decent noise cancelling over-ear headphones that are versatile for everyday casual use. They offer a great value thanks to their decent sound quality and amazing battery life. Their ANC feature is also suitable for commuting and to use at the office. However, they feel flimsy due to their plastic build, and like most over-ears, they won’t be the best option for sports because of their bulky design. On the upside, they have less latency than the average Bluetooth headphones, which is good for watching videos. They also have a comfortable fit but might not be ideal for people with small heads since the headband is quite large.

Test Results
Design 6.7
Sound 7.3
Isolation 6.8
Microphone 6.0
Active Features 7.2
Connectivity 6.4
Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Decent sound quality.
  • Great battery life.
Cons
  • Leaky at high volumes.
  • Cheap plastic build quality.
  • A bit too large for smaller heads.

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6.7

Design

The Mpow H10 are decently designed wireless over-ear headphones. They are comfortable but might be a bit large for smaller heads. They have a decent control scheme that is easy to use, but like most over-ears they won’t be very portable or breathable enough for sports. They feel fairly plasticky and cheaper than the similar Mpow H5. You also get an audible crack that feels like the headphones are breaking every time you fold the cups. On the upside, you can use them wired with the included audio cable, even if the battery is dead.

Style

The Mpow H10 have a pretty generic look and don’t have a design that particularly stands out. The headphones look a bit plasticky but don’t have the same glossy finish as the Mpow H5. The cups are dense with good padding. The headband is also decently padded, but they unfortunately only come in one color scheme.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.53 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.1 lbs

The H10 are comfortable headphones that you can wear for long periods of time but won’t be ideal for people with small heads. The headband is fairly large, and some people will feel the headphones fall down on their head, making the ears touch the top of the cups. On the upside, the padding is very plushy and soft, which is very comfortable. The headband is also well-padded and distributes the weight of the headphones well. Some may feel like they are a bit tight on the head.

7.2 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons : N/A

The Mpow H10 have a decent physical control scheme. You get access to common functionalities such as call/music management, volume control, and track skipping. You can also enable/disable their ANC with a physical switch on the left ear cup. The buttons are fairly clicky and easy-to-use, but you don’t have a way of differentiating the buttons as they have the same shape. You might need to take a second to feel the other buttons to know which one you are pressing.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.1 C

Like most over-ear headphones, the Mpow H10 trap a decent amount of heat under the ear cups and most will feel a noticeable difference in temperature while wearing them for a while. They won’t be ideal for sports as you might sweat more than usual.

5.9 Portability
L : 6.5 "
W : 5.5 "
H : 3.3 "
Volume : 118 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These over-ear headphones are fairly bulky and won’t be very portable. On the upside, you can fold them into a more compact format, which makes them a bit easier to travel with. Also, the cups swivel to lay flat, which makes it easier to carry them around your neck and to slide in a bag. They don’t come with a hard case to protect them.

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

These headphones come with a soft pouch that protects the headphones against scratches and very minor water exposure. The pouch won’t protect the headphones against physical damage from falls, but it doesn’t add bulk to their design.

6.5 Build Quality

Unfortunately, the Mpow H10 feel cheaper-made than the H5. While the cups feel better designed, with slightly better plastic, the overall feel of the H10 is worse. The headband got downgraded and doesn’t feel as sturdy as the H5’s. Also, the hinges when folding the headphones make a very loud cracking noise, giving you the impression that you just broke the headphones every time you fold them. On the upside, they don’t have the fingerprint-prone glossy finish of the H5. For another better-built option, you can take a look at the TaoTronics TT-BH060, but their sound quality is sub-par. There's also the Mixcder E9 that are a similar option, with good sound quality.

6.5 Stability

These headphones aren’t that stable and shouldn’t be used for physical activity and running. They wiggle around fairly easy and come off your ears. They are stable enough for you to tilt your head back on forward, but that’s about it. This shouldn’t be a problem for casual listening. On the upside, their wireless design eliminates the risk of a cable getting stuck on something and yanking the headphones off your head.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.0 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

These headphones come with a 4-foot long 1/8” TRS audio cable, and you also get a micro-USB charging cable.

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7.3

Sound

The Mpow H10 are decent sounding closed-back over-ear headphones. Their bass is virtually flawless, but their mid-range is recessed, and some may feel like they sound sibilant as well. This results in vocals and leads being pushed back to the back of the mix and S and T sounds might be a bit piercing for some. However, these headphones still sound good and will be versatile for a wide variety of music genres, though they won’t be ideal for vocal-centric music.

9.0 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.47 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10.75 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.8 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.02 dB
High-Bass
:
1.57 dB

The bass performance of the H10 is excellent. The response throughout the range is flat and even. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 11Hz, which is great. The bass response is virtually flawless and follows our target curve very well, with a slight 2dB overemphasis in mid-bass and high-bass. This results in a bit of extra punch to the bass guitars and kick of drums. Overall, the bass will be reproduced accurately with the right amount of thump and body.

6.8 Mid
Std. Err.
:
4.26 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.92 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-5.86 dB
High-Mid
:
-3.03 dB

The mid-range of the H10 is okay. The response is fairly even, but most of it is underemphasized, noticeably in mid-mid. The 8dB dip centered around 750Hz will push the vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Also, high-mid is under our target curve by about 3dB, which will negatively affect the intensity and projection of vocals and leads as well.

7.6 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.87 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.14 dB
Mid-Treble
:
4.89 dB
High-Treble
:
1.5 dB

Good treble performance. The frequency response is fairly flat before 5KHz, which is great, and vocals and leads will have accurate detail and brightness. However, these headphones are sibilant over 5KHz and S and T sounds can feel a bit sharp and piercing, especially on already bright tracks. Not everyone will hear this as sibilant.

7.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.45 dB

The H10 have a good frequency response consistency. In the bass range, they seem to be using their ANC (active noise cancelling) to check for seal and ensuring proper bass delivery like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM3. In the treble range (below 10KHz), the maximum amount of deviation is below 5dB, which is good, but the positioning of the headphones on the head can definitely have a small effect on their perceived brightness.

8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.2
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.95
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.14

These headphones have great imaging. Their weighted group delay (GD) is 0.24, which is very good. The GD graph shows that their group delay is under the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for accurate placement and localization of objects, such as footsteps and instruments, in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.4 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.16 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
5.71 dB
PRTF Distance
:
8.36 dB
Openness
:
2.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.8
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage of the Mpow H10 is sub-par. They show a decent amount of PRTF accuracy and activation, which should translate into a relatively large soundstage. However, their PRTF Distance score is below-average, suggesting a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside-the-head, as opposed to in front. Also, because of the closed-back design and ANC, they tend to sound less open than open-back headphones.

6.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
36.071
Weighted THD @ 100
:
39.516

The total harmonic distortion performance of the H10 is mediocre-at-best. The amount of THD in the bass range is within good limits but stays at a similar level in the mid and treble ranges, which isn’t good. These frequencies may sound harsh and impure. On the upside, there is no big jump in THD under heavier loads.

6.8

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Mpow H10 is okay. These headphones block out a good amount of lower frequency noises like the rumbling noises of airplanes and bus engines, which means they’ll be a decent option for commuting. However, they are fairly leaky at high volumes, so if you blast your music, people around you will hear what you are listening to.

7.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.81 dB
Bass
:
-18.66 dB
Mid
:
-22.01 dB
Treble
:
-25.1 dB
Self-Noise
:
24.07 dB

The H10 have a decent isolation performance. With their ANC (active noise cancelling) enabled, these headphones achieved more than 18dB of isolation in the bass range, which is very good. This means they will be able to cancel out the low rumbling noises like airplane and bus engines to a great degree. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they isolate by 22dB, which is also good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts and air conditioning systems, they achieved about 25dB of isolation, which is decent.

5.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
45.8 dB

The leakage performance is sub-par. The significant portion of the leakage is spread between 300Hz and 3KHz, which is a relatively broad range. The overall level of the leakage is relatively loud too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 46dB SPL and peaks at 62dB SPL, which is noticeably above the noise floor of an average office.

6.0

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The integrated microphone of the Mpow H10 is mediocre at best. The speech recorded or transmitted with the mic will sound thin and noticeably muffled. On the upside, it should still be understandable in quiet environments. However, it doesn’t fare well in noisy environments and will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud environments, such as a busy street.

6.0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
232.91 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
5.28 dB
HFE
:
3088.65 Hz
Weighted THD
:
7.057
Gain
:
25.9 dB

The recording quality of the Mpow H10’s integrated microphone is mediocre. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 233Hz, which means transmitted/recorded speech with this mic will sound noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.1KHz indicates speech that lacks detail and is noticeably muffled. This will have a negative effect on the intelligibility of speech, but it should still be understandable in quiet environments.

6.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
10.97 dB

The noise handling of the integrated mic is mediocre. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 11dB. This makes this microphone suitable mostly for quiet environments, and not great for moderate and loud environments as it will have difficulty to separate ambient noise from actual speech.

7.2

Active Features

The Mpow H10 have a great battery life that lasts more than 20 hours with their ANC on. This will be more than enough for a normal workday and they won’t need daily charging. Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app to enhance your listening experience. On the upside, they have passive playback even when the battery is dead, and you can also use them wired with the ANC feature. 

8.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
23.1 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.6 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Standby mode
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
Yes

The H10 have a great battery life that offers 23 hours of continuous playback with their ANC feature, which is more than enough for a workday, and it won’t need daily charging. They also don’t take that long to charge fully which is great. They also have a standby mode to save some power. You can use them passively, even if the battery is completely dead, which is convenient, but you won’t be able to use the ANC. Note that when powering the headphones off, you also have to switch the ANC off or the battery will continue being drained.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : 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

Mpow doesn’t have an app that offers customization options.

6.4

Connectivity

The Mpow H10 are Bluetooth headphones that come with a wired audio cable but don’t have an in-line microphone. They have great wireless range and their latency is noticeably lower than most Bluetooth headphones, which is better for watching videos. You can also use them wired to completely get rid of the latency.

6.8 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No

Update 10/07/2019: The H10 now support multi-device pairing, and can be paired with two devices at the same time.

The H10 are Bluetooth compatible headphones. Unfortunately, they don’t support NFC for quicker and easier pairing procedure.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

You can use the included 1/8” TRS audio cable to use these headphones with any platform that has the appropriate audio jack. However, they only support audio as they don’t have an in-line microphone.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

The Mpow H10 don’t have a base or dock.

9.3 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
56 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
181 ft

The wireless range of the Mpow H10 is amazing. With 56ft of distance when the source is obstructed by walls, you will be able to walk around a small office or go to the next-door room without getting too many audio cuts. You shouldn’t have any problem if you keep your audio source on or even near you. However, the wireless range is very dependent on your device’s signal strength and many other factors, so your experience may vary.

5.4 Latency
Default Latency
:
122 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

With 122ms of delay, the H10 have less latency than most Bluetooth headphones, which is good. Some may still notice a small delay between audio and video while watching TV or any video content. On the upside, some devices and apps seem to offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay as much. You can also use the headphones with the audio cable to get rid of the latency.

In the box

  • Mpow H10 headphones
  • 1/8” TRS audio cable
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Mpow H10 are versatile headphones and stand out by the value they give for their affordable price. They deliver decent sound and isolate against a good amount of ambient noise. Unfortunately, they feel fairly plasticky and get quite leaky at high volumes. We suggest looking at our best budget noise cancelling headphones, or at our suggestions for best noise cancelling headphones under $200 for some better-built options. See also our article on the best headphone brands.           

Mpow H5 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 are better versatile headphones than the similar Mpow H5 model. The overall design of the H10 is better and more comfortable, and their ANC feature blocks more ambient noise than the H5. While both headphones feel fairly plasticky, the overall feel of the H5 is slightly better and they don’t make a breaking sound when folding them. Sound-wise, the H10 are slightly more balanced, especially in the bass range. They also have a way better battery life, but you can connect the H5 to two devices, which you can’t do with the H10.

Cowin E7 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 are better headphones than the Cowin E7. They are more comfortable to wear for long periods of time and the padding is very soft compared to the rigid one on the E7. The Cowins also have mediocre sound quality with heavy bass and treble that lacks a lot of detail. The H10 also isolate more ambient noise and will be better suited for commuting. The only thing that the E7 have over the H10 is that their battery life is slightly longer, but it takes more time to charge. However, this doesn’t overcome the massive difference in sound quality.

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 Wireless are better headphones than the TaoTronics TT-BH060. Their ANC features are practically identical, but our H10 didn’t show any mismatch in their drivers, resulting in a better overall sound than the TT-BH060. They also have very good battery life on top of a standby mode, which the TaoTronics are lacking. They have low latency for Bluetooth headphones, too. However, the TaoTronics are better-built and leak noticeably less than the H10.

Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 are slightly better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Life 2 thanks to their better performance against ambient noise. They are better suited for commuting and to use at the office, which makes them slightly more comfortable. On the other hand, the Life 2’s sound signature is more suited for fans of bass and you can also boost it with the bass effect command. They also leak less than the H10 and have an in-line mic.

Mixcder E9 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mixcder E9 Wireless is a slightly better sounding option than the Mpow H10 Wireless and is also better built. They feel better made than the cracking H10 and the controls are easier to use. On the other hand, the H10 have a slightly better ANC performance and they offer a bit more battery life than the E9.

Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 are better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC. Their audio reproduction isn’t as dark and warm as the Space NC, which is the biggest difference between these two headphones. On the other hand, the Space NC are very comfortable and suit most head sizes. Their overall build quality feels sturdier than the plasticky H10. The ANC feature of the Space is also better against high frequency noises, but both perform quite similarly. If you’re looking for wireless headphones with a microphone, note that the H10 don’t have an in-line microphone on their cable, while the Space NC do.

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

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are better headphones than the Mpow H10 Wireless in almost every way. They are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far and they have a great sound quality, too. Their ANC is one of the best on the market, although some software updates seem to have affected their performance. They can connect to two devices simultaneously, which the H10 can’t do, and they don’t feel as plasticky as the Mpow. On the other hand, you get slightly more battery life out of the Mpow H10, you can use them while charging, and they have very low latency for Bluetooth headphones, which is great. The Mpow H10 offer great value, but their overall performance isn’t quite on par with the Bose QC35 II.

Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 are better headphones than the Skullcandy Hesh 3. The H10 have a decent ANC feature while the Hesh 3 only passively isolate, which makes the Mpows better suited for the office and while commuting.  Sound-wise, the Skullcandy headphones are really bass-heavy, so fans of EDM and dubstep might prefer their sound profile. However, the H10 are slightly more comfortable and their Bluetooth latency might be low enough for people not to notice a delay. On the other hand, the Hesh 3 takes half the charging time of the H10 and provides you with about 20 hours of battery life, which is great.

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7.0 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. The Mpow H10 have a decent sound quality and ANC feature that make them suitable for commuting and to use at the office as well. The padding is comfortable, and the headphones are lightweight enough to wear for hours. However, their bulky over-ear design won’t be ideal for sports as they trap heat inside the ear cups and make you sweat more than usual. They might not be ideal for watching TV since the Bluetooth latency might be too high for some, but it is lower than most Bluetooth headphones. However, it will still be too high for gaming and their microphone isn’t great for online gaming.

7.2 Critical Listening

Decent for critical listening. Their bass is virtually flawless, but their mid-range is recessed, and some may feel like they sound sibilant as well. This results in vocals and leads being pushed back to the back of the mix and S and T sounds might be a bit piercing for some. However, these headphones still sound good and will be versatile for a wide variety of music genres but won’t be ideal for vocal-centric music.

7.1 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. These ANC headphones block a decent amount of lower frequency noises like engine rumbles. They are also comfortable for long rides and their battery life will be more than enough for most commutes and flights. However, they are cheaply made and don’t come with a case when you’re on the go so you might have to be a bit more careful not to break them if you are often on the move.

6.8 Sports/Fitness

Okay for sports. These headphones are fairly tight on the head and trap a decent amount of heat under the ear cups, which might make you sweat more than usual. They are also bulky and not the easiest headphones to carry around. On the upside, their control scheme is easy to use and they have a great wireless range, which means you’ll be able to set your phone down during some workouts.

7.2 Office

Decent to use at the office. The Mpow H10 isolate a good amount of ambient chatter, but they leak quite a lot at higher volumes, so be sure to monitor your music not to disturb surrounding colleagues. On the upside, their 23-hour battery life will be more than enough for a normal workday. Unfortunately, they can’t connect to multiple devices simultaneously, which would have been convenient.

6.3 TV

Passable for watching TV. Their latency is fairly low when compared to other Bluetooth headphones so people might not notice the delay as much with these. However, they aren’t the best-built headphones and their tight fit might get a bit warm when watching a long movie. On the upside, you can get rid of the latency with a wired connection but if used wirelessly, their great wireless range will let you watch from the comfort of your couch.

6.0 Gaming

Mediocre at best for gaming. Their latency is too high for gaming and delay will be noticeable in most games. Also, their integrated microphone performance is nowhere near the great boom microphones some gaming headsets have. Additionally, they aren’t as customizable as some headsets we’ve reviewed so far, but they are still fairly comfortable and have decent sound quality.

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