Noontec Hammo Go Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Mar 15, 2016 at 12:00 am
Noontec Hammo Go Picture
6.2
Mixed Usage
7.2
Critical Listening
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
6.7
Home Theater
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise-Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Noontec Hammo Go are lightweight, fashionable noise cancelling headphones that offer decent audio reproduction, but lack a little low-bass. Unfortunately, their poor noise isolation isn't ideal for use in loud environments or on busy commutes and their build quality is a little plasticky and cheap.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Noontec Hammo Go are mediocre-at-best everyday headphones. They sound decent but leak a little too much for office use and don't isolate enough for loud environments.

Pros
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design.
  • Unique style and color schemes.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Moderate sound leakage.
7.2 Critical Listening

The Noontec Hammo Go are average for critical listening. They have a decent audio reproduction but have a limited soundstage due to their closed-back design.

5.8 Commute/Travel

The Noontec Hammo Go are below-average for commuting. They're moderately comfortable, and lightweight but their noise isolation is too weak for loud, noisy commutes or noisy flights.

6.0 Sports/Fitness

The Noontec Hammo Go are mediocre for sports use. They're moderately comfortable, and they're not too bulky. However, they're slightly too unstable for strenuous exercise.

5.9 Office

The Noontec Hammo Go are sub-par for office use. They leak a lot and don't block much ambient noise. You can hear the rest of the office, and your coworkers can likely hear your audio.

6.7 Home Theater

The Noontec Hammo Go are average for Home Theater use. They have a decent sound for listening to music and watching movies. They also have no latency since they're wired. They have a short audio cable, so unless you have an extension cord they won't be ideal for comfortably watching movies from your couch.

  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Critical Listening
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 6.7 Home Theater

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Noontec Hammo Go are a stylish pair of headphones. They have a unique two-tone red and black design that is visually pleasing. The back of the ear cups are branded with a red logo on a silver metal finish, which matches the red underside of the headband and the silver of the metal frame.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.58 lbs
Clamping Force
0.64 lbs

These headphones are fairly comfortable thanks to their soft, well-padded ear cups. They're relatively lightweight, and the headband doesn't apply too much pressure on the head. However, the headband isn't that flexible and isn't as well padded as the ear cups.

5.4
Design
Controls
Ease of use Good
Feedback Above-average
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Noise Canceling Control No
Talk-Through No
Additional Buttons No

The button layout and functionality are simple but lacking. There's only one noise cancelling switch on the ear cup. The only other control option is a call/music button on the cable's inline control. The lack of a dedicated volume control option is a little disappointing.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are moderately stable. They can maintain a stable fit during casual listening sessions and have a cable that detaches if it gets hooked on to something. However, they're not tight on your head, which is good for comfort but reduces their ability to stay in place during sports, running, and jumping. They're not designed for high-intensity physical activity and can slip off your ears under those conditions.

6.1
Design
Portability
L 4.72 "
W 7.09 "
H 2.95 "
Volume 98.89 Cu. Inches
Stand required N/A

The Noontec Hammo Go are smaller than average over-ear headphones. They also fold up into a more compact design which makes them moderately portable. Unfortunately, they're still bigger than most on-ears, and although they would easily fit in a backpack, they're too cumbersome and large for a pocket.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 5.12 "
W 7.87 "
H 3.15 "
Volume 126.94 Cu. Inches

These headphones come with a great-looking, hardshell case that can help protect them against scratches, hard falls, and even water damage. However, it does add a little bit of bulk to the headphones, which will take up a moderate amount of space in a backpack.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

Their build quality is average at best. The plastic design feels relatively sturdy, and the headband has a metal frame for reinforcement. However, the headband is thin and inflexible, making it susceptible to breaking under physical stress.

7.6
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 2.8 C
Design
Cable
Detachable Yes
Length 3.94 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS

These headphones come with two cables: 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music but no volume control and 1/8" TRS-TRS with no in-line controls.

Design
Front
Design
Angled
Design
Side
Design
Rear
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

  • Noontec Hammo Go headphones
  • Carrying case
  • AAA battery (x2)
  • Audio cables (x2)
  • Airline adapter
  • Manual

Sound
7.0
Sound
Bass
Std. Err.
4.18 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
40.0 Hz
Low-Bass
-5.33 dB
Bass
2.16 dB
High-Bass
3.61 dB
7.7
Sound
Mid
Std. Err.
3.1 dB
Low-Mid
2.52 dB
Mid
-1.54 dB
High-Mid
-4.44 dB
7.1
Sound
Treble
Std. Err.
4.24 dB
Low-Treble
-1.12 dB
Treble
3.45 dB
High-Treble
4.13 dB
6.7
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Error
6.03 dB
Openness
7.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.1
Correlated Crosstalk
-0.34 dB
8.4
Sound
Imaging
Phase Error
38.81 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
0.67 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
1.06 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
7.67 °
7.2
Sound
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
1.03
Weighted THD @ 100
9.832
Isolation
5.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
-11.05 dB
Bass
-1.53 dB
Mid
-9.43 dB
Treble
-24.33 dB
Self-Noise
18.38 dB

Poor isolation performance. The passive cancellation provided by the ear cups is sub-par, due to the bad fit and seal. The active noise cancellation is disappointing, providing a maximum of -8dB of isolation at 200Hz and nothing much below or above it.

5.9
Isolation
Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
45.72 dB

Decent leakage performance. If you listen quietly in a loud environment, you shouldn't worry about leakage. However, leakage is quite broad at loud volumes, ranging from 400Hz to 7kHz. Most of the audio you're listening to will be audible a few feet away.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Wireless
Type
N/A
Obstructed Range
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
NFC
No
10
Active Features
Latency
Base Latency
0 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
7.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
AAA (X2)
Battery Life
29 hrs
Charge Time
N/A
Auto-off
No
Audio while charging
N/A
Passive Playback
No

These headphones use two AAA batteries, but only provide 29 hrs of battery life. While this is more than average, using two batteries that have to be changed only after 29 hours can be a bit bothersome. Unfortunately, they don't have any battery-saving features like an auto-off timer, and the audio severely deteriorates as the battery discharges. On the upside, they can continue playing audio passively once the batteries are dead, which makes them a decent option for long flights or road trips.

0
Active Features
App Support

No compatible app.

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