Reviewed on Mar 15, 2016

Noontec Hammo Go HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
6.2
Mixed Usage
7.0
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 Noise Cancelling are lightweight, fashionable headphones that offer decent audio reproduction that lacks a little bass. Unfortunately, their poor noise isolation cannot be recommended for use in loud environments or on busy commutes and their build quality is a little plasticky and cheap.

Test Results
Design 6.4
Sound 7.1
Isolation 5.3
Active Features 5.3
Pros
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design.
  • Unique style and color schemes.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Moderate sound leakage.

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6.4

Design

The Hammo Go are stylish-looking headphones. The two-tone color scheme looks great and the well-padded ear cups are relatively comfortable once on the head. Unfortunately, the inflexible headband is not as well-padded and feels thin and susceptible to breaking under physical stress.

Style

The 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 Comfort
Weight : 0.58 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.64 lbs

The Noontec Hammo Go deliver decent comfort thanks to their soft, well-padded ear cups. They are relatively lightweight and the headband does not apply too much pressure on the head. However, the headband is not that flexible and is not as well padded as the ear cups.

5.4 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

Button layout and functionality is simple but lacking. There is 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 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 somthing. 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 will slip off your ears under those conditions.

6.1 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 are still bigger than most on-ear headphones, and although they would easily fit in a backpack, they are too cumbersome and large for a pocket.

8.0 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 will protect them well 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 Build Quality

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 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.8 C

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 3.94 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with two cables; 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music but no volume control and 1/8" TRS-TRS with no in-line controls.

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7.1

Sound

The Noontec Hammo Go is an average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a decent Bass that lacks sub-bass and sounds a bit boomy. Their Mid Range is good, but a little muddy, and they have a decent Treble which could sound a little sharp and piercing. Additionally, the have a mediocre Soundstage performance, making them unsuitable for critical listening applications.

7.0 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 Mid
Std. Err.
:
3.1 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.52 dB
Mid
:
-1.54 dB
High-Mid
:
-4.44 dB

7.1 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.24 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.12 dB
Treble
:
3.45 dB
High-Treble
:
4.13 dB

6.1 Soundstage
PRTF Error
:
6.03 dB
Openness
:
6.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.1
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.34 dB

8.4 Imaging
Phase Error
:
38.81 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
:
0.67 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
:
1.06 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
:
7.67 °

7.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.03
Weighted THD @ 100
:
9.832

5.3

Isolation

The Noontec Hammo Go have disappointing noise isolation performance. The active noise cancellation barely provides any cancellation of ambient noise and the difficult-to-achieve seal does not add much isolation passively either. This poor seal causes moderate sound leakage and allows noise to get into the ear cups, which in addition to the poor noise isolation, makes these headphones unideal for use in loud environments.

5.0 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 earcups is sub-par, due to the bad fit and seal of the headphones. The active noise cancellation is disappointing too, providing a maximum of -8dB of isolation at 200Hz, and nothing much below or above it.

5.9 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, at loud volumes, leakage is quite broad, ranging from 400Hz to 7KHz. Most of the audio you are listening to will be audible a few feet away.

5.3

Active Features

The Hammo Go do not have many active features. The battery life is only for noise canceling which at 29 hrs of continuous playtime is well above what you would typically need for most use cases. However, the sound quality does deteriorate considerably when the battery is low. 

0 Wireless
Type
:
N/A
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
NFC
:
No

10 Latency
Base Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

7.7 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA (X2)
Battery Life
:
29 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Auto-off
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No

The Hammo Go 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 also do not 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 App Support

No compatible app.

In the box

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

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Noontec 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.

7.0 Critical Listening

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

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

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

Subpar for office use. They leak a lot and don't block much ambient noise. You will be able to hear the rest of the office, and they will be able to hear your audio.

6.7 Home Theater

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. However, 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.

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