Reviewed on Aug 01, 2016

Rovking V1 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
6.1
Mixed Usage
5.1
Critical Listening
6.4
Commute/Travel
6.7
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
6.4
Home Theater
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Rovking V1 are basic in-ear headphones. They're lightweight, compact and stable enough for sports use. However, they feel cheaply made and not durable. They have a subpar sound and poorly block the ambient noise of loud environments.

Test Results
Design 6.6
Sound 4.9
Isolation 7.6
Active Features 2.7
Pros
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Lightweight and stable design.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Poor audio reproduction.
  • In-Ear fit not comfortable for everyone.

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6.6

Design

The Rovking V1 are ordinary looking in-ear headphones. They're incredibly portable, lightweight and they're easy to carry around everywhere you go, which is good for sports. However, they don't seem very durable. The plastic used in their build feels cheap, and the cable is thin. They also have a typical in-ear fit that some may find uncomfortable.

Style

The Rovking V1 are simple and straight forward in-ear headphones. They come in an understated all-black color scheme and have a hook design that gives them a more sporty appeal. However, the hooks, like the build quality of these headphones looks thin and a little cheap.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Rovking V1 have a regular in-ear fit, that may not be comfortable for everyone. Their ear-hook-like design means the audio cable will go behind your ears, but it's very thin and does not affect their comfort level. However, the tips will put a little pressure in the ear canal, which can get bothersome during long listening sessions.

5.0 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A

The V1 have a decent control scheme that provides a call/music button and a volume switch. It's not optimized for all phones, but the switch remembers your previous volume level on iOS devices. Unfortunately, this doesn't give you full control over the volume, which can be a little frustrating. Also, the buttons are a little small.

7.0 Stability

The V1 are above-average stable headphones. They have an ear-hook design that provides a bit more stability than standard in-ear models. Sadly, the hook design is as thin as the cable, which may not be sturdy enough to keep the headphones attached to your ears during high-intensity exercises at the gym.

8.5 Portability
L : 3.74 "
W : 1.57 "
H : 1.18 "
Volume : 6.98 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

The Rovking V1 are very portable headphones. They will easily fit in most pockets, bags or purses, and they're small enough to carry on your person without hassle. Their hook design doesn't add much bulk to headphones when folded. They don't come with a case or pouch, which is slightly disappointing.

0 Case
Type : No case

6.0 Build Quality

Build quality is average. These headphones are sufficiently lightweight and the earbuds dense enough to handle a couple of drops without getting damaged. However, the audio cable is ordinary and of average thickness, which may not be as durable as some of the rubberized or flat cables that other in-ear models have. Their ear-hook design is also very thin and cheap.

8.9 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1.1 C

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 4.13 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

Front
Angled
Side
Rear
Top
4.9

Sound

The Rovking V1 are a poor sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a poor, excessive and boomy bass, a poor and recessed mid-range, and a sub-par and uneven treble. The also lack an open and spacious soundstage, like most other closed-back headphones. On the positive side, they don't produce too much distortion.

4.8 Bass
Std. Err.
:
7.74 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10.0 Hz
Low-Bass
:
10.24 dB
Bass
:
8.31 dB
High-Bass
:
6.09 dB

5.4 Mid
Std. Err.
:
6.14 dB
Low-Mid
:
1.12 dB
Mid
:
-5.57 dB
High-Mid
:
-8.7 dB

4.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
6.37 dB
Low-Treble
:
-5.6 dB
Treble
:
-3.76 dB
High-Treble
:
-6.79 dB

1.9 Soundstage
PRTF Error
:
12 dB
Openness
:
3.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.7
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.36 dB

7.9 Imaging
Phase Error
:
28.49 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
:
1.37 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
:
1.82 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
:
9.9 °

9.9 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.018
Weighted THD @ 100
:
0.006

7.6

Isolation

The Rovking V1 are passively isolating headphones. The in-ear design creates a decent seal that's able to block some high-frequency noise. However, the seal is not as good as some of the other in-ear models, so you will still be able to hear the hustle and bustle of a busy commute. They won't fare well in loud environments unless you listen to your audio at high volumes, but on the upside, they have remarkably low leakage. 

7.3 Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
:
-17.94 dB
Bass
:
-4.14 dB
Mid
:
-17.77 dB
Treble
:
-34.9 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

Average isolation. Since these in-ears do not have active noise-cancellation, the provided passive isolation is quite impressive. They achieve good isolation in the Treble Range and above average isolation in the Mid Range. In the Bass Range, they achieve about 4dB of isolation, which although quite impressive for a passive design, it is noticeably inferior to what high-end active noise-cancelling headphones can achieve.

8.3 Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
32.17 dB

Excellent leakage performance. The majority of the leakage is happening between 2KHz and 7KHz, which is on the wide side compared to most in-ears. However, the overall level of leakage is so low that it wouldn't be an issue in almost all situations.

2.7

Active Features

No active features.

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

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Auto-off
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

0 App Support

No compatible app.

In the box

  • Rovking V1 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x4)
  • Manual

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Rovking V1 are decent mixed usage headphones. Although, they have a poor sound reproduction. They're lightweight, compact and stable enough for sports use and regular everyday activities.

5.1 Critical Listening

Not designed for the critical listener. They have a poor sound quality, a closed in-ear design that limits soundstage and they are way too bass-heavy.

6.4 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. They don't block as much noise as some other in-ear headphones, but depending on the volume at which you play your audio the passive isolation could be sufficient.

6.7 Sports/Fitness

The Rovking V1 are above-average, budget sports headphones. They lack a decent control scheme but they're small and easy to carry around on your person, wherever you go. They also have a stable ear hook design that prevents them from easily falling out of your ears during exercise.

6.3 Office

Decent for office use. They have weak noise isolation and will only block some of the office chatter. However, they won't be audible to the people around you even at higher volumes.

6.4 Home Theater

Decent for home theater use. They have no latency but a short audio cable. This means the lack of range won't be ideal for watching TVs on your couch unless you have an audio cable extension cord. They also have a below average sound that's a bit too bass-heavy and drowns out voices when watching videos.

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