Current testing methodology is v1.2
August 12, 2020
7.1 x 6.5 x 3.3 in
The SuperEQ S1 Active noise-canceling headphones come at such an affordable price it’s hard to be too critical of them.
I reviewed the Q2 Pro from SuperEQ by OneOdio and was impressed with the value for money sound they offered.
The packaging on the SuperEQ S1 ANC is fun, the build quality is decent and the built-in features make for an excellent entry-level set of active noise-canceling headphones.
So, for around $60 they seem like a particularly good deal. Before you get the credit card out I’ll go through how the sound and the ideal customer for these headphones.
SuperEQ S1 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones – $61.85
Impressive features, build quality and performance for such a small price.
It’s hard not to like the SuperEQ S1. It’s not an audiophile headphone but is perfect for anyone wanting a well made, good sounding ANC Bluetooth headphone with decent battery life.
Throw this in your bag before school, college or a trip or holiday and you’ll be satisfied. You’ll be noticed not only for the hot red color (which I really like) but the general aesthetic of the design.
A perfect entry level ANC headphone kids, students and budget audiophiles will love. My only note is these won’t suit adults with larger heads.
- Battery Life (ANC Off): 45 hours
- Battery Life (ANC On): 40 hours – impressive enough
- Driver Size: 40mm – pretty standard
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20 kHz
- Bluetooth Version: 5.0
- Bluetooth Range: ~10m
- Time to Charge: ~2 Hours
- Active Noise-Cancellation: -35dB
What’s in the Box?
- Soft carry case
- 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack plug for cabled use
- User Manuals
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- Airplane Adaptor
Stuff I like
- Great build quality
- Look good on – not bulky or over sized
- Good battery life
- ANC – Active Noise-Cancelling at this price is amazing
- Included carry sleeve/case
- All the cables you need
- Great, full bass and overall big sound
- Hi-Res Certified
Stuff I like less
- Quite a tight headband
- Bass could be tighter
- Can get warm over longer listening sessions
- Light crackle when not using ANC and no music playing – wasn’t a big deal
Comparable products to consider
Not the same level of noise-cancelling and not the same battery life length but still a similar priced unit to compare with that has a lot of fans.
No Active Noise-Cancelling but a massive 72 hour playback on the battery. These are a crowd favourite if you’re just looking for something like the S1’s price range and don’t need ANC.
Do you like listening to Justin Beiber, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Chainsmokers and maybe a little Kygo?
If pop music is your thing, then these cans are a great choice. You’ll even get Hi-Res audio-certified headphones for under $60!
Don’t let me limit the genres, I’m just saying they certainly excel in this area. Many other genres work well also including Jazz, R&B and ambient tunes.
Classical music might struggle a little with how the frequencies placed as they are in these SuperEQ S1 active noise-canceling headphones.
These budget ANC headphones are from the OneOdio stable (they’ve made our lists before) as a lifestyle brand extension. OneOdio has a huge following offering a massive range of affordable HiFi headphones
Unboxing the SuperEQ S1 Headphones
The really nice to have element of these affordable little cans is the headband even has nice padding. It’s bright red, which I love, and adds to the premium feel of the SuperEQ S1.
Overall, they are really comfortable. This is only improved with the ANC on.
Only real observation on comfort is that they will suit smaller heads. This is perfect for younger students or teenagers. As a parent I will certainly pass these on to the kids and would buy another pair to avoid fighting.
They fit well, have an extendable head band and have comfy ear pads.’
Tick in the box there, if you don’t have a really big head.
Transparency and ANC
The S1 Hybrid ANC offer transparency mode (which is really ANC off?) and active noise-cancellation. Honestly, for this price to have ANC on a set of headphones this well made is impressive enough. The question is, does it work?
The answer is, yes, it really does.
I have owned a few sets of Bose. My current being the QC 35ii which just died so I’ll be in for QC45’s when I next travel. I’ve also had many other units over the years including Audio-Technica and Sony. Bose make me happy.
I say all that ‘boastful expensive ANC headphones stuff’ to illustrate I know my way around travel with ANC headphones.
In transparency mode the audio is fine. It doesn’t make a huge impact on the overall sound signature. You can hear outside the headphones but not through the headphones.
By this I mean to say that the transparency mode doesn’t seem to enhance external noises. The earcups still provide a decent amount of passive sound isolation.
To be honest, I’d stick to listening with the ANC on.
ANC – Active Noise-cancelling is where external microphones pick up and detect external frequencies, especially consistent ones like airplane noise or hum, and cancels them out with a counter frequency so you don’t hear them in the headphones, where there is usually more microphones. These have 4 microphones.
The SuperEQ S1 does a good job, no, an excellent job for this price. It’s a significant change when the ANC kicks in. Again, affordable headphones for travel? These are perfect.
If you’re in an office they will also provide ample noise-canceling. Just using them at home and in the office, I disappeared once ANC was on and music was playing.
The combination of sound isolation and active noise-canceling makes the SuperEQ ANC S1 a very quiet and enjoyable experience. You can let the music play without having to crank the volume up.
Probably only get these on Amazon and the SuperEQ website.
Hybrid isn’t like an IEM or multiple drive headphone is hybrid
From what I can tell from poking at the headphones, these don’t contain hybrid drivers as you would expect from other audio equipment.
Hybrid suggests multiple listening states i.e ANC + Transparency modes but I think its really related to the 2 external and 2 internal mic array.
Overall these sound great. There isn’t a lot of clarity between frequencies and the sound stage isn’t separated and clear but that’s a criticism from a guy that listens to $2k+ headphones most days.
So all that aside – these are awesome. The bass goes deep, the mids are quite crisp and while treble isn’t very forward it’s there and certainly don’t leave me feeling fatigued.
The bass on these shines really well on some tracks more than others but overall, it’s shows up in a big way on all tracks.
It’s not too much but it is warm. Not super tight.
Quite impressed really. If they could make this just a little tighter these would be an amazing budget alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM4. Actually, they already are a great affordable alternative for those.
The reason I say that is the bottom end reminds me of the typical Sony sound signature. Deep, round, warm.
Rockstar – Post Malone is always a great track to test your sub bass.
I like guitar and vocals. While the tuning on these is not completely V shaped, (only as the treble isn’t too pronounced) the mids do sit back a little.
Guitars sound nice, keys are full and melodious and vocals are clean and relatively crisp. Add a little more upper mids and treble and you’d have a really sharp unit. These punch above their weight.
These are great for most genres and shine with Pop music, Pop Rock and some R&B and Rap. NF, Eminem sound super. Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and other acoustic vocal work.
It’s there. It’s present and it’s not overbearing. I like treble so a little more lower treble would help the mids blend in but I can’t fault them too much.
In some ways the mids and high end also reminded me of my Shure SE-215 IEMs. This makes rock music a good listen.
Again, for long listening periods these make for a comfortable listen.
Movies will certainly sound awesome with these.
Conclusion…because I haven’t talked enough already
The big question in this SuperEQ S1 review is, should you buy these headphones? Too hard to answer but let me try my best.
If you have less than $75 and you want a closed back set of Bluetooth headphones with active noise-canceling, a decent battery life and good sound? These are a great pick.
My bottom line with any audio accessories is do they allow me to ‘feel’ the music. These do that. It’s rare at this price point. Right now I’m listening to Hide & Seek by Garrett Garfield and it’s tasty. Before this I listened to 30 Seconds to Mars – Walk on Water. Equally good.
Well made, comfortable, good sound, excellent price and ANC – damn. If I was younger and commuting again in NYC, London, Sydney or Vancouver I would recommend these to anyone I could find.
I’d like to think the faint crackle that appears intermittently is unique to this pair but even then I only notice it as I am tuned to do so. Most people wouldn’t even pick it up.
Well done SuperEQ on a great set of cans.
What I’d love to do is blind test these with Sony and Beats and see what people choose. I think we might all be surprised.
Can you pair the SuperEQ S1 with multiple phones?
Yes, the SuperEQ S1 can be paired with multiple phones at the same time.
Will ANC work if there is no music playing?
Yes. If you just want some peace and quiet you can put the SuperEQ S1 on with ANC active and it will reduce external noise.
Does active-noise cancellation block all noise?
No. ANC is designed to block consistent sound and frequencies although it will help with any noisy environment. It’s especially useful on planes and other transportation.
What is the difference between the SuperEQ S1 and S2?
The S1 are an over the ear headphone (circumaural) and the S2 is an on-ear headphone (supra-aural). The S1 also has transparency mode and better battery life.
Can I connect them with a cable?
Yes, there is a 3.5mm jack plug in the headphones and a cable supplied with the headphones. If they go flat or you want to be wired you can plug the headphones in using the supplied cable.
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