@mike808 I have a pair of those, FYI, Those are just ‘KZ’ earbuds Linsoul is just some reseller trying to create a unique name for their listing.
Great earbuds, but the tiny connecting piece of the cable is real delicate. Buy spare cables. Also, wireless can’t compare to wired. There’s a convenience factor to wireless but for sound quality wired is unmatched.
@pixelated For this youtube video, one can turn on the autogenerated Closed Captions and then in the settings turn on autotranslate and Google will translate enough of it to English or any other language so one can get the gist of what’s being said. (Oh, I’m using a browser, and not the native android youtube app.)
@pixelated I love listening to this guy’s reactions even if I don’t understand a word of it. I did put captions on, which was pretty funny. I plan on using these with my macbook. I am tired of my airpods switching back and forth during a phone call. Even though I have the settings set correctly, so I just never use them with my computer.
@guyfromhawthorn@phrostyphace I don’t think VMP memberships are available anymore, so you have to be one of the few <strikeout>suckers</strikeout> early adopters that started the VMP subscription years ago to access the 4PM Eastern resupply. Note this is not to be confused with the pause till (I forget when exactly) the morning eastern that meh sometimes places on quickly selling items, so people that don’t stay up to 3AM on the east coast have a chance at getting some “meh” for themselves.
Right, you can’t be on old school VMP like me, but I thought you could still sign up for whatever the heart icon version of membership is. I’m getting damned old so I forgot already what that one was, but I thought it was just mehmbership
Edit: just membership and you can see it on the FAQs https://meh.com/faq
Blendtec, Deebot in an IRK, BK Dutch Oven, these might be my in my top 5 meh purchases. I am not an audiophile, but have decent hearing, and these things really sound nice. Noise cancelling is quite impressive. I know these sold out quickly, but if meh procures more, I will max out. Awesome find.
Does anyone else hear soft white noise when turning on ANC without any audio playing (mostly on the right ear)? I know it’s not noticeable with audio playing, but my Anker Q30 over the ears doesn’t do that. I’m wondering if it’s just my right earbud that’s defective or if everyone’s does it.
If I take off the right earbud then put it back in, there’s a few seconds when it isn’t there then the ANC kicks in and I hear it again. The left earbud has a very very faint noise but the right earbud is much more noticeable.
@FirstLast87 hmm that seems to suggest that different units have different amounts of that static noise when using ANC. The left one is so soft compared to the right one for mine. Hopefully @troy and @KNmeh7 can chime in as they said the ANC was great and it may be something we can try to get exchanged under warranty
@ktkmr I don’t get any feedback, just the static noise. I am learning to live with it because I read that other ANC also do similar. I am quite impressed by the noise reduction and the static is almost indiscernible when audio is playing.
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I don’t think I will be asking for an exchange because I bought a second pair on this deal, and I finally decided to open it up and test that one also. That one has exactly the same static sound. So it seems my left ear is less sensitive to the static than my right ear, as opposed to the right earbud having an issue. But your feedback might warrant getting it replaced, unless you don’t notice the feedback when changing locations.
I am impressed with the build quality and sound. This is a n exceptionally nice pair of earbuds for what we paid here. I wouldn’t call this audiophile quality but the sound isolation is pretty good. It’s interesting how you can use a slider to control how much external ambience you hear – right in the middle of the sIider is no enhancement (but good isolation), while going either direciton either increases the ANC or the enhanced input from the mics pulling in ambient sound.
I haven’t yet figured out how to keep a solid connection with my ear/head so I don’t see these as ideal for workouts.
Context: I own Beyerdynamic DT770, Ultrasones, Bower & Wilkins PX, Master & Dynamic MW60s and a pair of Etymotic ER4SR that just landed from Woot. I also have some of the Meh Libratone offerings from last year and use a couple sets of JBL/sports-type earbuds. So I have a mix of wired and Bluetooth.
@bmajazz is this your first ANC earbud? My ANC over the ear (Anker Q30) doesn’t have the white noise / static sound but these have it in my right earbud. Another here said both earbuds have the noise which leads me to think it is a unit by unit issue.
I read that someone got defective Sony WF-1000XM4 that had a low static noise when on ANC and would return/exchange them. The noise really gets on my nerves like how some laptop fans do, to the point I still use a fanless m5 6y57.
I got a good secure seal by using the small wing plus medium tip (as it arrived out of the box) and rotating it like my Anker Liberty 2 Pro (put them in then rotate the top of the earbud toward the back of the head around 45 degrees). However I cannot do this with the medium or large wings, which makes me think wearing it this way isn’t intended. The intended ways are all loose to me also.
@bmajazz if I use the medium wings, then all I can do is wiggle it around to try to seat it in better. I can get a good seal with minimal pressure with wiggling (good for wearing a long time), but it easily comes unseated with a slight nudge. If I use the small wings, then I can do the wiggle or rotate. Wiggle is similar to the medium, and the rotate makes the tip put a lot more pressure and doesn’t unseat as easily (good for up to an hour when I don’t want it to fall).
I got used to the rotate/pressure from the Anker Liberty 2 Pro and was surprised it worked well for this Kenwood. I want ANC earbuds because I fell in love with the quiet of the over the ears ANC. I know that earbuds can’t compare in noise reduction, but I can wear earbuds for much longer than headphones. Right now I’m using this Kenwood without ANC because of the static issue, but it is more comfortable for extended use than my Ankers
I think they are the small or medium. The case gets stuck when closed. I can pry it open but it requires putting a shim inside the crack between the case body and lid, then futzing around to give it enough clearance.
@bmajazz I just did some testing, if I align the arrows on the wings to the arrows on the earbuds, then I get this issue on the large wings and large tips (earbuds scrape against the case when closing and opening requires using a fingernail to pull open more than a crack). But if I align it so that the L and R printed on the wings are “upright” as opposed to tilted (the arrows are apart by about 1cm, where the arrow of the wing is pointing to the closest charging contact), then the case closes and opens without any resistance.
It might just be my experience, but these have been much quieter then similar headphones at the same volume. It’s fine, just need to crank it a bit more. Sound quality is good. Don’t love it as much as my Bowers and Wilkins PI7s, but still quite enjoyable.
It’s a shame they made these for people with small ears. I’m 6’ tall with normal guy size ears and these fall out. A lot. Can’t get the tips deep enough to stay in securely and the volume is thus very low as a result. Bought 2 pairs and wanted to love them, anyone know which foam aftermarket ear tips will work with them? I’ve tried ones that fit everything from Beats to AirPod Pros to Bose QC you name it.
@Lear70 My Anker Liberty 2 Pro tips fit the Kenwood. Although I find the Kenwood tips provide a better audio seal than my Anker tips with less pressure.
Right now, I wear my Anker if I want to be sure it stays on, and I wear my Kenwood if I’m just sitting in my cubicle. The Anker puts a lot more pressure on my ears, while the Kenwood has very little pressure for extended usage comfort.
I found I can make the Kenwood more secure with more pressure by following the Anker manual (but it only works with the small wings). But it’s nowhere as secure as the Anker using the same procedure.
@Odi Thanks, I’ve tried just about everything. I wear Comply foam tips for my Clarity Aloft Flex TSO aviation headsets and they work great because I can get them down in my ear canal just a cm or so and then they seal. I have Comply tips for both my QC’s and my AirPod Pros and they are better but not as long as my work headsets. Just wish people would figure out how to make a headset fit, it’s not rocket science.
@Lear70 I’ve read about Comply for Sony WF but didn’t know they made models for many different earbuds. I just ordered the TW-200-A from Amazon, I’ll report back on Sunday if they fit the Kenwoods also.
@Lear70 The TW-200-A does fit. It’s a bit harder to put on than on my Anker Liberty 2 Pro (because the soundport flange is a bit larger on the Kenwood) but it does go on once you find the correct angle to push.
I don’t like the Comply on my Ankers, even the large size doesn’t seal completely and there is no bass anymore. The Comply is acceptable on the Kenwood for me, but the Kenwood tips give a better seal for more bass and more noise isolation. The Comply also doesn’t feel any more secure in my ears (I tried the rolling and letting it expand as per the instructions, but I probably need an XL to get more foam to fill up my ears).
I can get a secure fit by using the Comply and then rotating as the picture I posted from the Anker manual, but I lose the seal and bass. With the Kenwood tips, it is a bit less secure (as in I pull and lose the seal, but it stays in my ear) while the Comply doesn’t provide a seal in the first place, so I pull and it stays in my ear.
@Odi again, my problem is LENGTH. The original Kenwoods don’t fit because they’re not LONG enough. I have this problem with a lot of headphones, and a lot of other people do too judging by the online reviews of the Kenwoods.
It’s not a diameter problem, it’s a LENGTH problem. My ear canal doesn’t taper until it’s WAY down the canal. If you have FLAT ears then you get the narrowing of your canal right out by where the earbuds sit and these work fine.
If, however, you do NOT have FLAT ears, the earbud sits out further and nothing goes into the canal to seal. This is why the best Comply professional tips are OVER twice as long as the TW-200-A’s I just got in from Amazon.
There needs to be an industry standard for ALL earbuds how the tips attach to the earbuds themselves, then you could simply interchange different tips for proper fit. Instead they’ll eat the product on the return or, like Kenwood, have to sell them for ten cents on the dollar here on Meh to get rid of them.
I own a manufacturing business so I know a little something about making sure you get your product right before launch or you lose your shirt. Like Kenwood did on these.
@Lear70 Sorry to hear that it won’t help for you. And thanks for the info about other Comply professional tips, I was baffled why lots of people were raving about the brand in Sony WF threads. I guess this particular model is just mediocre.
Thanks for that diagram, I couldn’t get these to stay in my ears until I saw that you need to twist them to get them to stay. Not sure I love the feel of them, but I really wanted a dedicated set of wireless for my macbook that will NOT disconnect to my iphone randomly. As much as I love my airpods, the disconnect/reconnect business drives me insane. I often am working on my computer while talking on the phone.