True wireless headphones are easy to come by, and across all price ranges. The latest company to join the dray is PaMu, which has launched its PaMu Quiet true wireless headphones on Indiegogo.
The headphones offer a slightly new take on design, at least when it comes to the charging case. But to actually compete, they also need to fit well, sound good, and in this case, offer decent noise cancellation. Do they succeed? We put the PaMu Quiet headphones to the test to find out.
The overall design of the actual earbuds isn’t all that unique. The buds have a small stem, a la AirPods Pro, along with a touch surface on the face of each bud for controlling playback and volume. The touch surface works pretty well — though you can accidentally control the buds if you need to adjust the fit.
Perhaps even more interesting than the design of the buds themselves is the design of the charging case. The charging case is designed to look something like a stopwatch, with a button at the top to open them up. There’s also an LED ring around the front of the case to indicate charging status. And, on the side, you’ll get a USB-C port, which is nice to see.
In the box, there are a number of accessories apart from the buds and the charging case. There are a total of three pairs of ear tips, including the pair that comes pre-installed on the headphones, a charging cable, and a carry bag. It’s everything you’ll need, although a pair of comply tips might have been nice.
True wireless headphone companies have been getting better and better at building comfortable buds, and these are no exception to that rule. The headphones are shaped in a way to sit nicely in your outer ear, and I found that they remained firmly in place for the duration of testing. To be sure, these aren’t build for sports — and if you’re looking for sports buds, it’s worth looking for a pair of buds with an ear hook, like the PowerBeats Pro, or something from JLab Audio.
Generally, it’s worth experimenting with the tips in the box, but these should fit most just fine.
The overall audio quality on offer by the PaMu Quiet headphones isn’t bad at all. They’re definitely tuned to offer a consumer-friendly, bass-heavy sound, but they still sound pretty good.
As mentioned, the bass response is the heaviest aspect of these headphones, allowing kick drums to sound nice and big. The bass isn’t too over the top either, though it does perhaps overshadow other frequency ranges a little.
The mids sound pretty good, with warm low mids, and slightly tucked away high mids. The high mids could definitely have been a little more present, allowing for more cutting vocals.
The lack of high mids also bleeds into the highs too. The high frequencies aren’t as present as we would have liked, and the result is a generally unexciting sound.
The noise cancellation also isn’t as good as we would have liked. Generally speaking, most noise was easily able to get through, and while these may have taken the edge off of some drones, it wasn’t really worth paying a premium for.
The PaMu Quiet headphones connect to your listening device through Bluetooth 5.0, and we found that they retained a good connection throughout testing.
Unfortunately, however, the battery life leaves a lot to be desired. You’ll only get 3.5 hours on a charge, with the charging case getting you additional 10.5 hours. That’s not that great, with most higher-end true wireless headphones offering at least five hours or so.
The PaMu Quiet true wireless headphones are are a great offering. They’re well-designed, relatively comfortable, and sound pretty good — and as such, if you’re looking for a solid pair of true wireless headphones for around $90, these headphones are absolutely the way to go.
But are they the best option? Well, that depends. If you’re looking for noise cancellation, even though the tech on these isn’t that impressive, the PaMu Quiet buds are still the way to go. But, if you can do away with noise cancellation, it’s worth checking out the OnePlus Buds instead, which come at $80 and are more widely available.
Still, considering their excellent value, we’re awarding the PaMu Quiet true wireless headphones the Headphone Review Bronze Medal.
|Active noise cancellation
|Total harmonic distortion
|Rated input power
|3.5 Hours (+10.5 Hours)
|Maximum input power