I have to admit, when Wicked Audio reached out to me for a review of the new Wicked Audio Enix, I was a little surprised. After our review of the Wicked Audio Endo concluded that the headphones were largely sub-par and worth avoiding, I figured we probably wouldn’t be hearing back from Wicked Audio any time soon.
But alas, here we are with a new review, for the over-ear Wicked Audio Enix headphones. They’re relatively inexpensive, coming in at $65. But are they worth even that?
Unfortunately it turns out that no, they’re not. Read on to find out why.
When you first open the Wicked Audio Enix headphones, you’ll notice their design. They don’t look bad — they offer a black color scheme with a foldable design. On the left ear cup, you’ll find a MicroUSB charging port, while the left ear cup is where you’ll find an aux port, power switch, volume controls, and playback controls.
The real issue with these headphones isn’t necessarily with how they look. It’s how they feel. Clearly these headphones are built cheaply, with soft, sub-par plastic. There’s little metal in use here, and while that does help keep the headphones light, the fact is that they feel like they could break pretty easily. In fact, we’re not sure, but it seemed like our pair was already broken — when I first put them on and moved my head around, something in the right ear cup rattled. Perhaps that’s just how they were built.
In the box, you’ll find a few different accessories. Apart from the headphones themselves, you’ll get a charging cable, aux cable, and a carry bag. It’s nice that the carry bag is included, but it’s not going to be enough to protect the headphones from breaking in a bag or purse.
The headphones look fine, but their cheap build is a major downside. We hope Wicked Audio starts using stronger build materials in their headphones — for now, it seems like profit margin is the most important thing for you.
So the headphones aren’t really that well-built — but how do they feel? Well, turns out when you use cheap build materials and don’t focus on good design, the comfort-level suffers.
For starters, it’s a little hard to say whether or not the headphones are truly over-ear or actually on-ear. They’re a little too small for true over-ear headphones, meaning they pinch your ears a little. They’re also a little awkwardly-shaped, so there’s more pressure on the top of the ear pads than on the bottom, which feels slightly strange.
Then there’s the padding, and it’s cheap and uncomfortable. The plastic covering for the padding is also cheap and a little squeaky when it moves.
In the end there’s only one thing that can save these headphones — and that’s a good sound-quality. Do they deliver? Well…no.
Let’s start with the bass, which isn’t actually all that bad. Kick drums land with a solid thud, and while bass guitars and synth do end up a little muddy, at least they’re present.
The low-mids are also quite present. There’s a ton of warmth here, which isn’t a bad thing. But then the high-mids hit — and you realize that Wicked Audio has fallen into a trap that a lot of cheap headphone makers fall into. That’s a lack of presence and detail in the high-end.
As the highs come in, things only get worse. Detail and clarity is lacking altogether. Things like cymbals sound overly filtered, while guitar solos and vocals lose a lot of their shine.
It’s not surprising. Considering the fact that Wicked Audio has largely failed to deliver a good design or comfort-level, we weren’t expecting much from their sound.
The Wicked Audio Enix headphones connect to your listening device through Bluetooth 4.0, and as such you’ll get 10 meters, or 33 feet, of range. We didn’t experience too many connectivity issues within that range, except with an unreasonable amount of obstacles.
The battery life, on the other hand, isn’t great for a pair of over-ear headphones. It comes in at 10 hours — and most competition, even in this price range, far exceeds that.
This review can be summed up in one sentence: “Don’t buy these headphones.” While they don’t look terrible, it’s clear that they’re cheaply-designed — and when you put them on, things only get worse.
But that begs the question — if you have $65 and want the best pair of headphones you can find, what should you buy? Well, if you can stretch your budget another $5, then perhaps the Audio Technica ATH-M30X headphones are the ones for you. They’re not wireless, but they’ll sound a whole lot better and they look nicer too. If you really want wireless headphones, then perhaps a pair of JBL T450BT headphones are the way to go.
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