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I have been able to test a few headphones over the past few weeks, such as the one Soundcore Liberty 2 or the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 - which are in-ear headphones. The construction is actually not my thing, which is why I prefer to use the normal AirPods or the Bose QuietComfort 35 every day.
For longer periods of wear, I like over-ear headphones much more and that's exactly how I got one from Anker die Tage. The Soundcore Life Q30. It has only been on the market for a few hours, but Anker was kind enough to provide me with a copy a few weeks before the market launch so that I can test it for you.
For the market launch, Anker is releasing the Soundcore Life Q30 with a discount of 25%. This means you pay only 79,99 EUR instead of 59,99 EUR. I think the 79,99 EUR is a hammer price for the headphones, as they are in a league with the Bose QC35 and cost themselves with a 40% discount at Amazon still 207 EUR.
You get the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Soundcore Life Q30 you get right now for 59,99 EUR. This is actually a "Nobrainer" - that means: Don't think twice, just buy, because the headphones would still be a bargain even for twice the price.
Almost forgotten: The 25% discount code that you can redeem at the Amazon checkout is: DESCLIFEQ30
The icing on the cake with the Life Q30 is that it is an ANC headphone - a model with active noise cancellation. This puts them - technically speaking - in a league with the much more expensive Bose headphones. So there is a comparison that I would like to tick off here in the review. The Bose QC35 Series 2 has only been improved slightly, so I think my comparison holds up against the Bose QC35 II.
Understandably, I was not able to check all the technical data, but from experience with other products from the manufacturer Anker I can say that realistic figures are given here.
I'm really excited that more and more manufacturers are jumping on the USB-C connector. For charging devices, it offers two advantages over the usual one Micro-USB:
The Life Q30 comes with a USB-C charging port and a charging cable that converts from USB-A to USB-C. This way, both USB-A followers and USB-C fans should be happy.
On Product page Anker has an interesting comparison table. It compares the technical data of the Soundcore Life Q30 with the models of the competitors:
None of them have the same long battery life as the Life Q30, none of them charges as quickly and none of them support Hi-Res sound.
What is hi-res audio? I didn't know that either, but according to the description it is a certification that a product must go through in order to be allowed to advertise with the Hi-Res Audio logo. This includes, among other things, the following requirements:
The bottom line is that the sound is clearer, crisper and you can hear more details. Interesting: Hi-Res Audio isn't locked into a specific format: FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV and DSD with FLAC can store Hi-Res audio.
You can activate different modes for noise suppression in the Life Q30 via the Soundcore app. You can choose between the following settings:
"Transport" is supposed to filter out the sounds of means of transport such as buses, trains, cars or planes, while the outdoor mode suppresses general noise from outside. The "Indoor" setting, on the other hand, is designed for conversations in the office and is intended to effectively shield them.
Unfortunately, there is little noise outside here in the country and I also don't work in an open-plan office or take the bus or train. For this reason I was unfortunately unable to try out the various settings.
I have a pretty good candidate for comparison, because the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 has not yet been surpassed by any other headphones in terms of the ANC. Neither various Sony headphones nor the AirPods Pro can hold a candle to it.
So I was all the more astonished when I was able to test the Life Q30 in various situations, because the ANC can really be heard. I would go as far as to say it is on par with the Bose QC 35.
The sound image differs in direct comparison, as both headphones filter slightly differently and the sound that still comes through is a bit different, but in terms of the incoming volume, they are equal.
Both headphones filter out interfering frequencies very well and even if you have an industrial vacuum cleaner, a power cutter or other noisemaker next to you, you can continue to listen to podcasts or music in a relaxed manner. A great achievement by Anker.
Good news for all fans of noise cancellation: The ANC can also be activated without playing music. This is helpful, for example, when you want to work in a focused manner, but the children in the background absolutely have to watch Sponge Bob.
I don't really use this feature as I usually always listen to podcasts or music, but I know that some people care.
In these two “disciplines” I can only give the Soundcore Life Q30 top marks. The look is elegant and reserved. The entire headphones are black and only the lettering on the controls and the Soundcore logo are printed in gold.
The supplied transport bag is also very practical and looks very elegant thanks to the fabric covering. A small side compartment offers storage space for the charging and audio cables - certainly very practical in an emergency.
When it comes to operation, after the sound, I always worry most about the fact that the manufacturers “screw it up”. Too often I've had touch controls that don't work reliably. For this reason, I am delighted that Anker has relied on real buttons here - no touch frills.
On the left side you will find the charging port, the on / off button and the ANC button. The pause-play button and the two buttons that are responsible for volume control are on the right earbud.
All buttons can be felt blindly and reliably operated even when wearing gloves. The volume control is synced with the iPhone, which is very nice.
Another feature is that you hold the palm of your hand on the auricle and this activates the transparency mode. This should make it easier if you have to have a brief conversation in between. One or the other may be familiar with this functionality from Sony ANC headphones.
On the other hand, I was the first to really appreciate the transparency mode with the AirPods Pro, because in-ear headphones cannot be removed and put on again so quickly.
I'm almost embarrassed that I have nothing to complain about, but in the end I have two small points of criticism, but we'll get to that later.
Regarding the sound quality: I think it's great. Even without any settings in the Soundcore app, which you can usually make with the Soundcore speakers, the sound is voluminous and detailed. The bass is crisp and clear - perhaps too crisp for some clean audio enthusiasts. But I suppose that is not the target group that Anker is targeting here anyway.
For the "normal" user, the sound should be convincing. Even my Bose QC 35 is no better.
With the Soundcore app, various things can be used with the Life Q30 that you would otherwise not have access to. The noise suppression can be set to a certain mode (outdoor, conversations, etc.) and an equalizer can be set up, which then lives "in" the headphones and works independently of the app and the device that is connected to the headphones. A super practical solution that Anker also offers with many other Soundcore speakers and headphones.
Furthermore, the Soundcore Life Q30 has a great function for friends of white noise, who one or the other may already have heard of Soundcore Wakey knows: The app can be used to mix a soundscape made up of various natural noises, which then runs in a continuous loop. Whether you can then listen to this mix depends mainly on whether the samples are well made and yes - they are. You don't hear any obvious repetitions with waves or birds chirping, and the selection is quite good.
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One feature that I find very useful on the Bose QC35 is the multi-point Bluetooth connection. This allows me to switch the headphones with multiple devices and then switch through the individual devices with a button on the Bose headphones.
The Life Q30 offers exactly this feature. There is no separate button for it, but pressing the power button twice does exactly the same thing.
Of course, you can also activate the voice assistant with the Soundcore Life Q30. On the iOS devices this is Siri and it worked reliably in my tests. To do this, hold down the play button for a second until the Siri-is-there sound can be heard.
The speech recognition was also flawless and the commands were recognized correctly. Unfortunately, it sometimes depends on the correct implementation, but the problem is more with Siri and unfortunately cannot be blamed on any headphones in the world.
Despite all the sunshine, I have one small point of criticism about the Life Q30 headphones and that concerns the brief switch to transparency mode, for example when someone speaks to you.
The Soundcore Life Q30 offers a simple switch to the transparency mode thanks to the hand-on-headphone function, but unfortunately switching to the mode takes a good three seconds. Switching back also takes another three seconds.
Personally, I think that's too long, because if someone speaks to you and doesn't hear anything for three seconds, the first sentence is definitely lost.
The Bose QC35 does not offer any function in this direction, so my behavior is “whining at a high level”, but we are talking about nice-to-have features. And in this case, a quick toggle would definitely be a thing I would like to have.
The Soundcore Life 30 impresses me with its reliable operation, very good sound and excellent noise suppression. If you then consider the price of 79 euros, the new over-ear ANC headphones from Soundcore actually have to be ordered immediately. In my opinion, there is nothing comparable on the market at this price.
I have rarely tested headphones that were as successful across the board as the Soundcore Life Q30. From my point of view, they are definitely a recommendation for anyone who does not have good ANC headphones yet. I am enthusiastic about this type of loudspeaker and use it when mowing the lawn, vacuuming, sanding down furniture and when sawing with a chainsaw. It's a great thing to be able to suppress annoying noises enough that you can listen to podcasts at normal volume.
If you want to take a look at the Soundcore Life Q30, you will find it here on amazon or via this product box (and don't forget the discount code: "DESCLIFEQ30"):
This paragraph may not be so important for the test report, but sometimes years later I look for instructions on how to trigger certain things on the headphones and then of course the crouched paper is long in the waste paper. For this reason - and for everyone who is also looking - here are the brief instructions for the Soundcore Life Q30 over-ear headphones:
If you want to pair the headphones with a new device, you switch the headphones off and then on again, but keep the power button pressed until you hear a tone that confirms pairing mode. The blue LED should blink.
If you want to perform a complete reset of the headphones, hold the power button and the volume up button at the same time for 5 seconds.
This works either via the ANC button or by placing the palm of your hand on the right earbud for 2 seconds.
If you want to jump one track forward in the playlist, hold the volume up button for a second. If you want to jump back one track, hold the volume down button for a second.
To answer a call, press the play / pause button on the right earbud. If you want to hang up, you hold this button for a second.
This works by holding down the Play / Pause button for a second.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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