Review Edifier W600BT | drums compensate for lack of sound expression

This year Edifier launched yet another affordable headphone model. This time, the brand presented the Edifier W600BT — accessory that targets an audience that wants to pay even less than the superior model, W800BT, without losing the quality of the line.

The device features the supra-ear, or over-ear, design and supports both a Bluetooth connection and an auxiliary cable, thanks to the 3.5 mm plug connector on its left shell.

But is it a good bet, even in an entry-level segment? Check out our review and learn more about the Edifier W600BT.

pros

  • Minimalist and lightweight design
  • Good battery performance
  • good mids and highs
  • Comfortable foams
  • Support connection with two simultaneous devices

Cons

  • No brand application support
  • bass without much expression
  • Wire with 3.5mm short plug
  • Non-folding design

Design and Construction

The Edifier W600T is another supra-ear model — also known as over-ear — from the brand.

It features a foam finish on both shells and the top of the handle. These features ensure greater comfort when using the device.

The design is also very minimalist, comprising just three physical keys, all on the right side of the device.

Two of them are on the side of the shell and serve mainly to control the volume, while the third is on the outside and is a multi-function button.

The wearable accessory also has a USB-C charging cable slot on the right side, something that shows the brand’s commitment to remain faithful to market developments.

Edifier W600BT has comfortable supra-ear design (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

On the left, you can connect a wire with a 3.5 mm plug, which is included in the kit. This helps to have an audio result even more faithful and without lags, although the Bluetooth connection is not lacking in this aspect.

Finally, the strap is also adjustable in multiple levels. This feature is interesting to make it compatible with a larger user base and also prevents unintentional slippage of adjustment.

Overall, it’s a pretty comfortable headset, and while its foam isn’t as soft as the Edifier W820NB’s, it still ensures hours of use won’t let you down.

sound quality

The Edifier W600BT is an entry-level headphone and therefore we can’t expect much from it in terms of sound quality.

Anyway, it delivers a good set of mids and highs, especially the latter.

In Under Pressure — by the British band Queen with the participation of David Bowie —, for example, it is possible to notice well the sound of the drum cymbals, which mark the tempo of practically the entire song.

In Heroes, also by David Bowie, it is possible to notice a greater presence of the middleweights.

However, when it comes to bass, it leaves a little to be desired. Not that there is an absence of them, on the contrary, they still give a good bodied reproduction.

But it is clear that this was not Edifier’s focus with the W600BT, as they are not as prominent as on other models.

Edifier W600BT lacks the bass, but delivers a good balance between mids and highs. (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

The headphones also have a high maximum volume, but reproduction is far from pleasant in this scenario — the mids and trebles get distorted and the wearable loses its main positive aspects.

The best thing to do is keep it there between 50% and 75% — a still good volume to have more immersion with the songs without losing the properties of the frequencies.

Battery and Connectivity

Like other branded devices, the Edifier W600BT still lacks compatibility with the company’s application, Edifier Connect. This makes it a bit difficult to configure the phone or keep track of the actual battery level.

As a comparison, the W800BT — which is in the same family, but has superior performance — or even the W820NB, are already compatible with the cellphone application.

Anyway, the initial pairing is pretty simple. Just press the multi-function button until the accessory turns on and hold it for a few more seconds until you hear some ringing in the earpiece.

After that, just go to the cell phone’s Bluetooth settings to finish the setup.

Once paired, the headset is automatically recognized by the cell phone if one is within range of the other. Reconnection is quick most of the time, and there is no need to go back to the smartphone settings screen to pair again.

The battery is its main positive point and the Edifier W600BT can reach 60 hours of use. (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

The Edifier W600BT also supports connecting up to two devices simultaneously. This is great for users who want to connect it to their computer and cell phone at the same time without losing the call at any point.

Battery performance is another highlight of the W600BT and it can take days away from the sockets. In my test, I played songs for six hours on Spotify with high streaming quality and volume set to 50%. In this scenario, consumption was only 10%.

The battery level can be followed directly from the settings page of the connected smartphone and, as it is indicated there at 10%, we can estimate that it will reach 60 hours of playback.

Edifier, however, promises that the W600BT battery has a autonomy of up to 30 hours, but this is an estimate that must take other parameters into account, such as a higher volume level, for example.

touch navigation

The multi-function key and the volume buttons have extra functions that are more obvious, which are increase/decrease the volume or turn the device on/off.

On this phone, we don’t have features like ANC or Game Mode. As such, the functionality of the buttons is more limited to controlling bands or calls. See what options are available:

Multi-Function Key

  • One tap: pause/resume play or answer a call
  • Two taps: triggers voice assistant
  • Hold for three seconds: turn the handset on/off
  • Press and hold: reject call
Edifier W600BT has control of various features in multi-function key. (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

volume keys

  • Press and hold the volume down: go back to the previous track
  • Press and hold the volume up: advances to the next track

Datasheet

  • Weight: 168g
  • 40mm dynamic drivers;
  • Touch controls;
  • 350 mAh battery with autonomy of up to 30 hours
  • Bluetooth 5.1;
  • Bluetooth range: 10 meters
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms

Accessories

The W600BT kit includes, in addition to the headset itself, a USB-C charging cable — without plug-in adapter —, an instruction manual and an auxiliary wire with a 3.5 mm plug.

Generally, there’s not much to say about the accessories that are included in headphone kits, but here I have a little comment.

The auxiliary wire that comes with the W600BT isn’t even short, but it’s certainly a nuisance for taller people or people with a larger torso. That’s because, if the cell phone stays in the left pocket and the user turns his head to the right, he will see that the cable is insufficiently sized.

Edifier W600BT has input for auxiliary cable with 3.5 mm plug (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

Also, I noticed a little bad contact on the accessory, even on the first use. I literally took the cord out of the box, called the cell phone and already noticed that the volume of the music is very low or has hiss if I move the plug.

I don’t know if it’s a problem with the unit I received for the test, but note that the “complimentary” cable is of a very simple construction, without a more developed finish to avoid this type of problem.

Direct competitors

The main direct competitor to the Edifier W600BT is the JBL Tune 500BT. The products are found in a very similar price range — between R$ 200 and R$ 300, but they differ a little in specifications and features.

Starting with the hardware, Edifier’s headphones have 40 mm drivers, while JBL’s bet delivers just 32 mm.

The battery is also a positive point for the product of this review, as the Edifier promises autonomy of up to 30 hours against 16 of the Tune 500BT. Furthermore, my tests have shown that the battery performance can be even better than promised.

Edifier W600BT rivals JBL Tune 500BT. (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

Connectivity is also more advanced in Edifier, and it offers Bluetooth 5.1, while its opponent delivers 4.1 connection.

The JBL model, on the other hand, is lighter — there are 155 grams on it against 162 on the rival.

This should be responsible for offering greater comfort to the user. And by the way, the Tune 500BT has another positive point, which is its folding design that makes it easy to carry in backpacks, for example.

Edifier also loses in not having support for the aptx codec, which is offered by the rival.

Instead, the brand bets only on the SBC. Despite that, it doesn’t deliver such a bad performance in relation to latency, but we can’t fail to give this point to JBL, especially if your intention is to use the accessory for games.

Does the low price and battery make up for the lack of expressiveness?

The Edifier W600BT is a good headphone for those looking for an inexpensive accessory and who are not so picky about sound quality. It has a greater presence of bass and treble, but nothing with great prominence.

The bass is present in the headphones, but even less expressive — which leaves the songs without that strong presence, which is characteristic of more advanced models.

Anyway, this is in keeping with its price range — we can’t demand much from a supra-aural earphone with a price between R$200 and R$300.

It also stands out from its main competitor, the JBL Tune 500BT in many ways — we have more advanced Bluetooth connectivity, a considerably longer battery life, and larger audio drivers.

Edifier W600BT conquers for the powerful battery. (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr/ Canaltech)

It fails to deliver a collapsible design, which would make it much easier when carrying it inside a backpack, for example. But this is something the brand insists not only on this, but on other models as well, such as the W800BT.

All in all, it’s an excellent bet if you’re not that picky about sonic performance.

If you want a headphone to listen to music for a long time without worrying about the battery — since the model can easily exceed the 30 hours promised by the brand — it will certainly please you.

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