SuperEQ S1 ANC Review

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SuperEQ S1 ANC Review
Verdict
A fuss-free headphone that's built like a tank and won't send you broke.
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Pros
Very rugged build quality
Great battery life
Good active noise cancellation
Cons
Headphones are heavy
Micro USB port
Sound is somewhat thick and veiled
3.5
Our Score

In this article, I’m reviewing the SuperEQ S1 ANC headphones. The S1 features hybrid ANC with transparent mode and 45-hour battery life. It retails for $49-$60.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by SuperEQ for the purpose of an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.

SuperEQ S1

Specifications
  • Bluetooth Version: 5.0
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Sensitivity: 98dBdB
  • Frequency Response Range: 20 – 20000Hz
  • Working Time1: About 40hours (ANC+BT)
  • Driver Diameter: 40mm
  • Price: $49-$60 Check latest price

Package and Accessories

The S1 comes in a colourful, compact box. Inside the box are:

  • SuperEQ S1 ANC headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • USB charging cable
  • 3.5mm auxiliary cable
  • Airplane adapter
  • User manual

Design

SuperEQ S1 design

The SuperEQ S1 has a foldable design, making it ideal for storage and transportation. Most of the construction is plastic except for the spring steel headband and the faceplates on the earcups.

The headphones feel very robust and they’re quite heavy as well. Holding the S1 in my hands, the headphones feel as though they could take a beating and come out intact. That’s probably why the company feels confident enough to offer an extended 24-month extended warranty.

The padding under the headband is a soft silicone material. The protein leather on the earpads feels more substantial compared to most other Bluetooth headphones in this price range. I get the feeling the S1 was really built to last.

Outer earcup

All of the control buttons are on the right earcup and include the standard playback controls as well as the ANC mode button. The S1 has 3 ANC modes: ANC On, Ambient Mode and ANC Off. Unfortunately, the S1 has an older Micro-USB connector instead of the updated USB Type-C.

When it comes to comfort, the S1 performs fairly well. The clamping force is a bit strong but the thickness of the earpads makes it bearable. The headphones are rather heavy though, so some people might have issues with that.

One of the highlights of the S1 is its battery life. For general music playback, the battery lasts up to an impressive 45 hours. Turning on the ANC only has a light impact on the battery and you can still get around 40 hours of listening.

Playback controls and ANC button.

ANC and Bluetooth Connection

The ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) on the S1 works really well. With ANC On, all the humming noises from my air conditioner and computer are completely eliminated. Higher pitched and sudden sounds still get through but for machine and engine noise, the S1 does a great job of cutting external noise.

The transparent mode works reasonably well too. This is handy if you want to be more aware of your surroundings or even have a conversation with someone without taking the headphone off.

Bluetooth connectivity is solid on the SuperEQ S1. The headphones pair quickly and easily to my phone. During testing, I didn’t experience any stuttering or dropouts.

Call Quality, Video and Games

The call quality on the S1 is good. The microphone sounds rich and full-bodied in tone. Your voice comes through loud and clear as well, making this headphone perfect for taking calls or doing online conferencing.

You’ll have no problems watching videos on the S1. There are no significant lag or sync issues between video and audio when watching movies or YouTube. There is only a slight delay when playing fast-paced mobile games but it’s no worse than any other Bluetooth headphone in this regard.

The earpads have L and R markings for easy identification.

Sound

The SuperEQ S1 has a warm, inviting sound. The bass is punchy but not heavily emphasized, so bassheads need not apply. It’s not the fastest bass nor does it extend especially deep but it’s rhythmic and doesn’t drown out everything else.

The midrange is smooth and imbued with warmth. But it’s not the clearest midrange out there. In fact, vocals and instruments sound somewhat veiled and dark. However, the S1 delivers a cruisy and smooth sound that’s loaded with groove.

Treble notes are soft and subdued, adding to the thickness of the mids. As a result, detail retrieval is less than stellar but the good news is, the highs are really smooth. So you can listen to the S1 for hours without feeling fatigued by a bright or strident treble.

3.5mm jack and Micro USB port.

Verdict

The SuperEQ S1 is a headphone designed for people who want something simple with great battery life and a warm, fun sound. It’s aimed at younger and less discerning listeners who want robust and reliable headphones they can take anywhere. Throw in some good active noise cancellation and a 24-month warranty and the S1 starts to look even better.

Founder of Prime Audio
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