Bluetooth headphone sales may be up, but that doesn’t mean that everybody is looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones. There is still definitely a market for wired headphones out there. Not everybody wants to spent a few hundred dollars on a pair of high-end headphones either. Coloud recently re-launched with a line of budget-friendly headphones, and I’ll talk about their three new models in this series of reviews. Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about the Coloud #16 over-ear headphones.
- Driver: 40mm dynamic
- Sensitivity: 100mV @ 1kHz = 103dB SPL
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Weight: 155 g / 5.47 oz
What’s in the Box
- 1 x Coloud #16 over-ear headphones
The #16 over-ear headphones share some design cues from the on-ear #8 headphones, though there are plenty of differences too, so let’s jump right in. I’ll get it out of the way up front: The #16 headphones do also include the ZoundLasso, which I’ve talked about in both the #4 and #8 reviews. It’s still fantastic, and I still like it a lot. As a brief recap, the 3.5mm plug attaches to the cord at a 90 degree angle, and there are roughly two inches of flexible, reinforced plastic at the end with a small loop, which allows you to wrap up the cord from the headphones and keep it organized and orderly. It’s a really nice feature to have on wired headphones.
Jumping back out to the headphones themselves, the slightly larger over-ear style of the #16 headphones allows for some extra padding on the headband. The outside of the headband features the same woven fabric that you find on the #8’s, but underneath you’ll get some additional foam padding on your head. The earcups collapse in for a smaller form factor. The headband has a plastic Coloud logo on each side, which doubles as an anchor where the earcups attach. Just below the bottom of the headband is a hinge where the metal piece that holds the ear cup is attached. The top of that piece has a cutout in the shape of the Coloud logo on the headband, and that’s where the metal piece snaps onto the headband. The larger earcups adjust up and down on this metal piece.
The earcups feature a larger plastic outer cap with the Coloud logo on each side. The padding on the earcups are circled with the same woven fabric as the top of the headband, and the majority of the on-ear #8 headphones. The face facing portion features the same leather-like material to provide a softer on-face experience. The R/L indicators are screened on the inside of each earcup, which is still a pretty great way to indicate the side without having to mess with the rest of the exterior style. With the larger headband and folding design, the cable does run up and through the headband from one earcup to the other, so the cord is only attached to the left earcup, which I prefer to having a cord coming from both. The #16 headphones are available in the same three color combinations as the #4 and #8: black/grey, blue/yellow, and grey/splash.
Larger headphones, bigger sound. As we’ve increased in size across the new line of Coloud headphones, you may have noticed that the #4’s sounded good, but had a couple of shortcomings. The #8’s have a bit bigger sound, and if you guessed that the #16 over-ear headphones would be more powerful still, you’d be right.
The over-ear design provides for a bit more noise isolation than the on-ear style, though we are still dealing with a lower-priced pair of headphones, so you won’t get anything like noise cancelling, or even the noise isolation of a bigger, more expensive pair of cans. I will say though, for the price you are still getting a pretty great sounding pair of headphones.
The overall mix is pretty good. You’ll get a bit more bass than the #8’s, and the mids and highs are a bit more clear as well. Even with a similar driver as the #8’s, the #16’s do pump out just a bit more sound. That could simply be because of the larger earcup size, and slightly better noise isolation.
If you’re one that takes calls while wearing headphones, you’ll be happy to know that call quality is still very good on the #16’s. I was able to hear callers clearly, and callers were able to easily understand me as well.
The big brother of the bunch, the #16 over-ear headphones still won’t break the bank at a mere $39.95. It seems to be a trend with this new line of Coloud headphones, but even at a budget price, you’re getting very good value for the money.
We’ve made it to the end. Three pairs of Coloud headphones, three reviews on Techaeris. If you’re in the market for a good pair of headphones at a very reasonable price, Coloud is a company you should check out. If over-ear headphones aren’t your thing, be sure to check out the on-ear #8 review, as well as the #4 earbud review.