Tons of people are having to work from home these days, and that situation is inevitably going to need headphones and microphones in some circumstances. With that in mind, Avantree reached out to have us review the Avantree Aria Me headphones, which they’re touting as some of the best headphones for working from home.
These headphones can create personalized listening profiles based on your hearing, offer active noise cancelation, and are light enough to not bother you for long listening sessions. Sounds like a winner, right? Let’s dig in and see if they can live up to those claims.
You know how this part goes. Yeah, they’re headphones, and they’re plain black headphones that don’t bring anything new to the table. We don’t need to discuss that part too much. They’re inoffensive and fit in perfectly in whatever situation. Working from home, office situations, playing games, listening to music on your commute, you name it.
What we will talk about is how light these things are. At just 8 ounces they feel almost weightless when they’re in the included carrying case, and that really helps them deliver on the “comfort” part of their sales pitch. They’re not going to weigh on your head and that weight makes them extremely competitive with high-end Bose headphones.
The earcup cushions are pretty comfortable, too, with enough squish and give to not bother your ears, even if you’re wearing glasses. I will note that the weight and design does seem to make the headphones less likely to properly cup and fit over your ears, which can affect low-end response, but we’ll dig more into that later.
On the headphones you’ll get an easy set of buttons and toggles for everything. The left ear houses a button for taking calls and talking to your favorite digital assistant, a microphone mute button, the ANC toggle, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The right ear holds everything else, including volume controls, the on/off switch, and a microUSB charging port. Yep, I know; we’re still working with microUSB here.
With that being said, Avantree throws in a charging stand with the Aria Me, so you don’t actually need to use that charging port. Just set up your charging stand and drop your headphones when they’re not being used to keep them juiced up. Pretty handy, especially for a free add-in.
By the end of the review I really enjoyed the Avantree Aria Me headphones, and think they sound pretty fantastic, especially for the price. They didn’t start that way, though.
Like I mentioned earlier, the lightweight design kept the headphones from forming a proper seal around my ears, which has a huge impact on bass response, especially with over-the-ear closed back headphones. It took a little breaking in and pushing and squishing before they fit right (especially while wearing glasses) but the difference was immediately noticeable.
The other trick is that you absolutely need to download Avantree’s app and set up a personalized listening profile for your ears. It’s a pretty quick process that will ask you how well you can hear certain frequencies across both ears, after which it will create a fine-tuned, personalized profile that adjusts how the headphones sound on the fly. This makes a huge difference, and Avantree says this feature makes the Aria Me one of the best pairs of headphones for people over 45, after which your hearing unfortunately starts to deteriorate. The hearing profiles should compensate for that to allow you to continue enjoying high-quality audio.
With all of those issues fixed, I was very pleased with these headphones. The hearing profile managed to roll off some of the harsher high-end that bugged me when I first started using them, and the mid-range was full and punchy. They’re not the most bass-heavy headphones on the market, but you’ll still get plenty of oomph out of these. The active noise cancelation works well, but I did notice that it caused a bit of frequency warble in the mid-range, so that’s probably my only gripe here.
You’d think a charging stand and personalized audio profiles would be enough to round out a feature list for any headphones, but Avantree still has more to offer. Despite not being Bluetooth 5.0 headphones, they do offer incredibly low latency for watching TV so long as you’re using a compatible AptX transmitter. That doubles for phones, too, so if you’re looking for a pair of headphones with the latest codec support, you’re in luck here.
There’s also a detachable boom microphone, which is an excellent addition for home office calls but actually makes a lot of sense for gaming and regular phone calls, too. It doesn’t work in wired mode, though, which is a bummer. They also get about 24 hours of playback, according to their spec sheet, and I was able to get over 20 hours with mixed ANC usage, so that seems fairly accurate.
These are actually pretty cool headphones. At $149, I think they’re a very solid option if you can benefit from some of the unique things the Aria Me offers.
The charging headphone stand is great, and if your hearing isn’t the best having a fine-tuned audio profile seems like a genuinely interesting concept that we don’t see often, if at all. They’re incredibly lightweight, and barring any quality control issues in the future, that makes them extraordinarily comfortable to wear for long periods.
I would look at them as a budget version of Sony and Bose’s high-end headphone options. They’re not quite as good, but they certainly hold their own at half the price, and they offer a few unique tricks to help them stand out. For intense gaming sessions or frequent travel, there might be some better options, but I think these should definitely be on your radar otherwise.
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