There was a time when premium wireless headsets used to cost a pretty penny, and even then, the mid-tier sound quality wasn't comparable to what a much cheaper, wired headset would be able to offer. That time is well in the past now, as sound quality over Bluetooth has improved drastically, within a comparatively short time.
The PuroQuiet on-ear active noise cancelling headphones will set you back by less than a hundred bucks, but the Bluetooth 4.0 powered pair still promises to deliver on impressive sound quality, complete with active noise cancellation apparently! Now, the real question is, does it deliver, or is it one of the many ambiguous products in this price range, which pops up and vanishes with equal speed every year? Let's find out in the full review.
Build Quality and Design
In terms of build quality, the PuroQuiet headphones stand out from the bunch, for all the right reasons. The aluminum ear cups (blue/pink/grey) and headband were a pleasant surprise to find, since these PuroQuiet headphones are designed specifically for children and young teenagers. In other words, it's colorful to look at, but feels premium to hold, which is a rarity, as plastic dominates this category.
Sound Quality and Active Noise Cancellation
A pair of headphones are only as good as they sound, and the PuroQuiet On-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones do sound quite good. It truly sounds like their claim of less than 1% harmonic distortion was an honest one after all! However, there's really more to it than just that.
It doesn't matter how rich the media source and the output device is, if the user cannot hear the notes in the same quality and purity, in which they were meant to be heard. The PuroQuiet active noise cancelling headphones solves this issue and makes nearly everything sound even better than the specs suggest.
When the ANC switch is flipped On, a combination of 82% noise isolation at 1 kHz, and active noise cancellation that can lower noise by 22 decibels, does a surprisingly good job of amplifying the audio experience. Your child will get to appreciate the quality of their music and media, even when they are in loud surroundings.
Designed to Safeguard Children from Damaging their Ears
Parents will be glad to know that all PuroQuiet headphones are designed to protect children from hearing loss, which is far too common today, than it should be. At no point will the maximum volume go past 85 decibels, which is well within the limits of safety, and is not known to cause any damage to human ears.
Should You Buy One for Your Kid?
If he/she is looking for a new pair of on-ear headphones, the PuroQuiet wireless ANC headphones are a great choice, especially for the price. The pair feels lightweight, in spite of being constructed chiefly with metal; something which creates an excellent first impression. More importantly though, the PuroQuiet headphones back up the good build with excellent sound quality, made to sound even better with active noise cancellation + isolation. Considering the fact that these headphones also come with an in-built volume limiter for preventing children from damaging their own ears with high volume music, we can't find any reason why you shouldn't!
Are you getting complaint from those who you are calling on your brand new Nexus 6p saying that they are not able to hear you. Then you might want to go through several threads on the Google Product Forum and XDA-Developers. The usual problem among the early adopters of this device seems to be weak and patchy voice quality - the voice of the Nexus 6P owner, not the person to whom the call is made. Many 6p owners across the two forums are reporting quite similar problems, both in standard call mode and the speakerphone mode. Representatives from Google have responded to this and informed that they would be investigating this issue.
According to some unofficial experimentation by users, it seems the problem might be arising from the phone's noise cancellation setup. Most of the new age smartphones use multiple microphones along with the primary "mouth" mic in order to filter surrounding noise for a clearer call. Some users have reported that by covering the rear microphone on the Nexus 6P this issue can be fixed and others reported that it actually causes the problem. In all of the threads related to this problem, there is no agreement among users. Probably they are facing similar issues, but technically the issues might be different.
One poster on the Google forum, Nicholas Fitchett, says that he found solution by disabling noise cancellation entirely via a root-level build.prop modification. Given below is the statement:
"I turned off noise cancelling via build prop and it fixed it for me. This goes back to the nexus 5 and nexus 6 as well. I doubt it's a hardware issue. Google really needs to enable a setting for this or use better software."
Users are posting about this issue in the Google forum right now. Hopefully Google would be able to fix the issue with a software update soon.