August is a brand that I was not aware of until recently, but their EP650 Bluetooth headphones with 2500+ Amazon reviews with a rating of 4.4 and a price of £24.95 makes them an appealing prospect.

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Specification:

  • Bluetooth: v4.2
  • NFC: On left ear piece
  • aptX LL: Low Latency Enabled
  • 50mm driver units
  • Multipoint Technology
  • Operating Range: Up to 10m
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz-20KHz
  • Speaker Output: 30mW
  • SNR: ≥85dB
  • Distortion: ≤1.0%
  • Line-in: 3.5mm and USB
  • Battery: 3.7V/220mAh Li-ion
  • Working Time: 10 Hours
  • Charging Time: 2 Hours
  • Standby Time: 30 Days
  • Weight: 235g
  • Dimensions: 176.6 x 188.6 x 71mm

Build and Design

These are the cheapest headphones I have reviewed in a while and the overall feel and build quality reflect that to some extract. They are not bad, but they were never going to compete with the Blue Sadie or Lola.

The overall build quality is a bit plasticy, light and little flimsy, but for the price, this is not a major issue for me. Their hinged design and overall size mean you can compress them down into quite a small footprint, which will make them good for slipping into your bag.

The driver housing is attached loosely to the headband which I think is one of the reasons they feel a little cheap, but this movement gives you a little flexibility with fit. The padding around the drivers is comfortable low-grade PVC coated rubber.

The controls are located on the right side with the ability to control volume, skip music, play and pause. The microUSB charging port is located on this side too, while the 3.5mm jack on the left.

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Performance

I actually paired via normal Bluetooth pairing, but you can do it via NFC. Either is easy and I was connected to my phone in a few seconds.

While the build quality is in line with the price, the sound quality is considerably better than expected. They are not acoustically accurate and won’t appeal to an audiophile, the bass is over-represented and it can make none bassy tracks a little muddled. However, for your average listener, the audio profile is pretty good, these are excellent with bass heavy music such as electronic, metal or hip-hop. They work well with movies too with action movies being quite immersive due to the increased bass.

Prolonged comfort was good too, their lightweight nature meant I didn’t suffer from the same fatigue you get for big expensive and heavy headphones.

Conclusion

For the price these are great headphones, they are small, light and provide a decent level of performance. Their size and sound profile make them a good candidate for travel headphones, the bass will pleasantly drown out the surrounding noises, while their size and weight should make them convenient to travel around with.

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August EP650 Review

Product Name: August EP650

Price: 24.95

Currency: GBP

Availability: InStock

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