The AmazonBasics Lightweight On-Ear are a decent low-budget pair of headphones with a satisfying sound quality. Unfortunately, they're not the most versatile. They struggle in loud environments, and their build quality feels a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear. They're also a bit uncomfortable.
- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Lightweight, stable design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Plasticky build quality.
The AmazonBasics On-Ear have a very simple and straightforward design reminiscent of some low budget Sony models. They're lightweight and decently stable. However, they're a bit too tight, which combined with the small surface of the on-ear pads makes them uncomfortable for long listening sessions. They're plasticky and cheaply built, which is to be expected for their price but this also means they're not very durable.
The AmazonBasics On-Ear as the name implies, have a minimalist design with no controls or a detachable cable. They're entirely made out of plastic and have a build reminiscent of the Sony MDR-ZX110NC. They have small circular ear cups and a fairly ordinary but thin headband. They're lightweight and come in three varying color schemes; white, black and blue. These headphones won't stick out in a crowd and don't look especially eye-catching, but the understated aesthetic will work for some.
These headphones are uncomfortably tight and not sufficiently well padded. They're lightweight but they're too tight out of the box, which coupled with the on-ear design makes them exert a painful amount of pressure on the ears.
Although they're a bit uncomfortable, they won't slip off your head during casual listening sessions thanks to their tight fit. Unfortunately, they won't be the most stable under strenuous conditions. You should be able to jog with them, but they won't be ideal for strenuous exercise. Also, the non-detachable cable will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.
The AmazonBasics on-ear are mid-sized headphones that somewhat portable but are a still a bit of a hassle to carry around. The ear cups swivel and lay flat to take less space, but they don't fold into a more compact format and won't be easy to transport without a bag.
The build quality of these headphones feels cheap and plasticky. They're marketed as low-budget on-ear headphones, which is reflected in their all-plastic design. They're lightweight and the plastic is sufficiently dense to withstand a couple of drops without getting damaged. However, the cheap plastic build is not as durable as some other on-ear headphones, even within the low budget price range. This means they won't handle physical stress as well and shouldn't be put under too much strain because they will break. The audio cable also feels thin and susceptible to wear and tear.
The AmazonBasics On-Ear have a surprisingly well-balanced, and above-average sound quality. They're not too bass-heavy but still pack a decent punch. The mid-range although not the best, reproduces instruments and vocals with enough emphasis that they don't feel pushed back in the mix. However, they're not the most accurate headphones. Some lead instruments lack detail and clarity, and they struggle to produce a good soundstage due to their small, shallow ear cups.
Very good Bass Range performance. Low-bass is well reproduced, given that these are on-ear headphones. Bass is slightly hyped, which could make the sound of these headphones a little dark and bass-heavy. The reproduction of high-bass is also quite balanced.
Decent Mid Range performance. The bump surrounding 600Hz favors the upper harmonics of bass instruments and the lower harmonics of vocals/leads. At 5dB, this could result in a slightly boxy and forward sounding mix.
Poor Treble Range performance. The 10dB dip at 5KHz has a noticeable negative effect on the presence and detail of vocals/leads. The 10dB peak at 7KHz could potentially make the sound of these headphones a little harsh and piercing, but due to the narrow width of the peak its effects will be subtle.
Poor Soundstage. The on-ear headphones have minimal interaction with the pinna and their Soundstage will be located inside the listener's head. Additionally, the openness, acoustic space excitation and correlated crosswalk values are all subpar.
Subpar Imaging. There is excessive amounts of phase shift in Bass and Treble Ranges. There was also 0.8dB of level difference and 70 degrees of phase mismatch (in upper Treble) between the two drivers of our test unit.
Good harmonic distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion present in Bass Range is elevated, but harmonic distortion at lower frequencies is less audible. The amount of harmonic distortion remains within good limits throughout the rest of the range.
These headphones are not ideal to use in loud, noisy environments. They only provide passive noise isolation through the quality of the seal the ear cups can create on your ears. Sadly, this won't be sufficient for the noise level of a busy commute that involves public transit. Also, they're a bit leaky at higher volumes. However, It shouldn't be enough to distract anyone around you, unless you're in a quiet setting.
Poor isolation. These on-ears provide no isolation in the Bass Range, and achieve average isolation in Mid and Treble Ranges. The overall amount of isolation achieved in the Mid Range is about 10dB, and in the Treble Range about 27dB.
Average leakage performance, which is expected of on-ear headphones. The significant portion of the leakage is between 600Hz and 2KHz, which is about average. The overall level of the leakage is also about average compared to the other on-ears.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- AmazonBasic Lightweight On-Ear
- Carrying Pouch