The Noontec Hammo Go Noise Cancelling are lightweight, stylish-looking headphones that offer decent audio reproduction that lacks a little bass. Unfortunately, their poor noise isolation cannot be recommended for use in loud environments or on busy commutes.
- Lightweight, ergonomic design.
- Unique style and color schemes.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Moderate sound leakage.
The Hammo Go are stylish-looking headphones. The two-tone color scheme looks great and the well-padded ear cups are relatively comfortable once on the head. Unfortunately the inflexible headband is not as well-padded and feels thin and susceptible to breaking under physical stress.
The Noontec Hammo Go deliver decent comfort thanks to their soft, well-padded ear cups. They are relatively lightweight and the headband does not apply too much pressure on the head. However, the headband is not that flexible and is not as well padded as the ear cups.
Button layout and functionality is simple but lacking. There is only one noise cancelling switch on the ear cup. The only other control option is a call/music button on the cable's inline control. The lack of a dedicated volume control option is a little disappointing.
These headphones are moderately stable. They can maintain a stable fit during casual listening sessions and have a cable that detaches if it gets hooked on to somthing. However, they're not tight on your head, which is good for comfort but reduces their ability to stay in place during sports, running and jumping. They're not designed for high-intensity physical activity and will slip off your ears under those conditions.
The Noontec Hammo Go are smaller than average over-ear headphones. They also fold up into a more compact design which makes them moderately portable. Unfortunately, they are still bigger than most on-ear headphones, and although they would easily fit in a backpack, they are too cumbersome and large for a pocket.
These headphones come with a great-looking, hardshell case that will protect them well against scratches, hard falls, and even water damage. However, it does add a little bit of bulk to the headphones which will take up a moderate amount of space in a backpack.
The Hammo Go have above-average audio reproduction and low distortion. They reproduce the mid-range and the body of most instruments well, although with a slight boominess. They lack decent thump in the bass range, which may make them sound a little unexciting. They also have a dip in the higher tones that makes lead instruments and vocals sound a little distant.
Decent performance. With low-end cutoff at 56Hz and average low-bass at -6dB, these headphone don't produce a lot of thump. The overemphasis in high-bass (which continues into low-mid), adds a little bit of unnecessary boominess to the sound.
Good performance. The only remarkable issues are the slight overemphasis in low-mid and the slight underemphasis in high-mid. This will turn the balance away from the vocals/leads and towards bass/kicks. It also adds a little bit of a boxy quality to the sound.
Good treble. These headphones are on the sibilant/sizzly side (note the bump around 8KHz), so if your ears are overly sensitive to high frequencies, you may not like these.
Good distortion overall. The general rise at 100 dB SPL is still within good limits, but the distortion in low-bass is a little high and inconsistent (most likely a side effect of the active noise cancelling system).
The Noontec Hammo Go have disappointing noise isolation performance. The active noise cancellation barely provides any cancellation of ambient noise and the difficult-to-achieve seal does not add much isolation passively either. This poor seal causes moderate sound leakage and allows noise to get into the ear cups, which in addition to the poor noise isolation, makes these headphones unideal for use in loud environments.
Poor isolation performance. The passive cancellation provided by the earcups is sub-par, due to the bad fit and seal of the headphones. The active noise cancellation is disappointing too, providing a maximum of -8dB of isolation at 200Hz, and nothing much below or above it.
Decent leakage performance. If you listen quietly, in a loud environment, you shouldn't worry about leakage. However, at loud volumes, leakage is quite broad, ranging from 400Hz to 7KHz. Most of the audio you are listening to will be audible a few feet away.
The Hammo Go do not have many active features. The battery life is only for noise canceling which at 29 hrs of continuous playtime is well above what you would typically need for most use cases. However, the sound quality does deteriorate considerably when the battery is low.
The Hammo Go use two AAA batteries but only provide 29 hrs of battery life. While this is more than average using two batteries that have to be changed only after 29 hours can be a bit bothersome. Unfortunately, they also do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer and the audio severely deteriorates as the battery discharges. On the upside, They can continue playing audio passively once the batteries are dead, which makes them a decent option for long flights or road trips.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Noontec Hammo Go Headphones
- Carrying case
- AAA battery (x2)
- Audio cables (x2)
- Airline adapter