The Rovking V1 are basic in-ear headphones. They're lightweight, compact and stable enough for sports use. However, they feel cheaply made and not durable. They have a subpar sound and poorly block the ambient noise of loud environments.
- Minimal leakage.
- Lightweight and stable design.
- Cheap build quality.
- Poor audio reproduction.
- In-Ear fit not comfortable for everyone.
The Rovking V1 are ordinary looking in-ear headphones. They're incredibly portable, lightweight and they're easy to carry around everywhere you go, which is good for sports. However, they don't seem very durable. The plastic used in their build feels cheap, and the cable is thin. They also have a typical in-ear fit that some may find uncomfortable.
The Rovking V1 have a regular in-ear fit, that may not be comfortable for everyone. Their ear-hook-like design means the audio cable will go behind your ears, but it's very thin and does not affect their comfort level. However, the tips will put a little pressure in the ear canal, which can get bothersome during long listening sessions.
The V1 have a decent control scheme that provides a call/music button and a volume switch. It's not optimized for all phones, but the switch remembers your previous volume level on iOS devices. Unfortunately, this doesn't give you full control over the volume, which can be a little frustrating. Also, the buttons are a little small.
The V1 are above-average stable headphones. They have an ear-hook design that provides a bit more stability than standard in-ear models. Sadly, the hook design is as thin as the cable, which may not be sturdy enough to keep the headphones attached to your ears during high-intensity exercises at the gym.
The Rovking V1 are very portable headphones. They will easily fit in most pockets, bags or purses, and they're small enough to carry on your person without hassle. Their hook design doesn't add much bulk to headphones when folded. They don't come with a case or pouch, which is slightly disappointing.
Build quality is average. These headphones are sufficiently lightweight and the earbuds dense enough to handle a couple of drops without getting damaged. However, the audio cable is ordinary and of average thickness, which may not be as durable as some of the rubberized or flat cables that other in-ear models have. Their ear-hook design is also very thin and cheap.
The Rovking V1 have a poor, unbalanced audio reproduction. Their bass is over-emphasized and overshadows instruments and vocals, giving them a muffled, boomy and muddy sound quality. They also have a big dip in the Mid Range, which further pushes the lead instruments, like guitars, to the back of the mix. That, combined with their poor soundstage results in a dark and bass-heavy headphone that will disappoint most listeners.
Poor Bass Range performance. Although the overall response is quite flat, it is consistently overemphasized by at least 6dB. This adds excess punch and thump to the sound, which could also muddy-up the mix.
Poor Mid Range performance. Low-mid shows a 10dB tilt from 200Hz to 500Hz. This could result in a sound with a boxy quality. Mid and high-mid are relatively flat, but underemphasized quite noticeably. This pushes the vocals/leads to the back of the mix, and adds to the bass-heavy character of these headphones.
Poor Treble Range Performance. Low-treble is lacking by an average of 5dB which is the continuation of the high-mid dip. This negatively affects the presence and detail of vocals/leads. The 5dB peak at 8KHz could make these headphones slightly sibilant to those with hypersensitive ears. However, since the peak is quite narrow, the sibilance is not as pronounced as some other in-ears.
Poor soundstage. These headphones isolate the listener from the environment noticeably, which results in a closed-up and small soundstage. Also, due to their in-ear design, these earphones do not interact with the outer ear, and therefore their soundstage may be perceived to be located inside the listener's head.
Good Imaging. Phase response is pretty good, and shows low degrees of deviation. However, the drivers of our test unit were poorly matched, mostly in terms of overall level. This resulted in a slanted and unstable stereo image.
Very good distortion performance. Even though there is a rise in distortion in certain regions at 100dB SPL, it still remains within very good limits.
The Rovking V1 are passively isolating headphones. The in-ear design creates a decent seal that's able to block some high-frequency noise. However, the seal is not as good as some of the other in-ear models, so you will still be able to hear the hustle and bustle of a busy commute. They won't fare well in loud environments unless you listen to your audio at high volumes, but on the upside, they have remarkably low leakage.
Average isolation. Since these in-ears do not have active noise-cancellation, the provided passive isolation is quite impressive. They achieve good isolation in the Treble Range and above average isolation in the Mid Range. In the Bass Range, they achieve about 4dB of isolation, which although quite impressive for a passive design, it is noticeably inferior to what high-end active noise-cancelling headphones can achieve.
Excellent leakage performance. The majority of the leakage is happening between 2KHz and 7KHz, which is on the wide side compared to most in-ears. However, the overall level of leakage is so low that it wouldn't be an issue in almost all situations.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Rovking V1 Headphones
- Earbud tips (x4)