Anker’s Soundcore Life Q30 wireless over-ear headphones offer adjustable sound modification via smartphone and three noise reduction modes for indoor or outdoor activities and travel.
These headphones have a great fit that is neither too tight nor too loose. So even when worn for long periods, there is no unpleasant pressure, and you may dash without these over-ears slipping. The headband’s size adjustment ranges from small to large, making it incredibly adjustable. The swiveling tiltable ear cups with comfortable padding may be folded up to help. The Soundcore Life Q30 weighs only 263 grams, making them very light and comfortable to wear. These over-ears, largely comprised of plastic, are well-crafted and sturdy.
These wireless headphones performed well in our battery endurance test, lasting over 64 hours. This is reduced to around 32 hours in pure ANC mode, which is still acceptable. Recharging the battery through USB-C takes precisely 1 hour and 45 minutes. A quick-charge function is also available for travel or impromptu use, providing capacity for four hours of listening time without noise suppression and 130 minutes with ANC. These over-ears also feature a 3.5 mm audio input with Hi-Res audio certification and a 40,000 Hz upper cut-off frequency, allowing you to use them as a wired alternative for stationary Hi-Fi systems or mobile HiRes players. There is no headphone adapter included. However, a tiny jack cable and a USB-C to USB-A charging cable are included.
The Life Q30 headphones have a unique design, which is uncommon for inexpensive headphones. The materials utilized don’t look cheap, which is excellent for the look and feel of the headphones. I usually favor a subtle, thin design that blends in (which is why I am not too fond of the loud, giant Beats headphones). The Life Q30s have rounded earcups with a glossy gold logo on either side, which, while not my style, I can see the appeal for some.
Because the headbands are circular and cover the swiveling arms that link the headband to the earcups, they offer a unique, floating, modular design. They’re comprised of stylish mid-glossy plastic and soft-touch imitation leather. Their unusual shape and subtle color palette make them a well-balanced pair of headphones from a design standpoint.
The basic sound of these wireless headphones is bass-heavy, with deep, round bass response. The low-frequency range loses precision towards the bottom, making the base sound mushy and lifeless. The mid-range is not over-layered, despite the lush and strong bass basis. Vocals and lead instruments have a richness and a smooth, warm rounding. Voices are also easily understood. This is because the high frequencies are neither harsh nor sharp and do not decrease off. The audio codecs support SBC and AAC, but not aptX.
The app connection allows for extensive sound modifications, which are nice because they can be saved permanently on the headphones and utilized without the app. Several presets are available for this purpose, including ones for podcasts and audiobooks. The equalizer also has eight custom settings bands that may be saved as presets. The Soundcore Life Q30 is incredibly adaptable to diverse material and listening patterns.
Battery Performance :
The battery life is excellent. According to our test, ANC limits the listening time to “only” 44 hours per charge.
Anker put batteries inside over-ear headphones. Nothing else explains the battery’s greatness.
They can last roughly 60 hours without ANC. You could charge them once and use them for a week.
- The ANC shortens the battery life to 44 hours and 11 minutes.
- However, most premium ANC headphones last roughly 30 hours.
- Even the USB-C fast-charging is lightning fast.
- A 5-minute charge adds 4 hours of playtime.
- The app shows the battery icon but not the percentage.
- To find out, go to your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu.
Every time you turn on the headphones, a voice prompt tells you the battery level.
Instead of a battery, these active noise-canceling headphones can be wired. The cable is in the box.
With the Soundcore Life Q30, Anker did not scrimp on features.
Headphones on their own include five physical controls and a touch-sensitive area on the right earcup.
You get a button for:
- on/off & voice assistant activation
- Volume adjustment
- And touch the surface to quickly activate transparency mode
Physical buttons are immediately identifiable beneath your fingers and provide tactile sensation without becoming mushy.
By downloading the Soundcore app, you gain access to additional features. It allows you to switch between multiple noise-canceling modes, experiments with numerous EQ settings, or create your own.
To expedite access to the three good options, you can add the Ambient Sound widget to your phone’s home screen (image on the right).
Additionally, there is a Sleep mode in which you may adjust the level of various noises from nature or artificial objects like trains or household appliances.
It’s a great little feature that may come in handy if you live in a noisy neighborhood and have difficulty sleeping.
The companion app does not allow for the modification of controls (at least the touch-sensitive ones). Additionally, there is no play/pause button.
- The Soundcore Life Q30 is exceptionally comfortable even when used for extended periods, such as long plane rides or binge-watching half a season of The Walking Dead.
- The Q30 is jam-packed with features and has 40 hours of playback time, even with ANC turned on.
- The Q30’s fold-up design, as well as the protective carrying case, are both highly regarded.
- The Q30 and its companion app don’t show you how much battery is left, so you have to rely on vague voice battery alerts to tell you when you need to charge.
- Many wireless headphones turn off when you take them off your head. The Q30 doesn’t do that when you take it off your head.
- The sound quality is suitable for a full-sized headphone at this price, but it isn’t the best in the world. Middle frequencies are given too much attention, and highs aren’t apparent. The Bass can get a little too loud at times, but it isn’t as well-defined as I’d like.
Should You Get Anker Soundcore Life Q30?
These active noise-canceling headphones aren’t ideal, but they do provide the best overall value for the money.
They’re well-made, comfy, have great battery life, superb ANC and transparency mode, and excellent sound if you modify them.
Sure, the sound quality isn’t for everyone, as metalheads may miss the double-pedal action, and the noise-canceling headphones may appear large on your head.
However, nothing else comes close to matching their performance for the price. HeadphonesAddict recommends the Anker Soundcore Life Q30.
What’s in the Box?
- Anker Soundcore Life Q30 wireless headphones
- Carrying case
- USB-C cable
- 3.5mm audio cable
- Small carrying pouch
- User manual