Competition in the headphone market means products like the Lindy BNX-60 headphones – a pair of wireless aptx Bluetooth headphones, complete with active noise-cancelling technology – are now less than £100.
The BNX-60S oer a comfortable, snug t for an average pair of ears and do a reasonable job of basic noise isolation. They come with a solid black carry case, a 6.3mm adapter and a headphone splitter. There’s a detachable headphone cable but no inline mic or remote control.
For wireless sound and noise-cancelling you need power, and the Lindy BNX-60S get their juice via USB – a notable improvement on relying on AAA batteries. A full charge is good for 15 hours of wireless music, or a little less if you use the active noisecancelling tech. We don’t recall ever reviewing a pair of noisecancelling and Bluetooth headphones this aordable, so you’d forgive us for being pessimistic about the performance. But it is misplaced.
“We don’t recall reviewing a pair of noise-cancelling Bluetooth ’phones this affordable before”
We brace ourselves for bright treble or booming bass, hoping all the while for a balanced sound that’s simply easy to listen to… and the Lindy BNX-60 headphones deliver just that. The bubbling bass on Midland’s Blush sounds clear and detailed, while the stuttering hi-hats are kept under control. Stepping it up a notch with Biy Clyro’s On a Bang, the BNX-60S take the screeching vocals and driving guitars in their stride. So far so good.
Vocals sound a little mued at times, putting the focus of the presentation on the bottom end instead, but the headphones manage to turn this to their advantage. Turning noise-cancelling on accentuates the treble, and brightens up the tonal balance quite satisfactorily. It does a solid job of blocking out external noise too, if not quite as capable in this department as, say, the Bose Quietcomfort 35s. But they’re £300.
The Lindy BNX-60S may not be one for the discerning audiophile, but as a great value pair of noise-cancelling headphones with the added bonus of Bluetooth, we don’t think you can go wrong.