Noise launched its first-ever on-ear Bluetooth headphones the Noise Barrel recently. Now noise has been pretty good with there audio products in the past. So we decided to check how they score when it comes to on-ear headphones. We took the following parameters into account while testing noise barrel headphones- Sound Quality, Design, Connectivity, Comfort, Portability, and Price.
Enough let’s dive in.
Specifications: Noise Barrel Headphone
- Foldable design
- Full wireless remote control
- Extra Bass- 40mm Drivers
- Faux leather ear cups
- Bluetooth Version- V4.2
- Wireless range: 10 m
- Battery Life- 6 hours Playback
- Charging time- 2-3 hours
- Colors- Matte Black
- Weight- 99.8 grams
- Warranty- 1 Year
Design: Noise Barrel Headphones
In my opinion, noise has managed to create an excellent design with the barrel on-ear headphones. Build quality is great, everything is finished to a very high standard and there was nothing to complain about in terms of manufacturing. Fit and finish are fine and I actually have confidence in these headphones ability to take some serious abuse but don’t go overboard.
The headphones look attractive with its sleek matte finish and faux leather ear cups. The earcups are ergonomically designed and can comfortably sit on your ears for long hours. The headband feels solid and stood up to our stress tests which prove it’s durable. It is also padded with cushioning materials which makes it comfortable for listening for long durations.
You can toss the headphones into your backpack or gym bag as the foldable design makes them easy to carry. Just lower the handles on both the sides and the headphone will fold into neat little shape. The barrel headphones are really compact and portable.
The overall weight of the headphone is balanced and it’s quite light at 99.8 grams when compared to other headphones in the same price range.
Sound: Noise Barrel Headphones
When it comes to sound quality the headphones perform pretty well when compared to the other headphones in the same price bracket. However, you can’t compare their sound quality to the top-notch sony or bose active noise-canceling headphones.
The best way I can describe the Noise Barrel on-ear headphones is that they are great all-round headphones. These are good sounding headphones when used wirelessly and a great sounding one when used with the aux cable which comes with them. When you compare the value to price ratio they can throw any other portable headphone under the bus.
They provide a fairly good soundstage, ability to achieve an enjoyably weighty low end yet retaining composure and clarity right through the mids and into the highs. Almost any genre of music works well with them thanks to the oversized 40mm speaker drivers which deliver big bass that in-ear headphones just can’t match.
Detail retrieval is also excellent. Overall the headphones sound great for music, gaming, podcasts, and Audiobooks.
Features and Performance: Noise Barrel Headphones
Noise Barrel comes with Bluetooth 4.2 which is compatible with all Bluetooth enabled devices. During our testing, we had no issues with connectivity and didn’t come across any considerable audio lag. However, there may be audio drops once you start getting away from the prescribed connectivity range which is 10 meters or when the battery is below 20%.
The paring on the headphones is easy to get used too. Just press and hold the multifunction button on your barrel headphones until you hear pairing. The indicator will blink red and blue when the headphones are ready to pair. Turn on the Bluetooth on your device. Select Noise Barrel and your headphones will be paired.
We really liked that the headphone can be fully self-controlled and you don’t need to pull your phone out of the pocket. The multi-function buttons on the barrel are quite intuitive to get a hold-off. The middle button is the multi-function button. You can play/pause music, answers and ends calls or initiate redials. The (+) button increases the volume while (-) decreases the volume.
Battery Life: Noise Barrel Headphones
Battery life is decent. During regular usage and at what I would call normal listening levels I was able to get well over 6 hours of playback time when using Bluetooth.
The headphones can be charged using a USB cable and when fully charged the indicator light turns blue. It takes them about 2-3 hours to fully charge. On-standby the headphones can last 50 hours easily.
Some people pointed out the lack of inclusion of a USB-C port for charging as a negative. Noise has opted to remain with the tried and tested Micro-USB standard for its charging port. Quite honestly I couldn’t care less I still use micro-USB daily and have plenty of cables lying around.
Price and Availablity: Noise Barrel Headphones
The Noise Barrel On-ear Bluetooth headphones in a matte black finish are available on gonoise.com for INR 1,499 or you can also purchase them through Flipkart for INR 1,499.
Extra 5% off is available if you pay online at gonoise.com. However, cash on delivery is also available.
Noise offers a 1-year warranty against any manufacturing defects.
What’s in the box?
- Noise Barrel On-Ear Headphones
- USB Cable
- AUX Cable
- User Manual
The Noise Barrel Headphones are a pretty amazing pair of Bluetooth headphones that get quite a lot right. They have amazing sound quality, the build quality is better than most of their competition, the neckband is lightweight and comfortable. However, at INR 1499 (sometimes available for lower) the Noise Barrel Headphones are definitely worth a look-see.
No, Barrel Bluetooth Headphones does not come with active noise cancellation.
Yes, you can take calls through Barrel Bluetooth Headphones as long as it is connected with your device through Bluetooth or through Aux cable.
Press and hold the multifunction button on your Barrel headphones until you hear Pairing. The indicator will blink red and blue when the headphones are ready to pair. Turn on the Bluetooth on your device. Select Noise Barrel. Your Barrel headphones are now paired.
Yes, you can charge Barrel Bluetooth Headphones from your PC/laptop. Plugin the USB end to your PC/laptop and micro USB port into charging point of the headphone.
The middle button is the multi-function button. You can play/pause music, answers and ends calls or initiate redials. The (+) button increases the volume while (-) decreases the volume.
No, you cannot listen to music when the Barrel headphone’s battery is out of charge.
Barrel Bluetooth Headphones has play back time of up to 6 hours as long it is synced with your device.
You can charge your Barrel Bluetooth Headphones using a USB cable. Plug in the USB end to your laptop/desktop or to a wall adaptor and micro USB port into charging point of the headphones. Once it’s fully charged the red indicator light will turn blue.
Barrel has 10 meters Bluetooth range from the source device, without any obstruction.
No, you cannot pair two mobile devices with Barrel Bluetooth Headphones.