Astrum Electronics India Pvt. Ltd. might be a new name to many, but the parent company Astrum Holdings Ltd. may not be because the Hong Kong-based firm has been in the consumer electronics field since 2008. Since then, they've been producing quality and innovative mobile accessories, Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, and other electronics. Recently, the company launched their premium wireless stereo headphone - Astrum HT600 in India for a price of Rs. 4,990. I was lucky to get my hands-on Astrum HT600 and man, it blew my mind not only with its quality of sound but also its minimalistic design approach in making it travel-friendly. Without any further, let's have a look at the review and see if it's worth buying. But before we move to Astrum HT600 review, let's have a peek at the key specifications first.
Astrum HT600 Key Specifications:
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0 & NFC
- Range: up to 10 meters
- It can connect 2 phones at a time
- Sound Range: 116dB
- Play Time: 8 Hours+
- Battery Capacity: 200mAh
- Charging Time: 2 Hours+
- Maximum Input Power: 50MW
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
Aren't the specifications of Astrum HT600 are impressive, but how's the sound quality? Well, to find out, let's dive into the Astrum HT600 review. So why late? let's get started.
Astrum HT600 Review
Astrum used a minimalistic design approach for HT600 making it easy to carry around. In general, over the head headphones are hard to carry around as you can't adjust the earpiece to fit in your bag, but the new wireless headphones are using a foldable mechanism and HT600 is not an exception here.
You can rotate the earpiece and fold it which leaves a minimal footprint. This makes it pretty easy to carry around when you're traveling.
The adjustable strap is quite comfy and doesn't strain while wearing it. Even the earpad cushion is quite comfortable and they are neither big nor small, and comes in a perfect size and dimensions. The black leather covering, and internal soft foam padding gives a premium feel.
The controls are on the left earpiece and even here Astrum followed a minimalistic approach. There are only 3 main buttons - Power ON/OFF [Play, Answers calls], Volume Up and Down keys [changes tracks], and nothing more. Also, as said already, the earpiece is not quite big, and perfectly covers your ears.
Overall, the design of Astrum HT600 is elegant. Sooner, the 2-fold concept would become mainstream in all wireless headphones as it leaves a minimal footprint.
Connectivity & Controls:
The Wireless headphones usually connect via Bluetooth or NFC, and even HT600 uses the same. The main feature here is it can connect 2 devices at a time, meaning you can control the music using both phones or with either one of them. As the connectivity is via Bluetooth, the procedure is quite same. All you have to do is press the power ON button for like 3 seconds or till you hear a voice saying 'Bluetooth Get Ready!'. Now go ahead and do the same on your phones or laptops, but as said, you can only connect a maximum of 2 devices at a time. If any of your devices support NFC, then just tap it on the headphones to establish a connection.
Controlling sounds simple, but it doesn't follow the procedure mentioned in the user manual. The Power ON/OFF works as directed but the volume up and keys work entirely different. To increase or decrease the volume, you've to keep and hold the respective volume keys. To change the next soundtrack, you've to press the volume down key and for the previous track, you should press the volume up key. That's it. Also, you can only be able to control the default music players, and the sound from other sources can't be controlled.
Now, this is the main section of the review as what we ultimately need is the wireless headphones that produce great sound quality with less noise.
Stereo Sound Testing:
Since the HT600 is wireless stereo headphones, so I fled to YouTube to watch a couple of videos that produces sound in dual channels. The left and right sound synchronization are brilliant. There was no flatness or dip, and I could really feel the stereo sound quality with these headphones.
The guy behind audiochecks website wrote a comprehensive article on how to benchmark your headphones, and I'd recommend you to read it, so you will understand the words I'll be using here.
- Bass and Treble: A normal human can hear the sound frequency of 20Hz to 20KHz and most headphones were built to meet this frequency. So, what's bass and treble here? Well, it's nothing but low and high pitch range, and a perfect blend of both is what makes a good sound. I tried a couple of sound tests to see how low and high the headphones can hear, and it pretty much meets the typical requirements
- Sound Quality: I'm a big fan of Hans Zimmer work, and I had Blade Runner 2049 OST [in FLAC] downloaded long back, and I felt this would be the right time to listen to it. As soon as I put it on, I was in a different universe. There was no drop in pitches, and everything was similar to what I experienced in the IMAX format [dolby atmos]. I also tried listening to several sound effects and remixes on sound cloud and I can say, HT600 produces really great sound
- Battery Life: As it connects using Bluetooth v4.0 technology, the battery drain on phone is comparatively low. Also, the play time was actually better compared to the headphones I reviewed earlier. It can easily live for more than 8 hours on a single charge. But, the charging time for a 200mAh battery is quite high and it takes almost 2 hours to fuel up. Nonetheless, it's serving its purpose by giving a good battery life
Pros and Cons:
- Minimalistic design
- The 2-fold concept is an advantage as it's travel-friendly
- Audio quality - Good Bass and Treble
- Good battery life
- Connect 2 devices at a time
- Extra Aux Cable to make it wired headphones
- Controls are quite messed up
We are in 2018 and having a headphone with digital assistant support is quite mandatory now, but Astrum HT600 is regular wireless headphones with basic functionality but produces superb sound quality. So, if you're a frequent traveler, and want to enjoy hours of music without charging your headphones, then I'd recommend you purchasing Astrum HT600 as no other headphones in this range are portable and provide a good music-play time.