Treblab Z2 Wireless HD Headphones Review

We, at MajorHiFi, sometimes like to peruse the digital aisles of Amazon to see which headphones are selling like hot cakes. The Treblab Z2 is one such model, and consumers seem to be more than happy with its performance. Why is the Z2 becoming such a big seller? Let’s find out in this Treblab Z2 Wireless HD Headphones Review.

Treblab Z2 Wireless HD Headphones Review

FIT

No problems in this department. Though I wouldn’t call the earpads incredibly plush, they’re soft and comfortable around the ears even after long periods of use. And the fit is snug (without feeling too tight), providing a good deal of sound isolation even with the active noise cancellation turned off. The headband has some good padding too.

 

DESIGN

Battery Life

The battery life is perhaps the most impressive thing about the Z2. Offering a whopping 35 hours of playtime, the Z2 beats big brands like Sennheiser and JBL in this respect. And when you do run out of juice, you can use the included cable (which has a remote) to listen to music in passive mode. This option is also handy for watching movies on airplanes. Furthermore, the button on the remote allows you to activate your voice-assistant if you get lonely.

The Z2 employs Micro-USB connection for charging. And, of course, the charging cable is included in the box.

Controls and Functionality

You can expect all the standard functions, including, play/pause, track skipping, volume control and call activation. And all of these operations can be controlled by the three buttons on the right side of the earcup. The Z2 also gives you the option of having the ANC turned on or off, using a switch on the left earcup.

Active Noise Cancellation

Don’t expect too much noise-cancellation from these cans. To be fair, I’ve never tested an ANC headphone under $100 that is highly effective at eliminating outside noise. That being said, the Z2 might lessen the distraction caused by that nose-breather working in the next cubicle.

Supported Codecs

Here’s a nice surprise. The Z2 support the high-res Bluetooth codec, aptX. So, if you own an Android phone, you’re in luck.

Call Clarity

Surprisingly good. Though the transmission is less than crystal clear, I had no problem having a coherent conversation with my colleague. He said my voice sounded a little soft, but he’s an unreasonably critical guy. And he did admit that there was minimal ambient noise interference from my end. High praise, considering I tested these in the middle of Manhattan.

Portability

A picture tells a thousand words. And I’m lazy. It’s my only fault.

 

SOUND

Lows

Fat and very forward leaning, these cans should satiate those with a taste for bass. Pop music has ample punch, and the bass takes center stage in the mix. You’ll also get a good amount of subbiness when listening to hip-hop. And if you love a lot of warmth in your rock and pop-rock tracks, the low-end of the Z2 will certainly deliver. But like most bassy sound signatures at this price point, it’s unsurprising that you’ll hear a touch of muddiness on certain tracks in this range. But for an ANC Bluetooth model at around 90 bucks, I have no problem accepting the small compromise.

Mids

You’ll hear good presence in this range, though the bass often steals the show from the low-mids. Still, rock and pop-rock tracks certainly have a full-bodied and expansive feel. Indeed, listening to massive choruses, these cans produce a sound weightier than my bowels after a double cheeseburger meal. And they’re just as satisfying. However, at this price, it would be unreasonable to expect an extremely detailed and well separated sound. Acoustic guitars can be be slightly mushy in the lower mids, for example, and complicated arrangements don’t have the tidiest layering of instruments. But playing a little Simon & Garfunkel and Tom Petty, the tracks were surprisingly clean, especially in the higher part of midrange. So, even fans of folk and acoustic rock should be happy with these cans.

Highs

Moving back to pop music and funky tracks, the Z2 gave a bit of crispness and snap to percussion instruments. So you will feel some energy in this range. At the same time, these cans avoid sounding sharp in the higher frequencies, which is another common problem with cheaper headphones. So, the Z2 is certainly an easy listening headphone that won’t cause any fatigue. And although you won’t hear too much detail listening to strings, the Z2 does convey a smooth and cohesive sound that’s pleasing to the ear.

Soundstage

Though the stage isn’t particularly vast, you will get a little bit of dimension, especially in terms of height. And even though the imaging may not be spot-on precise, there is some sense of instrument placement across the vertical and horizontal axis.

SUMMARY

 

For modern genres like pop, hip-hop, rock and electronica, the Z2 is ideal, especially for those who dig a warm and bassy sound. The Z2 can even hold its own with respect to  acoustic genres as well. And though the active noise cancellation may be nothing to write home about, the sound isolation is certainly good enough to get some sense of privacy. But the 35 hour battery life is what’s especially impressive for this price point. And if all you need is a fun and reliable set of  affordable cans to get you through your daily commute, the Z2 will certainly do the trick, and then some. Most important, they look damn cool.

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