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Edifier W820NB Plus Review – CodeWithMike

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I’ve used the W820NB as my everyday headphones for what seems like ages, in fact they’re no longer available for sale, so when Edifier asked if I wanted to write a review of the Edifier W820NB Plus, I jumped at the chance.

This is a great opportunity to see what improvements have been made and understand exactly what the ‘plus’ in the name really means. So let’s dive right in.

first impression

The Edifier W820NB Plus headphones come in a nice looking branded Edifier box. It is well designed and is incredibly stable. Edifier almost never does a bad job of packaging; This reflects the enormous amount of attention to detail that Edifier puts into their products.

They always tend to match the box with the aesthetics of the actual product inside, which I really like.

Upon opening the box, I found the stunning white headphones neatly placed in a molded plastic tray, ensuring their safety during shipping. But they can easily replace it with a cardboard one.

Underneath the plastic tray is one piece of hard cardboard. I’m not exactly sure what the purpose of this is, but I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s a complete waste of cardboard, and it’s a shame.

Inside the package, along with the headphones, there is a disposal bag with a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, of good quality.

No other accessories are included; I think the Edifier probably should have included a carrying/travel bag. These are the ‘plus’ version mind you, I feel they need some height compared to the standard W820NB version.

The instruction manual provides clear and concise information on how to use the headphones. It translates well and makes perfect sense.

There is a bit too much disposable plastic for me, I think they could have easily used cardboard alternatives. I especially like the ivory color and they definitely feel more premium than their predecessors.

Overall, my first impression of the Edifier W820NB Plus is good. Let’s move on now and look at the build quality.

Edifier W820NB Plus review.

build quality

The first thing I noticed when I put the headphones on was the comfort. They are incredibly comfortable to wear. The full size ear cups fit my ears perfectly and the soft padded top of the headband ensures it doesn’t irritate the top of my head.

I wore these for a day at work and they are possibly the most comfortable headphones I’ve used, the only other pair that comes close is the Edifier WH950NB.

They remain comfortable even while walking. For this I chose ‘ambient mode’ which allows you to hear background noises, which is really important when walking for obvious safety reasons.

I went to the local corner store and listened to a true crime podcast. They don’t move too much and don’t irritate my ears because of the soft, faux leather padded ear cups.

To put these through their paces, I wanted to do a comparison against the previous non-Plus model.

When placed side by side, they look quite similar. There are some minor visual differences, such as; The ANC logos, ear cups and microphone placement.

The main difference is not only visual. If you’ve used the non-plus version, you’ll know the difference right away. It’s all in the feeling. The plus version feels much more solid and has a bit more weight. You can simply say that it feels like a higher quality headphone. The plastic is much thicker; It offers very little in the way of overextended flex, and when you squeeze the plastic ear cups, you don’t get that cheap plastic creaking noise you sometimes get on a well-used or budget pair.

The W820NB Plus has well-made hinges and the adjustable headband mechanism works smoothly.

I also used a sharp camping knife to see how scratch resistant the plastic was. I ran the tip over the inside edge of the headband, it did leave a mark but it wasn’t a deep scratch. These headphones have a matte finish, so you’ll get some marks from everyday use, but they shouldn’t be too obvious.

My only concern with the ivory color is that dirt and grime may stand out more than the classic black. But, I guess you just have to keep it by using something comfortable like Mistify Tech Cleaner. I would try to stay away from these disposable technical wipes as they just go straight to landfill!

I try not to take Edifier’s attention to detail for granted, I’ve been reviewing their stuff for a few years now and I’m still impressed to this day with how consistent they are in terms of build quality. for example; The included charging cable is well made and the buttons on the ear cups have a sufficient click when pressed.

These headphones definitely feel like they can handle everyday use in the office or on the go with no issues. I just wanted them to have a travel bag!

The charging port, as usual, is slightly recessed, which helps you route the included USB-C charging cable into the port.

In the past I’ve seen the charging port on cheaper brands of headphones look very worn after a few short months of use. I don’t think that would be the case with these, as the plastic is really solid.

In terms of battery life, you’ll get up to 49 hours of playback. Incredibly, you’ll still get 33 hours with ANC on, which is outrageous. They will also charge quickly; I didn’t pay much attention to the watch, but I left it charging for a little over an hour and they were around 86% charged from almost zero.

Edifier does say that just 10 minutes of charging will give you 7 hours of playback, but I haven’t tested that. However, Edifier tends to be accurate in their claims, from previous experience.

Overall, I’m incredibly happy with these headphones, they deliver on every measure of build quality and I can’t wait to check out the sound quality.

Edifier logo combined with ivory color, looks fantastic.
Edifier logo combined with ivory color, looks fantastic.

sound quality

Edifier W820NB Plus headphones also provide the sound quality indicators. They will give you an amazing audio experience regardless of what you are listening to. For my testing, I connected them to a Nintendo Switch via Bluetooth and played Legend of Zelda Tears of The Kingdom.

After connecting the bluetooth, I selected ‘game mode’ and it was immediately clear that the synchronization between the images and the audio was flawless, I saw no latency at all.

The in-game dialogue between characters is clear, as are the sound effects and background music; In Zelda games, it’s often a beautifully designed soundtrack, so hearing every tiny detail and instrument is a joy.

In addition, I used them for an 8-hour work shift, taking back-to-back Microsoft Teams calls and listening to an Amazon Music playlist. My music tastes are varied, from listening to classical to heavy British rock and the W820NB sounds great.

Voices are clear and my colleagues haven’t mentioned that they can’t hear me clearly, which is good.

For pure music enjoyment, I chose to listen to an artist called Schoolboy Q, which is raw and dirty hip-hop. Perfect then to test the ANC capabilities and the full sound signature of the Plus.

The 40mm drivers used in these headphones are more than capable of producing a rich and well-balanced sound profile, which was evident when the first track started.

Starting with the bass response, the W820NB Plus headphones offer a deep and punchy bass that added a layer of excitement to the track. I like heavy bass and you can definitely feel the impact of the bass without it overpowering the rest of the audio. The bass is tight and controlled, providing a solid foundation for the overall sound.

Beyond the midrange and vocals, the W820NB Plus excels at delivering clear and detailed midrange frequencies. They are able to reproduce instruments and voices with incredible accuracy, allowing you to appreciate the subtle nuances in each song.

Whether it’s the warm tones of acoustic guitars or the harsh, husky, gritty vocals, the midrange reproduction is truly impressive.

When it comes to highs, the W820NB Plus headphones strike an excellent balance. As I’ve said before, I love really crunchy luxury. The treble is undeniably crisp and well extended, without sounding harsh or overbearing.

The high frequencies are clear and detailed, ensuring you can hear every cymbal crash or treble with precision. This makes the headphones suitable for almost any genre, from classical music to electronic genres, where the intricate details are critical.

In addition to the impressive sound quality, the active noise cancellation (ANC) further improves the listening experience. It effectively blocks out all external background noise, allowing you to immerse yourself in your music without any distractions.

Whether you’re traveling, working in a noisy environment or just looking for some peace, the ANC feature can handle all kinds of sounds.

A common feature of ANC is that, at least to my ears, the bass sounds deeper when it’s active, which I like.

You can adjust the sound profile to your preference using the Edifier Connect app. The app allows you to adjust the EQ settings and customize the sound to your taste, providing an extra level of versatility.

When the app first launched it was quite rough around the edges, but over time it has improved a lot and is now worth downloading.

Overall, the Edifier W820NB Plus headphones provide an impressive sound experience. The bass is impressive, the mids are clear and detailed, and the highs are quite perfect. Combine all this with the active noise cancellation feature, these headphones offer a truly immersive listening experience across genres and media types. Whether you’re a music lover, a movie buff or a gamer, the W820NB Plus headphones won’t disappoint.

How much and where can I buy them?

The Edifier W820NB Plus headphones are really competitively priced for their features and build quality. They are available for purchase on various online platforms such as Amazon, Best Buy and Edifier’s official website.

The price may vary by region and any ongoing promotions, so it’s worth checking multiple sources to find the best deal. I found them for around £79.99 / $79.99 on Amazon. Click the button below to check them out.

Summary and verdict

Edifier W820NB Plus offers a great combination of style, build quality and sound performance. Before I knew what the retail price was, I assumed in my head that they would be around £100 / $100, they are very well priced and well worth picking up.

Grade: 9/10

I feel like it could have been given a 10, I’m just a bit put off by the plastic packaging. I also think, oddly enough, that they are underpriced.

Charge me an extra £10 and add this travel bag, these look too good to be hanging around in the bottom of a rucksack without the added protection of a bag.

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