Mpow H5 vs. COWIN E7 PRO: Headphone Comparison & Reviews

Between the Mpow H5 vs. COWIN E7 PRO; which headphones are the best?

Here it is ladies and gentlemen. Two highly popular headphones side-by-side facing off. While each pair has its standard ups and downs, they also have their own unique benefits. Depending on what you’re looking for in a pair of headphones will determine which of these might be the best choice for you. After extensive research, personal experience, and reviews; We formulated an in-depth comparison between each one. May the battle commence!  

But first…

What Makes A Pair Of Headphones Good?

  1. Sound Quality: How good the overall audio quality of music, phone calls, or video.
  2. Comfort: The ability to remain comfortable for extended periods of time without itchiness, annoyance, or ear pain.
  3. Build Quality: The overall durability and longevity. Able to withstand harsh conditions for extended periods of time.
  4. Noise Isolation/ Active Noise Cancelling: If any at all, how well the active noise cancelling or noise isolating abilities are.
  5. Battery Life: How long the battery life of the pair of headphones is at a full charge.
  6. Added Features: A few examples of added features headphones offer can be Bluetooth capabilities, built-in AI assistant, headphone controls, built-in microphone for phone calls, flexibility, rotatable ear cups, etc.

We compared and contrasted each of these factors for the Mpow H5 & COWIN E7 PRO

Sound Quality

Especially for music listeners, the overall quality of sound is a massive factor in finding your perfect pair of headphones. There are various factors that impact a pair of headphones’ sound quality.

Mpow H5
For a good reason, these headphones are one of the highest-rated on the market. One of the reasons is its excellent sound quality for the low-price. It almost as if the songs you usually listen to have much higher energy than usual. Between all frequencies, it has a relatively even sound. The bass is not as heavy as many headphones, but it is well balanced. 

COWIN E7 PRO
For the affordable price, the COWIN E7 PRO produces excellent sound quality. It has 45mm large-aperture drivers that provide an accurate and responsive deep bass. One thing I noticed was when the volume was turned to the max without noise-canceling, the audio got a bit boomy. Around 90% volume and down, the sound quality was very good with great bass response. However, when the active noise-cancellation is turned on, the music sounds a bit more hollow and loses some of the mids/highs.

Overall, the COWIN E7 PRO provides better sound quality than the Mpow H5 by a slim margin.

Comfort

The ability for headphones to remain comfortable for extended periods of time without itchiness, annoyance, pressure, or ear pain. Considering many people use headphones for commute, air travel, or work; Comfort is a vital factor.

Mpow H5
These headphones are very comfortable for small to medium-sized heads. However, they may be a bit tight on larger heads. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons I got these for my girlfriend is due to its flawless comfort for either small or medium-sized heads. Putting them on feels like your putting on next to nothing. At the same time, they fit snugly on your head without movement or annoyance. To my medium-sized head and my girlfriend’s small head, I give these headphones a 10 out of 10 for comfort.

COWIN E7 PRO
One of my favorite things about the COWIN E7 PRO is its comfort. The faux leather material in the ear cups feels very nice on your ears. Many people even go as far as to sleep with them. I’m also a big fan of how thick the ear padding is. The soft top headband fits very well, while the earcups feel like clouds. Overall, I give the comfort a solid 8.5 out of 10.

Overall, the Mpow H5 is more comfortable.

Build Quality

What good are your amazingly sounding headphones if they break in a few months? The overall durability and longevity are crucial for any investment you make. Especially for those who need headphones for commute, it’s important they’re able to withstand vigorous traveling conditions consistently.

Mpow H5
The build quality is good for the price but overall, just decent. While the design looks very good and even better in person, don’t expect maximum durability from any pair of headphones in this price range. However, the overwhelming majority of people claim it has excellent longevity. On the flip side, there is a group of reviewers who claim they don’t last too long. As of now, my girlfriend has not had any durability or longevity issues. They can be folded quite nicely for easier portability.

COWIN E7 PRO
The durability and longevity of these headphones are surprisingly very good. However, there is a minor trade-off for their more robust than expected build. They are a bit heavy and bulky, but don’t let the picture fool you. They are much smaller and compact in person. A convenient factor is rotatable ear cups. They can swivel 90-degrees allowing you to place them comfortably around your neck. There are two different ways to turn the headphones on; Either Bluetooth mode or active noise-canceling mode. Overall, I give the build quality a 7.5 out of 10.

Overall, the Mpow H5 has better build quality than the COWIN E7 PRO.

Noise Isolation/ Active Noise Cancelling

Don’t be confused between active noise cancelling and noise isolation headphones. They are both entirely different. Noise-cancelling technology is very unique. Unlike noise-isolating headphones, noise-cancelling headphones do not eradicate outside noise by physical insulation. Within the ear cups, they have a mini microphone that picks up the outside environmental noise. It then triggers a frequency entirely opposite to the outside ambient noise. Thus, canceling out most outside ambient sound.

Mpow H5
These headphones provide great active noise-cancellation at an incredibly affordable price below $50. Out of 10, I give the noise-cancellation an 8. Not perfect, but extremely good for the price. They do, however, eliminate the majority of noise on an airplane. I would say the Mpow H5 provides much better noise cancellation than most headphones below $100. In short, you will be more than satisfied with the price.

COWIN E7 PRO
The Cowin E7 Pro has active noise cancelling abilities. It eradicates an enormous amount of lower frequency hums and ambient sounds. However, while it is still reduced, the mid and upper frequencies can still be heard. This includes the human voice, beeping cars, etc. Like mentioned before, the music loses a bit of its meat once the active noise cancelling is initiated. However, it was easily fixed after a bit of EQ.

Overall, the Mpow H5 provides slightly better active noise cancelling.

Battery Life

Battery life is an overlooked subject when speaking about over-ear headphones. Obviously, the only headphones that have a battery life are those which are wireless. Many headphones on the market do not have wireless capabilities. But for those who do, a more extended battery-life becomes a convenient factor.

Mpow H5
The battery life is phenomenal with roughly 30-40 hours of continuous use. Not only do the manufacturers claim those numbers, but the vast majority of customers concur. Some say it will last a full week while using them for 4-5 hours a day. On the flip side, a few people are saying the battery slowly drains while the headphones are turned off. While that is not the case with my girlfriend’s Mpow H5, it’s certainly worth mentioning.

COWIN E7 PRO
The COWIN E7 PRO offers a solid battery life span of 30 hours.

Overall, the Mpow H5 has a more extended battery life.

Added Features

Here we summarize each pair of headphones and talk about some of the added features.

Mpow H5
The Mpow H5 is a steller bang for the buck pair of headphones with Bluetooth capabilities. These headphones give you the option to either use them wired or wireless with a Bluetooth connection. The range with Bluetooth is roughly 30 feet giving you more than enough leeway of use. It also has an exceptional built-in microphone that provides clear and crisp phone calls.

COWIN E7 PRO
One of the most famous pair of affordable noise-cancelling headphones on the market, the COWIN E7 PRO is the safest overall choice for the money. These headphones offer a solid Bluetooth 4.0 connection. It also has a great built-in microphone that produces clear quality phone calls. You can get these headphones in 7 different colors. Frequent flyers who don’t want to pay too much for headphones tend to gravitate towards the COWIN E7 PRO for a few reasons. They are comfortable, they have decent active noise-cancelling, they are wireless, and they produce quality sound clarity.

Our Winner

Keep in mind that our opinion is not the end all be all. Like mentioned earlier, everyone has different needs, requirements, and budgets for their headphones. However, our winner is the Mpow H5. We believe it’s an overall better bang for the buck and highly recommend it.  

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