The SoundPEATS A1 Pro Wireless Over-Ear Headphones ($39.99) are the third pair of headphones I’ve reviewed from the company. The first two pairs, the Q30 and Q36, are both in-ear headphones, however. If earbuds aren’t your thing, these over-ear cans are an affordable option that may suit you well, depending on your needs.
Let’s give ’em the full rundown, shall we? As usual, I’ll knock out specs first.
The SoundPEATS A1 Pro features a simplistic, yet effective design that makes the unit lightweight and portable. I hope you like the color black, however, as that’s the only option available. It’d be nice to see some other variants – and maybe we will in the future. But right now, we’re limited to just one choice. Black works just fine for me, but it’s worth noting for those of you who like to color coordinate your accessories.
The headset itself feels pretty cheaply-built. But remember, we’re talking about a sub-$40 piece of tech here, so this comes as no surprise. The outside housings for the speakers are made of plastic, which should be fine for normal usage. I don’t suggest dropping the unit, though. It feels pretty susceptible to damage.
Both speakers sit on adjustable sliders for fitting purposes. They extend and retract, as is the norm with most headphones. Again, the cheap materials here make for easy bending and possible breakage when the sliders are extended, but you should be okay as long as you don’t treat them too roughly.
The speaker cups are covered with a think, foam-like substance, and black padding. I have no beef here, as I find them to be pretty comfy, even during extended listening sessions. They do get a bit sweaty, however, if you’re out running around or doing strenuous activities – just something to keep in mind.
All of the buttons that control the A1 Pro sit on the right speaker piece. There’s a volume up, volume down, and an action button used for device pairing and pausing/stopping the music. There’s also a 3.5mm jack for those who want a hardwire connection and a rubber flap that pulls out to expose the Micro USB charging port. Like I said, it’s an uncomplicated and practical setup that gets the job done.
I’m not going to feed you a plate of bullshit and tell you the A1 Pro headphones sound phenomenal because they don’t (sorry, SoundPEATS, facts are facts). But that doesn’t mean they sound bad, by any means. In fact, at this pricing point, they perform much better than expected.
It just goes to show how much audio technology has come in recent years, as we’re now not having to shell out hundreds of dollars to get a pair of headphones that sound good. The only thing I’m going to complain about here is the lack of bass. It’s not non-existent, but it’s not very impressive, even on bass-heavy tracks. That said, some folks don’t like their music to sound overly-bassy anyway, so it may not matter to you in the long run.
To sum this section up gently, audiophiles will likely want to look elsewhere, while everyday folks like myself will be just fine with these headphones.
The A1 Pro gets its advertised 25 hours of battery life at 60% volume with no issues unless you’re using them out in cold conditions. Lower temperatures seem to have a substantial negative effect on battery life, cutting the lifespan down by a good 40%.
In normal conditions, you’ll have no issues, as I managed to get 25-ish hours on a single charge indoors without any problems. At 100% volume, you get about 18 hours of life. Either way, this is more than enough to get you through the day until you’re back to a power source and can recharge.
Recharging the battery is a bit slow – it takes just over 3 hours from empty to full. I’d like to see that time cut in half in future models, but it works for now, I suppose.
Wrap-up and final rating
At $39.99, you get what you pay for with the SoundPEATS A1 Pro Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. Don’t expect ‘Beats by Dre’ quality, but don’t expect the expensive price tag, either. Expect a suitable wireless headset with decent sound quality and good battery life. If you go into it with those expectations, you won’t be let down here.
You can find these babies on Amazon, with Prime eligibility, so you can get ’em quick, should you decide to buy.
Stop back and let me know how you like them, if you do.