MOZero Wireless Headphone Review Page 2

Listening

The sound of the headphone itself was no let down either. Curiously, I detected none of the odd sense of ‘pressure’ that usually comes from ANC headphones pumping a bunch of inverted phase noise into the ear cups. The website mentioned some sort of separate cavity for ANC noise, so this may have something to do with that. Whatever the source, I found this a big plus for me, as I often get a lot of ear fatigue from ANC headphones, but experienced none of that with the MOZero. The controls on the headphone have limited input over these processes, but I didn’t find this to be much of an issue as everything was tastefully tuned. The three buttons control on/off, pause, volume and skip or reverse buttons. Oddly, the volume up and down seemed to be reverse from what I would have expected. The simplicity here was refreshing though. Turn it on, turn it off was all I worried about for most of the time.

Frequency response on these is better than expected for a consumer headphone. It’s dark, there’s no getting around that. But not in a boomy, tubby way, the midbass never goes overly boomy and the sense of control is quite good. The treble is shelved down fairly significantly, but is still clear and never feels dull. In fact, the headphone is remarkably smooth and lively despite its heavy, dark tilt, which I find suits voice calls and movies exceptionally well. The tuning was pleasing and never harsh on music, but I suspect the final voicing is a balancing act between these two functions of different media. Nice treble and presence region clarity can make voice calls eardrum-piercing, and good levels for calls can make headphones dull and lifeless. The MOZero will appeal to mainstream consumers, headset users and audiophiles willing to live with a dark sounding, but excellent on-the-go headphone.

One thing I haven’t yet touched on is battery life. These things aren’t particularly heavy, so I expected a fairly standard eight to 12 hours of life on a single charge. Over a period of about two-three weeks I only had to charge these once. M&O specifies about 32-35 hours of play time at 80 per cent volume per charge. I got just about exactly those figures, taking these things on multiple flights, trips and long listening sessions without needing to plug them in. Whether the electronics are just highly efficient or the battery particularly large or sophisticated I don’t know. All I know is that these puppies will play for a long time without stopping.

Conclusions

So what are my conclusions? The MOZero is great. Much like I stated in my Ether 2 review, I like gear that is quietly exceptional at what it does. These do Bluetooth really well, and honestly are a better value than my Mobius headphones for travel purposes. I’m considering picking them up just for travelling, because they do what they do without fuss or fanfare and without drawing attention to themselves. For anything that’s not a flagship, I think that’s some of the highest praise one can give a headphone. It does exactly what it is intended to do, and it does it well for a very fair price.

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