Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones
| Balanced Armature | Dynamic Driver | Active Noise Cancelling |
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The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones features an hybrid configuration with 1 dynamic driver and 1 balanced armature and also have active noise cancelling built-in. You might have already read our reviews of other Xiaomi’s hybrid in-ear headphones and have found out that the most of them sounded great, so we have good hopes for the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones.
Nowadays there are plenty of hybrid earphones at ultra budget prices such as the KZ ZS6, KZ ZS5, KZ ZST, KZ ES3, Xiaomi In-Ear Headphones Pro, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD and Senfer 4in1 but the most rare thing about the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones is that in addition of having an hybrid configuration, they also provide Active Noise Cancelling technology.
If looking at the differences of the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones vs Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro, both are hybrid earphones with 1 balanced armature and 1 dynamic driver but the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones have ANC while the other does not. Instead with the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones vs Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, the Mi Pro HD does not offer ANC technology but has a triple driver configuration with 2 dynamic drivers and 1 balanced armature. Moreover, there is a key differentiating point between the aforementioned Xiaomi’s models; the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones was built by TiinLab while the other two were made by 1MORE. Most if not all previous in-ear headphones sold by Xiaomi were built by 1MORE so this could be a new era for new upcoming Xiaomi headphones.
Hybrid ANC in-ear headphones are not easily found; not even the “king of Active Noise Cancelling” (Bose QuietComfort20) earphones offer this configuration. By looking at the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones vs Bose QuietComfort20 it is not only found that the Xiaomi’s are hybrid earphones and the Bose’s are not, also the Xiaomi’s do not have a battery pack like the Bose’s.
The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones obtain their power to drive the active noise cancelling from the USB Type-C connection (therefore from your device), the positive advantage is that you do not need to worry about charging your earphone and that the active noise cancelling switch section is more than 10 times smaller than the Bose’s. The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones durability is excellent with robust metal housings that give the sensation of being able to withstand for a long time.
The cables are rounded and use a half-braided and half-ruberrized design, the cable part from the USB Type-C up to the ANC module is braided and the remaining section is the rubberized one. The Active Noise Cancelling module holds also a 3-button control that allows to control volume and skip songs/play/pause and answer/reject calls, also this part is the cable bifurcation section. On the rubberizes section of the cable corresponding to the right earpiece a very small cylindrical microphone is found. All the aforementioned sections are constructed in metal with a pearled finish.
The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones is officially compatible with Xiaomi Smartphones that have a USB Type-C connection other devices with a Type-C connection are not officially guaranteed to be 100% compatible, the headphones will most probably work but the main issues could arise with the Active Noise Cancelling function. We have tested them through a USB Type-C to USB 3.0 connected to any USB 3.0 PC port and the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones were 100% compatible with all the PC’s and laptops in our HQ, even the ANC worked flawlessly.
Xiaomi also launched a standard 3.5mm mini stereo plug version of the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones which can be used and connected to any smartphone, tablet, device with a classic headphone jack connection and has a 3-driver hybrid configuration.
You can buy the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones in:
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The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones have one main advanced feature, their active noise cancelling function.
Saying that the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones have an ANC function is not a fake “noise cancelling” marketing statement. Instead, the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones feature a truly active noise cancellation module and circuitry that is enabled by switching a button.
When the active noise cancellation function is turned on, a discrete blue led will be seen on the ANC/remote control module.
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Accessories & Packaging
The earphone come inside a clean white packaging after unboxing the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones you will find a hard storage/carrying case (a classic style of packaging that we have seen provided with the Xiaomi Mi Pro HD and even the 1MORE Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones), 3 pair of eartips and a soft carrying pouch.
Bass & Sub Bass
The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones have enough punch in their mid-bass and good sub-bass depth with energetic punch and depth but at the same time is not exaggerated or boomy. Overall their bass will cover any genre without issues but will keep a balanced amount of bass without muffling all the listening experience. If you are used to heavy bass centered earphones the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones could feel a bit short of bass but really they are just not overdone.
Applying an EQ, their mid-bass gets noticeably punchier and sub-bass becomes insanely deep.
You already know our reviews and might be expecting the results of Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones standardized extreme basshead sound tests results, unfortunately we did not put them through this tests as the Active Noise Cancelling circuitry could potentially get fried by the huge amount of amplification that we feed to them with a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc.
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Mids & Vocals
The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphone’s mids are excellent, not rolled off, with absolutely clear lower vocals and no mid-bass bleed. Lower vocals are energetic and alive with no muddy or congested sound. Higher mids are crisp but if very strong peaks are reached they can become harsh.
With an EQ lower vocals can be pushed up a bit (truly they do not need any help on the lower mids) and will respond perfectly, higher mids dBs can be reduced by a very small amount and harsh higher mids will disappear.
Highs & Treble
The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphone’s highs are bright with slight detail resolved. Piercing highs are present but not extremely strong, sibilance can be perceived but it is not exrusiantingly terrible (it will depend to each ones tolerance to sibilance) Overall their highs are very good besides the not so great detail level.
An EQ adds a good amount of extra brightness and mostly detail is revealed and resolved; piercing highs become stronger and sibilance too strong and frequent.
The sound that leaks out of the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones is higher than many average earphones, probably they will not be the perfect match for people planning to use them exclusive in libraries. The sound level that leaks out is not outrageous by any means it will simply be heard easier by nearby people if you set a high volume while listening to your music.
Noise isolation (passive) is quite good, better than most average earphones in a substantially perceivable level. Moderate to low levels of volume can be set and the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones will still provide a fairly effective level of isolation.
Besides the classic passive sound isolation that any earphone can provide, the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones have an active noise cancelling system that will actively reduce the perception of surrounding noises, this technology is extremely effective for noises inside airplane cabins and constant sounds with lower sound frequencies, voices of people chatting or babies crying are not efficiently reduced by any Active Noise Cancelling technology to date.
When turning on the active noise cancellation of the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones it will provide a clear difference of the level of noise perceived but remember to level up your expectations to what is reachable by ANC technology nowadays. If you use it for airplane trips or while traveling in trains you will get the most noticeable noise cancelling. From our measurements the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones offered as much as 18dB of reduction at their most efficient frequencies response and as low as 6dB on their least effective ones.
The resemblance in shape and form factor to other Xiaomi models such as the Xiaomi Mi Hybrid Pro HD, Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition, Xiaomi Mi-In Ear Headphone Pro, Xiaomi Mi Piston Basic Edition and with their angled nozzles and narrowing back section of the housings make the Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones extremely easy to place and handle, they also provide a secure fit that is not uncomfortable nor painful. You can wear them for as long as you want and will never have comfort issues.
Response to Equalization
The Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones had an outstanding response to almost every custom EQ that we applied. Bass could transform from a balanced style to a highly energetic and insanely deep bass style. Lower mids could be bumped up (don’t need it) without getting boxy and higher mids harshness could be highly reduced. Highs gained substantial brightness and added a very welcomed amount of detail but sibilant and piercing highs went out of control becoming too strong.
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Xiaomi Mi Noise Cancelling Type-C Headphones
|Type||Hybrid + Active Noise Cancelling|
|Driver Unit||1 Balanced Armature + 1 Dynamic Driver|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips; hard storage/carrying case; soft carrying pouch|
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