The item arrived quickly a small cardboard box, within was the retail packaging. All of which was recyclable.

So, what do you get?

In the box.
The SoundOn Arc. Over Ear Headset
A USB cable charging cable (850 mm)
3.5 mm to 3.5 mm jack plug lead (1500 mm)
A User manual
The Happy/Not Happy Card
 
Product Specifications.
Model: SoundOn Arc
Battery 400 may Lithium-Polymer
Charging time: First charge takes 4hours, thereafter 2 to 3 hours.
Play time: 16-22h
Driver: 40mm
Impedance 32Ω
Rated Power 20 mW
Frequency responce:20HZ-20KHZ
Bluetooth Version: CSR V4.1
Noise cancellation: CVC 6.0
Range: 10m/33ft

The Technology.

Bluetooth 4.1

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group), released Bluetooth 4.1 as an incremental software update to Bluetooth 4.0 on 4 December 2013. This update incorporated the Bluetooth Core Specification Addenda (CSA 1, 2, 3 & 4) in this, new features were added that improve consumer usability. Including increased co-existence support for LTE and bulk data exchange rates.

The Name Bluetooth was borrowed from the 10th-century, second king of Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth; who was famous for uniting Scandinavia just as we intended to unite the PC and cellular industries with a short-range wireless link. Copyright © 2017 IDG Communications, Inc.

CVC 6.0

Whether you’re at home or out and about, background sounds such as ambient noise, road noise and other people talking can make having a clear-sounding conversation difficult. Qualcomm® cVc™ noise cancellation technology brings advanced audio enhancements and noise suppression to the near and far end, and provides packet loss and bit error concealment. In combination, this delivers the best possible call quality on Bluetooth headsets, handsets, hands-free devices and automotive communication devices. (Qualcomm Website)

Now to the Sound Quality.

Well, i really put them through their paces. Using a Benchmark test and some of my favourite listening tracks. How did they perform, well let’s see.

Please Note:- I am 57 and peoples hearing change as they get older, so this is just the results that i found with my delicate ears. The Headphones were tested with flat equalisation. Tests performed using 24-bit/96kHz FLAC on a FiiO X3 2nd edition. 

Benchmark Test

Frequency response stated:- 20Hz – 20kHz.  I found heard frequencies of 20Hz – 12kHz

Spectral Flatness:- Did the Headphones perform with equal volume across a full Spectral frequency sweep. The sound was centred across the full spectrum.

Dynamic Range:- 72 dBFS (decibels below full scale).

Quality Test:- (Bass Shaker) The sweeping tone sounded clear across all frequencies. There was no parasitic buzzing or rattling, often heard with lower priced headphones.

Driver Matching:- (All frequencies swept from 10 Hz up to 10 kHz. at exactly the same sound levels in both earphones) The tone held it’s central position during this test.

Correctly wired:- (left plays on left and right on right) Perfect.

Polarity Preserved:- (wired in phase) The Headphones are correctly wired.

Binaural Test:- (a knock to a wooden door, first right then left) The Knocks were very vivid and lifelike.

Listening Test.

Last but not least, I always listen to my favourite music. How does it sound? I know how it usually sounds. (Tracks used for this were as follows)

Izzy Bizu – Talking to you. Adele – Hello. Michael Jackson – She’s out of my life. 10cc – I’m not in love. Michael Jackson – Don’t stop ’til you get enough. A-ha -Hunting high and low. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t nothin’ going on but the rent. Al Jarreau – Where in this love together. Iona – Here i stand. Patti Austin/Quincy Jones – “Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me”. Phil Collins – In the air tonight. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Monique Miller – At last. Gino Vannelli – Black and Blue.

So, whats the verdict?

I love these headphones.  They are priced just at price point. The sound is great. I know they’re only a mid-budget pair of Earphones, but for me, they almost make it out of the budget spectrum. The Bass is strong and powerful, it could be thumping; with an added boost to the lower frequencies using the EQ. The mid-tones are mellow and sweet, well defined and warm. With the top end being just perfect, not to bright, just the right balance.

Both my wife and myself tried these for conversations with friends and to be honest there was no difference in call quality than having a handset in your hand. Pam went out with them on (there’s a lot of building work going on at the back of our home at the moment), we were both surprised at how clear the call was between us (me in the house and her outside). This CVC 6.0 is so good.

As for the wearing and fit of the product. they felt really comfortable, both on the adjustable headband and the cushions on the ear cups. The controls on the ear-cups worked really well without any lag in performance. Volume, track changing, play & pause and call options all were great. Using the Bluetooth was just as clear as wired and the distance of around 10 meters would be about correct before things start to break up a bit. I found that play time was excellent with them lasting around 16.5 Hours, but i do like my music at a in your face (well your ears anyway). They were charged up and ready to go in just over 2.5 Hours, so that pleased me.

In Conclusion.

This is a great product for a very reasonable price, well made, easy to use and very comfortable. The sound is far better than I was expecting for the price, lovely tonal qualities, all of which make for a wonderful listening experience. Having listened to different styles of music i can honestly say  the quality is consistent. All in all a Great product. They get my 5 out of 5.