In this review, we’re looking at a new pair of headphones from Noontec, an Australian company that’s been providing customers high-quality audio and video products since 2002. Even though the Noontec Hammo TV are wireless, you can’t exactly take them with you on a run or to the gym. These headphones are meant to stay in your living room and play audio from your TV.
Design and Build
When you buy the Noontec Hammo TV headphones, you get a dedicated docking station that doubles as a headphone stand and the Hammo TV headphones. The docking station has two inputs and one output. One of the two input ports is for power and the other one is for audio.
Power is delivered via a standard Micro USB cable from the included power adapter, which converts AC current from any standard wall outlet to DC current. The audio input port accepts the 3.5mm audio jack, making it easy for you to connect not only your TV but also your smartphone, tablet, gaming console, or computer. Just keep in mind that not every TV comes with a 3.5mm audio output. Some have either only a RCA audio output or an optical digital audio output. An RCA to 3.5mm adapter is very inexpensive, but an optical to analog converter can cost anywhere between $10 and $30, depending on its quality.
The remaining port is USB-A, and you can use it to charge other electronic devices. There’s also a small hole that hides a reset button. You’ve probably seen a reset button like this on your home wireless router. To access the hidden button, you need to insert a toothpick or a paper clip inside the hole until you feel the button click.
All control buttons and another 3.5mm audio input are located on the left earcup. One button powers the headphones on and off and activates the pairing process, and another two buttons located right next to it allow you to skip tracks and increase or decrease the playback volume. Even though the buttons are fairly small, they’re raised just enough so you always know that you’ve pressed them all the way in.
The Noontec Hammo TV headphones are almost all black, with the only exception being the red and silver logo on the side of both earcups. Thankfully, the black finish is matte and doesn’t attract fingerprints. The headphones can be folded thanks to two metal hinges. The quality of the folding mechanism is excellent, and the same can be said about the rest of the headphones.
Fantastic long-term listening comfort is provided by thick pleather earpads and a soft headband filled with memory foam. The headband creates just enough pressure to keep the headphones in place without causing any discomfort or pain even after several hours of uninterrupted listening. Unlike real leather, the pleather fabric used by Noontec is breathable, lightweight, yet durable enough to withstand rough handling.
Older wireless TV headphones transmitted audio using radio waves. A radio wave is an electromagnetic wave in the electromagnetic spectrum longer than infrared light. They’re used for fixed and mobile radio communication, broadcasting, radar and other navigation systems, communications satellites, computer networks, and many other applications. The problem with radio waves is how unstable they are. Everything from your smartphone to your TV to household appliances and even light bulbs can cause interference, resulting in poor audio quality.
That’s why the Noontec Hammo TV headphones use Bluetooth instead. Audio transmitted via Bluetooth is always identical to the source because it’s transmitted in a digital form. The latest few generations of the Bluetooth standard are characterized by high sound quality, long transmission range, and low power consumption. Thanks to Bluetooth, the Noontec Hammo TV headphones last up to 50 hours before they need to be recharged.
We’ve already explained that the wireless audio transmission method of the Noontec Hammo TV headphones doesn’t limit the sound quality in any way. But how do the headphones sound? In just one word: AMAZING.
We believe that TV headphones should emulate the home theater listening experience created by large surround sound speakers and a powerful subwoofer. Accuracy isn’t nearly as important as immersion and fun. Even though the Noontec Hammo TV headphones aren’t advertised as surround sound headphones, we could hear sounds coming from all directions, which made movies and games immensely entertaining.
It’s also impressive how the headphones can go from playing crystal-clear highs to the lowest sub-bass frequencies without any noticeable distortion. And even when the action or music got really intense, mids always confidently stood out, preventing vocals for drowning in the whirlpool of other sounds.
The thick earpads minimize sound leakage and, at the same time, don’t let outside noise interfere with your listening. You could be watching the most dramatic battle at a high volume, and somebody sitting next to your wouldn’t have any problem reading a book.
What’s in the Box?
When you buy the Noontec Hammo TV headphones, you get the headphones and a docking station that doubles as a headphone stand., user manual, great looking pouch, audio cables and charging cables, UK and EU plugs.