Xiaomi ANC In-Ears Review with USB-C connector for 43,80€

Compatible with the new Xiaomi Mi 6, which only has a USB-C interface, Xiaomi has developed new ANC in-ear headphones with the appropriate connector. This is the first Xiaomi in-ear with Active Noise Canceling.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ears

Technical specifications

Surname Xiaomi ANC In-Ear
Sensitivity 113 dB
Frequency range 20Hz-40KHz
Inpedanz 32 ohms
Connectivity USB-C
Cable length 1.25 m
Weight 20 g
Dimensions 77 x 120 x 30 mm

The trend is clear, more and more smartphone manufacturers say goodbye to the classic 3.5 mm jack connector and offer headphones for the remaining, universal connection. What is with Apple the lightning connector, is with Xiaomi the universal USB type C port.

Packaging and scope of delivery

The headphones have arrived in the Xiaomi usual in-ear packaging with us.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ear Packing
Except for delle in the cardboard box the headphones have passed the long way well!

In addition to the In-Ears, the earphones come in four different sizes (XS, S, M and L), an instruction manual in English and Chinese and ear hooks in two different sizes, which can be used as an option. I personally did not need this.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ears Delivery
As with the Piston Pro, Xiaomi donates a pair of ear pads more than usual

Processing and design

Although Xiaomi has not worked with 1more in the design, as with the Piston Pro, but the design was developed in collaboration with sound engineer, Grammy winner and musician Luca Bignardi, the headphones are very similar on the outside.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ears
The driver outputs are oval shaped here – the Piston Pro were round

Also the body of the drivers is in the Xiaomi ANC In-Ears, as well as in the Piston Pro, made of metal. The reinforced part of the upper headphone cable, however, is made of plastic.

The marked area is made of plastic

A “comeback” celebrates the textile cover, which was last used in the Xiaomi Mi Hybrid IV and was not used in the Piston Pro.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ears textile cable
The sheathing is limited to the cable between the connector and the ANC module

Overall, the in-ear is very well processed, there are no material weaknesses or other defects. Due to the one-sided color selection, the headphones look simple and elegant – at least they are designed to meet a higher price.

Sound of the Xiaomi ANC In-Ears

In terms of sound, the Xiaomi ANC headphones are similar to the Piston Pro, at least in the area of ​​the popular music formats we have tested. Like the Piston Pro, the Xiaomi ANC In-Ears are less bass-heavy than the Xiaomi Mi IV Hybrid.

The Xiaomi ANC In-Ears are also hybrid headphones with dynamic and BA drivers

The Xiaomi ANC In-Ears provide a balanced sound between high, mid and low frequencies. Compared to the Piston Pro, the mid-tone is slightly more pronounced and the treble is somewhat muted. A change that I personally like, as the high frequency of the Piston Pro, in comparison to middle and bass tone more dominant. Overall, there is little to complain about. The sound is a basic principle and has improved slightly compared to the Piston Pro.

Active Noise Canceling (ANC) of the Xiaomi In-Ears

In addition to the new connection, Xiaomi has implemented Active Noise Canceling for the first time in this earphone. This is active in the frequency range from 50Hz – 2000Hz and should reduce background noise by up to 25 dB.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ear Microphone
A microphone is installed on each handset, with the aid of which background noise is compensated

The Xiaomi 4C and 4S are only partly compatible with the Xiaomi 4, Mi 5, Mi 5S, Mi 5 Plus, Mi Mix, Redmi Pro and Note 2 The headphones per se, the control buttons are not supported or only partly supported. In order for the ANC to function, third-party smartphones must  support USB Audio Device Class 3.0.

How well does the ANC work?

The Active Noise Canceling of the Xiaomi ANC In-Ears significantly reduces background noise. Even without music, voices become much quieter and sound as if the person were in another room when the door is open, although it is directly in front of one. Deeper sounds, such as the hum of the coffee machine or the background noise of the inner city, are almost completely compensated.

If you also play music, background noise of all kinds is no longer perceived from around 30-40% volume.

The ANC can be switched on or off by means of a sliding switch on the control element

Compared to the ANC of the Ele Whisper, the Active Noise Canceling of the Xiaomi In-Ears compensates for background noise somewhat, so that they are even quieter. In addition, by switching on the ANC the Ele Whisper the sound of the music was also somewhat duller, this effect I could with the Xiaomi ANC in-ear only marginally imitate.

Charging the smartphone battery

While the ELE Whisper ANC In-Ears have a battery for the ANC, the Xiaomi ANC In-Ears has no battery installed. The headphone thus uses the smartphone battery, which in the run-up many of the purchase of the headphones quenched.

In order to check how high the load on the smartphone battery actually is, we played an hour of music with an active ANC and an hour with the ANC deactivated at 60% volume. This test was carried out with the Honor 9 and the Umi Z.

Loss of capacity Honor 9 Umi Z
ANC on (h) 8th% 7%
ANC from (h) 6% 6%

Surprisingly, the capacity loss with the ANC switched on, was only marginally higher for both devices. We were therefore not able to confirm fears about a significant increase in the number of smartphones.

Service

The control unit, which also has the sliding switch for switching the ANC on/off, has additional buttons for operating the music app of the smartphone.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ear Control
There are also three control buttons in the classic style

Button Functions:

Press once Press twice Press 3 times
Upper button volume up
Medium button Play / Pause; Answer / end calls Next title Previous title
Lower button quieter

Since the headphone is tuned to the special MIUI operating system of the Xiaomi smartphones, it could be that the control buttons with other Android systems do not work 100%. Both with the UMi Z also the Honor 9 functioned the “next title” and “previous title” functions. All functions, which need only one button however worked properly.

The headset microphone – top or flop?

Even during the phone calls the ANC of the headphones can be used, which is particularly practical when one is even in a noisy environment telephoned and additionally the received audio of the Gegenberbers is not particularly good.

Xiaomi ANC In-Ear Headset
The headset is located on the right handset

During the test phone calls my opponent could understand me well and there were no communication problems. However, strong winds lead to unpleasant noise. It is recommended to hold the microphone directly to the mouth. Since this problem occurs with most In-Ear headsets, this should not be a minus point.

Conclusion

Overall, Xiaomi has delivered a good product with its first ANC in-ear, which scores with a solid ANC system, a balanced sound picture and the usual processing quality. Unfortunately, not all functions of the control buttons work with smartphones that are not from Xiaomi’s own production. However, the ANC surprises with a low energy consumption , which only slightly loads the smartphone battery. Before you decide to buy the Xiaomi ANC In-Ears, you should check in any case, if your smartphone supports the  USB Audio Device Class 3.0, otherwise the ANC does not work or the headphones are not recognized. 

  • Solid ANC
  • Low load on the smartphone battery
  • good workmanship
  • Balanced sound image
  • Control buttons not supported by all smartphones
  • Only for smartphones with USB-C connection

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