Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Traveller Review 2020: Best Wireless Headphones Explorer
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC shocked me with its functionality. Yes, Lagoon ANC has all the modern and updated techniques to control it. It has Touch control, active noise reduction system, firmware upgrade via cable, a huge number of settings and features, compatibility with the MIY Beyerdynamic application. Why not. I suggest starting with the technical specifications and unpacking 🙂
Specifications Of Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC:
- Type: dynamic, full-sized, closed, portable, folding.
- Category: wired / wireless (2 in 1).
- Frequency range: 10-30000 Hz.
- Case material: plastic + metal.
- Resistance: 20 ohms.
- Sensitivity: 91 dB.
- Mount Type: Headband.
- Maximum input power: 40 mW.
- Cable: removable, mini-jack 3.5 mm.
- Weight: 287g.
- Microphone: yes.
- Cable connection: one-way.
- Detachable cable: yes.
- Cable Length: 1.2 m.
- Type of wireless connection: Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth version: 4.2.
- Codec support: aptX, AAC, aptX Low Latency.
- Profiles: Handsfree, A2DP, Headset, AVRCP.
- Opening hours: from 24 hours to 45.
- Radius: 10 meters.
Touch control: yes.
The material of ear pads: imitation leather.
Noise Reduction: Active, ANC.
- Production: China.
- Voice assistant: yes.
- Emitter Diameter: 40 millimeters.
- Battery: Li-On, 1,100 mAh.
- Charging time: 3 hours.
- Harmonic Distortion Factor (THD + N): 0.02%.
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Box, Equipment and Kits.
The box with the headphones is quite large and weighty. All thanks to the unrealistically dense cardboard, the manufacturer here of course tried. On the reverse side, I expected to see the technical specifications, but they were not there. Icons are displayed in front, which tell us about the presence of a wireless connection and support for the aptX codec.
Inside the box hides a dense case-case with a zipper. Teardrop-shaped cover with beyerdynamic application. In the photo you can notice fingerprints, which he willingly collects.
Contents of delivery:
1. Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC.
2. Cable 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm (120 cm).
3. USB cable – USB Type C (70 cm).
On sale you can find two colors, the standard “Traveler” (completely black), and “Explorer” with a brown headband and brown ear pads. The bowls are made of matte plastic.
The bowls rotate 90 degrees, thanks to the design, the headphones can fit in a small bag. Folding design allows you to tuck the bowl inside the headband.
On the outside we have the beyerdynamic company logo and a touch panel for control (you can only control the right earphone).
Faux leather ear pads, 5.5 cm x 4.5 cm hole. These holes are enough for me, my ears sink completely and feel comfortable, nothing presses and does not press anywhere. The plastic surface is covered with a protective fabric mesh inside. The ear pads are very comfortable, soft and pleasant. Ears can sweat in hot weather and in a stuffy room.
- Type-C connector for recharging.
- 3.5 mm jack for wired connection.
- on / off switch and bluetooth wireless connection.
- ANC function switch (3 positions).
The indication is interesting, closer to the emitter are special bulbs that will signal to the owner about a particular condition of the headphones. Scientifically, this whole thing is called nothing more than the “Cup Guide System Light Guide System”, abbreviated “LGS”.
- Battery level 0% – 30% – pulsating red.
- Battery level 31% – 70% – pulsating yellow.
- Battery level 71% – 99% – pulsating green.
- Full charge (100%) – continuous green.
- The battery is almost empty – 4 red flashes.
- Bluetooth pairing mode – the left and right cups alternately flash blue.
- Bluetooth connection established – continuous orange light.
- Bluetooth connection lost – slow blue flashing with 3 second pauses.
- Media playback – continuous orange light.
- Incoming call – quick flashing blue with 1 second pauses.
The backlight is smart if the headphones are in an upright position, if they are on the head, the LEDs turn off automatically. In addition, the developers equipped this model with voice prompts in English.
Management, Bluetooth connectivity, autonomy.
If there is no source with bluetooth support at hand, you can temporarily use the 3.5 mm jack. There are no tricks, just insert the wire and enjoy the sound in maximum quality.
Management is described in detail in the official instructions:
– double tap: play / pause, accept the call.
– swipe on the touchpad from the back – forward: next track.
-Pull on the touchpad from front to back: previous track.
– double tap + hold finger 2 seconds: reject a call.
– Swipe from bottom to top or vice versa: volume control.
The battery is charged at 0.5A for 3 hours. At 5 volts, 1128 mAh was poured. Playback time is simply gorgeous: up to 24 hours with ANC on and up to 45 hours without ANC.
The wireless connection is implemented on the bluetooth chip version 4.2. Regarding the fifth version, we get all the same opportunities, but lose in energy consumption. On the other hand, not everything is so bad, a capacious battery covers all the shortcomings. Declared support for aptX, aptX Low-Latency, AAC, SBC codecs. aptX HD is not supported. I do not observe the picture and sound out of sync, you can watch YouTube with pleasure, play a toy. Pairing with the sound source is instant, the headphones are defined as “Lagoon ANC”, the aptX codec is activated by default. The interlocutor on the other “end of the wire hears my voice very clearly, the microphone fulfills one hundred percent. The quality of the wireless connection is also not satisfactory. I tested Lagoon ANC in open space and was satisfied. The declared range is no more than 10 meters.
The model is compatible with the free MIY Beyerdynamic application. The application can be downloaded for free from the play market. Supported operating systems iOS and Android. Softina allows you to pass a special test and adapt the sound to your own ears, also in this program you can adjust the sensitivity of the sensor, change the control.
A special test (6 minutes) calibrates the sound for a specific owner, taking into account the peculiarities of auditory perception. Test results are saved in profiles, there can be several such profiles.
The active noise reduction system is more focused on low-frequency noise, the surrounding sounds in the subway are partially muffled.
Supports firmware upgrade using a USB cable – Type C.
The changes are mainly related to noise reduction.
Sources: Activo CT10, Shanling M5S, Burson Audio Playmate, Redmi Note 7.
The pitch is neutral, the bass is fast and elaborate. It does not creep into the middle frequencies and remains strictly in its place. Live concert recordings of the prog-rock band “Rush” sound very legible. In these headphones, I can enjoy the game of the bass player (concurrently – the vocalist) Gaddy Lee. Powerful sabbass parts are generally well played out, but this will not be enough for the bassheads, in which case I would recommend using an equalizer. Personally, I really don’t have much pressure and punch.
Fans of super massive and punchy sound, this model is not suitable. In the lower midrange, a slight decline is noticeable, which affects the sound of some musical instruments (bass barrel, saxophone). This weakening is also very clearly seen in the very first albums of the Kino group, on the recordings of which a drum machine was used. The sound is crystal clear, the presentation is somewhat reminiscent of the Hifiman HE400S. The upper middle is raised, the emphasis in the area of the high frequency emphasizes female vocals and adds volume. The virtual scene is quite spacious and wide. In general, the middle is slightly dry, it is not the most emotional, unpainted, while quite detailed and natural.
The tops are long, very detailed and airy. In this range, it is worth noting the chic separation of tools and the lack of excessive sharpness.
Here is such a presentation, audiophile, neutral.
Lagoon ANC stand out with a serious, adult sound in the wireless segment. The model turned out to be successful, I can only find fault with the ear pads made of artificial leather, in which ears can sometimes sweat. The noise reduction system copes at the proper level. The first mode is recommended for use in a quiet room or in the office, the second mode is suitable for listening to music in a noisy environment on the street. The build quality is decent, the design is sturdy. The controls are convenient, at first there were difficulties with the switches (I used to confuse them blindly, but later I got used to it) The headphones are cool, high-quality, I can recommend them for purchase. Something like this. Thanks for attention.