When I heard that Goji was unveiling a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones, I must admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But now that I’ve actually got my hands on them, they look and feel great.
They’ve clearly been designed to go up against some of the big hitters in the headphones arena, and at a current price of £49.99 (RRP £69.99), they’re certainly affordable. You won’t find many noise-cancelling headphones at this price.
So let’s see how they measure up.
In terms of aesthetics, these headphones easily hold their own against the big boys like Bose, and Beats. The design is clean and stylish and the wavy back is a really nice feature. The matt black finish makes them look, and feel like a premium product, but they do tend to pick up fingerprints quite easily.
After wearing headphones for 30 minutes or so, some can start to press down on the top of your head, meaning you’re forever adjusting them to get comfortable. But the Goji’s are well cushioned and lightweight, doing a great job of minimising any headband discomfort.
The memory-foam ear cushions fit very well too, the headphones feel secure without making you feel like your head’s stuck in a vice. My only minor issue with the ear-cups is that they could be a little deeper, with the drivers set further back. I did find that my ears just touched the cloth covers inside the ear-cup, it didn’t affect the comfort but a little more room inside the ear-cup would have been nice.
There’s no NFC for quick pairing, but it’s still really straightforward using the dedicated Bluetooth button. Once they’re paired, they connect really quickly - I compared the connection speed with a pair of £330 Bose QC35 II, and surprisingly, the Goji’s were noticeably quicker.
There are only 3 buttons on the left ear-cup, and a big chunky switch on the right cup, making it really easy to find the button you want while they're on your head. I’ve found that some much more expensive headphones can be a lot more fiddly.
There’s a separate switch on the right cup to control the noise cancelling function, and they don’t even need to be turned on to activate it - just slide the switch.
Taking and making calls is really easy, just press the Bluetooth button to answer, or make a call from your phone while your headphones are connected.
Sound quality is good and the inbuilt microphone picks up your voice well. They do let some external audio through so you don’t feel isolated from the outside world - this doesn’t work quite as well as other noise cancelling headphones, but it’s more than good enough for the occasional call.
When it comes to noise cancelling headphones, it’s fair to say that these sit firmly in the ‘I’d rather not spend a fortune’ category. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with terrible sound quality.
At £49.99, it’s tempting to think you get what you pay for. But with the Goji’s, you actually get quite a lot more.
Music feels warm and well balanced, the highs cut through quite nicely but the sound might be a little bass-heavy for some - and mids do feel a little lost at times. You don’t quite get the same clarity and definition that you get on a more expensive pair, but for less than £100, you’d struggle to find better.
Noise-cancelling is where these headphones really impress. There’s no fancy way to turn it on like you get with other headphones, holding multiple buttons down, or using an app, you just slide a switch on the right ear-cup - simple.
I compared the noise-cancelling performance to a pair of £170 Sennheiser HD 4.50 headphones, and without music playing, the Goji’s clearly outperformed the Sennheisers.
With music playing, the Goji’s don’t just reduce external noise, they also beef up the sound giving you fuller, more rounded audio.
When you consider that a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones should cost way over £100, these Goji's become excellent value. Yes, can spend more money and get slightly better audio quality, but the Goji’s look good, sound great, and they won’t break the bank.
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