You’ve probably noticed that the market for quality noise-cancelling headphones has become overwhelmingly saturated. But even if that’s the case, we’ll provide you with the best quality products around. Today in our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review, we’re checking out Beyerdynamic’s premium noise-cancelling wireless headphones, the Lagoon ANC.
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Headphones Packaging
Let’s begin our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review by taking a look at its packaging and contents.
The headphones that we got were the black-coloured Lagoon ANC since it has a sleek and premium look to it. It came in your typical-looking cardboard box that’s durable enough to safeguard the product inside.
The box’s front displays half an image of one of its earcups which is mostly positioned to the right. Above the image, at the centre, Beyerdynamic is written. To the left of the image is the name of the product.
Flipping the box, you’ll find a full image of the headphones displayed at the centre. Below it, you’ll see its key features, along with other details about the product.
Inside, the Lagoon ANC is packed securely to keep it safe during transit. But, of course, that also goes for the other items present in the box.
Other than the headphones, the items you’ll find in the package include an analogue AUX audio cable. There’s a USB-A to C charging cable, 3.5mm jack, a hard case, and a quick start guide.
Now, our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review will discuss everything about the headphones’ design and functions.
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Headphones Review – Design and Functionality
It’s good to note that there are two Lagoon ANC models out on the market. The one that we have is the black version – the Lagoon ANC Traveler, while the brown version is the Explorer.
These basically have the same design and only differ when it comes to the padding’s colours. That said, the Lagoon ANC headphones look stunning and feel comfortable.
Like other noise-cancelling wireless headphones, the Lagoon ANC gives you a fairly lightweight and compact design. These are made using aluminium, high-grade plastic, and faux leather.
The headphones are strongly hinged, allowing them to fold adequately into a smaller form. This will let you keep the headphones in its included hard case for compact storage.
We love that Beyerdynamic utilised soft memory foam pads to cover both the headphones’ ear cups and headband. It’s to guarantee your comfort even when using the headphones for long hours.
Despite the generous use of plastic and its relatively lightweight, the construction of the Lagoon ANC feels solid. It has a robust feel to it, and you know that it’s made to last.
You won’t hear any instances of creaking or squeaking since all parts move smoothly. As for the non-moving portions, all of these feel secure.
After the design, let’s check out the headphones’ controls in our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review.
Switches, Ports, and Controls
On the right earcup’s outer panel, you’ll find the power/pairing and ANC switches placed next to each other. For the ANC switch, there are three positions, which are off and the two levels. Next to these switches is the audio cable jack and the USB Type-C port, which you’ll use for charging.
The outer panel on the right cup is sensitive to touch, but you can adjust its sensitivity levels via the MIY app.
For the controls, swiping up and down adjusts the volume levels. To skip tracks, you can swipe forward or backward. If you want to fast forward or rewind a song, hold then swipe in either direction.
Tapping once will play or pause your music. Holding your finger in place for a couple of seconds will summon your phone’s voice assistant.
The controls aren’t for music since you can also use them for calls. You can tap twice to either accept or end a call.
These controls can be challenging to remember at first, but these are convenient once you get used to them.
Another interesting feature of the Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC is the multicolour LED bands on the interior of each cup. These light up in different colours and act as status indicators.
When it’s green, the headphones are fully charged, while red notifies you for low battery. Pulsing blue light indicates Bluetooth syncing.
Key Features of the Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Headphones
Our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review will now discuss the key features of the product.
Light Guide System
Beyerdynamic’s engineers included the unique Light Guide System on the Lagoon ANC headphones. This feature makes the headphones shine in different colours and allows for easier operation. When you remove the headphones, you can look at the light colour to see its status.
The Lagoon ANC’s right earpiece features a touchpad that provides effortless fingertip operation. It also comes with the latest audio codecs like aptX Low Latency, AAC, and Qualcomm aptX.
For maximum speech intelligibility in operating the headset, it uses the Qualcomm cVc technology. Plus, it offers voice announcements available in German and English.
Long Battery Life
The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC’s battery life lasts up to 24 hours with the ANC activated. When the ANC is switched off, it can last up to 46 hours. Its battery capacity makes it the best audio companion for long journeys.
Ideal for the Demands of Daily Life
The comfortable and sophisticated design of Beyerdynamic’s Lagoon ANC is ideal for travelling. Its ear-enclosing pads are made of high-quality memory foam with synthetic protein leather covers. This material makes the pads smooth and allow them to follow the anatomy of your ears, resulting in maximum comfort.
With the excellent closure of the ear pads, these reduce noise even without the ANC activated. Additionally, the high-quality spring steel shackle is well-placed. It’s secure on the head when the headset is worn, but it doesn’t feel too tight.
The cans can be turned and folded flat, so you can easily take this wherever you go. Plus, the headphones come with a hard compact case to keep these protected at all times.
Lagoon ANC: The Excellent Noise Cancellation
The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC uses the latest digital active noise-cancelling technology, which is only one touch away. You can also adjust the intensity of the ANC in two levels via a switch.
This time, our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review will focus on the headphones’ specifications.
The Lagoon ANC features a dynamic transducer with a closed acoustic design and over-ear form factor.
For noise cancelling (ANC), the headphones have two ANC steps and utilise a digital ANC with hybrid technology. When it comes to frequency response, it ranges from 10 to 30,000Hz.
Bluetooth transmission is present, and Beyerdynamic opted for the Bluetooth 4.2 version.
It supports Bluetooth profiles such as SPP, HSP HFP, AVRCP, and A2DP. As for audio codecs, these include aptX, aptX LL, SBC, and AAC.
The headphones’ range is up to 10m and has cVc voice quality with a possible firmware update.
Without ANC, its battery run-time reaches up to 46 hours and 24 hours with ANC set. The headphones utilise a USB-C type charging port and an analogue AUX audio cable.
In addition, it comes with a touchpad remote and mic that’s built into the right ear cup. It goes along with a hands-free microphone as well.
Hands-on with the Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Headphones
If you’re worried about the product’s hybrid control system made up of both button and touch controls, don’t be. Once you familiarise yourself with its menu of gestures, you can readily manage calls, playback, volume, and voice assistant commands.
The buttons are set on the outer edge section of its right ear cup. This is the same area that holds the touch panel.
The Beyerdynamic MIY app is available for free download on Android and iOS. Here, we activated the feature that adjusts the headphones’ frequency response based on your hearing. This is excellent for those with auditory problems like hearing loss.
We also found a stats section that shows how long we’ve been listening each day. Aside from that, the app sends a notification reminding you to rest your ears.
In another section of the app, we adjusted the on-ear controls’ sensitivity, set voice prompts, and more.
Additionally, the MIY app provides some details about the headphones, like its firmware version. We also found the factory reset option.
When we tested the Lagoon ANC, the 1100mAh battery lasted for 20 hours. This was alright, but it was shorter than what the company claimed. However, it’s good to note that we were using ANC level II rather than level I when testing its battery.
When we tried listening using ANC level I, the headphones were able to last for 24 hours. Without activating the ANC, we were able to utilise the Lagoon ANC headphones for as long as 46.5 hours.
When completely drained, it only took three hours to get a full charge.
The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC supports both traditional Bluetooth pairing and NFC pairing processes. These work using Bluetooth 4.2 Class 1 and have a maximum range of 10 metres. But during our tests, we were able to push the boundaries to 11 metres without walls obstructing the signal.
In our standard audio tests, things went quickly and smoothly, plus the entire process was simple. What we did first was hold down a button until the beeping sound disappeared. Do note that there are a couple of faint beeps for the ears to measure.
Once that’s done, we activated our new sound profile. Of course, how this will affect the Lagoon ANC’s performance will differ from person to person.
We tried listening to audio with great sub-bass content. There, the headphones gave us solid, low-frequency responses, which was great.
We tried using it with increased volume that was almost at maximum, and surprisingly, there were no distortions at all. During standard tests, the drivers were able to give strong thumps without the audio sounding heavily boosted.
Highs were clear and perfectly matched the lows too. When we switched the ANC on, we noticed that the thump had more body, yet it was still subtle.
We tried some orchestral and classical tracks, the audio sounded richer and more full compared to flat-response headphones. For the boost in its lows, these were excellent and subdued. As for the high register strings, brass, and vocals, they maintained their crisp and clear presence.
When it comes to noise-cancelling and isolation, the Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones were great. We were able to choose between two ANC levels, with level II being the highest.
In our tests, we were able to take advantage of outstanding noise cancellation while using ANC level II. It reduced the noise of low hums from air conditioners and other low noises. At ANC level I, we also enjoyed its noise cancellation feature, but of course, level II delivered better.
The Lagoon ANC’s microphone picks up sounds well. We tried recording our voices and were able to hear and understand words clearly. Plus, the low-frequency response in the recordings prevented voices from sounding weak.
Its microphone still can’t match a wired inline microphone, but it’s better than other Bluetooth headphone microphones we’ve tested. Even when we used the headset outside, the mic relayed our voices clearly to our friends.
With that, we can say that the microphone is excellent for conference calls, especially if you work at home.
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Headphones Review Summary
Before we end our Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC headphones review, we’re sharing some of our thoughts with you.
The Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC is a pair of headphones that perform excellently in delivering rich, clear, and solid audio. Aside from that, it offers great noise cancellation, providing a more enjoyable listening experience.
It’s good that Beyerdynamic has a user-friendly app. This will allow you to tweak the sound signature and match the audio based on your preferences.
With its design, features, functions, and performance, the Lagoon ANC headphones meet many users’ requirements. Because of that, we’re highly recommending this product if you’re looking for quality, comfort, and great performance.
To get your hands on these headphones, you can purchase the Lagoon ANC headphones from Beyerdynamic’s official website.