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{Axon 7} Earphones... How Do You Use Them? Chance To Win a $25 Gift Card!

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  • scott_mscott_m Schaumburg, IL USAPosts: 366 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1. Listening to music and radio (via streaming)

    2. At work

    3. Yes, Skullcandy Ink'd wireless headphones

    4. yes

    5. I download from Amazon mostly

  • chrsnchrsn New YorkPosts: 217 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1) I use earphones most of the time while I use my phone for videos and music. The only time I don't use them is at night and when sharing with others in a loud environment like inside of a gym or outside on a busy street.

    2) I do use them to workout sometimes but use them mainly at home and when I am working so that I can stay in the zone whatever I'm doing. Noise canceling is without a doubt most important to me outside of home, and I really really need it on the subway nowadays.

    3) My ear canals are sadly very tiny so they cannot fit most, if not all usual earbuds. The axons was no exception, and I just didn't like the quality of on-ears from others makers cause they hurt over time, so I only wear over ears. I use a Bluetooth headset the most, currently the Sony MDR-1000X. When wired I go to HD650s or OPPO PM-3s.

    4) No. No phone manufacturer can bundle any earphones that will make me happy. People use them because they are free, but if they have income or a preexisting set of headphones they will use them as a backup. Just make the ear buds good enough like they currently are and people will be happy they are included. The industry has the advantage that many people do not know what it is to hear, in solitude and detail, the soft nervous breath before the initial fever pitch into lyrics of a song that sound as if they're the only audience in a performance. The exception to this would be if you have customers bundled Bluetooth earbuds or soft foamed earbuds for ear comfort and noise blockage. It would definitely be a new and surprising thing that people would appreciate and rave about since nobody has done it(yet).

    5) I stream from Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and Pandora. When I'm listening to my phone I have a mix of FLAC and 320K files. I download where I can, with no preference given. You can't be picky with where you download when sometimes a place you prefer doesn't have music. Most recently I've had to go through Bandcamp and SoundCloud though.

  • sacwoosacwoo Corydon INPosts: 35
    1. Listening to music or podcasts
    2. At work, walking/running, working out.
    3. I have Bose wired headphones that i usually use.
    4. I wouldn't pay more for nicer headphones that come with the phone.  I would rather no headphones come with the phone and get the phone at the lowest cost.
    5. I listen to music via spotify or google music at the highest quality available. 
  • 1. I usually listen to podcast and music with my earbuds that came with the phone.

    2. usually on the way to work

    3. Skull candy Mic'd I think

    4. Yes, I just bought some beat 3 Solo wireless headphones and I'm waiting on my axon 7 to test it out and decide whether to keep it or stick with IPHONE.

    5. I prefer FLAC, I mostly deal with Pandora and Spotify though, I usually download through Apple music store

    THe earbuds are okay but don't stick in my ear at all, if it was a good as the Apple wired buds I would be happier with it, I can't work out because it falls out too easily.

  • gersh41gersh41 Posts: 240 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1) Listening to Music, You tube, Facebook

    2) On each of my 3 breaks at work, every day.  At home on the treadmill, watching movies.  Outside for walks, listening to music.

    3) Yes, I use Bluetooth ones.  SoundPeats QY7, QY7.  Love them, sound great, and even have a couple sets, for at home and at work.

    4) Hard to say.  If they were truly great Bluetooth headphone, then maybe, but I really like my SoundPeats.  I'd have a hard time spending more then $50 though, especially, since I already like what I have.

    5) Yes I prefer higher bit rate music.  A lot are from ripped CD's I own, and the rest is mainly from google play.

    Have not use your earbuds much, as they don't stick in my ears that well.  I have to hold them in to make them sound decent.  I've tried many different headphones, until I bought my first SoundPeats QY7's, and even tried a few others before just getting a second pair of the SoundPeats QY7's.  Just love these headphones.  Best sounding headphones I have ever tried, and never have an issue with them falling out.

  • lexxiuslexxius BerlinPosts: 50 ✭✭✭✭
    1. In what scenarios do you usually use earphones with your Axon 7? Music, videos, YouTube and games.
    2. When/Where do you usually use earphone on your Axon 7? Mostly when I'm commuting by public transportation by myself or when I don't want to disturb others in my vicinity.
    3. Have you purchased other earphones other than those that came with your Axon 7? BOSE QuietComfort 25 (wired), really old MEElectronics A161P In-Ear (wired), on which I replaced the cable myself by soldering 3 times. I also have a Bluetooth adapter for when I have to do something (like chores) while watching/listening to a video.
    4. Would you consider pay additional money to purchase higher quality earphones? I already spent 270€ for the BOSE QuietComfort 25 and 70€ (160€ original price) for MEElectronics A161P In-Ear.
    5. When you listen to music, do you prefer high-quality file formats? I listen mostly to Google Play Music, it's encoded at 320 kbps, some files are converted from YouTube (NewRetroWave), since these albums are not on Play Music, so they are at 190 kbps. I don't hear the differences between FLAC and 320 kbps mp3, maybe because I "only" have 270€ BOSE QuietComfort 25.
  • cavanaughtimcavanaughtim Wisconsin, USAPosts: 645 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    1. I use my earphones almost constantly to listen to streaming music on Google Play or Spotify while I work (I have a desk job). Apart from that I almost never use them.

    2. I use my earphones at my desk, with my phone placed at the side of my keyboard.

    3. I have a couple of pairs of cheap but well-regarded headphones/earphones: Monoprice 8323 headphones, and Xiaomi Piston III earphones. I bought a pair of decent LG bluetooth headphones, but I never use them because it's just one more thing to keep charged, and I don't need the extra mobility.

    4. I would consider paying more for notably better earphones, but between my budget and the sensitivity of my ears, I think I am already very close to the cost/benefit sweet spot.

    5. To a point, I do prefer higher-quality file formats. Low-bitrate mp3 (64kbps-128kbps) sounds noticeably bad to me. After about 256 kbps, I can no longer appreciate any increase in sound quality. In the past few years, even free streaming audio services tend to be encoded at a good enough quality for me.

  • tabletalker7tabletalker7 Posts: 167 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1.  YOUTUBE

    2.  Working outside, casino poker tables

    3.  I prefer over the ear headphones - earbuds never want to stay in.  When I work outside I use an old 2.4Ghz rocketfish wireless headset, it lets me keep the phone away from anything that can hurt it (like water, oil, fuel, sawdust) and the headphones are so old and have been taped together twice so if I ruin the headphones I am not out anything of real value.  They plug into the 3.5mm port.  Other than that I use wired headphones.  Bluetooth sets never do me well as the batteries die when I want them (my wireless set runs on rechargeable AAA batteries so I just swap out my batteries and have a few spares charged up all the time - why can't someone make a bluetooth headset that runs on either AA or AAA batteries so I can just swap batteries when they run out?)

    4.  If the headphones were something I wanted I would gladly pay extra, but within reason.  No set of headphones is worth three figures.

    5.  Is "I don't know" an acceptable answer here?  Sorry, but I don't keep up on that stuff.  If I like it, I like it.

  • gw81989gw81989 MassachusettsPosts: 125 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1. Listening to music, using Google daydream

    2. At work, at the gym working out, or in my living room while using daydream

    3. I use Sony XB-500 over ear wired headphones for extended durations at work. I use my old wired Samsung earbuds at the gym, because they work fine and are more likely to get damaged, this keeping the Axon earbuds new. Also use Samsung earbuds with daydream because the Axon headphones are in their case.

    4. Yes. $100.

    5. Yes, I use Spotify and download my music using "extreme" quality, which I believe is 320kbps

  • wiseman13wiseman13 United StatesPosts: 663 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    1. In what scenarios do you usually use earphones with your Axon 7? Listening to music, audio books, and video games.
    2. When/Where do you usually use earphone on your Axon 7 ? During CrossFit, at work, on my commute, and at home
    3. Have you purchased other earphones other than those that came with your Axon 7? Are they Bluetooth compatible or wired? What brand are they? I own a pair of Bragi Dash earphones. They are BT compatible.
    4. Would you consider pay additional money to purchase higher quality earphones? How much additional money would you be willing to spend? Of course I would since I dropped $200 for my existing pair.
    5. When you listen music, do you prefer high-quality file formats? ( for example lossless content, 320kbps、44.1kHZ、24Bit,ape/wave/flac format etc) Where do you tend to download your music from? I mostly stream from Google Play at 320kbps as mp3. If I purchase music I normally download it as flac files if available.
  • 1. In what scenarios do you usually use earphones with your Axon 7?

    TLDR: Music, Audio Books, Games, and Video.

    I listen to a variety of content using headphones with my Axon 7. The high-bitrate, onboard DAC, and all around audio solution is a large part of what drove my purchasing.

    I listen to music more than 8 hours per day, sometimes audio books, daily web videos (youtube), some online gaming (Google Play has a handful of great MMO's to pass the time) and occasionally streaming TV episodes and movies. (On a side note, I think the Axon 7's AMOLED screen, 1440p resolution, and color reproduction is great for video, movie, and game consumption! Also, it's not artificially super saturated like other screens, with no motion blur.)

    2. When/Where do you usually use earphones on your Axon 7?

    I usually use headphones with my Axon 7 for most of the day, at work, at home, at the store, when exercising, and when out and about in general.

    I don't use headphones when driving. It's unsafe, as you're less attune to the audible queues of your surroundings, (sirens, tire squeals, horn honks, motorcycle engines, etc), that's also not allowed in some parts of the US.

    3. Have you purchased other earphones other than those that came with your Axon 7? Are they Bluetooth compatible or wired? What brand are they?

    TLDR: Yes, wired Shure SE425, wired AudioTechnica ATH M50x, Bluetooth Aftershokz Trekz Titanium.

    Yes, I use aftermarket headphones with my Axon 7. The earbuds that come in the box, well, they aren't the greatest. IMO, the sound quality leaves much to be desired when compared to more expensive IEM's or a pair of good over-ear headphones, especially considering the Axon 7's DAC capabilities. I prefer my wired Shure SE425 IEM's (~$220) for most media consumption, and wired Audio-Technica M50x over-ear headphones (~$160) for movies and games, since they are a bit more bass heavy, yet still sound great for their price. I use my Bluetooth Aftershokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction headset (~$130) when I'm working in a situation that requires me to hear my surroundings or other people. And, although it's not technically headphones, my Harmon/Kardon BDS-580 (~$1099) Bluetooth capable receiver, connected to a set of Klipsch Reference 5.5" speakers in my living room when I have visitors.

    4. Would you consider paying additional money to purchase higher quality earphones? How much additional money would you be willing to spend?

    TLDR: Yes, $250 or less. But they better be great if they're $250.

    Of course. While yes, some brands and models of lower cost headphones can still have good sound for their price, with my constant use of headphones and IEM's, about ~$250 on the high side, is what I would pay, and have paid, for excellent sound quality. I don't really see a personal need for much higher cost headphones since I'm usually not producing audio, but mostly consuming it or editing it.

    5.When you listen to music, do you prefer high-quality file formats?

    TLDR: Yes, FLAC + WAV, + 320kbps MP3 when I have to.

    Yes. In my case, I believe that if I'm going to spend $150 or more on headphones or IEM's, and purchase a phone like the Axon 7 that has the ability to drive and utilize those IEM's to nearly their full potential, I want to utilize their phonic capabilities to their fullest. Anything less is like attending a live classical concert, but wearing ear muffs that muddle the finer and softer sounds.

    If an artist spent their time and talent to make good music, I want to listen to that music the way the artist intended their work to sound.

    Nearly %80 of my music is lossless in FLAC format, ripped from discs, or streamed via Tidal, %10 is in WAV format I received from a few artists directly, and the other %10 is streamed at a lesser, yet acceptable, 320kbps MP3 via Google Play Music, for the songs Tidal doesn't yet have.

    Though I must say with the Axon 7, (with Hi-Fi headphone mode On, and Dolby Atmos Off), while the high quality DAC sometimes clearly defines and pronounces the compressed or muddy areas of Google Play's 320kbps compression, it makes most other parts of the compressed music sound slightly more crisp and clean compared to other phones, even against more expensive smartphones.

    Excellent job with the Axon 7! This is my first ZTE device, but I'm now firmly a ZTE fan! Please never skimp on the excellent audio solution with future devices, in both the great headphone DAC, or the awesome front facing speakers. I usually get "wow's" from people when I share a YouTube video with them using the front facing speakers.

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  • Thanks everyone!

    And a BIG thanks to ZTE and Consumer Labs!

    I look forward to seeing what unique features ZTE has in store for their future devices!

    BTW, I think the polling for user feedback on both the current hardware, and future device feature ideas, is a GREAT idea.

    1. In what scenarios do you usually use earphones with your Axon 7? ( For example listening to music, radio, videos, game play etc. )
      1. At work or when i do not want to disturb people around, usually to hear voice messages , videos, for listen to stream radio to listen to new at morning i swith from Bluettoh radio from the car to Bluetooth or wired earbuds.
    2. When/Where do you usually use earphone on your Axon 7 ? ( For example, working out, at home, driving etc. )
      1. Working out, running, driving, at work , at home, my music source is my cellphone that is why i got the Axon 7.
    3. Have you purchased other earphones other than those that came with your Axon 7? Are they Bluetooth compatible or wired? What brand are they?
      1. I have a bunch of earbuds/headphones, some wired some bluetooth, diferent brands, i also use Amps & DACs.
    4. Would you consider pay additional money to purchase higher quality earphones? How much additional money would you be willing to spend?
      1. i will think to get anything i like below 200, doesnot mean i got all, but i also trade what i have sometimes,
    5. When you listen music, do you prefer high-quality file formats? ( for example lossless content, 320kbps、44.1kHZ、24Bit,ape/wave/flac format etc) Where do you tend to download your music from?
      1. i have been using a lot stream music sites, but i carry 320k Mp3 or flac on my phone. i ripped my cds on mp3 320k and flac. with usb sticks of 128 or 256 Gigs now the space constrain is less.
  • maulgandhimaulgandhi United StatesPosts: 519 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great Comments by fellow Z-Community followers.

    I am not a headphone or earbud user. The one that came with Axon 7 is good, but not good enough. So the answer to the question whether I would pay extra for headphones/earbuds that really depends on who is the manufacturer and if ZTE still continue to include a pair of earbuds with smartphone purchase. I have used BT earbuds and after trying many different BT earbuds, I give up on them. It is not because, they were bad, it is because i dont want to charge them from time to time. It becomes pain the neck to keep track of battery life. The only way I would consider using BT headset, if the pair comes with an app or Built in functionality to remind user the percentage of battery remaining and the tweaks you could do on the BT headset.

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