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Review: Even’s H2 wireless headphones are like glasses for your ears


While most tech companies are busy trying to harness virtual and augmented reality, a number of audio companies are studying how software can enhance our listening experiences. Even made waves a few years ago with its headphones that could be tuned to your hearing profile – essentially glasses for your ears, as the company describes it.

Last week, the company announced the H2, its first Bluetooth model. I’ve had the chance to use it over a couple of weeks, and there’s plenty to like – gimmicks or not.

As with previous Even products, the H2 asks you to perform a hearing test upon first listen. The headphones play back sounds at various frequencies – repeated for each ear – and prompt you to press a button as soon as you detect the music.

While at a basic level, it appears to be a glorified equalizer, it does work – at least for my tastes. I’ve always preferred headphones with a slight U-shaped sound signature – slightly boosted sub-bass and treble in particular – and Even’s tuning delivered exactly that. In a testament to Even’s consistency, the sound seemed almost identical to the result I got with last year’s H1:

In my case, Even gave a boost to the sub-bass region and tiny boost to the treble. That took me aback, because it’s basically exactly how I would have normally EQ’d the headphones myself. It’s also worth noting that I tried the test several times, and except for one outlier where the left ear seemed much louder than the right, the headphones seemed tuned exactly the same way every instance.

The difference this time around is that the H2 can store multiple ear profiles thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, which comes in handy if you have to share headphones or want to create different profiles for different settings. After all, your hearing in a quiet room is probably better than, say, a crowded subway.