Blue Satellite test and review

Distinguishes you from the crowd

Has both active noise cancellation and amplification built-in – and it presents problems.

In a jungle of headphones there are now models with active noise cancellation that are among the most popular.

In our most comprehensive test of the best and most expensive models with this feature, the B&O Play ‘H9i is the throne at the top, closely followed by models from Sony, Bose, KEF and Bowers & Wilkins.

Earlier, we have tested good Blue products, and are now ready with their wireless competitors and have active noise cancellation; Blue Satellite. In addition, these can tempt you with their own built-in amplifier.

The price is a few dog tags over our favorites from B&O Play. In other words, you have to pay out just under five thousand kroner for one copy.

Quirky design

The bells have a design that separates you from the crowd.

Last, we tested some headphones from the company het de Lola , and the new Satellite model inherited some of the appearance of these. These are the headphones for those who want to stand out a bit from the crowd.

Satellite is built very solid, where it apparently is not spared of good materials.

The bells are drop-shaped, with the thickest part facing the barrel, and our test piece is the white edition with brown leather on the pillows. You also get a black variant as something more anonymous than this variation.

At first glance, the color choices seemed a bit weird, but as we tested them, more in the editorial team have gotten more and more senses for them.

The padding of the bells is solid and good.

The sleeve has a special fabric on the underside that helps distinguish the design of this headset from other headphones.

Low battery with all on

The headset has a total of four elements. And with the amplifier on, it means you only get 8 hours of battery life.

As we have mentioned, this big headphone is the least of them. Our weight says that they weigh just over 380 grams, and the reason is simply that Blue has to put in a very battery so battery life would not be a complete crisis. The active noise cancellation and analog amplifier are very demanding. The battery is virtually twice as big as the battery found in Bose’s QC35 model.

Basically, you can use these bells around 24 hours between each visit to the charger. But should you drive on with all the good things activated, ie with noise cancellation and amplification, this time falls down to eight hours. In other words, you may be having trouble keeping your watch on a longer flight.

On the one hand, you can turn on noise cancellation and amplifier.

This is a headset that fits best in the chair at home, where you never have far to the charger, nor need to walk much around. Although the bell is good at clamping the bells very well to your head. For the undersigned, these bells become a bit too intense over time, and could be softer in the bell to score maximum comfort. For otherwise they are actually very comfortable.

Scary buttons

The power button is hard to press and does not light in different colors to indicate whether the headset is turned on or off.

You can find the power button on the bottom of one clock. And this is hopeless. Firstly, it’s quite hard to squeeze in, and secondly, there are no good indications of whether or not the bells are on or off.

The rest of the buttons are placed in a small circle around the fastening between the bells and the bell. These are also small and lumpy to use when you have their heads on the head, where we have had to remove the headset several times to find the button we were looking for.

Here, more time could be spent making the buttons more recognizable, such as having a small difference between the different buttons, so the job of separating them had gone more seamlessly.

The biggest problem, however, is that you do not receive any response in the form of different lights or a voice when you try to turn the product on or off if you try to turn on the noise cancellation or turn on the amplifier.

Proper noise cancellation

You can still notice when the active noise cancellation works, because these bells are actually quite good at swallowing unwanted noise. They still have a way to go before they can tuck the best variants from Sony and Bose, but their regular office work is doing well.

Now it should also be mentioned that the cushions and the construction itself are good at the passive noise cancellation.

Unfortunately, we did not test these bells on an airplane, but we tested both bus and subway. Here Satellite is doing well enough, but if you are on the go, we would consider other alternatives first.

Delicious, warm sound

Sound quality is one of the crucial factors for a good headphone, and here Blue shows itself from its better side.

The sound has a warm sound and will probably not fall into taste with the very most neutral purists. But there are probably also many who prefer this sound rather than a flat, neutral sound.

The bass is quite heavy and powerful, especially if you turn on the analog amplifier. At the same time, you get a little “loudness” feeling to activate it, where the volume also spits up a few notches. At the same time, the lighter shades are slightly sharper, although they could be more resolved.

The middle tune is not as good as we could wish for here. The slightly lower frequencies are quite solid and support well over the swollen bass, but if you listen to music with bright voices, such as Eva Cassidy, the voice will not be as fresh and sharp as we would like to hear it.

However, the headphones have a fairly airy and broad stereo perspective, so the totals are a rather enjoyable experience when it comes to listening.

Summary

The sound you get in these new Blue Headphones is warm, and will probably fall in taste for many. With a warm and balanced sound, it is a lot of fun for hours of music enjoyment.

That is, so many hours you do not have to use all the features the company has put in. With everything turned on, you only have 8 hours of service before the charger arrives, and it’s simply too little versus the best options you get at this price.

At the same time, the bells become big and lumpy by having to accommodate so much equipment under the same roof. The headset is undoubtedly distinctive and tough in design, but falls a bit out of the best when the size and weight become so great. The bell could also be a bit slower, because the bells are squeezing a lot.

Additionally, the headset operation is a bit loose, led by an off and on button that is hard to push while providing little information about the headset is in the form of different lights or voices.

Blue Satellite has a fairly well-functioning noise cancellation, and along with well-padded cushions, much of the unwanted noise comes out of the world. Although there are still a couple of steps up to the market leaders from Sony and Bose.

Looking at the sound in isolation, it will tempt many with its warm and resolved sound, but pulling from the drawbacks and the high price, it’s a bit to work on before Blue Satellite fits the best on the market.

Comparison with competitors

Better at most

SONY WH-1000XM2

If you are on the move, and at the same time fly a part, these watches from Sony will soon become a good companion. Here you will get a pair of head clocks that combine sensors, which measure pressure to give you the best noise cancellation while keeping them comfortable and balanced.

Here you also get many hours of battery usage, where you listen to music up to 30 hours between each visit to the charger.

Also, the price is not entirely dissuasive, at which time you can spend just over three thousand kroner for a copy.

The best sound

BANG & OLUFSEN BEOPLAY H9I

Of all the headphones we’ve tested, these bells from B & O Play throne at the top of the throne. These headphones are not the best at active noise cancellation, although they have improved from the previous generation of H9.

But on audio quality, you get an explosion of quality, where a very dynamic and wide sound image gives you time out and hour in with pleasure.

At the same time, the clocks have a very good building quality, and not least sparkling good comfort. The price is almost the same as Blue Headphones, but H9i is, in our opinion, a much better product.

Good sound, but ease of use is simply pretty cool

Benefits

  • Warm and full sound
  • Own amplifier built-in
  • Solid and massive construction
  • Good noise cancellation

Things to think about

  • Animal
  • Heavy to wear
  • Clamps too much
  • Reduce battery life if you use amplifier and noise cancellation
  • Crunchy operation

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