Elephone ELE Whisper In Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones – Review
Ok, I must admit that the Ele Whisper took me by surprise and while I don’t like to judge a product by the price, well… I must admit that my initial expectations of these headphones weren’t so big.
Presentation and Specs
The design is pleasing to the eyes, they have excellent built quality for the money and they fit really nice into the ears. The little box that contains the noise cancelling module is actually made of metal.
Also these headphones pack some amazing technology inside. I am truly impressed by these headphones. I actually listened to them first, being impressed by how they actually sound. Only then I looked them up to see how these babies are built.
You can read all about the technical aspects on the product page, but I will go through some of them myself.
Let’s first talk about the noise cancelling feature. If you’ve read some of my reviews, you should know how much I value my ears and that I ask everyone to protect their hearing. I actually wrote a post about hearing safety right here. Considering this, I really like their motto: “Protect your hearing & Enjoy pure music”.
With the noise cancelling feature, you won’t feel the need of increasing the volume of the music over louder constant noise found in airplanes, buses, trains, etc.
Eliminate all kinds of mixed noises inside and outside the ear canal efficiently, no need to increase volume. Also it can let you hear the true voice，protect you ear and delay the aging of the hearing
The noise cancelling module contains a China Aerospace independent intellectual property rights, military-grade CASC863A chipset to ensure high quality noise cancelling.
There are frequencies where the Whisper manages to reduce noise up to 35 dB. This the graph that shows the noise reduction capabilities depending on the frequency:
I have tested them in similar situations to those above and I am not sure if the percentage is 100% correct and it might depend on each and everyone’s ear canal, but they are very effective in noise cancellation.
The noise cancellation control module is very small, ~3.9 cm^3 and it never managed to bother me.
Now let’s get to the specs/technology that is related to sound quality in normal listening conditions.
Ele says that whisper has an unique sound chamber structure with stereo sound cavity design, that can expand the stereoscopic sensation of sound field and restore true audio details.
The chamber is made of a lithium beryllium alloy composite that acts like a horn sounding unit with tri-band equalization fidelity.
The yellow graph bellow represents the frequency response of Whisper:
The Whisper also has an ergonomic design, as the plug is made of oval structures with ergonomic design patent. It fits to your ear canal without feeling any pain. And I actually think that the design is great as they are 100% right in what they say here. They are very comfortable compared to a lots of more expensive in ear headphones.
The noise cancelling module has battery that can lasts up to 25 hours of continuous use.
Listening Impressions and Tests
Regarding the isolation, the whisper doesn’t do much in this department. Sure, it reduces some ambient noise, but the real magic happens with the noise cancelling feature on, which isn’t the most clear I’ve heard as it inserts a little white noise, but overall it is quite effective and it helps a lot with constant noises like air conditioning, air purifies, vacuum cleaners, airplanes, etc.
The bass has a good punch, but it presents distortions on the sub bass area. Overall if the song doesn’t have too much information in that region, it performs ok.
The midrange is quite impressive on these headphones. All the instruments and vocals sound clean, detailed and well textured.
The treble overall is sparkly and lively but also showing good detail and extension.
Soundstage & Layering & Instrument Separation
The soundstage is roomy and has a very nice sense of air and space. I also felt that the scene is very nicely layered and holographical. The instrument separation is also very good. These are major pluses for classical music.
This is another area where these headphones surprised me. I’ve heard them everywhere, from ambient room noise to details that show in the instruments and voices.
The voices have a very good presence as they fill the room quite nicely, but also show good texturing and natural tonality.
I ended up loving the Ele Whisper. Ok, they aren’t perfect, but they offer a whole lot for the price. They really excel at classical music, instrumental and vocals and they can be quite addictive on those genres.
Added the really nice noise cancelling feature, the ergonomic & comfortable design, the build quality, these headphones are quite a steal at this price.
If you are interested, you should check their price at gearbest.