The TCL MoveAudio S600 are a set of wireless headphones that go in your ears. I start this article with that description because if you are one of those people who don’t find it comfortable to put things in your ears, well, you may think these are not for you, but read on because they might be.
The hardware would look familiar to anyone who has been looking at these types of headphones. They look very much like the other offerings in this category, but are available in black or white which is nice. But as they say the devil is in the details. My daily drive for wireless headphones on my daily walk are a different brand and, as much as I love the sound and integration with my ecosystem, the fit in my ear is not perfect. They never fall out of my ear, but they often feel like that are going to.
When looking at the S600 I thought they would fit even worse as they look bigger. But to my surprise, they actually fit really well in my ears. They feel like a solid fit, but not uncomfortable. Another thing I like about the fit is that they ship with four different size rubber thingys that go in your ear. So I would imagine no matter what size and shapes your ears are, these are worth a try to see how they fit.
In regards to features, the S600 have quite a few worth mentioning. They have active noise cancelling which works well. In fact, it worked better than I was expecting with a set of headphones at this price range. At the time of writing the S600 retail for around $143 AUD. Whilst not industry leading, the active noise cancelling works really well. At the time of writing this review I am also reviewing a LTO tape drive, all you need to know about that is that it is not a quiet thing when it’s copying data onto the tape. It makes a rather annoying high pitched sound. So, in order to get work done in my office whilst testing it, I really needed to wear noise cancelling headphones.
Some of my other headphones cancel out the noise really well, so I thought I would try the TCL S600. I wasn’t expecting much, but I have to say they worked almost as well as headphones that cost twice as much.
You can also turn the noise cancelling on and off as well as having a transparency mode which allows you to not just have the noise cancelling off but it appear that the headphones use their mics to feed the sound around you in as well. They can detect when you take the headphones on and off and so pause what you’re listening to.
You also have touch functions. I found these a bit fiddly. It’s nice to have the options but I struggled to get used to how soft or hard to touch the touch points on the headphones. I am sure one would get used to it eventually, but it’s not instantly easy to come to grips with. Though after about a week of using them, I still find myself stopping playback, when what I wanted to do, was just adjust the placement of the headphones.
All these settings are controlled through the TCL app that you can download to your phone.
The S600 have a decent dust and water resistance rating of IP54. Bear in mind though they aren’t waterproof, so don’t go swimming with them, but they should be fine with a good gym work out or getting caught out in the rain.
They come with a charging case that can charge the headphones when they are in it and also the case can be charged wirelessly or via the USB-C connection on the bottom of the case.
The mics on the headphones are decent without being amazing. I tested them out on a phone call and the person on the other end could hear me just fine.
As for how they actually sound. I am by no means an audiophile but they sound good to me. I did find that they seem to have a bit more base than other headphones I prefer. I found this especially when listening to podcasts. The same host would sound like they have a slightly deeper voice than on my other headphones. Not a bad or a good thing, more of a personal preference.
There doesn’t seem to be any option for being able to change the EQ and therefore the feel of the sound on the headphones. Whilst this would not be a deal breaker for me, it would have been a nice feature to have.
Overall, all these features mean that the S600, whilst not the top of the line, are a good option for those looking for a good set of wireless headphones that won’t break the bank relatively speaking. For the money, I think they are a good buy.
The TCL MOVEAUDIO S600 is available from Amazon, Mobileciti and other online channels.
DRN would like to thank TCL for their on-going support.