Accessory maker Boat has been launching products at a steady pace while addressing the market at multiple prices. We’ve tested the Boat Bassheads 225 budget earphones in the past, as well as the Boat Rockerz 400 which was a wireless headset. The company has now launched the Boat Bassheads 950, a pair of wired over-the-ear headphones, priced at Rs. 1,299. Is it worth the price it commands, or should you opt for one? We review it to find out.
Boat Baseheads 950 Design and Specifications
When you unbox the Boat Bassheads 950 you can mistake it for a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones, as there are no wires attached to the main body. The headphones are made of plastic but the metallic finish gives the device a premium look. The earcups of these headphones fold inward, which makes the Baseheads 950 easy to fold and store.
We found the headset to be lightweight, and the cushioned headband makes it comfortable to wear. You can adjust the headband for length. We found the clamping force to be average. Both earcups have 2.5mm sockets for the audio cable that is bundled in the box. The audio cable houses a Y-splitter with microphone and a multi-function button on the left. This opens up the option for users to swap the cable for a new one in case it gets damaged. Boat Rexin offers ear cushions that are comfortable when worn, but these will leave your ears feeling warm after using the headset for a long time.
The Boat Bassheads 950 sports 40mm drivers in each earcup, but the company hasn’t revealed its frequency range and impedance. The company could also have included a pouch to store these headphones.
Boat Bassheads 950 Performance
We tested the Boat Bassheads 950 using a MacBook Air and a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which still retains the 3.5mm headphone socket. We used JioSaavn and YouTube for music streaming and played some high-resolution FLAC files of our own.
The Boat Bassheads 950 has that bass-heavy sonic signature, with only a slight spike in the highs. We are not surprised because the company proudly advertises it in the name of the product. At low volumes, we noticed that the low-end tends to dominate the other frequencies. However, at higher volumes, the mids were slightly better. If you like boomy bass, the Bassheads 950 delivers on that front, but we found the overall audio quality to be muddy. In some songs that are bass-heavy, we can feel a tingling in our ears.
The sound produced by these headphones does not distort at high volumes when playing from a laptop or smartphone. Cable noise is low, and we found the stereo separation to be good for the price. The sound imaging could have been better, as it is not easy to focus on a single instrument in a song. Listening to high-resolution audio makes these headphones sound a bit better.
We made a few calls using the Boat Bassheads 950, and our callers had no problem hearing us, but audio quality was overall average. When watching videos, we wished the mids would have been more impressive since I struggled to hear the dialogue at times. We also played PUBG Mobile wearing these headphones and we did not face any problem.
We found the Bassheads 950 to sound quite loud, and the on-ear design resulted in some leakage at higher volumes, but not to the extent that someone sitting nearby would recognize what you’re hearing.
In a fiercely competitive market, the Boat Bassheads 950 seems to make up for what it offers. It faces serious competition from products like the Boat Rockerz 400, which offers Bluetooth functionality for a little bit of a premium. If you prefer in-ear earphones, the Boat Rockerz 225 and Boult Audio ProBass Curve are strong choices.
- light and comfortable
- detachable cable
- repressed mids
- sloppy audio output
- strictly average build quality
Rating (out of 5)
- Design: 2
- Audio Quality: 2
- VFM: 2
- Overall: 2.5