Groov-e Join

Verdict

The Groov-e Join’s value makes them a lovely pair for informal listeners on a good funds, however there are extra completed sounding efforts when you select to spend extra.

Execs

  • Light-weight, snug design
  • Lengthy battery life
  • Cheap value
  • Good growth mic high quality

Cons

  • Barely complicated controls
  • Too vivid with treble and too flat with bass
  • Fuzzy, imprecise sense of element and definition with music
  • Bluetooth tops out at SBC

Availability

  • UKRRP: £24.99
  • USATBC
  • EuropeTBC
  • CanadaTBC
  • AustraliaTBC

  • Removable growth micAdd a growth mic for workplace calls

  • Collapsible designFold the headphones up when not in use

Introduction

I don’t imply to make you’re feeling responsible when shopping for new headphones, however there’s a number of of you who’d favor to tuck into one thing reasonably priced than pay for a premium expertise.

And with good purpose. It’s true that not everybody can afford costly headphones, and a few could not even actually need to purchase the most effective, merely one thing that may do for day-to-day listening.

Which is why headphones just like the Groov-e Join is likely to be a godsend. At £24.99 they’re not going to bust your pockets into items, and for many who simply have to get from A to B, a cheap pair of headphones will do.

However headphones nonetheless need to hit that mark of high quality, no matter value. Is the Groov-e Join profitable in its targets? Listed here are my ideas.

Design

  • Light-weight design
  • Comfy to put on
  • Monitor skipping/quantity controls are a bit complicated

The Groov-e Join are on-ears, and when you’re acquainted with the sort of headphone or have come throughout them earlier than in your seek for a brand new one, you’ll pay attention to the professionals and cons. The query is how nicely any on-ear can efficiently (or unsuccessfully) navigate the minefield of consolation, aesthetics and construct high quality. Within the case of the Groov-e, it scores in direction of the constructive finish of the spectrum.

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Sure, the Groov-e Join is unashamedly plastic, however construct high quality is appropriate. I nonetheless can’t inform in the event that they’re black, inexperienced or a mixture of the 2 (the Groov-e web site says black), so whereas they’re not going to seize the eye in your head, their understated appears gained’t wholly tarnish your sense of style by a lot both. They’ll in all probability go nicely along with your camo gear.

They’re additionally snug to put on; the plastic development lends it a light-weight body, the padding on the underside of the scarf ensures it sits nicely on the top and the earcups have a very good quantity of sponginess to them that they don’t pin the ears again. My ears heat up a bit utilizing these headphones, however not by an uncomfortable diploma. It additionally helps that the clamping drive is mild, however that doesn’t imply these are on-ears that’ll slip off your head.

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The onboard controls are the one side of the Groov-e Join that do really feel low cost, because the clicks of button presses make working the Join really feel primary. Controls cowl observe skipping, quantity, playback and calling up the cellular machine’s good assistant, they usually’re accessible on the left ear-cup, which confuses me since I’m so used to controls being on the fitting.

Confusingly, a faucet on what you assume are the amount controls skip forwards or backwards – it seems a maintain modifications quantity, which I believe is asking for issues – it should be the opposite means spherical. A USB-C and three.5mm enter make up the remainder of the furnishings on the on-ears.

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Like all on-ear, there’s not a lot safety towards the surroundings round you. I can attest these aren’t headphones you’ll put on on the tube until you need to give individuals the impression that you simply don’t need to be talked to. The Groov-e Join collapses if you wish to stash them in a bag (they don’t include a carry case).

Options

  • 30 hours battery
  • SBC Bluetooth
  • Common name high quality efficiency

On-ears don’t boast essentially the most options – the Sony WH-CH520 are a relative outlier – so there’s no companion app and no EQ presets. These headphones are exceedingly easy.

Battery life is claimed to be 30 hours in complete, which is fairly good for a pair of headphones at this value. My testing exhibits that after 4 hours of streaming a Spotify playlist, the Groov-e Join have been nonetheless at 90%, so 30 hours is greater than doable with these headphones.

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Bluetooth help equates to five.1 and the SBC codec, which is the bottom high quality codec for streaming audio.

The power of the wi-fi connection is one which’s been up and down. It was principally advantageous within the areas of Waterloo that I walked via, however would falter in areas the place there weren’t many individuals or a lot interference, stuttering in an uncomfortable method for longer than anticipated.

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You should use the Groov-e Join for calls because it comes with a removable growth mic for workplace conferences and the standard of the growth mic was superb within the Zoom calls I used it for. When you have been to make use of it for calls via a cellular machine, the Join are common by way of efficiency. They’re good to make use of in quiet areas however much less so in busier ones, with leakage of surrounding noise affecting what may be heard. On the very least, you might pull double duties when you want a headphone to make use of for workplace conferences.

Sound High quality

  • Unfocused treble efficiency
  • Respectable vocal high quality
  • Struggles with bass extension

Take note the RRP is £25, and expectations need to be real looking about what the Groov-e can do. Whereas the Groov-e Join performs okay there are some clear limitations.

The Join conjures up a large soundstage – larger than the WH-CH520 at occasions – and by way of their tone they err in direction of the hotter finish of the size. They’re first rate with voices, that are clear sufficient and reproduced with out sibilance.

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However throughout the frequency vary, there’s a scarcity of outright readability, definition and sharpness that generates a fuzziness to the Groov-e Join’s efficiency – as if there’s a fog shrouding its efficiency. It affords a broad sense of element in that I can hear the devices in Linkin Park’s Someplace I Belong and get a really feel for the timbre of how they sound, however in addition they all sound distant and undefined with that fuzzy definition in impact.

With the SBC codec you gained’t be listening to Tidal and Qobuz Hello-res audio streams any time quickly, and the heat of Tidal Grasp streams doesn’t do the headphone’s sense of element any favours, however Spotify Free or Premium could be advantageous.

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With Andreas Ihlebæk’s Come Summer season, the Groov-e Join handles the highest finish of the frequency vary with loads of brightness, however it’s one other occasion the place the Groov-e’s ranges of definition doesn’t assist its trigger. Whereas the brightness to the piano notes is welcome, they’re each a bit too sparkly in tone and lack a transparent sense of definition. After some time the treble may be fatiguing.

Bass is one other side of the frequency vary I’m undecided about both. There’s a sense of bass in Derrick Hodge’s Heartbeats with its regular thump all through the observe, however it’s lower off with not a lot depth or extension. When coping with tracks which have vivid treble and deep bass like Heartbeats, the Groov-e can sound muddled in its description of the soundstage in addition to inexplicit within the ranges of element it affords to the observe. That results in a imprecise and jumbled sounding efficiency.

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Do you have to purchase it?

When you’re on a good funds:

£25 for a pair of headphones (£17.49 immediately from Groov-e) is a superb value, extra so when you’re after headphones for informal listening.

If sound high quality issues:

The Groov-e Join’s sense of definition and element isn’t nice, neither is its efficiency with treble or bass. At its worst, it may sound muddled and a bit fatiguing with its treble efficiency.

Ultimate Ideas

The Groov-e Join are a really reasonably priced pair of on-ears, and worth is the principle precedence right here. There are issues they get proper such because the transportable design, consolation and battery life.

And whereas it sounds first rate, it struggles to explain both finish of the frequency vary with a lot authority. Treble may be too sparkly to the purpose the place it fatigues, whereas bass lacks depth and feels flat. Their help for the SBC Bluetooth doesn’t give them a leg up by way of audio high quality both.

With the value in thoughts, the Groov-e Join are an honest choice when you’re on a strict funds, however you are able to do higher. Each the SoundMagic P23BT and Sony WH-CH520 can be found at twice the value, and if sound high quality slightly than affordability is the prime purpose for a brand new pair of on-ears, these two provide an apparent step up.

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FAQs

What Bluetooth codecs does the Groov-e Join help?

The Groov-e Join solely helps SBC Bluetooth, so AAC and aptX aren’t obtainable.

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