Even H2 Wireless Headphones with EarPrint Technology is a superbly intuitive model that utilises cutting-edge ‘EarPrint’ technology to mould the sound your individual listening profile. Liberate yourself from wires and cables by embracing this flagship Bluetooth model.
These high-performing headphones also offer a stunning aesthetic thanks to their real walnut ear cups coupled with brushed metal and leather.
The design of the Even H2 are refined and mature with its real walnut wood, metal, and leather construction. The headband and ear pads are made of PU leather, which make for a comfortable listening experience but there is quite a bit of clamping force, which may be uncomfortable during long listening sessions. The headphone forks and band are made of smooth metal and the ear cups are made of real walnut wood.
With that in mind, the H2 feel like a premium headphone, which is impressive for such a young company. However, fit and finish leave something to be desired.
The real walnut is a nice touch, however the port cutouts for the microUSB and 3.5mm headphone jack ports are a bit rough. Worst of all, though, the buttons feel cheap and make a hollow clicky sound when pressed. Plus, it’s easy to mix them up since the play/pause button isn’t textured.
In addition to the three playback buttons, there’s an “EarPrint” button, which toggles your customized EQ and doubles as a power button – but we’ll cover more about the EarPrint technology in the Performance section below.
The headphones fold up nicely to fit in the included case for travel. Also included in the box is a nice braided microUSB cable for charging and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable in case you run out of battery.
The Even H2 served as my main headphones for about two months. Outside of the ear-cup-inversion issue, the on-ear cans were very comfortable. I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that my ears are so small that the cups actually sat over my ears, rather than on them. That’s fine by me, since I prefer over-ear headphones to on-ear ones anyway. But some of my colleagues with normal-size ears said the cans sat comfortably on their ears without exerting any uncomfortable pressure.
The leather-wrapped memory foam has a medium-firm consistency that’s soft enough to cradle your ears but firm enough to create a competent seal to get some passive noise cancellation going. The swiveling ear cups also make it easier for the headphones to conform with your head. I’ve worn the Even H2 for up to 2 hours at a time without experiencing any ill effects.
All that premium material means that, at 10.6 ounces, the Even H2 is a bit heavier than most headphones. Despite the wooden ear cups, they’re an ounce heavier than the 9.6-ounce Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless headphones.
This technology has been uniquely developed by Even and is a genuine enhancement to your listening experience. The model includes a simple and quick listening test (which is performed via the H2 app on your iOs or Apple phone), which perfectly tunes the headphones to match your unique hearing style.
By matching the sound of the headphones to your hearing, you can listen to your favourite tunes with unprecedented clarity and detail. The results are saved onto the model so you only need to take the test once.
A quick double tap on the Even button starts the process, with Sarah advising you that you’re going to hear eight tracks in each ear. As soon as you hear the track, you press the Even button to lock it in and move on to the next. The entire process takes about 3 minutes. Once my EarPrint was created, it was stored in the free companion app, which can hold unlimited EarPrints, in case you’re sharing your headphones with a friend or loved one.
After you’ve created your EarPrint, you can enable or disable it with a quick tap of the Even button.
You can use the H2 without the EarPrint enabled, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Don’t get me wrong: The sound was fine for the most part; it was balanced and clear. But it also sounded cold and rather distant. Once I enabled the EarPrint, it sounded like a warmth was injected into my music, and I could hear more detail. Best of all, I didn’t have to raise my volume to more than 50 percent.
The Beyerdynamic Aventho also creates a custom sound profile, but whereas Even administers a test of sorts, Beyerdynamic profiles are currently based on your year of birth and enhance certain frequencies to compensate for rigors of aging. However, the company is currently working with Mimi Hearing Technology to integrate the latter’s hearing test of specific frequencies in both ears. The feature is currently in beta on Android and iOS.
Connecting the Even H2 to my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was a quick, straightforward process. As soon as you power on the headphones, you’ll hear a friendly female voice named Sarah informing you it’s looking for something to pair to.
That’s your cue to go to the Bluetooth menu and click the Even H2. From there, you’ll hear an enthusiastic “Yes, connected!” and you’re good to go.
As it’s the marquee feature, let’s start off by talking about Even’s EarPrint feature.
When you first pair and set up the Even H2, you are given what’s basically a hearing test. I recommend doing the test in a quiet room. The onboard voice talks you through every step clearly and it’s nice having a friendly voice walk you through the test and features of the headphone. However, her bubbly nature can get annoying, especially when she says “Yes! Connected!” each time you fire up the headphones.
After your EarPrint test, you’re given a visual representation of how good your hearing is for various frequencies. The app gives you a nice explanation about what each frequence represents, like the human voice or windchimes. You can take the EarPrint test as many times as you’d like and switch between different EarPrints in different listening environments, which is a nice addition.
In terms of sound quality, the Even H2 are an exciting sounding headphone with loads of bass. While the H2 sound relatively neutral with EarPrint turned off, the headphone cranks the bass response even when our EarPrint noted that our ears’ could pick up bass frequencies at “soft” volumes.
While the EarPrint equalization made music sound exciting, it added too much bass for our liking, especially in jazz and classical recordings. Additionally, the headphones have a noisy Bluetooth connection which is especially noticeable when music is off or playing softly, like with Bill Evans’ solo piano tracks.
While we wished for a more neutral presentation, we can see why many love the sound quality of the Even H2: Music sounds bright and exciting for mainstream music. However, your listening experience will largely depend on how good your hearing is. A good way to test if you’ll like the H2 is by going on Even’s website and taking the EarPrint test using a web browser. The company also offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you want to try them out yourself.
The model showcases both integrated Bluetooth, a 20-hour battery life and are foldable, empowering you to listen to your music and experience Even’s innovative technology everywhere and anywhere.