Review: TaoTronics TT-EP01 – Pile it High and Sell it Cheap! NC Earphones of Matchless Value for Money

TaoTronics TT-EP01

TaoTronics TT-EP01s famous high-quality earphones with ANC belong to an extensive range of extremely affordable in-ear headphones, most of the company’s audio products are usually below $100 and are capable of ensuring utmost value for your money. Being low on budget imposes to be attentive on how you spend your money; opting for the cheap gadgets might save you money in but sacrifice for performance.

Sometimes “The great ones don’t come cheap” but unexpectedly the TT-EP01 doesn’t go along with that mantra. Obviously, they have their flaws, yet offer an impressive amount of quality for what appears to be less than 

I prefer the convenience of sporting earphones over a standard set of headphones a lot of times. And when you want something at least a bit high-end, it’s even harder to find budget earphones that have an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature, especially a quality one. On top of that, if you also have never experienced what music listening with NC is, it might be harder to judge if the feature is worth spending additional money. If that’s the case for you, let TaoTronics TT-EP01 be your best first frugal purchase.


The TT-EP01 produced by TaoTronics is a very popular and much demanded earphone with active noise cancellation under $50. ANC is a very desired utility that TaoTronics provides very effectively. They have a sustainable build, impeccable linearity but minimal treble.

Key Features

  • Good and in my opinion very neutral sound
  • Large frequency spectrum range
  • Valuable processing
  • Very good price / performance ratio

TaoTronics TT-EP01 Review

Made of plastic and aluminum, they show no flaws in regards to build quality. The ear hooks are a great extension likewise, and if you ever underwent the annoying moments when the earphones slip out of your ears even when just casually listening, then you’ll wholly value their importance.

It seems like TaoTronics doesn’t shy away from using quality materials, and that was noticed at the inspection of both units, the cable made of rubber isn’t compromised either. Had they been water resistant, these headphones would have been worthy of the best earphones for sport, but unluckily this isn’t the case. You might think those are some big words, but boy wait until I tell you how magical the sound felt in my ears.

The in-ears proved themselves as being rather robust, surpassing any expectation I was having for a pair of earphones with active noise reduction this cheap; By this time I was already fairly impressed.




Traveling, Casual listening

3 Ear tips, 3 Ear hooks, Charging cable, Airplane audio adapter, User manual

These earphones, in defiance of its much attainable price tag, have a sound response to be highly praised of which stereophonic rendering and sound linearity is irreproachable. Pleasantly to say, I was grinning of happiness due to the smart investment that I’ve made. Somewhere around this point, I remembered the uprise in price of the old, famous Sony MDR-XB50 earphones which were the best among bassy earphones, and all I could think of was: “There might be a high probability that these headphones will undertake the same surge in price

Speaking of bass, TT-EP01s goes low deep in sound and everything in this section feels smooth and tight. The whole bass segment and the first half of midrange is of an admirable flatness which you hardly see even in most professional studio headphones. After this balanced zone, the sonic spectrum continues with a slightly progressive wave which marks two important subtle ascensions in the mid-range at 1.5 kHz and also between 3 and 7 kHz . The vocals are a bit upfront and lightly more engaging than the entire spectrum.

The sound response doesn’t suffer any distortion on its entirety. It is very close to the sound source, and the sound itself has a satisfying sense of warmth and equilibrium which doesn’t feel dull nor bland. The treble has a shorter lifespan, heavily descending down to -10 dB until the mark of 15.000 Hz and then dies out swiftly. At the top of the brilliance the sound lacks a bit of air; Eventually, with some high-pitched sounds going amiss, the timbre feels smooth and as the audio spectrum doesn’t go much beyond those frequencies, the musicality is also smooth.

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I haven’t gotten into the ANC feature, but to keep it simple and short: It isn’t the best, yet not the worst. To phrase it more compelling, the active noise reduction is that good I still cannot figure how is being offered 3 times cheaper than a pair of high-end Bluetooth earphones, The noise reduction of TT-EP01 is as effective (…or more) than the WF-1000X true wireless earbuds from Sony.

These earphones are already insanely favorable to anyone who seeks some cheap thrills. The only complain that I have is strictly related to the quality of sound when ANC is activated, but other than it there’s no legitimate reason not to get this pair of wireless in-ears. Lastly, the only issue remaining is the not so intuitive interface that does not show the battery level.


  • Powerful Active Noise Reduction
  • Sound of extreme accuracy and flatness
  • Effective entry-level audio earphones
  • Battery lasts up to 15 h
  • Decent Microphone


  • Battery doesn’t appear on interface
  • Treble not as wide as expected


A lot of times make sense to save money and buy the most inexpensive stuff, but draw mindfully the line that separates the cheap from the effective.

When you’re short on money, you don’t have many options, but if you genuinely desire to make every dollar count, I cannot recommend you more than enough to buy TaoTronics TT-EP01. Even if your budget is missing a few more dollars, several exemplary aspects about them will convince you entirely to overspend a bit now and enjoy the rewards for the next few years without the need to change or upgrade to another pair of headphones.

On the road, plane, car, and always noisy? The ANC these headphones have is glorious and extremely competent, it blocks up to 20 dB, and is head and shoulders above anything else in the same price range. Same goes with the stereophonic rendering, workmanship, and convenience.

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