Lindy BNX-60 Bluetooth ANC headphones review

Lindy BNX-60 headphones

£89.99
8.5

Build quality

9.0/10

Sound quality

7.5/10

Design

8.5/10

Ease of use

9.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Look good
  • Feel good
  • Carrying case and extra bits
  • Good price for ANC cans
  • Volume dial

Cons

  • EQ needs tweaking

lindy bnx-60 logo sizedThe Lindy BNX-60 are the latest wireless headphones from Lindy and were announced at last month’s CES 2016.

You may recall that I have previously reviewed Lindy’s larger noise cancellers, the Cromo NCX-100. These proved to be pretty darned good for the money. Can Lindy do the same with the wireless BNX-60?

Well, let’s have a look shall we?

Lindy BNX-60 design

The Lindy BNX-60 headphones are very compact and finished in a neat matte black finish.

Most of the headphones appear to be made of a good quality plastic with a slightly rubberised feel to it. This leads me to believe that they will be able to handle being caught in a rain shower and should be slightly rugged.

As is the way with Bluetooth cans, the controls are located on the ear cups.

lindy bnx-60 volume and anc sizedOn the right ear cup is where you’ll find the active noise cancelling (ANC) on/ off switch. Next to that is what I think is a really quaint touch, in a good way. The volume control is a wheel rather than simple up and down buttons as you would normally expect to find.

lindy bnx-60 playback controls sizedOver on the left side is the usual assortment of forward, back, play/pause and call answering functions dealt out between three raised buttons.

lindy bnx-60 usb port sizedAs well as these controls there’s a covered micro USB port for charging.

Naturally, you get lights to indicate that the ANC is on and Bluetooth status.

lindy bnx-60 lights sizedAnother nice touch is the inclusion of a single headphone cable port so, should your BNX-60 run out of charge, you can continue listening to music using a wired connection.

Also packaged in the bundle is a decent hard case. In the hard case is a detachable, velcro fixed, zipped pouch which houses the 3.5mm audio cable, micro USB lead for recharging and the airplane and 6.3mm adapters.

Lindy BNX-60 performance

The Lindy BNX-60 have a reasonable output from their 40mm neodymium drivers and without the ANC switched on the aptX Bluetooth 4.1 does a decent enough job.

lindy bnx-60 headphones stood sizedOnce you switch on the active noise cancelling, however, there appears to be a significant boost. This not only affects the the volume but also seems to bring the entire soundstage forward.

Also, when you flick off the ANC you suddenly become aware of all the ambient noise from within the cans. It’s an odd sensation.

Operating the headphones when being worn is simple enough. It is made easier due to the central play button having a little raised nipple.

Again, my love for the volume dial is hugely down to its intuitive and simple control.

Lindy BNX-60 sound quality

Let me just kick off by saying that the noise cancelling on these Bluetooth cans works. Lindy states that it banishes around 85% of noise and I would estimate that’s correct.

Watching Arrow (I am a late-comer to this series) on my lunch breaks through the BNX-60s in the office makes the whole thing a lot more engaging. Thanks to the isolation from those padded cups as well as the ANC, people have to punch me in order to disturb my hour away from doing worky work (I tend to write things for GadgetyNews in this time).

lindy bnx-60 headphone cups sizedThe sound is pretty good without being thrilling. Everything seems to be dialled in with a preference to mids and low mids when the noise cancelling is off. The highs and bass do seem to be rolled off a tad.

Flicking that ANC switch to the on position is almost like coming from listening to a gig from the bar to being in the main room. It is that different. This leads me to suspect that there’s more to this on/off button than just removing outside noise.

lindy bnx-60 inner cups sizedWith the ANC on you get a more punchy low-mid range, sparky highs and a good defined mid. The bass can get a little muddy depending on what you’re listening too though.

Listening to music is a mixed bag with these to be honest. Pop and well mixed, radio friendly rock was fine. The BNX-60 seemed to love old school Hip Hop too.

80s/90s mixes seemed to fair best – think Scary Monsters/Let’s Dance era Bowie, Soft Cell, The Smiths, and most modern electronica as they also seem to like the late 80s EQ curve.

Turning to more piano and voice lead tunes, however, things started to go missing. Orchestral pieces didn’t fare that well either with some of the lower strings losing themselves amongst the percussion and lower woods and brass.

What I did find was that films and box set series came over really well with dialogue being rich and effects punchy.

Hands-free calls were clear with the ANC making hearing the other person no problem at all.

Lindy BNX-60 comfort

The well padded headband and earcups makes these headphones really comfortable to wear over long periods.

lindy bnx-60 headband sizedAlso, the articulations on the band and at the cups makes finding the perfect fit really easy. There was just enough tension to keep them on my head too.

Lindy BNX-60 battery life

It takes three hours to charge the BNX-60 from empty to full battery.

For that you get 30 hours using the wired connection and ANC, or 15 hours just using Bluetooth without ANC.

Using the cans wireless and with the ANC switched on you’re looking at getting 12 hours of tunes which should see you through a few commutes before needing to hook up the micro USB to charge them again.

Lindy BNX-60 review conclusion

These are really good looking compact Bluetooth headphones with the added benefit of active noise cancelling and the option to have them wired.

I found the sound of these ok without ANC, pretty good with the noise cancelling and then really noisy when I switched the cancelling off again, when walking around.

I do think there’s some EQ/Amp as well as the noise cancelling kicking in when you flick that switch but it does serve to keep the noise out.

If you watch movies or box sets on your mobile device or laptop then these highly portable noise cancelling Bluetooth cans will suit you.

If you’re looking to play anything from Jazz to Prog, there’s probably better options out there but you might have to dig deeper in to your pockets too.

Lindy BNX-60 specifications at a glance
  • 10m Wireless Range (depending on environment)
  • 40mm high output drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Impedance: 32Ohm passive mode / 100Ohm Active Noise Cancelling mode
  • Sensitivity (1mW@1KHz ±3dB): Passive 93dB ANC 103dB Bass 104dB
  • Nominal THD: Passive <0.1%@ 1KHz / Active <0.5% @ 1KHz
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • 3.5mm Stereo Jack Socket for detachable 3.5mm audio cable