Lindy BNX-60 Bluetooth ANC headphones review
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.
On 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.
Naturally, you get lights to indicate that the ANC is on and Bluetooth status.
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.
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).
The 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.
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 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