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Monoprice BT-600ANC Review

The ANC headphone game has become dominated by big brands. Typically, premium-priced headsets simply offer quality that justifies the cost. That being said, some users simply cannot afford the prices.

Luckily, some manufacturers pride themselves on being able to deliver quality that can compete with the best. And yet, still be affordable to the everyday user. 

Getting bang for your buck…

Monoprice has got to be one of the top names, if not the very top name, in the field. They are known for stripped-down designs that have no massive branding paint schemes and fancy frills. Instead, they just offer great quality and features that will last.

The BT-600ANC headset doesn’t come with a mass of marketing literature that promises a flurry of new things that will completely change the way you hear games. It promises nothing but a well-built, premium wireless sound quality experience for under $100.

So, I decided to try them out for my in-depth Monoprice BT-600ANC Review. Specifically to find out if they are the best budget wireless gaming headset that some claim them to be.

Design and Build

Monoprice BT-600ANC
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

The BT-600ANC headset comes in a stylish and robust hard case. The headset easily folds up to fit on one side of the case, while the other half is reserved for holding other accessories. 

The most distinguishing visual feature of the BT-600ANC is perhaps its grey color. At first, this might seem a strange decision. But, when held up against other headsets (let’s face it are almost always sold in black), the BT-600ANC has a somewhat more sophisticated look.

Fit and Comfort

As far as the weight is concerned, the BT-600 ANC doesn’t have substantial weight to them. But then again, in modern times, we’ve come to realize that weight is no longer synonymous with quality. 

They are lightweight enough to wear for hours, and the clamping force is just right. Bespectacled users can also rest assured that they won’t cause discomfort. All told, this is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets you can buy.

The ear cups are covered in a lovely soft leatherette material. Furthermore, a nice bonus is that the leatherette has been used to cover the outside of the cups where the touch controls are located. Thanks to this choice in material, the ear cups on the BT-600ANC headset have good passive isolation as well. 

Functionality and Battery Life


First off, there’s no auto-pause/play functionality on the BT-600ANC headset. The rest, however, is good news. As far as physical controls, there are three, and they’re all located on the right earcup. They are a bit tucked away towards the rear angle, so you could easily press the wrong one when getting used to them. 

The controls allow you to power the headset, enable Bluetooth connectivity, and switch between the different noise-canceling modes. Furthermore, the touch controls are excellent, probably the best of any headset at this price range. 

Everything at your fingertips…

They are all located on the right ear cup and make use of taps, double taps, and swipes. At first, the different combinations might seem a bit daunting to learn. However, once you’ve got them, they seem as natural as walking. You can play/pause, adjust volume, and accept calls.

The BT-600ANC also supports multi-point pairing, which is great if you’re someone who commutes a lot during the day. Pairing the device to an office PC, smartphone, and laptop was easy. Te BT-600ANC seamlessly transitions from one to the other as you move around and/or turn devices on and off. 

Excellent Battery Life

If design and controls don’t float your boat, the battery life wills surely impress anyone. The number is almost mind-boggling, but Monoprice claims a total battery life of 40 hours. Meaning it’s one of the longest battery life gaming headsets on the market.

When tested with music playing at 75% volume and noise-canceling activated, the BT-600 lasted around 36 hours. That is still more than enough for anyone’s needs. Additionally, other headsets can cost up to double the price of the BT-600ANC and still cannot match that kind of battery performance. 

One downside…

No doubt a necessary sacrifice to keep the cost as low as it is, the BT-600ANC does not support fast charging. Luckily, the folks at Monoprice realized how fatal this might be to a session. As a result, they made sure to include a 3.5m jack and cable so that you don’t have to stop no matter what.

Another unfortunate aspect is that there is no companion software for the BT-600ANC headset. Therefore, the sound character and equalization cannot be customized.

Sound Quality


One of the highlights of the BT600-ANC is that it supports a wide range of standard and high-quality codecs. In this field, it could be safe to say the BT600-ANC headset is unrivaled in its price range. Thereby making it one of the most versatile gaming headsets you can buy without breaking the bank.

The BT-600ANC will deliver not only the standard SBC and AAC for Apple devices but can support Qualcomm’s aptX high-resolution codecs. Additionally, the BT-600 ANC can transmit at 24-bit/48kHz resolution with a maximum bitrate of 576kbps. 

So, how do they sound?

There are going to be differing opinions depending on the context of the user. If you are a professional, you are looking for a pair of headphones that have a very good neutral frequency response because that is crucial for accurate mixing. However, the BT-600ANC headset does not possess this.

But, what it does have is a nice sound signature. One that will provide a pleasant and adequate audio experience to an everyday user or gamer who’s on a budget. 

The Mids and Lows

When it comes to bass, the BT-600ANC headset has a pronounced boost of around 100 to 200Hz. This gives a substance-heavy low-end to a tune like “If I had a Tail” by Queens of the Stone Age. Unfortunately, there is a steep drop-off in the sub-bass frequencies. 

The mid-range is where the lack of companion software will be most noticeable. There is a marked cut in the power from 500 to 100Hz. In turn, this makes most of the elements in songs seem reserved and timid, or just plain muddy and undefined. Therefore, vocal elements suffer the most. 

The Bright Spot

From 5kHz to 10kHz is where the BT-600ANC performs at its best. Sadly, this is because it is the range untouched by the headset’s internal sound-altering circuitry. Elements like backing brass and female backing vocals or high-pitched synth parts have great clarity and crispness.

However, those sounds tend to get a bit harsh when pushed to higher volumes. Once an element crosses the 101kHz mark, though, it is cut thanks to another steep drop-off. 

Mic Quality

The voice quality on the microphone is by no means good enough for any kind of recording or streaming content. But, it is more than adequate for phone calls in most indoor situations. 

Outdoors the ANC does work remarkably well. But, depending on the speaker’s voice and the surrounding area, it will deliver varying levels of performance on phone calls. 

Monoprice BT-600ANC Review – Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Well built.
  • Comfortable.
  • Multi-point pairing.
  • Decent touch controls.
  • High-resolution audio codecs.

Cons

  • Not the best mic quality if you want to do some serious recording.
  • Companion software not included.
  • No auto-play/pause.
  • No fast charging.

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Monoprice BT-600ANC Review – Conclusion

If you’re looking for an affordable wireless gaming headset and you’re not an audiophile or professional, it would be hard not to consider the Monoprice BT600ANC headset. As a budget headset, it ticks all the boxes. 


It’s well-priced, comes with remarkable battery life, is sturdy enough to last years, and will more than satisfy your everyday gaming or music needs. But, if you’re planning on doing voice recording or streaming, it would be better to get a dedicated mic. The Final Score is 7 out of 10.

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Joseph L. Hollen

Joseph is a session musician, writer, and filmmaker from south Florida. He has recorded a number of albums and made numerous short films, as well as contributing music to shorts and commercials. 

He doesn't get as much time to practice and play as he used to, but still manages (just about!) to fulfill all his session requests. According to Joseph, it just gets harder as you get older; you rely on what you learned decades ago and can play without thinking. Thankfully that's what most producers still want from him.

He is a devout gear heat and has been collecting musical instruments all his life. As his wife, Jill, keeps on saying, "You're very good at buying nice instruments, but terrible at selling them!".

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