We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Headphones Reviews
15,577 Reviews

Blackbox M16 review

£165 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Blackbox

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Noise-cancelling headphones providing warm audio with good bass; and effective noise cancellation

The Blackbox M16 headphones are handsome black-and-gunmetal over-ear models, with expensive-looking leatherette earpads and a general air of quality.

The noise deflection was effective but not foolproof. Switching it on appreciably cut down the sound of air conditioning, whether or not there was any audio coming through the headphones. Human speech could still be made out, but the M16s are better at dealing with background noise.

The audio quality was generally strong, producing a warm sound, though it wasn’t exceptionally clear. When tested with some electroclash, the M16s managed a meaty bass kick, and we think most suitable for bass-heavy tracks. Glitchier dance tracks at high volumes were less comfortable, and the noise cancellation technology seemed confused by irregular bass.

Comparing the M16s with a pair of mid-level in-ear headphones is no comparison at all, with these over-ear models producing a fuller, warmer sound. They’re comparable with a high-end pair of over-ear Teufel cans, if slightly less powerful, but they’re smaller and more comfortable to wear for long periods.

There’s a remote on the cable, which allows you to adjust volume and pause or skip tracks. Sadly, the remote on our review sample was a bit unreliable – occasionally it lost the ability to change the volume, but weirdly could still pause and fast-forward. Unplugging and reconnecting solved the problem.

Buying Advice
The M16s provide strong, warm audio with good bass, and the noise cancellation is largely effective. Be warned that this benefit is one-way, and there was outwards leakage at the upper volumes.

Blackbox M16 review Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The M16s provide strong, warm audio with good bass, and the noise cancellation is largely effective. Be warned that this benefit is one-way, and there was outwards leakage at the upper volumes.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.

IDG UK Sites

Sony PlayStation 5 release date, price and specs UK: When is the PS5 coming out?

IDG UK Sites

New Apple TV release date rumours, features: 'new Apple TV next week' rumour

IDG UK Sites

Mobile email is powerful and useful - but also hopelessly intrusive

IDG UK Sites

How the Oculus Rift VR headset is helping train the surgeons of tomorrow