TOZO HT2 Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Hardware and Software

The TOZO HT2 has a fairly straightforward and unassuming look. The headphones are completely black in color, which gives it a sleek appearance. A matte black plastic finish means it is not shiny, reducing fingerprints as much as possible. TOZO's logo is the only break from the black color, being printed in silver on both sides of the headset. Extending the headband slightly reveals the silver reflection from some metal. If black is not your favorite color, there are other colors available, namely, blue, pink, white, and khaki. I am thankful I get to enjoy the black version in public while reviewing the product instead of being faced with bright pink headphones on my head per APH Networks tradition. I appreciate TOZO's restraint to not place their logo all over the headset. It definitely adds to the sleek look to not be overly branded, especially since this product is aimed at everyday use, and not at the gaming audience.

The mostly plastic construction of the TOZO HT2 does not take away from its quality feel. The plastic does not creak as you bend it around, feeling mostly solid. The plastic does not add too much weight either, which could become a bit of a hindrance when wearing headphones for a long period of time. Fortunately, the TOZO HT2 does not have a weight problem, and the air cushions are pillowy, creating a great soft seal around your ears. The leather covers the ears and at the top of the headband looks and feels great. As far as comfort goes, the TOZO HT2 sits comfortably. The earcups can also swivel to one side, and the headset bends just above the earcups, making it slightly more compact for storage. Since these headphones are aimed at on-the-go use, I would have preferred to see some sort of storage case to protect these headphones during transport.

In the above picture, the extra cushioning around the headband can be seen. The center juts out slightly, demonstrating the amount of foam at the top. Similar to the earcups, the leather and foam seems to be the exact same. The headband can be adjusted by pulling the earphones down on each side, revealing a metal interior. There are number markers on the metal, meaning you can get a perfect adjustment on both sides without too much trial and error. TOZO's continued build quality and unassuming design continues in the headband.

An easily overlooked feature that I have greatly appreciated is the large "L" and "R" letters printed on the inside of the earphones. Perhaps I should be better at knowing which side goes where, but I have often lamented the small or mostly hidden letters indicating "L" or "R" on other headphones. This is a simple feature, but I greatly appreciate it. Other than the big letters, the TOZO HT2 is one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. The foam is soft and squishy, providing a great seal around your ears after a few minutes of being on your head. Even in warmer rooms, I never found my ears or head getting too hot.

Inside of the earphones, we find some fun internals. There is a 40mm dynamic driver with a frequency response of 16Hz to 45kHz. The Bluetooth connection is version 5.3 with support for AAC and SBC codecs, but no LDAC or aptX. The stated range of 10m. For battery life, the TOZO HT2 has a 500 mAh battery supporting its 40-hour battery life with active noise cancelling on, while it is rated at 60 hours with active noise cancelling off. The weight of the TOZO HT2 comes in at 254.5g. The weight can be felt, although I found long sessions to still be comfortable.

All the necessary buttons and plug-ins can be found on the right cup. This consists of a power button, which also functions as the pause/play button, and answering or hanging up phone calls. A fun feature is this button can also activate the voice assistant if so desired. Volume up and down can also be found here, which if long pressed, can skip either a song forward or back. Finally, there is a button that cycles through different modes, from toggling active noise cancelling on or off to turning on transparency mode. Transparency mode, as its name suggests, makes it a bit easier to hear your surroundings. The buttons are easy enough to use, and it does not take long to get used to where each one is situated. A USB Type-C charging port is found here as well. TOZO says the HT2 can be fully changed in 2 hours. Finally, if your headset does die on-the-go, there is a 3.5 mm aux connection to plug directly into your device. This flexibility is appreciated. Remember though, that the aux connection will not feature active noise cancelling.

The mobile app can be downloaded onto your phone easily to connect to any TOZO products you may have. Throughout my use, the app responded well, and I never encountered any odd defects.

On the main page, you can choose between some of the different modes available to you. If you think of a spectrum, with the most noise cancelling being the noise cancellation feature and the least noise cancelling on transparency mode, the other options fit somewhere between them. Leisure mode had some transparency, allowing some noise to be heard through the headphones, which wind noise mode also did. These seemed quite similar when switching between them. The adaptive mode attempted to respond to noise, allowing someone's voice to come through.

On the next tab, "EQ", we find quite a few different options. Without any adjustments, the headset sound curve is flat. There are some preset modes you can choose to adjust the sound curve to what you may like or depending on the music you are listening to. A final helpful feature is the clearly indicated battery life.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Audio Analysis
4. Conclusion