With their Treblab Z7 Pro headphones, the Miami-based company has refined the qualities that made the previous Treblab Z2 over-ear headphones such a competitive mid-range option when it comes to wireless headphones, creating a set of lightweight, comfortable cans that boast excellent audio quality and a near-seamless user experience.
Release date: 11/09/2021
Noise cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 45 hours (20 hours with ANC turned on)
Charging method: USB-C
Weight: 8.64 oz
Warranty: 1 year
Extras: Carrying case, USB-C charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable
At nearly half the price of some of the biggest brands currently residing on our best headphones (opens in new tab) list, the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones pull off the difficult balancing act of providing a premium experience - including the tentpole features of many more expensive headphones such as ANC, touch control and ambient sound awareness - with a more affordable price tag.
If you were a fan of the previous Treblab Z2 (opens in new tab) headphones then the experience might not be as dramatically improved as you might have hoped, but the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones do boast 10 more hours of battery life and a far sleeker design, while carrying over the comfort and impressive audio performance that made their forerunner such a compelling set of over ear headphones.
While still not enough of a challenge to the likes of heavyweights such as Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones (opens in new tab) or Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (opens in new tab), there’s plenty to recommend the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones if it’s just a pair of quality, affordable wireless headphones that you’re looking for.
Treblab Z7 Pro: Setup and usability
The packaging that the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones arrive in reflects the sleek, discreet style of the headphones themselves. A sturdy, dark satin gray box opens to reveal minimal contents, which includes the headphones contained in an equally sturdy yet lightweight black carry case, a 10” USB-C charging cable, a 51” 3.5mm audio cable, a quick start guide, and a clear and concise user manual. A longer 3.5mm audio cable would have been welcome, but it’s unlikely most users would be relying on connecting these headphones via cable too often, preferring wireless listening much of the time.
The carry case has a netted pocket for storing the cables while the headphones themselves fit neatly into the case with a gentle swivel of the ear cups and the help of a velcro strap, with barely any distinguishable movement when carried in the case. Sure, it’s a little bulky to carry around but the case is a bonus and near-essential if you’re planning to take the headphones with you when traveling.
With nearly a full charge straight out of the box, we were able to set up the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones within minutes, aided by the quick and painless Bluetooth connection to an Android phone.
The Treblab Z7 Pro headphones touch controls are located beneath a thin skin of soft leather material on the right panel and were a breeze to control after a few minutes of getting a feel for them. Double-tap to pause or resume playback, swipe left or right to skip a track backward or forward, and swipe up or down to raise or lower volume. Removing the headphones from your ears automatically pauses playback, which is a very nice touch when you just need to hear a snatch of outside conversation. You can achieve the same effect even easier, though, by cupping a hand over the right panel.
Treblab Z7 Pro: Design
- Sleek, stylish looks
- Extremely comfortable memory foam
The Treblab Z7 Pro headphones feel premium the moment you put them on thanks to a secure headband and perfectly sculpted ear cups lined with protein leather memory foam cushioning. After several hours of constant listening, this breathable material prevented our ears from getting too warm, and at just over 8 oz, the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones are as lightweight as you could wish for. All in all, these are some supremely comfortable headphones.
Anyone who plans to take these headphones to the gym or outdoors will be pleased to know that they are IPX4 Water resistant and can hold up to splashes and sweaty workouts well.
We vastly prefer the simplified design and muted style of the Treblab Z7 Pro over the Treblab Z2 headphones, which have a stark company logo emblazoned on its panels. This dark gray brushed look offers a more sophisticated and discreet appearance than their forerunner, something that appeals to those of us who prefer to wear our brands lightly.
The cable sockets, LED indicator lights and control buttons are spaced well along the bottom of the panels, allowing for quick adjustments to power, ANC and Bluetooth. Hold the middle power button in and the headphones wake up, while a single press informs you of the headphones’ battery level.
Treblab Z7 Pro: Features and performance
- Responsive, intuitive touch controls
- Well-balanced, rich sound
- ANC is effective although not as absolute as more premium headphones
When it comes to stereo audio quality, the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones don’t disappoint, producing clear, balanced sounds that are a pleasure to listen to. Trebles are sharp and clear while bass notes are rich and warm and pitched just right so that they don’t suffocate the surprisingly velvety mids produced by the Treblab Z7 Pro. To be sure, the quality on display is more satisfactory than it is mind-blowing, but the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones certainly do most music genres justice, and podcasts and audiobooks were especially smooth and silky to listen to. Pleasingly, there was minimal distortion at high volumes.
The Treblab Z7 Pro headphones employ what Treblab calls Hybrid Active Noise Canceling (ANC) to eliminate background noise with the aid of six auto-adjusting microphones. On the whole, the ANC on these headphones works well, and having tested them in packed subway carriages and busy, chattering marketplaces, I can confirm that they effectively screen out most erroneous background noise in a way that is at least an improvement on the Treblab Z2 headphones, although not fully up to par with a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones.
Ambient Sound is another mode, selected with an additional press of the ANC button, which is meant to allow external sounds to be heard. It’s a feature that works but doesn’t impress very much, but I can see its use in a crowd of friends or colleagues, for example.
Unfortunately, the audio quality experienced when playing music through the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones doesn’t seem to extend to phone calls. Conversations via both cell networks and Wi-Fi were clear enough for the listener, although callers noted that the audio was thin and tinny at their end, somewhat diminishing the overall package offered by these headphones.
Treblab Z7 Pro: Battery life
- Battery life: 45 hours, 20 hours with ANC turned on
- Rapid 2.5-hour USB-C charging
A battery life of over 45 hours is an impressive boast for any set of wireless headphones or earbuds, but after using the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones consistently for several days, it’s not one I’m inclined to doubt. Although having ANC switched on can more than halve that figure, 20 hours is still a very healthy battery life for similar over ear wireless headphones.
When you do find you’re running low on juice, simply connect the USB-C cable to the headphones and a compatible charging port and you’re good to go in around 2.5 hours.
Treblab Z7 Pro: Price
- Available in the US for $159.97
- 1-year warranty
With premium over ear headphones from the top-performing brands selling for upwards of $300, the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones are positioned extremely well at just over $150. Very little about the Treblab Pro Z7 feels cheap or sub-standard, and the overall experience comfortably places these headphones in the mid-range of quality headphones. A 1-year warranty is also welcome, and users have reported good experiences communicating with customer services.
Treblab Z7 Pro: User reviews
Treblab is a company that is quietly but noticeably winning new fans all the time, and while reviews on leading retailers are few, users have been generally positive about the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones. Most agree that the headphone’s light weight, comfort and stylish design make them a standout set of headphones, and many praised the audio quality.
Others have detected the poorer quality experienced on voice calls and conference calls, with one Amazon user declaring the mic was weak and inadequate for audio-conferencing calls.
Should you buy the Treblab Z7 Pro?
The Treblab Z7 Pro over ear headphones offer great value at their mid-range price point, offering most of the high-end features and ease of use found on pricier headsets, and in a comfortable and stylish package you wouldn’t be ashamed to have straddling your head. Audio performance doesn’t quite reach the high notes you’d find with truly premium - and pricier - headphones, but for most users the experience is excellent with rich, textured, well-balanced sound and crisp, clear speech.
Voice calls are disappointingly unreliable but serviceable - fine for a quick call, less so perhaps for an extended audio-conference. Fortunately, Treblab's claims of 40+ hours battery life seem accurate, making the Treblab Z7 Pro headphones a true marathon runner when it comes to battery life.
If this product isn't for you
The Treblab Z7 Pro headphones offer remarkably good value, but if your budget can’t quite extend to the $159 asking price, and you don’t mind earbuds over headphones, then the Earfun Free Pro (opens in new tab) earbuds provide an exceptional audio experience for around $60.
For a similarly cheap option, but one with a big name attached, the Beats Flex (opens in new tab) earbuds are ideal. They currently retail for around $65 and offer up to 12 hours of battery life, on-device controls, and are powered by Apple’s W1 chip for seamless integration with iPhones.
If only the very best over-ear headphones will do, there is always our previous best overall headphones, the Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless (opens in new tab) headphones. One of the most deluxe headphones available, they’re a perfect balance of audio quality, comfort and style.