EPOS Adapt 660 AMC Review: premium headphones with a sleek design, powerful ANC so you can concentrate and leave others in the dust – James Ide

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An improvement on an already amazing EPOS Adapt 660 headset with a new look that continues to help you work smarter, wherever you are

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EPOS presents the EPOS x Aston Martin F1™ Team Helmet

Epos Adapt 660 AMC

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There’s no denying that Covid has changed the way most of us work forever, from trying to focus at home to focus in the office, while staying connected on the go.

EPOS are experts in audio technology, their business and gaming headsets are known for their exceptional audio quality and smart design features. The Adapt range is aimed at professionals who want the highest level of performance.

EPOS collaborated with top racing team and James Bond’s car of choice Aston Martin to create a helmet so impressive it might raise the eyebrows of an MI6 agent.

The team with the Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team have produced a variation of their amazing EPOS ADAPT 660 helmet with the EPOS 660 AMC.







Even the packaging of the EPOS Adapt 660 AMC has received a much-needed overhaul
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The Adapt 660 AMC is nearly identical to the regular 660, with the same sleek oval ear cups and a mostly matte black design. However, the AMC version features subtle metallic green accents of Aston Martin’s historic British racing green.

I’m glad EPOS is staying true to its subtlety and understated elegance, but with a little pop of color just to give it some flair and stand out.

Obviously if you’re an F1 or Aston Martin fan you’ll love these, but I’m not a racing fan and surprisingly liked the look a lot too.

Instead of redesigning their already well-crafted design or covering up the sponsor earphones and branding like an F1 car, they kept the sleek look that is more in common with Aston Martin instead of covering it with logos and garish colors like so many other collaborations. To do.

Constructed of a mix of plastic, metal, and leatherette padding on the cups and headband, these aren’t the strongest headphones I’ve used, but they’re still very durable and reliable.

The trade off is that they are very comfortable and lightweight at just 227g, and can also be adjusted for maximum comfort. Due to its low weight and comfortable design, it’s easy to wear most of the day, meaning it’s the only helmet you’ll ever need.

Soft memory foam cushioned ear cups don’t press too hard on your ears and create a good seal, helping to block out external sounds without being uncomfortable.







The branding is subtle yet attractive and eye-catching
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If you’re on the go, the headset folds down a bit to become more compact and use less space in your bag.

There is once again a soft zippered case supplied which now features a black EPOS logo and a green Aston Martin label. Although I’m glad that a case is provided to protect the headphones and keep them in good condition for longer, I wish they were a bit tougher and more durable, especially for such a high-end product.

The controls are minimal and very simple to use on the 660 AMC, with a single button to pair the device or launch Microsoft Teams, making it quick and efficient to get into your meetings if you use Teams.

Touch controls are also included on the right ear cup to manage playback controls, answer and end calls, change volume, or activate streaming audio.

There’s also a switch to toggle active noise cancellation just above the button.

To turn them on, all you have to do is twist the earbuds slightly until they emit a satisfying click. It’s cool, but the only downside is that when I take them off, I often accidentally put them back in the off position.

The 660 AMC is incredibly versatile, giving you multiple ways to connect, including wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0 or via the supplied USB dongle. You can also connect to a standard 3.5mm jack if you want to save battery or connect to a non-Bluetooth device as I’ve occasionally used it to connect to my PS Vita.







The 660 and 660 AMC are virtually identical but the AMC looks a little more stylish and less generic
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I could also connect to multiple devices at the same time, allowing me to listen to music without worrying about missed calls or important notifications while I was in a meeting.

With a range of around 25 meters, I could often step away from my machine during calls, giving me a sense of freedom that really helped my focus.

Using the EPOS Connect app, you can update headset firmware and customize equalizer settings. There are surprisingly good presets and you can change some advanced settings as well. It is not essential for the use of the helmet, however I really recommend it.

The 660 AMC has a fantastic battery life of around 30 hours. The long battery life makes it the perfect headset for all-day use, from business meetings and office calls to commuting.

It takes around 3 hours for a full charge though, which could have been improved with so many devices now supporting fast charging technology.

The headset also charges via Micro USB to USB A which could have been upgraded to the more standard USB C standard.

If you have keen eyes you will have noticed that there is no obstructive boom arm microphone to worry about like with some of their other headsets, as there are three microphones located on the inner and outer portions of the ear cups .

Using machine learning, enhanced microphones listen and filter ambient noise to reduce unwanted sound. By using the microphones together, it continuously adjusts the directionality of the microphone system for optimal speaking in noisy environments, effectively isolating your voice and improving clarity.







The Adapt 660 AMC features Aston Martin’s historic British racing green
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It worked amazingly well in the busy office and in coffee shops as well as while I was taking calls for the bus, in extreme cases the audio quality degraded a bit but I was still clear and the background noise was minimal.

The 660 AMC supports the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant so you can listen to weather reports, news or podcasts.

The audio quality of EPOS headsets is still pretty good, but the AMC 660 and 660 are simply stunning, not only for meetings, but also for music and video. I’ve even used them for a bit of handheld gaming due to their compact and lightweight design. .

Offering some of the richest detail and clarity I’ve ever heard, the 660 AMC is really well balanced. The bass was punchy without being overpowering, and there was no jamming in the treble.

Everything from acoustic tracks to synth, rock, rap and classical sounded so rich and crystal clear.

The active noise cancellation on the EPOS 660 AMC is still one of the best I’ve ever used and remains my go-to headset in the tube, in a busy newsroom, or even at home while my partner works .

There’s also a switch to toggle between on, off and adaptive modes, which listens to your surroundings and adjusts noise reduction based on background levels.

Judgment 4/5

While the Adapt 660 are still a great headset, with crystal clear sound and a great design plus powerful active noise cancellation, it has really helped me focus – especially while I’m getting used to working again. in the office.

However the AMC variant, despite the Aston Martin design looking fantastic and not going beyond its branding, seems like a wasted opportunity to have pushed the 660 design a bit further and provide a additional fine adjustment under the hood.

It’s more expensive than the standard 660 at £429 versus £379, so I’d recommend the regular 660 unless you want something a bit more special that stands out.

The EPOS Adapt 660 is the only headset you need all day with its wireless functionality and ability to pair multiple devices at once as well as unparalleled audio quality and incredible ANC that helps you focus. This offers exceptional convenience and quality without compromise, leaving the competition green with envy.

EPOS Adapt 660 is available now for £429.99 and is available on the EPOS website

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