Ten points for guessing what Lindy is doing here. Actually, make that 5 points as it is pretty obvious: the Lindy BNX-60s are a low-cost copycat of the pretty wonderful Bose Quietcomfort QC35s. But when they cost £89 rather than £329, let’s cut them some slack.
The Lindy BNX-60s pack a serious array of features for the price, including wireless, active noise cancellation and even aptX, the most common higher-quality streaming codec. A lot of the headphones in this test have an urban flavour, but the BNX-60s are more “business traveller”, with soft-touch plastic cups that aren’t out to look cool. When you first put them on they feel sumptuously soft and comfy, although as the pads are quite wide they do sit only partly on your ears, rather than fully enclosing them. They may tire your ears a tad after a few hours, but they beat most - just not Bose.
Keep your expectations realistic and you’ll love these Lindys. To dredge up the obvious comparison again, the noise cancellation isn’t close to Bose levels: instead of obliterating outside noise, it just takes the edge off low frequencies so you’re less likely to have to crank up the volume while on the train. But in quirky retro fashion, there’s an actual volume wheel on one of the cups. Told you they’re not trying to be cool.
Sound quality is very good, as long as you have the noise-cancelling engaged. Without it the Lindy BNX-60s sound a bit soft and woolly, but flick the switch and they come alive, with dynamic and engaging sound that’s among the best at the price. The bass is punchy rather than tastefully reserved, making these headphones sound less nerdy than they look. Battery life is rated at up to 15 hours with noise-cancelling and Bluetooth switched on, or you’ll get closer to 30 if you don’t mind using an audio cable.