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Audio-Technica ATH-COM2 - Stereo Headset with Dynamic Boom Microphone

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      22.09.2011 16:28
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      Not recommended if you have a small head

      Audio Technica are supposed to be one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality headphones, but this isn't one of their best models. These are standard shaped headphones, that go over your head with an attached flexible microphone. They are made of plastic with a thick band going over your head. The band is about 3 cm wide.
      The microphone is connected to the headphone via a flexible wire. It is adjustable to your liking. I don't mess around with it much as I keep thinking it will end up snapping off. It feels like it is made of some kind of flexible metal covered with plastic that can easily be creased. I would have preferred if there had been a hinge type mechanism, so I could move the microphone out of my way easily while not using it.

      The speakers in the headphones are cushioned and are quite wide. I'd say about 5 or 6cm across. I have mainly used them for calls I make on Skype or to listen to some music. I have not been impressed with it's sound quality though. It is strictly average maybe even below average. They didn't manage to block out much ambient noise.

      I also didn't find these a comfortable fit especially if I wore them for long periods of time. The top edge of the speakers would rub and pinch against my ears plus the headphones would end up sliding off my head. It has been a while since I last used them, and for some reason, I imagined they were more bulkier than they actually are when I dug them out and had a look at them again. Maybe because of how uncomfortable I used to find them.
      I found them annoying to use, when making calls as my microphone would keep moving away from my mouth and I would have to readjust the headset again.
      The only good thing is the cable with the headphone socket. I would say it was a metre or so long. I only use these as emergency headphones now.

      == Technical Details ==
      Frequency response: 30 to 20,000 Hz
      Sensitivity: 90 dB
      Maximum input power: 50 mW

      == Price and availability ==
      I can't find these on amazon. If you type their name into Google then the cheapest price that comes up is £40.03.

      == Summary and recommendation ==
      I have given these 1 star, as I can not recommend these for the rip-off price vs the lack of any real features. These should be sold for £10 or less. The sound quality is average at best, they aren't very comfortable to wear for long periods, they don't have any controls for adjusting the volume on the headphones or microphone and finally, the design is pretty lack lustre.


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