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I watch a lot of online tutorials for various crafts which I have as hobbies. I find them a useful way of learning new skills without spending money on books and you get a better visual of what you are learning. I tend to watch them on my tablet, but obviously if my husband is watching TV the noise disturbs him so I borrowed these headphones from my dad, knowing it's the kind of thing he'd have spare so I wouldn't have to buy any new ones. I don't get on with in-ear headphones, finding them uncomfortable if not painful to wear.
The first thing you'll notice about these headphones is that they are huge! Well, they're actually not that bad, but most people will undoubtedly compare them to the modern in-ear headphones which are small enough to fit into your handbag. These aren't quite so convenient, as the earpieces themselves are about the size of a drinks coaster, and quite chunky too. The advantage of this, however, is that they are completely non-intrusive, and feel really comfortable to wear for long periods of time due to the soft cushioning against the ear.
The headband is thick and adjusts to suit the size of your head. This was handy for me because I have quite a small head, so I had to fiddle a bit to make them comfortable. Once I had them positioned correctly these have been comfortable enough for me to watch clips on my tablet for sustained periods, without getting earache or having to fiddle to keep the headphones in place. This is another gripe I have with in-ear headphones, as they never seem to stay in my ears. These don't really move unless you touch them, which means you can fully concentrate on whatever you're listening to.
Sound quality is perfectly adequate for my needs, although as I said I only really watch video clips. I have used them for music when I've been pottering on my laptop and they give decent sound clarity, although obviously they're not noise cancelling so you do have to turn the volume up to completely drown out any background noise....such as your husband watching Top Gear for example.
I'm not a technical person but I do know that there are a couple of different sized "holes" (told you!) that headphones can fit into. These come with an adaptor which my dad gave me, although I've only encountered one size as yet. I think I have some older gadgets such as my amplifier which are a different size to the standard, however, so it's useful to know that these headphones will work with that.
I'm not sure how long my dad had had these headphones before he lent (gave) them to me, but the only downside with the quality of them is that some of the covering on the foam pads has started to flake, meaning that sometimes I end up with black bits stuck to my ear after using them. It's only a tiny bit of black, but it wouldn't look too cool if I wore these in public. Having said that, I'm not sure they'd be suitable for wearing in public anyway, as they're far too bulky to carry round with you. They also have a VERY long lead on them, which could be useful at home if you were plugged into something across the room, but is a bit much when you're using a tablet placed directly on your knee!
Looking around online you can pick these up for around £10 - £15 now, as they have been superceded by newer models. If you're looking for something cheap, cheerful, and comfy to use around the house but not whilst travelling, I would recommend these as they have been ideal for what I wanted them for.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
It's been about a year now since I've had this headphone, and so far nothing has broken off, it actually still works as well as when I got it.
Now at the time when I purchased it was worth about £15 and may still be brought about that much.
To the audiophiles out there that might sound a bit cheap but in this price range it is quite a good headphone.
The structure of it is fairly well together, and the double "headband" feature on the picture adjusts to the size of your head, which actually works quite well.
As you can see it is quite big in the picture, and you wouldn't probably wear it for jogging or the like but I don't think it was made for that.
As you see the headphone does come packaged with a 3.5mm to 2.5mm socket adapter, the sort of sockets you'd find on old Tv's or DVD players.
The only problem with it though is that it doesn't actually cut out any background noise, though it does have extra "bass" and is more comfy than the typical in-ear headphone.
I would recommend this definitely over the ear-in headphones.
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