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With myriads of headphones on offer, it can be difficult to decide which one meets your criteria. After much research by looking at audio and hi-fi websites, I decided to try these headphones and find out if they are as good as reviews suggest. For £200+, they are at the mid/high spectrum of headphones but considering the functions it has, I think the price is justifiable.
Appearance wise these headphones are more conservative compared to other in-your-face headphones that are targeted to the ‘fashion conscious youth’. Hence, if you’re someone who doesn’t want to walk around with huge colourful, flamboyant headphones, then this will tick your box. Another good thing about these headphones is that it’s foldable. You can carry it in the pouch they provide, along with the cables and adapters. I usually carry these headphones around in my bag so the fact they are portable is good for someone who is planning to take these headphones out and about. Comfort wise, I was able to wear these headphones for a long period of time without experiencing any tension on my ears. They are also lightweight; I didn’t feel like my head was being weighed down when I wore these.
When I first bought these headphones, I tested them with my ipod, in order to see how well these headphones performed in the sound quality sector compared to its adversaries. For me, the most important factor of any audio device is the sound quality. First of all, I need to point out that these headphones won’t deliver bass pumping sounds. However, that isn’t to say these headphones are bad. On the contrary, when I listened to “Arrival of The Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra’, the sound produced by these headphones was quite astounding. The sound was clean and crisp. I could hear and feel the reverberations of the pull of a violin string and the deep rich sounds of the cello. The difference between these headphones and the “Monster Beats Pro Studio High-Definition Headphones” headphones that I previously reviewed is that you can actually hear all the instruments being played, rather than your ears being attacked by an imposing level of bass. I also tested ‘Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami”’ and though the bass elements weren’t very strong, I preferred it as I could really be swept up in the cacophony of sounds, which I believe made my listening experience more refreshing.
The noise cancellation function works quite well. I’ve used this function when I’ve been travelling via public transport and it does help muffle out external sounds. However, I wouldn’t say it’s 100% efficient but it’s good enough (I would say about 60% efficient). One thing I have to note is that the sound quality does seem to be slightly affected when using this function. I found the balance shifted and felt like more sound was going to my right ear than my left ear, which made me feel a bit of pressure in my right ear. As a result, I don’t use this function often. Volume wise, the volume of these headphones aren’t extremely loud but they are loud enough. I don’t see this as a disadvantage as I prefer not to give myself premature hearing loss, especially since I’m someone who listens to music regularly.
In terms of other functions, I have used them via Bluetooth on my iphone. This fuction works quite well but I do find the Bluetooth reception to be intermittent, sometimes it cuts off when my phone is buried deep in my bag. However, I usually use these headphones by plugging them directly into my device, so I rarely use this function. I also have to point out that if your device doesn’t have in-built Bluetooth, then you have to purchase this separately. It’s called an AptX dongle and you can buy it for around £40 from most electronic shops.
The battery life is good. I can’t verify if it lasts 12 hours with the Bluetooth function as other sources claim. However, I have used these headphones for 7 hours (with only Bluetooth) and I had about 45% of battery life left, which makes the 12 hour claim more convincing. However, when I use the noise cancellation function in conjunction with the Bluetooth function, the battery power diminishes more quickly.
Now, as much as I am impressed with these headphones, there are a few hiccups which I’ll mention. When I did plug my headphones directly into my device, I found I could not use the play/forward/backward/pause buttons on the headphones, which was slightly annoying as that meant I had to keep taking my iphone/ipad out of my bag to change the track. Another issue, is the Bluetooth function and its sporadic cut offs, which I discussed previously. This issue can be quite annoying when you are trying to watch a movie or play games.
Overall, these are good quality headphones. However, I’m sure there are headphones with a better Bluetooth system, if you do the research. For the purpose that I used them for, I am very happy with them. I didn’t give these headphones 5 stars because of the issues with the Bluetooth function and I believe this was meant to be the unique selling point of these headphones.