Amazing sound clarity. I just wish the bass was a little better (deeper). Also, while I get that they are shooting for the interior of an expensive european car interior – we need more options to choose from! Give me black and white!
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I bought this set for my family. Everyone has an uncle who turns his TV so loud that all neighbors complain. We were cautions whether these headphones will work loud enough to get our lives back without tripping over the wires, but we no longer have to fear. This set came with various adapters suitable for TV or receiver hookups. It took less than 5 minutes to connect and another hour to fully charge batteries. Surprisingly comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Excellent product for $65.Pros: Long range. Excellent sound. Rechargable batteries. Sturdy design. Easy to wear for long time. PriceCons: too easy to confuse volume and tune dials
I’ve owned this unit for about 3 years. Not once have I had to change the battery. I used to go through a pair of headphones every 3 months (usually cable broke somewhere). So, I decided to get a pair of wireless headphones. I’d like to think that I’m an audiophile, but spending $150 to $200 every 3 months ($600 to $800/year!) is too much for headphones.
The first thing I noticed when I put these on is that the audio quality is the worst thing in the world. Background audio hissing, no bass response, every range is weak, etc. Basically, if you are an audiophile and/or play a lot of video games, imagine the crappiest experience possible and you will be pretty close to accurate. Additionally, since these operate in-the-clear over the oversaturated 900Mhz band, you occasionally get to listen to other people’s wireless phone conversations (and they probably get to listen to your music ). However, for some strange reason, I can’t bring myself to buy another pair of wired headphones. Probably because I’ve grown used to this pair (took about 6 months to finally accept the awfulness – it can be done! you too can discover that you can accept horrible audio).
This unit also randomly, for whatever bizarre reason, just cuts out and then back in (usually with some sort of squelch/squealing noise). If you are in the middle of watching or listening to something, it is disconcerting. You learn to hit “pause” and “rewind” a lot to catch what you missed. In the same vein, if there is no sound going through the headset (or if it is extremely quiet), the base itself shuts off. The six beeps that follow the base shutoff are very loud and annoying – and you can hear the headset switching channels after that trying to find a signal.
The constant audio background hiss is enough to drive you nuts. If you turn up the volume on the headset, the hiss volume increases. You have to increase the volume at the source. However! If you crank the volume too loud at the audio source, the yellow “surround sound” light starts blinking. I take back what I said earlier – when that light starts blinking, THAT is the crappiest audio experience ever. The audio starts doing all sorts of weird things that just sound bad (including some sort of feedback loop that builds up in the background noise). You learn to set the source at a specific volume (just under the point where that light starts blinking) and then put up with the background hiss if you turn the volume up.
You also learn to plug in the cord just right and then not touch it again. Fiddling with the cord introduces more background hiss.
The other huge annoyance is that the tuner button is right next to the volume button. If you accidentally hit that, the audio cuts out for a few seconds.
The battery lasts all day long, but after a few hours of use, you will notice a moment where the volume suddenly drops out. I suspect the headphones are dropping their voltage at that point to compensate for reduced battery strength (basically, to conserve the battery – very clever). The solution is to turn up the volume a bit…but not too much to be annoyed by the hissing. I have never had the batteries completely drain, but I suspect I came close one time (after something like 20 hours of straight use).
As others mentioned, the unit doesn’t cling tightly. For me, this is a huge plus. I wear glasses. I wouldn’t recommend exercising with this – they do fall off easily. But they do stay put if you are sitting still. However, you can place them around your neck for a few minutes if you need to put them somewhere else.
Tip: These headphones are the most comfortable for me leaning forward on my head. A bit awkward, but more comfortable for the ears (if you have big ears and a pointy head).
The huge plusses for this unit are: There is no cord to break, you can wander all over (but the sound is strongest and clearest nearest to the base), you can wear the headset all day long and not be bothered by it, the charging cradle is really easy to use, the battery lasts all day long, easy-to-use recharging cradle.
The huge minus for this unit is: Crappiest audio quality ever.
Basically, if you can put up with crappy audio and don’t want to spend another dime on headphones ever again, this (or a similar Sennheiser headset) is the unit to buy.
Pros: No cord to break, wander all over, comfortable long-wear, easy charging station, battery lasts all day.Cons: No bass response. Weak mid- and upper-ranges. Background hiss. Tinny high-end.
Bought it for MAC, where almost no system sounds – as a result every 3 minutes without sound gives a SOUND BLAST to my ears. Feature is useless – why do the charger does off, not earphonesPros: good sound quality. wide range area.Cons: too massive charger stand, HORRIBLE, USELESS, ANNOYNG AUTO-OFF feature, volume controll resistor very bad, tune control CLOSER than VOLUME to the hand – …. very strange!!!!
Weaknesses: There is faint static – even when I’m right next to the transmitter. The audio connection to the computer will reset every now and again, and you have to unplug and re-plug the stereo jack. Also, the native jack for the base station takes separate left and right wires – but almost all computers have a single stereo output. Sure, they send an adapter, but I’d rather the headset have a single stereo input jack.Pros: charging is convenient, earphones block out noiseCons: faint static, the audio connection to the computer will reset every now and again, and you have to unplug and re-plug it.