"Very satisfied"4.0 starson by lazyslacker
Pros: Wireless, cost to quality ratio, sound quality, stylish
Cons: signal stability in certain situations, battery life, no ipod controls on the unit itself
Summary: I got these as a gift. I think these headphones are really great. Overall, you get a lot for what you pay for them. If you can get these someplace like Amazon for about $80, they're a great deal. If you get them for their full retail price of $100 they're less of a good deal.
First of all, they're wireless. For wireless headphones, the sound quality is really nice. Virtually indistinguishable from a wired connection. I found the range to be very adequate at about 40 feet of open space between the headphones and the transmitter. Indoors the range goes to about 20 or 25 feet, which is still very nice. It allows you to walk around in a few rooms of your house doing chores or whatever and take your music with you. The reception is definitely at its best when the batteries on both units are fully charged, so keep that in mind. Interestingly, when I walked to work with them yesterday, the sound cut out a few times for a second or so, even though the transmitter was right in my pocket, less that 2 feet away. Apparently having something like your body or your arm between the transmitter and the headphones will cause the signal to be degraded. I tried it again today after fully charging them and it worked a lot better, with the sound only dropping out once in a 15 minute walk.
Of course, the reception will not cut out once in hours if you just have the receiver sitting on your desk and you're just sitting at your computer. I think it has a problem with regulating and receiving a signal that is constantly changing in strength and direction. I haven't tried putting the transmitter in my backpack or jacket pocket yet.
As far as sound quality goes, I was very impressed given that they're wireless. The A2DP protocol these headphones use is more than capable of transmitting all the necessary information for the music to sound good. The speakers themselves are of very good quality given the style of the headphones and the diameter of the drivers. Good bass response, good high-frequency response, and just average mid-frequency response. The correct EQ setting on your ipod will help these headphones out a lot in sounding good. The bass boost setting is good sometimes, but overbearing most times. I usually just leave it at the normal setting.
All that said, they don't sound fantastic. They don't provide anywhere near the quality of the Koss Porta-Pro, or the Sennheiser PX 100, which both have similarly sized drivers. Then again, both of those headphones aren't wireless! They won't sound nearly as good as most closed-ear designed headphones, with the possible exception of some lower end sets like the Sony MDR-V150. The Sennheiser EH150s sound much better than these headphones and cost about 1/3 of what these cost, for example, but then again the Sennheisers aren't exactly portable nor are they wireless. I'd say you're getting about $30 worth of headphones and the rest of your $80 to $100 is going into the bluetooth technology and the li-ion batteries, and making everything fit into a pair of headphones that aren't any bigger or bulkier than the average over-the-ear headphone.
A lot of people are complaining that these headphones are very uncomfortable, so much so that it makes them not worth buying. I totally disagree with these people, though I will concede that these headphones require some adjusting to fit properly. The rubber/silicone rings that hold the headphones (very securely) to your ears can be adjusted, and should definitely be adjusted if you want them to be comfortable at all. They can be easily stretched and pulled off of each ear piece, rotated, and then replaced on the ear piece. What this adjustment has the effect of doing is it moves the position of the connecting band that rests on your neck AWAY from your neck and farther up the back of your head. This allows you to more fully seat the headphones on your ears which is much, much more comfortable.
I'd say the comfort of these headphones before adjusting them in the way described above was about 3/10. I could wear them for about 30 minutes, then I needed to take them off because they were too uncomfortable. After the adjustment, I'd say the comfort level is an 8/10. I can wear them for about 2 hours before they become too uncomfortable. I strongly recommend this adjustment to anyone who owns these headphones.
The battery life is listed at only about 6 hours, which considering the size of these things is actually a really impressive length of time. The batteries in these things can't be very large at all. Still, The longer the battery life the better, and when my ipod lasts about 20 hours on one charge, 6 hours just isn't enough. You'll need to bring along a spare set of headphones in case these run out of juice.
The styling of these headphones are really nice, especially if you compare them to the previous generation of these from Logitech. They look much better. The spring-steel band that connects the two headphones is very stretchable and durable. The transmitter could have been a smaller, as it is a little bulky, but it hardly gets in the way. It does not cover up the hold switch on my ipod, which is a huge plus for me. The different sets of brackets it comes with are a nice addition as they allow the transmitter to hug different music players nicely, including most ipods.
One thing that kind of disappoints me about these headphones is the lack of ipod controls on the headphones themselves. The transmitter only plugs into the headphone jack. The only available controls on the headphones themselves is for volume and muting. no pause/play/skip, etc.
The combined charging cable for both the transmitter and headset is a good idea. It allows you to charge both of them at the same time yet only gives you one charging cable to keep up with.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with these headphones. While they don't excel in any one area (signal quality, sound quality, durability, controls, battery life), they're more that adequate in all of these areas, which is impressive given what you pay for them.