Pros The design is great. i was very impressed with the amount of technology in such a small device. It felt good on my head for sitting around. I wouldn't run, in them, but for everything else, they would be great.
Cons The sound: give more for the price.
Blu-tooth: range was VERY short
The controls: Difficult to locate; touch sensitive and had no precision
The volume: loud or LOUDER!
"Noise black-out": nothing was canceled.
Summary I returned mine the day I bought them. I liked the idea of these and I really wanted to like them right out of the box. However, after using them, I realized that they had to go back. Good, flashy exterior, but the soul of the product = failed.
Pros Decent (not great) sound, adequate volume, again, not great. Fairly comfortable, decent battery life
Cons Poor build quality-on my second pair, which is also failing. Echo the foam crumbling/plastic cracking/loose charge connection/no noise cancelling on phone.
Summary I expected more for my $110 (just released price). 1st pair lasted about 9 months, 2nd pair about 7. Good for listening to streaming audio while working, very poor for telephone use in a noisy work van. I cannot recommend these for anyone.
Pros worked well as a wireless headset until it started falling apart.
Cons See list...
Summary 1) Bluetooth worked well for about a week, then fails constantly. This is my second pair and it had exactly the same problem.
2) The adjuster on the left arm broke (no longer has a solid click) on both headsets. Happens within a week or so (like everything else).
3) I should have trusted my experience and not bought a headset with felt. Possibly the worst kind of material to use (falls apart after only a few uses).
4) The micro USB socked failed pretty quickly. The thing is only held in place by its solder joints. So every time you use it, you weaken the joint and it inevitably snaps.
5) The touch sensor is not only spastic (works 1 in 3 times), it also introduces a tone of static in the left headphone. I can tell it's the touch sensor because if you hold a finger on it, the noise stops.
6) The biggest problem is the plastic these things are made from is like crumbly biscuit. It began cracking pretty quickly and eventually bits started falling off. When you take a look at the bits falling off, the plastic is as thin as anything.
"Wonderfull!"on by e-ke
Pros -Sound is full and pronounced
-Unlike some other people it fits very well
-Both my 'Iriver SPINN' and my 'SonyEricsson R306' pair and work easily
Cons -Depending on the song, you can hear audio is 'enhanced', don't buy if this bothers you
-Trebbles are sometimes a bit tinny, depending on the song
-Some may find the 'enhanced' bass to overpowering
Summary -The sound:*Quick update 1*
I personaly love it, I read some reviews of people saying 'you either love or hate it' and I can come in to that.
It's biggest dealbreaker probably has to be the audio 'enhancement', but on the other side, it might be for the better.
-The look and feel:
I think it looks great
It feels solid
It's very light
It stays on very well (for me), I think I could easily go jogging with it
There is a bit of pressure on the earpads, but I don't think it will hurt my ears, even after long use
Reading a lot of reviews before buying left me in a bit of a doubt becouse of the soundquality and the fit, but i'm glad I bought it.
Updated on Jun 22, 2010
I did forget to mention that skipping tracks is quite hard (might be better over time)
The volume control works like a charm and so does the play/pauze/answer/end-button
(The volume control does only adjust the volume of the halo, not the connected device('s), but I don't think that's how they intend it to work)
Altough it's foldable it still takes quite some space, but be honest, it is small for what it is (not an issue for me).
Updated on Jun 22, 2010*Quick update 2*
All the controls (strangly) only work when both my mp3 (Iriver SPINN) and my cellphone (SonyEricsson R306) are paired, so I can't use volume/skip track/pauze/play on my mp3 when paired alone.
I'm a bit puzzled why this happens...
I'm going to look into it and i'll let you know if I have any results.
Updated on Jun 22, 2010*Quick update 2b*
The mp3 issue seems to have solved itself after coupling/uncoupling my phone.
Updated on Jun 22, 2010*Quick update 3*
I tested the call quality, and it is good on both sides.
Listening music while cycling or walking when the player is in my front pocket gives some glitches in the signal now and then, I'm a bit dissapointed the signal isn't a bit more stable, but then of course my mp3 might be the couse of this.
Updated on Jun 22, 2010*Quick update 3*
The call quality is great on both sides.
The signal strength is a bit of a dissapointment as listening while walking or ccling with my mp3 in my front pocket results in some glitches now and than, but then again, my mp3 player migt be the couse of this. (and the signal might be more stable when the player not moving as much, when in my backpack, I will report on this later when I try it out)
Updated on Jun 27, 2010*Quick update 4*
-The signal stability when wearing the mp3 (Iriver SPINN) in a leather bag, mp3 in the neoprene bag that came with the headphones, is good, almost no glitches occur in the signal. (might be even better without the neoprene bag)
It's a good idea to wear the bag on the right side of the body, as the bluetooth reciever of the halo is located on this side too and will help for better signal reception.
-After using for a while the sound doesn't sound as bassy annymore
Probably becouse my hearing was more sensetive to bass, coused by the lack of a good headphone during the previous month.
The sound still is great, though sometimes a bit harsh on the highs.
Pros I like the aesthetics of it, and being bluetooth is what made me buy it, as coorded headphones don't seem to last long with me.
Cons Everything else. From the moment I got it, getting it to turn on or work or do anything is a matter of voodoo. There is no correct sequence of bend, fold, unfold, click button, hold button, etc to make this thing work. I've had it for about 2 years now, a
Summary Product designers should be forced to use the products they design.