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Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by joelav22 Not bad, but not great
I've had a chance to really put these through their paces.
The fit and finish is really nice. These are quite solid. The materials don't feel cheap at all. The hinges are solid. The buttons are intuitively laid out and have a good feel.
Battery life is excellent. Charging time seems about average and on par with a cellphone. I get about 6 hours of usage out of these.
Range is great. I don't have formal data because I haven't actually measured my property, but they do work everywhere I went. I would say the advertised 250 feet is accurate.
Syncing either via USB from a PC or via the transmitter is really easy.
These are surprisingly comfortable. They fit snugly but not too tight where they are uncomfortable. They do not slip off during strenuous activity such as jogging
Sound quality. Let me preface this by saying I am an audiophile. I wasn't expecting top notch quality at this price point, but I was expecting a little better. The bass is very sloppy and somewhat muffled. At higher volumes needed when listening in noisy environments, there is a significant amount of clipping. Midrange is dull and muted. When not clipped, the highs are actually pretty crisp and bright.
In addition to the subpar sound quality, there is a constant hum when turned on. It is very noticeable at low listening volumes.
Also the PC/Windows integration is terrible. The software is almost non-existent - which is good because I don't like bloatware installed. However the headphones constantly loose sync and do not remain the primary audio device. The microphone is all but useless. It picks up more ambient noise than it does your voice.
In summary, this product has excellent fit an finish, but I cannot recommend them. The sound quality is below my acceptable standards even at this price point. I suppose they would be completely acceptable to use while watching TV in bed as not to disturb your significant other, but do not reproduce music well enough to be a good alternative to wired headphones. With the prevalence of small portable devices these days, wireless headphones are not always the best choice. I do a lot of woodworking and it would be nice if these sounded good. Cords get in the way. When using hand tools later in the evening, I like to use headphones as not to wake anyone playing music. Although nowhere near as comfortable, I'll stick to my bluetooth headset for the time being.
December 11, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Judson Good Sound But Design Issues
First, for the pros: The sound is excellent with these headphones. They do a good job of blocking outside noise & the audio is rich & crisp. Setting the headphones up to work wirelessly with my ipod touch was a breeze - I charged the headphones and the transmitter for 10-15 minutes each and then setup was completed in less than a minute. The headphones are attractive enough - nothing special, but they're a good size, not overly large & the control buttons are well placed and accessible.
Now for the considerable list of cons: Right off the bat, the packaging is a little cheesy - the box has binary code (a string of 0s and 1s) in a wave-like design, seemingly to represent the wireless transmission from the transmitter to the headphones - not nearly as sleek as I would expect for the price point. Once in the box, the user's manual is just a single front & back sheet of paper - VERY basic & kind of cheap looking. The headphones themselves are nice looking... UNTIL you touch them. The outside of the headphones are a sleek, shiny plastic that shows every fingerprint. If that doesn't bother you, then it's not a big deal, but I've found myself regularly trying to wipe off the smudges so it looks clean & sharp again. Also, the ear pieces on the headphones are comfortable, but not well attached. One of mine has fallen off a couple times - they're not hard to put back on, but they don't lock into place, so I foresee it being on ongoing issue.
Now, for my biggest con - while the headphones work flawlessly with my ipod, I have yet to get them to work with a computer via the included USB. I was able to successfully sync the headphones with my desktop computer (according to the user's manual it synced - the blue light flashed, then went solid), but alas, there was never any audio from the headphones. I got sound when I plugged the 3.5mm jack into the computer's headphone jack, but I could never get the USB to work. I tried everything in the user's manual, but there really wasn't any solutions for technical difficulties listed. I also couldn't find anything online. I also tried to use the headphones with my Macbook Pro, and alas, they don't seem to be Mac compatible at all - my MacBook says it can't identify the external keyboard & then tries to walk me through a setup wizard. But obviously, since it's a pair of headphones & not a keyboard, I don't get past step 1. So, for now, I will continue to use them on both the computer & my ipod via the 3.5mm transmitter, but I'm HOPING that some day I can figure out the USB & use that on the computer instead since it doesn't have to be recharged like the 3.5mm transmitter does.
So, in summary: good audio quality but some design flaws & very little troubleshooting support available.
December 11, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Doc766 Light headset is comfortable with clear sound.
The L A Sound wireless headphone is light and comfortable with a good, clear sound. The set-up is a little confusing and requirement for a USB transmitter makes the system somewhat bulky. I was disappointed that the system could not be connected to my television for viewing while others were sleeping. I followed the instruction sheet closely. I was unable to sinc the headphones with my laptop computer until the headphones were fully charged. I was successful in getting the sinc but found that it was difficult to tell when both volume buttons were held down correctly being on a rounded surface. Once the sinc was made the headphones worked great. I later tried to use the system on my Blackberry but was unable to determine how to make this work. Also, since the mic and two way controls were not functional with this option, it was not practical. Overall, the headphones perform great with my laptop but would be more suitable if they could connect via Bluetooth without using a USB port.
December 14, 2012