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If you live with others, who may not apreciate your music playing loud all of the time, and don't want to be restricted by wires, then these are ideal. They provide the high quality of sound that you'd expect from Sony, have several great features and best of all, they won't break the bank! Available for about £50 online these headphones are probably the best ones available in within the budget.
One of the great features of these headphones is the induction charging. Which in my opinion is something needs to be much more widely embraced by manufacturers. The headphones come with a rather unusual, but stylish, cradle shaped base station. This is both the wireless transmitter and the charger. The headphones naturally fit into the cradle and and will charge when in, this means that you don't need to worry about charging them, as chances are they'll be left in the cradle when not in use. As a result I'm not even aware of the battery limitations, I rarely wear them for more than a few hours at once, and the rest of the time they are in the cradle charging.
The headphones themselves have only two controls on them; the volume wheel and a button to switch channel (three are supported in total). There is no on/off button on either the headphones or the base, as the headband detects when it is being worn, and cuts out when removed, only to resume power when placed back on your head.
As I mentioned earlier the headphones provide the high quality of sound that you'd expect from Sony. The quality of sound rivals that more expensive heaphones, and despite them being wireless there is no real loss of quality. The only noticable difference is a subtle hissing sound that you'd get from any wireless headset, and is noticable during few seconds silence between tracks.
These headphones are not the most comfortable pair available, although nor are they the worst I've had. The headband fits securely around my head, and the ear pieces are large enough that they won't squash your ears. The only problem is that they're not as light as I'd like them to be. Wearing them there is a noticable weight on your head, probably from the batteries and wireless reciever.
These are great headphones, especially for the price that they are available for, and I would say that they rival much more expensive models. So if your budget is around £40-£60 and you want a pair of high quality headphones that won't restrict you with wires, then these are for you!
I share a house with a few people, and so it's often not convenient to play music at full blast, especially at night, but I hate being confined to wired headphones, they're fine for on the move, but when at home I like to be free not to have to be chained to my iPod.
*WIRELESS; these headphones work by securing a radio link between your music device (via a 3.5mm headphone jack) and them. They're okay to about 100m according to Sony, but I think this is an estimate of how well they'd work if you were in a giant room with no walls, realistically they work to about the same distance as your cordless housephone would.
*CHARGING CRADLE; many of these headphones I looked at before settling on these needded batteries, a ridiculous amount of AA/AAA batteries. Sony have invented a charging cradle, I admit, its not going to win any design awards, and just gathers dust most of the time, but it certainly saves buying endless batteries. The charging is done by "electromagnetic induction", basically they also charge wirelessly, if i remember from physics its something to do with an oscillating magnetic field produces an electroc field.
*QUALITY OF SOUND; you;d expect a loss in quality without wires but it isnt the case, these headphones deliver crystal sharp quality, it's only really limited by how good your mp3 files are, (or cd's if youre feeling oldschool)
*FITTING; this is my only real disadvantage that I can think of, Ive got quite a small head and they dont fit PARTICULARLY snugly, well, theyre not as snug as I'd like and have experienced with others, they feel like they could slide off if I shook my head too hard
You should really give the sony headphones a chance, its so liberating not to be chained to an output device via a wire. You're free to dance about the room at your leisure without getting tangled ;)
I'd been looking around for a new pair of wireless headphones ever since my sennheiser hdr-120 developed a chronic crackling sound. So I set my budget to to around £50 which is what I paid for the sennheiser. Luckliy I found these for under the budget!!! First impressions, though fairly light, they're a little bulky and make you look like a cyberman from doctor who. The plastic feels a little flimsy in places especially at the hinges between the ear cups and head band. The ear cups themselves are soft to the touch but never seem to sit exactly on the ears and are not deep enough to form a proper seal around the ears. Initial impressions aside, when you start to use them, you really appreciate just how innovative they really are. To begin with, the charging cradle maybe a little odd looking, but its design allows them to be charged simply by dropping them into the cradle and everything falls into position. There are no metal contacts to align because the battery is charged using an induction system similar to that used by electric toothbrushes. This is far and away a much superior system than anything that uses metal contacts (are you listening sennheiser?). There's a lot to be said for simplicity and the headphones have just two controls; a volume wheel and a auto tuning button. The cradle has a 3 channel switch and all you have to do is set whichever channel you want and push the auto tuning button and hey presto, a second later, its found the right channel. You may be asking 'but how do you switch it on and off?'. The answer is; you don't have to! When you place the headphones on your head, you push the spring loaded headband upwards which automatically activates them. When you take them off, the headband retracts and they switch off. Thats a definition of cool.
When using analogue radio frequencies for sending and receiving sound, you're always going to get some interference from the numerous wireless devices like, WiFi, Dect phones, etc. And these headphones are no exception. No matter which channel I chose, there was always a quiet background hiss, but this was only really noticeable during quiet parts of a movie or game. Overall sound reproduction is a little disappointing. its relatively flat, with a noticeable lack of bass, and the top end frequencies dont have enough volume. This is definitely not one for the audio purists and video enthusiasts. However, the range is fairly good and the transmitter is strong. In my home the furthest I can go is about 20m away and at this distance the signal had no problem passing through the ceilings and brick walls.
My only other gripe was that I had to initially charge it for 18 hours before I could use them, but thats really a problem with my patience and a single charge should last about 16 hours +.
As a part time gamer, video watcher and general consumer (i.e. someone that likes things to be as user friendly as possible) I strongly recommend these to people who don't have a lot of money to spend but enjoys the little luxuries like something as simple as wirefree entertainment. These are definitely value for money.