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My first FM cordless headphones
on 16 August 2006
I only bought these yesterday, but I must say they were very easy to setup, and for the price come with quite a few items in the box.
- the headphones
which are very comfortable and padded and come with a power on / off button (but the transmitter automatically switches off if it detects no sound). a volume control, a channel switcher (both channels were clear for me), and a socket to plug the headphones into the charger.
inside one ear there is an allocation for two rechargeable AAA batteries (supplied philips own brand 550MaH i think!), which has a built in charger (just connect this to the base unit with the supplied lead for 16 hours and you will get about 15 hours charge time).
philips reccommend that you use only their rechargeable batteries if you need to replace them, but i imagine they would be hard to get hold of so i think standard rechargeable batteries would suffice (though i havent tested this), or just standard non-rechargeable batteries if you are stuck).
out of the box you will have to attach the foam earpiece to the side that takes the batteries, this is easily done.
- the receiver
this is quite a small receiver (compared with other larger units that i have seen) that looks quite neat. out of the box it has a wire, that you slot the hollow solid aerial onto.
you need to plug one end of the receiver into a power socket with the supplied transformer, and the other end into the headphone socket that you wish to use.
two lights on the front of the reciever firstly indicate if the reciever is plugged in and secondly if you are charging the headphones.
- a solid hollow aerial
- a converter jack
for alternative sized headphone sockets
- two aaa rechargeable batteries
philips branded and i think 550MaH
- a power adaptor
which plugs into the receiver
The sound is pretty impressive, not fantastic but comparable to wired headphones, although this is due to the fm quality rather than the headphones.
i found that i needed to tweak audio levels to make sure that i got the optimum quality, i made sure that the tv that i was plugging into was sufficiently loud so that the volume control on the headphones themselves had a good range, mostly free from fm distortion.
i have been able to use the headphones from a fairly decent range, but the signal starts to break up when i reach the bottom of my garden.
i can however do the dishes in the kitchen and listen to the news in the living room quite happily!
overall im very pleased with these and i imagine that these headphones are as good for general use as anything else on the market.