Top positive review
2 people found this helpful
on 23 October 2011
I use headsets everyday for several hours per day. I use them to listen to audio books, DVDs, and notes, as well as when I am using my dictation software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking) and speaking to family and friends on Skype. This means that I am happy if the quality is good enough for me to hear what has been said without having to replay a section to try to work out what is being said.
Over the past couple of decades I have found that I cannot use earphones or ear-buds because they made my ears very sore, this is regardless of the make or the length of time I've used them for. If I have to use ear-buds then I normally have to have them hanging round my ear, rather than in the ear, with the volume turned up. To solve this problem I use headphones, but when you are in a waiting room, on the train/bus or in a public place using headphones can make you feel self-conscious.
These ear-phones are specifically made for women. Women (according to the blurb) have smaller ear canals ... well, I learnt something new, but it would explain why other buds cause me so much pain.
The headset comes with 4 sets of soft ear-bud tips, increasing in size. I have found that the smallest ones suit my ears the best, but because they are soft and more pliable I believe that I could use even the largest of the tips without the pain I've suffered with other makes.
The shell of the "speaker" is a dark, shiny, rose red colour. I wondered how they would appear when I was using them, but they were hardly noticeable, and there is always the option to move your hair down over your ears if you are conscious of people staring at you. They are available in 3 colours: rose, Violet and Pale Lilac.
The shell is angled for more comfortable use and this also makes it easier to remember which one goes in which ear, but if you are unsure the manufacturers have put a tiny reminder on each one to help you out.
These earphones come with a 2 year limited guarantee.
The cable is said to be "tangle free" and is covered with a moisture resistant woven material. This casing gives the fine wires a stronger feel than those I have tried with a plastic coating. The cable is approximately 1.2 metres in length and comes with a standard jack which will fit most devices such as i-pods and mp3/4 players, though adaptors are available if you need a different size.
I keep these earphones in a small box so that they don't get tangled up with my keys in my bag and become damaged.
Since I very rarely listen to music using headsets of any sort so I cannot say what the pitch and/or tone is like on that regard, however the sound quality is very good when using them on audio books, notes and DVDs.
I admit that I am very impressed by these earphones. I never thought I could earphones that didn't hurt and gave good sound performance for my needs, until I was given these.
--- UPDATE --- 8 February 2012 ---
These earphones have just been machine washed with a fast spin setting and then spent more than 30 minutes in the dryer (I had left them in my pocket by accident) and they still work. Definitely worth your consideration if they can survive that.