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Uncomfortable, impractical, and with a constant background hiss
on 12 January 2015
It is good that these headphones are wireless and compatible with PC, XBox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. They tick all the boxes in that regard. They are not the most comfortable headphones though, pressing against the tips of my ears, despite having chunky ear cups with plenty of foam padding. The on/off button seems to take an age to power up, and it is too close to the volume buttons. The headphones are powered by micro-usb connector, which is very tight and poorly positioned. It makes charging after use quite a chore. I'm worried that, as with mobile phones I've owned, the usb socket will eventually cease to charge the device as wear and tear takes its toll on the connector. Moreover, the 'charging stand' doesn't actually contribute to the charging activity. It is also quite lightweight, having a tendency to fall over backwards. The transmitter unit with the USB ports is supposed to sit inside the base of the stand, but it doesn't stay put.
The thing I enjoy most about these headphones is the freedom to wander around, rather than being tethered to the desk by them. However, the signal breaks up sometimes when I'm in other parts of the house and there is always a continuous background hiss, which seems to be a common issue with wireless headphones. It makes me want to take them off whenever I'm not playing sound through them. They sound really quite good good most of the time if you can ignore the discomfort.
For PC users like me who have Soundblaster sound chips onboard, there is integration with features like scout mode and crystal voice. Unfortunately, or perhaps unforgivably, The Soundblaster software that works with my sound chip isn't able to switch between speaker mode and headphone mode, which it didn't have a problem with when I was using wired headphones.
I'm sure that some other wireless headphones will trounce these within months, but for the time being, they will do the job just about acceptably. I can't say I'm overly impressed though.