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Perfect for hard of hearing TV viewing and music.
on 10 April 2017
I'm hard of hearing with in ear hearing aids. Now having difficulty hearing speech on TV or sound bar speakers. These headphones are my last chance to hear a film or even the news clearly without causing grief to my wife. They arrived nice and quickly despite freepost option. Everything was in order. I found it easy to pop the batteries in, a tag tells you which cup to open. I sat the transmitter just behind the TV plugged it in and connected the earphone jack to my old Samsung flatscreen TV. This cut the speakers off I did not wait to charge the batteries switched the phones on and got a screeching static noise in my ears. After fiddling with the tuning button I got the TV sound but there was a loud hum in the background. This is because the volume on the TV was low. Having no sound from TV speakers allowed me to increase the volume on the TV to about 80% and lower the headphone volume to almost nothing and I got pure clean sound. My wife can hear the TV via the soundbar at her own level while I can play with the phones to my pleasure.
Listening to them now The speech is crisp I have the headphone volume at about half way and do not envisage needing to increase it. I tried raising the volume and it gets too loud before any hiss comes in. So speech is fine. I tuned my Humax Freesat into a music channel. OMG! There are sounds there I have not heard for a long time and in wonderful stereo. All the different sounds stand out on their own. No more straining to hear that little guitar riff or the background singers. Even adverts are a pleasure. They do not come booming out at a raised volume and there are so many sounds I did not know were there. I found the treble sounds a little close to breaking point in some older songs. The bass stands out on it's own not too deep and the drums are just the right level.
There is a slight problem, he volume control is just above the tune control. A design fault in my opinion. However I soon got used to using my thumb and sliding it down from above the control to avoid the tune dial.
As I mentioned I wear in ear aids, the foam cushions of the headphones get a little warm after an hour but not uncomfortable. If there are any ad's on I slip them off my head and they are cool again in a minute. I would not want to wear these for any longer than a 3 hour epic film So long as they do not loosen with age the fit is fine. They are so light I forget they are there until I turn my head.
The open fit allows me to hear most sounds in the room and carry out a conversation as normal, My wife says she can hear a slight amount of sound from the headset but she has super hearing...
I cannot emphasise the convenience of having the loop charging dock. Simply place on the holder and forget them. A previous pair (Philips) I tried were a nightmare with a silly antenna and a tiny charging plug and cable and even worse a 2 pin power plug. They went straight back.
To sum up.
For the price range these are amazing headphones, if you want to buy with confidence these are the ones for you.
Pros - Charging dock simplicity, Crisp sound, comfort to wear nice design. Easy to replace batteries so you could keep a second pair and replaceable foam cups.
Cons - I little warm for hearing aid wearers, open cups would have been great. Volume and tune control too close (put tuner on other earpiece).
Tip - Don't forget to switch them off using the on/off switch on the left cup or your batteries are working overtime.
Additional - I tried the headset without my aids in, after raising the volume I can hear all speech but some of the treble sounds are lost owing to my particular hearing loss. However they are even more comfortable, so when it comes to a long film this is an option. I point this out I do not want my individual problem to detract from how good these headphones are, hence the 5 stars.