This is my 1st true wireless pair of earphones and I was really impressed with them to begin with, they sound great and sit very comfortably in my ears without moving or falling at all, great design in that aspect. Not so great when it comes to the button on them, it's kind of hard to press, but it's not a deal breaker for me.
Now the big problem with them is some weird BT connectivity issues. While I'm at home I can use them without getting any dropouts and I can walk a fair distance away from my phone without a problem, however if I put them in my jeans pocket and go out for a walk I start getting frequent dropouts throughout. I've noticed that if I slightly tapped my phone in my pocket it would make the dropouts worse, I just don't get why it's happening. Just in case it was a one off I'll give them another chance. Previously I've used Razer Hammerhead BT and I've never had any connectivity issues with them no matter where my phone was located, so it's not an issue with my phone.
I'll give them a few more days and see if those issues can be resolved somehow, but if not then I'll sadly have to refund them as it is just unbearable to get connection dropouts like that.
I have tried a multitude of headphones over the years everything from JVC, Sennheiser, Philips, WeSC to Grado and everything in-between. For my money, Grado make the very best over ear headphones I have ever bought and they also have exemplary after sales service. I received these Bluetooth buds very quickly and they are the first product I have tested by Optoma. From the packaging to the actual product they exude quality and the sound they produce, given the price, is very good but not outstanding.
The big problem in rating headphones and earbuds is that the sound they produce and how they sound is very subjective to review, as two people can listen to a piece of music but they can hear that piece of music differently. In light of this, I am going to try and be as objective about these Earphones as I can.
They are extremely well made. Everything from the box to the buds appear to be top quality. The earbuds themselves are made of plastic and are light. They also look great and Optoma have obviously spent a great deal of time designing them.
They are very comfortable to wear and I did not have any issues getting the right fit from the rubber ear pieces.
The sound they produce is very good but given the price I did expect a little more. The reproduction is rich and clear, the bass is fantastic, the middle range is clear and defined and the treble is delightful. The only downside to these buds is the bass it just lacks a bit of depth.Whilst to some this may not be a deal breaker, but given the price and the claims from Optoma, I was expecting something just a bit better.
I was expecting great things from these buds and they slightly let me down, given the depth of bass. .The major advantages to these earbuds are in the fact that they seem to be superbly made and look & feel top quality and the sound is very good. The box is also very well designed, as it acts as a charger for the buds and you can get 3 charges out of it. To summarise, these headphones are very well made and produce a sound that is very good.
These are bluetooth in-ear earphones which allow completely cable-free listening. Nothing particularly new in terms of technology, but they do come with a great feature - a carry pod which also serves as a portable charging bank.
The earbuds themselves are fairly small and unobtrusive, and come with 5 pairs of spare silicone tips. It’s not easy to differentiate between left and right – the L and R markings are on the ON/OFF button on each ear but are so tiny as to be almost invisible. After a little use though it’s possible to identify left and right by the shape of the bud. I’ve put a tiny piece of coloured tape on the left one for ease of use.
The instructions are very sparse - diagrams only - so thankfully it’s straightforward enough to pair the earbuds with a device. Turn on the Bluetooth device, press and hold the ON button on the left earbud for 4 seconds (flashes red & white) and the connection will be made (stops flashing). Then press and hold the ON button on the right bud and syncing is made.
The buds fit well in the ear, and are moulded nicely to shape the ear canal. They’re small enough to be inconspicuous but the smooth surface does make them slip in the hands easily. These are completely cable free, as opposed to some which are bluetooth but connected to each other by a cable. Cable free offers completely free and unrestricted listening, but it does mean that if they fall out they are likely to be damaged or lost.
The carry pod doubles as a charging bank. Once fully charged from the mains (standard USB cable included) it will hold enough energy for four full charges of the buds. Each charge gives four hours listening so in theory a total of sixteen hours use can be carried around.
Everything good so far, but the sound quality will be the deal breaker and unfortunately it’s not up to the price tag attached to this product. For something at the top end of the product range in terms of cost I would expect great sound, but its not evident here. The sound is clear and balanced in terms of treble, middle and bass, but the product description of ‘superior sound quality with deep explosive bass’ is an exaggeration. I wouldn’t use the term ‘tinny’, but they are far closer to that than ‘explosive bass’.
In summary, I love the freedom these earphones offer. They will be a great asset in situations such as sports or gym sessions where a cable is cumbersome, but for everyday commuting on foot, train or bike I would not sacrifice sound quality for that extra freedom.
I am really impressed with these headphones. They are the first pair of truly wireless headphones I have ever owned, and as I have quite small ear canals I had a bit of trepidation about them falling out, but this worry is unfounded. I have worn these, at home, in the office, cycling to work and for a brisk walk and they stay in really well. I had one fall out event when I brushed them removing a balaclava, so far I have found they stay in the ear really well. The fit is comfortable and doesn't set out to be a real seal in the ear job. Even so, outside noise is kept to a pleasingly low level.
The headphones come with two sets of ear buds, a chanrging case and a usb cable. As is the trend nowadays the instruction booklet is a bit minimalist. However, pairing with an iPhone 6S was straightforwards and the only problem I have had is working out how to switch them off.
The sound of these headphones is what impressed me the most. The sound is well balanced and articulate, the bass is not overpowering - if you like lots of bass these may not be for you - but it is present. I listened to one album on my commute home and heard things in the music I had not noticed before. This is a well loved album I have listened to for years and the headphones really brought it alive again, with great stereo positioning. I really can't praise the sound quality enough.
The speech function I tested calling my wife on my bicycle with traffic going past. My wife could hear me and did not complain of interference when a car went past, which is a problem often previously encountered with other bluetooth wired headphones.
The charging case is a neat little black box. I found getting the usb cable in a bit tight the first time, like the socket had been damaged, but it seems OK now. It is good for three charges of the headphones, which allegedly las 4 hours a go. I haven't got near to discharge yet to comment.
All in all I would warmly recommend these on the sound quality alone, but a comfortable fit for my ears and them staying secure elevates it to another level. There really isn't anything not to like.