Top positive review
Very nice mid-price Bluetooth headphone.
14 July 2018
I had been promising myself some better bluetooth phones for some time. The ones I had were ok but they did not support Apt-X and were a little uncomfortable to wear for more than a couple of hours. I did consider some pricier alternatives, including some from Audio Technica, but most of these were £400 upwards and tempting though some of these were, I found it hard to justify spending so much and, after all, having just entered my seventies, I doubt that my hearing would do these full justice.
I did try the very similar on-ear Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BTBK which sounded ok-ish but seemed a little too bright although, at £115 or so, they were a strong contender (as were the well reviewed AKG YG50 BT phones). These were on-ear phones and I find these uncomfortable to wear for any length of time. I couldn't find these to try anywhere but I did find a few independent reviews so decided to buy.
They arrived neatly packed with a little carrying pouch, an instruction booklet, USB charging cable and an audio cable which can be used when the charge runs out of puff. As the phones arrived already charged I was able to use them in Bluetooth mode immediately. I have an Avantree transmitter than supports Apt-X plugged into a Marantz CR611. I paired the phones to the Avontree device without any problems. My CD collection is stored on a NAS in FLAC format and streaming some selections from this to the Marantz and thence to the phones provided an intial trial. As hoped for, the phones provided a nice, airy, sound with a nice balance aross the range. I've worn the phones for up to 4 hours at a time and felt no discomfort or listening fatigue. I've yet to try the wired option - a charge lasts 30hours apparently so I may not need to. I've also tried pairing with my desktop PC which has a Startech bluetooth dongle and my Motorola G4 mobile phone. No problems pairing with any of these and with the desktop providing APT-X support, the sound quality is excellent as, indeed, is that with the mobile phone as the source.
I own a couple of wired headphones - Grado SR125 and Phillips Fidelio M1 (I'll not go into why two!) both have excellent sound quality and receive excellent reviews. To my ears, the new AT phones (in Bluetooth mode) sound better balanced - slightly less bass than either of the wired phones - but they are definitely more comfortable than these.
So far, I'm very pleased with my purchase. These headphones are certainly worth considering!