We all know the pros and the cons with Bluetooth headphones, but I must admit until recently I had never used them myself. Now, thanks to a great Christmas present, I have. I have spent almost a week with them now, and I figured I would share with all of you my experience with Bluetooth headphones. My hope is that by reading what it was like with me, you can decide if they are right for you.
For the record, I received a pair of the Powerbeats 2 Bluetooth headphones. So, your mileage may vary as I haven’t tried every pair out there, but I will try to describe my experience as generically as possible so you can get a good idea on how your experience will be.
Design and Feel
The first thing that I noticed about my Bluetooth headphones was the design. They look sleek and stylish. The red accents are perfect to enhance the look, but not overpowering. Of course, the look and feel of yours will be different, but from what I have seen most Bluetooth headphones feature a similar design. Next, of course, was how they felt in my ears. When I placed them in my ears, they were comfortable and they made a good seal in my ears for perfect listening pleasure. However, the seal made it harder for me to use the microphone and hear myself speak, but this could get better as I get more used to it, but only time will tell. Overall, they feel great in my ears and look great.
One thing I don’t like about Bluetooth headphones is having to stop to charge them. But, it’s something you can’t escape and it’s something you just have to live with if you want to listen wirelessly. What is important is how fast they charge and how long they last. I found that mine lasted almost all day using them to listen to music and talk on the phone. I didn’t give them a charge when I opened them, either, so after a charge they may last even longer before needing to be plugged in. My set doesn’t have a cable I can use instead, at least not that I’ve found, so once they are dead, they will have to be charged. Still, my first charge when pretty quick so I really have nothing to complain about. Still, you may want to keep a backup pair handy for any longer listening sessions.
Now this is the big one. How good do they sound? This will all depend on which headphone you buy, of course, but overall I do feel that they sound great. The overall music sound is well rounded and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything when I’m using them. Overall, I do feel they sound a little thinner that headphones you plug in, but that is a common complaint among users of Bluetooth headphones. Still I don’t think it was noticeable enough for it to be a real problem. When using them to talk on the phone, the voices on the other end sounded crystal clear, and no one ever complained about not being able to hear me. While you can never replace the sound quality of a good set of speakers you plug in, these do a pretty good job of producing all the different channels while not needing a wire.
Overall, I have to say that my first experience with Bluetooth headphones has been a good one. While I’m not a huge fan of having something else to charge, it goes with the territory. The look and feel are great and they are comfortable to wear. While the sound may not match a high end pair of wired headphones, it was more than enough to get the job done. If you have been thinking about buying a pair but weren’t sure how well they work, I think you should go ahead and grab them. Not getting tangled in wires has been great and well worth the price, in my opinion.
Do you use Bluetooth headphones? If so, what has your experience been like? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.