If you are looking for a sub $40 pair of headphones to make you forget the bigger companies, look to BliTZWOlF and the HP-1 over-ear headphones. These may be the best day-to-day listening headphones I have tested thus far.
This past weekend proved to be a rough one. Having decided that we reached the end of our baby making saga, my wife and I chose that I would have a vasectomy. I expected it to be terrible but was surprised to find that it was not that bad. Unfortunately, I did not plan to also add Strep Throat into the mix. When the two ailments combined, I passed man-flu and found myself stricken with the dreaded man-plague. During this time, I slept for nearly an entire twenty-four hour period, and in between bouts of stupor, I listened to Amazon Prime Music with the BW-HP1 headphones from BliTZWOlF.
The device arrived in a fairly generic 6 3/4 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches thick white cardboard box with green accents. The stoic cover proudly displayed the BW-HP1 model number along with the center and BliTZWOlF in negative font within a 5/8 inches tall by 1 3/8 inches wide green rectangle. Interestingly the upper green panel, the lower mixed green/white panel and both the left/right side panels were devoid of writing. The rear panel proved to be the most useful and provided the company name, model number, and information that this was a pair of headphones. BliTZWOlf did not provide this information anywhere else on the packaging, which was rather odd. Lastly, the back panel provided information about the Bluetooth 4.1, 15 hours reported talk time, 13 hours reported music playback time, 33 foot/10 meter range, a QR code linking to (www.blitzwolf.com), SKU bar and the typical product labels. Lifting the lid, I found the over-ear headphones, an accessory bag with a 51 inches long 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, a 20 inches long USB-A to USB-micro cable, a four-panel comment card and a hexalingual instruction manual (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese). The flippable comment card was divided into a smiley face and a frown face. When you open the card, the internal pages provided a QR code on one side and the email (firstname.lastname@example.org), online contact at www.blitzwolf.com/contact-us.html and a recommendation to leave an Amazon review on the other side. The user manual provided a listed of specifications and a packing list/labeled diagram of the headphones. In addition to the details provided on the back of the packaging, the manual noted a 4 hour charging time and a battery capacity of 420mAh. The attractive red/black over-ear headphones had a 1/4 inch soft, red, upper foam head pad. The outer shiny black cover was met with 1 inch wide by 3/8 inches tall BliTZWOlf logo hinge. Just distal to the logo, you will find a 1-inch long extension section hidden within the ear cup/hinge section. The extension section also served as a hinge section and allowed the headphones to fold. Each of the 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall ear cups had a 1/16 inch red rim, which popped against the black foam/plastic. Beneath the left ear cup you will find the 3.5mm input port, and beneath the right earcup, you will find the USB-Mini charging port, a volume up/next track and volume down/previous track button and the power/pairing/pause button. Each earcup has a ball/socket attachment with the head strap which ensured that the headphones remained affixed to my head with movement.
Before using the headphone for the first time, I charged it fully for 4 hours. Once fully charged, I powered on the headphones by holding the power button for 2-3 seconds and heard a female voice announce “Power On.” If you hold the button for two more seconds, you will hear the female voice announce “Pairing.” Navigate to settings, Bluetooth and then choose BW-HP1 from the list. The female voice will then announce “Connected.” When I pressed the multi-function button again, you will hear “Power Off.” Double pressing the power/play button will activate Siri, a single press of the volume button will change the track, and a long press will adjust the volume. I am not a fan of this button combination as the long press volume tends to be very imprecise. I liked the location of the microphone at the base of the right earcup, and my wife noted that the device did not seem to pick up so much of the background noise. Picking up and hanging up a call proved to be rather easy. If you cannot hear the music or the call hold the volume up button until the desired level or until you hear “Maximum Volume.” Testing the device over the past two weeks, I was pleased to find that it had between 12-14 hours depending on the volume level. At 50% volume, the headphones seemed to reliably last 14.5 hours.
To test the sound output, I navigated to audiocheck.net and used the Low-Frequency Response and Subwoofer Audio Test (10-200 Hz) and High-Frequency Response and Hearing Audio Test (22-8 kHz) tests. I was able to hear from 20Hz up to 15khz, which is the upper limit of my hearing. When I had my ten and seven-year-old sons listen with the headphones, they were able to hear from 20Hz to 17kHz. After testing the binaural recording on the audiocheck.net website, I looked for another binaural recording. One of my new found favorite recordings was “(3D binaural recording) Inside a church (echoing footsteps, pipe organ)” on YouTube. I liked that I could sense people walking around you and I felt fully immersed in sound. Another amazing recording was the “Sound Of Silence (3D Binaural Audio)- Simon and Garfunkel Cover-Jarvis Brothers (Ear to Ear). After listening to Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody-3D Audio (Total Immersion), I do not know if I want to go back to the standard track. The sound starts in one ear, and you can feel it move to your other ear, which was an amazing experience. To test the bass, I utilized Holly Cole “Train Song,” CeeLo Green’s “Bright Lights Bigger City,” and Home Free “Ring of Fire.” To test the upper range of the BliTZWOlf BW-HP1 headphones, I utilized the Far and Away Soundtrack, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Soundtrack, Queen “Somebody to Love,” and selections from Billy Joel “Piano Man,” and “The Longest Time.” This time, I also listened to many of my favorite tracks from CCR, Alabama, Johnny Cash, The Temptations, Joe Cocker, Dr. Hook, Ben E. King, Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Bill Withers, Dusty Springfield, and Jim Croce. I had to remind myself that I was testing the headphones and not taking a walk through my memories. With my prolonged period of being down-for-the-count, I turned to Amazon Prime Video and watched Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond. I returned to easy listening and this time chose to use YouTube. Excitedly, I did not experience any lag between the audio and video.
The BliTZWOlF headphones provided a pleasing experience and I was surprised at their sub $50 cost. When combined, the quality of the sound and the comfortable fit made for a rewarding experience. The positives significantly outweighed the negatives and almost made up for the reversed volume/track buttons. The soft ear cups prevented ear fatigue and the 40mm internal drivers allowed plenty of bass to combine with full upper sounds. I was truly impressed that BliTZWOlF was able to provide such a quality device at $39.99.