Sport Bluetooth Headphones provide good sound, but they are very difficult to enjoy.
Music is a universal language. Whether or not you understand the words to a song, you can still enjoy the beat, the rhythm, the harmony and the overall feel of the song. Our ability to enjoy music has drastically advanced over the past 20-30 years as well. Gone are the days where a stereo system fills a room, replaced with a wallet-sized device that is always with you. We can enjoy music on-the-go, at the gym, at work, or wherever you desire. Additionally, you have a degree of freedom in the style of earphones that you utilize. The three main types are in-ear, on-ear, and around-ear. Depending on the situation, you may choose to have all three. I received a Wireless
The WirelessV4.0 Headphones arrived in a 4 3/4 inch tall by 2 7/8 inch wide by 1 3/4 inch tall cardboard box. The yellow and black coloration is eye-catching and had a caution tape feel to it. The cover displays a side profile of running man along the middle and a very intense female face along the top left. It appears as if she is in a running mode/sprinting mode as well. The wording on the front of the packaging is very generic: WirelessV4.0, Sport Bluetooth Headset, Sweat Proof, Water Proof, and High Definition Headphone. The back of the packaging is a little more detailed, providing some technical specifications of the product: Bluetooth 4.0 +EDR with protocols for HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, 10-meter working distance, 8 hour talk time, 8 hour music time, standby time 200 hours and charging time of about 2 hours. Neither the sides nor the back provides an actual name for this product. Wireless Sport Bluetooth Headset and Made in China WirelessV4.0 are the closest I can find to a model/manufacturer. It is unfortunate, but the packaging and the title suffer from a lack of detail and feels very generic.
Inside of the box, you will find a very short pair of in-ear headphones resting on a black cardboard cutout. Beneath the headphones, you will find a 2 3/4 inch wide by 4 3/8 inch tall nylon drawstring bag, with an opening that runs the entire width of the bag. There is an accessory bag, which provides small and large silicone ear-tips, a minimalistic 13-inch USB-A to USB-micro cable, a small product warranty card and an instruction manual. The sixteen-panel instruction manual suffers from the same lack of specificity as packaging. The instruction manual shows an in-ear headphone with over helix arches, serving as ear loops. The actual order of instruction inside of the manual is very weird, starting with button function, charging time, LED indicator status, product parameters and then troubleshooting. The reverse side shows the pairing instructions and the use of the headphones. You will need to place the right device into your ear and to rotate the right earphone counterclockwise and then place the left earphone in your ear and rotate in a clockwise direction.
To pair the headphones, you will need to press the power button alongside the right earphone. Look for the Bluetooth logo and V4.0. Hold this button in for about 3 seconds, and you will hear a beep. Most devices that I have tested previously have a vocal alert for power-on/off and pairing status. This device had a few beeps but no vocal alert. Navigate to settings on your device, then to Bluetooth and find the generic SM-808A device in the list. Choosing this, you will hear yet another beep, but no vocal alert. The device has a small LED along the power button, which will flash red/blue while pairing and will change to a very slow blue intermittent flashing light upon pairing. Once paired, was complete, I attempted to use the device. As stated above, place the right earphone into the ear and rotate counterclockwise, twisting the loop over the top of the earlobe. The volume up and down buttons are located on the inside of the right earpiece, which is a rather odd location for the buttons. To change the volume, short press the “+” button or the “-” button. To change track, hold the “+” or the “-” button for about 2 seconds. The buttons are difficult to access, as they rest inside of the earlobe. Unfortunately, I had to push my ear backward with the tip of my finger while pressing the button with the pad of the finger. Personally, the buttons would have been better located along the bottom or the front facing edge.
The right tip went into the canal very easily and was quite comfortable. Alas, fitting the left ear tip was not nearly as easy. The cable linking the two headphones is too short. measuring at 11 inches in length. You will have to run the cable behind your head and stretch it while holding the right earpiece in place. If you do not hold the right side in place, it will pull out as you try to place the left earpiece. After a few attempts, fitting the headphones into the canals was a bit easier. Do not expect the placement to be quick as it will take some repositioning to get a comfortable feel. I tried the medium and small silicone tips and felt that the small tips fit my canals better. Once fitted, I found that the elastic cord pulled and torqued the headphones into the same direction that I previously rotated them. The pressure made the headphones feel uncomfortable, as it dragged the ear downward. With the short cable, any flexion of the head from side to side or rotation of the head from side to side provided an uncomfortable pulling sensation on the earlobe and canal. I never experienced the device falling out of my ear with the small tip, but the medium tip did not stay fitted with movement. The idea seems amazing for a pair of exercise headphones, but the device is not that comfortable.
To test my headphones, I utilize the audio tests section of the audiocheck.net website. Utilizing the Left/Right stereo sound test, the left and right headphones provide the appropriate sound. I have tested a few headphones that had this reversed. Most users would not notice this, but you would notice this in the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen as the call and response is reversed. The low frequency and high-frequency tests showed the range of the headphones to be 30 Hz-13 kHz (I normally hear from 15-16kHz). My 6-year-old son tried the earphones, and he was able to hear the tone at 14-15 kHz. Upper-frequency sound is age and lifestyle dependent, and we lose the ability to hear the upper-frequency sounds as we get older. Once these tests were complete, I turned to my typical test files. To test the bass I utilized “Why so Serious” Joker Theme from Dark Knight Rises, Cee Lo Green “Bright Lights Bigger City,” the opening scene from Star Wars Episode 3 “Attack of the Clones” and the Gladiator soundtrack. The bass was pretty good, surprisingly better than I expected. The overall sound felt balanced and sounded best at about 50% volume. The bass quality typically depends heavily on the fit of the tip within the canal, as it relies upon the seal to provide the bass. The Joker Theme is a fantastic piece of music and is one of my favorites, especially the section is from 3:27-4:10. The big sound drops to a bass section that builds over a 30 second period. It provides a helicopter rotor-feel in the ears, which is neat. For a sports headset, the sound is full and is quite good.
To test the upper sounds and instrumental fullness, I like to use the soundtracks to Far and Away and Braveheart. The stringed instruments provide a great source to assess the blend and the quality of the headphones. Some headphones will sound mushy or very tinny with these tracks. This headset again sounded pretty good, with the ability differentiate between the stringed instruments. I also love to test the staging of my headphones using Horikawa Wandering Bubbles. Staging is not just synthesized sound; rather it is the ability to visualize the music placement through sound. I was rather pleased with the overall sound, and individually with the imaging, the balance, and the sound quality.
There are a few large drawbacks to this device. It suffers from generic branding, generic packaging, and a generic feel. The sound was better than I expected but the fit/comfort was below par. I did enjoy a full 8 hours of music playback while driving to and from work this week. I was pleased that the device only required 2 hours of charging time. This is a great ratio for someone with a busy lifestyle. I wish that the volume up/down buttons were located on the other side of the earpiece and I wish that the cable was about an inch longer. The earpads may work better for teenager aged children or a smaller framed person. My body is considered to be a medium build, yet the cable was a little short. I would rate the product at 3/5 stars.
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