I’ve never been very interested in Bose audio equipment. I certainly don’t think the gear isn’t good; I just don’t think the cost is justified. Regardless, last year I actually purchased an expensive pair of Bose headphones.
Several months ago I decided to purchase a set of Bluetooth headphones so I could, on occasion, watch TV in the bedroom late at night without disturbing my wife. At one time I had a wireless headphones set that worked well for this purpose but they were simply very bulky (both the charging unit and the headphones themselves). I attempted to use a jail-broken iPod as well but I wasn’t satisfied with that either.
The TV itself doesn’t support Bluetooth so I decided to purchasing a Bluetooth audio transmitter. In this case, one manufactured by TaoTronics, which is small and reliable. Overall the device is very good but there is a slight delay in the audio that is noticeable relative to the action on TV, especially with dialog, though I grew accustomed to it rather quickly.
I had no interest in ever spending more than $100 on a pair of stereo headphones, which is why this particular purchase was a bit unusual for myself.
Personally, I don’t understand why folks are spending an average of $100-$200 for stereo headphones (such as the Beats brand). Perhaps it’s more of a status thing, like owning Apple stuff? It’s not that I think the headphones are bad but at the end of the day they’re just stereo headphones. I’d prefer to spend that kind of money on headphones that include digital, surround-sound support (I’m actually a bit frustrated that I have yet to find a pair of such headphones that don’t require a large, block attachment).
I was out to spend some spare cash one night and after browsing various sections of the electronics department at our local Wal-Mart I was unable to find anything that was remotely interesting. I just happen to pass by a display of these Monster Ntune Headphones. While in the store I started looking up the cost and reading reviews on Amazon. To my surprise, this particular style of headphones was slightly more expensive from Amazon at the time. After careful deliberation I decided to purchase a set at Wal-Mart, which cost about $80.
They are very good headphones. I suspect they’re not too dissimilar from the Beats line considering the interesting history between Monster and Beats. To be frank, this is probably the first time in my life I’ve ever purchased anything made by Monster.
I’m very happy with this purchase. They’re certainly better than any other pair of headphones I own except for my surround-sound headphones (unfortunately, those are not very portable). Are they worth $80? That’s a tough call because I haven’t spent a significant amount of cash on a pair of good headphones in several years though I don’t really care about the minor differences between this model of headphones and other models that cost more but are made by the same company.
Updated 02/22/2014: The headphones continue to work great and have held up just fine. I carry them around in my backpack almost every day, keeping them in the microfiber bag that it came with.
I’ve had a wireless headphone set for a couple of years, which I use to listen to TV late at night in our bedroom. The set has worked great but we recently rearranged some areas of our house and though I like the headset the charging base took up a lot of space on the mantel and its cables added to some additional clutter.
Rather than put the wireless set back in place I decided to go a different route and instead use a relatively-unused iPod touch as an Airplay speaker for the Apple TV in the bedroom.
I have a tendency to stay up a bit later than my wife. I also have a tendency to watch sci-fi shows such as Dr. Who on Netflix. My wife didn’t have a problem with me watching such shows late at night, in the bedroom. However, I could tell the noise was bothering her. For some reason many of the shows I watch tend to have quieter dialog and blaring, dramatic music. This included Stargate Universe, before it was cancelled.
A while back I reviewed several wireless headphones on Amazon.com. I wasn’t looking for anything with crystal-clear sound, just something that would sound good and operate on 900 MHz (or above 2.4 GHz) so it wouldn’t interfere with (or pickup interference from) our 2.4 GHz wireless router.
I ended up placing a Cables Unlimited 900MHz Wireless Stereo Headphones (SPK-9100) set into my wishlist. The following Christmas my wife gave it to me!
It’s been a good investment. Every now and then I’ll stay up an hour or two later and watch sci-fi shows that I haven’t seen or wanted to re-watch. The sound is good and the headphones recharge on the wireless base. Whenever I want to watch something I just plug the 3.5mm jack into the television. So far, I have no complaints.
As with most devices in the bedroom I covered the LEDs with some black electrical tape, though I left a slight gap at the top so I could see if the headphones were charging when set back on the base (most of the time I set them on the base but I only charge them after every two or three uses). I don’t actually know how long they’ll last on a full charge because I haven’t drained them completely, yet.
Updated 06/30/2011: As of today this pair of headphones is still working as well as when I got them. I don’t know if the battery life has shortened. On average, I only use the headphones a few nights in a row before I recharge them.
Updated 08/18/2011: It still works just as well.
I wasn’t happy with my current headphones and earbuds.
One pair of headphones was bulky and only sounded good when I turned on the noise-canceling feature, but it was susceptible to interference from my iPhone.
The other pair was about as cheap as headphones come. The earbuds were uncomfortable to wear over extended periods and did not have impressive sound.
As a result I started shopping around for an inexpensive pair of headphones in the $15-$30 range. After searching and reading several reviews I came across a pair of JVC HA-S150-RX on Amazon.com. I had read positive reviews for similar models and good reviews for the same model at other sites so I decided to order two pairs. One for myself and one for my wife.
The new headphones arrived today. I’ve enjoyed using them. They’re very comfortable to wear, have a small profile, and sound good. Overall, they seem like an excellent bargain for the cost.
Updated 01/27/2012: This same pair of headphones still works just as good as when I bought it.