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Are wireless headphones just over-hyped or are they worth the extra money?

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I was recently browsing through the Amazon store for a new pair of headphones. I have countless pairs of earphones – some of which have great sound quality – but they tend to break so easily and are only goody for light use.

However, whilst browsing, it crossed my mind to have a look at some wireless headphones. I’ve previously known them to be very expensive and many of them seem to have poor build and sound quality.

However, I stumbled across a £24 pair on Amazon that had good reviews and thought I didn’t have much to lose – so I bought a pair.

It’s fair to say – considering the price tag – they’re brilliant. They aren’t branded (so those of you who like to show off their brands – these aren’t for you!), but that never seems to bother me!

The sound quality is relatively good and I was pleasantly surprised. The headphones have decent bass and don’t seem to sound “tinny” in the slightest.

They will happily connect to any Bluetooth audio device in stereo and/or mono (eg PC, iPod touch 2G or above, iPhone, any smartphone, etc) and it’s really simple to get them going. Simply hold down the multifunction key for 7 seconds (when the blue and red LEDs flash) and connect to them as normal.

I was also really impressed by the battery life. I’ve had these headphones for several days now and have used them for hours on end – and they’ve still only been charged once! They usually outrun the battery life of my iPod by miles!!

My only minor complaint is the LEDs on the device. When you’re using the headphones, a blue LED flashes occasionally. Whilst this is fine in a well lit room or outside, it can be irritating if you’re trying to use them in the dark or at night.

Other than that, they’re a fantastic pair of budget wireless headphones and seem to outsmart many of their more expensive competitors. At £24 a pair, you really don’t have much to lose.

Review: Sony MDR-V150 Headphones with Reversible Housing for DJ Monitoring

I needed some decent budget headphones, preferably by a good brand and if possible under £15. So I went looking on Amazon, and found these –Sony MDR-V150 Headphones with Reversible Housing for DJ Monitoring.

I didn’t find the headphones from the company I’ve linked to, because when I ordered them (25th Dec 08) they were available direct from Amazon. However, they were around the same price if you include shipping costs.

For budget headphones, they are a fantastic buy. Since I only paid about £10 with Super Saver Shipping (available at the time), I wasn’t expecting much quality. But they are very good – the bass sounds good and can be adjusted through Windows.

They look and feel relatively sturdy, although the ear muffs look a little cheap. However, the headphones are very comfortable and I would be quite happy to wear them for extended periods of time. They are dispatched as 3.5mm jack headphones, but a 6.3mm jack adapter is also included.

I had a quick go at seeing if I could easily pull them apart and they didn’t come apart. The ear muffs aren’t detachable which I find very good as I hate headphones that have detachable ear muffs. The moving parts don’t come apart without a severe snap. You can drop them onto a hard surface and they survive easily.

They have a size adjuster of 9 sizes, which should fit most people.

Overall I think they are very good for the price. They are Sony which makes them very good sound and sturdiness. There are definitely better headphones around if you can afford to splash out, but I wasn’t requiring top-notch headphones. If you need budget headphones that will sound good and last, these are the ones to buy. Don’t go with cheap unknown brands as they will not be good and probably will be very cheaply made.

A definite buy if you want to save a bit of cash in the credit crunch and still get a good sound!